Bishop Barron on the Sacrament of Marriage

By | September 10, 2019


[Music] well this a few weeks ago I had the great good pleasure of presiding at the wedding of my niece Brenna and her husband Nelson and it was a great joy because of course I’ve known Brenna all her life and she’s always been a great person full of joy and cheerfulness and goodness and then Nelson have I known now for a couple years a very good man and also took the courageous step to become a Catholic in advance of this of this day so the two of them are a great couple everyone in the church was exalting in their and their goodness and just to see this young couple love terrific but the point I made in my homily was we’re not here because here’s this beautiful young couple and love because any romantic any secular romantic could look in and see the same thing we were gathered in church because we saw them with the eyes of faith and that means we saw them as a hint or a sign or an echo of God’s love of Christ’s love for the church you know it’s a peculiarity of Catholic sacramental theology that a married couple don’t so much receive a sacrament as they become a sacrament I just tell people when I was doing a parish work full time and I was working with young engaged couples at the time we were all about the same age I was in my like upper 20s at the time but I would always ask them at some point how come you guys want to get married in church and they’d usually say some version of well because we love each other and I would say well that’s great I’m delighted you love each other but that’s not reason to get married Church to be one love to get married under on the beach in front of the justice of the peace you get married in church when you’re convinced that God has brought you together for His purposes so the people gathered the other day for my niece’s wedding would say this young couple did not come together just by dumb chance but rather they were brought together by God’s providence for God’s purposes and that’s what we were celebrating that day in church now to get a clearer sense of this I suggested in my homily that we should look with fresh eyes at the great story of the wedding feast at Cana so famously in John’s Gospel the first sign the first miraculous sign that Jesus performs is not the raising of a dead it’s not the comedy of a storm at sea it’s not the healing of a blind person the first sign he performs is providing wine at a local wedding reception now every one of his brother has commented over the centuries how wonderful how charming that Jesus you know Stoops to do this very simple thing to help this distressed couple and sure I mean I won’t deny that but I think we have to look a lot deeper because what we see there is this great motif of Jesus the bridegroom Jesus who is the God of Israel made flesh comes as the bridegroom to marry his people now to get that fully take a step back into the Old Testament look in the prophet Isaiah Isaiah relays this extraordinary line if you look in the history of religions and religious philosophy you won’t see anything quite like it it seems to me when the God of Israel says or Isaiah says of him your builder wants to marry you now again I think spend a little time even in prayer with that line your builder meaning the Creator the one who designed you and created you God wants to marry you now I mean every religion and religious philosophy will talk about God will talk about our relation to God following the demands of God all of that but here we’ve got the distinctively biblical approach that God wants to marry us that means to share his life with us in the most intimate life-giving faithful way possible when they were looking for the great metaphor for this faithful life-giving intensely personal love they reached for the metaphor of the wedding of the marriage your builder wants to marry you God wants to share his life utterly with us now press it in that same prophet Isaiah we hear that when the Messiah comes there’ll be this great banquet the beautiful description on the holy mountain there’ll be these fine meats served and then pure choice wine will be served and indeed we hear there’ll be so much wine that the very hills will run with it okay okay against that background look again at the wedding feast of Cana you don’t just have you know Jesus being a nice guy and helping out this young couple he is the God of Israel made flesh and he presents himself in his first sign as the bridegroom of his people mind you it was the responsibility of the bridegroom at a wedding reception to provide the wine which is why the steward when he taste the water made wine comes to the bridegroom he says hey what are you doing most people serve the the good wine first then when people have drunk a bit they serve the bad wine you’ve gone ahead and served the good wine last Jesus in other words is the definitive bridegroom come to marry his people another step we hear John gives us the details how much wine was made he said there were six stone jars each one holding about thirty gallons of water so Jesus makes a hundred and eighty gallons of wine what we’re meant to see is the Isaiah prophecy has come true that when the bridegroom comes the Messiah the very hills will run with wine this is the full meaning it seems to me of the wedding feast at Cana and this is exactly what we’re meant to see now in a married couple that’s why we come into church we see them as a hint a sign a sacrament of that love just one last observation I mentioned how Jesus first great sign is turning water into wine now it’s ordinary wonderful that is how symbolically resident it is but then at the wedding mass so after I finished the homily we move into the Liturgy of the Eucharist which culminates in what not just the transformation of water into wine as marvelous as that is but now the transformation of wine into the very blood of Jesus which will now be poured out on behalf of the people gathered there and even more extraordinary wedding banquet is being hosted by the Son of God right so every mass is not you know Robert Barron presiding at something it’s Christ I’m acting simply in Persona Christi in the person of Christ its Christ hosting a banquet at which he is serving his very body and blood acting as the bridegroom come to marry his people that’s what we see that’s what we see whenever two people get married in church and that is reason to celebrate [Music]

92 thoughts on “Bishop Barron on the Sacrament of Marriage

  1. Nicolas Jaramillo Gómez Post author

    Thanks Bishop Barron! Please make some commentary on the Biblic series of Jordan Peterson! can be found on his youtube channel!

