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

Caesar, the Dude, and a Serious Man  

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

Topics Discussed

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

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WOF 075: The Spiritually Alert Coen Brothers  

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

Topics Discussed

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

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WOF 074: Evangelizing the Culture  

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

Topics Discussed 0:17 – Intro and Bishop Barron's new award 2:15 - What does it mean to "evangelize the culture"? 6:40 - How can evangelizing the culture solve the problems of the Church and the culture? 11:50 - How can we see Christ in our surroundings? 15:24 - How do engage the culture without falling into sin? 18:45 - Why was Tolkien so effective at evangelizing the culture? 21:30 - How does the Church community (including the saints) serve evangelization? 23:15 - What's the proper approach for drawing the world to Christ? 24:38 - Question from listener: How do we re-evangelize our parents who grew up in the faith but now lack a relationship with Jesus? Bonus Resources Websites DailyCatholicGospel.com (free daily Gospel reflections from Bishop Barron) Articles "The Trouble with the 'You Go Girl' Culture" (Bishop Barron) "Why Goodness Depends on God" (Bishop Barron) DVD's CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players (Word on Fire) CATHOLICISM series (Word On Fire) Faith Clips (Word On Fire) Videos Bishop Barron on Evangelizing Through the Good Faith, Hope and Love Evangelizing the Culture Books Vibrant Paradoxes by Bishop Barron Word On Fire: Proclaiming the Power of Christ  by Bishop Barron CATHOLICISM by Bishop Barron The Strangest Way by Bishop Barron

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WOF 073: Making Christ the Center of Your Life  

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

Topics Discussed

0:17  - Introduction, Bishop's recent trip to Mundelein Seminary. 2:00 - What is Christocentrism? 5:53 - Is it possible to be too obsessed with Jesus? 7:20 - Why is it important not to domesticate the real Jesus? 8:45 - How should we read the difficult truths Jesus spoke? 10:45 - How do we make Jesus the center of our lives? 15:22 - Question from listener: Why is the Sacred Heart of Jesus is so important in Christian devotion? Bonus Resources Videos How Jesus is the Messiah Andrew Sullivan's Non-Threatening Jesus John Dominic Crossan's Strange Jesus DVD's CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players (Word on Fire) CATHOLICISM series (Word On Fire) Faith Clips (Word On Fire)  Articles   "Why It Matters Who Jesus Is" (Bishop Barron) "Why Jesus is God" (Bishop Barron) "The Disturbing Fact of the Resurrection" (Bishop Barron) “Your Life Does Not Belong to You” (Bishop Barron) Books The Priority of Christ by Bishop Barron The Incarnate Lord by Fr. Thomas Joseph White Jesus Christ: Fundamentals of Christology by Roch A. Kerezty The Strangest Way by Bishop Barron 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 (Bishop Barron) DailyCatholicGospel.com (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 072: The Benedict Option  

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

Topics Discussed

0:17  - Introduction, New announcement regarding Pivotal Players: Volume 2. 3:42 - Has something gone terribly wrong in our society? 4:36 - What are Bishop Barron's thoughts on the Benedict Option as a proposal? 6:30 - Who was Saint Benedict and how can he help solve our modern problems? 8:50 - How is Noah's Ark a good symbol for the Benedict Option? 11:23 - What is the identity/relevance dilemma? 13:55 - How does St. John Paul II relate to the Benedict Option? 18:10 - Should the Church pull back on political engagement? 22:05 - Should Christians pull out of society and live in separate communities? 24:30 - Is homeschooling the best option for Christian children? 28:15 - Should we avoid occupations that will force us to compromise our values? 31:20 - Should we avoid technology as Christians? 34:33 - Question from listener: Should Christians be active in the political arena? Bonus Resources Videos Democracy and a Nation that Trusts God Reflections on Shocking Abortion Numbers Reflections on the Hookup Culture Reflections on the Childfree Life Porn and the Curse of Total Sexual Freedom DVD's CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players (Word on Fire) CATHOLICISM series (Word On Fire) Faith Clips (Word On Fire)  Articles    "How St. Benedict Reshaped the Culture" (Father Steve Grunow) "The Benedict Option and the Identity/Relevance Dilemma" (Bishop Barron) "A Secular Europe and the Mission of the Church" (Bishop Barron) Books The Benedict Option: A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian Nation by Rod Dreher The Priority of Christ by Bishop Barron The Strangest Way by Bishop Barron 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 (Bishop Barron) DailyCatholicGospel.com (Bishop Barron)

