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Bishop Barron on Prayer

Otis Rodgers



  1. Brother J Posted on August 15, 2017 at 12:03 am

    For a very long time I've had tremendous consolation by either viewing you on You-tube or reading your articles. I love them dearly and I'll continue to look for these great gifts that you are sharing with world. The reason why I enjoy listening to you and reading your articles is because you tell the truth. I see the Holy Spirit in you as you say these great words. Nevertheless, I don't always agree with everything you say, and that is the reason why I would not go back to being a Catholic. I'm a member of a pentecostal Assembly of God Church in Spring Valley NY. Although I feel my church preach the Word according to the entire bible (We say it like it is (The truth which I hear from you 90% of the time I listen you)), I find myself agreeing with my church 99.9%. The problem I see everywhere in everyone in general is that "we do not practice what we preach".

    Anyway, I would like you to make a you-tube video on Exodus 20 verse 4 which is an ongoing problematic Catholic teaching in my view: You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God. I feel that Catholic disobey this commandment. What's up with all these statues in the church?

    Also, Though Mary was the mother of the humanity of Jesus, a miracle accomplished by the Holy Spirit, she was not the mother of God. As God, Christ is eternal and had no mother or beginning (see John 1: 1). In essence, worshipping Mary is a form of idolatry. In the New Testament, Mary is never mentioned in a way that exalts her as is done in Catholicism. In Luke 1: 28, Mary is called “favored one” (literally, “endowed or filled with grace”) but only in the sense that God, by grace, chose her to be the
    human mother who would give birth to the Christ child. This same idea and word is used of all believers in Ephesians 1:6. We have all been endowed with grace. To say any more than this is to add to what the text of Scripture says.

    Brother Robert Barron, you are a great Speaker, I love you in Jesus and you have helped me so much so far. Please share some explanation for my concern for Catholic. If you do a research and find that my concern for the Catholic church is in accordance with fact, God bless you. If not, explain why it is not in accordance with fact. May God continue to be bless you.

    By the way, I agree with everything you said in this video with the exception of "We don't get much out of the prayer that Jesus thought us.

    Again, God bless you and peace be with you brother.

  2. Atreus21 Posted on August 22, 2017 at 5:42 pm

    My trouble is that when I listen for a response, I can't tell if it's God speaking or my own self-consciousness.

    I don't say this as a challenge. It troubles me.

  3. Rouge Shot Posted on August 24, 2017 at 2:34 am

    i am open to many forms of mediation some with plants some in the chaple

  4. Eli Jackson Posted on September 2, 2017 at 7:03 am

    Simple, get your beads and start reciting to Mary.

  5. No:1 Rory Posted on September 21, 2017 at 12:38 am

    Your excellency, I pray in bed. Am I meant to be kneeling and does it mean my prayers haven't been heard due to praying sitting up in bed?
    Please help. Thankyou. 🙏

  6. No:1 Rory Posted on September 21, 2017 at 12:45 am

    These videos are very helpful and have answered many questions I should of had the answer years ago!

  7. No:1 Rory Posted on September 21, 2017 at 12:47 am

    Theirs a lot of very negative stories of Mother Teresa. Apparently she wasn't as holy as presented!!!

  8. No:1 Rory Posted on September 23, 2017 at 6:21 am

    Thanks for ignoring my comments

  9. Alan Bourbeau Posted on September 24, 2017 at 11:41 am

    Prayer is a way of connecting myself to God. I do it in several ways. 1. Liturgy of the hours. 2. The rosary. 3. The Divine Mercy Chaplet every day at 3:00 pm. 4. The Chaplet of Saint Michael the Archangel. 5. Attending daily mass or watching it on television. Also the Miraculous medal novena.

  10. Joey C Costello Posted on October 23, 2017 at 4:22 pm

    God Bless Bishop Barron! Many thanks for spreading the truth, love and Joy of God to others. Keep us viewers in your prayers please!!

  11. Mary yiamarelos Posted on October 25, 2017 at 4:09 am

    I have found so much comfort through you Bishop Barron. Thank you.

  12. Nella Hashimoto Posted on October 25, 2017 at 3:13 pm

    Thank you Bishop Barron. Eternally grateful for all your videos. Very helpful and enlightening. God bless. N

  13. Candy Asman Posted on October 29, 2017 at 3:18 pm

    An exemplary educator, he reaches and teaches any level of learner and all belief systems… God bless you, Bishop Barron!

  14. Alan Bourbeau Posted on November 4, 2017 at 3:59 am

    Your excellency,
    I have another prayer request. It's for my older brother, Jason. He and i grew up in a Catholic family but unfortunately, he doesn't take his Catholic faith seriously anymore. I hope and pray that he'll renew his faith. Hopefully when the season of Advent comes. Also pray that he'll find a new job because he's been unemployed for some time. And if he does find a new job, pray that he'll become fruitful, productive and his efforts won't be fruitless at all. Amen.

  15. Richard de la Sota Posted on November 12, 2017 at 9:18 pm

    Mr. Gruffyd, the Walter Pidgeon character in "How Green Was my Valley," told Huw Morgan, played by Roddy McDowall, "Prayer is only another name for good, clean, direct thinking. When you pray, think." In my opinion, the most meaningful line from a great film.

  16. sulkow82 Posted on November 13, 2017 at 3:48 pm

    Two points which came to my mind was….

    C.S. Lewis: I don't pray to change God. I pray to change me.

    Bishop Fulton Sheen also encouraged holy hours. His comment was if the laity can make a full hour great. However, the laity would benefit from 15 minutes. If their focus to prayer diminished after that point, he would say to not worry because the benefits would come. For the clergy, he was more strict about it being a full hour.

