Pray, Fast, and Give Alms
by Bishop Robert Barron . February 10, 2002 .
During the great season of Lent, the Church recommends three very concrete acts: prayer, fasting, and the giving of alms. These are actions that involve the body as much as the mind; and they are things that we "do." Lent is not so much a time to fuss about one's "interiority" as a time to get going!"
by Bishop Robert Barron . October 28, 2001 .
Irish writer Iris Murdoch says that the rarest and best moments in life occur when the web of our egotism and self-absorption is broken through. This can happen through great art and great compassion. It can also happen through authentic prayer, modelled by the publican in Jesus' famous parable.
An Icon of the Church
by Bishop Robert Barron . October 21, 2001 .
The Old Testament story of the battle between Israel and the Amalekites is a symbolic presentation of the church. In the struggle against evil, there are fighters, pray-ers, and those who support the pray-ers. The Church is an amalgam of interdependent and mutually supporting missions.
Faith the Size of a Mustard Seed
by Bishop Robert Barron . October 7, 2001 .
For Jesus, faith is power. When we have linked ourselves to the God who fashions and governs the cosmos, we allow enormous power to flow through us for the transformation of the world. To have faith is to live in the "great soul." It is to expand the horizons of our consciousness and activity infinitely.
The Four Mysteries of September 11
by Bishop Robert Barron . September 16, 2001 .
The attacks of September 11th have left us stunned and speechless. Yet our tradition brings the word of God to bear on even the darkest events. There are four mysteries that emerge from the tragedy: The mystery of wickedness; the mystery of the impermanence of the world; the mystery of salvation; and the mystery of forgiveness.
Rules of Prayer
by Bishop Robert Barron . July 29, 2001 .
The Bible seems to indicate that certain "rules" ought to govern and inform our prayer. A first is faith: we must passionately believe that God can do what we are asking for. A second is forgiveness: if we want the grace of God to flow to and through us, we must remove the resentments and angers that block it. And third is praying in Jesus' name: when we ask things of God we should do so in the stance and spirit of his Son.