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Suffering

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.

Reflections on Hell

by Bishop Robert Barron . October 6, 2009 .

Another video from Fr. Barron and Word on Fire commenting on subjects from modern day culture.

"District 9" Commentary by Fr. Robert Barron

by Bishop Robert Barron . September 14, 2009 .

Another video from Fr. Barron and Word on Fire commenting on subjects from modern day culture.

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.

Why Did Jesus Have to Die the Way He Did?

by Bishop Robert Barron . July 10, 2009 .

Another video from Fr. Barron and Word on Fire commenting on subjects from modern day culture.

"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.

Corpus Christi

by Bishop Robert Barron . June 14, 2009 .

The Eucharist is the holy meal that God wants to share with his people. It is also the sacrifice that makes that meal possible in the midst of a fallen world. To understand the eucharist, we have to keep these two dimensions in mind.

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.

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