Christ, the New Temple

In the Gospel Sunday, Jesus meets John the Baptist. Fr. Robert Barron of Word on Fire fame writes about it in the monthly Magnificat magazine this month: All four of the Gospels compel us to approach Jesus through the figure of John the Baptist. They seem to imply that John provides an indispensable interpretive key [Read More...]

Violence in the Bible and the Struggle of Our Lives

“Some forms of evil are so profound that they have to be hacked to pieces,” Fr. Robert Barron says in a discussion of violence in the Bible. This video is more than worth 11 minutes of your time — to become more familiar with and better understand allegories of the spiritual struggle in the Old [Read More...]

Chicago’s Finest

I am delighted by the news that Fr. Robert Barron will be the rector-president of Mundelein Seminary/University of St. Mary of the Lake, outside Chicago. Fr. Barron is responsible for the top-notch Catholicism series that aired, partially, on PBS this fall. The message of this appointment is (at least to this non-seminarista): The New Evangelization [Read More...]

‘God’s Love Is More Powerful Than Anything in the World’

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The title line comes from a new video from Fr. Robert Barron. His talk is in response to a Newsweek cover story (I suspect you know the one!). This message — that God’s love is more powerful than anything in the world — is the message. The one that our souls live and die by. [Read More...]

Herod Lives — on Twitter

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Twitter is a funny thing I still haven’t figured out how to use well. In one sense it could be considered an example of some of the worst of the modern age, encouraging the attention-deficit-disorder lifestyles of the era. But it presents this opportunity to catch people in a moment. They’re in a cab or [Read More...]

Mounting the Heart of the Temple

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Not to be stuck on this past Sunday and its Gospel reading, but Fr. Robert Barron provides some essential focus: While sharing the aversion of using religion as a means to gain material wealth, I think a more fruitful way of understanding Christ’s action to cleanse the temple can be discerned in relation to Israel’s [Read More...]


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