Sacred Scripture

"David and Goliath" (detail) by Guillaime Courtois"David and Goliath" (detail) by Guillaime Courtois

Reading David and Goliath in the Four Senses of Scripture

Reading the Holy Scriptures in the modern age is a more daunting task than might be supposed considering the cacophony of educators cheerleading for the false success of a wholly corrupted educational system. The modern school promotes a false sense of literacy more transparent than the Emperor’s new clothes when held up to time honored understandings of literacy and the [...]

"Christ the Consolator" (detail) by Carl Bloch"Christ the Consolator" (detail) by Carl Bloch

What is the Answer to Suffering, Pain and Loss?

Many years ago, I taught 4th Grade CCD for my parish religious education department. It was the first evening of classes and I was starting the process of getting everyone introduced to one another when one boy blurted out, “I am going to be your worst nightmare.” He was speaking to me. You could say that I was taken aback, [...]

"The Raising of Lazarus" (detail)
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The Path to Life Leads Through Death

The Final Journey to Jerusalem Begins The account of the raising of Lazarus from the dead by Jesus is the seventh of the seven signs in St. John’s Gospel that announce the fulfillment of the Old Covenant in the New Covenant and the passing away of the old rites, replaced by the grace and sacraments of Jesus Christ. It is also the [...]

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Learning from the Shepherds at Midnight Mass

This message, indeed, “cannot leave us indifferent.” Because it is true, “it changes everything.” There is something beautifully symbolic about the tradition of Midnight Mass. It shows that Christians are so eager for Christmas to begin that they want to start celebrating on the first moment of Christmas day. People who ordinarily never go out late at night and are [...]

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The Bible Lady and Angels in Scripture

Do you know the Bible Lady and her wonderful work with Catholic Scripture Study International?  Gail Buckley is a remarkable woman who is deeply passionate about sharing the power of Scripture with the world.  Her energy is amazing and her passion for Christ and the Church are inspiring. She is the Founder and President of Catholic Scripture Study International, the [...]

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Learning from the Shepherds

There is something beautifully symbolic about the tradition of Midnight Mass. It shows that Christians are so eager for Christmas to begin that they want to start celebrating on the first moment of Christmas day. People who ordinarily never go out late at night and are often at that hour dressed in pajamas and sleeping soundly adjust their sleep schedules [...]

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The Devil: A Father Barron Commentary

Well, in the sixth chapter of Mark’s Gospel we find the account of Jesus sending his disciples out on a mission. They’re going to preach, they’re going to heal… but the first thing he tells them is, “You have authority over unclean spirits.” When they return from the mission, the first thing they tell him is… Watch and listen to [...]

Fr. Barron Comments on Palm Sunday

Well on Palm Sunday, as Holy Week begins, we are drawn to a very particular attention. Obviously everything Jesus said and did is worthy of our attention, but there is something about these words and actions as he comes to the climax of his life that… Watch and listen to Fr. Barron’s commentary on Palm Sunday. Father Barron can be [...]

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Come out of Darkness and Live in the Light

In St. John’s Gospel, there is the account of the healing of the man born blind (John 9:1-41). It is the sixth of the seven signs recounted by St. John that announce the fulfillment of the Old Covenant in the New Covenant and the passing away of the old rites, replaced by the grace and sacraments of Jesus Christ. It is [...]

Fr. Barron Comments on Abraham, Isaac and Christ

Well, one of the most dreadful stories in the bible is in the 22nd chapter of the Book of Genesis… the story that the ancient Israelites called the Akida, which means the binding of Isaac. This terrible story of the command of God to… Watch and listen to Fr. Barron’s commentary on Abraham, Isaac and Christ. Father Barron can be [...]