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St. Matthew and the Mystery and Power of Vocation

We become who we are meant to be in our response to a divine call.

Can the Crisis in the Church Lead Us to Something Wonderful?

Even the crisis in our Church may lead to something great.

And I Will Give You Rest

Tiredness kills.

Evangelization, Movement, and the Word on Fire Institute

Evangelization requires formation, community, and a radical commitment to a life centered on Christ.

Straightening Out the Golden Rule

It’s much harder to rise up from our bed of apathy and help others than it is to learn to leave other people alone.

Why Do We Exalt the Cross?

God, in Christ, allowed himself to feel what we feel—even the terror of the sense of being abandoned by God.

Catherine of Siena’s Fire Blazes Into Our Times

In an era of Church crisis, Catherine of Siena speaks as well to our times as to her own.

Tintoretto and the Reform of the Church

At the close of a long session of walking and musing through the National Gallery of Art, I was drawn by an empty and comfortable-looking couch situated at the end of one of the galleries. Plopping down to rest, I looked up at the picture right in front of me, which was Tintoretto’s depiction of Christ at the Sea of Galilee. The drama at the center of the composition is the Apostles’ boat, buffeted by choppy waves, and St. Peter taking a gingerly, tentative step onto the bounding main at the invitation of the Lord who beckons to him. My seated posture conduced toward contemplation, and I spent a good deal of time with this painting, first admiring the obvious technical skill of the painter, especially in the rendering of the water, but eventually moving to a deeper perception of its spiritual theme, of particular resonance today.

Join Bishop Barron for a Reddit AMA on September 19!

We have exciting news! On Wednesday, September 19 (11:00am ET / 8:00am PT), Bishop Barron will be hosting an AMA (Ask Me Anything) on the #5 most-visited website in the United States: Reddit. He is the first Catholic bishop to ever host a Reddit AMA in the website’s history. If you’d like more information, you can review the five quick facts below. Otherwise, mark your calendar and join us on September 19!

Wonder-Filled Saints

In a world plunged deep in dark and divisive cynicism, it is our wonder-filled saints that keep hope alive.