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Charlottesville and America's Original SinBishop Robert Barron

I vividly remember my first visit to Charlottesville, Virginia. It was about twenty years ago, and I was on vacation with a good friend, who shared with me a passion for American history and for Thomas ...

The Mysterious Church on the Edge of the World Bishop Robert Barron

Even though I lived in France for three years while doing my doctoral studies, I never managed a visit to Mont Saint-Michel, the mysterious, mystical, and hauntingly photogenic abbey situated on a promontory ...

Musing on the Teeth of St. AmbroseBishop Robert Barron

I write these words from Milan, Italy, where I am with my Word on Fire team filming new episodes for our Pivotal Players series. I've seen lots of marvelous things on this trip, including the ruins of ...

A Bride and Groom; The Bride and The Groom Bishop Robert Barron

Two weeks ago, I had the great good pleasure of presiding at the wedding of my niece, Bryna. She has been, all her life, a lovely girl, full of joy and good cheer--and eager to give herself in service ...

The bride and the groomBishop Robert Barron

Two weeks ago, I had the great good pleasure of presiding at the wedding of my niece, Bryna. She has been, all her life, a lovely girl, full of joy and good cheer--and eager to give herself in service ...

Pope Francis Speaks to Priests Bishop Robert Barron

I write these words from the Nuremore Hotel in Monaghan, Ireland, where I am conducting a retreat for the good priests of the Dublin Archdiocese. As I look out at these men, I am reminded of so many of ...

Kathy Griffin and the Vanishing of ArgumentBishop Robert Barron

By now the whole world has heard about comedian Kathy Griffin's appalling staged-photo of herself holding a mock-up of the bloody, severed head of Donald Trump. Despite her rather pathetic apology, a ...

Silence and the Meaning of the Mass Bishop Robert Barron

Robert Cardinal Sarah's recent book The Power of Silence: Against the Dictatorship of Noise explores a number of themes both theological and spiritual, all centering around the unhappy role that noise ...