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  2. Urban II Post author

    You should have a discussion/debate with Jordan Peterson.

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  3. syfKOG Post author

    …and there are sacramental graces conveyed through the Catholic Sacrament of marriage that are not otherwise conveyed.

    …and you indirectly agreed to cooperate with the seven sacraments of the Catholic Church when you affirmed vows to believe in "one, holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church" during the sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation.

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  4. Matt Fouch Post author

    Thank you Bishop Barron. I agree with what you're saying but I am also convinced we must make a strong stand to protect the sanctity of marriage. Therefore we must publicly, and legally defend the definition of marriage in society. What I perceived and many others perceived of your interview with Ruben is something that is a very different position. I know you were forced in a short time to respond in the interview but can you put together a video like this to clarify your position? I was just in Montreal and had to pay $20 just to get inside the Notre Dame cathedral only to see a laser light show that I believe was very disrespectful to the Faith. To avoid this spectacle with marriage I believe we must make a strong stand publicly so I will pray for you that we can do this not just elegantly not forcefully but gracefully.

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  5. BAMBOOZLED! Your rage nourishes me! Post author

    The destruction of marriage began with the Protestant Reformation when the heretics (e.g. Martin Luther and John Calvin) rejected marriage as a sacrament. Combine this Protestant rejection with the rise of modern non teleological science popularized during the Age of Enlightenment (which was a continuation of the rejection of classical Christianity, i.e. Catholicism, set forth by Protestantism) and we witness first hand its harmful consequences. This premise gave rise to same sex marriage being justified with a lame "two consenting adults" argument and is directly responsible for an ever increasing divorce rate.

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  6. UnratedAwesomeness Post author

    When I hear the music at the beginning I have to start doing a little dance.

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  7. Jimmy Massengill Post author

    I will be praying for your niece and her husband!

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  8. Levi Baus Post author

    Bishop, one aspect of marriage that few people talk about and something you hinted at is the power of the Sacrament of marriage. I loved how you said, "It's as if the two become a Sacrament." I couldn't agree more. The couple becomes a Sacrament for one another throughout their lives, in all they do – God wants to love us through our spouse, that's how He gives grace in and through the Sacrament. And there's the power! I hope more people fully appreciate the Truth, Beauty, and Goodness of marriage. It's something to gaze in wonder upon and I'm fortunate to wonder alongside my bride as we deepen our gratitude of the Sacrament and be that Sacrament throughout our lives for one another.

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  9. TAU Post author

    what would we do without Barron explaining things to us. thanks

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  10. rafael6485 Post author

    how can I find the splendid mural that appears at 5:52?

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  11. yvobalcer Post author

    If married couples saw marriage as a sacrament there will be a drop in divorces. God allows married couples to share in the procreation of humans. Not even the angels have that ability. By the way, I am still married after more than 45 years.

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  12. Jennifer Alexander Post author

    My entire life, I have never heard those verses from Isaiah connected to the miracle of Jesus and the wine. As someone who has gone to church her whole life and has willingly and enthusiastically studied the bible for most of those years, and who is about to start the process of conversion to Catholicism, that connection of transformation from water to wine to eucharist through the love of the bridegroom….really helps to reconcile one of the more difficult Church tenants for a former Protestant to believe. Thank you.

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  13. Teresa Ann Elizabeth Post author

    Bishop Barron, thank you for this! I was searching for something to explain how Catholics's understand ( or should understand!) this Sacrament! Pray for me! It's difficult for someone raised Protestant ( as I was, also) to grasp the idea of marriage as more than "we love each other so let's be married before God in Church" — but if it is a mistake and I don't feel "in love" anymore, God promises to forgive us when we divorce.
    Bishop Barron, I am thankful that it was YOU who taught me that love is much more than just "a feeling".
    Praying for you and your ministry 🙏🏻

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  14. fragwagon Post author

    Pray for me, Bishop. I'm engaged and my fiance is joining the church. – John in KY

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  15. floydfan82 Post author

    Beautiful! Thank you for this video, Bishop Barron.

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  16. Benjamin Cox Post author

    Catholicism is great and all, but what's up with all the funny hats?

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  17. Callum S Post author

    Bishop Barron I am 25 years old. I stopped believing in the Church at 16. Around 19, everything started to change. The historical evidence for the resurrection, the cosmological and teleological argument for God and the problems with materialism put 'mere Christianity' head and shoulders above, not just atheism, but other religions. Fast forward to 24. I read Thomists like Feser explain and defend the philosophy of Thomas in it's truth and towering rational advantage over all other options. Not only are the arguments for God and the soul so strong, they make the historical evidence for the resurrection, not just difficult for the atheist, but compelling.

    Ok, so that's most of my story. But Aquinas doesnt stop there. His hylemorphism completely translates the Church's teaching on transubstantiation into a rational doctrine. Aquinas builds mere Christianity and then pushed me towards Catholic Christianity.

