The Word on Fire Show

The Word on Fire Show

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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.

Episodes

WOF 057: David Dancing Before the Ark (Part 1 of 2)  

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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Bonus Resources

Videos David and the Priesthood (1 of 2) David and the Priesthood (2 of 2) Bishop Barron on Nature and the Biblical God DVD's Priest, Prophet, King Mystery of God The Bishop Barron Library  Articles   Biblical Wisdom for Troubled Times Stephen Fry, Job, and the Cross of Jesus Books 2 Samuel by Bishop Robert Barron The Priority of Christ: Toward a Postliberal Catholicism by Bishop Robert Barron Word on Fire: Proclaiming the Power of Christ by Bishop Robert Barron Seeds of the Word: Finding God in the Culture by Bishop Robert Barron Bridging the Great Divide by Bishop Robert Barron Websites Word On Fire (Proclaiming Christ in the Culture) Daily Catholic Gospel Reflections (Bishop Barron)

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

WOF 056: Evangelizing Through Social Media  

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? Bonus Resources Videos "Theology and the New Media" (Bishop Barron) "The Vatican and New Media" (Bishop Barron) DVD/Study Program CATHOLICISM: The New Evangelization  Articles   "Surprising Lessons from Ten Million YouTube Views" (Bishop Barron) Books The Church and New Media (Brandon Vogt, chapter by Bishop Barron) Lectures
"The New Evangelization: The Impact of Social Media" (Bishop Barron) "The New Evangelization and the New Media" (Bishop Barron) "Against the YouTube Heresies" (Bishop Barron) Websites Word On Fire (Proclaiming Christ in the Culture) Daily Catholic Gospel Reflections (Bishop Barron)
WOF 055: Mary, The New Eve  

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? Bonus Resources Videos The Queenship of Mary What Gifts Does God Give the Catholic Church? What Helps Protestants Convert to Catholicism? DVD's Catholicism: The Pivotal Players (Word on Fire) Catholicism series (Word On Fire) Faith Clips (Word On Fire)  Articles   The Challenge of Our Lady of Guadalupe (Bishop Barron) Satellites, the Internet, and the Communion of Saints (Bishop Barron) Why Christmas Should Bother Everybody (Bishop Barron) Books The Strangest Way by Bishop Barron Exploring Catholic Theology by Bishop Barron Catholicism by Bishop Barron Homilies The Fiat of Mary Mary the Warrior Reading the New Testament in Light of the Old Websites Word On Fire (Proclaiming Christ in the Culture) Daily Catholic Gospel Reflections (Bishop Barron)

 

 

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WOF 054: The Subversive Baby King  

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? Bonus Resources Videos "The Giver" and Recovering our Christian Memory Reflections on Christmas Christmas and the Prologue of John DVD's Catholicism: The Pivotal Players (Word on Fire) Catholicism series (Word On Fire) Faith Clips (Word On Fire)  Articles   The True King  (Bishop Barron) Why You Need Spiritual Food (Bishop Barron) Why Christmas Should Bother Everybody (Bishop Barron) I was an Atheist Until I Read "The Lord of the Rings" (Fredric Heidemann) Books 2 Samuel by Bishop Barron Exploring Catholic Theology by Bishop Barron Chrismas Bundle by Bishop Barron Homilies God's Subversive Ways (Bishop Barron) Christmas Surprise (Word on Fire) Websites Word On Fire (Proclaiming Christ in the Culture) Daily Catholic Gospel Reflections (Bishop Barron)

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

WOF 053: How to Speak about God  

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 Videos Bishop Barron on The Disorienting Quality of Real Prayer Bishop Barron on The Lord's Prayer Bishop Barron on Thomas Merton, Spiritual Master DVD's Catholicism: The Pivotal Players (Word on Fire) Catholicism series (Word On Fire) Faith Clips (Word On Fire)  Articles   Three Reasons Why Vikings is the Most Religiously Interesting Show on TV (Bishop Barron) Why We Should Address Jesus as Though (Bishop Barron) Why You Need Spiritual Food (Bishop Barron) Books The Strangest Way by Bishop Barron Praying with Confidence by Fr. Paul Murray, OP Praying with the Pivotal Players  by Amy Welborn Study Program  The Mystery of God: Who God Is and Why He Matters (Bishop Barron) Catholicism: The Pivotal Players Study Guide (Word on Fire) Websites Word On Fire (Proclaiming Christ in the Culture) Daily Catholic Gospel Reflections (Bishop Barron)

