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October 14, 2019
Last month, Bishop Barron visited Reddit for another #AMA (ask me anything). Over 15,000 comments poured in from young skeptics around the world, making it the third most-commented on #AMA of the year, and the ninth most popular in Reddit history. Today, Bishop Barron reflects on the experience and four main patterns of questions he noticed. A listener asks for a concrete example of mercy mocking justice. NOTE: Do you like this podcast? Become a patron and get some great perks for helping, like free books, bonus content, and more. Word on Fire is a non-profit ministry that depends on the support of our listeners…like you! So be part of this mission, and join us today!
October 7, 2019
How do we make sense of all the names, groups, and movements surrounding the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965)? What are the key things to know, and how have they shaped today’s Catholic Church? Bishop Barron explains. A listener asks why secular philosophy departments tend to discount Scholasticism in favor of modern philosophy. NOTE: Do you like this podcast? Become a patron and get some great perks for helping, like free books, bonus content, and more. Word on Fire is a non-profit ministry that depends on the support of our listeners…like you! So be part of this mission, and join us today!
September 30, 2019
A recent article in The Atlantic claimed “A Famous Argument Against Free Will Has Been Debunked". It focused on a famous experiment during the 1980s that seems to show our brain "decides" on our behavior before we actually make particular choices. Many believed this confirmed we don't have free will, that all our thoughts and behaviors are determined. But is this the case? Is free will just an illusion? Bishop Barron explains some of the classic arguments for free will and its relationship to God and Christianity. A listener asks why in Catholicism pride is a deadly sin, but Aristotle describes it as a virtue. NOTE: Do you like this podcast? Become a patron and get some great perks for helping, like free books, bonus content, and more. Word on Fire is a non-profit ministry that depends on the support of our listeners…like you! So be part of this mission, and join us today!
September 23, 2019
This week, we share the second half of a talk from Bishop Barron on John Henry Newman’s book, The Grammar of Assent. We shared the first half last week, so be sure to listen to that first. The Grammar of Assent concerns question about how we come to believe in God, and is widely considered Newman’s most important text. Also, it’s a timely topic, since John Henry Newman will be canonized in just a couple weeks, on October 13. Bishop Barron will be attending the canonization, then a few days later will deliver a talk at Oxford University on “John Henry Newman and the New Evangelization.” That talk, which we’re planning to livestream, will focus primarily on The Grammar of Assent. NOTE: Do you like this podcast? Become a patron and get some great perks for helping, like free books, bonus content, and more. Word on Fire is a non-profit ministry that depends on the support of our listeners…like you! So be part of this mission, and join us today!
September 16, 2019
This week, we share the first half of a talk from Bishop Barron on John Henry Newman’s book, The Grammar of Assent. The book concerns the question of belief–how we come to believe in God–and is widely considered his most important text. Also, it’s a timely topic, since John Henry Newman will be canonized in just a couple weeks, on October 13. Bishop Barron will be attending the canonization, then a few days later will deliver a talk at Oxford University on “John Henry Newman and the New Evangelization.” That talk, which we’re planning to livestream, will focus primarily on The Grammar of Assent. So enjoy the first half of this talk, and we’ll share the second half next week. NOTE: Do you like this podcast? Become a patron and get some great perks for helping, like free books, bonus content, and more. Word on Fire is a non-profit ministry that depends on the support of our listeners…like you! So be part of this mission, and join us today!
September 9, 2019
Bishop Barron takes questions from kids, including: Why did Jesus pick Judas to be one of his disciples when he knew Judas would betray him? Does Heaven have night time? How is St. Michael an angel and a saint? How does a family with young kids perform the corporal/spiritual works of mercy? NOTE: Do you like this podcast? Become a patron and get some great perks for helping, like free books, bonus content, and more. Word on Fire is a non-profit ministry that depends on the support of our listeners…like you! So be part of this mission, and join us today!
September 2, 2019
The annual United Nations World Happiness Report, which measures the happiness of different countries, is always dominated by Scandinavian nations. Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Iceland, and Finland have always been in the top ten. But what’s striking is that these happiest countries are also those which rank among the least religious. On the flip side, most African countries, which tend to be the very religious, consistently land near the bottom of the U.N. Happiness Report. What does Bishop Barron make of this? How should we actually define happiness, and what have the great thinkers and saints throughout time said about finding happiness? That’s what we discuss in today’s episode. A listener asks how we reconcile all the violence/competition seen in nature with the Creator God of peace. NOTE: Do you like this podcast? Become a patron and get some great perks for helping, like free books, bonus content, and more. Word on Fire is a non-profit ministry that depends on the support of our listeners…like you! So be part of this mission, and join us today!
