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 085: Behind the Scenes Filming  

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

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Topics Discussed 0:05  - Intro, the new Spiderman movie 1:40 - What makes St. Benedict a pivotal player? 6:10 - Why is St. Augustine a pivotal player? 10:00 - What will Bishop Barron be filming in Rome? 15:00 - What is Benedictine life like? 19:45 - What will Bishop Barron be filming in Milan? 23:25 - What will Bishop Barron be filming in Paris? 25:00 - Question from listener: How were Adam and Eve able to fall from grace if they were born without original sin? Bonus Resources Calendar and Prayer Cards Pivotal Players Calendar Pivotal Players Prayer Cards Books Praying with the Pivotal Players (Amy Welborn) CATHOLICISM: A Journey to the Heart of the Faith (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) Websites WordOnFireShow.com/Videos Word On Fire DavidTheKing.com

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WOF 084: 5 Reasons We Don't Evangelize  

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

Also, be sure to take advantage of our Word on Fire Show listener sale! ENTER PROMO CODE: DAVID to save $10 on our newest film at DavidTheKing.com

Topics Discussed 0:05  - Intro, what Bishop Barron is reading 1:25 - How do you overcome being nervous about discussing, debating religion? 7:45 - How do we evangelize if we aren't scholars or experts about religion? 13:55 - How do we evangelize without losing our friends or pushing people away by trying to convert them? 18:25 - How do we evangelize in a culture that says religion is a private hobby that does not belong in the public sphere. 25:00 - How do we overcome despair, feeling like nothing we say or do will have an evangelical effect. 29:00 - Question from listener: How do we evangelize in our daily lives? Bonus Resources  Study Program CATHOLICISM: The New Evangelization Leader's Kit (Word on Fire) David the King (Word On Fire) 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 New Media and Evangelization Effective Evangelization Confirmation and Evangelization Evangelizing with the Heart of a Shepherd 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 Websites Word On Fire DavidTheKing.com

 

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WOF 083: How Bishop Barron Reads and Writes  

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

Bonus Resources Videos Fleming Rutledge’s “The Crucifixion” Anthony Doerr’s “All the Light We Cannot See” The Book of Revelation DVD's CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players  Faith Clips  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” (Bishop Barron) Books 2 Samuel by Bishop Barron Vibrant Paradoxes by Bishop Barron The Priority of Christ by Bishop Barron 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 be sure to submit your questions at http://AskBishopBarron.

WOF 082: Living as the Image of God (Part 2)  

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

Bonus Resources Videos Bishop Barron on the Rise of the "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)
WOF 081: Living as the Image of God (Part 1)  

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

Bonus Resources Videos Bishop Barron on the Rise of the "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)
WOF 080: Battling Addiction  

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

Topics Discussed

0:05  - Introduction, Bishop's upcoming trips 2:05 - How are we all addicts? 5:30 - How can addiction bleed into the religious life? 6:20 - What is the purpose of the ascetic life in terms of addiction? 10:00 - What are the spiritual roots of Alcoholics Anonymous? 15:15 - What is the Biblical prescription for dealing with addiction? 19:20 - How can we tell if we are addicted to something when it doesn't seem to be ruining our lives? 22:00 - Why is Christianity specifically helpful for battling addiction? 24:10 - What should someone do if they are right now struggling with an addiction and want to stop? 25:25 - Question from listener: Is it more fun to be bad than good? Bonus Resources Videos Porn and the Curse of Total Sexual Freedom The Woman at the Well DVD David The King  CATHOLICISM: The New Evangelization CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players  Articles   "What is Our Fundamental Problem?" (Bishop Barron) "Saint of Light, Saint of Darkness" (Bishop Barron) "The Cross of Jesus: God's Awful Work of Love" (Bishop Barron) Daily Calendar and Prayer Cards Pivotal Players Calendar (Word On Fire) Pivotal Players Prayer Cards (Word On Fire) Books Praying with the Pivotal Players by Amy Welborn The Priority of Christ by Bishop Barron The Strangest Way by Bishop Barron Study Guides David The King CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players - Study Guide Websites David The King Word On Fire BishopBarronBooks