  17. Sam Noah Posted on December 17, 2017 at 7:16 am

    The Roman Catholic Church contends that its origin is the death, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus Christ in approximately AD 30. The Catholic Church proclaims itself to be the church that Jesus Christ died for, the church that was established and built by the apostles. Is that the true origin of the Catholic Church? On the contrary. Even a cursory reading of the New Testament will reveal that the Catholic Church does not have its origin in the teachings of Jesus or His apostles. In the New Testament, there is no mention of the papacy, worship/adoration of Mary (or the immaculate conception of Mary, the perpetual virginity of Mary, the assumption of Mary, or Mary as co-redemptrix and mediatrix), petitioning saints in heaven for their prayers, apostolic succession, the ordinances of the church functioning as sacraments, infant baptism, confession of sin to a priest, purgatory, indulgences, or the equal authority of church tradition and Scripture. So, if the origin of the Catholic Church is not in the teachings of Jesus and His apostles, as recorded in the New Testament, what is the true origin of the Catholic Church?

    For the first 280 years of Christian history, Christianity was banned by the Roman Empire, and Christians were terribly persecuted. This changed after the “conversion” of the Roman Emperor Constantine. Constantine provided religious toleration with the Edict of Milan in AD 313, effectively lifting the ban on Christianity. Later, in AD 325, Constantine called the Council of Nicea in an attempt to unify Christianity. Constantine envisioned Christianity as a religion that could unite the Roman Empire, which at that time was beginning to fragment and divide. While this may have seemed to be a positive development for the Christian church, the results were anything but positive. Just as Constantine refused to fully embrace the Christian faith, but continued many of his pagan beliefs and practices, so the Christian church that Constantine promoted was a mixture of true Christianity and Roman paganism.

    Constantine found that, with the Roman Empire being so vast, expansive, and diverse, not everyone would agree to forsake his or her religious beliefs to embrace Christianity. So, Constantine allowed, and even promoted, the “Christianization” of pagan beliefs. Completely pagan and utterly unbiblical beliefs were given new “Christian” identities. Some clear examples of this are as follows:

    (1) The Cult of Isis, an Egyptian mother-goddess religion, was absorbed into Christianity by replacing Isis with Mary. Many of the titles that were used for Isis, such as “Queen of Heaven,” “Mother of God,” and theotokos (“God-bearer”) were attached to Mary. Mary was given an exalted role in the Christian faith, far beyond what the Bible ascribes to her, in order to attract Isis worshippers to a faith they would not otherwise embrace. Many temples to Isis were, in fact, converted into temples dedicated to Mary. The first clear hints of Catholic Mariology occur in the writings of Origen, who lived in Alexandria, Egypt, which happened to be the focal point of Isis worship.

    (2) Mithraism was a religion in the Roman Empire in the 1st through 5th centuries AD. It was very popular among the Romans, especially among Roman soldiers, and was possibly the religion of several Roman emperors. While Mithraism was never given “official” status in the Roman Empire, it was the de facto official religion until Constantine and succeeding Roman emperors replaced Mithraism with Christianity. One of the key features of Mithraism was a sacrificial meal, which involved eating the flesh and drinking the blood of a bull. Mithras, the god of Mithraism, was “present” in the flesh and blood of the bull, and when consumed, granted salvation to those who partook of the sacrificial meal (this is known as theophagy, the eating of one’s god). Mithraism also had seven “sacraments,” making the similarities between Mithraism and Roman Catholicism too many to ignore. Church leaders after Constantine found an easy substitute for the sacrificial meal of Mithraism in the concept of the Lord’s Supper/Christian communion. Even before Constantine, some early Christians had begun to attach mysticism to the Lord’s Supper, rejecting the biblical concept of a simple and worshipful remembrance of Christ’s death and shed blood. The Romanization of the Lord’s Supper made the transition to a sacrificial consumption of Jesus Christ, now known as the Catholic Mass/Eucharist, complete.

    (3) Most Roman emperors (and citizens) were henotheists. A henotheist is one who believes in the existence of many gods, but focuses primarily on one particular god or considers one particular god supreme over the other gods. For example, the Roman god Jupiter was supreme over the Roman pantheon of gods. Roman sailors were often worshippers of Neptune, the god of the oceans. When the Catholic Church absorbed Roman paganism, it simply replaced the pantheon of gods with the saints. Just as the Roman pantheon of gods had a god of love, a god of peace, a god of war, a god of strength, a god of wisdom, etc., so the Catholic Church has a saint who is “in charge” over each of these, and many other categories. Just as many Roman cities had a god specific to the city, so the Catholic Church provided “patron saints” for the cities.

    (4) The supremacy of the Roman bishop (the papacy) was created with the support of the Roman emperors. With the city of Rome being the center of government for the Roman Empire, and with the Roman emperors living in Rome, the city of Rome rose to prominence in all facets of life. Constantine (AD 272–337) and his successors gave their support to the bishop of Rome as the supreme ruler of the church. Of course, it is best for the unity of the Roman Empire that the government and state religion be centralized. While most other bishops (and Christians) resisted the idea of the Roman bishop being supreme, the Roman bishop eventually rose to supremacy, due to the power and influence of the Roman emperors. When the Western half of the Roman Empire collapsed in 476, the popes took on the title that had previously belonged to the Roman emperors—Pontifex Maximus. Pope Gregory I, ruling from 590–604, is usually considered the first bishop to truly wield papal authority.

    Many more examples could be given. These four should suffice in demonstrating the origin of the Catholic Church. Of course, the Roman Catholic Church denies the pagan origin of its beliefs and practices. The Catholic Church disguises its pagan beliefs under layers of complicated theology and “church tradition.” Recognizing that many of its beliefs and practices are utterly foreign to Scripture, the Catholic Church is forced to deny the authority and sufficiency of Scripture.