August 26, 2019
Today, Bishop Barron answers questions from all over the world about God, the Church, and the culture. Will it be possible to upload one’s consciousness to a computer and attain immortality? Why was Christianity started in the West? If humans are born with original sin, then why does the Bible encourage us to have children and increase the amount of sin in the world? Listen for Bishop Barron’s answers! NOTE: Do you like this podcast? Become a patron and get some great perks for helping, like free books, bonus content, and more. Word on Fire is a non-profit ministry that depends on the support of our listeners…like you! So be part of this mission, and join us today!
August 19, 2019
A recent Pew Research Center study revealed that “just one-third of U.S. Catholics agree with their church that Eucharist is body, blood of Christ.” What’s the cause of this? And moving forward, how do we fix the problem? Bishop Barron discusses in today’s episode. (Explore a collection of my resources on the Eucharist here: https://www.wordonfire.org/presence) A listener asks if the Eucharist gives us life, why do we reserve it only for Catholics? NOTE: Do you like this podcast? Become a patron and get some great perks for helping, like free books, bonus content, and more. Word on Fire is a non-profit ministry that depends on the support of our listeners…like you! So be part of this mission, and join us today!
August 12, 2019
Today, we discuss a recent article in Teen Vogue titled "Who is Karl Marx?" which shows how many teens and teachers have begun dabbling in Marxism. There have been a slew of other articles noting the rise of Millennials supporting socialism. Having done his masters work in philosophy on Karl Marx, Bishop Barron introduces us to this influential thinker and his main ideas, noting the problems the Catholic Church has with them. A listener asks why the Apostle's Creed says Jesus "descended into Hell." NOTE: Do you like this podcast? Become a patron and get some great perks for helping, like free books, bonus content, and more. Word on Fire is a non-profit ministry that depends on the support of our listeners…like you! So be part of this mission, and join us today!
August 5, 2019
Today, we use Google's autocomplete feature to have Bishop Barron respond to some of the top questions people search for beginning with the phrase "Does God...". Does God love everyone? Does God change his mind? Does God have a name? Listen and find out! A listener asks what evidence we have for the existence of Jesus. NOTE: Do you like this podcast? Become a patron and get some great perks for helping, like free books, bonus content, and more. Word on Fire is a non-profit ministry that depends on the support of our listeners…like you! So be part of this mission, and join us today!
July 29, 2019
Bishop Barron is wrapping up the final two episodes of his Pivotal Players film series. Today, Joseph Gloor interviews Bishop Barron in the car as they recount significant sites they've visited associated with the last pivotal player, Bartolomé de las Casas. NOTE: Do you like this podcast? Become a patron and get some great perks for helping, like free books, bonus content, and more. Word on Fire is a non-profit ministry that depends on the support of our listeners…like you! So be part of this mission, and join us today!
July 22, 2019
Bishop Barron is traveling around the world right now, filming the final two episodes of his Pivotal Players film series. Today, Joseph Gloor interviews Bishop Barron in the car as they recount significant sites they've visited so far. NOTE: Do you like this podcast? Become a patron and get some great perks for helping, like free books, bonus content, and more. Word on Fire is a non-profit ministry that depends on the support of our listeners…like you! So be part of this mission, and join us today!
July 15, 2019
Bishop Barron is traveling overseas to film the last two episodes of his Pivotal Players series. So in this episode, we share a clip from one of his classic study programs, “Seven Deadly Sins, Seven Lively Virtues”. The clip focuses on the sin of pride and the corresponding virtue of humility. Get access to the full study program (and all of Bishop Barron’s films) when you join the Word on Fire Institute at wordonfire.institute. NOTE: Do you like this podcast? Become a patron and get some great perks for helping, like free books, bonus content, and more. Word on Fire is a non-profit ministry that depends on the support of our listeners…like you! So be part of this mission, and join us today!
July 8, 2019
Why does Bishop Barron focus heavily on ad extra evangelization, the type of ministry aimed at the peripheries of the culture? That’s the focus of this episode. Bishop also responds to some of the criticisms he’s received for his appearances at Facebook, Google, and Amazon, along with his interviews with Dave Rubin, Ben Shapiro, and Jordan Peterson. A listener asks how why Jesus often tells people not to tell anyone about his healing miracles. NOTE: Do you like this podcast? Become a patron and get some great perks for helping, like free books, bonus content, and more. Word on Fire is a non-profit ministry that depends on the support of our listeners…like you! So be part of this mission, and join us today!