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

WOF 052: Pilgrims and Iphones  

“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? Bonus Resources Videos Bishop Barron on The Disorienting Quality of Real Prayer Bishop Barron on The Lord's Prayer Bishop Barron on Thomas Merton, Spiritual Master DVD's Catholicism series (Word On Fire) Faith Clips (Word On Fire)  Articles   Three Reasons Why Vikings is the Most Religiously Interesting Show on TV (Bishop Barron) Why We Should Address Jesus as Though (Bishop Barron) Why You Need Spiritual Food (Bishop Barron) Books The Strangest Way by Bishop Barron The Way of a Pilgrim by Bishop Barron Study Program  The Mystery of God: Who God Is and Why He Matters (Bishop Barron) Websites Word On Fire (Proclaiming Christ in the Culture) Daily Catholic Gospel Reflections (Bishop Barron)

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

WOF 051: Bishop Barron at the Movies  

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? Bonus Resources Videos Bishop Barron on “The Revenant” Bishop Barron on “Bridge of Spies” Bishop Barron on “Noah” Bishop Barron on “Whiplash” DVD's CATHOLICISM: The New Evangelization (Word On Fire) Faith Clips (Word On Fire)  Articles   “The Martian” and Why Each Life Matters (Bishop Barron)  “The Avengers” and Friedrich Nietzsche (Bishop Barron)  “The Theory of Everything”: A God-Haunted Film (Bishop Barron) Books Seeds of the Word: Finding God in the Culture  by Bishop Barron Word On Fire: Proclaiming the Power of Christ  by Bishop Barron Study Program  The Mystery of God: Who God Is and Why He Matters (Bishop Barron) Websites Word On Fire (Proclaiming Christ in the Culture)

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

WOF 050: 3 Lessons for Young Catholics  

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? Bonus Resources Videos Bishop Barron on Effective Evangelization  Bishop Barron on All Saints Day Mercy and The Cross- Bishop Barron at World Youth Day  DVD's CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players (Word On Fire) Faith Clips (Word On Fire) For Greater Glory (Dos Corazones Films)  Articles   Advice to Students New and Old (Bishop Barron) Why Anti-Catholic Prejudice Ought to Bother Everyone (Bishop Barron) Porn and the Curse of Total Sexual Freedom (Bishop Barron) Books Seeds of the Word: Finding God in the Culture  by Bishop Barron Word On Fire: Proclaiming the Power of Christ  by Bishop Barron Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis Orthodoxy by G.K. Chesterton Study Program  The Mystery of God: Who God Is and Why He Matters (Bishop Barron) Websites Word On Fire (Proclaiming Christ in the Culture)

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

WOF 049: Listener Q&A with Bishop Barron  

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? Bonus Resources Study Guides CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players - Leader's Guide (Bishop Barron) CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players - Study Guide (Bishop Barron) CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players - Leaders Kit (Bishop Barron) DVDs CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players (Bishop Barron) Books Catholicism: A Journey to the Heart of the Faith by Bishop Barron Seeds of the Word: Finding God in the Culture by Bishop Barron Vibrant Paradoxes: The Both/And of Catholicism by Bishop Barron Praying with the Pivotal Players by Bishop Barron Thomas Aquinas: Spiritual Master by Bishop Barron

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

WOF 048: The Reformation, 500 Years Later  

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? Bonus Resources Videos Bishop Barron on Effective Evangelization (Bishop Barron) Bishop Barron on Protestantism and Authority (Bishop Barron) What Helps Protestants Convert to Catholicism (Bishop Barron) DVD's CATHOLICISM Series (Word On Fire)  Faith Clips (Word On Fire)  Articles   What Precisely is the Gospel (Bishop Barron) Why Anti-Catholic Prejudice Ought to Bother Everyone (Bishop Barron) Books Seeds of the Word: Finding God in the Culture  by Bishop Barron Word On Fire: Proclaiming the Power of Christ  by Bishop Barron Thomas Aquinas: Spiritual Master by Bishop Robert Barron Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis Orthodoxy by G.K. Chesterton Summa Theologica by Thomas Aquinas Study Program  The Mystery of God: Who God Is and Why He Matters (Bishop Barron) Websites Word On Fire (Proclaiming Christ in the Culture)

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

WOF 047: 7 Keys to the New Evangelization (Part 2 of 2)  

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".

