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Paschal Mystery

Walking By Faith and Not By Sight

by Bishop Robert Barron . June 14, 2015 .

Sometimes God does things we can't understand. This is where our need to walk by faith and not by sight comes in play. We trust in God's purpose, and his purpose often manifests itself in the least likely of sources-the mustard seed, for example. A young man on a cross, dying alone and mocked, was the mustard seed out of which a global religion, one billion strong, grew. This is the story of so many other influential Christians, such as Francis of Assisi, Charles Lwanga and Mother Teresa. They could have been easily overlooked, forgotten, ignored, but instead they sprouted into among the most revered in our history. This is a lesson of not giving up. It's a lesson of walking by faith, and not by sight.

The Good Shepherd

by Bishop Robert Barron . April 26, 2015 .

Jesus sums up a long Biblical tradition when he says 'I am the good shepherd.' The prophets and the psalmist had yearned for a time when God himself would come to shepherd his people Israel. This yearning is realized in Jesus himself. What makes him good? The Gospel for today specifies two things: his willingness to lay down his life for his sheep, and the fact that he knows his sheep personally, recognizing their voices.

The Passion Narrative of Mark’s Gospel

by Bishop Robert Barron . March 29, 2015 .

The Gospels are passion narratives with long introductions, dominated by Jesus' death and resurrection. On this Palm Sunday, as we near the climax of the Lenten season, we should examine four odd details in St. Mark's account of the Passion of Christ.

Faithful and Intelligent? The Catholic Intellectual Tradition and You

by Bishop Robert Barron . March 19, 2015 .

What is faith exactly? Does faith stand the test of scientific advancements? Where does philosophy fit into Catholic theology? What about morality? Fr. Robert Barron addressed these questions at Duke University's Goodson Chapel on March 19, 2015, in an event hosted by the Duke Catholic Center.

The Spirituality of Pain

by Bishop Robert Barron . February 8, 2015 .

Why would an all-powerful and all-loving God allow his people to suffer so much? That's one of the oldest and most difficult theological questions. Our first reading from Job and our Gospel from Mark provide some fascinating answers.

Grace

by Bishop Robert Barron . August 3, 2014 .

Our readings for this weekend are filled with grace, the free gift that God is. Our relationship with God gets off on the wrong foot the moment we see it in an "economic" or calculating way. God, who needs nothing from us, simply wants to share his life with us. And this is why he says, through the prophet Isaiah, "All you who are thirsty, come to the water!"

Fr. Barron on Hans Urs von Balthasar (Part 2 of 2)

by Bishop Robert Barron . May 19, 2014 .

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

Why Jesus is God: A Response to Bart Ehrman

by Bishop Robert Barron . April 15, 2014 .

Father Barron provides answers to a long line of recurring claims against the divinity of Christ and the truth of Christianity.

Treating Death as a Trifle

by Bishop Robert Barron . April 6, 2014 .

This week's Gospel tells the story of Lazarus and how Jesus raised him from the dead. In this story we learn that sin is a kind of death, and that Jesus is the resurrection and the life. Through Jesus, death is not the end.

The Presentation of the Lord

by Bishop Robert Barron . February 2, 2014 .

This week we celebrate the feast of the Presentation of the Lord in the Temple. In ancient Israel the Temple was the most important place in the world. It was the dwelling place of the Lord; it was where divinity and humanity embraced. But the nation of Israel had gone away from right worship of God. The Christ child is the divine and human in one and thus brings humanity back on line with God.

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