"Word on Fire" columns by Bishop Robert Barron
Title Filter 
# Article Title Date
1 The coronavirus and sitting quietly in a room alone March 26, 2020
2 Love an enemy this Lent March 19, 2020
3 What is ‘synodality’ and walking the synodal path? February 27, 2020
4 The maintenance of harmony in the Church February 20, 2020
5 A prayer at the tomb of St. Paul February 13, 2020
6 Spending time with my spiritual father February 6, 2020
7 1917 and remembering who we are January 23, 2020
8 Film should be called The One Pope January 9, 2020
9 The Crown and the ‘primacy of grace’ December 26, 2019
10 A talk on the Hill: A calling for justice December 12, 2019
11 A talk on the Hill: When were you called? November 28, 2019
12 More from Reddit friends, scoffers, and skeptics October 31, 2019
13 The voices of thousands of skeptics on Reddit October 24, 2019
14 Cardinal Etchegaray, Fr. de Lubac, and Vatican II September 26, 2019
15 Finding God everywhere and everyday August 8, 2019
16 St. Paul’s master class in evangelization July 25, 2019
17 Millennials, Jordan Peterson, and what matters July 11, 2019
18 SB 360: Why it endangers all religious freedom May 30, 2019
19 Christian martyrs and the case for reason May 9, 2019
20 Human suffering and the experiences of God May 2, 2019
21 The reality of abortion and the hope of change April 25, 2019
22 The internet and Satan’s favorite game February 14, 2019
23 New York, abortion, and a short route to chaos February 7, 2019
24 Birdbox and engaging in spiritual warfare January 31, 2019
25 Young Jesuits, justice, and evangelization January 24, 2019
26 Foiling Spinoza as path to evangelization January 17, 2019
27 Mulling over Jordan Peterson and Sam Harris January 10, 2019
28 Being ‘nice’ is not the point of Christianity December 27, 2018
29 Tolkien, Chesterton, and the adventure of mission December 20, 2018
30 The missionary challenge of John Chau December 13, 2018
31 New apologetics: youth synod intervention November 1, 2018
32 Guiding young people into faith: An interview October 4, 2018
33 Tintoretto and the reform of the Church September 27, 2018
34 Why remain Catholic (with so much scandal)? September 20, 2018
35 Why remain Catholic (with so much scandal)? September 13, 2018
36 The McCarrick mess and what to do next August 30, 2018
37 Why accompaniment joins apologetics August 23, 2018
38 In the beginning, there were evangelists August 9, 2018
39 Jurassic World: Gets it right, and gets it wrong July 26, 2018
40 Our bishops: the question behind the question July 12, 2018
41 A reflection on the Irish referendum June 14, 2018
42 Michelle Wolf and the throwaway culture May 10, 2018
43 Paul Tillich and The Shape of Water April 26, 2018
44 A Quiet Place: A surprisingly religious film April 19, 2018
45 A thoughtful case for priestly celibacy April 5, 2018
46 A thoughtful case for priestly celibacy March 29, 2018
47 If you want to change a corrupt world March 22, 2018
48 The Jordan Peterson phenomenon March 15, 2018
49 Dr. Billy Graham: remembering a titan of faith March 8, 2018
50 America’s survey of women in the Church February 22, 2018
51 Applying ‘cleansing the temple’ to daily life February 8, 2018
52 An evening with William Lane Craig February 1, 2018
53 Downsizing and bigger matters of faith January 11, 2018
54 Lady Bird and the breakthrough of grace December 28, 2017
55 Advent: become a witness of waiting December 21, 2017
56 Advent and the many faces of anticipation December 14, 2017
57 Black Elk and the call for catechists November 30, 2017
58 Barron book released with faith and fire November 9, 2017
59 'iGen' are perhaps least religious in U.S. November 2, 2017
60 Mass begins as an encounter with Jesus October 19, 2017
61 Mother! and the God of the Bible October 12, 2017
62 George Weigel’s Lessons in Hope October 5, 2017
63 Church ministers to body, mind, and soul September 21, 2017
64 The importance of ‘real’ friendship, intimacy September 14, 2017
65 Worldly approaches to religion: karma or grace? September 7, 2017
66 Charlottesville and America’s ‘original sin’ August 31, 2017
