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Robert Barron - How Are You Caring for the Poor?
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Robert Barron - How Are You Caring for the Poor?
Robert Barron - How Are You Caring for the Poor?
Peace be with you. Friends, Pope Benedict memorably said the Church does three essential things. And this has just stayed in my mind ever since I read it, because it's so clarifying. The three essential things Church does; it evangelizes, it [...]
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Robert Barron - Don't Demonize (or Divinize) the Powerful
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Robert Barron - Don't Demonize (or Divinize) the Powerful
Robert Barron - Don't Demonize (or Divinize) the Powerful
Peace be with you. Friends, I love the opportunity today to talk about the church's social teaching and the prompt comes from readings one and two, because they beautifully show, if you want, both sides of the church's social teaching, the beautiful [...]
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Robert Barron - God Is Crazy in Love with You
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Robert Barron - God Is Crazy in Love with You
Robert Barron - God Is Crazy in Love with You
Peace be with you. Friends, the last several weeks, we've been reading from this section of Luke that talks about the demands of discipleship, the radicality of what it means to follow Jesus. But let me tell you something now. Here's a hint, it's a [...]
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Robert Barron - The Fair-Weather Fans of Jesus
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Robert Barron - The Fair-Weather Fans of Jesus
Robert Barron - The Fair-Weather Fans of Jesus
Peace be with you. Friends, these past several weeks, we've been reading from a section of the Gospel of Luke that is actually rather harrowing. What I mean is we find laid out before us the great principles and challenges of the spiritual life, [...]
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Robert Barron - Act Against Your Attachments
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Robert Barron - Act Against Your Attachments
Robert Barron - Act Against Your Attachments
Peace be with you. Friends, a couple summers ago I had the great privilege of visiting in connection with a film we were making the sites connected to St. Ignatius of Loyola. We went to the Basque Country, to Loyola, where he was born and where he [...]
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Robert Barron - How Many Will Be Saved?
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Robert Barron - How Many Will Be Saved?
Robert Barron - How Many Will Be Saved?
Peace be with you. Friends, I'm going to admit something to you. I'm a little bit reluctant to talk about the topic of our Gospel for today, because it's this famously controversial matter of how many will be saved. So someone asks Jesus that [...]
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Robert Barron - Let Christ Light a Fire in You
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Robert Barron - Let Christ Light a Fire in You
Robert Barron - Let Christ Light a Fire in You
Peace be with you. Friends, I won't lie to you. The readings for this weekend, they're tough. They're very challenging. And maybe it's good we hear these sort of in the middle of the summer when we're more relaxed, because they're a lot to take in. [...]
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Robert Barron - Go on a Hero's Journey
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Robert Barron - Go on a Hero's Journey
Robert Barron - Go on a Hero's Journey
Peace be with you. Friends, if you've been following my work the last couple years, you know that I've been interested in Jordan Peterson, the psychologist from Toronto, who's become quite a celebrity on social media. And Peterson, like Joseph [...]
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Robert Barron - You Can't Take It With You
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Robert Barron - You Can't Take It With You
Robert Barron - You Can't Take It With You
Peace be with you. Friends, all three of our readings for this weekend speak of a primordial spiritual truth, one that I've mentioned frequently, maybe I've even harped on it with you. But that's okay, because I think it's so fundamental in the [...]
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Robert Barron - What Is the Lord's Prayer About?
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Robert Barron - What Is the Lord's Prayer About?
Robert Barron - What Is the Lord's Prayer About?
Peace be with you. Friends, our Gospel for today is St. Luke's version of the Lord's Prayer, the Our Father, this prayer that's recited probably, I don't know, millions of times a day, all over the world, at every Mass. If you're praying the Liturgy [...]
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Robert Barron - Focus on the One Thing Necessary
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Robert Barron - Focus on the One Thing Necessary
Robert Barron - Focus on the One Thing Necessary
Peace be with you. Friends, the Gospel for today is that wonderful and familiar story of Martha and Mary. But the Church sets us up for this in a really interesting way by giving us a first reading from the book of Genesis. We're in chapter 18; it's [...]
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Robert Barron - Christ Can Heal Us
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Robert Barron - Christ Can Heal Us
Robert Barron - Christ Can Heal Us
Peace be with you. Friends, the gospel for this fifteenth Sunday of the year is one of Jesus' best-known parables: the story of the Good Samaritan. Something that Karl Barth taught in the twentieth century, he learned it from the Church Fathers, is [...]
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Robert Barron - How Will You Evangelize Today?
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Robert Barron - How Will You Evangelize Today?
