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 Jul 18, 2018
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Join Bishop Robert Barron for a weekly podcast on faith and culture. Find more episodes at http://WordOnFireShow.com and submit your questions at http://AskBishopBarron.com.

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WOF 140: 10 Years of the "CATHOLICISM" Series + Live Q&A
37:33

Ten years ago, Bishop Barron and his Word on Fire team set out to create something the world had never seen: a large-scale film series about the Catholic faith that put the intelligence and beauty of Catholicism on full display. The resulting CATHOLICISM series has touched millions of people, becoming one of the most effective evangelistic resources of the twenty-first century.

As we celebrate the tenth anniversary of the CATHOLICISM series this week, we share a special Live Q&A with Bishop Barron about the series, and offer a special way to watch all ten episodes free online. Learn more at https://CatholicismSeries.com!

Aug 13, 2018
WOF 139: Get Out of the Sacristy
29:55

Pope Francis has encouraged priests to "get out of the sacristy into the streets," to find the Church's lost sheep and evangelize them. Bishop Barron agrees with this advice, and in this episode, he offers his take on the best ways to do that. A listener asks why we need to repent if God's love is unconditional.

Topics Discussed

  • 04:00 - Bishop Barron's favorite memories from the Pivotal Players film trip
  • 4:00 - What is Bishop Barron's article about?
  • 8:15 - How does a parish shift gears to evangelization?
  • 14:00 - What has been the common perspective on evangelization?
  • 17:30 - How will the Word on Fire Movement serve this mission?
  • 22:00 - What advice does Bishop Barron have for evangelizers, both lay and clergy?
  • 26:15 - Listener Question: Is the love of God really unconditional?
Aug 06, 2018
WOF 138: Why Religious Liberty?
31:03

What do we mean by religious liberty? Why should all people, including non-religious people, care about protecting religious liberty? Bishop Barron recently joined the U.S. Bishop's Committee for Religious Liberty, and has been thinking about these questions more deeply. Today, he gives an overview of the topic, including a look at John Courtney Murray, Vatican II, and what ordinary Catholics in the pew can do to promote religious liberty. A listener asks about the divide which has arisen between academic theology and spirituality.

Topics Discussed

  • 0:04 - Introduction, USCCB meeting in Florida
  • 2:00 - What is religious liberty?
  • 5:50 - Why should atheists care about religious liberty?
  • 9:00 - What is the history of religious liberty in the USA?
  • 16:00 - Is religious liberty under attack in America now?
  • 19:50 - What are the best ways to propose religious liberty, and how can we defend religious liberty in our own way?
  • 25:45 - Listener Question: How to we heal the gap between theology and spirituality?
Jul 30, 2018
WOF 137: The “Pivotal Players” Filming Adventure
29:20

Listen to tales from the road as Bishop Barron discusses his recent film trip with Word on Fire Producer, Joseph Gloor. The team just wrapped production on the next two episodes of CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players, which feature Ven. Fulton Sheen and Flannery O'Connor. In today's episode you'll hear some anecdotes and insights Bishop Barron gathered over the course of this great American adventure. Word on Fire CEO, Father Steve Grunow, asks Bishop to explain the last two pivotal players on the list.

Go to http://PivotalPlayersFilming.com for exclusive behind-the-scenes commentaries!

Topics Discussed

  • 0:04 - Introduction
  • 1:45 - What did Bishop Barron think of Yaddo and his reaction to all the laypeople thanking him throughout the trip?
  • 6:30 - Who is the Pivotal Players film crew?
  • 11:15 - Hilary Clinton and the D.C. travel debacle
  • 13:30 - Savannah, Church politics, and another Bishop Barron meme
  • 19:45 - How are we celebrating 10 years of the CATHOLICISM series?
  • 20:30 - Flannery O'Connor's countryside living, suffering, and sanctity
  • 25:20 - Where was the last shot in the film project?
  • 26:30 - Listener Question: Who are the remaining pivotal players and when will they be filmed?

To ask Bishop Barron a question on the show go to www.AskBishopBarron.com 

Jul 23, 2018
WOF 136: On the Road with Flannery and Sheen
26:22

Join Bishop Barron in the production van as he travels from New York City to Yaddo, an artist community in Saratoga Springs. Bishop is currently filming the next two episodes of his epic film series, CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players, which feature Ven. Fulton Sheen and Flannery O'Connor. Today's episode gives you behind-the-scenes access as Bishop offers his take on these major Catholic figures. A listener asks about the sanctity of Flannery O'Connor.

Go to http://PivotalPlayersFilming.com for exclusive behind-the-scenes commentaries!

Topics Discussed

  • 04:00 - Introduction
  • 1:45 - What is The Pivotal Players film series?
  • 3:30 - Where are the film locations for these next two episodes?
  • 10:15 - Where is Bishop Barron most excited to visit?
  • 11:20 - Who is Fulton Sheen to Bishop Barron?
  • 14:20 -Who is Flannery O'Connor to Bishop Barron?
  • 21:00 - What does Bishop Barron think these two figures would want us to emphasize while telling their story?
  • 23:30 - Listener Question: Should Flannery O'Connor be considered for sainthood?
Jul 16, 2018
WOF 135: Bishop Barron LIVE Q&A on the Mass
48:27

In this episode Bishop Barron answers Questions about the Mass.

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Jul 09, 2018
WOF 134: Questions from the Word on Fire Community
29:36

In this episode, Bishop Barron answers questions from the Word on Fire Community.

Topics Discussed

  • 0:04 - Introduction
  • 1:45 - Why have my emotions cooled off after my conversion?
  • 6:30 - What should we tell people who think religion is superstition?
  • 10:36 - How should we respond to people who claim to be "spiritual but not religious"?
  • 14:30 - Does religion have a smart people problem?
  • 19:30 - Why does Dante's explanation of Heaven have varying levels?
  • 23:40 - Are all religions at the core fundamentally the same?
  • 27:25 - What are some ideas for evangelizing a college campus?

To join the Word on Fire Community go to www.wordonfire.org/community 

Jul 02, 2018
WOF 133: And Now I See
28:29

In this episode, Bishop Barron discusses the content of his great book, And Now I See. A listener asks about the role of our conscience in relation to Church teaching.

Topics Discussed

  • 0:04 - Introduction, Bishop Barron's trip to the National Eucharistic Congress in Atlanta.
  • 2:15 - What is the central crux of And Now I See?
  • 5:30 - Why is the idea of sight used to explain Christian transformation?
  • 7:40 - How does Dante reveal the "mind of fear" in all of us?
  • 13:45 - How does Thomas Merton reveal the "mind of trust" that comes from Christ?
  • 18:30 - How can a aggressive spirituality become a detriment to us? 
  • 22:50 - How is the Incarnation the key to changing our vision?
  • 25:10 - What should we do if our conscience is at odds with Church teaching?

Visit www.AskBishopBarron.com to submit a listener question.

Jun 25, 2018
WOF 132: Why Does God Allow Evil and Suffering?
27:59

Nearly every day we hear about natural disasters, school shootings, and profound tragedies. Each of us experiences pain and suffering. So why does God allow it? Why doesn't he just prevent all evil from occurring? That's what Bishop Barron discusses in today's episode. A listener asks

Topics Discussed

  • o:04 - Introduction, Bishop Barron talks about his The Mass Study Program
  • 3:14 - How did St. Augustine wrestle with the problem of evil?
  • 10:00 - How did Thomas Aquinas deal with the problem of evil philosophically and theologically?
  • 17:00 - How could God under any circumstances permit the Holocaust?
  • 20:00 - How did God deal with the problem of evil on the Cross?
  • 23:00 - How would Bishop Barron explain evil to a grieving sufferer?
  • 24:50 - Question: Why did God not make us more capable of understanding him?
Jun 18, 2018
WOF 131: Does the Bible Still Matter?
32:27

In this episode, we discuss a recent article in GQ magazine which described the Bible as overrated, along with a new report from Barna titled State of the Bible 2017: Top Findings. We explore whether people are reading the Bible, how much they're doing it, and how we can all read the Bible better.

Topics Discussed

  • 0:04 - Introduction, Bishop's reflections on his Google talk, the Pope Francis movie
  • 5:25 - Why does GQ Magazine think the Bible is overrated?
  • 11:30 - How does Bishop Barron engage people who want to read the Bible but struggle with the task?
  • 17:00 - How can the Bible, itself, be used as an evangelical tool?
  • 21:30 - Why is the printed text of the Bible so important to people rather than the ebook version?
  • 27:30 - Question: Is the God of the Bible in contrast with the God of natural theology?

Bonus Resources

Jun 11, 2018
WOF 130: Bishop Barron Speaks at Google (Part 2 of 2)
27:30

Bishop Barron was recently invited to speak at the Google headquarters (aka the Googleplex) in Mountain View, CA. He addressed a room full of Google and YouTube employees on how religion doesn't shut down the questing intellect, but in fact opens up our minds, causing us to seek the fulfillment of our deepest longings.

We shared the first half of his talk in last week's episode. Today we listen to the second half along with the post-talk Q&A with Google/YouTube employees.

Jun 04, 2018
WOF 129: Bishop Barron Speaks at Google (Part 1 of 2)
29:25

Bishop Barron was recently invited to speak at the Google headquarters (aka the Googleplex). in Mountain View, CA. He addressed a room full of Google and YouTube employees on how religion doesn't shut down the questing intellect, but in fact opens up our minds, causing us to seek the fulfillment of our deepest longings.

NOTE: This episode includes the first half of Bishop Barron's talk. We'll play the second half next week, including the post-talk Q&A with Google/YouTube employees.

May 28, 2018
WOF 128: Kids Q&A with Bishop Barron
27:23

Bishop Barron answers several questions from young listeners, ranging from three-year-olds to eight-year-olds, about God, Adam and Eve, and robbers. Enjoy this kids Q&A episode!

Be sure to record your questions—or your kids' questions—at AskBishopBarron.com.

Topics Discussed

  • 2:20 - Update about Word on Fire Institute video recording
  • 4:00 - Did Jesus really see his Father on the Cross?
  • 5:15 - Why did Peter deny Jesus three times?
  • 8:05 - Why didn't God warn Adam and Eve about the serpent?
  • 13:00 - Why didn't God make us perfect in the beginning?
  • 18:20 - Why did God make robbers?
  • 20:45 - Why did God make tigers?
  • 24:20 - How is it that God did not come into existence?
May 21, 2018
WOF 127: Bishop Barron on “Avengers: Infinity War”
28:57

The new film Avengers: Infinity War, based on the Marvel Comics superhero team the Avengers, has already grossed over $1 billion worldwide and had the highest-grossing opening in film history. In this episode, Bishop Barron and Jared Zimmerer explore some of the movie's philosophical and spiritual themes.

*SPOILER ALERT!* This episode contains spoilers so only listen after you've seen the film, or if you don't plan to see it.

Topics Discussed

  • 0:04 - Introduction, confirmation season
  • 4:30 - What does Bishop Barron think of comic book movies and the villain, Thanos?
  • 6:17 - How does Thanos mirror Nietzsche and alchemy?
  • 9:45 - How does Thanos reflect the totalitarian regimes of the World War II?
  • 13:05 - How does the Church stand against the idea that "the end justifies the means"?
  • 15:45 - What are the shortcomings of the Marvel heroes, and how do they reflect the Greek gods?
  • 21:50 - How did Bishop Barron react to the surprise ending?
  • 25:00 - Who is Bishop Barron's favorite super hero?
  • 26:00 - Question - By what criteria to you criticize movies?
May 14, 2018
WOF 126: Catholicism and Beauty (Part 2 of 2)
35:17

Part two of Bishop Barron’s talk on Catholicism and beauty from the 2018 Los Angeles Religious Education Congress.

May 07, 2018
WOF 125: Catholicism and Beauty (Part 1 of 2)
28:39

Part One of Bishop Barron's talk on Catholicism and beauty.

Apr 30, 2018
WOF 124: Listener Q&A with Bishop Barron
34:05

Bishop Barron answers several listener questions during this episode, ranging from classic education to the Great Story of Israel to living the faith while under persecution. Enjoy this listener Q&A episode!

Topics Discussed

  • 0:04 - Updates about Confirmation season
  • 2:00 - Video made by students at Bishop Sullivan High School (Virginia Beach, VA)
  • 5:00 - What do you think about the movement promoting Catholic classical education?
  • 7:40 - Does Psalm 23 demand some sort of prosperity Gospel (e.g., Joel Osteen)?
  • 11:00 - What books do you recommend to understand God's relationship with Israel, and the Great Story?
  • 14:30 - What do make of the Scripture that says, "God did not do the evil he had been planning to do." How should we read this?
  • 18:00 - What key topics and elements do you think every parish religious education program should have?
  • 22:15 - Is it possible to be gluttonous in the pursuit of knowledge about God? How do we address that?
  • 25:45 - What did John Paul II do to facilitate the downfall of communism?
  • 30:15 - Any advice for people living in places where you can't outwardly practice your faith?
Apr 23, 2018
WOF 123: Religion and “A Quiet Place”
24:43

John Krasinski's new film, A Quiet Place, which he both directs and stars in, may at first seem like a typical thriller, with lurking monsters threatening to kill everyone in their path. But it's actually a surprisingly religious movie, as Bishop Barron explains, witnessing to the monastic response to evil, the dignity of life, and the sacrificial death of Christ on the Cross. A listener asks about the next steps for someone who has said "yes" to Jesus and the Church.

*SPOILER ALERT!* This episode contains spoilers so only listen after you've seen the film, or if you don't plan to see it.

Topics Discussed

  • 0:04 - Introduction, Bishop Barron's vacation
  • 2:25 - What is the plot summary of the movie?
  • 4:40 - Did John Krasinski intend on making this a religious movie?
  • 6:25 - What are some of the key religious motifs presented in the film?
  • 10:20 - How does this movie display the beauty of the pro-life argument?
  • 15:25 - How does the Christus Victor theory of atonement become a motif within this film?
  • 18:50 - How does the Church draw parallels with the ending of A Quiet Place?
  • 21:40 - Question - What are the next steps for someone who has said "Yes" to Jesus/Church?

Have a question for Bishop Barron? Go to AskBishopBarron.com!

Apr 16, 2018
WOF 122: God at the Googleplex
33:57

In this episode, Bishop Barron recounts his visit to the headquarters of both Google and YouTube. He was there to deliver a talk to Catholic Googlers on "Religion and the Opening of the Mind." He reflects on the hungering intellect and why wealth, power, pleasure, and honor all fail to satisfy its restless longings. A listener asks why Jesus didn't appear to more people after his Resurrection.

NOTE: Join the Word on Fire Community here >> http://wordonfire.org/community

Topics Discussed

  • 0:04 - Introduction, Holy Week in Bishop Barron's Santa Barbara pastoral region
  • 2:20 - What was Bishop Barron's impression of the Google and YouTube offices?
  • 7:00 - Why did Bishop Barron choose the topic "Religion and the Opening Up of the Mind"?
  • 10:10 - How does Thomas Aquinas's epistemology explain the "agent intellect"? 
  • 13:40 - Why does Bishop Barron bring up Elijah and the priest of Baal while at Google?
  • 17:00 - Why can't wealth, power, pleasure or honor be the greatest good?
  • 25:00 - What can satisfy the questing mind?
  • 32:30 - Question: After his Resurrection, why did Jesus show himself only to a few people and not to the Pharisees, Pontius Pilate, or to a large crowd?
Apr 09, 2018
WOF 121: The Impossibly Good News of Easter
15:33

This week we enjoy a live recording of Bishop Barron's inspiring Easter homily.

Apr 02, 2018
WOF 120: Evangelization and the Need for Community
25:27

In this week’s episode Bishop Barron discusses an intrinsic aspect of evangelization; community. Not only is there an intrinsic need of mankind to have a community, which the Church teaches is part of man’s nature, but also the need to have a certain kind of community within the Christian life. A listener asks how we ought to distinguish between authentic conscience and what CS Lewis called "the poison of subjectivism"?

BONUS: Learn more about the first ever Word on Fire National Conference for Priests >> http://wordonfire.org/priest

Topics Discussed

  • 0:04 - Introduction, Bishop Barron's recent trips
  • 3:00 - Why does contemporary culture bring a sense of isolation and loneliness?
  • 5:45 - How do we find a balance between the autonomy of the individual and the need for community?
  • 8:15 - What are the benefits and drawbacks of social media in community building?
  • 11:45 - Why do humans need each other?
  • 14:30 - How do we bolster parish community?
  • 17:30 - What role will the Word on Fire Movement play in building Catholic community?
  • 20:30 - What does Bishop Barron recommend for those looking for community?
  • 22:00 - Listener Question: What is the difference between the authentic conscience and individual subjectivism?
Mar 26, 2018
WOF 119: Live Q&A from the L.A. Congress
30:14

In this episode, Bishop Barron and Brandon Vogt record live from the L.A. Congress, discussing Bishop Barron's keynote talk on beauty and interacting with visitors at the booth. Enjoy!

