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Bishop Barron on Confirmation Names

by Bishop Robert Barron . May 31, 2018 .

One of the marks of the sacrament of Confirmation is that someone takes a new name. It’s true—and weird—that while an individual chooses the name of a saint, in a much more significant way the saint chooses that individual, drawing them into the power of his or her life and witness. But two of the most popular names for young men and women in my three years of presiding at Confirmation—Sebastian and Teresa—reflect in a more universal way what it means to take this sacramentum, or sacred oath, and become a confirmed member of Christ's mystical body.

The Trinity as Call to Action

by Bishop Robert Barron . May 27, 2018 .

It’s often joked that Trinity Sunday is “the preacher's nightmare.” But while the Trinity can be viewed as the most arcane and inaccessible Christian doctrine, it’s also the most ordinary and obvious. Every Catholic invokes the Trinity whenever he crosses himself in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Moreover, every single baptized person has been baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Through baptism we’ve been sealed by the Trinity, brought within its dynamic, and sent out on mission.

Walking According to the Spirit

by Bishop Robert Barron . May 20, 2018 .

I’m delighted that on this Pentecost Sunday, I can reflect on one of my favorite passages in the New Testament. It is taken from the fifth chapter of Paul’s letter to the Galatians. In this passage, Paul gives those who belong to Christ their marching orders by laying out the works of the flesh—those attitudes and actions that stand against the way of love—and the works of the Spirit.

Bishop Barron on the Meaning of the Trinity

by Bishop Robert Barron . June 22, 2017 .

On Trinity Sunday we contemplate the mystery of God as a play of persons. The Father gives rise to the Son while the Father and Son give rise to the Holy Spirit. God's unity is never compromised because the three are consubstantial, one in being. To begin to consider this mystery we must consider that love is what God is.

The Communication of Love

by Bishop Robert Barron . June 11, 2017 .

On Trinity Sunday we contemplate the mystery of God as a play of persons. The Father gives rise to the Son while the Father and Son give rise to the Holy Spirit. God's unity is never compromised because the three are consubstantial, one in being. To begin to consider this mystery we must consider that love is what God is.

The Breath of Life

by Bishop Robert Barron . June 4, 2017 .

If you want the Holy Spirit, you have to declare the Lordship of Jesus. Love is precisely what the Holy Spirit is. Do you want life? Do you want meaning, purpose, the satisfaction of your deepest longing? Then be close to Jesus as he breathes out love. You will have what your heart is searching for.

A Word to Those Being Confirmed

by Bishop Robert Barron . May 23, 2017 .

One of the greatest privileges I have as a bishop is the opportunity to preside at the sacrament of Confirmation. I want to share with you in this article some of the key ideas in the latest iteration of my Confirmation sermon.

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