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WOF 071: The Case for the Resurrection  

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

Topics Discussed

0:17  - Introduction, Bishop's recent Confirmations. 2:40 - What is The Case for Christ about? 4:36 - Is it wrong to ask hard questions about your faith? 7:10 - How is historical evidence used in the evaluation of the Christian faith? 9:00 - What's wrong with seeing the Resurrection as a symbol of myth? 12:30 - Is it possible that the witnesses of the Resurrection were hallucinating? 16:30 - Is it possible that Jesus didn't die on the cross but simply fainted and was fully revived three days later? 20:24 - How do the claims against the Resurrection hold up against the historical evidence as a whole? 23:35 - How do people become convinced that the Resurrection is true? 25:41 - What was the converging moment for Lee Strobel? 27:24 - Question from listener: What do you do when your friends and family don't support your decision to join the Church? Bonus Resources Videos Trailer for The Case for Christ How Jesus is the Messiah Andrew Sullivan's Non-Threatening Jesus John Dominic Crossan's Strange Jesus DVD's CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players (Word on Fire) CATHOLICISM series (Word On Fire) Faith Clips (Word On Fire)  Articles   "The Case for Christ and a Stubbornly Historical Religion" (Bishop Barron) "Why It Matters Who Jesus Is" (Bishop Barron) "Why Jesus is God" (Bishop Barron) "The Disturbing Fact of the Resurrection" (Bishop Barron) Books The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel The Priority of Christ by Bishop Barron The Incarnate Lord by Fr. Thomas Joseph White Jesus Christ: Fundamentals of Christology by Roch A. Kerezty The Resurrection of the Son of God N.T. Wright 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) DailyCatholicGospel.com (Bishop Barron)

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WOF 070: God and Netflix's “The Crown”  

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

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Topics Discussed

0:17  - Introduction and a reprisal of Bishop's “Simpsons” visit. 3:10 - What makes “The Crown” such good TV? 5:20 - How was the Queen's coronation a call from God to carry out her duty? 8:40 - How would compare the English monarchy to our American democracy? 13:30 - How is it that God anointed her to be queen when she clearly had circumstance put her there? 15:10 - How does God's plan for our lives tend to upset the comfort of our lives and our relationships? 20:22 - What advice would Bishop give to priests who are ordained to fulfill God's mission? 23:00 - Why are Americans so attracted to the idea of monarchies? Is there a biblical nostalgia in that somehow? 25:38 - Question from listener: How does Bishop Barron draw out Christian themes from popular media? Bonus Resources Videos The Crown Trailer Bishop Barron on “True Grit” Bishop Barron on “Gran Torino” DVD's Catholicism: The Pivotal Players (Word on Fire) Catholicism series (Word On Fire) Faith Clips (Word On Fire)  Articles   “The Crown” and the Fundamental Values of a Society (Bishop Barron) Why Goodness Depends on God (Bishop Barron) Your Life Does Not Belong to You (Bishop Barron) Books The Priority of Christ by Bishop Barron The Strangest Way by Bishop Barron 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) LentReflections.com (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 069: Following the Right Jesus  