Mar 19, 2018
WOF 118: Jordan Peterson and Catholicism
33:07

In last week's episode, we discussed the Jordan Peterson phenomenon, wondering how the Canadian clinical psychologist exploded so quickly in popularity. In this week's episode, we continue the discussion as Bishop Barron reflects on Peterson's religious views and Biblical interpretation. A listener wonders why we spend so much money on churches instead of giving it to the poor.


BONUS: Learn more about the first ever Word on Fire National Conference for Priests >> http://wordonfire.org/priest


Topics Discussed

  • 0:04 - Introduction,  Bishop Barron's upcoming travels
  • 3:10 - What does Bishop Barron like about Jordan Peterson's religious perspectives?
  • 5:00 - What issues does he take with Peterson's work?
  • 10:45 - What are Jordan Peterson's religious views?
  • 16:00 - What does Jordan Peterson believe about the Resurrection and what is Bishop Barron's reaction?
  • 20:00 - What is the connection between C.S. Lewis and Jordan Peterson?
  • 25:20 - What can Christian evangelists learn from Jordan Peterson?
  • 28:30 - Listener question: How can the Church spend so much money on building fancy churches when there are so many poor people in need?

Bonus Resources

Mar 12, 2018
WOF 117: Who is Jordan Peterson?
40:36

Dr. Jordan Peterson, a clinical psychologist and mythology enthusiast, has exploded onto the scene, becoming the world's most popular intellectual figure in just a few short months. Who is he and what should know about him? And why have his ideas gained so much traction, especially young men? Over the next couple episodes, Bishop Barron and Brandon Vogt discuss the Jordan Peterson phenomenon and reflect on his work from a Catholic perspective. A listener asks whether it's fine to use secular mindfulness meditation to relieve anxiety.


BONUS: Learn more about the first ever Word on Fire National Conference for Priests >> http://wordonfire.org/priest


Topics Discussed

  • 0:04 - Introduction, Bishop spends time with Jim Caviezel
  • 4:45 - How did Bishop Barron first come to know Jordan Peterson?
  • 7:20 - Who are some of the philosophical influences of Jordan Peterson?
  • 10:40 - Why does Jordan Peterson place such an emphasis on the Bible?
  • 14:10 - How does Peterson view Nietzsche and our reaction to life's suffering?
  • 24:05 - What is Jordan Peterson's reading of the Garden of Eden in Genesis?
  • 28:15 - What is Jordan Peterson's take on Buddhism and Christian redemptive suffering?
  • 30:00 - Why does Jordan Peterson believe you should absolutely never tell a lie?
  • 33:00 - Why has Jordan Peterson become so popular especially amongst young men?
  • 37:30 - Listener question: Is it okay for a Catholic to engage in secular mindfulness meditation in order to relieve anxiety?

Bonus Resources

Mar 05, 2018
WOF 116: Bishop Barron on the Oscar Best Picture Movies
33:52

The Academy Awards are just around the corner and nine films have been nominated for Best Picture. Bishop Barron has seen seven of them, and in this episode, he shares his thoughts on each. A listener asks whether free will is essential to Christianity.


BONUS: Sign up for the Word on Fire National Conference for Priests >> WordOnFireShow.com/priest


Topics Discussed

  • 0:04 - Discussing Billy Graham's death and legacy
  • 5:00 - Dunkirk
  • 8:40 - Darkest Hour
  • 13:30 - Get Out
  • 16:10 - Lady Bird
  • 21:25 - The Post
  • 24:10 - The Shape of Water
  • 27:00 - Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
  • 30:10 - Listener question: How essential is the concept of free will to Christianity?

Bonus Resources

Feb 26, 2018
WOF 115: Grounded in the Eucharist
27:05

The Eucharist is at the foundation of the Word On Fire Institute. In this episode of the Word On Fire Show, Bishop Barron discusses what it means to be grounded in the Eucharist and how all Catholics can draw closer to the Blessed Sacrament as meal, sacrifice, and Real Presence of Jesus Christ.

NOTE: Get your free Lent Reflections booklet from Bishop Barron here >> http://wordonfireshow.com/lent

Topics Discussed

  • 0:04 - Introduction, recap of the natural disasters in Santa Barbara County
  • 2:45 - What does it mean to be grounded in the Eucharist?
  • 5:00 - How is the Eucharist religiously themed as "meal"?
  • 9:30- How does the Eucharist as "sacrifice" illuminate our understanding of Communion?
  • 14:50 - How does the Eucharist as the "real presence" relate the power of this sacrament?
  • 18:55 - How can we learn from the Eucharistic miracles?
  • 21:40 - How can we better ground ourselves in the Blessed Sacrament?
  • 24:00 - Listener Question: How can we explain God's non-competitive transcendence in light of transubstantiation?

To ask Bishop Barron a question for the Word on Fire Show visit AskBishopBarron.com!

Feb 19, 2018
WOF 114: Three Great Spiritual Athletes
32:46

At Mundelein Seminary you'll find a statue of St. George slaying a dragon below which reads, "Athleta Christi Nobilis" —The Noble Athlete of Christ. As we head into the spiritual desert of Lent, we benefit by examining the lives of those saints who courageously embraced a life of profound asceticism and self-sacrifice. In this episode of the Word On Fire Show, Bishop Barron discusses three great spiritual athletes from across the centuries. The listener question asks how to remain charitable when you disagree with your interlocutor.

NOTE: Get your free Lent Reflections booklet from Bishop Barron here >> http://wordonfireshow.com/lent

Topics Discussed

  • 0:04 - Introduction, the Churchill movie
  • 2:45 - What is a spiritual athlete?
  • 6:25 - Why is St. Anthony of the Desert a great spiritual athlete?
  • 9:55 - Is there something wrong with living your entire life in the desert?
  • 12:25 - What can Thomas Merton teach us about the purpose of asceticism?
  • 16:45 -Why is St. John of the Cross a great spiritual athlete?
  • 20:00 - What is the Dark Night of the Soul?
  • 24:30 - Why is Pier Giorgio Frassati a great spiritual athlete?
  • 28:25 - Listener Question: How might we remain charitable with someone we passionately disagree with?

To ask Bishop Barron a question go to www.AskBishopBarron.com

Feb 12, 2018
WOF 113: Recapping the William Lane Craig Dialogue

On January 13, 2018, Bishop Barron joined Dr. William Lane Craig, the esteemed Protestant apologist, for an evening of dialogue at Claremont McKenna College. On today's episode, we recap both the afternoon session, which was an academic symposium attended by a couple dozen scholars, and the big evening dialogue in which Bishop Barron and Dr. Craig discussed faith, science, secularism, evangelization and more. A listener asks what Bishop Barron thinks of David Bentley Hart's work.

Click here to watch the full dialogue between Bishop Barron and Dr. Craig, and to listen to the afternoon symposium >> http://wordonfireshow.com/wlc


BONUS: Click here to get your free Lent Reflections booklet from Bishop Barron!


Topics Discussed

  • 0:04 - Intro, Why is Bishop Barron in Philadelphia?
  • 1:30 - What was Bishop Barron's overall impression of the event with Dr. William Lane Craig?
  • 6:4o - What was discussed during the daytime symposium?
  • 16:25 - During the evening event, how did Bishop Barron and Dr. Craig agree about evangelization?
  • 19:03 - What are Bishop Barron and Dr. Craig's favorite arguments for the existence of God?
  • 21:40 - How did a book change the lives of both Dr. Craig and Bishop Barron?
  • 23:25 - Why didn't Dr. Craig agree that beauty can be a source of evangelization?
  • 29:00 - What happened when Bishop Barron asked Dr. Craig, "Why aren't you Catholic?"
  • 33:00 - Listener Question: What does Bishop Barron think about the writings of David Bentley Hart?

Bonus Resources

 

Have a question for Bishop Barron? Go to AskBishopBarron.com!

Feb 05, 2018
WOF 113: Recapping the William Lane Craig Dialogue
36:41

On January 13, 2018, Bishop Barron joined Dr. William Lane Craig, the esteemed Protestant apologist, for an evening of dialogue at Claremont McKenna College. On today's episode, we recap both the afternoon session, which was an academic symposium attended by a couple dozen scholars, and the big evening dialogue in which Bishop Barron and Dr. Craig discussed faith, science, secularism, evangelization and more. A listener asks what Bishop Barron thinks of David Bentley Hart's work.

Click here to watch the full dialogue between Bishop Barron and Dr. Craig, and to listen to the afternoon symposium >> http://wordonfireshow.com/wlc


BONUS: Click here to get your free Lent Reflections booklet from Bishop Barron!


Topics Discussed

  • 0:04 - Intro, Why is Bishop Barron in Philadelphia?
  • 1:30 - What was Bishop Barron's overall impression of the event with Dr. William Lane Craig?
  • 6:4o - What was discussed during the daytime symposium?
  • 16:25 - During the evening event, how did Bishop Barron and Dr. Craig agree about evangelization?
  • 19:03 - What are Bishop Barron and Dr. Craig's favorite arguments for the existence of God?
  • 21:40 - How did a book change the lives of both Dr. Craig and Bishop Barron?
  • 23:25 - Why didn't Dr. Craig agree that beauty can be a source of evangelization?
  • 29:00 - What happened when Bishop Barron asked Dr. Craig, "Why aren't you Catholic?"
  • 33:00 - Listener Question: What does Bishop Barron think about the writings of David Bentley Hart?

Bonus Resources

 

Have a question for Bishop Barron? Go to AskBishopBarron.com!

Feb 05, 2018
WOF 112: Collaborative Apostolate
26:35

The Second Vatican Council called for a more active collaboration between the ordained and lay people. In this episode of The Word on Fire Show, Bishop Barron discusses the proper roles of the laity and the clergy in our evangelization efforts and how the collaboration of both vocations, within those proper roles, can lead toward a more effective outreach.

Topics Discussed

  • 0:04 - Introduction: Mudslides in Montecito, California
  • 3:00 - What does it mean that Word on Fire is a collaborative apostolate?
  • 5:30 - What role does the clergy have in evangelization?
  • 8:35 - Why is it important that the clergy and the laity assume some different roles?
  • 11:00 - Why is it so important for the laity to get involved in evangelization?
  • 15:00 - How can we stay inspired to continue to evangelize the culture?
  • 21:00 - How has Word On Fire served as an example of an effective collaboration between the laity and clergy?
  • 23:15 - Listener Question: How can a teenager discern his vocation?
Jan 29, 2018
WOF 111: Sex, Babies, and a Prophetic Pope
32:30

This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of the publication of Humanae Vitae, the controversial encyclical by Pope Paul VI which defended the classic sexual framework and prophesied the devastating consequences that would result upon its rejection. As Bishop Barron reveals, those prophecies have since been strongly vindicated. A listener asks whether God hates anything since he is defined by love.

NOTE: Get your free Lent Reflections booklet from Bishop Barron here >> http://wordonfireshow.com/lent

Topics Discussed

  • 0:04 - Intro, What is Bishop Barron currently reading?
  • 2:10 - Who was Pope Paul VI?
  • 5:1o - What is the import of Evangelii Nuntiandi?
  • 8:45 - What does Pope Paul mean when talks about the unitive and procreative dimensions of the sexual act?
  • 11:45 - What are the prophecies Pope Paul makes in Chapter 17 of Humanae Vitae?
  • 23:00 - How is Humanae Vitae more powerful now than when it was written in 1968?
  • 27:54 - Listener Question: How can God "hate" something if God is love?

Bonus Resources

Jan 22, 2018
BONUS: Bishop Barron and William Lane Craig Dialogue
01:53:53

On January 13, 2018, Bishop Barron joined Dr. William Lane Craig, the esteemed Protestant apologist and evangelist, for a dialogue event at Claremont McKenna College. The event was hosted by the Claremont Center for Reason, Religion, and Public Affairs and was moderated by Dr. Edward Feser and Dr. Stephen Davis.

Bishop Barron and Dr. Craig discussed faith, science, secularism, evangelization and more!

Enjoy this special bonus episode of the Word on Fire Show, and look forward to another episode soon where Bishop Barron will offer reflections and recap the dialogue.

NOTE: Watch video of the dialogue here.

Jan 16, 2018
WOF 110: Word on Fire in 2018
31:43

What does Bishop Barron have in store for 2018? Find out in this episode where he talks through several exciting new projects, talks, and initiatives. A listen asks how to choose good books, ones that help your faith rather than harm it.

NOTE: Get your free Lent Reflections booklet from Bishop Barron here >> http://wordonfireshow.com/lent

Topics Discussed

  • 0:05 - Introduction, the FOCUS Conference, the Santa Barbara mudslides
  • 5:50 - What are the upcoming talks Bishop Barron has scheduled for 2018?
  • 8:00 - What is special about the upcoming vocation conference?
  • 9:45 - What are the upcoming CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players episodes Word On Fire is filming?
  • 13:40 - What are the Word On Fire Classics?
  • 16:30 - What is the new Word On Fire Institute?
  • 18:20 - What will be the purpose of the Word on Fire Bible
  • 20:55 - What will Word On Fire's partnership with Flocknote provide?
  • 23:15 - What is the Mystery of the Mass film series?
  • 25:22 - What does Bishop Barron's USCCB committee on Evangelization and Catechesis entail?
  • 28:15 - How do you judge whether a spiritual book will help or hinder your faith?

Bonus Resources

Jan 15, 2018
WOF 109: Fire and Mission
24:01

Since Bishop Barron is out of town this week, we decided to share his talk from the FOCUS Student Leadership Summit in Chicago. Over 8,000 young Catholic leaders gathered to hear Bishop Barron speak about the Acts of the Apostles and our summons to mission. Enjoy the talk!

Jan 08, 2018
WOF 108: Lead with Beauty
27:21

How is beauty a route of access to God? In this episode of the Word On Fire Show, Bishop Barron explains how leading with beauty is the best way to evangelize.

Topics Discussed

  • 0:04 - Introduction, Thomas Fire continues to blaze
  • 3:15 - What does it mean to lead with beauty?
  • 5:52 - Why has there been a resurgence of the way of beauty?
  • 8:15 - What are some forms of beauty outside of high art?
  • 10:00 - How have the martyrs become a way of beauty?
  • 13:15 - Why is Brideshead Revisited a great example of the way of beauty?
  • 17:23 - How is the Christian life a way to evangelize through beauty?
  • 19:15 - How can we evangelize through beauty?
  • 23:15 - Listener Question: How can we speak with certainty about our faith if we are struggling with our faith?
Jan 01, 2018
WOF 107: Jesus vs. Caesar
31:39

Merry Christmas! In today's episode, Bishop Barron walks us through the second chapter of Luke's Gospel, which recounts the birth of Jesus. As we see, this story is far from a safe, charming fairy tale. It tells the story of a new king, one who rivals the kingship of Caesar Augustus at every turn. A listener asks what St. John of the Cross meant by "the divine sweetness."

Topics Discussed

  • 0:04 - Introduction: The fires of Southern California
  • 2:40 - Why is "subversive" a good word for the Nativity narrative?
  • 4:40 - What is the importance of the census in the Christmas story?
  • 6:40 - Why does Luke begin the story by mentioning the great figures of the time?
  • 8:00 - What is the significance of the "line of David"?
  • 9:55 - What is the symbolic nature of there being no room at the inn, Jesus being wrapped in swaddling clothes, and Jesus being placed in a manger?
  • 18:08 - What's the significance of the angels and shepherds?
  • 25:50 - How were the Gospel writers spiritual and literary masters?
  • 27:35 - Listener question: How do we dialogue with someone who creates their own personal religion?
Dec 25, 2017
WOF 106: Word On Fire Testimony
27:56

Word On Fire Catholic Ministries is a non-profit evangelization apostolate with a remarkable global impact. In fact, if the Word On Fire website were a physical building and it's visitors physically present, then WordOnFire.org would be the most trafficked Catholic shrine in the Western Hemisphere. Many of these regular website visitors are people who otherwise would have never darkened the door of a Catholic establishment. In this episode of the Word On Fire Show, Bishop Barron discusses the testimonies of three people whose lives were changed by Word On Fire. The listener question asks about Biblical criticism.

To watch the Testimony video click HERE 

Topics Discussed

  • 0:04 - Introduction: The fires of Southern California, Jon's baby due
  • 2:07 - What is Bishop Barron's reaction to the Testimony video and why are testimonies so beguiling?
  • 4:45 - The story of Lt. Colonel Jason Murphy, US Army
  • 7:45 - The story of the Spanish-born secularist, Carmen Marti
  • 14:10 - The story of Mtv star and fitness magazine cover-model, Joseph Gloor
  • 23:24 - Listener question: How should we approach Biblical criticism?
Dec 18, 2017
WOF 105: Kids Q&A w/ Bishop Barron
33:21

Today we hear from some of our youngest listeners, as kids from all over the world ask Bishop Barron their most pressing theological questions. The kids are cute, but their questions are deep!

