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Suffering

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.

The Father in Faith

by Bishop Robert Barron . March 4, 2007 .

Abraham was chosen by God as the founder of a people who would be the means by which God would save the world. His great mark is faith, that is to say, trust. Faith is what Adam and Eve couldn't muster (they grasped at godliness) and from this followed the agony of the world. God commenced a rescue operation by setting Abraham in quest of a promised land.

Where Do You Put Your Faith

by Bishop Robert Barron . February 11, 2007 .

The readings for this weekend pose a blunt question: whom, finally, do you trust? "Trust" is meant here in an absolute sense. Where do you base your life? In God or in the things of this world? How you answer that question determines pretty much everything else.

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