    But you, Barron, take the strong and stable foundations of the faith, the skeleton of natural theology and Christian evidence, and breathe living flesh onto it. The Church's teaching on marriage, sex, relationships, morality etc. are continuations of the rational scaffolding that is the foundation of the faith.

    Aquinas made mere Christianity iron clad and pointed me towards the Church, but your ministry has breathed a Catholic Christianity on it. At 16 I was an ex-Catholic. At 25 I hope to consider myself part of Christ's mystical body. All I can say, Bishop, is God bless you!!!!!

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  18. coldforgedcowboy Post author

    Bishop Barron thank you so much for that beautiful commentary on the Sacrament of Marriage. Did you know we are coming up on the 140th Anniversary of Pope Leo XII's encyclical Arcanum Divinae, the 90th Anniversary of Pope Pius XI's encyclical Casti Conbuii, and the 40th Anniversary of Saint John Paul II's encyclical Familiaris Consortio. What an amazing opportunity the "Holy Spirit" is presenting to discuss these three amazing Encyclicals. God Bless and in my prayers………

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  19. Paul Johnson Post author

    Bishop Barron: You have a wonderful gift for bringing out the intelligence, richness and sheer breath-taking beauty of Catholic teaching. Thank you!

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  20. Mark Cobuzzi Post author

    Bishop Barron, if you do not mind, could you please give your thoughts on a really complicated question I have, concerning the Catholic Church's theology on marriage/sexuality? I would really appreciate it.

    I feel there is a lot of stuff I need to say, in order to properly explain where I am coming from, so only respond to this in full if you really want to and have time. If you would just like to give a quick response just to say that you saw this comment and plan to look through it later, that is also something I would appreciate.

    My question involves me feeling very confused and having great difficulty reconciling all these things together:

    1.) The Catholic Church preaches that all components of sexual longing, including the physical urge which most of have, is part of God's intended creation for us. When I once talked to other Catholic priests, they have even said that it is not only good, but so sacred and tied to who we are, that for an individual to wish he never had that specific appetite is to want to throw away his/her own humanity, whereas God would want us to be thankful for being made this way.

    2.) Catholics are NOT supposed to be like the Gnostics, who thought that only the soul was good, while the things of the body are corrupted beyond repair, inherently evil, and/or inferior counterfeits to the spiritual.

    3.) When Jesus was asked by the Sadducees what would happen if a woman, married to more than one husband, was resurrected with a glorified body, Jesus replied "At the resurrection, people will neither marry nor be given on marriage; they will be like the angels in Heaven." So does not imply that the sexual union of a husband/wife has no place in Heaven, where we are ultimately created to be, and that those faculties will be no more meaningful to our humanity than our appendix, wisdom teeth, etc. (vestigial organs that may have once served our primitive evolutionary ancestors, but are now pretty much useless, disposable, and sometimes harmful enough to even warrant removal)?

    4.) Even during our temporary life on Earth, only a fraction of us are even called to the vocation of marriage to begin with. Many of us are called to singlehood, meant for the Holy Orders (like you), are born with homosexual inclinations and cannot orient them into sacramental man-woman marriage, or are married but unable to use their desire for sex as a reliable means of building or keeping track of intimacy (due to difficulties using NFP, permanent injuries/diseases, etc.) So those married couples live on with little to no sex. Lastly, Jesus, Mary, and Joseph are said to be fully human and the paragons of marital/familial love, yet all three of them were virgins for life (which seems to imply that they would have absolutely no use for the physical appetite for sex).

    5.) While we live on Earth, the very existence of the disordered physical thirst for sexual union has created or amplified untold numbers of problems in the world (for every one thing that it potentially contributes to the world that it true/good/beautiful). Look at rape culture, sexual abuse, pornography, prostitution, human trafficking, infidelity, objectifying thoughts, abortions, STDs, people feeling fear and self-hatred towards their own bodies, fights over gay marriage, people like Origen supposedly wanting to castrate himself and Saint Francis/Benedict masochistically rolling in thorn bushes to rid his body of "impure" desires, mentalities of misogyny/misandry formed around sexual desire, fear between sexes in Puritanical repressive countries like the Middle East, children of fundamentalist parents being told they are going to Hell if they cannot stop masturbating, people trying to escape damaging Puritanism only to become no better as "Playboy" hedonists, parents making more children than they can raise, and all the countless other things I could elaborate on.

    6.) Among the many things we pray to God for, one of them is that he may "lead us not into temptation."

    Before I go on, I would like to state that I do understand why the other aspects that motivate sexual desire have a place and are warranted in their existence (such as bonding hormones like oxytocin being released during sex, the desire/enjoyment of mutual vulnerability, finding the nude form of the opposite gender a beautiful work of art, or the mere act of finding certain areas enjoyable to touch or be touched). However, what I do not get is why there is an physical appetite that specifically desires sexual release like a drug-induced high. If a couple is married and able to have sex, then I can see it having a purpose, since regular intimacy helps keep the bond between spouses healthy and nurtured, like food/water/sleep for the mind and body (and the desire for sex might be a helpful way to gauge whether enough time is being set aside for intimacy).