Bonus Resources  Study Program Catholicism: The New Evangelization Leader's Kit (Bishop Barron) Articles A Strategy for the New Evangelization (Bishop Barron) The New Evangelization and Seminaries (Bishop Barron) Effective Evangelization Commences with Joy (Bishop Barron) Practical Strategies of the New Evangelization (Bishop Barron) Videos Bishop Barron on New Media and Evangelization Bishop Barron on Effective Evangelization Bishop Barron on Confirmation and Evangelization Bishop Barron on Evangelizing with the Heart of a Shepherd Bishop Barron on Theology and the New Media Books  The Priority of Christ: Toward a Postliberal Catholicism by Bishop Robert Barron Word on Fire: Proclaiming the Power of Christ by Bishop Robert Barron Seeds of the Word: Finding God in the Culture by Bishop Robert Barron Bridging the Great Divide by Bishop Robert Barron

 

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

WOF 046: 7 Keys to the New Evangelization (Part 1 of 2)  

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".

Bonus Resources  Study Program Catholicism: The New Evangelization Leader's Kit (Bishop Barron) Articles A Strategy for the New Evangelization (Bishop Barron) The New Evangelization and Seminaries (Bishop Barron) Effective Evangelization Commences with Joy (Bishop Barron) Practical Strategies of the New Evangelization (Bishop Barron) Videos Bishop Barron on New Media and Evangelization Bishop Barron on Effective Evangelization Bishop Barron on Confirmation and Evangelization Bishop Barron on Evangelizing with the Heart of a Shepherd Bishop Barron on Theology and the New Media Books  The Priority of Christ: Toward a Postliberal Catholicism by Bishop Robert Barron Word on Fire: Proclaiming the Power of Christ by Bishop Robert Barron Seeds of the Word: Finding God in the Culture by Bishop Robert Barron Bridging the Great Divide by Bishop Robert Barron

 

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

WOF 045: Why Young People are Leaving the Church  

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? Bonus Resources Videos Bishop Barron on Effective Evangelization (Bishop Barron) Bishop Barron on “What is God?” Bishop Barron on Christianity and Ethics DVD's CATHOLICISM: The New Evangelization (Word On Fire)  Faith Clips (Word On Fire)  Articles   The Joy of Evangelization (Bishop Barron) Practical Strategies of Evangelization (Bishop Barron) Books Seeds of the Word: Finding God in the Culture (Bishop Barron) Word On Fire: Proclaiming the Power of Christ (Bishop Barron) Answering Atheism: How to Make the Case for God with Logic and Charity by Trent Horn Thomas Aquinas: Spiritual Master by Bishop Robert Barron Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis The Rage Against God: How Atheism Led me to Faith by Peter Hitchens Surprised by Joy: The Shape of my Early Life by C.S. Lewis Orthodoxy by G.K. Chesterton On Guard by William Lane Craig Summa Theologica by Thomas Aquinas Study Program  The Mystery of God: Who God Is and Why He Matters (Bishop Barron) Websites StrangeNotions.com (A Meeting Place of Faith and Reason) Word On Fire (Proclaiming Christ in the Culture)

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

WOF 044: Faithful and Intelligent? (Part 2 of 2)  

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.

Bonus Resources  Study Program The Mystery of God: Who God Is and Why He Matters (Bishop Barron) Articles Does Religion Really Have a "Smart-People Problem"? (Bishop Barron) The Myth of the War Between Science and Religion (Bishop Barron) What Faith Is and Isn't (Bishop Barron) The Glory of God is a Human Being 'Fully Alive' (Bishop Barron) Videos Bishop Barron on Atheism and Philosophy Bishop Barron on "What is God?" Bishop Barron on "God Is Not Great" (Part 1 of 3) Bishop Barron on "God Is Not Great" (Part 2 of 3) Bishop Barron on "God Is Not Great" (Part 3 of 3) Faith and Reason What Faith is and What Faith Isn't Books  Thomas Aquinas: Spiritual Master by Bishop Robert Barron The Priority of Christ: Toward a Postliberal Catholicism by Bishop Robert Barron Websites  StrangeNotions.com - Central meeting place of faith and reason Summa Theologiae online - St. Thomas Aquinas' reasonable explanations of faith

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

WOF 043: Faithful and Intelligent  

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.