    The origin of the Catholic Church is the tragic compromise of Christianity with the pagan religions that surrounded it. Instead of proclaiming the gospel and converting the pagans, the Catholic Church “Christianized” the pagan religions, and “paganized” Christianity. By blurring the differences and erasing the distinctions, yes, the Catholic Church made itself attractive to the people of the Roman Empire. One result was the Catholic Church becoming the supreme religion in the Roman world for centuries. However, another result was the most dominant form of Christianity apostatizing from the true gospel of Jesus Christ and the true proclamation of God’s Word.

    Second Timothy 4:3–4 declares, “For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.”

  18. sissy lou Posted on December 19, 2017 at 3:33 am

    I live in Canada and I feel as if we're heading into civil strife or war with Justin Trudeau as PM. I need to pray for calmness and strength. Is there a prayer? Thanks.

  19. Azozeo Posted on December 25, 2017 at 10:22 am

    I'll see you in another life Brother.

  20. Sam Noah Posted on December 31, 2017 at 1:47 am

    Listen to what you said the last few seconds of your talk Mr Barron. you pray the Jesus prayer every day. Lord Jesus Christ, son of God, have mercy on me a sinner. and you say….it doesn't get you anywhere and it doesn't accomplish anything?. then why pray it and why repeat it?. why? because its tradition Mr Barron, a Pagan tradition, just like how millions of Catholics repeat what angel Gabriel said to Mary. is that a prayer?


    Matthew 6:7Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (RSVCE)

    7 “And in praying do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do; for they think that they will be heard for their many words.

  21. Anthony Drozdowski Posted on January 1, 2018 at 6:25 pm

    Thank you Father

  22. Naturalism Forever Posted on January 12, 2018 at 6:38 am

    Robert: Templeton-sponsored scientific investigations are clear: PRAYER HAS NO EFFICACY WHATEVER!
    In none of your videos have you EVER demonstrated that your 3-part god is consequential or relevant to anything at all. Why should a thinking person accept its existence?

  23. Johann Wanner Posted on January 20, 2018 at 7:11 pm

    Reflections of an ordinary man on prayer
    Psalm 46:10
    10Be still, and know that I am God
    A Point, I believe to be a critical element in prayer, with our somewhat frenetic lifestyles, finding time simply to say a prayer is often difficult for us to do if not nigh impossible, with chores, appointments, work and family obligations, etc. etc. Being still long enough to catch our breath, let alone say a prayer, is no small trick. Being still is an important element in good prayer. Learning how to say to ourselves; STOP, make time, smell the roses, say a prayer, acknowledge GOD in our lives, Sadly, this often doesn't occur until we are forced to stop, when we find ourselves in a hospital bed, as a result of injury or sickness and suddenly have lots of time on our hands to appreciate the many good things from God we had in our lives, until suddenly they are taken away from us and that time we could never find is forced upon us when GOD FINALLY SAYS whoa son STOP, LOOK, LISTEN, notice life and me before it is all over. Often we never find Him until we ourselves are in need and realize the important role He actually plays in our lives when we make time to let him into our lives, thus the importance of BEING STILL, long enough to know that He is GOD.
    This poem puts the issue of finding time for god and prayer into perspective
    No Time To Pray
    by Author Unknown
    I knelt to pray but not for long,
    I had too much to do.
    I had to hurry and get to work
    For bills would soon be due.

    So I knelt and said a hurried prayer,
    And jumped up off my knees.
    My Christian duty was now done
    My soul could rest at ease.

    All day long I had no time
    To spread a word of cheer.
    No time to speak of Christ to friends,
    They'd laugh at me I'd fear.

    No time, no time, too much to do,
    That was my constant cry,
    No time to give to souls in need
    But at last the time, the time to die.

    I went before the Lord,
    I came, I stood with downcast eyes.
    For in his hands God held a book;
    It was the book of life.

    God looked into his book and said
    "Your name I cannot find.
    I once was going to write it down…
    But never found the time"

    There is a song, made popular and famous by Josh Groban, entitled "you raise me up;" it begins
    with these with these lines;
    "When I am down, and, oh, my soul, so weary
    When troubles come, and my heart burdened be
    Then, I am still and wait here in the silence
    Until you come and sit awhile with me."
    prayer is defined in the dictionary; as A reverent petition made to God, b. The act of making a reverent petition to God.2. An act of communion with God, a god, or another form of worship, such as in devotion, confession, praise, or thanksgiving.

    Prayer I have come to believe is an act of giving Jesus, the Lord, Our God, a piece of our mortal existence to him who gave us eternity through the personal sacrifice of himself on the cross and subsequent resurrection.

    There is a story about Alexander the Great regarding time to which I cannot vouch for its historical accuracy but the story is profound and thought-provoking and goes as follows;

    The last wishes of Alexander the Great:
    On his death bed, Alexander summoned his generals and told them his three ultimate wishes:

    1. The best doctors should carry his coffin;
    2. The wealth he had accumulated (money, gold, precious stones.) should be scattered along the procession to the cemetery.

    3. His hands should be let loose, hanging outside the coffin for all to see!!

    One of his generals who was surprised by these unusual requests asked Alexander to explain.

    Here is what Alexander the Great had to say:

    1. I want the best doctors to carry my coffin to demonstrate that, in the face of death, even the best doctors in the world have no power to heal.

    2. I want the road to be covered with my treasure so that everybody sees that material wealth acquired on earth, stays on earth.

