Robert Barron | – Hope During the Coronavirus

The coronavirus outbreak has left countless people all over the world asking themselves: Why is God allowing this to happen? How do we respond? And where can we find hope? In this bonus episode of “The Word on Fire Show,” we discuss these and other questions, exploring the ancient problem of evil, the impact of the virus on Catholic sacramental life, and other spiritual dimensions and effects of this crisis.

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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. Ave Maria in Florida has come up with safe and creative ways to distribute the Blessed Sacrament. Please get the Sacrament for us all. We can be safe. Others are doing it. Maybe this is the challenge that God has laid before us. How important is Holy Communion to his flock? God bless you and all that you do.

  2. I've been listening to the podcasts for years on my commute and this is the first time I see Brandon Vott! I am extremely appreciative of your talent as content creator along with the entire team at Word on Fire. You guys do a super fantastic job at spreading the word consistently and intelligently. Keep up the fruitful work, I rely on your weekly lessons.

  3. Bishop Barron, Brandon, as always, thank you for reaching out. We have, indeed, hopelessness and despair among us. However, as bad as the news is, I have never seen more real life goodness and hope in the midst of our suffering. Are there shortages and hoarding? Sure. Are people sick and dying? Yes, and we mourn. And we fight the good fight. But, look at the other side of the coin — I see people helping each other, looking out for each other, sharing their meager blessings, simply h e l p I n g each other. And this should give us all hope. It is also, in my view, uniquely Catholic, and I feel blessed to be counted among those numbers. Stuck inside and cannot do anything? Pray, pray for all of us and the Holy Family will hear us. Thank you both for all your continuing work.

  4. Thank You Bishop Barron for doing this, I Told My Pastor he could have a YouTube Channel, when he Retires in June, He Laughed and said he has better Things to do, I had a Dream it was the Second Coming, It's the 2nd time the Lord visited my dreams, if he visits a Third Time, I'll know Somethings up.

  5. No one is specifically mentioning the nurse aids, housekeeping,laundry and dietary staff. They also are on the frontline and doing jobs so that healthcare persons can do theirs. They too need our prayers and acknowledgment.


  7. I´m Dolores from ARGENTINA. Thank you Lord for permiting us the ocasion to love our neighbours and the ones in my neigbourhood that can not work, so they can not have money to eat. Thank you Lord for the ocation of adoring you en Spirit and Truth. Thank you Lord por the step you are offering me to love.Thank you Lord for giving us more time to pray and to service others.

  8. The chess board analogy is mind blowing. The self-reflection question, "What is the opportunity for love that has been opened to me by this moment?" And, "We are hopeful because of Jesus Christ…Hope? We look to Christ…keep your eyes fixed on Him." With all that has been happening on Earth, the locust swarms, the earthquakes, the fires, the tornados, the tsunamis, COVID-19, "keep your eyes fixed on Him" is securing. Thank you, Bishop Barron. God bless you and peace be with you.

  9. I have been watching daily Mass from your beautiful chapel each day. I look forward to turning on my computer at 7 each morning. You and Father have brought such comfort during this time of darkness. May God continue to bless you and all in your ministry. I have a sense that with all the Masses being offered each day via technology that Our Lord is purifying the air waves from sin and evil. With love and prayers from Corpus Christi, TX.

  10. I'd like to ask a bishop a question. Is the church a "non essential" service? As right now only "essential" services like healthcare, TV broadcasting, police, utilities, food sales, and a few more are open for business but the church isn't, without any public masses and churches with their doors shut.
    Is the health of the body more important than the health of the soul? Is watching TV or the internet more important than receiving communion and saying confession?

    Why didn't the church authorities demand authorities to stay open and have masses with sensible safeguards that would comply with the "distancing" recommendations?

    I feel abandoned by the church and I believe many others must feel the same way.

  11. As the author of all, God must be the creator of the world and every physical law that governs it.  Not just the glories and the graces but the evils and the detriments also.  Including the coronavirus.  He has both engineered and permitted the virus itself and the conditions which allowed it to proliferate.  Rather than affording humans instantaneous knowledge as to how this horror can be combatted, he also permits countless experiments on innocent fellow sentients (animals) which cause them untold suffering, before permitting that the humans undertaking them be allowed, finally,  to discover a solution.  Anyone who can smile at being asked this "question of questions" cannot possibly have real empathy with the victims of such suffering.  Is it any wonder so many are deserting the pews? Is it, really??

  12. God is beyond logic and reason, so no matter how smart you are, you will never be able to explain things that God only understands. So it is best to put all your faith in Him and of course put action on the things you can control.

  13. Thank you your grace for Holy Mass, its the same all over. Here in Johannesburg South Africa, Cathedral of Christ the King we have no Mass, church locked but we are connecting and bonding with Our God in our homes through all prayers and fasting during this time of lent. God is in control.

  14. Wonderful show – I liked the part of why does a good God let evil happen. The question of all questions! I think of it like this – we can comprehend Asia, Europe, the moon, the galaxy and so on. But compared to God, we are like the ant in the back yard trying to understand and know those things. Or even still, we can see 100 yards ahead of us but to God we are like the ant on the ground trying to comprehend 100 yards in front of us. It is beyond our reach, really but unlike ants we do have intellect and God wants us to make use of that but it will never be even close to par with God the same way an ant is to us. God tells us that in a polite way in the Old Testament "My Ways are above your ways." I am sure in other places there is a reference too – well, Job "where were you when I made the earth?" It is the camel threading the needle, impossible for man but through God, yes.

  15. Interesting information. We know what God is up to by staying in His Word. I encourage everyone here to read the Bible for yourself, especially the Book of John and the Book of Ephesians in the New Testament. Jesus is alive and He will personally reveal Himself to you if you come to Him with a humble heart. Btw, I don’t pray to dead saints or to Mary because that’s not what the Bible teaches. John 3:16 explains it all perfectly. God bless you all. ❤️

  16. The bishop of Oakland is really thinking "outside the box" and not boxing God in by allowing the Catholic Community of Pleasanton, CA to have drive through confessions and line up outside the church 6 feet apart on Sunday to receive the Holy Eucharist and then participate in the mass online. This a no brainer. Why can't every diocese now consider this option? It can be done safely..

  17. Just the only right answer cause i only pray all my life to Jesus with deepest love and faith, then the work or everythings else are second place and the mistycal body ever is no body can stop Jesus Christ so if the Heaven is ready for we. I love you Jesus Christ! his will always is done

  18. I am worried not one whit about the Corona virus. I have faced three cancers, any one of which was 100% fatal, while Covid is 98.3% survivable. I have worn mask and gloves for almost 6 years now, after a stem cell transplant designed to kill off the three simultaneous cancers I had (PTCL-NOS, AITL, MDS). My transplanted immune system is being suppressed so that it will not kill me – the cost of killing the cancer. Having precious little immune system, a vaccination would almost certainly be a waste, so someone else can have my dose. I have lost count of how many times I have received the Sacrament of Anointing. Fear? No! Faith drives out fear. Get thee before Christ in the Blessed Sacrament!