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