Choosing to Keep the Commandments
by Bishop Robert Barron . February 16, 2020 .
Our first reading for this weekend is taken from a book that we don’t consult that frequently in the course of the liturgical year—namely, the book of Sirach. It is presented as a series of sayings of Jeshua ben Sira, a wise Jewish elder. Our reading is taken from the…
The Call of Justice (Library of Congress)
by Bishop Robert Barron . November 13, 2019 .
On October 29, 2019, Bishop Barron spoke at the Library of Congress to a bipartisan group of Senators, Representatives, and Capitol Hill staffers about political life as a vocation, the relationship of the Divine Law to positive law, and the call of justice.
Hearing the Voice of God
by Bishop Robert Barron . July 14, 2019 .
During the twentieth century, moral relativism was in vogue in elite cultural circles, but now it is the dominant moral outlook of the broader culture. Against this, C.S. Lewis argued for “the universality and inescapability of the moral law.” Although there are subtle moral differences between cultures, if we look close enough, we can discern fundamental moral agreements. The Catholic tradition says that this moral bedrock is a reflection of the Eternal Law in the mind of God. It is the voice of God within us. Listen to that voice.
The First Commandment: Orienting Us Away from Our Idols
by Elizabeth Scalia . April 4, 2019 .
Misery and Mercy
by Bishop Robert Barron . April 7, 2019 .
In this week's Gospel, we hear the story of the woman caught in adultery, a tale that has beguiled Christians and non-Christians for two millennia. The story displays our constant temptation to use knowledge of God’s law to hurt others, not to liberate them. We gossip, we scapegoat, we blame—and we convince ourselves that we’re just following the divine law in pointing out other people’s problems. But then enters Jesus, who affirms that the law's primary purpose is to make us humble, to draw us to higher attainment. Without denigrating the law in the least, Jesus reaches out in mercy in order to brings sinners back to life.
by Bishop Robert Barron . March 31, 2019 .
One the greatest Protestant theologians of the twentieth century, Paul Tillich, made a distinction between heteronomy (law from another), autonomy (law from oneself), and what he called “theonomy” (law of God). This week, we have the privilege to consider what is arguably the most magnificent and spiritually rich of Jesus’…
New York, Abortion, and a Short Route to Chaos
by Bishop Robert Barron . January 29, 2019 .
It was the celebration that was particularly galling. On the 46th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision, the governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, signed into law a protocol that gives practically unrestricted access to abortion, permitting the killing of an unborn child up until the moment of delivery. As I watched film of Andrew Cuomo signing this repulsive bill into law, my mind drifted back to 1984 and an auditorium at the University of Notre Dame where Cuomo’s father, Mario—also Governor of New York at the time—delivered a famous address.
Nueva York, el aborto, y un atajo hacia el caos
by Bishop Robert Barron . January 27, 2019 .
Fue la celebración lo que dolió especialmente. En el 46° aniversario de la decisión de Roe vs. Wade, el gobernador de Nueva York, Andrew Cuomo, convirtió en ley un protocolo que da acceso prácticamente irrestricto al aborto, permitiendo el asesinato del no nacido hasta el momento del parto. Mientras veía una grabación de Andrew Como firmando esta repulsiva ley, mi mente fluía de vuelta a 1984 y a un auditorio en la Universidad de Notre Dame donde el padre de Cuomo, Mario—también gobernador de Nueva York por entonces—emitía un famoso discurso.
Law and Laws
by Bishop Robert Barron . September 2, 2018 .
All of today’s readings pertain to law. We Americans are a fairly litigious society. Lawyers are thick on the ground and many of our Founding Fathers were students of law. We have a kind of love-hate relationship with the law, like most people in history. Today’s readings offer a key lesson: whenever we reverence something, we surround it with laws. Laws protect the integrity of good things. And for the saints, the law of God is planted within their hearts.