Bonus Resources  Study Program The Mystery of God: Who God Is and Why He Matters (Bishop Barron) Articles Does Religion Really Have a "Smart-People Problem"? (Bishop Barron) The Myth of the War Between Science and Religion (Bishop Barron) What Faith Is and Isn't (Bishop Barron) The Glory of God is a Human Being 'Fully Alive' (Bishop Barron) Videos Bishop Barron on Atheism and Philosophy Bishop Barron on "What is God?" Bishop Barron on "God Is Not Great" (Part 1 of 3) Bishop Barron on "God Is Not Great" (Part 2 of 3) Bishop Barron on "God Is Not Great" (Part 3 of 3) Faith and Reason What Faith is and What Faith Isn't Books  Thomas Aquinas: Spiritual Master by Bishop Robert Barron The Priority of Christ: Toward a Postliberal Catholicism by Bishop Robert Barron Websites  StrangeNotions.com - Central meeting place of faith and reason Summa Theologiae online - St. Thomas Aquinas' reasonable explanations of faith

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

WOF 042: Michelangelo Buonarroti, The Artist  

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.

*In this episode we include a limited time Word on Fire Show discount on CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players with Coupon Code: Sistine4

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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? Bonus Resources Calendar and Prayer Cards Pivotal Players Calendar (Bishop Barron) Pivotal Players Prayer Cards (Bishop Barron) Books Praying with the Pivotal Players (Bishop Barron) Study Guides CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players - Leader's Guide (Bishop Barron) CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players - Study Guide (Bishop Barron) CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players - Leaders Kit (Bishop Barron) DVDs CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players (Bishop Barron) Videos Michelangelo Trailer

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WOF 041: G.K. Chesterton, The Evangelist  

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? Bonus Resources Calendar and Prayer Cards Pivotal Players Calendar (Bishop Barron) Pivotal Players Prayer Cards (Bishop Barron) Books Praying with the Pivotal Players (Bishop Barron) The Everlasting Man (G.K. Chesterton) Orthodoxy (G.K. Chesterton) Study Guides CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players - Leader's Guide (Bishop Barron) CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players - Study Guide (Bishop Barron) CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players - Leaders Kit (Bishop Barron) DVDs CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players (Bishop Barron)  Websites American Chesterton Society

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WOF 040: Bl. John Henry Newman, The Convert  

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"? Bonus Resources Calendar and Prayer Cards Pivotal Players Calendar (Bishop Barron) Pivotal Players Prayer Cards (Bishop Barron) Books Praying with the Pivotal Players (Bishop Barron) An Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine (Bl. John Henry Newman) The Idea of a University (Bl. John Henry Newman) Grammar of Assent (Bl. John Henry Newman) Study Guides CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players - Leader's Guide (Bishop Barron) CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players - Study Guide (Bishop Barron) CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players - Leaders Kit (Bishop Barron) DVDs CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players (Bishop Barron)  Sermons Faith Perfected by Love (Bishop Barron)

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WOF 039: St. Catherine of Siena, The Mystic  

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? Bonus Resources Calendar and Prayer Cards Pivotal Players Calendar (Bishop Barron) Pivotal Players Prayer Cards (Bishop Barron) Books Praying with the Pivotal Players (Bishop Barron) Study Guides CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players - Leader's Guide (Bishop Barron) CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players - Study Guide (Bishop Barron) CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players - Leaders Kit (Bishop Barron) DVDs CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players (Bishop Barron)

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WOF 038: Why Mother Teresa is a Saint  

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? Bonus Resources Calendar and Prayer Cards Pivotal Players Calendar (Bishop Barron) Pivotal Players Prayer Cards (Bishop Barron) Books Praying with the Pivotal Players (Bishop Barron) I loved Jesus in the Night: Teresa of Calcutta- A Secret Revealed (Father Paul Murray) Study Guides CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players - Leader's Guide (Bishop Barron) CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players - Study Guide (Bishop Barron) CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players - Leaders Kit (Bishop Barron) DVDs CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players (Bishop Barron)

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