June 28, 2019
Bishop Barron spoke to all the U.S. bishops about the “nones” during their recent USCCB gathering. In this episode, we walk through Bishop Barron’s talk and discuss some of the criticism he’s received about his presentation, particularly his reference to the Jordan Peterson phenomenon. A listener asks how we can stay optimistic as Catholics in light of all the challenges the Church faces. NOTE: Do you like this podcast? Become a patron and get some great perks for helping, like free books, bonus content, and more. Word on Fire is a non-profit ministry that depends on the support of our listeners…like you! So be part of this mission, and join us today!
June 24, 2019
As the Word on Fire Institute launches a new course by Dr. Christopher Kaczor on “Myths of the Catholic Church,” Bishop Barron and host Jared Zimmerer talk about seven of the most common misunderstandings people have about Catholicism. A listener asks how Catholics should view the advancement of AI technology. NOTE: Do you like this podcast? Become a patron and get some great perks for helping, like free books, bonus content, and more. Word on Fire is a non-profit ministry that depends on the support of our listeners…like you! So be part of this mission, and join us today!
June 17, 2019
In his recent interview with Ben Shapiro, Bishop Barron said that he wants to “re-Judaize Catholicism,” to read Christ, the Bible, and the Christian Faith through the lens of Israel. How do we do this? That’s what he and host Jared Zimmerer discuss in today’s episode. A listener asks why the East and West churches split, and why they haven’t been reunited. NOTE: Do you like this podcast? Become a patron and get some great perks for helping, like free books, bonus content, and more. Word on Fire is a non-profit ministry that depends on the support of our listeners…like you! So be part of this mission, and join us today!
June 10, 2019
Non-Catholic listeners send in their questions for Bishop Barron. Questions include: As a Christian, do you ever think, "What if God doesn't exist"? How are Adam and Eve guilty of disobedience if they had no knowledge of good/evil until after they ate of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil? Why did the disciples betray Jesus despite seeing miracles? Why is God almost exclusively referred to as a masculine entity in the Catholic Church? How do I understand Mary's important in the Catholic Faith? Is it essential? How can we trust the Bible, when evidence shows the Old Testament isn't true? Did John Henry Newman have any disagreements with the Catholic Church before his conversion? NOTE: Do you like this podcast? Become a patron and get some great perks for helping, like free books, bonus content, and more. Word on Fire is a non-profit ministry that depends on the support of our listeners…like you! So be part of this mission, and join us today!
June 3, 2019
Several recent bestselling books have focused on the Enlightenment, including Stephen Pinker's Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress. But what was the Enlightenment, and how should we view its effects? Bishop Barron offers his take today. A listener asks how Christians determine which parts of the Mosaic law in the Old Testament are still in effect today. NOTE: Do you like this podcast? Become a patron and get some great perks for helping, like free books, bonus content, and more. Word on Fire is a non-profit ministry that depends on the support of our listeners…like you! So be part of this mission, and join us today!
May 27, 2019
The great novelist, J.R.R. Tolkien, has enchanted generations of readers with his Hobbitand Lord of the Rings, and is the subject of a new feature film, titled Tolkien. But in today’s episode, Bishop Barron talks about Tolkien’s Catholic faith, which was mostly absent in the new film, but critical to his upbringing and his stories of Middle-earth. A listener asks what he should if he’s unable to find a spiritual director. NOTE: Do you like this podcast? Become a patron and get some great perks for helping, like free books, bonus content, and more. Word on Fire is a non-profit ministry that depends on the support of our listeners…like you! So be part of this mission, and join us today! Articles Mentioned I was an Atheist Until I Read “The Lord of the Rings” Gimli, Galadriel, and Guadalupe: An image of Our Lady in the Lady of Lothlorien Where the Rosary Appears in “The Lord of the Rings” Tolkien’s Catholic Genius Books Mentioned The Battle for Middle-earth: Tolkien’s Divine Design in The Lord of the Rings by Fleming Rutledge Tolkien: Man and Myth by Joseph Pearce Bilbo’s Journey: Discovering the Hidden Meaning of The Hobbit by Joseph Pearce Frodo’s Journey: Discover the Hidden Meaning of The Lord of the Rings by Joseph Pearce
May 20, 2019
A recent bill proposed in the California Senate will force priests to report any crimes of sexual abuse they hear about in the confessional, breaking the seal of Confession. Bishop Barron speaks about the sacredness of this sacrament and what the Church should do if, suddenly, the sacrament of Confession becomes functionally illegal. NOTE: Do you like this podcast? Become a patron and get some great perks for helping, like free books, bonus content, and more. Word on Fire is a non-profit ministry that depends on the support of our listeners…like you! So be part of this mission, and join us today!