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

Topics Discussed

0:17  - Introduction, Chesterton, and Bishop's recent trip. 3:00 - What is Christology and why does it matter? 4:55 - Why does high-level theology matter? 7:28 - What is the major difference with modern Christology? 10:58 - Who is Jesus? 13:20 - What are the ramifications of reading Jesus with a psychological priority rather than an ontological priority? 15:00 - How is the emphasis on Jesus' ontology make Christianity unique compared to other religions? 18:20 - What was the theological priority of the early Church? 19:45 - What are some of the insights we learn about Jesus from Saint Thomas Aquinas? 25:15 - What books does Bishop Barron recommend for studying Christology? 27:00 - Question from listener: What does Bishop Barron think about the Jesus Seminar of the Westar Institute? Bonus Resources Videos How Jesus is the Messiah Andrew Sullivan's Non-Threatening Jesus John Dominic Crossan's Strange Jesus DVD's Catholicism: The Pivotal Players (Word on Fire) Catholicism series (Word On Fire) Faith Clips (Word On Fire)  Articles   Why It Matters Who Jesus Is (Bishop Barron) Why Jesus is God (Bishop Barron) The Disturbing Fact of the Resurrection (Bishop Barron) Books The Priority of Christ by Bishop Barron The Incarnate Lord by Fr. Thomas Joseph White Jesus Christ: Fundamentals of Christology by Roch A. Kerezty Infinity Dwindled to Infancy by Edward T. Oakes, S.J. Does God Suffer?  Thomas Weinandy, O.F.M. Does God Change? Thomas Weinandy, O.F.M. The Summa Theologica  Saint Thomas Aquinas 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) LentReflections.com (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 068: The Heroic Priesthood  

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

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Topics Discussed 0:17 – Intro and Bishop attends a table reading for The Simpsons 3:33 - What is the "Heroic Priesthood" and, how is each baptized person is a priest? 5:50 - Why do we still need ordained priests? 9:25 - How is the priesthood uniquely heroic? 11:28 - Did Bishop Barron ever have second thoughts about becoming a priest? 12:30 - How did Bishop Barron decide to become a priest? 14:30 - How is being a priest rebellious? 15:30 - Why is celibacy absolutely necessary in the priesthood? 17:55 - What are Bishop Barron's favorite things about being a priest? 22:10 - Do you have to be a scholar to become a priest? 26:00 - What advice does Bishop Barron have for those considering the priesthood? 28:12 - Question from listener: What advice does Bishop Barron have for parents who want to nurture religious vocations in their children? Bonus Resources Websites HeroicPriesthood.com (free daily Lent reflections from Bishop Barron) Articles Brian Williams, Chris Matthews, and Letting the Fly Out of the Bottle (Bishop Barron) Why Exorcism Films Still Fascinate (Bishop Barron) A Great Time to Be a Priest (Bishop Barron) Fr. Andrew Greeley, Priest (Bishop Barron) DVD's Catholicism: The Pivotal Players (Word on Fire) Catholicism series (Word On Fire) Faith Clips (Word On Fire) Videos How Should I Discern the Priesthood (Bishop Barron) David and the Priesthood (Bishop Barron) David and the Priesthood Part 2 (Bishop Barron) Calvary and the Underrated Virtue of Forgiveness (Bishop Barron) Books Vibrant Paradoxes by Bishop Barron Word On Fire: Proclaiming the Power of Christ  by Bishop Barron Catholicism by Bishop Barron The Strangest Way 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 067: Evangelizing with Goodness  

