Robert Barron | – Your Life is Not About You — Bishop Barron’s Sunday Sermon

Friends, there’s only one real sadness in life—not to be a saint. But what does it mean to follow this path of righteousness? To follow the will of God, and God wills that we habitually direct our actions and thoughts to the good of others. Jesus says blessed are the merciful, the peacemakers, the pure in heart. Following Christ’s Sermon on the Mount leads to our beatitude; living in this way leads to sainthood.

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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 WordOnFire.org.

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  1. After our pastors homily today my oldest granddaughter turned to me and said “ you’re a saint”! After I gathered up my melted heart I said “thank you”. Could a grandfather ask for anything more?

  2. Bishop Barron speaks the truth. Life seems like a constant struggle between the wills of the flesh and spirit. I feel like the world constantly reminds us (and tricks us) to believe we should always focus and strive for more power, popularity, pleasure, sex, money, etc. If you are meek, not self centered or selfish you are a "sucker" and you are "missing out". However, deep down our soul and spirit know making these the center of our lives will NOT leave us with satisfaction or joy. I pray the Holy Spirit continues to guide us in the right direction.

  3. Jesus said, "first love God with your whole heart and mind, second love of neighbor." Fulton Sheen warned that the church would be divided by the love of neighbor "brotherhood of man" taking priority over God. Even though what you said is true, you mislead the flock by omission. Saints pray and worship the Lord first. Love of neighbor is a fruit. What side are you on bishop? Are you a wolf or a sheep. If you do not think there are sides, you do not have a good pulse of our church. Christ came to unite but also to divide. I give you 5 years and people will stop listening to you. I can not tell you how many saintly Catholics have muted you. Get off the fence and lead. You are only going to be talking to one side of the Church soon. I will be praying for you.

  4. We live in a time of desensitization. Where we see good as evil and evil as good. Reading scripture, praying attending Holy Mass and confession to free ourselves from the grievous sin of ignorance that ties us up from seeing clearly what Christ calls us to do. Pick up our crosses and follow Him. Always remembering that in the desert for 40 days He was tempted by satan; quoting scripture. This is why Jesus told us not to fall asleep to the cares of the world. Jesus is the Good Shepherd and spoke in parables for those who have ears will hear. Pray, fast, read scripture, go to confession and attend Holy Mass. The Holy Spirit enlightens us to what is "truth"; listen with the heart. +Peace

  5. For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; 1 Timothy 2:5. John 3:7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, ye must be born again.<——Said Jesus Christ. Acts 16:30-31 And brought them out, and said Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house. Romans 3:10 As it is written, there is none righteous, no not one: 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. 5:8 But God commandeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. 10:9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.13 For WHOSOEVER shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. 5:1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: 1:17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, the just shall live by faith. 1 Corinthians 1:18 For The preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. 5:9 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. Ephesians 2:8 For by grace are you saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.
    Study! 2 Timothy 2:15 (KJB) Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. It’s relationship, not religion!! Time is short. Get saved! Christ died ONCE for all….and without shedding of blood is no remission. If you’ve never had that “head on” collision with the Lord Jesus Christ, if you’ve never come to Him as a sinner, if you’ve never believed on Him and asked Him to save you….. RIGHT NOW He will take your filthy sin and He will give you His righteousness. Your priests can’t help you, Mary can’t help you, the “saints” can’t help you. It’s YOUR INDIVIDUAL choice… it IS heaven or it IS hell— receive Jesus Christ & seal your eternity in heaven! Amen!

  6. Dear Bishop Barron, thank you for confirming something I have always believed in my Catholic upbringing. How you describe what is the pursuit of "sainthood" is how I would describe my mother and might I add you have to accept suffering, even if someone else thinks it's unjust. And I do indeed Thank God every day for the family I was born into, a template of humility. The greatest compliment I received from a boss, now about 17 years ago…"Jeff, I'm sorry to see you leave us, because you are the conscience of this place". How that resonated for me was that I told him when I came to work there, 7 years prior, is that "my goal is always to do the right thing". Silently I reflected that I never wanted accolades for a job well done, because I will wait to the end. Most people assumed that I meant, the completion or end of the job. I have always meant, the end of my life, because I want to hear Jesus tell me, "well done faithful servant". I have so much to do and so little time, but I get up every morning and Thank God he's given me another day to plant a seed. I'm so glad I found you because everything you share so eloquently and beautifully, is what resides in my heart. God Bless You and Keep You!!!!

