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Dark forces no match for power of the Gospel, sacraments

Dark forces no match for power of the Gospel, sacraments

| Father Robert Barron | August 1, 2012 | 1 Comment

In the sixth chapter of St. Mark’s Gospel, we find the account of Jesus sending out the Twelve, two by two, on mission. The first thing he gave them, Mark tells us, was “authority over unclean spirits.” The first pastoral act they performed was to “drive out many demons.”

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Spider-Man, Iron Man, Superman and the God-Man

Spider-Man, Iron Man, Superman and the God-Man

| Father Robert Barron | July 18, 2012 | 0 Comments

What is it about these stories — and the Spider-Man tale in particular — that fascinate us? May I suggest that it has something to do with Christianity, more precisely, with the figure around which all of the Christian religion revolves.

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Advice on the New Evangelization and seminaries

Advice on the New Evangelization and seminaries

| Father Robert Barron | June 5, 2012 | 1 Comment

When he mentioned the New Evangelization for the first time, in a speech in the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince in 1983, John Paul II said that one of the principle marks of the method would be “new ardor.”

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Author offers insights on how to solve today’s bully problem

Author offers insights on how to solve today’s bully problem

| Father Robert Barron | April 25, 2012 | 0 Comments

Whether we are talking about the Navajo, Masai warriors, or Orthodox Jews, traditional cultures understand that boys have to be brought through a period of trial — some test of skill and endurance — during which they learn the virtues of courage and self-sacrifice.

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Allow Christ to cleanse the temple of your life

Allow Christ to cleanse the temple of your life

| Father Robert Barron | March 15, 2012 | 0 Comments

What rivals to the one true God have you allowed to invade the sacred space of your soul?

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Get to know God through both scientific reason and faith

Get to know God through both scientific reason and faith

| Father Robert Barron | October 26, 2011 | 0 Comments

Protestant theologian Paul Tillich once commented that “faith” is the most misunderstood word in the religious vocabulary. I’m increasingly convinced that he was right about this.

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Really, truly, substantially present

Really, truly, substantially present

| Father Robert Barron | July 5, 2011 | 0 Comments

What is the origin of this distinctively Catholic conviction that Jesus is “really, truly and substantially present” under the eucharistic signs of bread and wine?

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Why are so many atheists on the CNN Belief Blog?

Why are so many atheists on the CNN Belief Blog?

| Father Robert Barron | June 22, 2011 | 7 Comments

The CNN Belief Blog, which has graciously featured a few of my pieces, just celebrated its first anniversary, and for the occasion, its editors reflected on 10 things that they’ve learned in the course of the year. The one that got my eye was this: that atheists are by far the most fervent commentators on matters religious.

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The last acceptable prejudice in America rides again

The last acceptable prejudice in America rides again

| Father Robert Barron | April 13, 2011 | 1 Comment

Anti-Catholicism has long been a feature of both the high and the low culture in America.

From the 19th century to the middle of the 20th century, it was out in the open. Many editorialists, cartoonists, politicians and other shapers of popular opinion in that era were crudely explicit in their opposition to the Catholic Church.

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The Genesis problem

The Genesis problem

| Father Robert Barron | February 14, 2011 | 0 Comments

How can anyone believe that God made the visible universe in six days, that all the species were created at the same time, that light existed before the sun and moon, etc., etc? How can believers possibly square the naïve cosmology of Genesis with the textured and sophisticated theories of Newton, Darwin, Einstein and Stephen Hawking?

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The depressing Pew Forum Study

The depressing Pew Forum Study

| Father Robert Barron | October 12, 2010 | 6 Comments

The Catholic Church is suffering mightily today from two self-inflicted wounds.

The first is the clerical sex abuse scandal, involving the gross violation of the most vulnerable members of the community by some priests and the countenancing or enabling of this crime by some bishops. This outrage has been the perfect storm. Not only has it deeply wounded young people; it has also compromised the work of the church in almost every way, since it has undermined so thoroughly the credibility that the church requires in order to teach, preach, catechize, and evangelize.

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