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

WOF 079: The Spirituality of Marriage  

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

Topics Discussed 0:05  - Introduction and the Vogt's visit to Santa Barbara 2:00 - Why has the number of people getting married declined? 6:30 - What is the number one priority in being a husband or wife? 8:40 - What is the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony? 10:07 - What is the key to a healthy marriage? 16:00 - How can a celibate priest be an authority on marriage? 19:50 - Why does the Catholic Church demand an openness to children within a marriage? 22:20 - Advice from Bishop Barron for people who aren't sure if they ever want to get married 23:40 - Advice from Bishop Barron for those who aspire for marriage 25:30 - Advice from Bishop Barron for those discerning marriage within their current relationship 26:27 - Advice from Bishop Barron for those who are struggling through a difficult marriage or a divorce 27:20 - Question from listener: Will I be with my wife as husband and wife in heaven? Bonus Resources DVD CATHOLICISM series (Bishop Barron) CATHOLICISM: The Pivitol Players series Books Catholicism: A Journey to the Heart of the Faith (Bishop Barron) Seeds of the Word: Finding God in the Culture (Bishop Barron) Vibrant Paradoxes: The Both/And of Catholicism (Bishop Barron) The Strangest Way (Bishop Barron) Videos  Marriage and Relationships Reflections on the Hookup Culture Reflecting on Biblical Family Values Articles  "Your Life is Not About You" (Bishop Barron) "Sex, Love, and God: The Catholic Answer to Puritanism and Nietzscheanism" Websites BishopBarronBooks.com Catholic Answers

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

WOF Bonus Episode: Kids Interview  

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

Topics Discussed

0:01  - Introduction, about the road trip and hellos 1:15 - How did Bishop feel when he first became a priest? 2:07 - How can Mary be "Queen" and Jesus be "King" if she's his mother? 3:05 - How is Jesus King? 3:50 - How old is Jesus? 4:46 - How does it feel to be a bishop? 6:05 - How to explain God to young children? 7:35 - What is God's favorite color? 8:00 - Was Bishop Barron an alter server? 8:55 - What's Bishop Barron's favorite way to pray 10:05 - How do we know God is real? Bonus Resources Videos Satellites and Praying to the Saints DVD/Study Program CATHOLICISM: The New Evangelization CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players  Articles   "St. Patrick, St. Joseph, and the Conversion that Makes All the Difference" (Bishop Barron) Calendar and Prayer Cards Pivotal Players Calendar (Word On Fire) Pivotal Players Prayer Cards (Word On Fire) Books Praying with the Pivotal Players (Amy Welborn) Study Guides CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players - Leader's Guide  CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players - Study Guide CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players - Leaders Kit Websites Word On Fire BishopBarronBooks
WOF 078: Joining the Great Saints  

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

Topics Discussed

0:17  - Introduction, filming B-roll footage for Pivotal Players Volume II 2:00 - How are the saints powerful? 5:55 - How can the stories of the saints aid in evangelization? 8:30 - What is the impact of the Little Flower? 11:15 - How can Saint Thomas Aquinas become accessible for the current culture? 15:30 - How was Saint John Paul II able to contribute so much to the Church and evangelization? 19:20 - What is the great contribution of Bl. John Henry Newman? 24:00 - Question from listener: How might we aspire to attain the third level of prayer as described by St. Catherine of Siena. Bonus Resources Videos Satellites and Praying to the Saints DVD/Study Program CATHOLICISM: The New Evangelization CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players  Articles   "St. Patrick, St. Joseph, and the Conversion that Makes All the Difference" (Bishop Barron) Calendar and Prayer Cards Pivotal Players Calendar (Word On Fire) Pivotal Players Prayer Cards (Word On Fire) Books Praying with the Pivotal Players (Amy Welborn) Study Guides CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players - Leader's Guide  CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players - Study Guide CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players - Leaders Kit Websites Word On Fire BishopBarronBooks

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

WOF 077: God and the New Media  

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

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

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)

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

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.

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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)

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

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

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

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)

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

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)

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

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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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)

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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)

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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

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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

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