Topics Discussed

  • 0:04 - Bishop Barron's birthday party
  • 1:05 - Exciting event with William Lane Craig
  • 4:00 - Did people live when dinosaurs live, and why did God kill dinosaurs?
  • 7:35 - Will it be awkward in Heaven if you've married multiple times?
  • 11:40 - Why was there an earthquake when Jesus was crucified, and why was the veil torn?
  • 11:40 - If you die and go to Heaven, do you become a saint?
  • 16:15 - When you die, if you go to Hell, will you go there forever or could Jesus take you to Heaven?
  • 22:40 - How did God start to exist? How God effect the Big Bang?
  • 27:45 - Does God love everybody, even the devil?
Dec 11, 2017
WOF 104: Sports and Spirituality
27:04

If you've listened to any number of Bishop Robert Barron's homilies or lectures, you've likely heard him use sports analogies to create a vision of the spiritual life. In this episode of the Word On Fire Show, Bishop Barron discusses how the world of sports and athleticism can help us grow in faith and understanding. The listener question asks about leisure and the Sabbath.

Topics Discussed

  • 0:05 - Introduction
  • 1:30 - What is Bishop Barron's background with sports?
  • 4:00 - Why does the culture hold sports in such high regard up and down the ages?
  • 6:00 - How do the rules in sports relate to religion?
  • 10:30 - What do coaches teach us about real love?
  • 15:00 - How do the rigors of sports offer insights about the rigors of the spiritual life?
  • 20:00 - Does athleticism and fitness ever do harm to the spirit?
  • 22:47 - Listener Question: Why is leisure important on the Sabbath?
Dec 04, 2017
WOF 103: Why is there a Christmas Season?
32:08

Have you ever wondered why there is a Christmas Season? Like no other holiday, Christmas carries with it an intense period of anticipation, in which our hearts are readied with hope and love. Christians call this waiting time "Advent", and Bishop Barron explains precisely what this time is all about in today's episode of the Word on Fire Show. The listener question asks how much is enough when it comes to petitionary prayer.

Topics Discussed

  • 0:05 - Introduction - The USCCB meeting
  • 2:00 - Why is there a Christmas Season?
  • 4:20 - Why should a secular person care about the birth of Jesus?
  • 6:45 - Why must we understand Israel if we want to understand Christmas?
  • 10:50 - Why is Mary so pivotal during Advent? What about the rest of the characters in this story?
  • 18:30 - Will Christmas ever become more Christian than it is today in our secular world?
  • 26:30 - What are Bishop Barron's favorite things about Christmas?
  • 28:15 - Listener Question: How much is enough when it comes to petitionary prayer.
Nov 27, 2017
WOF 102: Affirmative Orthodoxy
23:21

Today we continue our discussion of the eight principles of the Word on Fire Movement by focusing on the fifth principle, "Affirmative Orthodoxy." This term, originating with John Allen, Jr., refers to a positive presentation of what the Church teaches, an emphasis on the Catholic "Yes!" more than a finger-wagging "No!" A listen asks how we concretely love people in difficult situations.

Topics Discussed

  • 0:05 - Introduction and the Erasmus lecture
  • 3:00 - What is Affirmative Orthodoxy?
  • 6:30 - Why is Affirmative Orthodoxy important to evangelization?
  • 8:30 - G.K. Chesterton's adventurous orthodoxy
  • 11:30 - How do we frame Affirmative Orthodoxy around modern sexual morality?
  • 16:30 - How is it possible to maintain Affirmative Orthodoxy during a debate?
  • 19:30 - What are some good Affirmative Orthodoxy strategies?
  • 20:45 - How can we concretely love people in difficult situations?
Nov 20, 2017
WOF 101: What to Make of the Protestant Reformation?
27:14

We just passed the 500th anniversary of the start of the Protestant Reformation, when Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door of a Wittenberg church, and initiated a massive split of the Christian community. What should Catholics make of this event 500 years later? How should we view Protestantism and relate to our Protestant brothers and sisters? That's what Bishop Barron discussed today. A listener asks how Catholics should feel about Protestants.

Topics Discussed

  • 0:05 - Introduction
  • 2:00 - What are Bishop Barron's initial thoughts on this anniversary?
  • 4:00 - Who is Stanley Hauerwas?
  • 6:15 - Why is Hauerwas so friendly to the Catholic tradition?
  • 8:00 - Is the Reformation effectively over?
  • 13:40 - How does the Reformation continue to fracture the Church Universal?
  • 17:50 - What was the difference maker for reform movements that did not splinter the Church, such as the Franciscans and Dominicans?
  • 21:00 - Is the problem of authority the key to Protestantism?
  • 24:00 - How should Catholics feel about Protestant denominations?
Nov 13, 2017
WOF 100: Listener Q&A with Bishop Barron
26:52

Today we celebrate the hundredth episode of “The Word on Fire Show”! It's hard to believe we've reach that mark. But to celebrate, we decided to focus on you, our listeners, and your wonderful questions. Bishop Barron answers several listener questions about a whole range of topics.

SPECIAL: Pick up your FREE copy of Bishop Barron's “Advent Gospel Reflections” booklet and get inspiring reflections throughout this holy season. The book is free, you just cover the shipping. Just click here to order.

Topics Discussed

  • 0:04 - Introduction
  • 2:30 - What are Bishop Barron's thoughts on Stoicism?
  • 5:15 - What if "willing the good" of one person causes problems for another?
  • 8:30 - Why are angels commonly depicted as children in artwork?
  • 10:45 - What are the first steps for someone who is considering becoming Catholic?
  • 13:10 - Was Jesus made in the image of God or is Jesus God?
  • 16:50 - Does Jesus want us to follow all of the laws of the Old Testament?
  • 21:30 - Why did God create the world?
  • 23:30 - Does Bishop Barron plan on starting a Catholic movement? 

Find bonus links and resources for this episode at http://WordOnFireShow.com and be sure to submit your questions at http://AskBishopBarron.

Nov 06, 2017
WOF 099: How to Reach the “Nones”
33:26

This week, Bishop Barron is giving the annual “Erasmus Lecture” for First Things, where he'll speak on “Evangelizing the ‘Nones’.” That's the them of this episode, which explores why young people are becoming disconnected to religion, and what we can do to draw them back. A listener asks what makes great music truly great.

SPECIAL: Pick up your FREE copy of Bishop Barron's “Advent Gospel Reflections” booklet and get inspiring reflections throughout this holy season. The book is free, you just cover the shipping. Just click here to order.

Topics Discussed

  • 0:04 - Introduction, Bishop Speaks at the Cornerstone Conference and prepares for the Erasmus Lecture
  • 06:00 - Brief synopsis of iGen, a book that discusses America's newest and least religious generation
  • 08:30 - How does our culture's celebration of individual choice create "nones", and how do we approach this issue as evangelists?
  • 12:20 - How has scientism led to the creation of the "nones", and how do we approach this issue as evangelists?
  • 16:15 - How has the "LGBTQ movement" contributed to the rise of the "nones", and is Christianity anti-gay?
  • 23:00 - What are the 5 pathways to reach the "nones"?
  • 26:50 - How do we approach a person who has zero interest in religion?
  • 29:00 - Listener Question: What makes great music great?

Find bonus links and resources for this episode at http://WordOnFireShow.com and be sure to submit your questions at http://AskBishopBarron.

Oct 30, 2017
WOF 098: The 5 Men Who Most Influenced Bishop Barron
32:18

In his new book, To Light a Fire on the Earth, Bishop Barron shares the story of his own spiritual formation as a young man coming of age after Vatican II, who is then called to preach to a secular world. Thankfully, the bishop was guided by great men who, despite the tide of secularism and moral relativism, embodied the steadfast spirituality, integrity, and moral rectitude that informs a heroic priesthood. In this episode of the Word On Fire Show, Bishop Barron discusses the impact of five key figures in his life, beginning with his father, John Clayton Barron, Sr. and ending with his late, great mentor, Cardinal Francis George of Chicago.

SPECIAL: Pre-order Bishop Barron's new hardcover book today for just $19.95 (26% off) and free shipping. You'll also receive three bonus eBooks from Bishop Barron! Just click here to order.

Topics Discussed

  • 00:04 - Introduction, first printing and a visit from the Papal Ninja
  • 02:40 - The father of Father Barron
  • 07:20 - Adolescence and Mr. Tim White's English class
  • 11:52 - Seminary years with Msgr. Robert Sokolowski
  • 17:42 - Serving as a parish priest with Msgr. Bill Quinn
  • 23:00 - The mission and mentorship of Cardinal Francis George
  • 28:25 - Listener Question: How do we respond to critics who say that it's worthless to "send our thoughts and prayers" in times of crisis?

Find bonus links and resources for this episode at http://WordOnFireShow.com and be sure to submit your questions at http://AskBishopBarron.

Oct 23, 2017
WOF 097: Did Thomas Aquinas Really Prove God? (Part 2 of 2)
29:45

This is the second part of a series responding to a viral YouTube video titled "Aquinas and the Cosmological Arguments" (750,000+ views), which claims that Thomas Aquinas' arguments for God have been decisively refuted. But have they? Bishop Barron responds to the video and shows that when properly understood, Thomas' arguments are as strong today as ever before. A listener asks how the word "Gospel" would have been understood in the first century.

SPECIAL: Pre-order the hardcover book today for just $19.95 (26% off) and free shipping. You'll also receive three bonus eBooks from Bishop Barron! Just click here to order.

Topics Discussed

  • 0:05 - Introduction, background on Crash Course video
  • 1:40 - Are Aquinas' first four arguments for God unimpressive because they don't lead to a personal God?
  • 8:15 - Does Aquinas' argument for God allow for polytheism?
  • 12:2o - Does Aquinas' argument for God allow God to be an egg, a turtle, or a big block of stone?
  • 14:35 - Are there major flaws that make Aquinas' argument invalid?
  • 16:45 - Is Aquinas' argument self-defeating, because God would require a cause?
  • 21:05 - Do you have to believe Aquinas' arguments in order to believe in God?
  • 26:30 - Question from listener: Was the word "Gospel" used often in Jesus' time?

Bonus Resources

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Oct 16, 2017
WOF 096: Aquinas and the Arguments for God (Part 1 of 2)
36:35

A viral YouTube video titled "Aquinas and the Cosmological Arguments" (750,000+ views) claims that Thomas Aquinas' arguments for God have been decisively refuted. But have they? Bishop Barron responds to the video and shows that when properly understood, Thomas' arguments are as strong today as ever before. A listener asks whether death is natural.

SPECIAL: Pre-order the hardcover book today for just $19.95 (26% off) and free shipping. You'll also receive three bonus eBooks from Bishop Barron! Just click here to order.

Topics Discussed

  • 0:05 - Introduction, Bishop Barron describes the Facebook headquarters
  • 5:30 - Why have multiple proofs for God's existence?  If a singular argument is truly a proof, should not one be sufficient?
  • 8:44 - Where did Thomas Aquinas come up with these arguments?
  • 12:50 - Do Aquinas's observations from nature hurt his argument given the fact that modern science has proven some of his examples to be inaccurate?   
  • 15:33 - What's wrong with using dominos to illustrate Aquinas's argument from motion?
  • 26:50 - What's the difference between a hierarchal and a temporal causal series? And why is this so important for understanding Aquinas?
  • 31:35 - Did the philosopher David Hume defeat Aquinas's arguments?
  • 34:24 - Question from listener: Is death natural?

Bonus Resources

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Oct 09, 2017
WOF 095: How to Have a Religious Argument
45:34

Listen to Bishop Barron's talk at the Facebook HQ, which has already been heard over 275,000 times. Every day, millions of people argue about religion on social media. The comboxes of religious and atheist sites are among the most visited and the most heated in the virtual space. But few people really know how to have a good religious argument. Lots of energy, lots of sharp words, and lots of strong feelings are expressed. But rarely do we come across productive, rational argument about religion. Bishop Barron paves a way forward, showing how we all, believer and nonbeliever alike, can share better religious discussions.

SPECIAL: Pre-order Bishop Barron's new hardcover book, To Light a Fire on the Earth, for just $19.95 (26% off) and free shipping. You'll also receive three bonus eBooks from Bishop Barron! Just click here to order.

Bonus Resources

Oct 02, 2017
WOF 094: Bishop Barron‘s New Book with John Allen, Jr.
25:44

Bishop Barron has a new book coming out titled To Light a Fire on the Earth: Proclaiming Christ in a Secular Age. It's a book-length conversation between Bishop Barron and John Allen, Jr., the award-winning Vatican journalist, and touches on a wide range of subjects including God, atheism, social media, prayer, beauty, and why the Church matters today. In today's episode, John joins Bishop Barron to discuss the new book.

SPECIAL: Pre-order the hardcover book today for just $19.95 (26% off) and free shipping. You'll also receive three bonus eBooks from Bishop Barron! Just click here to order.

Topics Discussed

  • 0:05 - Introduction
  • 1:40 - What were John Allen's first impressions about creating this book?
  • 3:10 - What were Bishop Barron's first thoughts when the book was proposed to him?
  • 4:00 - What parallels does John Allen see between Ven. Fulton Sheen and Bishop Barron
  • 7:35 - Why did Bishop Barron start the book talking about beauty?
  • 9:00 - How is Baseball helpful to understanding Catholicism
  • 12:00 - How did one of Bishop Barron's professors in Paris shape his spirituality?
  • 14:00 - What is Bishop Barron's three-fold path to holiness?
  • 16:00 -  What makes Bishop Barron different from other people John has interviewed for books?
  • 19:00 - Will Word On Fire become a permanent movement in the life of the Church?
  • 23:30 - How can Catholics proclaim the Gospel in a secular age?

Bonus Resources

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Sep 25, 2017
WOF 093: Bishop Barron at Facebook
30:21

Today (September 18), Bishop Barron will be speaking to Facebook employees at their headquarters in Menlo Park, CA, on "How to Have a Religious Argument." (The talk will be livestreamed on Bishop Barron's Facebook page from 6:00pm-7:00pm ET.)

Every day, millions of people argue about religion on social media. The comboxes of religious and atheist sites are among the most visited and the most heated in the virtual space. But what Bishop Robert Barron finds interesting is how few people really know how to have a good religious argument. There is a lot of energy, lots of sharp words, and lots of strong feelings expressed. But rarely do we come across productive, rational argument about religion. Bishop Barron paves a way forward, showing how we all, believer and nonbeliever alike, can share better religious discussions.

SPECIAL: Pre-order the hardcover book today for just $19.95 (26% off) and free shipping. You'll also receive three bonus eBooks from Bishop Barron! Just click here to order.

Topics Discussed

  • 0:05 - Introduction about the talk
  • 1:15 - Bill Maher as an example of how NOT to have a religious argument
  • 2:40 - How is learning to trust a person an example of coming to faith? 
  • 6:30 - What is the number one block to having a good religious argument?
  • 9:58 - What is voluntarism, and how does it block good religious argument?
  • 16:15 - How does understanding your opponent's position helpful in having a religious argument? How is Thomas Aquinas an expert in this?
  • 23:50 - What is the significance of Bishop Barron speaking at Facebook?
  • 26:00 - Question from listener: How can the Catholic Church claim the fullness of truth when other religions claim the same?

 

Find bonus links and resources for this episode at http://WordOnFireShow.com and be sure to submit your questions at http://AskBishopBarron.

Sep 18, 2017
WOF 092: Pro-Life AND Social Justice
25:00

There seems to be a divide in the Catholic Church between so-called “pro-life” Catholic and so-called “social justice” Catholics. Where did this come from? How do we heal this split? That's what Bishop Barron discusses in this episode. A listener asks how to respond when a beggar asks for money on the street.

Topics Discussed

  • 0:05 - Intro: Ingrid Goes West and Facebook announcement
  • 3:45 - How did the Pro-Life movement and the Social Justice movement become divided?
  • 5:55 - How should the "both/and" quality of Catholicism address this great separation?
  • 7:00 - What does "social justice" mean in the Catholic tradition?
  • 9:15 - Should the Pro-Life and Social Justice movements be equally emphasized in the life of the Church?
  • 13:20 - How do we heal the divide between these two groups of Catholics?
  • 14:55 - How can the saints help provide a path forward?
  • 17:00 - How does Pope Francis balance the priority of these two issues?
  • 19:32 - Question from listener: How should Catholics react to beggars on the street?

Bonus Resources 

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Sep 11, 2017
WOF 091: Does Religion Have a Smart-People Problem?
22:13

Every now and then, articles and surveys pop up suggesting that religious people are, by whatever criteria, dumber than then general population—or at least dumber than atheists. Today Bishop Barron responds to this and the charge that religion has a “smart-people problem.” A listener asks about new ecclesial movements in the Church.

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Topics Discussed

  • 0:05 - Intro and Catholic podcast recommendations
  • 1:30 - Bishop Barron's initial reaction to the articles claiming that religion has a smart-people problem.
  • 5:00 - What does it say about religion when studies show that most scientists are atheists?
  • 8:30 - Is it worrisome that most professional philosophers are atheists?
  • 12:00 - Does it matter that most religious philosophers are theists?
  • 13:30 - How does the culture feel about religious people, are they considered childish and simple-minded?
  • 17:50 - What does historical evidence tell us about the relationship between science and religion? 
  • 19:30 - Question from listener: What's your take on Communion and Liberation and other ecclesial movements in the Church?