Robert Barron - How Will You Evangelize Today?
Peace be with you. Friends, last week we had a wonderful portrait of discipleship. You might say the cost of discipleship was on clear display. As we continue now our reading of the Gospel of Luke, we have today a great, I would say, portrait of the [...]
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Robert Barron - Following Jesus Comes First
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Robert Barron - Following Jesus Comes First
Robert Barron - Following Jesus Comes First
Peace be with you. Friends, I'm going to be blunt with you. The Gospel for today is really tough. It's really challenging. But I love how it cuts right to the heart of the kind of ethical implications of the Gospel. Now you'll see what I mean as I [...]
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Robert Barron - Sacrifice, Covenant, Banquet
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Robert Barron - Sacrifice, Covenant, Banquet
Robert Barron - Sacrifice, Covenant, Banquet
Peace be with you. Friends, we come this weekend to the feast of Corpus Christi, the Body and the Blood of Christ. I always love the opportunity to preach on the Eucharist because, as Vatican II famously said, it's the source and summit of the [...]
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Robert Barron - What Is the Trinity?
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Robert Barron - What Is the Trinity?
Robert Barron - What Is the Trinity?
Peace be with you. Friends, we've come to Trinity Sunday. It's been called the preacher's nightmare. I've never believed that. I love Trinity Sunday. I love preaching on Trinity Sunday, and what I'm going to do today, I'm going to commit an act of [...]
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Robert Barron - Seek the Mark of the Spirit
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Robert Barron - Seek the Mark of the Spirit
Robert Barron - Seek the Mark of the Spirit
Peace be with you. Happy Pentecost Sunday to everybody, this great celebration of the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Trinity. And I want to suggest to you that meditating upon the number three will tell us a lot of what we need to know about [...]
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Robert Barron - Come, Lord Jesus
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Robert Barron - Come, Lord Jesus
Robert Barron - Come, Lord Jesus
Peace be with you. Friends, on this Seventh Sunday of Easter, the Church gives us the privilege of hearing the very last words of the Bible. Again, if you're reading poetry, you're reading a novel, you're reading even a great work of history, the [...]
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Robert Barron - The Heavenly City
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Robert Barron - The Heavenly City
Robert Barron - The Heavenly City
Peace be with you. Friends, we're continuing our reading of the book of Revelation. The Church gives us throughout the Easter season these marvelous passages. Last week we started with chapter 21. There are 22 chapters in the book, so we're right [...]
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Robert Barron - Rescued from the Depths
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Robert Barron - Rescued from the Depths
Robert Barron - Rescued from the Depths
Peace be with you. Friends, on this Fifth Sunday of Easter, we continue our reading of the book of Revelation. The Church gives us excerpts from this final book of the Bible all during the Easter season. Now, we leap, last time we were in chapter 7, [...]
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Robert Barron - The Great Army of the Martyrs
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Robert Barron - The Great Army of the Martyrs
Robert Barron - The Great Army of the Martyrs
Peace be with you. Friends, all during this Easter season we're reading from the book of Revelation, the marvelous and final book of the Bible. So I'm just going to be following these readings all during the Easter season. Years ago when I was a [...]
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Robert Barron - Right Praise, Right Order
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Robert Barron - Right Praise, Right Order
Robert Barron - Right Praise, Right Order
Peace be with you. Friends, for this Third Sunday of Easter, I want to continue my interpretation of the book of Revelation. So all during the Easter season, reading number two is from Revelation. And I think it's a very important book, but one that [...]
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Robert Barron - The Unveiling of a New World
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Robert Barron - The Unveiling of a New World
Robert Barron - The Unveiling of a New World
Peace be with you. Friends, on the Second Sunday of Easter, we commence a reading now for the rest of the Easter season of the book of Revelation. So it's the second reading for the rest of the Easter season. So I want to take advantage of this [...]
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Robert Barron - Three Lessons of the Resurrection
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Robert Barron - Three Lessons of the Resurrection
Robert Barron - Three Lessons of the Resurrection
Peace be with you, and a very blessed, very happy Easter Sunday to everybody. Hey, listen, the Resurrection of Jesus is the be all and the end all of the Christian faith. If Jesus didn't rise from the dead, all bishops, all priests, all Christian [...]
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Robert Barron - The Master Has Need of It
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Robert Barron - The Master Has Need of It
Robert Barron - The Master Has Need of It
Peace be with you. We come today to Palm Sunday, the beginning of the holiest week of the year, and of course we read at Mass the wonderful Passion narrative. But I want to focus today not on the Passion narrative but on the Gospel that we proclaim [...]
