If you haven’t discovered Fr. Robert Barron yet, you’re in for a treat. If you are familiar with his Word On Fire ministry or his Catholicism series*, then you know this set of reflections on the Gospel readings for the Sundays during Lent, compiled from the series, is going to be good. (These are free — along with a lot of other great things —  on his blog, by the way. Or watch the videos below.)

Week One, Part One and Part Two

Week Two

From the description on the Word On Fire blog:

With the ashes having faded from our foreheads and the penitential season of Lent now underway, we offer you some spiritual food-for-thought from the CATHOLICISM series. Matt Leonard, Director and Editor of the series, compiled a collection of weekly clips that relate to each Lenten Sunday’s Gospel reading.

For your initial study and reflection, the readings for this upcoming First Sunday of Lent are available here.

Father Barron’s sermon for Sunday can be accessed here.

Finally, watch the compiled Catholicism footage relating to the week’s Gospel and answer the corresponding questions [at Word On Fire].

Reflections for the Gospel Reading for the Sundays during Lent:
First Sunday of Lent
Second Sunday of Lent

*If you haven’t had the opportunity to watch the Catholicism series, I highly recommend that you get hold of a set or watch episodes on EWTN in March. Watch with friends and family. Discover (or re-discover) the beauty that is Catholicism. Buy from Word On Fire. From Amazon.

Nativity Icon, larger image at end of this postIn the beginning was the Word. And below is a video from Fr. Robert Barron’s Word on Fire ministry wherein he speaks about Christmas and the Prologue of the Gospel of John. I love Fr. Barron. He’s prolific and eloquent and my laptop, external drives and iPods are filled with hundreds of his podcasts and videos. (A note about the icon below the video and a larger view.)

May your Christmas be a blessed, holy and joyful one. Peace be with you and with your loved ones throughout the year. Merry Christmas!

About the Church in the East: Light of the East on Catholic Radio International. About the Nativity Icon, Show #378: The Nativity. Download. RSS. I recorded the show yesterday on EWTN about the Christmas customs of the Church in the East and watched it this morning. They talked about the icon in this post or one similar to it. Fascinating stuff. Or it may have been Fr. Jacob Restrick, OP, and his series, Icons: Windows Onto Heaven. I recorded them both and watched them back to back. Of course, I can’t find any links to Fr. Restrick’s show. Argh.

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Catholicism seriesA few days ago I heard Fr. Robert Barron speak about his latest project, Catholicism, and the New Evangelization at the Cathedral of St. Paul’s in downtown Birmingham. Fr. Barron autographed my copy of the companion book to the series which has been airing on PBS stations around the country and also on EWTN (view the TV schedule). If you haven’t caught it yet, I highly recommend that you do so, or get a set of discs to watch any time. Or DVR it. I read somewhere on the web that even some libraries are getting copies. People are hungry for the truth and for beauty and Catholicism (both the series and the Faith) provides plenty of both.  Continue reading

Word on Fire w Fr Barron will appear on WGN Chicago and WGN America on Sunday at 8:30am CTThis is so cool! Father Robert Barron “begins broadcasting a weekly national television program on October 3rd, 2010. Word on Fire with Father Barron will appear on WGN Chicago and WGN America on Sunday mornings @ 8:30am CT. This is big news because:

Fr. Barron is the first priest since Archbishop Fulton Sheen in the 1960s to have a regular, national program on a commercial television network. Father Barron is an award-winning author, theologian, and international speaker. He is the founder of Word On Fire, a global media ministry.

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I’ve been listening to Fr. Barron’s Word On Fire podcast after first seeing him on EWTN. “Wow, this man really is on fire!” I wish more priests could preach like this. And Michael Voris is another fiery speaker I’ve become quite fond of. I’m thoroughly enjoying his One True Faith podcast. I’ve only listened to a few of them so far, but I’ve listened to them more than once already. (So many podcasts, so little bandwidth, oy.)

Fr. Barron’s Catholicism Project is due out in the fall of 2010. Watch the trailer and learn more about it. I’m looking forward to seeing it.