May 13, 2019
Today we discuss Bishop Barron's new book, titled Letter to a Suffering Church: A Bishop Speaks on the Sexual Abuse Crisis. In light of this current crisis, many Catholics are understandably asking, “Why should I stay? Why not abandon this sinking ship before it drags me or my children under?" This book explains why this is not the time to leave, but the time to stay and fight. Reading the current crisis through the lenses of Scripture and Church history, Bishop Barron shows that we have faced such egregious scandals before; that the spiritual treasures of the Church were preserved by holy men and women who recommitted themselves to fighting evil; and that there is a clear path forward for us today. Thanks to generous donors, you can claim a free copy of the print book (you just cover shipping handling) and place bulk orders of 20+ copies for just $1 per copy (with free shipping.) Get your copies here >> https://wordonfireshow.com/letter And encourage your pastor and staff to order copies for your whole parish! NOTE: Do you like this podcast? Become a patron and get some great perks for helping, like free books, bonus content, and more. Word on Fire is a non-profit ministry that depends on the support of our listeners…like you! So be part of this mission, and join us today!
May 6, 2019
In today's episode, we share the second half of a talk Bishop Barron gave on John Henry Newman's famous book, An Essay on the Development of Doctrine. If you missed the first, click here to listen to Part 1. Also, be sure to pick up your Word on Fire Classics edition of Newman's Development of Doctrine, which includes a Foreword by Bishop Barron! NOTE: Do you like this podcast? Become a patron and get some great perks for helping, like free books, bonus content, and more. Word on Fire is a non-profit ministry that depends on the support of our listeners…like you! So be part of this mission, and join us today!
April 29, 2019
In March 2019, Bishop Barron was interviewed by Dr. Jordan Peterson for the Jordan B. Peterson Podcast. To say the discussion was highly anticipated is an understatement. Fans of both Dr. Peterson and Bishop Barron have asked for these two great minds to meet, and their wide-ranging, nearly two-hour discussion is worth the wait. Although the interview hasn't been made public yet on Jordan Peterson's channels, in this episode we discuss some of the most interesting parts of the interview. (Sign up here to be notified when the interview goes live >> https://wordonfire.org/peterson) A listener asks about the term logos and what it means. NOTE: Do you like this podcast? Become a patron and get some great perks for helping, like free books, bonus content, and more. Word on Fire is a non-profit ministry that depends on the support of our listeners…like you! So be part of this mission, and join us today!
April 22, 2019
Recently, The New York Times featured an op-ed by philosophy professor Peter Atteton, who tried to show that the idea of God is incoherent. Bishop Barron responds to Atteton's points and shows how there are no logical problems with believing in God. A listener asks whether Catholic universities should begin offering an evangelization major or concentration. NOTE: Do you like this podcast? Become a patron and get some great perks for helping, like free books, bonus content, and more. Word on Fire is a non-profit ministry that depends on the support of our listeners…like you! So be part of this mission, and join us today!
April 16, 2019
We record this episode the day after a tragic fire at the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris has destroyed the spire, roof, and interior of one of the most important and magnificent religious sites in the world. Bishop Barron shares his close ties to Notre Dame, including his time as tour guide, and explains why these Gothic churches are so significant. A listener asks about Robert Sokolowski and which of his books to read. NOTE: Do you like this podcast? Become a patron and get some great perks for helping, like free books, bonus content, and more. Word on Fire is a non-profit ministry that depends on the support of our listeners…like you! So be part of this mission, and join us today!
April 15, 2019
As Holy Week begins, listen to Bishop Barron's reflections on the 14 stations of the Cross. Stream it all at once, or throughout the week, as we approach the memorial of Christ's Passion. NOTE: Do you like this podcast? Become a patron and get some great perks for helping, like free books, bonus content, and more. Word on Fire is a non-profit ministry that depends on the support of our listeners…like you! So be part of this mission, and join us today!
