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Paschal Mystery

The Pattern of Love

by Bishop Robert Barron . April 30, 2017 .

Like the two disciples walking towards Emmaus, a symbol of worldly power and security, and away from Jerusalem, the center of sacrifice, we need to be stopped in our tracks. Christ appears to them, but they do not recognize him. They do not recognize him because they are walking the wrong way. The recognition of the pattern of Christ’s life does come until the Eucharistic act which presents the pattern of sacrificial love. Then they immediately go back to Jerusalem, the place of suffering love.

The Mystical Union of Christ and His Church

by Bishop Robert Barron . April 23, 2017 .

Jesus has come to bring us the divine life. Under his influence we become peaceful, unafraid, evangelizing, and forgiving. Through the Church, saints are made. This is because Christ is at the very center of the Church.

Eden, The Mountain, and The One Who Baptizes with Fire

by Bishop Robert Barron . December 4, 2016 .

This week's readings take us to chapter 11 of the prophet Isaiah. Isaiah looks back to the garden of Eden and the world in right alignment with God, and then looks forward to the Messiah who will set right what has gone wrong in God's world. Sin interrupts right order, justice, and goodness. The righteous king will restore justice when he rules on his holy mountain.

Paul on the Meaning of “Gospel”

by Bishop Robert Barron . October 9, 2016 .

Something I’ve found over the years is that people use the word “Gospel” to mean all sorts of different things. People say, “I’m committed to the Gospel.” “I want preach the Gospel.” “I want to live according to the Gospel.” But what precisely do people mean when they say these things? The word literally means “good news.” But what good news? We have a wonderful text for our first reading today from Paul’s second letter to his disciple and friend Timothy. One of the many things that makes it wonderful is that it contains a very pithy summation of what St. Paul meant by the word “Gospel.” When we unpack this summation, we hold the key to transforming the world.

Why “Last Days in the Desert” is so Boring

by Bishop Robert Barron . May 24, 2016 .

With his latest film “Last Days in the Desert” Rodrigo Garcia has accomplished something truly remarkable. He has taken a portion of the life of the single most compelling person who has ever lived and turned it into a colossally boring movie.

To See According to the Icon of Jesus Christ: Reflections on the Catholic Intellectual Tradition

by Bishop Robert Barron . July 15, 2015 .

Bishop-elect Robert Barron visited Baker Book House in Grand Rapids, Michigan to deliver a talk based on a chapter from his new book, “Exploring Catholic Theology: Essays on God, Liturgy, and Evangelization”. The title is “To See According to the Icon of Jesus Christ: Reflections on the Catholic Intellectual Tradition”.

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