    (Okay, this is the part where I ask my one question, in as many ways as I can think of. I am only writing these following paragraphs down, and going way overboard, because I want to do my best to make sure you know what I am trying to ask)

    Intellectually, I know that nothing created can be inherently evil or bad, only a good thing that can be distorted or misused. But I am having a hard time accepting that fact in this situation. Unless someone is part of the fraction of people on Earth, who are married (and can have sex at that point in their lives), this same appetite is completely deprived of any purpose, can only be acted on as an end in itself, and actively stresses many people to push them into acting on it. So for everyone else, this God-given appetite might as well be considered an inherently evil desire to sin by the Catholic Church. If marital unity and procreation is NOT innately part of everyone's calling (and especially not in the next life by the looks of it), then why should God make the desire, that has no justification without the calling, be part of man's innate nature? It is also NOT like people are suddenly unable marry or have children, when they do not have a notable sexual libido. If it is true that what we are ultimately fated for in Heaven has no marriage, then the desire for sexual union can easily lead certain people (like those with vocations to single life or even a homosexual orientation) astray, making them get emotionally invested in what is ultimately a dead-end and, apparently, a cheap knockoff what the intended union with God is.

    So in the end, how is sexual desire really the holy good that the Church builds it up to be, that is also so irreplaceable that you should not ask God to take it away from you, even if it does nothing but tempt you to sin and may even endanger both your soul and mission on Earth? When God said to Adam and Eve that a husband/wife shall become one flesh, be fruitful, and multiply, was he just giving them counterfeit goods at the time, since not even their perfect communion with God in Eden was what he ultimately intends for all of us? Are our sexual appetites disordered beyond repair after the Fall, with no hope that they will ever be restored to their original state, since it will all be jettisoned by the time we get our glorified bodies anyway? If that is what we are all simply stuck with, why does God keep requiring us to bear these diseased parts of our nature and then expect us to be grateful for it?

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    I am not sure if you have seen any version of "Little Shop of Horrors" (the 1960 film, Broadway musical, or 1986 movie based on the musical), but this is the analogy it feels like at the moment. Given the state of our fallen nature, God continuing to gift-wrap this physical libido to us feels like the equivalent of God forcing all of us to have one of those extraterrestrial Audrey II plants latched onto our backs, screaming into our ears, "Feed Me!", every day for every hour until we hurt either ourselves or others to give it human blood to drink. One might as well go further and also imagine there was no way to remove or kill that plant stuck to you, without simultaneously harming your own body (like Origen apparently did), so you just have to put up with it no matter how badly you want to just take a blowtorch and fry it. FYI, in each version of the story, the plant is meant to be a Devil figure that tempts the protagonist into committing crimes, in exchange for promises of fame and fortune, and then grows bigger, thirsts for more blood, and makes it harder for the protagonist to get out of hole he dug himself in (only you would now replace the deadly sin of "Greed" with "Lust").

    Needless to say, the world in which we are living now (and have been for the last few millennia) has so many horrendous things wrong with it, regarding the depravities and hardships I mentioned earlier in #5. It gets to the point where I pretty much feel like I am watching the equivalent of the 1986 movie's original ending, where all the plants get sold across the country for profit, convince all the foolish customers to feed them blood, and cause nationwide destruction once they get big enough (symbolizing when sins like greed become so rampant that people create problems big enough to tear apart the whole of culture and society, in pursuit of satisfying their disordered desires). After years of essentially watching this unfold before my eyes, it is getting hard for me to not feel cynical about sexuality, look at humanity with one big facepalm, and feel tempted to ask God what this was all for and why I should thank him for giving us these "plants" in the first place.

    I really don't like being in this state, and I do want to have more faith in God and the best of humanity. If you have any additional insight to offer me, as to how this facet of sexual desire is truly good and worth all of this, I would be very grateful.

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  21. Chris - Sol Mon Post author

    Anyone notice that the name 'Mary' is connected to the words 'Marriage' and 'Married'?

    I.e. "Mary'd" or even "Mary'ge"… There's a philosophical discovery to be made there.

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  22. msdebra213 Post author

    Such a fresh perspective of Cana! It reminded me of your book "Eucharist" wherein you spoke about the communal meal aspect of the Mass. We should also be aware that it is the Blessed Virgin who facilitates her Son's desire to be our Bridegroom. It was she who told the stewards "Do whatever He tells you". And many blessings on the happy couple!

