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Bishop Robert Barron’s Sermons - Catholic Preaching and Homilies

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Rank #32 in Christianity category

Religion & Spirituality
Christianity
Spirituality
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Weekly homily podcast from Bishop Robert Barron, produced by Word on Fire Catholic Ministries.

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Weekly homily podcast from Bishop Robert Barron, produced by Word on Fire Catholic Ministries.

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Please be the next POPE!!

By denise santu - Aug 22 2019
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We need you Bishop! The world needs to hear you!

Great supplement to mass!

By Robert Henry Holtz - Jun 11 2019
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Bishop Barron is the best! The best Jerry! The Best! No podcasts in June??

iTunes Ratings

1795 Ratings
Average Ratings
1672
40
38
26
19

Please be the next POPE!!

By denise santu - Aug 22 2019
Read more
We need you Bishop! The world needs to hear you!

Great supplement to mass!

By Robert Henry Holtz - Jun 11 2019
Read more
Bishop Barron is the best! The best Jerry! The Best! No podcasts in June??
Cover image of Bishop Robert Barron’s Sermons - Catholic Preaching and Homilies

Bishop Robert Barron’s Sermons - Catholic Preaching and Homilies

Updated 1 day ago

Rank #32 in Christianity category

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Weekly homily podcast from Bishop Robert Barron, produced by Word on Fire Catholic Ministries.

Yes and No to Power

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Our first and second readings for this weekend beautifully sum up the Church’s classical attitude toward those in power. I’ve long argued that the most influential philosopher of the nineteenth century was Friedrich Nietzsche. For this very influential and quirky German thinker, power is the fundamental reality—a perspective that has found its way into our cultural and political realms. But the Bible is not in sympathy with either the demonization of—or the exclusive holding up of—power.

Sep 18 2019
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A Coin, A Sheep, A Son

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Our Gospel for today gives us three classic parables, each one exploring the notion that is at the very heart of the spiritual life—namely, that God is the one who searches for us. Why would God fret over one little soul? Why would he bother? Well, it’s his nature. It’s what he does. More to it, as we see in the coin, the sheep, and the son, recovering a lost soul is what he rejoices in doing.

Sep 11 2019
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The Cost of Discipleship

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Our Gospel for today is breathtaking, first for what it says about Jesus and second for what it says about us. Jesus compels a choice the way no other figure does. Either he is who he says he is, or he is a bad man. The bland middle way that he is a great teacher simply won’t do. In the presence of the one who makes such an extraordinary claim, we have to make a decision.

Sep 04 2019
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Ignatian Detachment

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It was a particular joy for me to visit the sites associated with St. Ignatius of Loyola on a recent film trip. But the most moving locale was a little church in Manresa built around the cave where the young Ignatius spent about nine months preparing himself spiritually for his life’s work. What he learned at Manresa is that our attachments to various created goods—money, power, pleasure, and honor—stand in the way of our responding to God’s will for us. 

Aug 28 2019
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The Narrow Gate

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The topic of the Gospel for today—the question of how many will be saved—stirs up such passionate feelings in people, and there is such enormous disagreement about it. Luke tells us that Jesus is making his way to Jerusalem and someone asks, “Lord, will only a few people be saved?” And the answer comes back, “Strive to enter through the narrow gate.” But before we extrapolate from this exchange and consider the issue very generally, I would like to examine the historical setting of the conversation, which sheds a lot of light on what is really at stake.

Aug 21 2019
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Fate of the Prophet

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Our readings for today develop a theme that is uncomfortable. Authentically religious people, authentically spiritual people, will almost always be opposed. The logic behind this is simple and unanswerable: we live in a world gone wrong, a world turned upside down; therefore, when someone comes speaking the truth to us, we will think that they are crazy and dangerous. Jesus’ word is meant to burn things up, to reduce things to cinders, to clear things out. A get-along attitude is never what Jesus is calling for. I know that we are uneasy with this idea, but the Bible isn’t. To love is to will the good of the other. Therefore, to love necessarily involves passionate opposition to what works evil in the other. Love destroys the false forms of order and community in order for the true community to emerge.

Aug 14 2019
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Fate of the Prophet

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Our readings for today develop a theme that is uncomfortable. Authentically religious people, authentically spiritual people, will almost always be opposed. The logic behind this is simple and unanswerable: we live in a world gone wrong, a world turned upside down; therefore, when someone comes speaking the truth to us, we will think that they are crazy and dangerous. Jesus’ word is meant to burn things up, to reduce things to cinders, to clear things out. A get-along attitude is never what Jesus is calling for. I know that we are uneasy with this idea, but the Bible isn’t. To love is to will the good of the other. Therefore, to love necessarily involves passionate opposition to what works evil in the other. Love destroys the false forms of order and community in order for the true community to emerge.

Aug 14 2019
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The Hero’s Journey

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The Jungian psychologist Jordan Peterson is, in many ways, an early twenty-first century version of Joseph Campbell, and perhaps the central archetype that they both explored is that of the hero’s journey. As both Campbell and Peterson have recognized, the Bible is a treasure trove of hero’s journey stories. But what makes the biblical accounts so distinctive is that God is the one who is drawing and prompting the journey; in fact, the Bible tells the story of God’s own hero’s journey!

Aug 07 2019
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Bigger Barns or Treasure in Heaven?

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The readings for this weekend have a tremendous cohesiveness. They all speak to a truth about our world that is hard to take in, that has to be repeated to each generation afresh, a truth that many older people have an easier time understanding than young people: nothing in this world lasts. 

Jul 31 2019
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Abba Father, Bring us Jesus

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The Our Father, the Lord’s Prayer, is a request for Christ. As we examine this most famous prayer line by line, we see it's all about Jesus. That He might come and have communion with us is precisely what we hope for when we cry out to "our Abba who art in heaven."

Jul 24 2019
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