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Suffering

The Birth Pangs of the Messiah

by Bishop Robert Barron . November 18, 2007 .

Our readings for today are apocalyptic, which means that they describe the end of an old world and the beginning of a new one. The new world in question is the world of Christ's lordship. To enter into that spiritual space, we have to go through earthquake, famine, and war. But this is, finally good news!

The Struggle With Amalek

by Bishop Robert Barron . October 21, 2007 .

An awful lot of people probably find our first reading for this week offensive. We hear that Israel mowed the Amalekites down with the sword. How can this terrible story of conquest be a revelation of God's intentions? Listen as I offer the surprising interpretation that Origen of Alexandria offers.

The Lessons of Naaman

by Bishop Robert Barron . October 14, 2007 .

The story of Naaman the Syrian is not terribly well-known, but it contains some marvelous spiritual lessons for all of us. It tells us of the importance of patience, humility, perseverance, prayer--and above all following our weakness as it leads us to God.

The Lament of Habakkuk

by Bishop Robert Barron . October 7, 2007 .

The prophet Habbakuk expresses what most of us feel at some point in our lives: how can God be so indifferent to suffering? Listen carefully to the answer he receives from the Lord.

"The Lord of the Rings" (Part 2 of 2) Commentary by Fr. Robert Barron

by Bishop Robert Barron . September 14, 2007 .

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

Jacob Neusner, Benedict XVI, and the Vocation of Israel

by Bishop Robert Barron . August 26, 2007 .

In his new book, Pope Benedict engages in a fascinating dialogue with the American rabbi Jacob Neusner on the identity and meaning of Jesus. In this sermon, I will tease out the implications of this debate, especially in regard to the vocation of Israel.

The Lessons of Qoheleth

by Bishop Robert Barron . August 5, 2007 .

Both our first reading and Gospel function as a slap in the face, cold water, a wake-up call. They show how passing, ephemeral, and unreliable are the goods of this world. The idea is to set our hearts, as Paul says, on the higher things, rooting our lives in God.

Paul’s Suffering

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?

Great Canticle of Zechariah

by Bishop Robert Barron . June 24, 2007 .

Another homily from Fr. Robert Barron and Word on Fire Catholic Ministries.

"The Lord of the Rings" (Part 1 of 2) Commentary by Fr. Robert Barron

by Bishop Robert Barron . May 11, 2007 .

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

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