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  23. RA9U1 Post author

    Bishop, have you performed interfaith dialogues with any guests? If not, my two cents as a suggestion is having one with Rabbi Manis Friedman. Just thinking that such a dialogue would be very interesting to have. Apart from that, focusing on the topic of this video, I find my prospects of finding a faithful wife in the future to be shrinking and rapidly given the rise of Post-Modernism, nihilism, and feminism eliminating large swaths of prime candidates. I'm 19, I'm fairly Agnostic, if I were to convert to a religion, Judaism would probably be the most compatible given my reasoning and sensibilities. I'm currently in college trying to get a BS in Mech E. I know a lot of people will say that I'm getting ahead of myself and so forth, and that "you're going into your prime years (20's), you should be having fun and not worrying". But that's the problem, it's those prime years after getting a degree and getting settled that I would immediately like to start a family, and I can't do that with hussies like how a lot of women usually are in their 20's these days. Any advice for a young guy in the West – given the laws that allow people free passes in being unfaithful in marriage – for finding a faithful wife who values honor and integrity 100% of the time over animalistic instinct (hypergamy)?

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  24. Jessica Barton Post author

    Thanks for another really interesting video! Lately the lighting in your videos is different than it used to be – it seems darker. I thought it was better before when it was brighter.

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  25. Jaydeep Deshpande Post author

    Such a beautiful video your excellency!
    This teaching can save the laity from most of the marriage related issues

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  26. Jaydeep Deshpande Post author

    I don't really understand why many people here feel the similarity between the work of Bp Barron and Jordan Peterson. Many people suggested in one of his previous videos too.

    In my humble opinion Jordan Peterson's articulations though leading towards something noble have a secularist scientific tone. He tries to justify why somethings must be in a certain way without explicitly and directly mentioning God in his arguments. Most of his rationale is scientific. Very similar to other 'alt-righters'…who are all religious but articulate in the language of science

    Nothing wrong with that. Just that science will keep changing. God is permanent. So I think this video may give an excellent and more complete answer to the question why marriage must be the way it was in the past.

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  27. Matt D Post author

    Bishop Barron, My fiancé and I are engaged to be married and both of us converted to Catholicism this past year from our respective Protestant churches. You played an important role in our journey to The Church. God Bless you and please pray for us!

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  28. Mezmerizer Post author

    hey Bishop Barron! This is a great video. Wanted to thank you again for the Pivotal Players series again, had a amazing first night tackling Saint Francis of Assisi. Everyone came away with an understanding of redemptive suffering, and what "rejoicing" in it means. We dove into St. Paul's Scripture where he rejoices in his suffering and unifies his suffering to the Cross, and that led to talks about sanctity of life vs quality of life ethic, euthanasia in culture and how we can encourage life in those debating euthanasia. The questions you provided led to so many other questions. We ended with more topics we wanted to discuss about Francis, and in prayer using Francis' beautiful canticle of the sun. I'll know for next time I do this program to do one video per night rather than one Saint (both parts) as the discussion afterwards was very fruitful. I could go on and on, tonight was great. Thanks Bishop Barron!

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  29. eric leffingwell Post author

    Thank you for the continued insight into the sacraments that you provide.

    Something that I got while praying the rosary a number of years ago during this very mystery was how The Mass and Marriage feed each other. The Mass gives us marriage while marriage gives us people to become or make the elements of the Mass. Through the Sacrament of Marriage the church is given priests and laity to celebrate and farmers to make the bread and wine that will be used later for the Mass. Mom showed me how marriage is exhibited as the means of creating the matter for the Mass.

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  30. angelo lopes Post author

    I love your explanation of marriage Bishop Baron.Sadly the Holy Father doesn`t seem to share this view.

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  31. Amalroy Thomas Post author

    When I wasn't a christian and a leftist I always criticized this church, all because I was born to catholic parents and I just wanted to show my friends that Christianity is unimportant for me.
    The worst way I did to show that was by telling others that I won't marry a Catholic.There was a probability to do that if I continued to be an agnostic.
    Now I can understand the importance of this sacrament and this church.
    There is something fascinating, I had protestant friend who is a strong anti catholic, who played a major to make me a christian. Like two negatives gives a positive, combination of two anti catholics gave birth to a catholic.

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  32. Matthew Anderson Post author

    Bishop, while I like that you've stepped up your production values, I'm not sure I like seeing your face partially in shadow. Do you think you could improve your lighting in the next video?

    Other than that, I loved the video as usual!

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  33. Denny Schell Post author

    And Our Lord loves us with the emotional intensity (passion) that is part of the joy of the newly married.

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  34. Abigail Ginter Post author

    My husband and I got married in the church almost 3 years ago. At the time I had no idea what any of it meant or what Christian marriage was even supposed to look like. Thanks to videos like yours, God has taught us so much. We still have so much to learn so I hope you never stop making videos 🙂

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  35. maskirovka77 Post author

    your excellency, I really hope in the near future, you will do a video about the recent article published by La Civiltà Cattolica about the "ecumenicism of hate" that its authors believe exists in the United States between Evangelical Christians and conservative Catholics. I found the tone of the article to be very disturbing and I think I'm hardly alone among American Catholics who will do so.

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  36. Ray Bandera Post author

    Hell YEAH! I'm getting married in October. And this just got me even more excited(atheist revert). Also I really appreciate the production value of these videos increasing. I've been watching for years. THANK YOU, FATHER.