  7. Thank you so much Bishop Barron. I wish I could get such clear explanations for every sentence of the Gospels. We need a fire from the priests' hearts to give us light on God's word, not just because, as an ancient text, it needs context and explanations, but also because the devil and the world are always ready to confuse us about it. Same old same, man being confused about what God said. So thank you, Bishop, God bless you too.

  8. wow! What a great lesson. Thank you Bishop Barron. Who knew the answer to happiness lay in the Beatitudes? All my life I've read them, but never fully understood that they are the blueprint to a saintly life.

  9. The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak. I have a divided heart and that has made it difficult for me to fully give my life over to God. I know there were will persecution, agony, and suffering. I hate suffering. God wants us to be introspective and focus on our own sins. I struggle deeply with the sin of envy and laziness. I often desire wealth, an outgoing personality, and extreme physical beauty. I have false humility. I love being liked by others. I care far too much what others think of me.

  10. Bishop, thank you for simplifying the path to sainthood. It’s so simple and easy to understand that I did not realize till I heard you that’s what I’ve been trying to do in my life.
    A saint is holy. Why? Because a saint wants to do the will of God!
    What’s God’s will? Love! God is love!
    What’s love? BEing and DOing the BEATTITUDES! It’s how it’s simple and yet, difficult because of the temptations from the world, the flesh and the devil. But thanks be to the grace of God, His mercy and love is bearing fruit.

  11. Why didn’t Jesus include a beatitude: “Happy are those that condone politicians who support the daily slaughter of thousands of the most vulnerable and innocent human beings . . . “? Might those doing so choosing to be peacemakers who would be called "children of God" or would they be called "children of darkness" who the angels would toss into the fires along with the cockles?

    Why might might it be better if the focus of the “beatitudes” be on the “attitude” that we should have and not the “happiness” that we might attain? Why might the use of the word “blessed”, as in Douay-Rheims, be more appropriate than the word “happy”, since the happiness flows from the gift of being blessed by choosing and implementing the attitude?

    Why focus of feelings of happiness . . . for feelings can change by the moment. (Jeremiah 17:9 (Douay-Rheims) "The heart is perverse above all things, and unsearchable, who can know it?"

    Why might it be better to not seek a key to happiness at all, and just focus on doing God’s will. What if it is His will be that we not be happy? Were the saints always happy? Was Jesus always happy?

    Why might it be better to spend one’s whole day being about loving God with one’s whole heart, mind, and soul and then love neighbor as self?

    Pope Francis tells us in “Evangelii Gaudium” (par 161), that the “first and greatest of the commandments” is to “love one another”. In what ways would Matthew 22:37 be better?

    What did Archbishop Fulton Sheen mean by: "To believe in the brotherhood of man without the Fatherhood of God would make a race of bastards."?

    What might that concept have to have with having a divided, mis-prioritized heart?

    Are the saints peacemekers? What did Jesus mean about peace when he said in Matthew 10:34-39 (Douay-Rheims):

    34 Do not think that I came to send peace upon earth: I came not to send peace, but the sword.

    35 For I came to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.

    36 And a man's enemies shall be they of his own household.

    37 He that loveth father or mother more than me, is not worthy of me; and he that loveth son or daughter more than me, is not worthy of me.

    38 And he that taketh not up his cross, and followeth me, is not worthy of me.

    39 He that findeth his life, shall lose it: and he that shall lose his life for me, shall find it.

    Might loosing one's life be having a clean heart?

    Why might focusing on being happy or on loving man first before God leave us empty and sad?

    If one were to write an important letter, and then have friends ask for a clarification, and then ignore the request for a clarification, how would that be considered to be a “tender mercy”?

    Might the Sensus Fidelium YouTube video “How to Become a Saint: 123, MRE, PS” be of more specific help?

    How does having a Bishop wear his cross closer to his belly button than on his heart affect his flock? How would a Bishop wearing a cassock rather than a secular-looking business suit affect his flock?
    How does a Bishop . . . or a Pope telling God's people that “first and greatest of the commandments” is to “love one another” affect their flock?

    How is it possible that St. Athanasius would even think that the floor of hell might be paved with the skulls of shepherds of God’s people?

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