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