Tolkien, Chesterton, and the Adventure of Mission
by Bishop Robert Barron . December 11, 2018 .
The writings of J.R.R. Tolkien and G.K. Chesterton are often read as nostalgic celebrations of a quiet domesticity that existed before the rise of modernity and capitalism. However, I’m convinced that to see things this way is almost entirely to miss the point. For the ultimate purpose of their work is not to celebrate domesticity but rather to challenge it.
Tolkien, Chesterton y la aventura de la misión
by Bishop Robert Barron . December 10, 2018 .
Los escritos de J.R.R. Tolkien y G.K. Chesterton se lee a menudo como celebraciones nostálgicas de una apacible domesticidad que existió antes del auge de la modernidad y el capitalismo. Sin embargo, estoy convencido de que ver las cosas así nos lleva a perder de vista lo más importante. Pues el último propósito de sus obras no es el de celebrar la domesticidad sino el de desafiarla.
The Challenge of John Chau
by Bishop Robert Barron . December 4, 2018 .
Perhaps you’ve heard the extraordinary story of John Chau, the young Christian missionary who tried to bring the Gospel to North Sentinel Island, one of the most remote and isolated communities in the world, and who, for his trouble, was killed before he even got past the beach. His endeavor has inspired a whole range of reactions—outrage, puzzlement, sympathy, deep admiration—and has stirred up in many people, both religious and secular, questions about the missionary nature of Christianity.
El desafío de John Chau
by Bishop Robert Barron . December 3, 2018 .
Tal vez hayas oído la extraordinaria historia de John Chau, el joven misionero cristiano que trató de llevar el Evangelio a la isla Sentinel del Norte, donde vive una de las más remotas y aisladas comunidades del mundo, y quien, por su esfuerzo, fue asesinado incluso antes de cruzar la playa. Su labor ha suscitado una gran variedad de reacciones—rabia, asombro, simpatía, profunda admiración—y ha excitado en muchas personas, religiosas o no, preguntas sobre la naturaleza misionera del cristianismo.
Bishop Barron’s Missionary Journeys
by Bishop Robert Barron . September 27, 2018 .
I'm excited to share with you these recaps of our recent missionary journeys to Ireland, Scotland, and England, created by the gifted team at Spirit Juice Studios. Our missionary journeys have come to an end, but the Word on Fire movement is just getting started. Join us on a new evangelistic mission to Christify the world: https://wordonfire.institute
Would That Everyone Could Be a Prophet
by Bishop Robert Barron . September 30, 2018 .
Our first reading from the Book of Numbers and the Gospel reading from Mark both highlight a very interesting spiritual predicament, one that is presented numerous times throughout the Bible. It might be summed up as the inclination for members of the Church to subvert the mission of the Church because of their own ego-driven desires and preoccupations.
The Mission of the Prophet
by Bishop Robert Barron . July 8, 2018 .
This week's Scriptures illuminate the identity and mission of a prophet—a calling that belongs to all the baptized by virtue of our Baptism. God appoints the prophets to a specific mission. This mission is to speak God's word of truth. God's word of truth is not a private or personal opinion, but the Word of God communicated through human words. The prophet speaks God's word of truth to those within and those outside the Church. Prophets do not seek to proclaim a message that is easy to be accepted, but seek to speak God's word of truth, no matter how hard it might be to hear and accept. Christ is the paradigmatic example of the identity and mission of the prophet.