April 8, 2019
Bishop Barron and Joe Gloor record live from the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, discussing what's new and exciting at Word on Fire. NOTE: Do you like this podcast? Become a patron and get some great perks for helping, like free books, bonus content, and more. Word on Fire is a non-profit ministry that depends on the support of our listeners…like you! So be part of this mission, and join us today!
April 1, 2019
Kids from around the world ask Bishop Barron their burning questions about God's favorite food, whether heaven has an edge, and why the ground shook when Jesus died on the Cross. NOTE: Do you like this podcast? Become a patron and get some great perks for helping, like free books, bonus content, and more. Word on Fire is a non-profit ministry that depends on the support of our listeners…like you! So be part of this mission, and join us today!
March 25, 2019
Bishop Barron and Brandon Vogt record live from Rome, where they visited for Bishop's reception of an honorary doctorate from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (aka The Angelicum.) NOTE: Do you like this podcast? Become a patron and get some great perks for helping, like free books, bonus content, and more. Word on Fire is a non-profit ministry that depends on the support of our listeners…like you! So be part of this mission, and join us today!
March 18, 2019
We started the Word on Fire Show back in 2015, right after Bishop Barron was consecrated bishop. Now, three years later, after 170 episodes and 6 million downloads, we're ready for the next phase. But to get there, we need your help! Learn about the future of the show and why your support will be critical to making it happen. NOTE: Do you like this podcast? Become a patron and get some great perks for helping. Word on Fire is a non-profit ministry that depends on the support of our listeners...like you! So be part of this mission, and join us today!
March 11, 2019
John Henry Newman's classic book, An Essay on the Development of Doctrine, shows how doctrine isn't stagnant but in fact develops over time, much like an acorn grows into a sprouting oak tree. In today's episode, we share the first half of a talk Bishop Barron gave on the book and its influence. (Pick up your Word on Fire Classics edition of Newman's Development of Doctrine, which includes an Introduction by Bishop Barron!) NOTE: Do you like this podcast? Become a patron and get some great perks for helping at http://wordonfireshow.com/patron. Word on Fire is a non-profit ministry that depends on the support of our listeners...like you! So be part of this mission, and join us today.
March 4, 2019
What's actually happening when we pray? In this episode, Bishop Barron answers the deepest questions about prayer, not necessarily how to pray but what is prayer? A listener asks about the Rosary prayer and how it operates. NOTE: As we move into Lent, sign up for Bishop Barron's free daily Lent reflections at LentReflections.com
February 25, 2019
Bishop Barron recently visited the headquarters of Amazon, in Seattle, WA, to take part in a "Fishbowl" discussion about his new book, Arguing Religion. Around 200 Amazon employees were in attendance. Listen to the whole conversation in today's episode. Pick up your copy of Arguing Religion >> http://wordonfireshow.com/religion
February 18, 2019
Recently, Bishop Barron watched several YouTube conversation between Sam Harris, a well-known atheist, and Dr. Jordan Peterson, one of the most prominent and beguiling intellectuals today. We've talked in past episodes about Dr. Peterson's reliance on Carl Jung, and his archetypal reading of the Bible, but today we explore Dr. Peterson's similarities to Immanuel Kant, especially when it comes to the question of God. A listener asks why a Hindu should become Christian if Hinduism seems to have a more peaceful history.
February 11, 2019
The recent confrontation between a grinning young high school student and a Native American elder has led to much anger and vitriol, especially on social media. But as Bishop Barron suggests, it also exemplified the "scapegoating mechanism" described by philosopher René Girard. How do we avoid this scapegoating? How can we bring more light to the online world? Bishop Barron has some advice. A listener asks whether our memories will transfer to Heaven.
February 4, 2019
In this episode, Bishop Barron discusses a recent New York Times article by David Brooks titled “The Morality of Selfism: The Gospel of Saint You.” It’s a tongue-in-cheek affirmation of a culture that puts tremendous emphasis on self, self-care, and self-display. Bishop Barron explores some of the dangerous outcomes of such a culture. A listener asks whether it’s helpful or troubling that the Catholic tradition includes so many definitions of God.
January 28, 2019
Ross Douthat recently published an op-ed in the New York Times titled "The Return of Paganism." He argues that maybe there actually is a genuinely post-Christian future for America, one that mixes pantheism with civic religion.Bishop Barron and Brandon Vogt discuss the article. A listener asks why God needed a second coming of Christ and couldn't have accomplished everything during his first coming.
