Vibrant Paradoxes
By Robert Barron

G.K. Chesterton once said that Catholicism keeps its beliefs "side by side like two strong colors, red and white...It has always had a healthy hatred of pink."

Catholicism is both/and, not either/or. It celebrates the union of contraries--grace and nature, faith and reason, Scripture and tradition, body and soul--in a way that the full energy of each opposing element remains in place.

In Vibrant Paradoxes, bestselling author Bishop Robert Barron brings together themes and motifs that many would consider mutually exclusive or, at best, awkward in their juxtaposition. But seen through the Incarnation, these opposites crash together and reflect new light in every direction requiring a new vision. This book will train you to see.

Author: Robert Barron
ISBN: 978-1-943243-10-5
Binding: Paperback
Page Count: 388
Publisher: Word on Fire

Language: English
Release Date: 2016-04-18






God Joins Our Dysfunctional Family

Extreme Demands, Extreme Mercy

Evangelizing on the Road to Emmaus

Revisiting Spiritual Warfare

Seeing Political Corruption with Biblical Eyes

Wise Words from the Bishop of Rome Concerning the Clergy Sex Abuse Scandal

René Girard, Church Father

The Field Hospital Is Open

The Parable of the Talents

Pope Benedict and the Logic of Gratuity

Pope Francis and True Mercy

The iPhone App and the Return to Confession

The Revolutionary Message of Palm Sunday.


The Indecipherable Writing of Thomas Aquinas 

The Myth of the War between Science and Religion.

Playing at Atheism

Why the Sciences Will Never Disprove the Existence of God 

Woody Allen's Bleak Vision

What Faith Is and What It Isn't

Why I Love My Invisible Friend

What Makes the Church Grow?

Does Religion Really Have A "Smart-People Problem"?

America Needs You, Thomas Aquinas 

Revisiting the Argument from Motion

Revisiting the Argument from Desire

Einstein and God

Pope Benedict and How to Read the Bible

Preaching the Strange Word

The Genesis Problem

Mother Nature Is One Unreliable Lady

Laudato Si' and Romano Guardini

The Hundredth Anniversary of Thomas Merton's Birth

The Pope, the Congress, and a Trappist Monk

Ross Douthat and the Catholic Academy

John Henry Newman at the Synod on the Family

A Lion of the American Church:

Thoughts on the Passing of Cardinal George

Priests, Prophets, Kings



St. John's Christmas Sermon

Why You Need Spiritual Food

Bruce Jenner, the "Shadow Council," and St. Irenaeus

A Case for Celibacy by Priests

Why Jesus and Religion Are Like Two Peas in a Pod. What Easter Means

The Startlingly Good News of the Resurrection

Why the Ascension of the Lord Matters


What Is Our Fundamental Problem?

Dietrich von Hildebrand and Our Relativistic Age

Pope Benedict XVI Among the Germans

The Death of God and the Loss of Human Dignity

Your Life Does Not Belong to You

Why Goodness Depends on God

The Tiny Whispering Sound

St. Irenaeus and the God Who Doesn't Need Us

The Glory of God Is a Human Being "Fully Alive"

Thomas More and the Bishop of Rome

Why St. Junípero Serra Matters Today

Why Having a Heart of Gold Is Not What Christianity Is About

A "No" to a "No" Is a "Yes"

Brian Williams, Chris Matthews, and Letting the Fly out of the Fly Bottle

We've Been Here Before:

Same-Sex Marriage and the Room of Tears

Love, Tolerance, and the Making of Distinctions

The "Waze" of Providence

What the Hell?

Pope Benedict As a Witness to God

A Prophetic Pope and the Tradition

of Catholic Social Teaching

The Cleansing of the Temple


Stephen Fry, Job, and the Cross of Jesus

God and the Tsunami

Stephen Colbert, J.R.R. Tolkein, John Henry Newman, and the Providence of God

Hospital-Land and the Divinization of One's Passivities

The Dangers of the Prosperity Gospel

The Lesson of Calcutta

A Saint of Darkness

The Lesson of Lough Derg

A Tale of Two Skulls

The Fire at Namugongo

A Persecuted Church and Its Heroes

A Message in Blood: ISIS and the Meaning of the Cross

The Joy of Evangelizing

What Are You Waiting For?