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Tragedy, contingency, and a deeper sense of GodBishop Robert Barron

I have lived in Santa Barbara, California, for the past four years. In that brief time, my neighbors and I have experienced a number of real tragedies. Just over two years ago, the terrible Thomas Fire ...

The coronavirus and sitting quietly in a room alone Bishop Robert Barron

Blaise Pascal said, "All of humanity's problems stem from man's inability to sit quietly in a room alone." The great 17th-century philosopher thought that most of us, most of the time, distract ourselves ...

Love an enemy this LentBishop Robert Barron

The three classical spiritual practices that the Church urges us to embrace during Lent are prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. I would strongly encourage every one of my readers to follow this recommendation, ...

What is synodality? Bishop Robert Barron

It was a great privilege for me to participate in the Synod on Young People in the fall of 2018. Along with about three hundred other bishops and ecclesial experts from around the world, I spent four ...

The Ratzingerian constants and the maintenance of harmony in the ChurchBishop Robert Barron

Some years ago, my friend Msgr. Francis Mannion wrote an article concerning the three essential features of the Eucharistic liturgy -- namely, the priest, the rite, and the people. When these elements ...

A prayer at the tomb of St. Paul Bishop Robert Barron

I write these words on the airplane taking me home from my first visit as a bishop ad limina apostolorum (to the threshold of the apostles). This is the pilgrimage, required by canon law of every bishop, ...

Spending time with my spiritual fatherBishop Robert Barron

I write these words from the Eternal City of Rome, whither I've come with my brother bishops from Region 11 (California, Nevada, and Hawaii) for our ad limina visit. This is a regular and canonically ...

'1917' and remembering who we are Bishop Robert Barron

I saw the film "1917" on the vigil of the feast of the Baptism of the Lord, and I think there's a connection between the movie and the liturgical celebration. Bear with me. First, as everyone who has ...