Robert Barron | – Bishop Barron on the Coronavirus Quarantine

Blaise Pascal said, “All of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone.” This Pascalian “mot” has come to my mind a good deal in recent days as our entire country goes into shutdown mode due to the coronavirus. Perhaps we could all think of this time of semi-quarantine as an invitation to some monastic introspection, some serious confrontation with the questions that matter—some purposeful sitting alone in a room.


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Bishop Robert Barron These are brief and insightful commentaries on faith and culture by Catholic theologian and author Bishop Robert Barron. The videos complement his weekly sermons posted and podcasted at

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  1. I still like you, even though your omission of THE REAL ISSUE THE WHOLE WORLD NOW FACES—- the HOUSE OF GOD has been CLOSED! PREPOSTEROUS! Maybe I should sit in a room by myself?! As the video nears the end, you actually become even MORE CONDESCENDINGLY OBNOXIOUS. Now that SCIENCE has identified itself as THE AUTHORITY over the nations' governments and peoples, it is IMPERATIVE that the CHURCH SPEEDILY REOPEN for anyone who, in this time of crisis chooses to make the FAITH OF and the FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD AND SAVIOR the TOP priority.

    To follow your advice would be to take the the words of Jesus regarding the turning of the other cheek to a dangerous new low as those who trust you assume the position. Yeah, THOSE cheeks!

    WHO is your master? HMMMMMMM. Personally, for me, without the mighty John Entwistle, the WHO now seems to have YOU!
    I pray that you reconsider your position. You COULD be using your voice to share God's Word, in your original and powerfully effective style, which is a gift you've been blessed with, but instead you're SINGING FOR THE WHO!
    "Who are you?"

  2. Difficult to have a Pascalian moment when you’re out of work, with bills to pay and children to feed. Bishop Barron speaks from the cozy comfort of his book lined walls. Very middle class, bourgeois world view.

  3. Bishop, I began Bible reading before the lockdown. My four wonderful children and loving Wife have not allowed any study, let alone imposed monasticism. It's been a Blessing for us to be together but a little different. I'm a Firefighter and my Wife is an engaged Teacher meeting with her students daily though not required. We have been attending Mass with you every Sunday, Thank You and God Bless You and Your ministry.

  4. Thank you for your insights ,Bishop. Yes, this period in our history can be a time for personal transformation of our interior lives ,a connection to the divine which is often ignored with society's secular distractions.


  6. When you visited the world so many Churches, sacred sites and the Holy Land transported me to the time of my Jesus always talking, teaching and healing and now what in you.I followed you, in all the video they had in SPANISHBut when he was promoted to the glory of God … I never found anything of his lordship in SpanishToday I built up my courage and I'm writing in Spanish and I do the translation with the "Google" translator so sorry if it's not done correctly.What a time, father … I learned a lot from you because you had a very good translatorI suffered your sadness for the burning of "Notre Dame" in Paris because you were inspired many times thereI do not know you in person but if I tell you that I will always remember you and I will make videos in Spanish again I am not the only Spanish speaking sheep of yoursPlease, Jesus, through our Mother Mary, bless you and the Holy Spirit in this next Pentecost fill you with wisdom for our good and the glory of Jesus Christ +

  7. I discovered you yesterday when watching one of your ads regarding the sacraments. I watched your first video and really identified with your passion for Christ. I live in Brooklyn, NY a hotspot for the virus. Beyond the quiet time I have had by myself, there is the challenge of functioning in a COVID community. I work closely with many of the nursing homes that were ravaged by COVID. I also have many contacts within the Orthodox Jewish community which has been struck hard. The discussion on how God fits into all of this has been lively and riveting. The day that all the hospital surgeries were put on hold was the day I was supposed to have a kidney stone removed. I am diabetic with one kidney and this has been difficult. At first the fear of death was overwhelming. The only way to survive was to go to an infested hospital which seemed like a death warrant. COVID has quieted New York. It has made us very aware of our mortality. I miss church.

  8. I have learned so much from you Bishop Barron! A lot of the time I have to have a dictionary by me to understand your writings, but Oh how you have inspired me to go forth and be a better person. I want to be a disciple of God and bring people back to the Church. I am a cradle Catholic who has found comfort and love through reading the Bible. Yes, I have so many questions and You have opened up my eyes and taught me how to find those answers in this wonderful book. I look forward to reading your Word on Fire Bible edition soon to be released. God Bless you Bishop Barron you are truly one of the many gifts from our Lord.

  9. As I said it before. The Corona Virus won’t stop any of us from praising God. Just last week and the week before, mom and I started going back to Church. She and I were very cautious of our surroundings and kept our distance from others. Was I nervous about going back? I was at first but I worked up the courage to do it. Just before the Priest gave me Holy Communion, he started using hand sanitizer and I did the same. And I began receiving Holy Communion. And so far, nothing bad happened. As for who’s on my prayer list, well I have the Governor of CT Ned Lamont including his wife and children on my prayer list. Let’s hope and pray that the Virus will slow down and hopefully by 2021, there will be a vaccine.

  10. These are nice ideas but this is not imposed monasticism. Monasticism is centered around Eucharist. Eucharist is bring denied to those in high risk groups. It is hard to get for those brave few who go to Mass. and the cancel culture wants to take it away again. We need Bishops to man up and find a safe legal way to deliver Eucharist to all. We needs bishops who say never again shall our churches be locked or Eucharist denied.

