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How Strange is the Cross

by Bishop Robert Barron . June 28, 2016 .

Fleming Rutledge’s “The Crucifixion” is one of the most stimulating and thought-provoking books of theology that I have read in the past ten years. There is so much value in this text that I plan to dedicate a number of articles to analyzing it. In this initial interpretive foray, I focus on two themes that run through the entire book and that ought to shape any Christian’s understanding of the cross: the sheer strangeness of the crucifixion and the weight of sin.

Bishop Barron on C.S. Lewis’ “The Great Divorce”

by Bishop Robert Barron . June 23, 2016 .

C.S. Lewis was that rare sort of genius, able to combine high theological insight with vivid imagination, and it is precisely this coming-together that makes his writing so memorable--especially his classic fantasy book, “The Great Divorce.”

The Wages of Sin

by Bishop Robert Barron . June 12, 2016 .

In today's first reading from 2 Samuel we learn about God's dealings with David, the Israelite king who put himself on a path of sin that culminated in adultery and murder. David is forgiven but also cleansed, purified, and brought back to obedience to God precisely through the suffering unleashed by this double-sin. From David we learn how God's grace is always available, but it is never cheap.

Why You Should Read C.S. Lewis’ “The Great Divorce”

by Bishop Robert Barron . April 26, 2016 .

C.S. Lewis was that rare sort of genius, able to combine high theological insight with vivid imagination, and it is precisely this coming-together that makes his writing so memorable--especially his classic fantasy book, “The Great Divorce.”

Coming to See

by Bishop Robert Barron . March 30, 2014 .

This week's Gospel from John tells us the story of the man born blind. Jesus offers the blind man healing and the man accepts Jesus and is conformed to him.

I Have Come to Cast a Fire Upon the Earth

by Bishop Robert Barron . August 18, 2013 .

Jesus' words from our Gospel this week inspired the name for my program, Word on Fire. Jesus speaks of the divine judgment that will fall like a cleansing fire on the earth. This is not opposed to God's love, but is rather what God's love looks like to a fallen world.

Herod and the Magi

by Bishop Robert Barron . January 8, 2012 .

Herod sees all from the confines of his ego, trying to make the world conform to his plans. The Magi look outside of themselves, looking for an order that they will conform to. By focusing their attention away from themselves, they are spiritually liberated to follow the star of Bethlehem. This is the liberation that Christ grants us. He allows us to escape the jail cell of our egos to join the liberating current of his love, leading us closer to eternal life.

The Virtue of Hope

by Bishop Robert Barron . December 12, 2010 .

Hope is not this-worldly optimism. In fact, from a purely natural perspective, pessimism is the right attitude. Hope is that supernatural virtue which orders our desire toward heaven and the things of heaven. What Isaiah talks about in our first reading is not an expectation that will be realized here below, but only in a transfigured world on high.

"Hereafter" Commentary by Fr. Robert Barron

by Bishop Robert Barron . November 4, 2010 .

Another video from Fr. Barron and Word on Fire commenting on subjects from modern day culture.

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