The Suffering Servant
by Bishop Robert Barron . October 18, 2009 .
This Sunday's readings highlight the idea of redemptive suffering. The revelation of Christ changes our disposition towards the difficulties of life, filling these experiences with the potential for goodness. In his Incarnation, Christ did not evade the often harsh realities of human experience, but he accepted them, knowing that he would be with us in all things. The challenge for us is that in the face of the inevitable challenges of life is this: will we accept hardship as an occasion to grow in holiness and deepen our relationship with the Lord.
The Way of the One
by Bishop Robert Barron . September 13, 2009 .
Peter's magnificent confession of faith in the Lord Jesus illuminates, not only his divine identity, but it provides for us a great spiritual lesson in regards to how necessary it is to curtail the self striving of the ego in its need comfort and glory. In this regard, Christ invites, not only Peter, but all of us, into a new way of being in which negation of the ego and the practice of self denial enable us to grow in our capacity for love.
"The Stoning of Soraya M." Commentary by Fr. Robert Barron
by Bishop Robert Barron . July 2, 2009 .
Another video from Fr. Barron and Word on Fire commenting on subjects from modern day culture.
Bishop Barron on “The Shack”
by Bishop Robert Barron . June 15, 2009 .
“The Shack” has become an international phenomenon, sitting atop The New York Times bestseller list for months and now inspiring a blockbuster movie. It's a modern retelling of the Biblical story of Job, of a good and righteous man who confronts the problem of suffering. Though it has its faults, it's a book worth reading, especially if you've experienced serious suffering yourself.
Resurrection and the Love of This World
by Bishop Robert Barron . April 19, 2009 .
From the time of Marx, Feuerbach and Freud, we've heard the critique that religion is a wish-fulfilling fantasy, a game of "pie in the sky when you die." The readings for this second Sunday of Easter give the lie to this criticism, for they show how those who were convinced of Jesus' resurrection were also deeply commited to a more just society.
Dealing With the Mess
by Bishop Robert Barron . April 5, 2009 .
Life is grim. It is marked by conflict, division, inextricably difficult situations. And brooding over all of it is the fact of death. How do we deal with this mess? We can't, but God can. In Christ, he takes on the dysfunction and sin of the world and takes it away through the divine mercy. Walk through the Passion narrative with this idea in mind.