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

Topics Discussed 0:17 – Intro and Bishop meets William Friedkin 3:33 - How is Christian moral goodness unique and attractive? 6:57 - How did the early Christians evangelize through goodness? 9:58 - Does our Christian goodness remain distinct amidst our modern culture? 11:50 - What did the medieval Christian goodness look like? 13:51 - How was Saint Francis one of the greatest evangelists of all time? 16:04 - How did Saint Theresa of Calcutta become the most powerful evangelist of the twentieth century? 17:54 - How did Saint Gregory the Wonderworker encourage evangelization? 20:25 - As Christians, how do we remain charitable even when we don't feel motivated to be radically good? 22:17 - How do we evangelize with goodness today? 24:38 - Question from listener: Who inspires Bishop Barron? Bonus Resources Websites LentReflections.com (free daily Lent reflections from Bishop Barron) Articles Saint of Light, Saint of Darkness (Bishop Barron) Why Goodness Depends on God (Bishop Barron) DVD's Catholicism: The Pivotal Players (Word on Fire) Catholicism series (Word On Fire) Faith Clips (Word On Fire) Videos Bishop Barron onEvangelizing Through the Good (Bishop Barron) Faith, Hope and Love (Bishop Barron) Books Vibrant Paradoxes by Bishop Barron Word On Fire: Proclaiming the Power of Christ  by Bishop Barron Catholicism by Bishop Barron The Strangest Way 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 066: How to Have Hope  

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

Topics Discussed 0:17 – Intro and recap of the 2017 LA. Congress 2:30 - How would you define hope? 5:25 - What's the difference between hoping for something and placing your hope in something? 7:20 - Why is it important to put our hope in God? 10:0o - What about putting our hope in romantic love and family? 14:00 - If we put our hope in God, can we expect to get what we want from life? 15:40 - How does putting our hope in God change us? 18:20 - How is the Christian hope different from other religions? 19:55 - How does having a spirit of detachment allow you to find hope in Christ? 23:14 - How living a life of hope all comes down to love. 24:38 - Question from listener: How can one cultivate an emotional connection with God? Bonus Resources Websites LentReflections.com (free daily Lent reflections from Bishop Barron) Articles What is Our Fundamental Problem? (Bishop Barron) Saint of Light, Saint of Darkness (Bishop Barron) DVD's Catholicism: The Pivotal Players (Word on Fire) Catholicism series (Word On Fire) Faith Clips (Word On Fire) Videos Bishop Barron on Lent (Bishop Barron) What are the Practices of Lent? (Bishop Barron) Reflections on Lent (Bishop Barron) Faith, Hope and Love (Bishop Barron) Books Story of a Soul by Therese of Lisieux The Priority of Christ by Bishop Barron Word On Fire: Proclaiming the Power of Christ  by Bishop Barron Catholicism by Bishop Barron The Strangest Way by Bishop Barron Homilies "The Virtue of Hope" (Bishop Barron) "The Great Hope of Easter" (Bishop Barron)

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WOF 065: Viral Videos and Labels  

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

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

Bonus Resources

Videos Prince Ea "I Am NOT Black, You are NOT White." Bishop Barron Comments on Gay Marriage and the Breakdown of Moral Argument Bishop Barron on Atheism and Philosophy  Bishop Barron on Stephen Fry, Job, and Suffering Bishop Barron Comments on College Campus "Safe Spaces" DVD's CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players (Word On Fire) Catholicism: A Journey to the Heart of the Faith (Word On Fire) The Mystery of God (Word On Fire) Faith Clips (Word On Fire)  Articles   Love, Tolerance, and the Making of Distinctions (Bishop Barron) Playing at Atheism (Bishop Barron) Tolerance, Choice, Argument and Religion (Bishop Barron) Books The Priority of Christ by Bishop Barron Word On Fire: Proclaiming the Power of Christ  by Bishop Barron Catholicism 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) LentenReflections.com (Daily Gospel Reflections for Lent)

 

 

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WOF 064: LIVE from the L.A. Congress!  

