The Spiritual Master Pope Francis Wants You to Read
by Bishop Robert Barron . December 15, 2015 .
This year marks the 750th anniversary of the birth of the great Catholic poet Dante Alighieri, whom Pope Francis has said, especially in this Year of Mercy, we should read and reread.
St. Vincent: A Meditation on Poor Souls, Not Saints
by Fr. Damian Ference . December 1, 2014 .
All Souls Day
by Bishop Robert Barron . November 2, 2008 .
Why do we speak of the "soul?" We do so because there is something in us that links us to the eternal. Though the body fades away, the core of the person does not. And therefore, we remain connected to those who have gone before us marked with the sign of faith. We should pray for them in the hopes that one day we might live in communion with them.
by Bishop Robert Barron . July 22, 2007 .
Paul says in our second reading that he "makes up in his own sufferings what is lacking in the sufferings of Christ." This means that Paul-and all of us-have the enormous privilege of participating in the act by which Christ saved the world, an act of suffering love. How do you interpret your own pain? Might it be a participation in the salvation of Christ?
Commemorating the Faithful Departed
by Bishop Robert Barron . November 2, 2003 .
The Catholic Faith inculcates in us a deep sense of our connection to the dead. They are present to us in memory of course, but also through their prayer, guidance and loving concern. We too pray for them inasmuch as they stand in need of purification before being ready to share fully the divine life. This co-inherence between us the living and the holy souls is what we celebrate on All Souls Day.