"Word on Fire" columns by Bishop Robert Barron
Title Filter 
# Article Title Date
1 New apologetics: youth synod intervention November 1, 2018
2 Guiding young people into faith: An interview October 4, 2018
3 Tintoretto and the reform of the Church September 27, 2018
4 Why remain Catholic (with so much scandal)? September 20, 2018
5 Why remain Catholic (with so much scandal)? September 13, 2018
6 The McCarrick mess and what to do next August 30, 2018
7 Why accompaniment joins apologetics August 23, 2018
8 In the beginning, there were evangelists August 9, 2018
9 Jurassic World: Gets it right, and gets it wrong July 26, 2018
10 Our bishops: the question behind the question July 12, 2018
11 A reflection on the Irish referendum June 14, 2018
12 Michelle Wolf and the throwaway culture May 10, 2018
13 Paul Tillich and The Shape of Water April 26, 2018
14 A Quiet Place: A surprisingly religious film April 19, 2018
15 A thoughtful case for priestly celibacy April 5, 2018
16 A thoughtful case for priestly celibacy March 29, 2018
17 If you want to change a corrupt world March 22, 2018
18 The Jordan Peterson phenomenon March 15, 2018
19 Dr. Billy Graham: remembering a titan of faith March 8, 2018
20 America’s survey of women in the Church February 22, 2018
21 Applying ‘cleansing the temple’ to daily life February 8, 2018
22 An evening with William Lane Craig February 1, 2018
23 Downsizing and bigger matters of faith January 11, 2018
24 Lady Bird and the breakthrough of grace December 28, 2017
25 Advent: become a witness of waiting December 21, 2017
26 Advent and the many faces of anticipation December 14, 2017
27 Black Elk and the call for catechists November 30, 2017
28 Barron book released with faith and fire November 9, 2017
29 'iGen' are perhaps least religious in U.S. November 2, 2017
30 Mass begins as an encounter with Jesus October 19, 2017
31 Mother! and the God of the Bible October 12, 2017
32 George Weigel’s Lessons in Hope October 5, 2017
33 Church ministers to body, mind, and soul September 21, 2017
34 The importance of ‘real’ friendship, intimacy September 14, 2017
35 Worldly approaches to religion: karma or grace? September 7, 2017
36 Charlottesville and America’s ‘original sin’ August 31, 2017
37 The mysterious church on the edge of the world August 24, 2017
38 Veneration of relics and bodies of saints August 17, 2017
39 Bride and the groom are sign of God's love August 3, 2017
40 Pope Francis speaks to priests July 13, 2017
41 Looking at Luther with fresh eyes June 29, 2017
42 Silence and the meaning of the Mass June 15, 2017
43 A message of love for the confirmandi June 1, 2017
44 History lessons of Our Lady of Fatima May 25, 2017
45 How to preach like the Apostles May 18, 2017
46 Pride, humility, and social media May 11, 2017
47 Hunkering down with Benedict April 27, 2017
48 The Case for Christ and evangelization April 20, 2017
49 Jackie and the priest in conversation April 13, 2017
50 Lessons of suffering at Lough Derg April 6, 2017
51 Theo-dramas of SS. Patrick and Joseph March 30, 2017
52 Why it matters more who Jesus is March 23, 2017
53 Love is both tolerant and intolerant March 16, 2017
54 Well-ordered soul lives with Christ at its center March 9, 2017
55 Evangelizing through the good March 2, 2017
56 The Crown and society’s core values February 2, 2017
57 The unambiguous faith of the lay people January 26, 2017
58 "Silence" and the seaside martyrs January 19, 2017
59 Go in haste! Be amazed! Treasure! January 12, 2017
60 Why Christmas should bother everybody December 22, 2016
61 'Arrival' and understanding God’s speech December 15, 2016
62 Why we should address Jesus as ‘thou’ December 1, 2016
63 A pilgrim, a bishop, and his iPhone November 24, 2016
64 The spiritual path of 'Doctor Strange' November 17, 2016
65 Three lessons for young Catholics November 10, 2016
66 What to make of Simpsonization of men November 3, 2016
67 Called to be salt and light for all October 27, 2016
68 Who we are and what role we play October 20, 2016
69 The communion of saints ‘online’ October 13, 2016
70 Dipped in the Holy Spirit and set on fire October 6, 2016
71 A report from 'Baby Bishop School' September 29, 2016
72 Christian apologists, wake up! (part two) September 22, 2016
73 Theologians and catechists: wake up! September 15, 2016
74 Advice to students, new and old September 8, 2016
75 Ben-Hur: a tale of Christ, a tale of grace September 1, 2016
76 World Youth Day 2016: Source of hope August 25, 2016
77 Vikings is religiously interesting show August 18, 2016
78 The cross of Jesus: God's awful work of love August 4, 2016
79 How strange is the cross July 28, 2016
80 Aquinas and the art of public debate July 14, 2016
81 Mercy lessons from the woman at the well June 30, 2016
82 Why this film is so boring June 16, 2016
83 Porn and the curse of total sexual freedom June 2, 2016
84 Bill Nye is not the philosophy guy May 26, 2016
85 Daniel Berrigan and nonviolence May 19, 2016
86 Shakespeare and the fading Catholic world May 12, 2016
87 Why you should read The Great Divorce May 5, 2016
88 Miracles from Heaven and suffering April 28, 2016
89 First thoughts on Amoris Laetitia April 21, 2016
90 The spiritual legacy of Mother Angelica April 14, 2016