    3. I want my hands to swing in the wind, so that people understand that we come to this world empty handed and we leave this world empty handed after the most precious treasure of all is exhausted, and that is TIME.

    4. We do not take to our grave any material wealth . TIME is our most precious treasure because it is LIMITED. We can produce more wealth, but we cannot produce more time.

    5. When we give someone our time, we actually give a portion of our life that we will never take back. Our time is our life!

    6. The best present that you can give to your family, friends and God is your TIME.

    When we pray, that is what we do, we give God our time, a moment out of our lives to remember him, his gifts, and his selfless act of love as we consider prayer and time; I hope that God May grant you plenty of TIME and may you have the wisdom to give it away so that you can LIVE, LOVE, and DIE in peace

    So often our prayers consist of the rote recitation of prayers such as The Lords prayer or the Hail Mary which, we know so well that it requires little or no conscious thought so that our hearts are seldom involved in the process as we mechanically try to communicate with our Lord.
    In Isaiah Chapter29 verse 13 it says; " Then the Lord said, "Because this people draw near with their mouth and honor Me with their lips, While their hearts are far from Me, and their fear of Me is a commandment of men learned by rote,
    Matthew says in chapter 6 beginning with verse 6 and taking particular note of verse 7, I began to wonder how to pray more perfectly and I decided that simple conversations might more closely approximate what he wishes us to do.
    But you, when you pray, go into your inner room, close your door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you. 7"And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words.8"So do not be like them; for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.…
    In some other translations, the language is more harsh "Do not babble like the Pagan's do."
    In spite of that, I think, that the recitation of the Lords prayer or the Hail Mary have their place in our prayer repertoire, they are prayers, I believe, that allow us to revere Jesus, our Lord and Savior and his mother and acknowledge their gifts as we petition their assistance in our lives. As I tried to find an example of more perfect prayer, I spent time going through the liturgy of the hours and also spent some time on the Internet just looking for prayers I ran across this example on the Internet, it is, I think, very profound and sad considering that this prayer was found on the body of a 19-year-old American soldier in Vietnam. It reads as follows:
    Lord God, I have never spoken to you, but now I want to say; how do you do.
    You see God they told me you didn’t exist.
    And like a fool I believed all this.

    Last night, from a shell hole, I saw your sky
    I figured right then, they had told me a lie
    Had I taken the time, to see the things you made
    I’d had known they weren’t calling a spade a spade.

    I wonder God if you’ll take my hand
    Somehow I feel that you’ll understand

    Funny, I had to come to this hellish place
    Before I had time to see your face.

    I guess there really isn’t much more to say
    But I’m sure glad God that I met you today,
    I guess Zero hour will soon be here.
    But I’m not afraid since I know you are near.

    The signal, well God I have to go
    I like you lots, I want you to know.

    Look now, this will be a horrible fight.
    Who knows, I may come to your house tonight.

    Though I wasn’t friendly to you before
    I wonder God if you’d wait at your door.

    Look, God, I’m crying, I’m shedding tears.
    I have to go now, God, goodbye.

    Strange God now, since I met you I’m not afraid to die.

    What I found striking about this prayer is it reads like a poem and a conversation. I do not believe we need to be poets to pray well to God. But, I do think that we should turn our prayers into conversations with him. When I read this prayer I tried to imagine a 19-year-old young man lying in a crater created by a bombshell in a dark Vietnamese jungle with bullets whizzing overhead contemplating the early demise of his life. We find God in different ways and more often than not during the most difficult times of our lives. The unfortunate part is we tend to only know him when we need him. There is so much more when we are more generous with the time we spend with him.

    There is a line I recall from a book called the Art of loving by a Swiss-born philosopher by the name of Erich Fromm. In trying to define love he said; ask yourself these two questions;

    Do I love you because I need you, or
    do I need you because I love you. There is a profound difference between those two questions. When I pray I try to remind him in my conversations that I need Jesus because I love him, not because I want or need something from him.

    I find that when I am praying for something the prayer tends to be about me rather than about him, so often, I try to stick to prayers of thanks which are easier to make about him than about me.

    Food for thought in the search of more perfect prayer.

    Jesus always tried to teach us using stories in my attempts to understand him better I ran across a story which brings into focus things that are not always as obvious to us as they should be.

    This is the story

  24. emma heart Posted on January 28, 2018 at 12:07 am

    God said not to call any one farther just God so why doesnt the catholic religion teach this

  25. Alan Bourbeau Posted on February 27, 2018 at 10:25 am

    Some people who are atheists and skeptics say that prayer nothing but wishful thinking. But I disagree. Prayer isn’t wishful thinking. It’s a way of connecting ourselves to God. I have a daily prayer routine. I do the Liturgy of the hours such as morning prayer,evening prayer too. I even have my favorite Catholic devotions. The Chaplet of Saint Michael the archangel, the Holy rosary and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy. And before bedtime, there’s the Liturgy of the hours, Night prayer known as Compline.

  26. SISTA MARIA Posted on March 1, 2018 at 2:38 am

    Praying for Travis Kraft…….God bless

  27. Jordan Mielbrecht Posted on March 19, 2018 at 1:12 am

    This is a weird thing to notice, but I think Bishop Barron has the same glasses as my Dad. At least the same maker!

  28. Cormac Crisp Posted on March 30, 2018 at 11:55 pm

    My Prayers don't work. Can you give me the right formula?

  29. Trish Knaut Posted on April 3, 2018 at 3:46 am

    Mandate: pray without ceasing!

  30. Trish Knaut Posted on April 3, 2018 at 4:00 am

    Freedom ministry helps us ask God a question and listen for the answer….asking for His truth to replace lies removes pain!

