Bishop Barron talks about four classic books from the great Christian tradition that have changed his life. These titles have transformed cultures and have proven indispensable to those seeking to encounter God. Learn more about the series at WOFClassics.com.
Greta Gerwig’s new film, “Lady Bird,” has taken the critics by storm. Having seen the coming attractions, I knew it would be a quirky, offbeat comedy, but I had no idea that “Lady Bird” would be of considerable religious interest as well.
Amigos, me gustaría compartir con ustedes este video de nuestro servicio anual de procesión y oración para la Virgen de Guadalupe en Santa Bárbara, California. Que la bondad y la comodidad de la Madre de Dios, Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe, estén con nosotros hoy y todos los días.
Friends, I'd like to share with you this video from our annual Virgen de Guadalupe procession and prayer service in Santa Barbara, California. As you watch and share this video, please also pray for the good people of my pastoral region as the fires continue to blaze across Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. And may the kindness and comfort of the Mother of God, Our Lady of Guadalupe, be with us all today and every day.
At the November meeting of the United States bishops, I heard an impassioned case for the canonization of Nicholas Black Elk, a Lakota Indian medicine man who converted to Catholicism and eagerly took up the task of catechesis within his community. My prayer is that, if the cause of Black Elk moves forward, we might one day invoke him as a real icon for catechists in the Catholic Church.
The seventeenth century “slave of the slaves,” St. Peter Claver, dedicated his life to caring for the needs of slaves as they arrived in Cartagena from Africa. According to St. Peter Clever, social justice includes and prioritizes evangelization, a mission which flies in the face of Immanuel Kant's argument that religion is basically resolvable into ethics.
Jean Twenge’s book “iGen” about the generation born between 1995 and 2012 is one of the most fascinating—and depressing—texts I’ve read in the past decade. Her chapter on religious attitudes and behaviors among iGen’ers unambiguously indicates what is leading this most unreligious generation in our history away from the churches.
Why is the Mass so important? Why is it the “source and summit” of the Christian life? It is the most beautiful encounter between friends and it is an anticipation of the play that will be our permanent preoccupation in heaven.
George Weigel’s latest book, “Lessons in Hope: My Unexpected Life with St. John Paul II,” is the third panel in a great triptych he has composed in honor of the most consequential Catholic figure of the second half of the twentieth century.
@BishopBarron Thanks to Bishop Barron and Word on Fire. Your teachings over these many weeks have been invaluable sustenance and inspirational guidance. And, on this important day, I pledge to you that I will not simply stay in the upper room. Blessings and gratitude.
@BishopBarron @FrSteveGrunow We have learned so much from both your and Fr Steve’s homilies! Will miss seeing you both daily, but beyond glad to be back to receiving the Body and Blood of Christ. Thank you.
@BishopBarron @FrSteveGrunow @JosephGloor Words cannot adequately express my gratitude for your leadership & love in offering us daily live-streamed Masses w/marvelous homilies & exposition of Jesus on Saturdays during this pandemic. It has been a lifeline & huge source of grace!