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

Topics Discussed 0:10  - Introduction, Bishop Barron's 20th year at the Congress and his talk on the "nones" 4:00 - What would Bishop Barron ask Thomas Aquinas if he was able to meet him? 6:58 - How do you see Hispanic Catholics evangelizing to future generations? 9:20 - Catholic Stuff You Should Know priests discuss podcasting for evangelization 13:45 - What are some good takeaways from the theology of Hans Urs von Balthasar? 15:20 - What is Bishop Barron's vision for evangelization and catechesis? 21:30 - What's the next filming project for Word On Fire? 23:30 - How should we deal with sin without beating ourselves up when we fail? 28:00 - What is the difference between meditative prayer and contemplative prayer? 32:10 - How can God be three persons and not fall into any genus, the genus of personhood? 35:45 - How can teachers help combat the myth that science refutes religion? 42:30 - How do we reconcile the book of Genesis with scientific facts about creation? 47:35 - What is the best way to bring an inactive Catholic back to the faith? 49:30 - What is one bit of advice for all of us facing the crisis of attrition within the Catholic Church? Bonus Resources Videos Bishop Barron on the Rise of the "Nones" Bishop Barron on Stephen Hawking and Atheism Bishop Barron on The Religious "Nones" Bishop Barron on God's Existence and The Argument from Desire DVD's CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players (Word On Fire) Catholicism: A Journey to the Heart of the Faith (Word On Fire) The Mystery of God (Word On Fire) Faith Clips (Word On Fire)  Articles   Playing at Atheism (Bishop Barron) The Glory of God is a Human Being 'Fully Alive' (Bishop Barron) Apologists, Catechists, Theologians: Wake Up!  (Bishop Barron) Books The Priority of Christ by Bishop Barron Word On Fire: Proclaiming the Power of Christ  by Bishop Barron Catholicism 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) Catholic Stuff You Should Know (Podcast)

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

WOF 063: Stephen Colbert, Ricky Gervais, and the Debate About God  

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

Topics Discussed

0:17  - Introduction, Bishop Barron's trip to Georgia for a Pivotal Players promotion 4:00 - Colbert to Gervais, "Why is there something rather than nothing?" 7:36 - What is the difference between asking why the universe exists and h0w the universe exists? 12:05 - Colbert to Gervais, "Do you believe in a prime mover?" 14:05 - Gervais explains what he believes an agnostic atheist is. 16:57 - Gervais to Colbert, "You deny one less God than I do" 20:52 - Colbert to Gervais, "Do you ever have a feeling of great gratitude for existence?" 25:47 - Gervais explains to Colbert that Science is repeatable and holy books are not. 29:20 - Listener Question: Do atheists or theists bear the burden of proof during debates about the existence of God? Bonus Resources Videos Ricky Gervais And Stephen Go Head-To-Head On Religion Atheism and Philosophy  Bishop Barron on Stephen Hawking and Atheism Bishop Barron on Stephen Fry, Job, and Suffering Bishop Barron on God's Existence and The Argument from Desire DVD's CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players (Word On Fire) Catholicism: A Journey to the Heart of the Faith (Word On Fire) The Mystery of God (Word On Fire) Faith Clips (Word On Fire)  Articles   Playing at Atheism (Bishop Barron) The Glory of God is a Human Being 'Fully Alive' (Bishop Barron) Bishop Barron on Atheists at the CNN Belief Blog  (Bishop Barron) Books The Priority of Christ by Bishop Barron Word On Fire: Proclaiming the Power of Christ  by Bishop Barron Catholicism 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 062: 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.

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Topics Discussed 0:17  - Intro: Bishop Barron talks about Marriage as a sacrament 2:23 - Why was it necessary for Jesus to be baptized? 5:47 - Why is Jesus named "Jesus" and not Emanuel as the prophet predicted? 7:39 - Why are there so many names for God in the Old Testament, is "God" sufficient? 12:21 - By what means was Jesus able to avoid sin? 15:50 - What does Chesterton mean when he says, "The pint, the pipe, and the cross can all fit together."? 18:40 - Why did God allow the devil to exist? 22:05 - Besides Saint Joseph, what saints should new husbands and fathers study? 23:55 - Is there certain a disposition towards goodness that some people are born with while others are prone to struggle? 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 061: How Are We Saved?  