  31. Fran Austin Posted on April 12, 2018 at 2:07 am


  32. yf777a Posted on April 14, 2018 at 12:28 pm

    is this a good paraphrase of something you said in this wonderful video?
    God's Loving-kindness Benevolent
    quest for each of us,
    expresses itself in prayer,
    with honest to the heart,
    communication from above,
    as we learn to 'listen,'
    the more honest to the heart,
    becomes our expression,
    to God.

  33. Lori Foster Posted on May 8, 2018 at 1:01 pm

    click here: embraceholycross.blogspot.com for Peace and Unity in Our Lord , Jesus . Wonderful explanation of prayer !

  34. Vince Wyn Posted on May 13, 2018 at 6:51 pm

    Day 3-The Pentecost Novena “Peace”
    O Come Holy Spirit, Living In Mary. JN 14:26

    Pope John Paul entrusted himself to the arms of the Blessed Virgin Mary, "Totus Tuus Ego Sum" (I am completely yours, Mary) Jn 17:11b-19

    😇 Pope St. JP2 Please Pray 4us

  35. Steven Chavez Posted on May 20, 2018 at 5:56 pm

    Best videos. I think that prayer is a conversation and a question or request. Worship though prayer is different. When I pray or ask a saint to pray for me, I'm asking them to pray alongside me. I don't pray for anything more than the ability to recognize God's answer to what troubles me or for the ability to recognize God's blessing.

  36. TW1N _6RZ Posted on June 4, 2018 at 8:46 am

    Prayer is simply quite useless shall I put it.
    It simply doesn't work. It never did for me even during the worst times of my life. Boy it really hurt when nothing happened. The sad sad truth is there is nothing to pray to there is no divine being to pray for help. Simply useless.

  37. Bosun Jim Posted on June 8, 2018 at 12:07 am

    One of the things that drew me to the Catholic Church was something that happened about 40 years ago in the Philippines. And in Singapore also. I wanted a quiet place to pray. I wasn't Catholic, I just wanted to pray. The only Church open was the Catholic Church. 25 years ago near the end of my Navy career I attended RCIA and became a Confirmed Catholic. Thanks in part to the "open door policy" of the Catholic Church in Asia. I didn't even realize at the time that I was praying before the Blessed Sacraments.

  38. lovegarbage Posted on July 8, 2018 at 1:14 pm

    After a conversation with a hermit nun and talking of 'the brothers' (as remote and occupied with their own agenda),  I often think of prayer in relation to the ideal of monastic life and how it can be useful. I think that primary role of monasteries should be to be the 'deep space observatories' of the spirit in the world. It's a good analogy because to sense very tiny signals and make sense of them you need a very low noise level and you need to listen with an integrating purpose for a long time. I see monasteries as exclusive and introspective but they need to be the places where prayer is taught as well as exposing people to their illusions. The most striking thing that I ever heard about the purpose of monastic life if that it is designed to destroy illusion. But, it needs to have an effect on the world in an age of mass deception.

  39. S Anders Posted on July 14, 2018 at 12:26 pm

    Disagree with comment about time in car for prayer. Prayer requires being engaged in a conversation with God. We have far too many auto crashes from distracted drivers. I think our spirutual life needs our setting aside time for focus on prayer.

  40. Al Eriksen Posted on July 16, 2018 at 5:03 pm

    Sometimes, tears are the purest form of prayer.

  41. Robert Picard Posted on July 17, 2018 at 6:45 pm

    Prayer is a movement where we and all we are is moved closer to God.

  42. Kaitan D'lima Posted on August 7, 2018 at 7:39 pm

    Thank you fr. Thank you God, come to my aid mother Mary. Lord take care of my family, and I know that you are doing it.

  43. Alan Bourbeau Posted on August 18, 2018 at 1:39 pm

    Your excellency,
    Have you done a meal prayer in public? Well a few weeks ago, I was watching a YouTube video about a family who came from church to a restaurant and as soon they received their meals, they began their prayers. And suddenly this female atheist deliberately interrupted their prayers. Obviously she thought the family was enforcing their beliefs on her. They weren’t at all. They were just minding their own business and praising God.

  44. Jebamalai Danabal Posted on August 27, 2018 at 2:40 am

    Dear Bishop , good reflection on prayer, especially before blessed sacrament , one more thing I would humbly add to your recommendations is to pray with tears, or to say , not to be ashamed of crying . We do see a child in all it's innnocense shed tears infront of its father and mother to ask or demand something, and St. Augustine says it as a gift of Holy Spirit. So it is not always easy to cry but when we feel like weeping it is not correct to feel ashamed not to weep, and we have to think it as a gift of Holy Spirit.

  45. Marguerite McKee Posted on September 6, 2018 at 5:27 pm

    On prayer i truly Loved your spirit.

  46. Gary Marshall Posted on September 11, 2018 at 10:13 pm

    First Thessalonians, Chapter Five, Verse 17. The Foundation of All Monastic Traditions. All,

  47. Connor Snoga Posted on September 24, 2018 at 8:49 pm

    Bishop, when does silent savoring (sitting in the good) of your life's blessings become complacency?

  48. Ana María Loor Navarro Posted on September 27, 2018 at 7:03 pm

    Gracias Sr Obispo. Maravilloso e inspirado video. Respetuosos saludos desde Ecuador

  49. AJA Deacon Posted on October 6, 2018 at 9:44 am

    Catholics need to educate their protestant friends more. We tend to take the attitude lets carry on with our prayers and lives in Christ & ignore the absurd claims against us (Worship Mary re sacrificing Christ in the Eucharist [it is the one same sacrifice] that we are not the most faithful to the Bible etc.). But they have been lied to by fellow protestants and need to be saved.