January 21, 2019
Bishop Barron takes listener questions from all over the world, including: What are examples of popular films that convey the Gospel without being preachy or poorly produced? Which beings have souls, and where do we draw the line? If prayer doesn't change God's mind, then when we get what we pray for, would we have gotten it anyways? How can laypeople encourage priests to do more evangelization? Since there's no time in heaven, when I die, will the rest of my family already be there even if they’re not dead yet? How do you defend the faith through social media when so few people are willing to engage serious arguments? How can Catholic laypeople determine which Church leaders to follow and imitate? Are we at a spiritual disadvantage without deep friendships in our lives? Are there any virtues of loneliness?
January 14, 2019
According to data from BibleGateway.com and YouVersion, the popular Bible app, the most popular Bible verse of 2018 was Isaiah 41:10: "Do not fear." Bishop Barron looks at several other verses that cracked the list and reveals the right (and wrong) ways to understand them. A listener asks for clarification on Bishop Barron's comments about the salvation of Jews on Ben Shapiro's interview show.
January 7, 2019
A recent Christianity Today article titled, “Christian, What Do You Believe? Probably a Heresy About Jesus, Says Survey” explores a State of Theology survey conducted in the United States by LifeWay Research, based on interviews with 3,000 Americans. Bishop Barron discusses the alarming results. A listener asks what it feels like for Bishop Barron to act in persona Christi capitis.
December 31, 2018
How should Christians use social media? How can we escape its dangers (venomous rhetoric, echo chambers, etc.) and instead use these tools well? Bishop Barron offers his advice and shares how he personally uses these tools. A listener asks whether Bishop Barron is now part of the Intellectual Dark Web after speaking with Ben Shapiro and Dave Rubin.
December 24, 2018
On Christmas Eve, the night before the great Solemnity of the Nativity of Jesus, Bishop Barron talks about the Incarnation. What do we mean by this? What do people often get wrong about the Incarnation? And how is the Incarnation extended throughout space and time? A listener asks about Buddha's famous maxim, "Life is suffering." NOTE: Click here to support Bishop Barron’s Word on Fire ministry as we move into 2019 >> wordonfireshow.com/religion
December 17, 2018
According to Bishop Barron, we need more religious argument, not less. But how do we talk about religion productively? In today’s episode he offers several practical tips along with the fallacies you'll want to avoid. A listener asks how to engage relativistic friends. NOTE: Click here to get Bishop Barron’s newest book, Arguing Religion >> wordonfireshow.com/religion
December 10, 2018
William Wordsworth called Mary, the mother of Jesus, "our tainted nature's solitary boast." Who was this extraordinary woman, and how should we understand the key dogmas about her life and nature? Bishop Barron offers a crash course on Mary in today's episode. A listener asks why God created us as humans instead of as angels.   NOTE: Do you like this podcast, and Bishop Barron's other great work? Help support us by donating at http://wordonfireshow.com/giving. Word on Fire is a non-profit ministry that depends on the support of our listeners...like you! So be part of this mission, and donate today.
December 3, 2018
Is the season of Advent just a cozy, sentimental period before Christmas? Or is it a time of spiritual revolution? Bishop Barron discusses this important period and shares some of his Advent recommendations. A listener asks how to make sense of slavery in the Bible.   NOTE: Do you like this podcast, and Bishop Barron's other great work? Help support us by donating at http://wordonfireshow.com/giving. Word on Fire is a non-profit ministry that depends on the support of our listeners...like you! So be part of this mission, and donate today.    
November 26, 2018
John Henry Newman’s spiritual autobiography, Apologia Pro Vita Sua, is widely recognized as a classic of religious literature. Chronicling his conversion from Anglicanism to Catholicism, it explores the arguments and discoveries that convinced the Anglican churchman to cross the Tiber. In today’s episode, we share the second half of talk Bishop Barron gave on the book and its influence. (Click here to listen to the first half.) NOTE: Do you like this podcast, and Bishop Barron’s other great work? Help support us by donating at http://wordonfireshow.com/giving. Word on Fire is a non-profit ministry that depends on the support of our listeners…like you! So be part of this mission, and donate today.
November 19, 2018
John Henry Newman’s spiritual autobiography, Apologia Pro Vita Sua, is widely recognized as a classic of religious literature. Chronicling his conversion from Anglicanism to Catholicism, it explores the arguments and discoveries that convinced the Anglican churchman to cross the Tiber. In today’s episode, we share the first half of talk Bishop Barron gave on the book and its influence. NOTE: Do you like this podcast, and Bishop Barron’s other great work? Help support us by donating at http://wordonfireshow.com/giving. Word on Fire is a non-profit ministry that depends on the support of our listeners…like you! So be part of this mission, and donate today.
