The Spirit-filled Catholic Church

One of the most common questions I get asked regarding my conversion to the Catholic faith is why I would leave a ‘spirit-filled’ church to join a dead, lifeless, ritualistic, man-made religion. Bear in mind, the inquiries don’t normally put down the Catholic Church in such a manner; however, these questions are usually pretty loaded.Continue reading “The Spirit-filled Catholic Church”

A Sacrificial Kind of Love.

Has anyone ever tried to convince you that love is just a feeling? If so, you’ve been lied to. The notion that love is just that warm feeling you get about a cute guy or girl is, in fact, the greatest lie ever told. If we begin to believe that love is purely emotional thenContinue reading “A Sacrificial Kind of Love.”

The Church, Salvation, & You

Previously, I had written about the first precept of the Church. The first precept of the Church is actually quite simple to remember: Go to church! Primarily, I addressed the precept of attending mass regularly and precepts in general through the lens of being ‘rules of engagement’ that the Church imposes onto all Catholics. TheContinue reading “The Church, Salvation, & You”

Take Me To Church.

It’s been said that church can be boring and that going to church is usually an hour that a person will never get back. Many of us have had feeling comparable to this relating to the mass. It certainly doesn’t help if the homily is lack-luster, the readings are long, and the music is offContinue reading “Take Me To Church.”

On Mary, being the Mother of God

The idea of God having a mother is a relatively novel concept to me. Before joining the Church, my fundamentalist beliefs limited the realm of familial possibility to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. And, of course, we are all God’s children in the spiritual sense but that was it. I guess theContinue reading “On Mary, being the Mother of God”

Coming Soon! to RobertBarbry.com

This post is a bit different than what you might be used to finding on here. For starters, this will be my final post for 2014. Ever since I started this site back in April of this year, I have toyed with several possible directions to take my writing. I’ve experimented with different angles andContinue reading “Coming Soon! to RobertBarbry.com”

But… Do You Want to be My Friend?

Homosexuality is an issue that, still today, divides the Church. Many congregations and ecclesial movements are struggling to strike the balance between fidelity to the truth and ‘loving all people.’ Some groups have even come forward and stated that living the gay lifestyle isn’t sinful. I recall listening to a radio interview that Rob BellContinue reading “But… Do You Want to be My Friend?”

Husbands, Love Your Wives.

Writing this post is going to hurt. In all honesty, it will border on hypocrisy due simply to the fact that I am not a perfect husband. I am immature, selfish, and tend to hold everyone to incredibly lofty standards… including my wife. In the most humble way possible I would like to acknowledge thatContinue reading “Husbands, Love Your Wives.”

The Church vs. The Media

A few months ago, I was at a friend’s house for a celebration of his college graduation. [I should provide some context in saying that my friend isn’t Catholic, so when I say Pastor I am not referring to a priest or any ordained member of the catholic clergy.] He was making the rounds, thankingContinue reading “The Church vs. The Media”

Go Make A Difference.

One of the most commonly played sending forth hymns I hear at mass, at least in my home parish, is ‘Go Make a Difference’. It is a very catchy tune; one that brings about a third of the parishioners to some form of synchronized clapping. I wonder, though, has this particular hymn become something ofContinue reading “Go Make A Difference.”