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.
Knowing Who We Are; Knowing What We Are Supposed to Do
by Bishop Robert Barron . October 11, 2016 .
This fall I am giving presentations to all of the high school teachers, staff and administrators in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. This year, the theme is morality. Lucky me! What I’m telling the Catholic high school teachers of L.A. is what I want to tell all Catholics: you won’t know how to behave until you know who you are. And you won’t know who you are until you realize what play you’re in!
Rich Man, Poor Man
by Bishop Robert Barron . September 25, 2016 .
Friends, I have spent the past 12 days in Rome for “baby Bishop school”, and just returned today. As such, I asked my Word on Fire team to reach into our archives for this week’s sermon. I’ll be working on new sermons, articles, and video commentaries in the days and weeks ahead. But in the meantime, I hope that this archived sermon will help you to understand and personally appropriate the Scriptures for this Sunday, which remind us that we cannot remain indifferent to the poor, whom the Lord has determined to be a privileged route of access to his life and presence.
Adventures in Atheism: Reviewing Mary Eberstadt’s “The Loser Letters”
by Rozann Lee . September 20, 2016 .
Bishop Barron on the Scandalous Cross of Jesus
by Bishop Robert Barron . September 1, 2016 .
As I continue to reflect on Fleming Rutledge’s extraordinary book The Crucifixion, I look more closely into her treatment of Anselm's “satisfaction” theory which offers an explanation as to why Jesus had to die.
The Narrow Gate
by Bishop Robert Barron . August 17, 2016 .
To gain eternal life is to participate to the fullest degree possible in the very life of God. It is to walk the path of love, surrendering to grace and allowing this grace to flow through you to the wider world. Is this an easy task? No. The Gospel of Luke tells reminds us that the gate is narrow precisely because it is in the very shape of Jesus Himself, and entrance through the gate involves conformity to his state of being. The path of love is traveled by taking up one's cross every day.
Will the Real Saint Mary Magdalene Please Stand Up?
by Fr. Steve Grunow . July 22, 2016 .
Bishop Barron on Fleming Rutledge’s “The Crucifixion”
by Bishop Robert Barron . July 14, 2016 .
Fleming Rutledge’s “The Crucifixion” is one of the most stimulating and thought-provoking books of theology that I have read in the past ten years. There is so much value in this text that I plan to dedicate a number of articles to analyzing it. In this initial interpretive foray, I focus on two themes that run through the entire book and that ought to shape any Christian’s understanding of the cross: the sheer strangeness of the crucifixion and the weight of sin.