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Same-sex marriage and the breakdown of moral argument

Same-sex marriage and the breakdown of moral argument

| Father Robert Barron | April 25, 2013 | 6 Comments

In his classic text “After Virtue,” the philosopher Alisdair MacIntyre lamented, not so much the immorality that runs rampant in our contemporary society, but something more fundamental and in the long run more dangerous — namely, that we are no longer even capable of having a real argument about moral matters.

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Evangelizing through beauty

Evangelizing through beauty

| Father Robert Barron | February 28, 2013 | 0 Comments

In his masterpiece “Brideshead Revisited,” Evelyn Waugh implicitly lays out a program of evangelization that has particular relevance to our time.

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Robust Christianity revolves around faith, hope and love

Robust Christianity revolves around faith, hope and love

| Father Robert Barron | January 30, 2013 | 0 Comments

St. Paul famously tells the Corinthians that there are “three things that last: faith, hope, and love.” At this Pauline prompt, the Christian tradition has identified these three as the “theological” virtues, meaning those features that come as a unique gift from God and that serve as the structuring elements of a properly spiritual life.

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Resisting modern society’s aggressive secularism

Resisting modern society’s aggressive secularism

| Father Robert Barron | November 6, 2012 | 1 Comment

It was with barely concealed delight that Chicago Sun-Times columnist Neil Steinberg conveyed the findings of the recent Pew Forum survey that the “nones,” those who claim no particular religious affiliation, are sharply on the rise in America.

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Why science will never disprove God’s existence

Why science will never disprove God’s existence

| Father Robert Barron | October 10, 2012 | 1 Comment

Given the ruminations of Stephen Hawking, Richard Dawkins and Daniel Dennett, one might have thought that the absolute limit of scientistic arrogance had been reached.

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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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