Bonus Resources 

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Sep 04, 2017
WOF 090: Beauty in the Catholic Tradition
28:31

What is beauty? Is beauty undefinable and entirely relativistic? Or is beauty an objective reality, backed by reason and understanding? How do Catholics define beauty, and how has Catholic Church evangelized through beauty over the centuries? In this episode of the Word On Fire Show, Bishop Barron answers these questions and more about the transcendental nature of beauty. The listener question comes from Argentina and wonders how art might be used in evangelization?

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Topics Discussed

  • 0:05  - Intro, a Cardinal visits and the sun eclipses
  • 4:00 - Why has Bishop Barron considered beauty the privileged route of evangelization?
  • 8:25 - What is beauty?
  • 10:55 - What three things combine to make something beautiful?
  • 15:55 - Why do some people disagree about a masterpiece being beautiful?
  • 19:20 - How can someone be transformed by beauty?
  • 24:14 - What was a profound moment of beauty in Bishop Barron's life?
  • 25:43 - Question from listener: How can the arts aid in evangelization?

Bonus Resources 

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Aug 28, 2017
WOF 089: What Really Happens When We Die?
29:19

What really happens when we die? In a recent interview with Larry King, popular astro-physicist, Neil deGrasse Tyson, offers a scientifically reduced answer to this philosophically rich question. In this episode of the Word On Fire Show, Bishop Barron reacts to Tyson's response and offers a more holistic understanding of human identity and death. A listener asks how God can be both a person and the sheer act of "to be" itself.

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Topics Discussed

  • 0:04 - Intro: Bishop Barron speaks at a tech conference
  • 1:30 - Explaining the interview and Tyson's explanation of physical death
  • 5:20 - Are scientists seen as the new priests?
  • 8:10 - What happens when you die besides the obvious scientific realities?
  • 10:00 - Why do atheists still cling to moral values?
  • 11:09 - Does culminating as meat for maggots offer a sense of eternal fulfillment?
  • 12:30 - Tyson's explanation of our annihilation upon death.
  • 14:55 - Is it a wish fulfilling fantasy to desire consciousness after death?
  • 20:00 - Would anyone really want to live forever?
  • 22:30 - What really happens when we die according to Christians?
  • 25:25 - Question from listener: How can God be both a person and the sheer act of "to be" itself?

Bonus Resources

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Aug 21, 2017
WOF 088: Listener Q&A with Bishop Barron
32:55

Normally, in each episode we take one listener question. But we've received such a large number of outstanding questions from around the globe that we’ve decided to devote another episode to answering a range of questions from listeners like you. Bishop Barron answers several questions, rapid fire, on many different topics.

Topics Discussed

  • 0:05  - Intro: Bishop Barron returns from his CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players film trip
  • 2:00 - Should we feel guilty for not giving away all of our possessions and serving the poorest of the poor?
  • 5:10 - If there are aliens, did Jesus appear to them as well?
  • 7:45 - What is the difference between the Ascension and the Assumption?
  • 9:45 - Why do we take both the Bread and the Wine in Communion?
  • 13:20 - When does venting turn into gossip, and how do we avoid gossiping?
  • 18:45 - Where is Jesus' body today?
  • 24:25 - What might Jesus say about dealing with a bad breakup?
  • 26:45 - What resources should Catholics read to understand Martin Luther?

Bonus Resources

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Aug 14, 2017
WOF 087: The Law of the Gift
25:38

Bishop Barron is flying back from Europe after his Pivotal Players recording trip, so instead of a live show, we’re bringing you a special excerpt from his upcoming “David the King” series. Learn about Hannah and the “law of the gift” in this stirring commentary.

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Aug 07, 2017
WOF 086: Broadcasting from Milan, Italy
29:00

Bishop Robert Barron and his Word on Fire production are in Italy, filming the next round of CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players.

Be sure to take advantage of special behind the scenes access from the Pivotal Players film trip! Sign-up for exclusive footage at: WordOnFireShow.com/Videos

Topics Discussed

  • 0:05  – Intro, the new Spiderman movie
  • 1:28 – Does it ever get old for Bishop Barron to travel?
  • 2:41 – The CATHOLICISM series production team
  • 4:46 – Surprisingly small film crew for such a grand production
  • 5:50 – Interesting stops for a first visit to Rome
  • 9:15 – What’s the difference between a vacation and a pilgrimage?
  • 11:20 – Bishop Barron’s favorite place during the filming so far
  • 12:55 – The St. Francis fresco painted during his own lifetime
  • 13:20 – What’s Bishop Barron’s prayer like during a filming trip?
  • 15:33 – Why is the Divine Office so important to Bishop Barron?
  • 17:51 – Why all baptized people should consider praying the Liturgy of the Hours
  • 18:23 – Praying the psalms for the sake of the world
  • 19:20 – Who was St. Ambrose and why does he matter?
  • 23:28 – What do you miss most about the United States?
  • 24:20– Question from listener: Fr. Steve Grunow asks what St.
    Benedict and St. Augustine, both Italians, have to say to Italians today?

Bonus Resources

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Jul 31, 2017
WOF 085: Behind the Scenes Filming
28:04

Bishop Robert Barron and his Word on Fire production team have just set off to Europe to film two brand new episodes for the hit television film series: CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players. This second volume of biographical documentaries features some of the greatest figures in all of world history.

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Topics Discussed

  • 0:05  - Intro, the new Spiderman movie
  • 1:40 - What makes St. Benedict a pivotal player?
  • 6:10 - Why is St. Augustine a pivotal player?
  • 10:00 - What will Bishop Barron be filming in Rome?
  • 15:00 - What is Benedictine life like?
  • 19:45 - What will Bishop Barron be filming in Milan?
  • 23:25 - What will Bishop Barron be filming in Paris?
  • 25:00 - Question from listener: How were Adam and Eve able to fall from grace if they were born without original sin?

Bonus Resources

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Jul 24, 2017
WOF 084: 5 Reasons We Don't Evangelize
33:37

Have you ever had an opportunity to share your faith but opted to remain quiet? There are several reasons why we might shy away from these grace-filled moments. In this episode of the Word On Fire Show, Bishop Barron teaches us how to overcome the hurdles of evangelization and let loose our missionary potential. The listener question comes from an Australian medical student who wants to know how we can evangelize in our everyday settings.

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Topics Discussed

  • 0:05  - Intro, what Bishop Barron is reading
  • 1:25 - How do you overcome being nervous about discussing, debating religion?
  • 7:45 - How do we evangelize if we aren't scholars or experts about religion?
  • 13:55 - How do we evangelize without losing our friends or pushing people away by trying to convert them?
  • 18:25 - How do we evangelize in a culture that says religion is a private hobby that does not belong in the public sphere.
  • 25:00 - How do we overcome despair, feeling like nothing we say or do will have an evangelical effect.
  • 29:00 - Question from listener: How do we evangelize in our daily lives?

Bonus Resources 

 

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Jul 17, 2017
WOF 083: How Bishop Barron Reads and Writes
39:16

Do you ever wish you could read more books? Have you ever thought about writing articles at the professional level or authoring your own book? Bishop Robert Barron has read a library's worth of texts, written fifteen books, and composed thousands of short works. In this episode of the Word on Fire Show, Bishop Barron offers helpful advice on how to improve your performance in the language arts.

Bonus Resources

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Jul 10, 2017
WOF 082: Living as the Image of God (Part 2)
28:21

In 2015 Bishop Robert Barron gave the opening keynote speech at the famous World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia. In front of this massive crowd of Catholics, Bishop Barron explained how Christianity is the greatest form of humanism because of its unique claim that all humans are made in the image and likeness of God. As representatives of God, we share in the responsibility of bringing the power, wisdom, heart, and mind of God out into the world. This episode of the Word on Fire Show features Part Two of the Bishop's powerful talk.

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Jul 03, 2017
WOF 081: Living as the Image of God (Part 1)
26:14

In 2015 Bishop Robert Barron gave the opening keynote speech at the famous World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia. In front of this massive crowd of Catholics, Bishop Barron explained how Christianity is the greatest form of humanism because of its unique claim that all humans are made in the image and likeness of God. As representatives of God, we share in the responsibility of bringing the power, wisdom, heart, and mind of God out into the world. This episode of the Word on Fire Show features Part One of the Bishop's powerful talk.

Bonus Resources

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Jun 26, 2017
WOF 080: Battling Addiction
28:48

In a way we are all addicts, because we are all sinners. In this episode of The Word on Fire Show, Bishop Barron explains the spiritual dimensions of addiction and how finding your center in God is not only the first step to recovery but also the walking path of lifelong freedom. The listener questions asks whether it's more fun to be bad than good.

Topics Discussed

  • 0:05  - Introduction, Bishop's upcoming trips
  • 2:05 - How are we all addicts?
  • 5:30 - How can addiction bleed into the religious life?
  • 6:20 - What is the purpose of the ascetic life in terms of addiction?
  • 10:00 - What are the spiritual roots of Alcoholics Anonymous?
  • 15:15 - What is the Biblical prescription for dealing with addiction?
  • 19:20 - How can we tell if we are addicted to something when it doesn't seem to be ruining our lives?
  • 22:00 - Why is Christianity specifically helpful for battling addiction?
  • 24:10 - What should someone do if they are right now struggling with an addiction and want to stop?
  • 25:25 - Question from listener: Is it more fun to be bad than good?

Bonus Resources

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Jun 19, 2017
WOF 079: The Spirituality of Marriage
29:55

Marriage has been one of the most talked about topics in the news over the past decade. Despite all the interest surrounding the institution of marriage, the numbers of people actually getting married has dwindled. In this episode Bishop Barron explores the beauty and goodness of married life by discussing the spirituality that undergirds this timeless institution. The listener question wonders what will happen to marriages in heaven.

Topics Discussed

  • 0:05  - Introduction and the Vogt's visit to Santa Barbara
  • 2:00 - Why has the number of people getting married declined?
  • 6:30 - What is the number one priority in being a husband or wife?
  • 8:40 - What is the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony?
  • 10:07 - What is the key to a healthy marriage?
  • 16:00 - How can a celibate priest be an authority on marriage?
  • 19:50 - Why does the Catholic Church demand an openness to children within a marriage?
  • 22:20 - Advice from Bishop Barron for people who aren't sure if they ever want to get married
  • 23:40 - Advice from Bishop Barron for those who aspire for marriage
  • 25:30 - Advice from Bishop Barron for those discerning marriage within their current relationship
  • 26:27 - Advice from Bishop Barron for those who are struggling through a difficult marriage or a divorce
  • 27:20 - Question from listener: Will I be with my wife as husband and wife in heaven?

Bonus Resources

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Jun 12, 2017
WOF Bonus Episode: Kids Interview
11:46

Word on Fire Show host Brandon Vogt stopped into the Santa Barbara studio with his five children while on a cross-country road trip. The Vogt children were given the chance to ask Bishop Barron about God, Mary, and bananas in this special bonus episode of the Word on Fire Show.

Topics Discussed

  • 0:01  - Introduction, about the road trip and hellos
  • 1:15 - How did Bishop feel when he first became a priest?
  • 2:07 - How can Mary be "Queen" and Jesus be "King" if she's his mother?
  • 3:05 - How is Jesus King?
  • 3:50 - How old is Jesus?
  • 4:46 - How does it feel to be a bishop?
  • 6:05 - How to explain God to young children?
  • 7:35 - What is God's favorite color?
  • 8:00 - Was Bishop Barron an alter server?
  • 8:55 - What's Bishop Barron's favorite way to pray
  • 10:05 - How do we know God is real?

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Jun 07, 2017
WOF 078: Joining the Great Saints
27:24

The best theological movements present the Church as an organism, not an organization. In this episode of our new series on the eight principles of Word on Fire, Bishop Barron explains how how the Communion of Saints works in and through the Mystical Body of Christ to evangelize the world. The listener questions asks about Catherine of Siena's three levels of prayer. 

Topics Discussed

  • 0:17  - Introduction, filming B-roll footage for Pivotal Players Volume II
  • 2:00 - How are the saints powerful?
  • 5:55 - How can the stories of the saints aid in evangelization?
  • 8:30 - What is the impact of the Little Flower?
  • 11:15 - How can Saint Thomas Aquinas become accessible for the current culture?
  • 15:30 - How was Saint John Paul II able to contribute so much to the Church and evangelization?
  • 19:20 - What is the great contribution of Bl. John Henry Newman?
  • 24:00 - Question from listener: How might we aspire to attain the third level of prayer as described by St. Catherine of Siena.

Bonus Resources

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Jun 05, 2017
WOF 077: God and the New Media
30:19

Statistics show that more people own a smartphone (4 billion) than own a toothbrush (3.5 billion). In this episode of our new series called The Eight Principles of the Word on Fire Ethos, Bishop Barron discusses how readily available Internet access has made the new media an essential route of evangelization. The listener questions asks how virtue can possibly turn to vice. 

Topics Discussed

  • 0:17  - Introduction, Bishop's recent trip to Saint Anselm College
  • 2:30 - What is the power of the new media?
  • 5:19 - Why is the new media effective for evangelization?
  • 7:50 - What's the danger in not using the new media to spread the Gospel?
  • 9:30 - What made Fulton Sheen so effective at using the media of his time?
  • 16:10 - Why are people feeling less connected and more lonely despite the technology advances?
  • 19:35 - How might we cope with internet attacks while sharing the Gospel?
  • 25:00 - How do we become more effective at sharing our faith online?
  • 26:55 - Question from listener: How can virtue possibly turn into vice?

Bonus Resources

 

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May 29, 2017
WOF 076: Caesar, the Dude, and a Serious Man
28:36

Joel and Ethan Coen, more famously known as the Coen brothers, are arguably the greatest filmmakers of our time. In this follow-up episode on the Coen brothers, Bishop Barron illuminates the Biblical motifs present in three of the Coen brothers' most unique films. The listener question asks about the nature of God.

Topics Discussed

  • 0:17  - Introduction, catching up with Bishop Barron.
  • 1:38 - What makes the Coen Brothers so unique?
  • 3:45 -  What are the spiritual themes in A Serious Man? (spoiler alert)
  • 12:00 -What are the spiritual themes in The Big Lebowski? (spoiler alert)
  • 22:55 -What are the spiritual themes in Hail, Caesar!? (spoiler alert)
  • 25:15 - Question from listener: What is God?

Bonus Resources

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May 23, 2017
WOF 075: The Spiritually Alert Coen Brothers
29:02

Joel and Ethan Coen, more famously known as the Coen brothers, are arguably the greatest filmmakers of our time. They’ve been nominated for 13 academy awards, won four, and have garnered praise from many of the world’s most influential people. In this episode of the Word On Fire Show, Bishop Barron illuminates the Biblical motifs present in some of the Coen brothers' most celebrated films. The listener question asks about God's providence in relation to coincidence.

Topics Discussed

  • 0:17  - Introduction, Bishop's Channel Island Mass.
  • 1:38 - What makes the Coen Brothers so unique?
  • 3:45 -  What are the spiritual themes in Fargo? (spoiler alert)
  • 11:16 -What are the spiritual themes in No Country for Old Men and how does it relate to Fargo? (spoiler alert)
  • 17:28 -What are the spiritual themes in True Grit? (spoiler alert)
  • 24:45 - Question from listener: What is the difference between coincidence and God's providence?

Bonus Resources

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May 16, 2017
WOF 074: Evangelizing the Culture
28:27

"The Church exists to evangelize.” These words from Evangelii Nuntiandi express the very nature of our mission. But what is evangelization? And how ought we to express Christ in the culture around us? In this episode, Bishop Robert Barron answers these questions and offers advice on exactly how an evangelist can move into the culture and plant the seeds of Christ. Evangelizing the Culture is the second of the eight principles of the Word on Fire ethos. Finally, a listener calls in to ask how he might evangelize his lukewarm parents. 

Topics Discussed

  • 0:17 – Intro and Bishop Barron's new award
  • 2:15 - What does it mean to "evangelize the culture"?
  • 6:40 - How can evangelizing the culture solve the problems of the Church and the culture?
  • 11:50 - How can we see Christ in our surroundings?
  • 15:24 - How do engage the culture without falling into sin?
  • 18:45 - Why was Tolkien so effective at evangelizing the culture?
  • 21:30 - How does the Church community (including the saints) serve evangelization?
  • 23:15 - What's the proper approach for drawing the world to Christ?
  • 24:38 - Question from listener: How do we re-evangelize our parents who grew up in the faith but now lack a relationship with Jesus?

Bonus Resources

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May 09, 2017
WOF 073: Making Christ the Center of Your Life
19:16

Jesus boldly proclaimed, “I am the way, the truth, and the life”. In order to be His disciple, one must make Jesus Christ the foundation of life and proclaim His Lordship in every area of life. Much like the rose window in Chartres Cathedral, a well ordered soul revolves around the great center, which is Christ. In this episode, Bishop Robert Barron begins a series called The Eight Principles of the Word on Fire Ethos with this key principle, namely, "Christocentrism". Bishop explains how we go about making Christ the priority of our lives, and why we must know who Jesus is in order to do so. The listener questions asks why the Sacred Heart of Jesus is so important in Christian devotion. 