67 The mysterious church on the edge of the world August 24, 2017
68 Veneration of relics and bodies of saints August 17, 2017
69 Bride and the groom are sign of God's love August 3, 2017
70 Pope Francis speaks to priests July 13, 2017
71 Looking at Luther with fresh eyes June 29, 2017
72 Silence and the meaning of the Mass June 15, 2017
73 A message of love for the confirmandi June 1, 2017
74 History lessons of Our Lady of Fatima May 25, 2017
75 How to preach like the Apostles May 18, 2017
76 Pride, humility, and social media May 11, 2017
77 Hunkering down with Benedict April 27, 2017
78 The Case for Christ and evangelization April 20, 2017
79 Jackie and the priest in conversation April 13, 2017
80 Lessons of suffering at Lough Derg April 6, 2017
81 Theo-dramas of SS. Patrick and Joseph March 30, 2017
82 Why it matters more who Jesus is March 23, 2017
83 Love is both tolerant and intolerant March 16, 2017
84 Well-ordered soul lives with Christ at its center March 9, 2017
85 Evangelizing through the good March 2, 2017
86 The Crown and society’s core values February 2, 2017
87 The unambiguous faith of the lay people January 26, 2017
88 "Silence" and the seaside martyrs January 19, 2017
89 Go in haste! Be amazed! Treasure! January 12, 2017
90 Why Christmas should bother everybody December 22, 2016
91 'Arrival' and understanding God’s speech December 15, 2016
92 Why we should address Jesus as ‘thou’ December 1, 2016
93 A pilgrim, a bishop, and his iPhone November 24, 2016
94 The spiritual path of 'Doctor Strange' November 17, 2016
95 Three lessons for young Catholics November 10, 2016
96 What to make of Simpsonization of men November 3, 2016
97 Called to be salt and light for all October 27, 2016
98 Who we are and what role we play October 20, 2016
99 The communion of saints ‘online’ October 13, 2016
100 Dipped in the Holy Spirit and set on fire October 6, 2016
101 A report from 'Baby Bishop School' September 29, 2016
102 Christian apologists, wake up! (part two) September 22, 2016
103 Theologians and catechists: wake up! September 15, 2016
104 Advice to students, new and old September 8, 2016
105 Ben-Hur: a tale of Christ, a tale of grace September 1, 2016
106 World Youth Day 2016: Source of hope August 25, 2016
107 Vikings is religiously interesting show August 18, 2016
108 The cross of Jesus: God's awful work of love August 4, 2016
109 How strange is the cross July 28, 2016
110 Aquinas and the art of public debate July 14, 2016
111 Mercy lessons from the woman at the well June 30, 2016
112 Why this film is so boring June 16, 2016
113 Porn and the curse of total sexual freedom June 2, 2016
114 Bill Nye is not the philosophy guy May 26, 2016
115 Daniel Berrigan and nonviolence May 19, 2016
116 Shakespeare and the fading Catholic world May 12, 2016
117 Why you should read The Great Divorce May 5, 2016
118 Miracles from Heaven and suffering April 28, 2016
119 First thoughts on Amoris Laetitia April 21, 2016
120 The spiritual legacy of Mother Angelica April 14, 2016
121 Lessons derived from the Resurrection April 7, 2016
122 The disorienting quality of real prayer March 31, 2016
123 Blasting holes through the buffered self March 10, 2016
124 Risen and the reality of the Resurrection March 3, 2016
125 Confirmation and evangelization February 25, 2016
126 The Doritos commercial and voluntarism February 18, 2016
127 Pope Francis and the evangelicals, part two February 11, 2016
128 All that is visible and invisible February 4, 2016
129 Pope Francis and the evangelicals, part one January 28, 2016
130 The Revenant and search for higher justice January 21, 2016
131 Saint of light, saint of darkness January 14, 2016
132 Pope Francis wants you to read Dante December 31, 2015
133 The challenge of Our Lady of Guadalupe December 24, 2015
134 What makes the Church grow? December 17, 2015
135 The 'Waze' of Providence December 10, 2015
136 What precisely is the Gospel? December 3, 2015
137 'Bridge of Spies' and the path to virtue November 26, 2015
138 René Girard, Church Father November 19, 2015
139 Daniel and the great unveiling November 12, 2015