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  37. Monster Song Post author

    Thank you for another inspired video. Where was the ceremony? That church is so beautiful!

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  38. JT566 Post author

    I second the request to comment on Jordan Peterson.

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  39. Lightsoutlightson1 Post author

    Interesting. I never understood Jesus' first miracle — until now. Sad that people who get married in a church, often drift away.
    I have always felt taking time to attend church together helps a marriage. If you google it, there are several studies that confirm this and couples who attend worship together, and even pray together, have lower divorce rates.

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  40. Zanni619 Post author

    Bishop, please make a review on the HBO series "The Young Pope," the way he prays is truly moving (for better or worse).

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  41. Antonino Castellano Post author

    Bishop, thank you for posting this video. Those passages from Isaiah in connection with the Wedding Feast at Cana were beautiful. I've been thinking a lot about Jesus' miracles and their relation to conjugal love. I'm writing a paper on how the divine love revealed to us in Christ through his miracles is imaged in the relationship between man and woman.

    Looking at Cana under this idea, Thomas Treherne once wrote about the miracle "The Conscious Waters saw their Maker and blushed." Fulton Sheen once said that he wished he could write a poem like that and then die out of love. This line reminded me of a story a man told me about his wife. He said when they first met she didn't really do or say anything. He just saw her and smiled or "blushed" in response to her presence and she then did the same. I understand that this is a natural phenomenon, while Christ's miracles are supernatural and divine, but I can't help but think there is an image here.

    Do you think that all of Christ's miracles are, in some natural way, imaged in the relationship between husband and wife and their love for one another?

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  42. Daniel Pinto Post author

    Please analise Hacksaw Ridge. I´m confused with the anti-gun message that is in the movie. Thanks

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  43. Amber Davis Post author

    Thank you for your videos Bishop Barron. They helped see me through my difficult conversion from the LDS church into the Catholic Church. I have no doubt you will one day be proclaimed Saint Robert Barron (of the Internet? 😉). You're always in my prayers. Peace be with you

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  44. Rosa-Maria Stoeber Post author

    Thank you Bishop Barron for explaining the meaning of the Wedding of Cana.

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  45. rotex Post author

    Bishop Baron you should listen to God and get married.

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  46. Mezmerizer Post author

    Hey Bishop Barron! Wanted to let you know that week 2 Saint Thomas Aquinas was a huge hit in Calgary! Double numbers tonight from week 1! Excellent ministry, getting to go in depth with the questions and pray together and read the Bible and Catechism together. People opened up their heart, 26 people were participating in the discussion after the videos! Thanks for the work on Aquinas you've done, it has sparked an interest in all of his work in our Devoted Messengers of Christ group! God Bless you Bishop Barron!

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  47. imelda garcia Post author

    So, my next question is those that divorce. When people divorce, we can't divorce or dissolve the marriage because God is in the marriage. Or better yet we can't divorce God from the marriage. Is that right?

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  48. Kirsten Rose Post author

    Thank you for your ministry, Bishop Barron! …This was a great video, as they all are! …I have a question though – I've now heard you speak to the nature of God both as a Person, and also as a non-Being. (God as the very nature of Being in itself, but not one Being among may.) How can God NOT be a being, but ALSO be a person? How does one resolve that? That sorta blows my mind. Any help you can offer is appreciated, thank you! ~Kirsten Rose, Waukesha WI

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  49. Proud Earthling Post author

    Fr Barron, could you do a video on the new series American Gods?

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  50. Robert Putfark Post author

    Our youngest grand-daughter is a Convert to our Church and seriously wanted to get married in our Church. Her fiance had been involved in a failed marriage as a teenager.The deacon charged with handling annulments made the process so difficult for the groom they wound up being married in a courthouse. So sad. Guess everyone didn't get our Pope's message.

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  51. Braxton Malherbe Post author

    Hi there bishop barron. I'm from the United States but have been learning boulangerie in France for the past four years. I'm 22 years old. I have been a self proclaimed militant atheist since I was probably around 10 or 11. My tune first changed when I attended a mass on accident at l'église de la madeleine while visiting the church and I couldn't help but find it beautiful about three years ago. Now as a boulanger I also feel that I have a connection with the church through each's history and the symbolism that exists so strongly in the Bible about what has now become a passion for me. Now I've read Genesis, exodus, (part of) leviticus :/, Matthew, Mark, and Luke and I intend to read the rest (excited for revelations and the prophets). I was wondering if you could help me find the way forward, I feel a bizarre thing that is that I think about the church almost constantly (while working I listen to your videos and other documentaries and such for hours). Now I'm not saying that I'm "there" yet, that I have a faith or deep understanding but it feels very right. So anyways I would like advice. As well as what Bible translations or compilations you might advise (french/english) I'd like to know more about what the Bible meant at the time it was written, how it became understood as it was today. From where came the offenses the church or individuals of the church have committed in the past and if I should start with aquinas or the documents of Vatican II (as in learn from the beginning the theology or start with the church today and move backwards) I'm sort of at a loss here. And if you ever make your way back to france I would be delighted to meet with you and to share with you some of my work in boulangerie. I know you are probably a busy man but your videos have sparked what I hope to be is a deeper understanding of faith. One thing you said that clicked with me was that faith is higher than reason. Oh and one more thing in the parable of the sowers how do I keep from being the seed in shallow soil that doesn't take root?