Topics Discussed

  • 0:17  - Introduction, Bishop's recent trip to Mundelein Seminary.
  • 2:00 - What is Christocentrism?
  • 5:53 - Is it possible to be too obsessed with Jesus?
  • 7:20 - Why is it important not to domesticate the real Jesus?
  • 8:45 - How should we read the difficult truths Jesus spoke?
  • 10:45 - How do we make Jesus the center of our lives?
  • 15:22 - Question from listener: Why is the Sacred Heart of Jesus is so important in Christian devotion?

Bonus Resources

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May 02, 2017
WOF 072: The Benedict Option
38:11

Rod Dreher’s The Benedict Option: A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian Nation has certainly emerged as the most talked-about religious book of 2017. There is a widely-felt instinct that something has gone rather deeply wrong with the culture and that classical Christianity, at least in the West, is in a bit of a mess. So, do we need the Benedict Option now? In this episode, Bishop Robert Barron discusses the upsides and the pitfalls of employing the Benedict option during these difficult times. The listener question wonders how Christians should engage the political arena.

Topics Discussed

  • 0:17  - Introduction, New announcement regarding Pivotal Players: Volume 2.
  • 3:42 - Has something gone terribly wrong in our society?
  • 4:36 - What are Bishop Barron's thoughts on the Benedict Option as a proposal?
  • 6:30 - Who was Saint Benedict and how can he help solve our modern problems?
  • 8:50 - How is Noah's Ark a good symbol for the Benedict Option?
  • 11:23 - What is the identity/relevance dilemma?
  • 13:55 - How does St. John Paul II relate to the Benedict Option?
  • 18:10 - Should the Church pull back on political engagement?
  • 22:05 - Should Christians pull out of society and live in separate communities?
  • 24:30 - Is homeschooling the best option for Christian children?
  • 28:15 - Should we avoid occupations that will force us to compromise our values?
  • 31:20 - Should we avoid technology as Christians?
  • 34:33 - Question from listener: Should Christians be active in the political arena?

Bonus Resources

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Apr 25, 2017
WOF 071: The Case for the Resurrection
32:14

The Case for Christ is a film adaptation of Lee Strobel’s best-selling book of the same name, one that has made an enormous splash in Evangelical circles and beyond. It is the true story of a young, ambitious (and atheist) reporter for the Chicago Tribune, who fell into a psychological and spiritual crisis when his wife became a Christian. In an attempt to bring his wife back to atheism, Lee used his considerable analytical and investigative skills to debunk the resurrection of Jesus. If Jesus didn’t rise, Strobel realizes, all of Christianity crumbles like a house of cards. In this episode, Bishop Robert Barron walks alongside Strobel through many of the common claims against the Resurrection of Jesus and explains why each lacks credibility in the face of real historical evidence. The listener question wonders how he might overcome objections from his loved ones as he joins the Church.

Topics Discussed

  • 0:17  - Introduction, Bishop's recent Confirmations.
  • 2:40 - What is The Case for Christ about?
  • 4:36 - Is it wrong to ask hard questions about your faith?
  • 7:10 - How is historical evidence used in the evaluation of the Christian faith?
  • 9:00 - What's wrong with seeing the Resurrection as a symbol of myth?
  • 12:30 - Is it possible that the witnesses of the Resurrection were hallucinating?
  • 16:30 - Is it possible that Jesus didn't die on the cross but simply fainted and was fully revived three days later?
  • 20:24 - How do the claims against the Resurrection hold up against the historical evidence as a whole?
  • 23:35 - How do people become convinced that the Resurrection is true?
  • 25:41 - What was the converging moment for Lee Strobel?
  • 27:24 - Question from listener: What do you do when your friends and family don't support your decision to join the Church?

Bonus Resources

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Apr 18, 2017
WOF 070: God and Netflix's “The Crown”
29:57

The Netflix original series “The Crown”, which has to do with the last months of the reign of King George VI and the first years of the reign of his daughter, Queen Elizabeth II, demonstrates how societies must be grounded in God-given moral values for them to flourish. In this episode, Bishop Barron brings to light the theological underpinnings of the show, which serve as an encouragement for anyone struggling to pursue God's plan for her life. The listener question asks how Bishop Barron is able to discover spiritual themes in popular media.

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Topics Discussed

  • 0:17  - Introduction and a reprisal of Bishop's “Simpsons” visit.
  • 3:10 - What makes “The Crown” such good TV?
  • 5:20 - How was the Queen's coronation a call from God to carry out her duty?
  • 8:40 - How would compare the English monarchy to our American democracy?
  • 13:30 - How is it that God anointed her to be queen when she clearly had circumstance put her there?
  • 15:10 - How does God's plan for our lives tend to upset the comfort of our lives and our relationships?
  • 20:22 - What advice would Bishop give to priests who are ordained to fulfill God's mission?
  • 23:00 - Why are Americans so attracted to the idea of monarchies? Is there a biblical nostalgia in that somehow?
  • 25:38 - Question from listener: How does Bishop Barron draw out Christian themes from popular media?

Bonus Resources

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Apr 11, 2017
WOF 069: Following the Right Jesus
32:27

Thomas Joseph White's book The Incarnate Lord discusses the importance of Jesus' identity. The classical tradition of Christology understood Jesus ontologically, that is to say, in terms of his fundamental being or existential identity; whereas modern and contemporary Christology tends to understand Jesus psychologically or relationally. The transition from an ontological Christology to a consciousness Christology has conduced toward all manner of relativism, subjectivism, indifferentism, and the attenuation of evangelical zeal. In this episode, Bishop Robert Barron unpacks these theological concepts and explains their consequences in familiar terms. The listener question asks about the Jesus Seminar of the Westar Institute.

Topics Discussed

  • 0:17  - Introduction, Chesterton, and Bishop's recent trip.
  • 3:00 - What is Christology and why does it matter?
  • 4:55 - Why does high-level theology matter?
  • 7:28 - What is the major difference with modern Christology?
  • 10:58 - Who is Jesus?
  • 13:20 - What are the ramifications of reading Jesus with a psychological priority rather than an ontological priority?
  • 15:00 - How is the emphasis on Jesus' ontology make Christianity unique compared to other religions?
  • 18:20 - What was the theological priority of the early Church?
  • 19:45 - What are some of the insights we learn about Jesus from Saint Thomas Aquinas?
  • 25:15 - What books does Bishop Barron recommend for studying Christology?
  • 27:00 - Question from listener: What does Bishop Barron think about the Jesus Seminar of the Westar Institute?

Bonus Resources

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Apr 04, 2017
WOF 068: The Heroic Priesthood
31:44

What words might you use to describe the priesthood? Priests often describe their own lives as happy, bold, rebellious, exciting, studious, Spirit-filled, and love-oriented. While these adjectives are certainly accurate, the priesthood must also be described as heroic, for priests die to themselves and give their lives utterly to Christ and His people. In this episode of the Word on Fire Show, Bishop Barron explains the radical self-gift demanded by the priesthood as well as the lavish graces God pours back into the life of each priest. The listener question asks how parents might nurture religious vocations in their children.

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Topics Discussed

  • 0:17 – Intro and Bishop attends a table reading for The Simpsons
  • 3:33 - What is the "Heroic Priesthood" and, how is each baptized person is a priest?
  • 5:50 - Why do we still need ordained priests?
  • 9:25 - How is the priesthood uniquely heroic?
  • 11:28 - Did Bishop Barron ever have second thoughts about becoming a priest?
  • 12:30 - How did Bishop Barron decide to become a priest?
  • 14:30 - How is being a priest rebellious?
  • 15:30 - Why is celibacy absolutely necessary in the priesthood?
  • 17:55 - What are Bishop Barron's favorite things about being a priest?
  • 22:10 - Do you have to be a scholar to become a priest?
  • 26:00 - What advice does Bishop Barron have for those considering the priesthood?
  • 28:12 - Question from listener: What advice does Bishop Barron have for parents who want to nurture religious vocations in their children?

Bonus Resources

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Mar 28, 2017
WOF 067: Evangelizing with Goodness
28:54

Truth, beauty, and goodness are the three transcendentals that draw people to belief in God. As important as rational arguments and beautiful artwork are for preserving and sharing the faith, Christian goodness has proven to be an explosively powerful means of evangelization over the centuries. In this episode of the Word on Fire Show, Bishop Barron discusses the history of Christian moral goodness and how this unique way of charity continues to bring people to Christ. Finally, a listener asks who inspires Bishop Barron.

Topics Discussed

  • 0:17 – Intro and Bishop meets William Friedkin
  • 3:33 - How is Christian moral goodness unique and attractive?
  • 6:57 - How did the early Christians evangelize through goodness?
  • 9:58 - Does our Christian goodness remain distinct amidst our modern culture?
  • 11:50 - What did the medieval Christian goodness look like?
  • 13:51 - How was Saint Francis one of the greatest evangelists of all time?
  • 16:04 - How did Saint Theresa of Calcutta become the most powerful evangelist of the twentieth century?
  • 17:54 - How did Saint Gregory the Wonderworker encourage evangelization?
  • 20:25 - As Christians, how do we remain charitable even when we don't feel motivated to be radically good?
  • 22:17 - How do we evangelize with goodness today?
  • 24:38 - Question from listener: Who inspires Bishop Barron?

Bonus Resources

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Mar 21, 2017
WOF 066: How to Have Hope
28:31

Lent is a time where Catholics go "into the desert" and confront all the sins that keep us from perfect communion with God. We offer Lenten practices of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving that we might be strengthened for our journey into the Divine Life. During this trial (and all trials), Catholics can take heart in the certain joy of Easter, the great Christian hope of the Resurrection. In this episode of the Word on Fire Show, Bishop Barron explains the hope on offer in Christianity and discusses how we can cling to this unique hope regardless of our circumstances. Finally, a listener asks how to cultivate an emotional connection with God.

Topics Discussed

  • 0:17 – Intro and recap of the 2017 LA. Congress
  • 2:30 - How would you define hope?
  • 5:25 - What's the difference between hoping for something and placing your hope in something?
  • 7:20 - Why is it important to put our hope in God?
  • 10:0o - What about putting our hope in romantic love and family?
  • 14:00 - If we put our hope in God, can we expect to get what we want from life?
  • 15:40 - How does putting our hope in God change us?
  • 18:20 - How is the Christian hope different from other religions?
  • 19:55 - How does having a spirit of detachment allow you to find hope in Christ?
  • 23:14 - How living a life of hope all comes down to love.
  • 24:38 - Question from listener: How can one cultivate an emotional connection with God?

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Mar 14, 2017
WOF 065: Viral Videos and Labels
29:47

Is it ever necessary to label ourselves? Is it ever ok to label anyone else? Not according to internet celebrity and spoken-word poet, Prince Ea, whose viral video entitled "I Am Not Black, You Are Not White" claims that labels are the root of all social ills and that our identity is entirely separate from our physical reality. The video has reached over 100 million views on Facebook and over 11 million views on Youtube with an overwhelming approval rating (300 to 1 like to dislike ratio). The most liked comment on Youtube reads, "They showed this to us in school." In this episode of The Word on Fire Show, Bishop Barron critiques each segment of the argument posed by the young poet and explains the philosophical history behind this radical, yet widely accepted argument. The listener question asks for a book suggestion that encourages teens to return to the Church.

Topics Discussed

  • 0:17  - Introduction, Bishop Barron's recent happenings
  • 1:58 - Segment 1: "Our bodies are just cars", Bishop's response
  • 6:18 - What are some of the dangers of bifurcating our selves and our bodies?
  • 7:40 - Segment 2: "Who we truly are is found inside", Bishop's response
  • 11:50 - What is the difference with the Catholic perspective on bodies and labels?
  • 15:10 - Segment 3: "Every war has started over labels", Bishop's response
  • 18:15 - How are labels used in the book of Genesis?
  • 21:30 - Segment 4: "Until we stop thinking so small we won't be free to see each other as we truly are", Bishop's response
  • 26:39 - Listener Question: What book would Bishop recommend to bring teens back into the Church?

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Mar 07, 2017
WOF 064: LIVE from the L.A. Congress!
51:32

The Religious Education Congress, sponsored by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles Office of Religious Education, is America's largest annual gathering of Roman Catholics, bringing together nearly 40,000 every year for a four-day event! 2017 marked the 20th year that Bishop Robert Barron has been in attendance. In addition to several interviews and book-signings Bishop Barron participated in at this year's Congress, he also gave a keynote in the central arena. This episode of The Word on Fire Show was recorded live at the Word on Fire booth in the exposition hall. During the show the good bishop answers questions from the expo audience as well as the audience watching live on Facebook.

Topics Discussed

  • 0:10  - Introduction, Bishop Barron's 20th year at the Congress and his talk on the "nones"
  • 4:00 - What would Bishop Barron ask Thomas Aquinas if he was able to meet him?
  • 6:58 - How do you see Hispanic Catholics evangelizing to future generations?
  • 9:20 - Catholic Stuff You Should Know priests discuss podcasting for evangelization
  • 13:45 - What are some good takeaways from the theology of Hans Urs von Balthasar?
  • 15:20 - What is Bishop Barron's vision for evangelization and catechesis?
  • 21:30 - What's the next filming project for Word On Fire?
  • 23:30 - How should we deal with sin without beating ourselves up when we fail?
  • 28:00 - What is the difference between meditative prayer and contemplative prayer?
  • 32:10 - How can God be three persons and not fall into any genus, the genus of personhood?
  • 35:45 - How can teachers help combat the myth that science refutes religion?
  • 42:30 - How do we reconcile the book of Genesis with scientific facts about creation?
  • 47:35 - What is the best way to bring an inactive Catholic back to the faith?
  • 49:30 - What is one bit of advice for all of us facing the crisis of attrition within the Catholic Church?

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Feb 28, 2017
WOF 063: Stephen Colbert, Ricky Gervais, and the Debate About God
32:14

Does God exist? That is the question Catholic comedian and television host, Stephen Colbert, debated with his Late Show guest, the popular actor and outspoken atheist, Ricky Gervais. The YouTube video clip of the two men going "head to head on religion" has gone viral, quickly garnering over 2.5 million views. In this episode of The Word on Fire Show, Bishop Barron breaks down each segment of the discussion and offers helpful insights for everyone fascinated (or haunted) by questions about God. The listener question asks whether atheists or theists bear the burden of proof when it comes to these debates.

Topics Discussed

  • 0:17  - Introduction, Bishop Barron's trip to Georgia for a Pivotal Players promotion
  • 4:00 - Colbert to Gervais, "Why is there something rather than nothing?"
  • 7:36 - What is the difference between asking why the universe exists and h0w the universe exists?
  • 12:05 - Colbert to Gervais, "Do you believe in a prime mover?"
  • 14:05 - Gervais explains what he believes an agnostic atheist is.
  • 16:57 - Gervais to Colbert, "You deny one less God than I do"
  • 20:52 - Colbert to Gervais, "Do you ever have a feeling of great gratitude for existence?"
  • 25:47 - Gervais explains to Colbert that Science is repeatable and holy books are not.
  • 29:20 - Listener Question: Do atheists or theists bear the burden of proof during debates about the existence of God?

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Feb 21, 2017
WOF 062: Listener Q&A with Bishop Barron
27:52

Normally, in each episode we take one listener question. But we've received such a large number of outstanding questions from around the globe that we’ve decided to devote another episode to answering a range of questions from listeners like you. Bishop Barron answers several questions, rapid fire, on many different topics.

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Topics Discussed

  • 0:17  - Intro: Bishop Barron talks about Marriage as a sacrament
  • 2:23 - Why was it necessary for Jesus to be baptized?
  • 5:47 - Why is Jesus named "Jesus" and not Emanuel as the prophet predicted?
  • 7:39 - Why are there so many names for God in the Old Testament, is "God" sufficient?
  • 12:21 - By what means was Jesus able to avoid sin?
  • 15:50 - What does Chesterton mean when he says, "The pint, the pipe, and the cross can all fit together."?
  • 18:40 - Why did God allow the devil to exist?
  • 22:05 - Besides Saint Joseph, what saints should new husbands and fathers study?
  • 23:55 - Is there certain a disposition towards goodness that some people are born with while others are prone to struggle?

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Feb 14, 2017
WOF 061: How Are We Saved?
29:41

Are you saved? This is a question we have heard from our Protestant friends regarding the state of grace for individual souls. In this episode of the Word on Fire Show, Bishop Barron discusses the Catholic response to this question and in doing so reveals the rich, multivalent message of the Cross. The listener question asks about original sin.