140 Preaching the strange word November 5, 2015
141 'The Martian' and why each life matters October 29, 2015
142 Pope Francis and true mercy October 22, 2015
143 Letting the fly out of the fly bottle October 15, 2015
144 The pope, the Congress, and a Trappist monk October 8, 2015
145 'Mad Men' and the depression of Don Draper October 1, 2015
146 Your life does not belong to you September 24, 2015
147 Why Serra matters today September 17, 2015
148 Why you need spiritual food September 10, 2015
149 Stephen Colbert, J.R.R. Tolkien, John Henry Newman, and the providence of God September 3, 2015
150 Mother Nature is one unreliable lady August 27, 2015
151 Death of God and loss of human dignity August 20, 2015
152 'Laudato Si'' and Romano Guardini August 6, 2015
153 A prophetic pope and social teaching July 23, 2015
154 We’ve been here before July 16, 2015
155 Love, tolerance, and making distinctions July 2, 2015
156 Bruce Jenner and St. Irenaeus June 18, 2015
157 Experiences in Hospitalland June 4, 2015
158 The Avengers and Nietzsche May 28, 2015
159 Cardinal George and Catholicism May 21, 2015
160 Modern Culture and science May 14, 2015
161 Thoughts on Cardinal George May 7, 2015
162 A lion of the American Church April 30, 2015
163 Problem of Catholics leaving Church April 23, 2015
164 Startling news of the resurrection April 16, 2015
165 Why our democracy trusts in God April 9, 2015
166 What 'Whiplash' can teach us April 2, 2015
167 A very Christian 'Cinderella' March 26, 2015
168 Strategy for the New Evangelization March 19, 2015
169 Putting God first in our lives March 12, 2015
170 A message written in blood March 5, 2015
171 Fry, Job, and the cross of Jesus February 26, 2015
172 Christianity not primarily about ethics February 19, 2015
173 Thomas Merton’s influence February 12, 2015
174 Yves Congar and Vatican II February 5, 2015
175 Saying ‘yes’ to sex as path of love January 29, 2015
176 Problems with ‘hook-up’ culture January 22, 2015
177 A ‘smart people’ problem? January 15, 2015
178 Ridley Scott’s film misses the point January 8, 2015
179 A God-haunted film December 25, 2014
180 How to solve the bullying problem December 18, 2014
181 Hildebrand and our relativistic age December 11, 2014
182 ‘It doesn’t matter what you believe . . .’ December 4, 2014
183 Revisiting the argument from desire November 27, 2014
184 Reduction to a ‘singleton’ baby November 20, 2014
185 Revisiting spiritual welfare November 13, 2014
186 John Henry Newman at the synod November 6, 2014
187 Surprising lessons from YouTube viewers October 30, 2014
188 Have patience for ‘sausage-making’ synod October 23, 2014
189 Arguments for God's existence October 16, 2014
190 The sciences and God October 9, 2014
191 Parable of the talents revisited October 2, 2014
192 Calvary: portrait of a priest-shepherd September 25, 2014
193 The Gospel according to The Hobbit September 18, 2014
194 Christian themes in The Giver September 11, 2014
195 Arguing about moral matters September 4, 2014
196 Why I love my invisible friend August 28, 2014
197 Woody Allen's bleak vision August 21, 2014
198 Hercules, N.T. Wright, and the modern meta-narrative August 7, 2014
199 Superman, General Zod, and God July 24, 2014
200 Finding meaning in life and death July 17, 2014
201 Bill Maher doesn’t understand faith July 3, 2014
202 Film looks at sin and salvation June 19, 2014
203 Your life is not about you June 5, 2014
204 The danger of soft atheism May 29, 2014
205 The field hospital is open May 22, 2014
206 The joy of evangelizing May 15, 2014
207 How saintly popes modeled virtue May 8, 2014
208 What Easter means April 29, 2014
209 Why Jesus is God: Debunking skeptics April 24, 2014
210 The 'zealot' versus the real Jesus April 17, 2014
211 Noah: A post-modern midrash April 10, 2014
212 Anti-Catholicism should bother everyone April 3, 2014
213 Cosmos and the tired myth March 27, 2014
214 Why goodness depends on God March 20, 2014
215 What is our fundamental problem? March 13, 2014
216 ‘Priest, prophet, and king’ March 6, 2014
217 The disorienting quality of real prayer November 29, 1999