  50. Matt Talbott Posted on October 10, 2018 at 11:08 pm

    Thank you for your ministry and your insight, your commentary on prayer. Unbelievable how God is using His priests through media today to reach lay people like me to connect with the farther ends of our Church

  51. Assisi Posted on October 20, 2018 at 8:10 am

    Dear Bishop Barron. Thank you for the video on prayer. I think the JESUS PRAYER you silently repeat at your Holy Hour, is your mantra, leading you to your centre in contemplation. Let it sound in your heart in rhythm, and you will be praying continuously. God Bless you and your work.

  52. Alan Bourbeau Posted on October 21, 2018 at 10:16 am

    In response to Robert Barron's video on prayer. 2 weeks ago, i received good news. My girlfriend, Heidi Wormstedt was sent off to the Hospital for a kidney transplant and recently the kidney operation became a success. When i first heard of the good news, i was filled with joy and gave praise and thanks to God. I realized that prayer takes time to be answered. One of my friends from church said that God works slowly and mysteriously meaning he's got other prayers to answer. I almost gave up on prayer but my mom encourages me not to give up or give into despair. Rather cling onto prayer and hope for the best. Probably the best parable about prayer is the the parable of the friend at night or of the importunate neighbour. As described in Luke 11:5-8. I'm pretty sure you have heard of that parable before.

  53. Joseph Boyat Posted on November 22, 2018 at 1:17 pm

    Why pray Barron? After all everyone is going to Heaven, right?

  54. steve coley Posted on November 22, 2018 at 5:49 pm

    Bishop Barron has a giant heart, extensive knowledge and Tonto and I respect him tremendously.

    But he is imprisoned inside the lifeless matrix which is built with lifeless numbers and energized by ignorance and greed. Jehovah's witnesses refer to the Matrix as "the system."

    Tonto and I exist outside of the matrix, so our existence is a supernatural and metaphysical experience.

    Tonto and I have traveled through cracks in time, space and dimension to "save" earth.

    From "count" Dracula and his army of heartless counting corpses. And destroy thier invisible darkship called "greed".

    Because love (god) did not make this paradise planet lifeboat for them.

    "count" Dracula's darkship is what we call "the matrix". Jehovah's witnesses refer to it as "the system".

    Here are a few of the numerous pot holes and obstacles we have been encountering.

    1. Just like in the myth… "count" Dracula has "hypnotized" US into thinking upside down, inside out and backwards. Which confuses US and creates chaos. For example; He has hypnotized US into thinking that the words capitalism and greed are good and that the words community, socializing and society are bad.

    2) He has also "hypnotized " US into thinking that the illusion we call the "matrix" is real. And our invisible supernatural supermagic called "love" is not real. Because "count" Dracula aka. Satan knows he doesn't stand a chance against our supermagic.

    3). He has also hypnotized US into thinking we are made in the image of pigs and dogs. Instead of supernatural mystics made in the image of love (god).

    4) He has hypnotized US into thinking that Jesus was teaching US to hate every non Christian on the planet to fabricate "entitlement" to suck the joy out of humanity (lovers) and destroy the planet.

    To the point that "love our nieghbors like ourselves" and " treat others like we want to be treated" has become an abstract concept.

    Removing the pristine robe of truth (love) that "count" Dracula has been wrapping himself in will reveal "count" Dracula's darkness (ugliness) and show that the king wears no clothes.

    This would be a good first step in "saving" the world.

  55. guga tena Posted on December 3, 2018 at 4:29 pm

    Gracias querido Monseñor desde México.

  56. Gabriela Mota Posted on December 4, 2018 at 7:24 pm

    I just started watching your videos. Love them. Thank you very much.

  57. Lynn Parsons Posted on December 10, 2018 at 6:28 pm

    Excellent video

  58. dan bernal Posted on December 12, 2018 at 11:17 pm

    Thank you for the tips!

  59. chissstardestroyer Posted on December 19, 2018 at 1:32 am

    Not merely friends, Bishop Barron, definitely we're, based on the Lord's Prayer, the Our Father, we're supposed to be Christ's stepsiblings; it could even be merely hanging out with Him and involving Him in our daily lives… it could also be a genuine pursuit of the truth, no matter of what topic- that last part is probably the best definition of how an atheist would pray: studying to pursue the truth, or the grasp of the truth, in whatsoever topic he's studying at the time- as they often cite science.
    About science: I'd define science as the study of reality- that'd definitely include religion, but what science is the question; you don't study psychology or philosophy with the same mechanisms you'd study physics or biology or chemistry- and you sure don't study political science with the same rooms as you'd study chemistry, at least in college you don't. You do experiments of chemistry or biology or anatomy in the laboratory, you study political science in say the history classroom for the basic groundings of the topic- because that's the basic "foundation material" and astronomy is studied at first outdoors at night and in the classroom, rocketry is studied in the field when you're launching your experiment to see how high the product goes; whereas theology, arguably the highest of all the sciences, is studied in church of all places- to get close to the topic. Most often, in fact, theology is studied in the church hall, in some classroom or another.
    That above all, Bishop Barron, agree or disagree, is exactly my stance of how religion is a science: it's a study of reality, the essence of what a science is; but to do it right, you have to be grounded in other sciences, including physics, and logic, but also to some degree of the liberal arts too- to grasp what's the what regarding expressions of what God is in His nature- and yes, He's both in this universe and the designer of it; He's in every consecrated Host, is He not? Not in*, He *is every consecrated Host in every tabernacle in the world- that's basic Church teaching on Holy Communion's nature.

