Robert Barron | – Bishop Barron Speaks to Catholic University of America Seminarians

Friends, I thoroughly enjoyed speaking to seminarians at the Theological College of CUA, where I spent three marvelous years studying philosophy. In my conversation with these students, we discussed great spiritual masters like St. John of the Cross and Thomas Merton, the importance of persevering in prayer, how to be pastoral in the confessional, and the deep theological questions about the doctrine of God.


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Comment (28)

  1. What about consecrated lay people. We second that question. And how do we help the priest in his prayer life or the nun in her prayer life, even if they aren't our own family members? But bosses or spiritual director or teachers?

  2. Catholic doctrine is nice but it doesnt articulate very well the principle of animal welfare like the dharmic traditions of south and southeast Asia. Catholic theology is also not the first and only to teach the concept of a personal God. In India alone there are 4 personalist monotheistic philosophical schools

  3. Hi Bishop Barron! This is Luke Kirk, who asked the question about Derrida and Aquinas on gift. Just wanted to let you know that I finished the first full draft of my thesis today, "Aquinas and Ulrich on Being as Gift" and included both your Q and A comment, your paper, and Derrida's aporia in it. Thanks! You've been an inspiration to me since I was in 8th grade.

  4. I am very suspicious of people who want to be priests. Robert Barron is a truly excellent priest. But I can see how people would seek to be a priest for their own personal ego reasons, and not simply out of a strong desire to serve God. I myself have thought about being a priest, then I think about my history, my sins, and think "Would I trust a priest with that background?". In many cases I think a person being a priest, or cop, or anyone in uniform, is likely trying to escape their own reality by becoming someone else that warrants automatic honor. I say this because I do take the role of priest seriously and have a personal desire to see it live up to its purpose, and in today's society very little is sacred.

  5. Hi, I enjoyed listening to this – thank you. My takeaways – follow Charles Heston (sounds like a good way to get front seats to our Lord's banquet, substitute out movie star for saint/parish priest) , prayer is your single non-negotiable, your holy hour, relationship with Lord will sustain you. That social media is a tool of new evangelization and that obedience is how you find holiness. Finally no "truth" hand grenades, rather when you pull the truth pin (lovingly, I assume) you need to be prepared to walk with them (road to Emmaus) to understand motivations to encourage a stronger relationship with our Lord Jesus.

    As a parent, I agree on above, and my insight to this is analogous to family life

  6. Bishop Barron, is it worthwhile to take "sweet song" literally?

    – What are your favorite hymns?
    – Are there hymns that express theology as sweetly as you would have it expressed?
    – Is there room for a songwriter to produce more of these hymns today?

    Recently my mind has been coming back to U2's "I still haven't found what I'm looking for". Even moreso I respect and admire (and enjoy) the old styles as well, from plainsong to chorale form. It seems to me that those wells are not yet dry.

    Is there anyone writing theological truths in the tetrameter / trimeter of ballads and other singable poetic forms? Ballads, like "Amazing Grace"? "Be Still My Soul" manages to fit pentameter in, as well, so the limits to the poetic forms are only felt in terms of which of the old songs a poet could use to set a new work.

  7. Pastoral truth involves finding the lost sheep where they are, and then carrying them home on your shoulders, does it not?

    (If you're not Christ Himself, getting a hand with that from other members of the Church is probably a good idea.)

  8. Philosphy..they should study Business Administration, FINANCE, Supervision and Management, Psychology and Sociology. As a priest, working with people and guiding the parish is crucial to caring for souls.
    A calm loving pastor who keeps the people's souls at peace and who can manage so people have the tools they need to go out in the Spirit of the Beatitudes is what is needed. A loving, trustworthy, compassionate, supportive priest does more to lead his flock to and through them, others to Jesus and the call to serve Him and His people.
    God bless you.