November 12, 2018
This week, Bishop Barron answers questions from all over the world. If you have a question, be sure to visit AskBishopBarron.com.
November 5, 2018
In Stephen Hawking's new book, Brief Answers to the Big Questions, published just a few months after his death, the famed scientists suggests that God does not exist and the universe does not require an explanation. Is he right? Bishop Barron discusses those claims in today's episode.
October 29, 2018
As the Synod on Youth wraps up at the Vatican, Bishop Barron shares his final thoughts on the meeting.
October 22, 2018
Bishop Barron joins Word on Fire Producer, Joseph Gloor, at the North American College in Rome to discuss the Word on Fire Institute, the Word From Rome project, and the Canonization Mass of October 14, 2018.
October 15, 2018
Today we share a sample lesson from Bishop Barron's flagship course inside our new Word on Fire Institute. His 12-part course is on Hans Urs von Balthasar, and it explores Balthasar's impact, his major works, and his key ideas. This first lesson covers Balthasar's life and times. Enjoy! NOTE: To get the other 11 lessons from the course, sign up today for the Word on Fire Institute >> https://wordonfire.institute
October 8, 2018
A few days before leaving for the 2018 Synod on Youth in Rome, Bishop Barron hosted a listening session with a group of young people at Villanova Preparatory School in his region. The goal was to invite the kids to share their ideas, desires, and concerns, so that Bishop Barron could bring those insights with him to the Synod discussions. Today we share the audio of that discussion. Enjoy! NOTE: Be sure to visit WordFromRome.com to see all of Bishop Barron's daily video updates from the Synod!
October 1, 2018
Today marks the grand opening of the Word on Fire Institute! It's one of the pillars of our Word on Fire Movement, and it's a place where you'll find online training in evangelization, theology, and the spiritual life. You'll get courses taught by Bishop Barron, his Word on Fire team, and world-class professors. In today's episode, we get more details from Bishop Barron and learn how to sign up. Click here to learn more >> https://wordonfire.institute Bonus Link >> Bishop Barron's Reddit Q&A
September 24, 2018
This week, we're sharing the second half of Bishop Barron's keynote talk at the recent 2018 World Meeting of Families in Dublin, Ireland. His talk was titled "Pope Francis on the Gospel of the Family." Enjoy!
September 17, 2018
This week, we're sharing the first half of Bishop Barron's keynote talk at the recent 2018 World Meeting of Families in Dublin, Ireland. His talk was titled "Pope Francis on the Gospel of the Family." We'll share the second half in next week's episode. Enjoy!
September 10, 2018
Bishop Barron has set out on a missionary journey to the UK! In this episode of the Word on Fire Show, Bishop discusses this great adventure while on the road with Word on Fire Producer, Joseph Gloor. Topics Discussed 0:04 - Introduction 3:30 - What were the grave sites like in Scotland? 10:00 - What is the Catholic take on Adam Smith's market economy?  15:00 - Where is Arthur's Seat? 20:00 - What does Haggis taste like? 23:00 - What did Bishop Barron discuss in his talk at The Usher Hall? 27:00 - Listener Question: What will Bishop Barron talk about in Liverpool?
September 3, 2018
Bishop Barron was recently appointed as a representative of the U.S. Bishops for the upcoming Synod in Rome on "Youth, Faith, and Vocational Discernment." In this episode, he shares why he thinks this Synod is more important that other recent gatherings, and some of the main reasons why people become "nones" and leave the Church. He also explains why accompaniment involves apologetics and how the two are mutually implicative. A listener asks when Bishop Barron says "love the other, as other," what does he mean by "as other"? Topics Discussed 0:04 - Introduction 3:30 - Why is the upcoming synod so important? 5:00 - Why are young people becoming "nones"? 9:45 - What is the number one reason people leave the Church and why? 12:00 - Why do accompaniment and apologetics go hand and hand? 19:30 - What questions does the New Apologetics need to respond to? 24:30 - Listener Question: When you say "love the other, as other," what do you mean by "as other"?  
August 29, 2018
Friends, in light of the recent scandals, I know many people are wondering whether they should remain in the Catholic Church. And I totally get that; the outrage is warranted. But in this time of crisis, I beg you not to flee, but to fight--not violently, with the weapons of the world, but with the weapons of the Spirit. We need you.