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  52. ThoseTolerableNoobs Post author

    The image of the bride and groom standing at the altar in front of the congregation, all of whom look extremely attentive, near the beginning of the video is remarkably powerful and vibrant. Where did this mass take place? Whoever designed this Church has a very keen command of structure, to exult the Altar and the cruciform, and to give the impression the entire room is built up to and around it. It's beautiful.

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  53. Hawker Seafury Post author

    I wonder if Deacon Greg Kandra from the old Australian blog follows Bishop Barron.

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  54. SevenDeMagnus Post author

    Hi. Bishop Barron. Please pray for my marriage vocation, that God will take us by the hand (that holy, loving, beautiful future wife of mine) and when the day comes, together, we'll create a holy family, raise saintly children and be saints ourselves (just like the Holy Family and Louis Martin). Pray very hard for me, my marriage vocation is quite in jeopardy. What are the rules for courtship by the way, that's most pleasing to God and where do you find her? God bless, Proverbs 31

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  55. Meaning What Post author

    Dear Bishop Barron, this is rather late (but than never) : Congratulation on your appointment as Auxiliary Bishop. I also hope you will continue to put out this commentaries and teaching videos about the Faith and others despite your busy schedule. What I like most about the videos is that you remain calm and gentle but firm in tackling difficult and obnoxious situation. May the Lord continue to strengthen you and give you wisdom in your vocation.

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  56. Ces Alberto Post author

    Hi Bishop Barron, wondering if you could do a video at some stage on Blessed Oscar Romero who's centenary of birth is approaching next week. I love all your videos, and I can probably say I have seen/listened to almost all of them. Have gone on to read the likes of Girard and Pascal because of the work that you do. In a time when the proposal of Christ to the world needs more than tradition, scripture and all of the rich and beautiful tapestry that Catholicism offers, it is refreshing and encouraging to come to a source like this for inspiration and motivation. Keep up the good work and may God bless you abundantly!

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  57. Antonio Brahms Post author

    Very interesting and deep, I had the pleasure of studying the Gospel of John and in an essay on the role of Mary in the gospel of John, the link between Cana and the cross where the (MOTHER of JESUS) was present, and between the wine and the Eucharist was clear, in fact, the new wine symbolizes Jesus himself hence the reply to Mary…Woman, my hour (hour of the cross)  hasn't come  yet Jesus was the bridegroom AND the new wine. In Cana he transformed the water into wine, on the cross, he transformed the wine into his blood.

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  58. Stevie Nines Post author

    Bishop, could you please make a video about Fr. James Martin. I feel like he's way out over the line in a lot of his interpretations of scripture and of certain catholic teaching, mostly on homosexuality. I think that Catholics need clarity on his views and how they fit within the magisterium.

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  59. Aaron Parsons Post author

    My wife and I will begin RCA classes next month, I was baptized as a child but never confirmed.
    I am wondering, will my wife and I receive a formal holy matrimony ceremony, eventually?
    We were married at city hall.

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  60. sarah11790 Post author

    Bishop Baron – thank you so much for your videos. I am a calvinist and enjoy them so much! I wish more pastors/priests did this kind of thing. It is very helpful!

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  61. sarah11790 Post author

    Also – I recommended you as a speaker for the Right to Life! I really hope they contact you!

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  62. Luke Suda Post author

    Great insight. I give another reason for the place the church gives marriage. We are called to love our neighbor as ourselves, and this love isn't a feeling, its action. To feed, clothe, house, nurse, care, forgive each other, and that starts with our own family, our own children. And the highest action that we can do to love our children, is to love, honor, cherish, and build a life of mutual aid, joy, and comfort with the person with which we share parenthood. This is where the kingdom begins.

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  63. Marcus Sattler Post author

    Why get married in the Church? For one, if you're a baptized Catholic, your marriage wouldn't be valid otherwise. You cannot actually get married on the beach if one of the betrothed is Catholic.

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  64. john b Post author

    For those young catholics getting married soon when picking a song a mass not too many people know that 'Here Comes the Bride' is not allowed at a catholic wedding.
    That particular piece is not allowed at Catholic weddings for several reasons. First, it is from the Wagner opera Lohengrin, which is a pagan themed opera. Secondly, Wagner was a notorious anti-Catholic.
    The music should be Christian in theme or origin, sacred music or classical music without pagan/anti-Catholic overtones.
    Some priests probably allow this music b/c they are ignorant of its origin and meaning.
    Most people don’t know the pagan origin. But if it no longer has a pagan meaning, does it matter? Wedding rings are allowed and they too are pagan in origin, according to John Henry Cardinal Newman. Yet, the Church can sanctify objects that were previously pagan, strip them of their pagan meaning and Christianize them, if the Church chooses to do so (like they did with wedding rings).