  60. Marie GabrielDavidPio Posted on December 22, 2018 at 2:18 am

    the Jesus prayer is so simple yet so incredible

  61. Victor Posted on December 23, 2018 at 4:34 pm

    Great video Bishop Barron! You are an absolute treasure to the catholic church.

    Does anyone know where that place was in France? My friend told me about a silent retreat he went on where he didn't speak for a week and said it was really good. Would love to go on one.

  62. enosh rokaya Posted on January 16, 2019 at 12:22 pm

    Nice Guideline and Insight on Prayer.

  63. Fishin dudas Posted on January 28, 2019 at 3:54 am

    God bless you father now and all your days

  64. Leigh Haynes Posted on January 31, 2019 at 10:55 am

    I love that story about throwing dirt at Mary. That’s beautiful

  65. Andy Pete Posted on January 31, 2019 at 4:51 pm

    Thank you so much Bishop.

  66. Dmitri Shostakovich Posted on February 8, 2019 at 10:17 pm

    Problem for you Bobby. Well-designed studies sponsored by the very pro-religious Templeton Foundation indicate absolutely no efficacy of prayer to the 3-part god. [Perhaps prayer to other gods would work?} . These studies have been replicated, indicative of good science. They are well-designed. Double-blind. Very good studies.

    Can you imagine what would happen had they had shown efficacy of this magical thing that you call "prayer?" The medical journals would have published paper after paper after paper. My primary care doc would be prescribing prayer for all of his pts. My pharmacist would have been handing out "prayer literature." Did that happen? LOLOL

    Citations, Bobby:





    Bobby: The VERIFIABLE EVIDENCE says that you can pray until your cows come home. No effect. Sorry bud.

  67. Love God & Neighbor. Posted on February 24, 2019 at 1:10 pm

    Amen. 😃

  68. cjhills Posted on February 25, 2019 at 2:23 am

    I sit here speechless yet have so much to say. I am so happy I was introduced to these videos. Thank you.

  69. Splatfan Posted on April 1, 2019 at 5:02 pm

    even atheists pray? weird

  70. james bleess Posted on April 6, 2019 at 7:15 pm

    Well (and wisely) spoken. I love all your presentations. I pray in my car as well. The monastic cell is a fine comparison. I enjoyed Merton….. "don't worry about technique, get started"!

  71. John P Glackin Posted on April 7, 2019 at 8:54 pm

    God only answers our prayers when we are faithful and abide in Jesus. And we can only abide in Jesus through His Catholic Church. For those who are outside the Church God only answers their payers if they are finally reach Rock bottom and they ask for help, guide will direct them to the Catholic Church for the help they need.

  72. Peach Knaut Posted on April 17, 2019 at 11:47 am

    Praise God for you Bishop! "Prayer is about God's quest for us…The Primacy of Grace :Prayer is God's addressing of us…the Holy Spirit already praying in us…the Holy Spirit prompting you to ask for what He wants to give…the Primacy of the Lord's involvement." For me, Prayer is an acknowledgment of the Lord's Presence..so "take every thought captive & submit it to the obedience (Grace, Agape Love, Mercy, Compassion) of Christ, (2Corinthians 10:5) and "Rejoice always, pray without ceasing! give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you." (1Thessalonians 5:16-18) And don't forget, "And Jesus learned obedience through suffering." (Hebrews 5:8) "1. Time 2. Act of Finding the Center 3. Honest Communication 4. Listen Attentively 5. Role of Silence in Prayer. Mother Teresa: spiritual life, silence gives rise to prayer, prayer gives rise to faith, faith gives rise to love & love to service…" "And the Holy Spirit will bring to remembrance everything that Jesus has taught you…"(John 14:26) For me, this brings understanding, hearing Papa God's voice bringing me joy & peace & the feeling of being loved for the 1st time this year, after 55 years of prayer due to the Theodicy question that caused cognitive pain!

  73. Nancy Janzen Posted on May 11, 2019 at 7:24 pm

    It is to God that I tell all those things I wouldnt trust people with.

  74. Tom Saltsman Posted on May 12, 2019 at 7:27 pm

    Thanks for pointing out the importance of silence, Bishop. When I pray at the Baptist church on Wednesday nights, we all sit around circular tables, six or so, and follow a prayer prompt, voicing our individual requests. I am amazed how often the Holy Spirit in silent is us. It is sooooo peaceful. I think most of us would agree that that's the best part.

  75. Morena Queen Posted on May 14, 2019 at 4:02 am

    I love listening about God while I'm working in the kitcen,I dont feel tiredness.Thank you Holy Spirit

  76. Niall Hogan Posted on May 24, 2019 at 12:06 pm

    Thank you I will

  77. Vince Zetti Posted on June 6, 2019 at 2:04 am

    mother theresa was not a defender of Catholicism. she did NoT try to convert people of other faiths and was heretical. sorry but its true.

  78. Phillip Shiu Posted on June 22, 2019 at 5:28 am

    Jesus did not teach any particular method of prayer, but we can see by what He says of prayer in the sermon on the Mount that meditation is a way to find Him. Meditation


