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Philosophy

Acknowledging an Abyss; Finding a Bridge

by Bishop Robert Barron . September 22, 2020 .

One of the most remarkable differences between the social protests of the 1960’s and those of today is that the former were done in concert with, and often under the explicit leadership of, religious people. One has only to think of the crucially important role played by the Rev. Dr.

Reconocer un abismo; encontrar un puente

by Bishop Robert Barron . September 22, 2020 .

Una de las diferencias más notables entre las protestas sociales de la década de 1960 y las de hoy es que las primeras se hicieron en concierto con —y a menudo bajo el liderazgo explícito de— personas religiosas. Basta pensar en el papel crucial desempeñado por el Rev. Dr. Martin…

The Strangeness of God

by Bishop Robert Barron . September 20, 2020 .

Our very brief first reading is taken from the magnificent fifty-fifth chapter of the book of the prophet Isaiah. This section of Isaiah—which stretches from chapter forty through chapter fifty-five—is one of the most theologically sophisticated and illuminating passages in the entire Old Testament. Nowhere is Israel’s theology of God…

Heart of Jesus, Holy Temple of God

by Bishop Robert Barron . June 19, 2020 .

I’ve been reading, recently, a good deal of the work of Dietrich von Hildebrand—perhaps not a household name, but in fact one of the greatest Catholic philosophers of the last century. An inspiration to both John Paul II and Benedict XVI, von Hildebrand was designated by the Nazis themselves as…

Bishop Barron on Governor Cuomo and the Nature of God

by Bishop Robert Barron . April 23, 2020 .

A recent remark made by Governor Cuomo in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic was characterized by a misunderstanding of God that is all too common, even among believers.

Bishop Barron on the Coronavirus, Catastrophe, and Contingency

by Bishop Robert Barron . April 2, 2020 .

The coronavirus and other catastrophes are but dramatic examples of a general truth about the nature of things, a truth that we all know in our bones but that we choose, typically, to cover up or overlook.

Tragedy, Contingency, and a Deeper Sense of God

by Bishop Robert Barron . March 31, 2020 .

I have lived in Santa Barbara, California for the past four years. In that brief time, my neighbors and I have experienced a number of real tragedies. Just over two years ago, the terrible Thomas Fire broke out in my pastoral region, in the vicinity of Thomas Aquinas College (hence…

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