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  65. Alan Bourbeau Post author

    His excellency does have a good and valid point. Saint Paul said, “Love is patient, love is kind.” Most engaged couples miss the point of what the sacrament of marriage. I’ve never been married before but I have attended weddings in the past.

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  66. Mary Moser Post author

    A beautiful commentary, as usual, Your Excellency.

    I am curious about the translation of the verse you quoted from Isaiah. I found that multiple (not all) translations translate "your builder" as "your children" or "your sons" (https://www.biblegateway.com/verse/en/Isaiah%2062:5). I'm not in any way an expert at Scripture or translations, so it's hard for me to see the parallel. I do think, however, that some of the beautiful nuptial imagery becomes lost in this verse with the latter translations (although reading it in the context of the entire chapter makes up for this). Of course, I'm probably being slightly nit-picky over comparing the translations of a single word here; I just found the difference interesting.

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  67. Jorge Campos Post author

    Dear Bishop Robert Barron, in Personam Christum, in the Supreme Person: un cuore et anima una. Jesus Christ King of Kings, Lord of Lords; My God, My Builder and My Creator. Spiritum Sanctum mihi Christify. With the power and authority of God Father almighty. Amen.

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  68. Trish Knaut Post author

    Reconciliation and marriage of Catholics and ptotestants to draw the nations into Gods family!

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  69. Georg Elias Humal Post author

    PLEASE change the intro and outro music!! Honestly it gives the whole video feel wierd 😀

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  70. Carinne Lilac Post author

    My fiancé is a Roman Catholic & I am an Anglican, we are engaged to be married & have graduated from the marriage preparation course on 27 May 2018 ☺️

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  71. Everyday Catholic Post author

    I was one of the sponsors for Nelson's confirmation class – I just love connections like this… love the universal church! & I love this video – the vocation of marriage & Christ's intimate love for His church!

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  72. steve coley Post author

    A women once told me that marriage is a business deal. Trying to explain to her that it is a celebration of love, was like trying to drive a camel through the eye of a needle.

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  73. chissstardestroyer Post author

    As a man, faithful to the Church's teachings, I can say the marital reference is clearly more aimed at girls than guys, to us guys, aside from becoming His kin via marriage, if not by adoption, it's both frightening us away from Him, and also, to be blunt, encourages Diacide (the murder of God), in response to that- that's what it encourages to us, but therefore it may indeed be clearly not intended so much for men as for ladies- that particular passage, I mean.
    Oftentimes, I find the reference of adoption to be far more binding and far more appealing, as it's purely platonic in nature, and that too is completely in line with Church teaching, if Baptism is indeed an adoption into His family.
    That may indeed be one of the greatest problems we as the church have these days with evangilization of the world today: the matter of "which passages apply to whom, and why" kind of matter, Bishop Barron. What do you think of that assessment, and why?

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  74. Kenny Wade Post author

    Bishop Barron please keep doing the great job that you are doing for God our creator

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  75. Mark Ford Post author

    You also get married in a Church because there is a punitive process nobody told me about called Convalidation. I was not a full blown ex-Catholic but I figured it wouldn’t be any problem to get married in my wife’s church. As a millennial I figured everyone should be grateful we were bothering to get married period. Now there is an ocean of red tape that surrounds me in the church and I cannot help but just say sour grapes.

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  76. chissstardestroyer Post author

    Bishop Barron, the problem I have with that concept of God marrying us is that I, like yourself, am a guy, and thus, it'd be not merely incredibly unsafe but also downright sinful to even have that kind of affection in the first place to the point that I am obliged to reply to Him with the words "Get Dead, Scumbag!" a definitive and absolute "NO!" to that sinful suggestion in the first place and forever- for the mere reason that it'd violate one or more of the regulations of the Decalogue to begin with. Thus if He is interested in that kind of a relationship, He's suggesting to us to violate the safety regulations of Natural Law, the moral laws for our species, and thus a totally evil god, iff He is suggesting that, that is.
    That is specifically in reference to the matrimony suggestion alone, but the matter of Him as "our Stepdad via adoption" on the other hand is most desirable indeed… but the matter of even a man having romantic feelings for another man is simply not merely gross and disgusting in its total nature but also deeply sinful to ever acknowledge in the first place!

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  77. Eduardo Bautista Post author

    Criminalize "Christian beliefs" on immoral sexual intercourse such as incest, premarital sexual intercourse, prostitution and adultery of/with wives as natural use of sex of/with women too in Romans 1:26-27 at the same time accusing all married and unmarried to the opposite sex in same sex sexual relations of deviations from lawless or deviations from immoral sexual intercourse. In law, there is no accusation that deviated from lawless.

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