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Bishop Barron on the Coronavirus, Catastrophe, and Contingency

by Bishop Robert Barron . April 2, 2020 .

The coronavirus and other catastrophes are but dramatic examples of a general truth about the nature of things, a truth that we all know in our bones but that we choose, typically, to cover up or overlook.

Bishop Barron on Loving an Enemy This Lent

by Bishop Robert Barron . March 26, 2020 .

The Church recommends three great spiritual practices for Lent: prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. But the readings during Lent suggest a fourth great practice: the forgiveness of one’s enemy.

Bishop Barron on the Coronavirus Quarantine

by Bishop Robert Barron . March 19, 2020 .

Blaise Pascal said, “All of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone.” This Pascalian “mot” has come to my mind a good deal in recent days as our entire country goes into shutdown mode due to the coronavirus. Perhaps we could all think of…

Bishop Barron on Praying at the Tomb of St. Paul

by Bishop Robert Barron . February 20, 2020 .

In this new video commentary, I reflect on my recent visit to the tomb of St. Paul. As I knelt and prayed on that spot, wearing the full liturgical regalia of a successor of the Apostles, I had a certain feeling of unworthiness. But then as I prayed further, I…

Bishop Barron on Spending Time with His Spiritual Father

by Bishop Robert Barron . February 13, 2020 .

In this new video commentary, I reflect on my “ad limina” visit with Pope Francis on January 27. It would be impossible to summarize what turned out to be a three-hour conversation with the Holy Father, but there were three dominant themes that emerged.

Bishop Barron on the Three Essential Elements of the Church

by Bishop Robert Barron . February 6, 2020 .

Joseph Ratzinger said that the Church performs three basic tasks. We can also read off of these categories typical distortions in the life of the Church.

Bishop Barron on Advent: Dreaming Big

by Bishop Robert Barron . December 19, 2019 .

The first reading and Gospel for the fourth Sunday of Advent remind us that religion is not about sufficiently impressing a reluctant God, but rather opening our hearts and minds to the great things God wants to do for us.

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Bishop Barron on “The Crown” and the Primacy of Grace

by Bishop Robert Barron . December 10, 2019 .

Have you seen season three of “The Crown”? Here is my new video commentary on how this marvelously written program explores one of the great fault lines in Christianity— namely, the divide between auto-salvation and salvation through grace.

Bishop Barron on Advent and God’s Holy Mountain

by Bishop Robert Barron . December 1, 2019 .

As we begin the Advent season, here are some reflections on the second chapter of the prophet Isaiah. The Church proposes his great image of God’s holy mountain as a spiritual challenge and point of meditation.

Bishop Barron on the Canonization of St. John Henry Newman

by Bishop Robert Barron . October 14, 2019 .

Bishop Barron reflects on the recent canonization of St. John Henry Newman, which he attended in Rome. Find more on Newman at https://wordonfire.institute/newman…

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