August 28, 2018
Many of you have asked for Bishop Barron's thoughts on the McCarrick abuse crisis, the Pennsylvania grand jury report, and the recent report from Archbishop Viganò. We're all devastated by the horrific suffering of these many victims, and we're all wondering what to do next. Bishop Barron shared some thoughts a couple weeks ago, in an article, but we thought it might be helpful to have a more candid conversation today, building on the USCCB's recent statement. Listen to the discussion here, and together let's pray for the victims and the entire Body of Christ.
August 27, 2018
The first annual Word on Fire Conference for Priests brought 300 Catholic priests to Huntington Beach, CA, for a three day reflection on the art of preaching. Bishop Barron delivered four talks, in addition to a talk by Dana Gioia, California's state Poet Laureate, and the conference closed with a lively Q&A where priests asked Bishop Barron whatever questions they had about preaching. Today, we share the Q&A with you. Enjoy!
August 20, 2018
In this episode you'll hear the full Episode 1 from Bishop Barron's new film series, The Mass. Listen as Bishop Barron explains why the Mass is so important, and why it's not just a lecture or performance but a continual response between Christ and his people. Be sure to visit Mass.WordOnFire.org, where you can pick up the new special edition set of the series, which includes immediate streaming access to the videos and free USA shipping for the box set.
August 13, 2018
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!
August 6, 2018
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?
July 30, 2018
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?
July 23, 2018
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 
July 16, 2018
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?
July 9, 2018
In this episode Bishop Barron answers Questions about the Mass. Go to ReasonScienceFaith.com to get your free Catholic scientist posters!
July 2, 2018
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 
June 25, 2018
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.
June 18, 2018
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?
June 11, 2018
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 Links State of the Bible 2017: Top Findings (Barna) 3 Takeaways from New Research on Americans and the Bible (Trevin Wax) GQ magazine puts Bible on list of 20 classic books not worth reading (USA Today) Videos Bishop Barron on How to Read the Bible Bishop Barron on Biblical Religion Articles Pope Benedict and How To Read the Bible (Bishop Barron)
June 4, 2018
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.
May 28, 2018
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 21, 2018
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 14, 2018
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 7, 2018
Part two of Bishop Barron’s talk on Catholicism and beauty from the 2018 Los Angeles Religious Education Congress.
April 30, 2018
Part One of Bishop Barron's talk on Catholicism and beauty.
April 23, 2018
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?
April 16, 2018
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!
April 9, 2018
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?
April 2, 2018
This week we enjoy a live recording of Bishop Barron's inspiring Easter homily.
March 26, 2018
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?
March 19, 2018
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!
March 12, 2018
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 Articles The Jordan Peterson Phenomenon (Bishop Barron) 12 Rules: The Review (Matthew Hosier) What Pastors Could Learn from Jordan Peterson (Alastair Roberts) Videos Jordan Peterson's YouTube Channel Jordan Peterson interview with Patrick Coffin about the Catholic faith Books 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos (Jordan Peterson) Maps of Meaning: The Architecture of Belief (Jordan Peterson)
March 5, 2018
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 Articles The Jordan Peterson Phenomenon (Bishop Barron) 12 Rules: The Review (Matthew Hosier) What Pastors Could Learn from Jordan Peterson (Alastair Roberts) Videos Jordan Peterson's YouTube Channel Jordan Peterson interview with Patrick Coffin about the Catholic faith Books 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos (Jordan Peterson) Maps of Meaning: The Architecture of Belief (Jordan Peterson)
February 26, 2018
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 Articles Lady Bird and the Breakthrough of Grace by Bishop Barron Videos Bishop Barron on Lady Bird
February 19, 2018
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!
February 12, 2018
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
January 29, 2018
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?
January 22, 2018
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 Books Humanae Vitae (Pope Paul VI) Evangelii Nuntiandi (Pope Paul VI) Articles Paul VI, Prophet (Bishop Robert Barron) Videos 5 Bishop Barron Videos on Marriage and the Family (Bishop Robert Barron)
January 16, 2018
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.
January 15, 2018
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 Books Bishop Barron's Favorite Books (PDF) Word on Fire Classics To Light a Fire on the Earth: Proclaiming Christ in a Secular Age by Bishop Barron
January 8, 2018
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!
January 1, 2018
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?
December 25, 2017
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?
December 18, 2017
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?
December 11, 2017
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?
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