Topics Discussed

  • 0:17  - Introduction, Bishop Barron's trip to Hawaii for the Red Mass
  • 5:00 - How should we respond to the question, "Are you saved?"
  • 8:10 - What are we being saved from?
  • 11:30 - Why is the Old Testament important for understanding salvation?
  • 13:35 - Why does God use the act of crucifixion to affect our salvation?
  • 18:08 - What's the difference between individual salvation and the idea that God saved humanity on the Cross?
  • 19:45 - What roll do the sacraments play in salvation?
  • 22:47 - Where did Martin Luther differ from the Church?
  • 26:10 - Listener Question: How do we inherit original sin?

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Feb 07, 2017
WOF 060: New and Notable Books
28:38

Bishop Robert Barron is a bona fide bibliophile. Any quiet moment outside his holy hours, he can be found at his workbench writing a book or on his patio reading one. In this episode of the Word on Fire Show, Bishop Barron discusses some new and notable books that he's read, which range from the scholarly insight of Dietrich von Hildebrand to the poetic storytelling of Sally Read to the popular encouragement of Rick Warren. The listener question comes from a college student who wonders how God can be all-loving to his people and rain fire down on cities in the Old Testament.

Topics Discussed

  • 0:17  - Introduction, Bishop Barron's 2017 goals and resolutions
  • 3:15 - Who is Dietrich von Hildebrand and why does he matter?
  • 5:30 - What was the liturgical movement that took place in the 1920's and 30's.
  • 7:00 - According to Hildebrand, how does the faith and liturgy shape a well-cultivated personality?
  • 10:00 - Who is Sally Read and what is her story?
  • 14:0o - What is the way of beauty and why is it important?
  • 18:20 - What is the premise of Rick Warren's The Purpose Driven Church
  • 21:10 - What are some of the things that Evangelical churches do right in terms of church growth and health?
  • 20:35 - What can Catholics learn from the mega church model?
  • 25:33 - Listener question: If God exists non-competitively with his creation and is all-loving, why does he rain down fire on cities?

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Jan 31, 2017
WOF 059: Bishop Barron on “Silence”
27:42

The much-anticipated “Silence”, based upon the Shusaku Endo novel of the same name, is a worthy addition to the Scorsese oeuvre. It is marked by gorgeous cinematography, outstanding performances from both lead and supporting actors, a gripping narrative, and enough thematic complexity to keep you discussing the film for the foreseeable future. In this episode of the Word on Fire Show, Bishop Barron discusses his insights about “Silence” [SPOILER ALERT]. The listener question comes from a young child who wonders where we were before God made us.

Topics Discussed

  • 0:17  - Introduction, Bishop Barron's Christmas vacation and silent retreat
  • 3:35 - What is the premise of “Silence”?
  • 4:55 - What was Bishop Barron's reaction to reading the book for the first time?
  • 5:45 - How would you react if your great spiritual hero abandoned the faith?
  • 6:58 - What is the significance of the moment when the priests arrive in Japan
  • 9:25 - How do we approach the question of whether or not we would keep our faith under persecution?
  • 11:35 - What do we make of Fr. Rodriguez's conclusion that it is ok to step on Jesus' face?
  • 14:45 - How do we approach the idea that we can do something wrong in order to create a greater good?
  • 16:45 - Why has the Christian faith had such difficulty flourishing in Japan?
  • 20:35 - What does Bishop Barron think about Martin Scorsese?
  • 24:10 - Who is the hero of this film?
  • 25:20 - Question from listener: How did we start before we were born?

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Jan 24, 2017
WOF 058: David Dancing Before the Ark (Part 2 of 2)
27:38

In this episode of the Word on Fire Show we hear one of the world's great theologians unpack one of the richest texts in all of ancient scripture. Thomas Aquinas College hosts Bishop Robert Barron, as he speaks on "David Dancing Before the Ark: The Liturgical Theology Implicit in 2nd Samuel" as part of the St. Vincent de Paul Lecture and Concert Series. In Part Two of the Bishop's great talk, he articulates the theological implications of David dancing before the Ark of the Covenant.

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Jan 17, 2017
WOF 057: David Dancing Before the Ark (Part 1 of 2)
24:50

In this episode of the Word on Fire Show we hear one of the world's great theologians unpack one of the richest texts in all of ancient scripture. Thomas Aquinas College hosts Bishop Robert Barron, as he speaks on "David Dancing Before the Ark: The Liturgical Theology Implicit in 2nd Samuel" as part of the St. Vincent de Paul Lecture and Concert Series. In Part One of the Bishop's great talk, he describes David as a new Adam, a priestly figure whose liturgical practices bring to bear revelations about the strangeness of God.

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Jan 10, 2017
WOF 056: Evangelizing Through Social Media
27:50

The Internet has produced the most profound shift in communications since the printing press, and many in the Church are using it to spread the Gospel. But how best to do it? How do we share our faith online without succumbing to the toxicity and vitriol that saturate much of the digital world? Bishop Barron discusses these questions today and shares his own advice for becoming an online missionary. A listener asks how he should respond when sharing his faith on Facebook provokes criticism.

Topics Discussed

  • 0:18  - Three digital milestones at Word on Fire
  • 2:25 - How Bishop Barron got started with new media evangelization
  • 5:35 - Most surprising part about YouTube
  • 6:44 - Engaging YouTube commenters
  • 7:37 - How the Internet is like a "new Areopagus"
  • 9:15 - Why Bishop Barron's online style is effective
  • 11:03 - How Bishop Barron handles online vitriol
  • 15:32 - Social media's unique dynamic
  • 16:55 - Do we need a theology of new media?
  • 21:08 - Bishop Barron's advice for new media evangelists
  • 23:19 - What role should new media play in priestly formation?
  • 24:38 - Question from listener: How should we discuss our beliefs on social media?

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Jan 03, 2017
WOF 055: Mary, The New Eve
27:53

On the first day of the calendar year, the Church celebrates The Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God. This day honors the Blessed Virgin Mary under the aspect of her motherhood of Jesus. With her great "yes" to the Divine Will, Mary effectively reverses the negative trajectory caused by the great "no" of the world's first woman, Eve. Today's episode of the Word on Fire Show discusses how Mary, the Mother of God, represents the New Eve who ushers forth the New Adam, the Savior of the World, Jesus Christ. The listener question asks about the perpetual virginity of Mary.

Topics Discussed

  • 0:17  Introduction: Bishop celebrates the Virgin of Guadalupe in Los Angeles
  • 5:08 - Why is the Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God so important
  • 7:02 - What is the controversy behind calling Mary "The Mother of God"?
  • 9:40 - Why were people parading through the streets when Mary was named "Theotokos"?
  • 11:05 - How does Mary compare to Eve?
  • 14:13 - What is the theological foundation for reverencing Mary?
  • 16:10 - Was Mary aware of her role in salvation history?
  • 18:16 - How should we understand the Angel's words to Mary, "Hail, full of grace"?
  • 19:40 - How is Mary the first disciple?
  • 21:03 - How should we respond to Protestants or those who say that we ought not reverence Mary?
  • 22:40 - Question from listener: What is the necessity of the Marian doctrine regarding Mary's perpetual virginity?

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Dec 27, 2016
WOF 054: The Subversive Baby King
26:19

St. Luke’s telling of the Christmas story, which is read at Midnight Masses all over the Catholic world, commences by invoking the first-century’s most powerful man: “In those days Caesar Augustus published a decree ordering a census of the whole world.” Then the story continues by introducing a new King, one born in straw poverty, wrapped in swaddling clothes and placed in a feeding trough. This is the poetry by which God enters into our world, not as a tyrant surrounded by powers of earthly violence but as a fragile baby surrounded by an army of heavenly angels set to usher him to the cross. Today's episode of the Word on Fire Show discusses this subversive Christmas tale and encourages us to consider which king we choose to follow. The listener question asks about the relationship between mind, body, and spirit.

Topics Discussed

  • 0:17  - Introduction: What was Word on Fire doing in New York City?
  • 3:40 - What is the political backdrop of the Christmas story?
  • 5:42 - Who were Mary and Joseph of Nazareth?
  • 8:00 - What is the significance of Bethlehem?
  • 9:50 - How strange is it that God came in the form of a baby?
  • 12:33 - What is the significance of the manger?
  • 13:32 - How does The Lord of the Rings relate to the Christmas story?
  • 16:00 - Why is the birth of this baby good news for the shepherds?
  • 17:42 - What is the terrifying undertone signaled by the angels who appear above the manger?
  • 20:45 - How might Catholics get in the Christmas spirit?
  • 21:47 - Question from listener: What is the relationship between the body, mind, and spirit?

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Dec 20, 2016
WOF 053: How to Speak about God
25:28

The most recent meeting of the United States Council of Catholic Bishops ended with a prayer service and a sermon by Archbishop Peter Sartain, wherein his excellency referenced the mystical prayers of St. Catherine of Siena. In this episode, Bishop Robert Barron recounts this wonderful sermon and reflects on the use of the word "thee" in St. Catherine's prayers as well as the common prayers of the Church. Bishop explains that the purpose of this sort of language is to remind us of the intimacy we share in God through the Son. Sharing this personal relationship with Jesus is the real purpose of evangelization. The listener question wonders about the purpose of petitionary prayer.

Topics Discussed

  • 0:15  - Introduction, information about the USCCB meeting and Bishop Barron's newly elected office
  • 3:53 - Word on Fire Show reaches 1 million downloads
  • 4:30 - Overview of Archbishop Sartain's Sermon
  • 9:03 - What language did Jesus use when he prayed?
  • 11:25 - How does the language we use about God relate to evangelization?
  • 13:10 - How do we navigate the fact that God is so far beyond us but also so intimately near?
  • 15:38 - What are some common misunderstandings about how to speak about God?
  • 18:15 - How do we grow in intimacy with the Lord?
  • 20:47 - Question from listener: When does it make sense to participate in petitionary prayer?

Bonus Resources

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Dec 13, 2016
WOF 052: Pilgrims and Iphones
25:46

“Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on me” is the simplest form of the Jesus Prayer. Bishop Robert Barron has professed the spiritual power of this short prayer for decades and was recently reintroduced to The Way of a Pilgrim, a short book, which narrates one man's quest to "pray without ceasing" by way of the Jesus Prayer. This episode serves as an encouragement for all Christians to adopt this prayer, which has long been a revered tradition in the Eastern Orthodox Church. The listener question comes from an atheist who wonders what, precisely, is the correct way to read the Bible.

Topics Discussed

  • 0:17  - Introduction, background information about “The Way of a Pilgrim”
  • 2:53 - Spiritual greatness of the Eastern Orthodox tradition
  • 5:17 - What is the Jesus Prayer and how do you pray it?
  • 7:50 - What happens after you pray the Jesus Prayer 1,000 times?
  • 9:03 - What is the difference between mindful route prayers and mindless babbling?
  • 10:40 - How can the Jesus Prayer become an extension of your body and soul?
  • 13:29 - What happens to the pilgrim in the story? (Spoiler Alert)
  • 15:28 - What is the one thing you cling to most?
  • 18:30 - What is the connection between “The Way of the Pilgrim” and TV's “Vikings”
  • 20:32 - What advice does Bishop Barron have for helping us detach ourselves from the material world?
  • 22:00 - Question from listener: How ought an atheist read the Bible?

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Dec 06, 2016
WOF 051: Bishop Barron at the Movies
31:04

One of the most popular forms of content at Word on Fire continues to be Bishop Robert Barron's theological commentaries about movies. In fact, the very first Youtube video Word On Fire ever produced was a commentary on Martin Scorsese's Oscar-Winning film, “The Departed.” Since then, the bishop has reviewed dozens of movies and received high praise for his spiritual interpretations, even from the films' own directors. So for this episode, we thought we would ask Bishop Barron to share his ideas about two recent movies, namely, “Doctor Strange" and “Hacksaw Ridge” (SPOILER ALERT). The listener question asks where we Christians should draw the line for viewing graphic content.

Topics Discussed

  • 0:17  - Introduction, Cubs win the World Series
  • 5:45 - What is the premise of “Doctor Strange”? (Spoiler Alert)
  • 9:12 - How does “Doctor Strange” participate in the religious tradition?
  • 12:49 - How do modern films profess a kind of Gnostic spirituality?
  • 18:40 - What is the premise of “Hacksaw Ridge”? (Spoiler Alert)
  • 21:39 - How does “Hacksaw Ridge” witness to both a violent and nonviolent fight against evil?
  • 24:36 - How is the protagonist in “Hacksaw Ridge” a man of the bible?
  • 26:04 - Question from listener: Where should Christians draw the line when it comes to graphic content in art?

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Nov 29, 2016
WOF 050: 3 Lessons for Young Catholics
28:36

Bishop Robert Barron recently had the privilege of speaking to around nine thousand students from the Catholic middle schools and high schools of the Los Angeles Archdiocese. Encouraged by their enthusiasm, he invited them to internalize three spiritual truths as they come of age. In today's episode, Bishop Barron recounts the event and explains some lessons that all Catholics but particularly young Catholics need to take to heart. The listener question asks what Gospel passages are difficult for the bishop to come to terms with and how Catholics ought internalize Jesus' more troubling messages.

Topics Discussed

  • 0:17  - Introduction, The Word on Fire Show 50th Episode, Youth Event Details
  • 2:50 - Lesson 1: The Law of the Gift, what does that mean?
  • 5:55 - What do you say to someone who claims total happiness in the secular world?
  • 8:49 - How does St. Mother Theresa of Calcutta represent the Law of the Gift?
  • 10:35 - Lesson 2: Spiritual Excellence, why not settle for spiritual mediocrity?
  • 12:50 - How does Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati best represent aspiring young Catholics?
  • 14:30 - What does it mean to say that holiness is broad, vibrant, and colorful?
  • 16:45 - Lesson 3: Be a Rebel! What is true rebellion?
  • 19:36 - Who is Jose Sanchez del Rio?
  • 22:57 - Question from listener: What does Bishop Barron consider to be the most difficult messages of Jesus? How ought we wrestle with them?

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Nov 22, 2016
WOF 049: Listener Q&A with Bishop Barron
29:22

Normally, in each episode we take one listener question. But we've received such a large number of outstanding questions from around the globe that we’ve decided to devote another episode to answering a range of questions from listeners like you. Bishop Barron answers several questions, rapid fire, on many different topics.

Topics Discussed

  • 0:24  - Intro: Bishop Barron talks about the PBS premier of Pivotal Players
  • 3:00 - If goodness is just part of God's nature, why are we under any obligation to make ourselves into good human beings?
  • 6:11 - What is the Catholic way of dating?
  • 8:35 - What is the difference between hope and wishful thinking?
  • 12:19 - How do you explain Old Testament animal sacrifice to vegans?
  • 15:10 - Is evil really just an absence of good or a force of its own, opposing the Kingdom of God?
  • 19:45 - How do we reconcile centuries old philosophy with modern science?
  • 23:35 - Why do we focus so much on interpreting the Greek words in scripture when anything Jesus spoke was in Aramaic?
  • 26:30 - How does a new parent, busy parent find time to deepen her prayer life?

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Nov 15, 2016
WOF 048: The Reformation, 500 Years Later
25:44

October 31st, 2016 marked the beginning of the 500th year anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, which is decidedly the greatest split in Christian Church history. Pope Francis traveled to Sweden that Halloween weekend to meet with Lutheran Church leaders, commemorate the historical significance of the Reformation, and emphasize unity amongst the Christian faithful. In today's episode, Bishop Barron offers a brief history of the Reformation and explains his hopes for continued dialogue between Protestants and Catholics. The listener question asks about St. Augustine's views on the theological topic of predestination.

Topics Discussed

  • 0:17  - Introduction, Bishop's meeting with Pastor Rick Warren
  • 2:50 - What is the Reformation and who were the major players?
  • 5:13 - What are some points of doctrinal contention in the Reformation?
  • 6:40 - What does Bishop Barron make of Pope Francis' visit with the Lutherans?
  • 09:21 - Why is it a sign of respect that Protestants can't receive Catholic Communion?
  • 12:10 - Was the Reformation an entirely bad thing?
  • 15:08 - What is the Catholic Counter-Reformation?
  • 17:00 - Should Catholics actively try to convert Protestants?
  • 19:02 - What should the Catholic Church do to end this schism?
  • 20:38 - Question from listener: What does St. Augustine think about predestination and what does the Church teach about it?

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Nov 08, 2016
WOF 047: 7 Keys to the New Evangelization (Part 2 of 2)
32:24

How do we proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ in today's culture? In a talk he gave at the Religious Education Congress, Bishop Barron offers recommendations for effective evangelization, aimed to permeate our densely secularized society with the beauty and joy of Catholicism. In Part Two of the Bishop's great talk we hear him discuss the remaining four "Keys to the New Evangelization".

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Nov 01, 2016
WOF 046: 7 Keys to the New Evangelization (Part 1 of 2)
19:57

How do we proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ in today's culture? In a talk he gave at the Religious Education Congress, Bishop Barron offers recommendations for effective evangelization, aimed to permeate our densely secularized society with the beauty and joy of Catholicism. In Part One of the Bishop's great talk we hear him discuss three of his "7 Keys to the New Evangelization".

