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Go In Haste! Be Amazed! Treasure!Bishop Robert Barron

By now most of you are probably aware of the depressing statistics regarding the "nones," that is to say, those in this country who claim no religious affiliation. The most recent survey showed that now ...

Scorsese's "Silence" and the Seaside Martyrs Bishop Robert Barron

I have long been an ardent fan of Martin Scorsese's films. Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, Goodfellas, The Aviator, Gangs of New York, The Last Waltz, Casino, etc. are among the defining movies of the last ...

Why Christmas Should Bother EverybodyBishop Robert Barron

Just a few weeks ago, at a ceremony for the lighting of the national Christmas tree, President Obama remarked on the meaning of the season. Here are some of the things he said: "Over these next few ...

'Arrival' and the Unique Manner of God's Speech Bishop Robert Barron

Like E.T., Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Starman, Independence Day, and a host of similar films over the past thirty years, Arrival explores the theme of an alien visitation to earth. In this iteration, ...

Why We Should Address Jesus as ThouBishop Robert Barron

On the final morning of the November meeting of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, we were treated to a fine sermon by Archbishop J. Peter Sartain. The leader of the church in Seattle spent ...

A Pilgrim, a Bishop, and His iPhone Bishop Robert Barron

I'm in the process of re-reading a spiritual classic from the Russian Orthodox tradition: The Way of a Pilgrim. This little text, whose author is unknown to us, concerns a man from mid-nineteenth century ...

"Doctor Strange," Scientism, and the Gnostic Way StationBishop Robert Barron

Scott Derickson's new film, Doctor Strange, has received rave reviews for its special-effects, its compelling story-telling, and the quality of its actors, but I would like to focus on the spirituality ...

3 Lessons for Young Catholics Bishop Robert Barron

Last week, I had the privilege of speaking to around nine thousand middle school and high school students from the Catholic schools of the Los Angeles Archdiocese. They were gathered in the cavernous ...