Sunday, October 18, 2009
Support A Catholic Speaker: Fr. Robert Barron
At the time of this posting, there are still unclaimed speakers on the list. If you would like to join in this effort, follow the link above to Matt's blog where you will find the details.
Through this effort, Matt hopes to raise the awareness about the Catholic speakers who work tirelessly in spreading God's Word in many different ways. It also is exposure for Catholic bloggers who also share Christ's message.
The Catholic speaker I have chosen to write about is Father Robert Barron. Father Barron was ordained a Catholic priest for the Archdiocese of Chicago in 1986. Since that time, in addition to his regular priestly duties, he has become an established author with numerous books, articles and essays to his credit, as well as teaching and lecturing throughout the United States and abroad.
In 1999, Father Barron began Word On Fire Ministries. His website, Word On Fire, draws an average of over 300,000 visitors each year from across the globe. Father is an evangelist in the truest sense of that word. Through his website, You Tube video commentaries, DVD's, radio broadcasts along with his written work and public speaking engagements, he reaches millions spreading the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. In today's modern world, technology and media seem to be the best ways of reaching the greatest number of people; Father Barron has done just that, and he has done it effectively.
This priest is a dynamic speaker who is not afraid to speak the truth on any of the relevant issues of the day both inside and outside the Church. No matter the topic, whether it be life issues, theology, or the latest blockbuster book or movie, you can rely on Father Barron for a fair, no nonsense, and honest commentary that is always in accordance with the Magesterial teaching of the Catholic Church.
Father Barron's latest project is one that is near and dear to his heart; it is called. The Catholicism Project; a ten-part series for television and DVD due to release in the Fall of 2010. Follow this link for a brief synopsis of this project.
It was through The Catholicism Project that I first heard about Father Barron and his work. Regular readers of this blog know that I am a huge fan of this priest's work and post his videos on a fairly regular basis. This post is no exception; you'll find Father's latest commentary in which he speaks on the Vatican's recent visit to the women religious in the U.S. As always you can expect plenty of insight from father as well as his strong but rational faith-based opinion.
I cannot say enough about all the great work that comes from Father Robert Barron's fruitful ministry, but don't just take my word for it, you can learn more about Father Barron and all his work for yourself. Just visit his website Word On Fire, where you can view more of his videos, read some of his articles and essays (his article, Case For Celibacy By Priests is a must read!), listen to his most recent homily, and learn more about The Catholicism Project.
Father Robert Barron does what all priests are called to do, he preaches the Gospel in season and out~convenient or not, and he brings Christ's teaching and message to the four corners of the world.
During this Year For Priests, I thank Father Barron not only for his priesthood, but also for being among the voices of reason in this often unreasonable world, and in our sometimes troubled Church.
Now here is Father Robert Barron's latest video on the Vatican's Visitation to American Women Religious Orders.
Psalm 45: Canticle of Love to the King
My heart overflows with a good theme;
I address my verses to the King;
My tongue is the pen of a ready writer.
You are fairer than the sons of men;
Grace is poured upon Your lips;
Therefore God has blessed You forever.
Gird Your sword on Your thigh, O Mighty One,
In Your splendor and Your majesty!
And in Your majesty ride on victoriously,
For the cause of truth and meekness and righteousness;
Let Your right hand teach You awesome things.
Your arrows are sharp;
The peoples fall under You;
Your arrows are in the heart of the King’s enemies.
Your throne, O God, is forever and ever;
A scepter of uprightness is the scepter of Your kingdom.
You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness;
Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You
With the oil of joy above Your fellows.
All Your garments are fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia;
Out of ivory palaces stringed instruments have made You glad.
Kings’ daughters are among Your noble ladies;
At Your right hand stands the queen in gold from Ophir.