    1. Prayer, like good works, must not merely outward. It is not about looking holy or winning other people outward. Nor is it even about feeling we are holy. Jesus says your ‘left hand must not know what your right is doing’. Prayer is a humble and unselfconscious work which helps us discern reality (Matthew 8: 1-4);
    2. Prayer must be interior. People who like their prayer to be too public easily fall into hypocrisy, which is discord between our inner and outer identity. Jesus tells us to go to your ‘private room’ and pray in that ‘secret place’. The word ‘secret’ here also means ‘mysterious’. Mystery is not magic. It is the experience of reality which mental consciousness by itself cannot contain or understand. Prayer is by nature mysterious and the deepest place of mystery in human life is the heart. The ‘private room’ is a metaphor for the inner chamber of the heart (Matthew 6: 5-6);
    3. In prayer we must not ‘babble on’. More words do not make God hear us better. Prayer is not about quantity – ‘prayer’ – but about quality … ‘attention’. (Matthew 6: 7-8);
    4. Prayer is not primarily about asking God for things because ‘He knows what we need for we ask Him.’ (Matthew 6: 8);
    5. We must give priority to the spiritual treasures of the kingdom rather than material well-being. (Matthew 6: 19-21);
    6. We must learn to stop worrying about the future and to trust God. Anxiety is an enemy of prayer, it makes us too self-centered and prevents us from reality is an enemy of prayer. It makes us too self-centered and prevent us from realizing
    7. Finally, Jesus says prayer is about ‘setting your mind on God’s kingdom first’. In other words, be attentive to the ‘one thing necessary’ – be mindful. Then all the other things will come to you as well (Matthew 6: 33).

    These seven teachings of Jesus on prayer are what we put into practice in meditation: humility, interiority, silence, trust, spirituality, peace and attention.

  79. Mark Egerton Posted on June 27, 2019 at 2:34 pm

    Thank you for your insights, clear ideas, and your passion to share your faith to elevate and strengthen ours. You have helped me more than I can express. You are a true example of “a man for others”, Thank you 🙏🏻

  80. Barra Mundi Posted on July 16, 2019 at 1:59 am

    I'm a Pentecostal Christian. I love this man. I've watched a number of his videos. I find him very authentic and generous. I'd love to converse with him. He's very learned. Loved his thoughts on what it means to prosper. Full of wisdom. God bless this man.

  81. Claire Muir Posted on July 29, 2019 at 7:55 pm

    Praying for Clare Haughey whose son Charlie died.

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  83. Portia Liau Posted on August 4, 2019 at 11:57 pm

    非常棒的教導, 人常不願作很簡單的方法, 但卻是最精要的.thanks Bishop.

  84. ben Sira Posted on August 6, 2019 at 5:46 pm

    I've always found Noon time to be my most prayerful hour.

  85. SevenDeMagnus Posted on August 7, 2019 at 3:23 am

    Thank you Bishop Barron.

  86. Annem Burada Posted on August 7, 2019 at 11:48 am

    PRAYERS work as follows::Almighty God Jesus has heard your prayers and will protect you and your loved ones and your favourite country

    from fires,landslides, hurricanes,tsunamis, cancer,His beautifully designed Ebola-virus or

    He will neither protect you nor your loved ones nor your favourite country , because

    a) He has other plans with you and your loved ones and your favourite country and it is n o t your job to interfere with His plans, (how dare you!)

    and/or b) Almighty God acts in mysterious ways:Like killing your familiy in an earthquake or washing away your country with a freaking tsunami or destroying everything with a mighty fire.

  87. kaistigerboy Posted on August 8, 2019 at 12:04 pm

    Teach the truth about Hell Father the bible contradicts your philosophical views you sound like a modernist
    God bless

  88. Hugh Rose Posted on August 9, 2019 at 7:29 am

    Thank you for your videos, they have changed my life

  89. Joseph Van Posted on August 11, 2019 at 6:23 pm

    Prayer is great, as long as you pray to God and not Mary or some saint.

  90. Lisa Cunningham Posted on August 19, 2019 at 6:30 pm

    Great wisdom here, Bishop Barron. You are great at provoking me to think. Silence especially is so important. THANK YOU.

  91. Timothy Abraham Posted on August 20, 2019 at 1:20 am



  92. Steve Fafoutis Posted on August 29, 2019 at 6:07 am

    Please read and review The Way of the Pilgrim.

  93. Terry Asmus Posted on August 29, 2019 at 4:05 pm

    I pray everyday that millenniums will come back to the Catholic Church.

  94. Phillip Brock Posted on August 30, 2019 at 5:45 am

    I like listening to him, he seems like a very good man. I am not a member of the romish church, and he betrays in his talks the flaw at its heart, to me — that is Rome's proprietary relationship to Christ. "Christ is OURS," they say. "You can only get to Christ through us, the one true church." When my son was six, he was traveling with his uncle, a good man, and an RC. They went to mass together (my son, like me, is a member of the Anglican communion). When the priest got to my son at the rail, he remarked in a friendly way that he had never seen him before, then he asked if he was a catholic.

    "No," my son said, "I'm an Episcopalian." The priest gave him a blessing but would not serve him the host. Six year old boy, denied a place at Christ's table. But there's the problem — to the catholic, the table doesn't belong to Christ, it belongs to THEM. I would say that this flaw at the core of their thinking has contributed to a great number of the scandals plaguing that church now.

    A catholic friend of mine told me that catholics call Episcopalians "Catholic like." I told him that we refer to ourselves as "Catholic sane." He wasn't thrilled with the distinction, but I stand by it.

    Nevertheless, I am glad that a man like Bishop Barron is around. He is clearly passionate and smart, and does genuinely seem to love Our Lord. His church doesn't deserve him, frankly.

  95. Robert Shackleferd Posted on September 4, 2019 at 9:35 am

    This is the first I heard of the Jesus prayer. Thxs!!

  96. Johnny Blue Posted on September 6, 2019 at 7:29 am

    We may get frustrated and angry with God when things don't go our way, or we experience sickness, or the passing of a loved one. But in these circumstances it helps to remember the story of Job, who lost everything and still gave glory to God. God knows best.

  97. Jordan D Posted on October 8, 2019 at 1:01 am

    I love Bishop Barron. Man, this is great stuff.