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Inclusivity and loveBishop Robert Barron

The other night, I had the privilege of participating in one of the listening sessions for the continental phase of the Synodal process. The basis for our discussion was a lengthy document produced by ...

Failures of the Golden RuleMichael Pakaluk

We can view the Golden Rule as a kind of mechanism implanted in us by our Creator, which serves as a means by which any of us can derive the basic principles of the moral law, as we wish, at any time. ...

Farewell to Pope BenedictBishop Robert Barron

One of the most consequential churchman of the last 100 years has died. Pope Benedict XVI (formerly Joseph Ratzinger) leaves a remarkable legacy in both the Church he served and in the wider society. ...

St. Ambrose DayMichael Pakaluk

I don't know why it was only this year that I noticed the significance in St. Ambrose's feast day, Dec. 7, falling between St. Nick's and the Immaculate Conception. Maybe it's because, ...

David and GoliathBishop Robert Barron

This piece is an excerpt from the forthcoming book "The Great Story of Israel" (Word on Fire Publishing), reflecting on 1 Samuel 17. Certainly, in the biblical framework, an important dimension of ...

'All the leaves are brown'Effie Caldarola

''All the leaves are brown. And the sky is gray." As we lean into another Advent, that opening line of "California Dreamin''' plays in my head. I love the Mamas and the Papas 1965 ...

Entering the spiritual space of John the BaptistBishop Robert Barron

One of my favorite places on earth is the great Cathedral of Chartres, located about an hour by train south of Paris. For me, it represents the richest expression of Gothic architecture, and the Gothic ...

Of purgatoryMichael Pakaluk

There are Christians who regard themselves as needing to be persuaded that purgatory exists and Christians who have long since been convinced in faith that it does exist and have for many years acted ...

Mother Alfred and the need for women religiousBishop Robert Barron

My new hero is Mother Alfred Moes. I realize that she is not a household name, even among Catholics, but she should be. She came on my radar screen only after I became the bishop of the Diocese of Winona-Rochester, ...

'Dei Verbum' and the 60th anniversary of Vatican IIBishop Robert Barron

I am composing these words on Oct. 11, 2022, which is the 60th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council, easily the most momentous ecclesial event of the 20th century. I think it's ...