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

Topics Discussed

0:17  - Introduction, Bishop Barron's trip to Hawaii for the Red Mass 5:00 - How should we respond to the question, "Are you saved?" 8:10 - What are we being saved from? 11:30 - Why is the Old Testament important for understanding salvation? 13:35 - Why does God use the act of crucifixion to affect our salvation? 18:08 - What's the difference between individual salvation and the idea that God saved humanity on the Cross? 19:45 - What roll do the sacraments play in salvation? 22:47 - Where did Martin Luther differ from the Church? 26:10 - Listener Question: How do we inherit original sin? Bonus Resources Videos Bishop Barron on Baptism Bishop Barron on The Council of Trent Bishop Barron on Original Sin Bishop Barron on The Scandalous Cross of Jesus DVD's CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players (Word On Fire) Catholicism: A Journey to the Heart of the Faith (Word On Fire) The Mystery of God (Word On Fire) Faith Clips (Word On Fire)  Articles   What Precisely is the Gospel? (Bishop Barron) The Glory of God is a Human Being 'Fully Alive' (Bishop Barron) Books The Priority of Christ by Bishop Barron Word On Fire: Proclaiming the Power of Christ  by Bishop Barron Catholicism by Bishop Barron Homilies Faith Perfected by Love (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 060: New and Notable Books  

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

Topics Discussed

0:17  - Introduction, Bishop Barron's 2017 goals and resolutions 3:15 - Who is Dietrich von Hildebrand and why does he matter? 5:30 - What was the liturgical movement that took place in the 1920's and 30's. 7:00 - According to Hildebrand, how does the faith and liturgy shape a well-cultivated personality? 10:00 - Who is Sally Read and what is her story? 14:0o - What is the way of beauty and why is it important? 18:20 - What is the premise of Rick Warren's The Purpose Driven Church 21:10 - What are some of the things that Evangelical churches do right in terms of church growth and health? 20:35 - What can Catholics learn from the mega church model? 25:33 - Listener question: If God exists non-competitively with his creation and is all-loving, why does he rain down fire on cities? Bonus Resources Videos Bishop Barron on Fleming Rutledge’s “The Crucifixion” Bishop Barron on Anthony Doerr’s “All the Light We Cannot See” Bishop Barron on the Book of Revelation DVD's CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players (Word On Fire) Faith Clips (Word On Fire)  Articles   Forward to Hildebrand's Liturgy and Personality (Bishop Barron) Why you should read C.S. Lewis’ “The Great Divorce” (Bishop Barron) What should Catholic's Make of Eckhart Tolle Books Liturgy and Personality by Dietrich von Hildebrand The Mystical Body of Christ by Fulton J. Sheen Night's Bright Darkness by Sally Read The Purpose Driven Church by Rick Warren Word On Fire: Proclaiming the Power of Christ  by Bishop Barron Seeds of the Word 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 059: Bishop Barron on “Silence”  

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

Topics Discussed

0:17  - Introduction, Bishop Barron's Christmas vacation and silent retreat 3:35 - What is the premise of “Silence”? 4:55 - What was Bishop Barron's reaction to reading the book for the first time? 5:45 - How would you react if your great spiritual hero abandoned the faith? 6:58 - What is the significance of the moment when the priests arrive in Japan 9:25 - How do we approach the question of whether or not we would keep our faith under persecution? 11:35 - What do we make of Fr. Rodriguez's conclusion that it is ok to step on Jesus' face? 14:45 - How do we approach the idea that we can do something wrong in order to create a greater good? 16:45 - Why has the Christian faith had such difficulty flourishing in Japan? 20:35 - What does Bishop Barron think about Martin Scorsese? 24:10 - Who is the hero of this film? 25:20 - Question from listener: How did we start before we were born? Bonus Resources Videos Bishop Barron on “Silence” Bishop Barron on “Departed” 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 Silence by Shusaku Endo 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 058: David Dancing Before the Ark (Part 2 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 Two of the Bishop's great talk, he articulates the theological implications of David dancing before the Ark of the Covenant.

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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 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.

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