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Robert Barron - Refuse Scapegoating Violence
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Robert Barron - Refuse Scapegoating Violence
Robert Barron - Refuse Scapegoating Violence
Peace be with you. Friends, what an embarrassment of riches we have during this Lenten season. The Church always gives us magnificent readings to meditate upon. Last Sunday, we had what I call the greatest story ever told, the parable of the [...]
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Robert Barron - Everything He Has Is Yours
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Robert Barron - Everything He Has Is Yours
Robert Barron - Everything He Has Is Yours
Peace be with you. Friends, our Gospel reading for this Fourth Sunday of Lent is one of the greatest stories ever told, one of Jesus' most famous parables: the parable of the prodigal son. And I think in a way it tells us everything we need to know [...]
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Robert Barron - Who Is God?
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Robert Barron - Who Is God?
Robert Barron - Who Is God?
Peace be with you. Friends, we come to the Third Sunday of Lent, and we have the privilege of reading one of the most important texts in the Bible, period. We're in the third chapter of the book of Exodus. It's the text in which God gives himself a [...]
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Robert Barron - Awaiting Resurrection
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Robert Barron - Awaiting Resurrection
Robert Barron - Awaiting Resurrection
Peace be with you. Friends, I love how all three of the readings for the Second Sunday of Lent call to mind the mystical, the strange, the transcendent world that's the goal of all of our religious striving. Our first reading from the book of [...]
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Robert Barron - Three Levels of Temptation
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Robert Barron - Three Levels of Temptation
Robert Barron - Three Levels of Temptation
Peace be with you. Friends, we come to this great and holy season of Lent, a time to get back to spiritual basics, a time when the Church looks at some of its most fundamental and spiritually significant texts. We begin this First Sunday of Lent [...]
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Robert Barron - Beware of Blind Guides
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Robert Barron - Beware of Blind Guides
Robert Barron - Beware of Blind Guides
Peace be with you. Friends, our Gospel for today is taken from the very end of Luke's Sermon on the Plain. So in Matthew, Jesus gives his definitive teaching on a mountain, the Sermon on the Mount. In Luke's Gospel, his version has Jesus speaking on [...]
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Robert Barron - Give as God Gives
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Robert Barron - Give as God Gives
Robert Barron - Give as God Gives
Peace be with you. Friends, I wonder if you've heard about this phenomenon discovered by some sociologists of primal cultures. There's a scenario in which two chieftains, two rulers of tribes, essentially destroy each other in rivalrous displays of [...]
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Robert Barron - To What Does Your Heart Belong?
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Robert Barron - To What Does Your Heart Belong?
Robert Barron - To What Does Your Heart Belong?
Peace be with you. Friends, last week I talked about the beautiful juxtaposition between a reading from Isaiah and a reading from Luke's Gospel. Well this week, a juxtaposition between Jeremiah and Luke's Gospel, and it's wonderful because each one [...]
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Robert Barron - The Invasion of Grace
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Robert Barron - The Invasion of Grace
Robert Barron - The Invasion of Grace
Peace be with you. Friends, for this Fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time, the Church gives us a wonderful juxtaposition of two readings. I'm talking about this passage from the sixth chapter of the prophet Isaiah and a passage from the fifth chapter of [...]
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Robert Barron - Give Away the Grace You've Been Given
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Robert Barron - Give Away the Grace You've Been Given
Robert Barron - Give Away the Grace You've Been Given
Peace be with you. Friends, for this weekend, the Church has brought together a first reading and gospel in a really interesting way, because they tell the stories of two prophetic careers, if you want. The beginnings of two prophetic vocations. [...]
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Robert Barron - Priests, Prophets, and Kings
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Robert Barron - Priests, Prophets, and Kings
Robert Barron - Priests, Prophets, and Kings
Peace be with you. Friends, one reason I love this feast of the Baptism of the Lord is it gives me the opportunity to talk about our own Baptism. Because even though most of us probably couldn't name the day we were baptized, we can name our [...]
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Robert Barron - Is Science Opposed to Faith?
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Robert Barron - Is Science Opposed to Faith?
Robert Barron - Is Science Opposed to Faith?
Peace be with you. Friends, probably most of you know that I spend a lot of time trying to reach out to young people who have disaffiliated from the Church. So I've been studying this issue for a long time. And in study after study, survey after [...]
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Robert Barron - Love the Ones You're Given
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Robert Barron - Love the Ones You're Given
Robert Barron - Love the Ones You're Given
Peace be with you. Friends, on this Feast of the Holy Family, so it's the very day after Christmas, I'm aware that we've all probably been with our families very recently, our immediate families, our extended families. And I want to tell you about a [...]
