Fr. Robert Barron discusses the intellectual vacuity of the modern atheist movement in the video commentary above. Karl Marx famously said that religion is the “opiate of the masses.” Fr. Barron says he got it backwards, that atheism is the opiate of the masses, that it attempts, much like a drug, to mask our deepest longing. And what is that longing?

It is our longing for God, our desire for something beyond the abilities of this world to satisfy…

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Tyrants never learn.

Like their Roman predecessors, the Islamic tyrants killing Christians will lose. As Fr. Robert Barron points out in the video commentary above, the blood of the martyrs is the seed of the Church.

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I received a very tough question: “If God has the ability to change people instantly, why would he need to kill so many men, women [pregnant women], and children like he did throughout the Bible? Why kill so many so violently in a flood when he could have just made them better people?”

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Atheism is a tough sell, so they have re-branded themselves as “secularists.” They held another conference here in Des Moines last week, this time called “Secularity USA.” They are attempting to undercut Christianity by suggesting that Christian parents are kooks who put their kids’ health at stake by relying on faith-healing alone, and won’t let get them vaccinated. Needless, to say that approach doesn’t represent Christianity, just as Stalin, Hitler’s and Mao’s (three famous atheists/secularists) propensity to slaughter millions doesn’t necessarily represent the thinking of all atheists/secularists.
It is interesting, though, how rigid atheists are in their thinking, how fervent they are in their belief that a universe with evidence of intelligent design just kinda popped into existence and created order, intelligence, and beauty …

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Conservatives have occasionally questioned me, even criticized me, for having liberal friends.
There are many reasons I maintain, and even cultivate friendships with people who disagree with my worldview, whether our differences are political, religious, or cultural …

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Today’s gospel reading is about you. And me.
If you were to create a list of the Bible’s best stories, the story of the Woman at the Well ranks high. You can find it in John 4:5.
The story is rich with symbolism. Every detail in the story has meaning …

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Zacchaeus was a scumbag.
He wasn’t just a tax collector at the time of Christ, he was the chief tax collector. He collaborated with the Romans by becoming their tax collector, seizing money from his Jewish neighbors on behalf of their oppressors, and keeping a cut for himself.
A modern equivalent for a liberal would be a greedy capitalist who exploits the little guy so he can live in his fancy, gated community while the world falls apart around him.
A modern equivalent for a conservative might be a politician who seizes (taxes) money from the little guy and passes it onto their pals in the human abortion industry …

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