91 Lessons derived from the Resurrection April 7, 2016
92 The disorienting quality of real prayer March 31, 2016
93 Blasting holes through the buffered self March 10, 2016
94 Risen and the reality of the Resurrection March 3, 2016
95 Confirmation and evangelization February 25, 2016
96 The Doritos commercial and voluntarism February 18, 2016
97 Pope Francis and the evangelicals, part two February 11, 2016
98 All that is visible and invisible February 4, 2016
99 Pope Francis and the evangelicals, part one January 28, 2016
100 The Revenant and search for higher justice January 21, 2016
101 Saint of light, saint of darkness January 14, 2016
102 Pope Francis wants you to read Dante December 31, 2015
103 The challenge of Our Lady of Guadalupe December 24, 2015
104 What makes the Church grow? December 17, 2015
105 The 'Waze' of Providence December 10, 2015
106 What precisely is the Gospel? December 3, 2015
107 'Bridge of Spies' and the path to virtue November 26, 2015
108 René Girard, Church Father November 19, 2015
109 Daniel and the great unveiling November 12, 2015
110 Preaching the strange word November 5, 2015
111 'The Martian' and why each life matters October 29, 2015
112 Pope Francis and true mercy October 22, 2015
113 Letting the fly out of the fly bottle October 15, 2015
114 The pope, the Congress, and a Trappist monk October 8, 2015
115 'Mad Men' and the depression of Don Draper October 1, 2015
116 Your life does not belong to you September 24, 2015
117 Why Serra matters today September 17, 2015
118 Why you need spiritual food September 10, 2015
119 Stephen Colbert, J.R.R. Tolkien, John Henry Newman, and the providence of God September 3, 2015
120 Mother Nature is one unreliable lady August 27, 2015
121 Death of God and loss of human dignity August 20, 2015
122 'Laudato Si'' and Romano Guardini August 6, 2015
123 A prophetic pope and social teaching July 23, 2015
124 We’ve been here before July 16, 2015
125 Love, tolerance, and making distinctions July 2, 2015
126 Bruce Jenner and St. Irenaeus June 18, 2015
127 Experiences in Hospitalland June 4, 2015
128 The Avengers and Nietzsche May 28, 2015
129 Cardinal George and Catholicism May 21, 2015
130 Modern Culture and science May 14, 2015
131 Thoughts on Cardinal George May 7, 2015
132 A lion of the American Church April 30, 2015
133 Problem of Catholics leaving Church April 23, 2015
134 Startling news of the resurrection April 16, 2015
135 Why our democracy trusts in God April 9, 2015
136 What 'Whiplash' can teach us April 2, 2015
137 A very Christian 'Cinderella' March 26, 2015
138 Strategy for the New Evangelization March 19, 2015
139 Putting God first in our lives March 12, 2015
140 A message written in blood March 5, 2015
141 Fry, Job, and the cross of Jesus February 26, 2015
142 Christianity not primarily about ethics February 19, 2015
143 Thomas Merton’s influence February 12, 2015
144 Yves Congar and Vatican II February 5, 2015
145 Saying ‘yes’ to sex as path of love January 29, 2015
146 Problems with ‘hook-up’ culture January 22, 2015
147 A ‘smart people’ problem? January 15, 2015
148 Ridley Scott’s film misses the point January 8, 2015
149 A God-haunted film December 25, 2014
150 How to solve the bullying problem December 18, 2014
151 Hildebrand and our relativistic age December 11, 2014
152 ‘It doesn’t matter what you believe . . .’ December 4, 2014
153 Revisiting the argument from desire November 27, 2014
154 Reduction to a ‘singleton’ baby November 20, 2014
155 Revisiting spiritual welfare November 13, 2014
156 John Henry Newman at the synod November 6, 2014
157 Surprising lessons from YouTube viewers October 30, 2014
158 Have patience for ‘sausage-making’ synod October 23, 2014
159 Arguments for God's existence October 16, 2014
160 The sciences and God October 9, 2014
161 Parable of the talents revisited October 2, 2014
162 Calvary: portrait of a priest-shepherd September 25, 2014
163 The Gospel according to The Hobbit September 18, 2014
164 Christian themes in The Giver September 11, 2014
165 Arguing about moral matters September 4, 2014
166 Why I love my invisible friend August 28, 2014
167 Woody Allen's bleak vision August 21, 2014
168 Hercules, N.T. Wright, and the modern meta-narrative August 7, 2014
169 Superman, General Zod, and God July 24, 2014
170 Finding meaning in life and death July 17, 2014
171 Bill Maher doesn’t understand faith July 3, 2014
172 Film looks at sin and salvation June 19, 2014
173 Your life is not about you June 5, 2014
174 The danger of soft atheism May 29, 2014
175 The field hospital is open May 22, 2014
176 The joy of evangelizing May 15, 2014
177 How saintly popes modeled virtue May 8, 2014
178 What Easter means April 29, 2014
179 Why Jesus is God: Debunking skeptics April 24, 2014
180 The 'zealot' versus the real Jesus April 17, 2014
181 Noah: A post-modern midrash April 10, 2014
182 Anti-Catholicism should bother everyone April 3, 2014
183 Cosmos and the tired myth March 27, 2014
184 Why goodness depends on God March 20, 2014
185 What is our fundamental problem? March 13, 2014
186 ‘Priest, prophet, and king’ March 6, 2014
187 The disorienting quality of real prayer November 29, 1999