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Robert Barron - Give Up the Ego-Drama
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Robert Barron - Give Up the Ego-Drama
Robert Barron - Give Up the Ego-Drama
Peace be with you. Friends, we come to the Fourth Sunday of Advent and the Church gives us this marvelous story of the Visitation, Mary's visit to her cousin Elizabeth. And I'll tell you the word I've always loved in this story. It's the word [...]
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Robert Barron - Have You Found Joy?
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Robert Barron - Have You Found Joy?
Robert Barron - Have You Found Joy?
Peace be with you and happy Gaudete Sunday to everybody. That means "Rejoice" Sunday. "Gaudete," by the way, is an imperative; it means "do it, rejoice," and we always celebrate this on the Third Sunday of Advent. Well, [...]
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Robert Barron - The Historical Reality of Jesus
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Robert Barron - The Historical Reality of Jesus
Robert Barron - The Historical Reality of Jesus
Peace be with you. Friends, a couple years ago, there was a poll done in Great Britain that revealed the majority of people in that country feel that Jesus was not a real historical figure. He was more of a mythic character. Mind you, this is in the [...]
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Robert Barron - Is Jesus the King of Your Life?
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Robert Barron - Is Jesus the King of Your Life?
Robert Barron - Is Jesus the King of Your Life?
Peace be with you. Friends, we come today to the last Sunday of the liturgical year, the Feast of Christ the King. I always think of the liturgical year as kind of this great procession, at the end of which comes the most important figure, the King. [...]
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Robert Barron - What Is the Apocalypse?
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Robert Barron - What Is the Apocalypse?
Robert Barron - What Is the Apocalypse?
Peace be with you. Friends, this time of year, we're getting into late November, when the days are getting shorter and the weather a bit gloomier, it's appropriate, I suppose, the Gospel readings turn toward the apocalyptic. There's something dark [...]
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Robert Barron - Trust in the Lord
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Robert Barron - Trust in the Lord
Robert Barron - Trust in the Lord
Peace be with you. Friends, our first reading is one of my favorites in the Old Testament. It's a kind of hidden gem, and I've been drawing inspiration from it for years, sharing it in talks and retreats and so on. And it's one that's not super [...]
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Robert Barron - No God but the Lord Alone
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Robert Barron - No God but the Lord Alone
Robert Barron - No God but the Lord Alone
Peace be with you. Friends, we are on very, very holy ground with our Gospel today, because someone asks Jesus which is the greatest commandment. So, we're going to hear not just from a rabbi, not just from a prophet, a merely human figure. We're [...]
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Robert Barron - Are You Blinded by Cities of Sin?
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Robert Barron - Are You Blinded by Cities of Sin?
Robert Barron - Are You Blinded by Cities of Sin?
Peace be with you. Friends, our Gospel today contains this marvelous story of the healing of blind Bartimaeus. It's an icon of tremendous power. What I mean is it's a sort of sacred picture of the spiritual life, of the process of salvation, all of [...]
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Robert Barron - Do You Really Want What God Wants?
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Robert Barron - Do You Really Want What God Wants?
Robert Barron - Do You Really Want What God Wants?
Peace be with you. Friends, I love the Gospel for this weekend because it's so challenging. And I'll tell you the truth, this Gospel often comes to my mind when I'm doing my holy hour in the morning, and I'll tell you why. In those moments, when I [...]
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Robert Barron - It's Time for a Radical Choice
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Robert Barron - It's Time for a Radical Choice
Robert Barron - It's Time for a Radical Choice
Peace be with you. Friends, our first reading from the book of Wisdom and our Gospel are meant to be read in tandem. And they articulate such an important principle of what I'll call spiritual physics. So anybody interested in the dynamics of the [...]
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Robert Barron - How to Fall in Love
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Robert Barron - How to Fall in Love
Robert Barron - How to Fall in Love
Peace be with you. Friends, our readings for this weekend are of extraordinary importance. They have to do with, to give it its technical term, Christian anthropology, that is to say, who we are in the presence of God, and the Christian [...]
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Robert Barron - We Just Don't Get It
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Robert Barron - We Just Don't Get It
Robert Barron - We Just Don't Get It
Peace be with you. Friends, our first reading for this weekend is taken from the wonderful book of Numbers. Now, the book of Numbers is one of the five books of the Pentateuch or the Torah, the most sacred part of the Old Testament. I might urge [...]
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