Robert Barron | – The Divine Plan for Peace — Bishop Barron’s Sunday Sermon

Friends, selfishness creates conflict. However, when we put the interests of others higher than our own, we’ll have outbreaks of peace. When we, together, fall in love with the transcendent love of God, we can turn “swords into plowshares.” What will settle the conflict in the human heart? Self-surrendering, alongside our brothers and sisters, to the glory of God.

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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. Thank you for sharing these sermons with us, Bishop. I've been away from the Church for a very long time and I'm trying to find my way Home again. Your videos and messages have been a great source of comfort and inspiration to me. I'm not speaking only of this video when I say thank you for answering so many of the questions no one would answer for me before. I'm taking slow but steady steps back with the help of your guidance and of course, through prayer. You are the perfect guiding light to help to bring those back Home who have fallen away. In that sense, you're very much like a Lighthouse for God and the Church.

  2. Fear of death. How about fear of hell. Not speaking out for decades about the murder of innocent unborn children and the loss of the souls involved with the murder of these children. As Christians, it is not death we should be afraid of. Catholics that support abortion especially our leaders should be very afraid of death. They need to be warned, but because of a decades long ban on free speech on communities of faith and the loss of tax exemption (money) nothing is said. May God forgive us.

  3. Fr. Richard Rohr writes about our dualist society which we see daily in our troubled country and world. The Mass is one place where either/or becomes both/and when we receive Christ in the Blessed Sacrament. Let's pray that this oneness will start to unite us long after the recessional hymn ends.

  4. Thank you so much Bishop Barron. I think this might be my favorite so far–although I am aware that I say that all the time. This message is such a blessed gift and makes me understand why St. Padre Pio said that if we really understood the gift of the mass, we would risk our lives to get there. God bless you always.

  5. About your point about peace and conflict, could you please explain why we should run away from conflict when conflict is a fundamental and unavoidable part of life? I thought being a mature adult means being able to manage it, instead of avoiding it ? That seems to me a crucial caveat to make.

  6. Dr. Ron Paul published a book in 2015 called Swords Into Plowshares: A Life in Wartime and a Future of Peace & Prosperity. I encourage you to listen to Dr. Paul Monday – Friday on YouTube on the Ron Paul Liberty Report where you will learn from the best, Dr. Paul, about all things related to civilization…all things related to Peace… all things related to Prosperity.

  7. Take heart sister in Christ Jesus Our Lord God, as St Augustine said “Love and He will draw near, Love and He will live with you. The Lord is very near, do not be anxious at all”… He is with us always, He is everywhere.

  8. Thank you Bishop Barron! I am very glad to see a Spanish version of this channel on YouTube. I wished I lived in California, I'd be delighted to serve in your Spanish ministry to amplify God's word of fire!… in the meantime, I will share this on The Spiritual Journalist and looking forward to receive my 5 Word on Fire Bibles! Blessings & thanks for bringing God's Light onto others~ Jesus Manuel–

  9. I loved how you said that the Eucharist prepares our soul, mind and body to live the immortalized life of heaven. I thought that it's very beautiful and true. Your whole homily was amazing. It gave me a new prospective on the mass and worship and staying focused on God. I really appreciate your interpretation of the scriptures. It helps me understand myself. Thank you for the gift of your words and your wisdom. God Bless!

  10. I saw you in an interview regarding exorcisms. I was a bit confused and sadden to see your fear of performing one. I kept thinking, " Bishop barron it's not YOU performing the exorcism, but Christ!" The devil is the one who gives us doubt. I could tell you were thinking of " your" worthiness, but it's not about your worthiness. If that was the case where do you find the faith to hold the Body of God during Transubstantiation? You rely on the grace of God for the highest calling of a priest, which is to partake In Transubstantiation, but you fear an exorcism of the devil? I'm not trying to be mean, I'm genuinely trying to understand. Christ is beyond greater than satan. Christ lives in YOU and the office He has called you to. So, if a soul is in dire need of being saved of possession I really hope you would perform an exorcism. Sometimes what we avoid or say," no" to is the one thing Christ is calling us to. I say this to myself too. Dont fear exorcisms, but embrace the hope you can bring to the hopeless. God Bless:)

  11. I've never done this. People, if you would pray for me, pray that I can bear the pain of being left by my son's mother. I am in a hard place, I have not been in this hard of a place emotionally for a long time. It is rough and raw, and dark, and hard. If you would pray for me, just know that I thank you deeply.

  12. Hey Bishop! May I suggest for you to do book reviews (you don't have to if you don't want to!). I am reading "The Stranger" in my English class and discussing absurdism, nihilism, and existentialism. I know you have discussed other philosophical thoughts but could you explain why there is meaning in life, and that religion is not a human construct, and give counterexamples to these please?! These thoughts make me feel uncomfortable haha and I am feeling stuck on my faith right now! If there are other youtube videos and or articles that you may suggest, this would be very appreciated. Thank you VERY much sir and God bless!

  13. Thank you for this invaluable Homily, Bishop Barron. This is very meaningful as it's the truth from the Holy Spirit and Wisdom shared from God, showing a peak what of His Heavenly Kingdom is like. Oh how we longed for that moment of Peace. May God bless us and have mercy on us all.

  14. Notice “raised above the hills.”
    Name the hills; Meditation, all other religions, all self help ideas and methods which require a struggle to attain a better person-hood. However, Christ is the highest mountain.

    “He will judge between the nations.”
    The concept of jingoistic patriotism and false pride of the citizens in a country is out of place for a citizen of Zion.

    Lastly, some devout Christians view the rebirth of Jerusalem in 1949 as a completion of a prophesy.
    When Jesus’s incarnation is the fulfillment of all prophesy. Mark 1:15

    May God continue to bless Bishop Barron and all of his activities.

  15. Normal humans have an embedded sense of desiring peace. There is no need for a God to explain this fact: we get it from the effects of evolution and socialization. Ironically, the most peaceful societies today are the *least religious.

    * Yes, some atheistic societies are not peaceful. However, those are authoritarian, with the autocratic rulers acting as God.

  16. I can tell you why I would stay away in good conscience, Bishop Barron: in the simple sentence of "Sibling is NOT "dinner"." meaning that if Christ is our adoptive stepbrother according to the Lord's prayer, then He most definitely is NOT our dinner.

  17. Thank you for this great summary, Bishop Barron. I've been battling with a terrible bondage to nicotine, and it was great to remember that the longing for God is the only meaningful way to fulfill all desire. Blessings.

  18. He was doing well until he mentioned obligation. We were focused on the Transcendent God, but then he brought the corrupt, earthbound "magesterium", inextricably TIED to its own interests and not to Zion, into the picture.