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Oct 25, 2016
WOF 045: Why Young People are Leaving the Church
35:15

After perusing the latest Pew Study on why young people are leaving the active practice of Christianity, Bishop Barron noticed that (once again) the reasons they offer for abandoning Christianity are entirely not compelling. That is to say, any theologian, apologist, or evangelist worth his salt should be able easily to answer these objections to faith and hopefully encourage the youngster to reconsider the Truth of the Church. With this in mind for today's episode, Bishop offers smart, passionate responses to the common misconceptions and objections that continue to lure young people away from God. The listener question asks which books are best for evangelizing atheists from both a rational and emotional standpoint.

Topics Discussed

  • 0:17  - Introduction, Bishop's trip to Lake Placid and current reading list
  • 3:25 - Bishop's reaction to young people leaving the church?
  • 5:15 - Should we avoid pressuring them and let young people return on their own?
  • 7:48 - Some common objections: Is religion the opiate of the people?
  • 11:10 - Has science disproven religion?
  • 15:15 - If religion causes so much violence, how can it possibly be right?
  • 17:50 - Does the sex abuse scandal invalidate the Church?
  • 20:53 - Is it better to be open-minded to all world religions?
  • 26:48 - What if church is too boring and you don't have time?
  • 30:40 - How would Bishop Barron encourage young people to return to the Church?
  • 32:09 - Question from listener: What are some good books to battle atheism both from a rational and emotional standpoint?

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Oct 18, 2016
WOF 044: Faithful and Intelligent? (Part 2 of 2)
31:40

What is faith exactly? How do faith and reason coexist? How do we grow in power and freedom when we surrender to an almighty God? Where does philosophy fit into Catholic theology? What is the foundation for Catholic reasoning? Bishop Robert Barron addresses these questions and more at Duke University's Goodson Chapel in an event hosted by the Duke Catholic Center.

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Oct 11, 2016
WOF 043: Faithful and Intelligent
27:50

What is faith exactly? How do faith and reason coexist? How do we grow in power and freedom when we surrender to an almighty God? Where does philosophy fit into Catholic theology? What is the foundation for Catholic reasoning? Bishop Robert Barron addresses these questions and more at Duke University's Goodson Chapel in an event hosted by the Duke Catholic Center.

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Oct 04, 2016
WOF 042: Michelangelo Buonarroti, The Artist
32:15

We are taking the next few episodes of the show to discuss each of the great men and women featured in Word on Fire's epic new film series, CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players. This episode covers Michelangelo Buonarroti. A figure whose first name evokes an instant connection to the West's most famous artworks, Michelangelo, we hear from Bishop Barron, ought also bring to mind a wonderfully rich theological connection, which The Artist expressed beautifully through his predominantly Catholic subject matter. Our listener question of the day asks Bishop Barron about how the human imagination can be useful in evangelization.

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Topics Discussed

  • 1:00  - Bishop Barron discusses his recent pastoral adventures
  • 3:30 - What does an ancient monk have to do with Michelangelo?
  • 5:45 - Who is Michelangelo Buonarotti?
  • 9:27 - What is the Pietà?
  • 13:22 - What is the biblical significance of the "David" statue?
  • 20:19 - What is the theology behind the Sistine Chapel paintings?
  • 27:19 -How does creating artwork make Michelangelo a pivotal player?
  • 29:54 - Listener Question: How is the use of the human imagination effective in evangelization?

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Sep 27, 2016
WOF 041: G.K. Chesterton, The Evangelist
30:41

We are taking the next few episodes of the show to discuss each of the great men and women featured in Word on Fire's epic new film series, CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players. Today we're focusing on the joyful English journalist and evangelist, G.K. Chesterton. A larger-than-life figure, Chesterton charmed his way into the heart of the modern culture and illuminated the dull philosophy of the age with his clever, Catholic brilliance. Our listener question asks Bishop Barron about praying for intercession from those souls who've not yet been named saints.

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Topics Discussed

  • 1:30  - Bishop Barron discusses the Pivotal Players World Premier Party
  • 2:40 - Who was G.K. Chesterton?
  • 5:03 - What is G.K. Chesterton's impact on modern evangelism?
  • 6:10 - What inspiration can married laypeople find in Chesterton?
  • 7:37 - How was G.K. Chesterton an artistic evangelist?
  • 9:21 - Why is Chesterton called a "happy warrior"?
  • 10:48 -How did Chesterton separate ideas from people?
  • 11:33 - Why did Chesterton love the paradoxical?
  • 14:17 - How did Chesterton highlight the vibrant paradoxes of Catholicism?
  • 16:45 - What is Chesterton's Orthodoxy? 
  • 21:56 - What is Chesterton's Everlasting Man?
  • 23:48 - How did Chesterton take on religious relativism?
  • 27:35 - Listener Question: How do we know when it is appropriate to pray for intersession from the holy departed?

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Sep 20, 2016
WOF 040: Bl. John Henry Newman, The Convert
30:22

We are taking the next few episodes of the show to discuss each of the great men and women featured in Word on Fire's epic new film series, CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players. Today we're focusing on the Catholic convert, Bl. John Henry Newman. One of the most influential figures in theology and modern evangelization, Newman lived in unwavering pursuit of The Truth while defending the objectivity of truth to an increasingly secular, relativist culture. Our listener question asks Bishop Barron about the Catholic perspective on Luther's doctrine of "Sola Scriptura".

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Topics Discussed

  • 1:00  - Bishop Barron discusses the West Coast Pivotal Players Premier Party
  • 2:10 - Who was Bl. John Henry Newman?
  • 9:24 - How is the Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine anti-Protestant?
  • 15:55 - What was the spark and process of Newman's conversion?
  • 19:22 - How did Neman's Idea of a University evangelize the culture?
  • 21:27 - How does The Grammar of Assent argue for faith in our skeptical culture?
  • 26:12 -Why is Bl. John Henry Newman a pivotal player?
  • 27:00 - Listener Question: What is the Catholic perspective on "Sola Scriptura"?

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Sep 13, 2016
WOF 039: St. Catherine of Siena, The Mystic
26:35

We are taking the next few episodes of the show to discuss each of the great men and women featured in Word on Fire's epic new film series, CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players. Today we're focusing on St. Catherine of Siena. One of the most beguiling figures in Church history, St. Catherine had a profound connection to the Lord that was displayed by her miraculous mysticism, her impact on the papacy, and her love for the poor. Our listener question asks Bishop Barron how he chose the Pivotal Players and what's next on the horizon for Word On Fire.

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Topics Discussed

  • 1:15  - Bishop Barron discusses his upcoming trip to Rome
  • 2:44 - Who was Saint Catherine of Siena?
  • 7:33 - How does St. Catherine represent the power of women in the Church?
  • 10:20 - What is found in St. Catherine's "Dialogues with God"?
  • 13:31 -Why does St. Catherine use the metaphor of a bridge for Christ?
  • 15:13 - How is St. Catherine a doctor of grace?
  • 16:23 - How is St. Catherine accessible to people unfamiliar with mysticism?
  • 19:00 - Why is it significant that she is named a "Doctor of the Church"?
  • 21:00 - Why is Saint Catherine a pivotal player?
  • 22:35 - Listener Question: How did Bishop Barron choose the Pivotal Players?

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Sep 06, 2016
WOF 038: Why Mother Teresa is a Saint
28:24

We have been taking the past few episodes of the show to discuss each of the great men and women featured in Word on Fire's epic new film series, CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players. Today we're focusing on a pivotal player of our own time, Blessed Teresa of Calcutta. Globally recognized as Mother Theresa, this diminutive Albanian nun was widely considered the greatest living saint during the latter half of the 20th century. Now, nineteen years after her death, she will be officially canonized, "Saint Teresa of Calcutta" by Pope Francis. In this episode Bishop Barron discusses her life, her faith, and why, according to Fr. Paul Murray, she's a saint who "loved Jesus in the night." Our listener question wonders how it's possible to unite our suffering with Jesus on the cross.

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Topics Discussed

  • 0:18  - Bishop Barron's Pivotal Players Premier
  • 1:10 - Bishop Barron's friend, Father Paul Murray
  • 3:29 - Who is Mother Teresa?
  • 9:00 - How does Mother Teresa represent all the best of Catholicism?
  • 11:05 - What was Mother Teresa's connection to the Eucharist?
  • 12:5o - How do we explain Mother Teresa's "dark night of the soul"?
  • 18:25 - Bishop Barron explains his experience in Calcutta
  • 21:29 - How is Mother Teresa a spiritual master?
  • 21:03 -Listener Question: How can we offer up our suffering?

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Aug 30, 2016
WOF 037: St. Thomas Aquinas, The Theologian
28:07

We are taking the next few episodes of the show to discuss each of the great men and women featured on Word On Fire's epic new film series, Catholicism: The Pivotal Players. The focus of this episode is Saint Thomas Aquinas. Widely considered one of the greatest minds in the history of Western Civilization, Thomas angelically and definitively articulated our Catholic understanding of God in his famous Summa Theologica. Our listener question asks about Thomas' argument of God as the "unmoved mover."

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Topics Discussed

  • 1:30  - Bishop Barron discusses his meetings with local ministries
  • 2:47 - Who was Saint Thomas Aquinas?
  • 5:16 - Why was Saint Thomas nicknamed Dumb Ox?
  • 6:50 - What can Thomas teach us about who God is?
  • 11:16 - How does a misunderstanding of God form modern atheism?
  • 12:3o - What light does Thomas shed on who we are as humans?
  • 16:25 - What makes Thomas Aquinas a saint?
  • 18:46 - What was the most poignant part of filming Thomas' history?
  • 20:24 - What is the connection between Aquinas and Chesterton?
  • 23:30 - Listener Question: How can God be the "Unmoved Mover"?

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Aug 23, 2016
WOF 036: St. Francis, The Reformer
25:32

We are taking the next six episodes of the Word on Fire show to discuss each of the great men and women featured on Word On Fire's epic new film series, Catholicism: The Pivotal Players. The focus of this episode is Saint Francis, the great reformer of the Church from the early 13th century who truly embodied the life of Christ through his radical ministry of mercy and love. Our listener question asks about mysticism in the Church today.

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Topics Discussed

  • 0:19  - Bishop Barron discusses his trip to Poland for World Youth Day
  • 3:00 - Intro about Pivotal Players and St. Francis in particular
  • 6:23 - Why is Saint Francis so universally revered?
  • 8:18 - What's the most misunderstood element of Francis?
  • 10:17 - How did Saint Francis come to faith?
  • 12:25 - How did the Franciscan order come to fruition?
  • 14:44 - What does it mean that the Pope chose the name Francis?
  • 16:14 - What are some of Bishop Barron's favorite Francis stories?
  • 19:48 - Why is Saint Francis a pivotal player?
  • 21:25 - Listener Question: What does it mean to be a mystic today?

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Aug 16, 2016
WOF 035: Understanding Dante's ”Divine Comedy”
34:09

Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy is by all accounts one of the greatest masterpieces of world literature and an absolute gem of the Catholic tradition. The epic tripartite poem tells the story of our soul's journey toward God. In this episode Bishop Barron offers a virtual commentary on all three parts, guiding listeners through Dante's vision of hell, his seven story mountain of purgatory and his ascension into heaven - the joyful ending which classically defines this poem as a "comedy." Our listener question asks about how and when we should seek a spiritual director.

Topics Discussed

  • 0:22  - Bishop Barron discusses meeting Joseph, the episode host
  • 1:20 - Who was Dante and how has he influenced Bishop Barron?
  • 4:19 - How does the Divine Comedy begin?
  • 6:40 - How does the beginning of the story typical to conversion?
  • 7:28 - What blocks Dante from pursuing his path to God?
  • 8:56 - What is Dante's vision of hell?
  • 11:01 - How does Dante describe Satan?
  • 17:15 - What spiritual moves does Dante make in purgatory?
  • 19:45 - What literary devices and language does Dante uses?
  • 21:17 - How does Dante act against his sin?
  • 25:25 - How does Dante describe Heaven?
  • 29:14 - What should we takeaway by reading this poem?
  • 31:06 - Listener Question: How and when should we find a spiritual director?

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Aug 09, 2016
WOF 034: Don't Be a 'Beige' Catholic
27:07

"Beige Catholicism" is a phrase Bishop Barron coined early in his career as a way of describing the Church's lackluster adoption of the post-conciliar movement. Much of Bishop Barron's evangelical work, including his famous Catholicism book and film series, focuses on bringing Christ's radical distinctiveness and the Tradition's beautiful vibrancy back into our understanding of the Church. In this episode Bishop Barron details the problems with beige Catholicism as well as the path to a solution. Finally, a listener asks about the Benedict Option for Catholics struggling to keep the faith alive in contemporary culture.

Topics Discussed

  • 0:17  - Bishop Barron discusses the new Word On Fire office and studio
  • 2:32 - What is beige Catholicism?
  • 4:45 - What is the history of beige Catholicism?
  • 6:48 - What is the problem with accommodating the culture?
  • 9:30 - What does it mean to domesticate Jesus?
  • 11:45 - Why should we see Jesus as "dangerous and strange"?
  • 13:55 - How the hit show Vikings illustrates the strangeness of Christianity
  • 15:33 - What does a full sacramental vision of the church look like?
  • 17:36 - What does a vibrantly colorful Catholicism look like?
  • 19:20 - How has Bishop Barron's work targeted this problem?
  • 20:20 - Question from listener: How about the Benedict Option?

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Aug 02, 2016
WOF 033: How to Evangelize the Culture (2 of 2)
22:11

How should we go about evangelization? Especially for those of us living in a highly-secularized society, what techniques should we employ and what pitfalls ought we avoid? Bishop Robert Barron shares his advice in Part Two of his popular keynote talk on evangelizing the culture.

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Jul 26, 2016
WOF 032: How to Evangelize the Culture
30:04

How should we go about evangelization? Especially for those of us living in a highly-secularized society, what techniques should we employ and what pitfalls ought we avoid? In this episode we get advice from one of the greatest evangelists of the postmodern age, Bishop Robert Barron, as we listen to Part One of his popular keynote talk on evangelizing the culture.

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Jul 19, 2016
WOF 031: 5 Ways to Pray Better Today
38:14

Whenever there's a survey asking Christians, "What's one area in your spiritual life you'd like to improve?",  the answers almost inevitably center around prayer. In today's episode, Bishop Barron explains what precisely prayer is and then offers some simple steps as well as some more advanced techniques to help us all grow in intimacy with God. With this goal in mind, Bishop Barron leads listeners down five different avenues of prayer that range from informal dialogue to the mass itself. Finally, the listener question comes from a seminarian in Phoenix who wonders where Catholics should draw the line when it comes to the teachings of a notable 21st-century Christian writer.

Topics Discussed

  • 0:18  - Bishop Barron discusses his upcoming trip to World Youth Day
  • 4:00 - What is prayer and how does conversational prayer begin?
  • 8:42 - How does God speak to us in prayer?
  • 10:58 - What is "Lectio Divina" and how do we pray it?
  • 14:45 - What are some forms of rote prayers and what is their benefit?
  • 20:40 - What is the Liturgy of The Hours and how do we access it?
  • 24:00 - How is the Liturgy of The Hours a universal prayer?
  • 26:00 - How can enter into the Holy Mass specifically as a prayer?
  • 28:00 - How might we advance through these five forms of prayer?
  • 29:25 -  What does Bishop Barron's holy hour entail?
  • 35:20 - Listener Question: Where should we draw the line with N.T. Wright?

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Jul 12, 2016
WOF 030: Listener Q&A w/ Bishop Barron
34:37

Normally, in each episode we take one listener question. But we've received such a large number of outstanding questions from around the globe that we’ve decided to devote this entire episode to answering questions from listeners like you. Bishop Barron answers several questions, rapid fire, on many different topics.

Topicss Discussed

  • 0:24  - Intro: Bishop Barron talks about his recent work and vacation plans
  • 4:17 - How should Catholic school teachers evangelize their pupils?
  • 5:19 - Do Muslims and Christians worship the same God?
  • 9:28 - Has the Church ever changed its doctrine?
  • 13:10 - How does one evangelize the culture and not be corrupted by it?
  • 20:22 - How do we encourage young people to engage in philosophy?
  • 26:00 - What is the difference between faith and belief?
  • 31:30 - What book is Bishop Barron currently reading?

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Jul 05, 2016
WOF 029: What God’s Mercy Really Entails
29:31

Pope Francis recently invited Bishop Barron to speak to hundreds of English-speaking priests at a gathering in Rome for the Jubilee Year of Mercy. In today's episode, Bishop Barron reflects on the talk he shared with his fellow clergymen about Jesus' encounter with the woman at the well. From this account, he distills four major lessons on divine mercy. The listener question comes from a practicing Catholic in London who wonders whether a vigorous spiritual life is necessary if we are ultimately reconciled to God.

