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The One Who Is; The One Who Gives: Aquinas, Derrida and the Dilemma of the Divine Generosity

by Bishop Robert Barron . March 7, 2019 .

Bishop Robert Barron’s lecture at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (The Angelicum) in Rome, given on March 7, 2019 after he received an honorary doctorate from the university.

Grace and the Aporia of the Gift

by Bishop Robert Barron . February 24, 2019 .

The philosopher Jacques Derrida reflected on what he called the aporia or dilemma of the gift. The upshot seems to be that it is virtually impossible truly to give a gift, for gift-giving always locks us into an economy of exchange and obligation. But there is one great exception to the Derridean dilemma, and that is the Lord God. Jesus’ recommendations in the magnificent Gospel for today are not for the natural person, but the supernatural person, who loves with the very love of God.

The Primacy of Love

by Bishop Robert Barron . February 3, 2019 .

This week we hear from St. Paul’s brilliant meditation on love. Everything in religion and theology revolves around love. It is at the heart of everything. Nothing matters without love, because God is love. Putting love at the center is the best way to organize and prioritize our entire lives.

The Internet and Satan’s Game

by Bishop Robert Barron . January 22, 2019 .

By now the entire country has seen a video of a supposedly racist confrontation, in front of the Lincoln Memorial, between a grinning young high school student and a Native American elder, chanting and beating a drum. The immediate and ferocious judgment of the internet community was that the boy was effectively taunting and belittling the elder, but subsequent videos from wider angles as well as the young man’s own testimony have cast considerable doubt on this original assessment. My purpose in this article is not to adjudicate the situation, which remains, at best, ambiguous, even in regard to the basic facts. It is to comment, rather, on the morally outrageous and deeply troubling nature of the response to this occurrence, one that I would characterize as, quite literally, Satanic.

Internet y el juego de Satanás

by Bishop Robert Barron . January 21, 2019 .

A estas alturas todo el país ha visto el video de una supuesta confrontación racista en frente al Lincoln Memorial, entre un sonriente estudiante de secundaria y un anciano nativo-americano que canta y toca el tambor. El inmediato y feroz juicio de la comunidad de internet fue que el joven estaba efectivamente burlándose y humillando al anciano, pero subsiguientes videos desde diversos ángulos, así como el testimonio del propio joven, han arrojado dudas considerables sobre el juicio original. Mi propósito en este articulo no es el de zanjar la cuestión, que sigue siendo, en el mejor de los casos, ambigua, incluso si consideramos los hechos más básicos. Deseo más bien hacer un comentario acerca la moralmente indignante y profundamente preocupante naturaleza de la respuesta a los sucesos, una que yo caracterizaría, literalmente, como satánica.

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