  11. In the name of Jesús, in the name of Jesus, in the name of Jesus may LoveGod the Father in Jesus, raising His hands Bless you Loves you, I love you all our Family in JesusChrist with all our love, with all our life in all our biological families in Jesus the Most Holy Communion with all our heart, with all our soul, with all our mind, and with all our strengths amen, amen, amen. Let us consecrate loving(willing) into Jesus God's AllPowerful Love the Most Holy Communion, God's AllPowerful Love to us our Love to the FatherGod all submission, administrative power in our America's government and in all the earth(world) in all the existing administrators, governors and in all the new candidate administrators, governors. We shall love with all our love, with all our life all our families our Family in JesusChrist the Christian Catholic Church into Jesus the Most High Power, the Most Holy Communion God's AllPowerful Love and Truthfully our AllPowerful Prayer of Consecration, Adoration, Intercession, Reparation, Invocation, Acclamation, Worship into the FatherGod all the 70-75% non Holy Communion Catholic, unpracticing disbelievers who are not willing to believe in the Truth the Word of God in that Jesus is the Most Holy Communion(John 6:51 the bread of eternal life: ), the Most Holy Communion is Jesus with all His Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity, who do not believe in the Truth the Word of God "John 6:51

    51 I am the living bread(AL) that came down from heaven.(AM) Whoever eats this bread will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.”(AN)",

    "Mark 14:22-24

    New Living Translation

    22 As they were eating, Jesus took some bread and blessed it. Then he broke it in pieces and gave it to the disciples, saying, “Take it, for this is my body.”
    23 And he took a cup of wine and gave thanks to God for it. He gave it to them, and they all drank from it. 24 And he said to them, “This is my blood, which confirms the covenant[a] between God and his people. It is poured out as a sacrifice for many.",

    "John 6:52-54

    New Living Translation

    52 Then the people began arguing with each other about what he meant. “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?” they asked.
    53 So Jesus said again, “I tell you the truth, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you cannot have eternal life within you. 54 But anyone who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise that person at the last day.".

    Seeing the Truth the Word of God in that Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life and the Word of God is the Truth on itself all Jesus', God's Words the Word of God, Jesus did not have to absolutely, confidently confirm His Words the Truth. And the Word of God gives us the Truth to its perfect significance "Matthew 5:37

    37 Just say a simple, ‘Yes, I will,’ or ‘No, I won’t.’ Anything beyond this is from the evil one.", here just as Jesus gives us the Truth in that our talking, our words ought to be a simple, 'Yes, I will, ', this the Truth is for the Word of God all Jesus' Words are the Word of God in their perfect, absolute, Truthful significance so anything beyond this is from the evil one. All the 70-75% non Holy Communion Disbeliever Catholics with all their hesitation thoughts, understanding, and willingness to not see, listen to the Truth the Word of God are anything beyond the Word of God is from the evil one. Let us love all ourselves with all our love, with all our life into Jesus the Most Holy Communion in all these Words, in all the Word of God into God as we love ourselves, our neighbor. In sharing the Word of God in these message to your families asking them to share it with their families of their families.

    The Truth in why I give you this the Word of God to Jesus the Most Holy Communion is God has always been giving the Truth in the Church's Catechism to us, in that the Most Powerful, or the AllPowerful Love, Prayer in us to God is Jesus the Most Holy Communion Himself. Jesus Who is the Perfect Gift, the Perfect Gift of Love, the Perfect Gift of Prayer, in the Most Holy Communion the FatherGod destroys all satan's powers, empowering in all unGodly people, in all men souls who are not God's, in all disloving, diabolical assassins, in all that is not God's. Then, the second powerful love, prayer is the Most Holy Rosary. Let us love into Jesus the Most Holy Communion all the left extremists, all the unGodly souls; Christian Catholic persecutors, possessed, selfish, satan's lovers, globalists, socialists, communists, atheists, feminists, satanists, the anti-Catholic anti-Christs lukewarm; priests, archbishops, bishops, laity, government administrators, governors, presidents, Black Lives Matter activists with all their supporters, all the submission, administrative power God gave to man souls in every land, nation with the whole world(earth) amen, amen, amen.

    Pew Research Center scientifically discovers there are 28% Catholic Believers who believe Jesus is the Most Holy Communion, and 69% who believe is symbolic which is not the Truth the Word of God.

    The left's extreme reaction to Ginsburg's death:

  12. Bishop Barron. Have you examined your true inner Catholic. I cannot judge your soul thats our Lords area. But I can judge your reactions and lack of action during the spiritual pandemic. You hide behind Vatican II and it modernist mentality. What happened to being more like Christ and the Apostles. The martyrs and the early fathers of the church who did what Christ taught. Mark 16:15. While you stand by and wait for the corruption of your body your losing your soul and those of the Church of Christ not the Church of Barron. If this is what you would desire. Do as Martin Luther and breakout but please for the Love of our Lord, stop leading the laity to the gallows. Please get back to the Holy Doctrine of the Church. Our souls are at stake, including your own. Next time you look into the mirror imagine our Lord Jesus Christ hanging from the Cross. Why did he humiliate himself, why did he suffer? Just so we could do whatever we desired or with a purpose to save us from Eternal Damnation. With the Love of Christ I pray for your conversion. God be with you!

  13. White guy in a relative elevated position… gets the luxury of safety and enjoying a good quiet sit to think about a bunch of made up crap… Meanwhile in India, Pakistan and slums across Africa and south America and the Philippines, people are crammed in shoulder to shoulder certainly thinking how nice it would be that white guy…

    Sorry about this hateful thread. It's what happens when I sit by myself in a room late at night, trolling obscure youtube channels that I stumbled upon because my neighbor told me to stay away from Karl Marx!!! Lol.