Topics Discussed

  • 0:17  - Bishop Barron goes to Rome to talk about divine mercy
  • 3:03 - How is God's mercy relentless?
  • 5:28 - How does the story of the woman at the well dismantle religious mythology?
  • 8:01 - How is God's mercy divinizing?
  • 11:40 - Connections to marriage and the Old Testament
  • 13:14 - What does "God became man that man might become God" actually mean?
  • 16:11 - How is God's mercy demanding?
  • 20:01 - The vibrant paradox of extreme demands, extreme mercy
  • 22:34 - How is God's mercy a summons to mission?
  • 25:30 - The highest life is a summons to Mission
  • 26:42 - Question from listener: Why bother engaging in the spiritual life?

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Jun 28, 2016
WOF 028: Bob Dylan, Poet and Prophet
32:09

Bob Dylan is one of the most spiritually interesting songwriters of our generation. In today's episode, Bishop Barron reflects on some of Dylan's best-known hits to show how they subtlety put Biblical themes on display. A listener wonders if Bishop Barron has any tips on how to evangelize in a secular workspace.

Topics Discussed

  • 0:17  - Bishop Barron at the Bob Dylan concert last weekend
  • 2:40 - Can Bob Dylan serve as a gateway to God?
  • 4:45 - Who is Bob Dylan?
  • 8:32 - Why Bob Dylan is best read as a spiritual poet
  • 10:11 - Bob Dylan's religious views
  • 12:17 - Biblical elements of Blowin' in the Wind
  • 15:39 - Bishop Barron on Like a Rolling Stone
  • 21:41 - Bob Dylan and the Resurrection
  • 22:10All Along the Watchtower and the Book of Isaiah
  • 26:41 - Finding Jesus in Dylan's Make You Feel My Love
  • 28:43 - Question from listener: How can we evangelize in a secular workspace?

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Jun 21, 2016
WOF 027: Popes, Saints, and the Economy
36:23

What is Catholic social teaching and what does it have to say about the economy, business, and our everyday work lives? That's what Bishop Barron explains in this episode. Surveying the insights of popes and saints, he shows why the Catholic Church rejects socialism and embraces a nuanced, careful endorsement of the market economy.

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Jun 14, 2016
WOF 026: Fulton Sheen, Apostle of the New Media
29:17

Venerable Fulton Sheen is remembered as one of the greatest Catholic evangelists of the twentieth century. A master of both television and radio, he shared the Gospel with millions using his unique blend of wit, humor, and insight. Bishop Barron reflects on Sheen's legacy and the lessons he offers us. A deacon listener asks how Bishop Barron prepares his own homilies each week.

Topics Discussed

  • 0:56  - Bishop Barron's summary of the New Evangelization Conference in Latrobe, PA
  • 1:45 - Who was Archbishop Fulton Sheen?
  • 4:54 -  One thing we must do before we evangelize
  • 6:42 - The significance of a Catholic priest on primetime, network TV
  • 8:47 -  How Sheen reached 30 million viewers through his TV show
  • 11:02 - Sheen's strategy for evangelizing a broad audience
  • 13:05 - Would Fulton Sheen be on Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram?
  • 14:32 - The importance of Sheen's book, The Mystical Body of Christ
  • 17:29 - The common thread connecting Ronald Knox, G.K. Chesterton, and Fulton Sheen
  • 18:26 - How Sheen's "Holy Hour" grounded all his writing and preaching
  • 20:40 - Sheen's commitment to do a "Holy Hour" every day during his priesthood
  • 22:42 - Bishop Barron's experience giving the "Tre Ore" talks at St. Patrick's Cathedral
  • 24:38 - Question from listener: How does Bishop Barron prepare his homilies?

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Jun 07, 2016
WOF 025: The Greatest Sermon Ever
31:16

It's been widely hailed as the greatest sermon ever preached and a masterpiece of religious and social ethics. Jesus' Sermon on the Mount, found in Matthew 5-7, commences with the "beatitudes", a series of eight blessings that Jesus gives to those who suffer, mourn, and express purity of heart. Bishop Barron walks through each beatitude and unveils its deeper meaning. A listener asks whether, according to Thomas Aquinas, God loves everyone the same or has a special hatred for sinners.

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Topics Discussed

  • 0:26  - Bishop Barron's new film series, CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players
  • 1:34 - What does "beatitude" mean?
  • 4:35 - How the beatitudes of Jesus are different than other religious teachings
  • 6:25 - How can the "poor in spirit" be blessed?
  • 7:32 - How will those who mourn be comforted?
  • 9:15 - The future promise of comfort for those who mourn
  • 10:06 - What does it mean to be "meek"?
  • 11:21 - How will the meek "inherit the land"?
  • 12:12 -  How God satisfied those who "hunger and thirst for righteousness"
  • 13:49 - What "blessed are the merciful" means
  • 15:09 - How the mercy we express is tied to the mercy we receive
  • 16:55 - How do we become "clean of heart"?
  • 18:39 - Pornography and the "clean of heart"
  • 19:37 - Why peacemakers will become children of God
  • 20:55 - Cardinal George and the eschatological dimension of peacemaking
  • 22:51 - Why religious persecution can be a form of blessing
  • 25:27 - Question from listener: Does God love everyone the same or hate sinners?

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May 31, 2016
WOF 024: The 5 Big Questions Everyone Asks in Life
35:34

We all face the Big Questions of life—it doesn't matter whether we're religious or not. We wonder about God, identity, meaning, morals, and death. Bishop Barron tackles some of the Big Questions and compares how the world generally answers them with how the Catholic Church responds. A listener asks about the relationship between God's providence and our free will.

Topics Discussed

  • 0:14  - The power of spiritual fatherhood
  • 2:44 - Father Barron, Bishop Barron, or Grandpa Barron?
  • 2:54 - Question #1 - Does God exist?
  • 6:19 - The big "why?" question
  • 8:40 - Question #2 - Who am I?
  • 12:05 - What about those who reduce all life to "genetic machines"?
  • 13:11 - Question #3 - What is the meaning of life?
  • 17:21 - Do we just make up meaning for ourselves?
  • 18:54 - Question #4 - What is moral?
  • 23:00 - How do we discover what's right and wrong?
  • 26:18 - Question #5 - What happens after death?
  • 30:22 - Bishop Barron's one-sentence answer to each Big Question
  • 31:27 - Question from listener: Where does God's providence end and our free will begin?

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May 24, 2016
WOF 023: The Right Way to Read Genesis
26:37

There's a common tendency to read the opening chapters of Genesis as scientific texts. But is this the best way? Or even the right way? Bishop Barron offers guidance on how to properly understand the Biblical creation story. A listener wonders how we should manage the relationship between Church and state.

Topics Discussed

  • 1:05 - The most surprising part about being a bishop
  • 2:29 - How do people often misread Genesis?
  • 5:01 - Why the Genesis narratives cannot be scientific
  • 6:23 - What genre is Genesis 1-2?
  • 7:43 - The main theological insights in Genesis 1-2
  • 9:41 - How Genesis 1-2 points forward to the non-violence of Jesus
  • 11:29 - The objects of creation are not worshiped
  • 14:39 - Why it's important that the world is created, not divine
  • 16:49 - What it means that man was made in God's "image and likeness"
  • 18:25 - The first man as the first philosopher
  • 20:24 - How the Church Fathers read Genesis
  • 21:58 - What Genesis 1-2 is ultimately trying to teach us
  • 23:16 - Question from listener: how do we balance the relationship between Church and state?

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May 17, 2016
WOF 022: The Both/And of Catholicism
32:18

As Bishop Barron shows in his new book, Vibrant Paradoxes, 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 this episode, Bishop Barron explores several examples of this both/and embrace. A listener asks about the difficult passage in Acts 5 involving Ananias and Sapphira.

Topics Discussed

  • 0:22 - Exciting upcoming events for Bishop Barron
  • 2:04 - What does it mean to say Catholicism is "both/and"
  • 5:29 - G.K. Chesterton on red, white, and the Church's healthy hatred of pink
  • 7:42 - Why Catholics "want it all"
  • 8:38 - The extreme demands of sin and mercy
  • 11:25 - Why reason and faith are no mutually exclusive
  • 15:58 - Faith/reason in the realm of science
  • 17:59 - Bruce Jenner and the dichotomy of matter and spirit
  • 21:59 - How discipline leads to real freedom
  • 25:53 - The path from suffering to joy
  • 27:59 - Question from listener: how can we reconcile the loving, non-violent Jesus with the angry God who kills Ananias and Sapphira?

Bonus Resources

 

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May 10, 2016
WOF 021: How and Why to Read Thomas Aquinas
29:24

Thomas Aquinas not only shaped the Church, but influenced much of Western civilization. Who was this great saint? What are some of his important writings? And how should we begin to read his masterful Summa theologiae? Bishop Barron offers some answers in this week's episode. A bright 14-year-old listener asks about Bertrand Russell's famous criticism of Aquinas, and how to respond.

Topics Discussed

  • 0:27 - Updates from Bishop Barron's life
  • 1:53 - How did Bishop Barron discover Thomas Aquinas?
  • 3:23 -  Who was Thomas Aquinas?
  • 4:45 - Surveying Aquinas' major works
  • 7:42 - Best entry-level books on Thomas Aquinas
  • 10:03 - Aquinas' unique disputatio style
  • 13:07 - How Thomas Aquinas would engage the New Atheists
  • 15:36 - Why is it worth reading Thomas Aquinas?
  • 17:16 - How should we begin reading the Summa theologiae?
  • 19:40 - The landscape and structure of the Summa
  • 21:44 - Why Aquinas is a spiritual master
  • 24:40 - Question from listener: how to respond to Bertrand Russell's crtiqiue of Aquinas?

Bonus Resources

 

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May 03, 2016
WOF 020: Listener Q&A w/ Bishop Barron
28:06

Normally, in each episode we take one listener question. But today, we've devoted the entire episode to questions from listeners like you. Bishop Barron answers several questions, rapid fire, on many different topics.

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Apr 26, 2016
WOF 019: How to Discern God's Will for Your Life
27:03

What does God want me to do with my life? And how can I discern God's will for my day-to-day decisions? We all ask these questions and today Bishop Barron offers his advice. A listener also asks how Bishop Barron discerned his own call to the priesthood.

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Apr 19, 2016
WOF 018: The Story of Word on Fire
30:57

How did God use a little-known seminary professor to launch a worldwide evangelization ministry? Bishop Barron shares the story behind his Word on Fire ministry, including the many twists and turns along the way. A Protestant listener who is interested in Catholicism asks for some good book recommendations.

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Apr 12, 2016
WOF 017: Did Jesus Really Rise from the Dead?
27:51

During this Easter season, when Christians around the world celebrate the rising of Jesus from the dead, Bishop Barron looks reflects on the evidence for this extraordinary event and what it means for us today. A listener asks, in response to a previous episode, how to teach our kids about God without watering down the faith.

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Apr 05, 2016
WOF 016: Bill Nye and Science vs. Philosophy
32:09

Today we discuss a viral video from Bill Nye the Science Guy, a pop-science leader, who wonders whether philosophy can provide any real answers to the questions of life. A listener asks whether Bishop Barron would accept an invitation to appear on HBO's "Real Time" with religious skeptic Bill Maher.

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Mar 29, 2016
WOF 015: Against the YouTube Heresies (Part 2 of 2)
31:41

Today we're sharing the second part of a talk Bishop Barron recently gave titled "Against the YouTube Heresies." (If you missed the first part, be sure to listen to it first!)

Modeled after St. Irenaeus' classic work from the second century, Against the Heresies, Bishop Barron identifies the most common objections people have to Christianity today, especially on the Internet, and then shows us how to respond. Enjoy!

(Note: You can now pre-order Bishop Barron's newest book, Vibrant Paradoxes: The Both/And of Catholicism. For a limited time, when you pre-order the book, we'll also send you a FREE CD containing reflections from Bishop Barron on the Resurrection. So be sure to pre-order your copy today!)

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Mar 22, 2016
WOF 014: Against the YouTube Heresies (Part 1 of 2)
32:23

Today we're sharing the first part of a talk Bishop Barron recently gave titled "Against the YouTube Heresies." Modeled after St. Irenaeus' classic work from the second century, Against the Heresies, Bishop Barron identifies the most common objections people have to Christianity today, especially on the Internet, and then shows us how to respond. You'll hear the first half of the talk in this episode, and the second half in the next episode. Enjoy!

(Note: You can now pre-order Bishop Barron's newest book, Vibrant Paradoxes: The Both/And of Catholicism. For a limited time, when you pre-order the book, we'll also send you a FREE CD containing reflections from Bishop Barron on the Resurrection. So be sure to pre-order your copy today!)

Find bonus links and resources for this episode at http://WordOnFireShow.com and be sure to submit your questions at http://AskBishopBarron.

Mar 15, 2016
WOF 013: The Priority of Christ
36:14

This week, Baker Academic released a new hardcover edition of Bishop Barron's book, The Priority of Christ: Toward a Postliberal Catholicism. Bishop Barron discusses the book's main ideas including the problem with liberalism, how Jesus Christ is the proper foundation of knowledge and ethics, and how the saints unveil the good life. A listener asks about Jesus' words from the cross, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?"

(Note: For a limited time, get "The Priority of Christ" at a huge discount through Word on Fire by visiting http://WordOnFire.org/priority.)

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Mar 08, 2016
WOF 012: L.A. Congress Recap
28:42

Bishop Barron recounts his time at the annual Los Angeles Religious Education Congress held from February 25-28, 2016. He shares about his talk on 1 and 2 Samuel, having breakfast with philosopher-priest Fr. Robert Spitzer, and the best approaches to evangelization. A listener asks about the nature of sin and whether it's a privation of the good or something real and substantial.

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Mar 01, 2016
WOF 011: Into the Desert of Lent
33:19

As we move deep into Lent, the liturgical season of “going into the desert”, Bishop Barron explains why these 40 days are needed and meaningful. He unveils the season's biblical basis and offers practical advice on celebrating it well. A listener asks how to respond to secular critics of Mother Teresa, such as the late atheist polemicist, Christopher Hitchens.

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Feb 23, 2016
WOF 010: The Power of Confirmation
31:26

Bishop Barron recently celebrated his first Confirmations as bishop, confirming several people at Holy Cross Parish in Moore Park, CA. He shares about that, and also discusses the purpose of Confirmation and the gifts of the Holy it provokes. For this week's listener question, Richard wonders why Jesus had to die on the cross instead of God just snapping his fingers and forgiving everyone.

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Feb 16, 2016
WOF 009: Pope Francis, Evangelicals, and the Environment
31:45

Bishop Barron is back from the Philippines and catches us up on what's been going on, including his recent interfaith dialogue event on Pope Francis and the environment. He also reflects on why so many Evangelicals are drawn to the Pope, and takes a question from a listener wondering how God could allow natural evils such as tsunamis, earthquakes, and animal violence.

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Feb 09, 2016
WOF 008: Understanding the Eucharist
01:05:04

What is the Eucharist? How do Catholics understand it as meal, sacrifice, and Real Presence? In this episode, we share Bishop Barron's full keynote talk on the Eucharist from the 51st International Eucharistic Congress in the Philippines.

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Feb 02, 2016
WOF 007: How to Share Your Faith More Effectively
34:53

How can we share our faith more effectively with friends and family? That's what the New Evangelization is all about, and in this episode, Bishop Barron details his seven qualities of a New Evangelist. He also answers a question from a listener who asks how he can prepare for the work of apologetics.

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Jan 26, 2016
WOF 006: Three Paths to Holiness
37:53

What does it mean to be a saint? Bishop Barron shares the three-fold path to holiness, which involves finding the center, knowing you're a sinner, and discovering that your life is not about you. This week, Bishop Barron also answers a question about the relationship between mercy and justice.

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Jan 19, 2016
WOF 005: Bishop Barron in the Philippines
33:12

In this episode, Bishop Barron shares about the week-along silent retreat he just returned from, and also looks ahead to his visit to the Philippines from January 24-31, 2016 for the International Eucharistic Congress. He and Brandon Vogt explore the three talks he's slated to give on the New Evangelization, the Eucharist, and the three paths to holiness. Bishop Barron also answers a question about the Catholic imagination.


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Jan 12, 2016
WOF 004: Answering the Atheists
28:34

Atheism is on the rise, especially among young people and notably on the Internet. Bishop Robert Barron and Brandon Vogt discuss the most popular atheist arguments and how to respond. They also talk about Bishop Barron's new study program, "The Mystery of God", and take a question from a new father wondering how to properly describe God to his young child.

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Jan 05, 2016
WOF 003: Five Qualities of Good Preaching
28:21

What makes for a good homily or sermon? How can all people, including laypeople, improve the quality of church preaching? Bishop Robert Barron and Brandon Vogt walk through five specific qualities of good preaching that result in true conversion.

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Dec 29, 2015
WOF 002: What is the Gospel?
27:54

Bishop Barron reflects on the basic message of Christianity. Is it just about justification or how we are saved? Or is there much more to it than that?

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Dec 22, 2015
WOF 001: Pope Francis and His Four American Heroes
35:04

Bishop Barron covered Pope Francis' recent visit to America for NBC. In this episode, he and Brandon Vogt reflect on four American's the Pope mentioned in his speech to Congress: Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Jr., Dorothy Day, and Thomas Merton.

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Dec 15, 2015