The Word on Fire Show - Catholic Faith and Culture

The Word on Fire Show - Catholic Faith and Culture

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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 092: Pro-Life AND Social Justice  

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

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

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

WOF 091: Does Religion Have a Smart-People Problem?  

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

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Topics Discussed 0:05 - Intro and Catholic podcast recommendations 1:30 - Bishop Barron's initial reaction to the articles claiming that religion has a smart-people problem. 5:00 - What does it say about religion when studies show that most scientists are atheists? 8:30 - Is it worrisome that most professional philosophers are atheists? 12:00 - Does it matter that most religious philosophers are theists? 13:30 - How does the culture feel about religious people, are they considered childish and simple-minded? 17:50 - What does historical evidence tell us about the relationship between science and religion?  19:30 - Question from listener: What's your take on Communion and Liberation and other ecclesial movements in the Church? Bonus Resources  Study Program CATHOLICISM: The New Evangelization Leader's Kit David the King Articles "Religion’s Smart-People Problem: The Shaky Intellectual Foundations of Absolute Faith" (Salon) "A Scientist Looked Through 63 Studies to Conclude Atheists are More Intelligent than Religious People" (Indy 100) "Atheists More Intelligent Because They Can Override “Instinctive” Religious Beliefs—But It Will Be Their Downfall" (Newsweek) "Religion’s Smart-People Problem: The Shaky Intellectual Foundations of Absolute Faith" (Salon) Videos Bill Nye and Philosophy Atheism and Philosophy Scientism and God's Existence Websites Word On Fire DavidTheKing.com

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

WOF 090: Beauty in the Catholic Tradition  

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

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, a Cardinal visits and the sun eclipses 4:00 - Why has Bishop Barron considered beauty the privileged route of evangelization? 8:25 - What is beauty? 10:55 - What three things combine to make something beautiful? 15:55 - Why do some people disagree about a masterpiece being beautiful? 19:20 - How can someone be transformed by beauty? 24:14 - What was a profound moment of beauty in Bishop Barron's life? 25:43 - Question from listener: How can the arts aid in evangelization? Bonus Resources  Study Program CATHOLICISM: The New Evangelization Leader's Kit David the King 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 Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce Websites Word On Fire DavidTheKing.com

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

WOF 089: What Really Happens When We Die?  

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

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Click HERE to leave your review now! Topics Discussed 0:04 - Intro: Bishop Barron speaks at a tech conference 1:30 - Explaining the interview and Tyson's explanation of physical death 5:20 - Are scientists seen as the new priests? 8:10 - What happens when you die besides the obvious scientific realities? 10:00 - Why do atheists still cling to moral values? 11:09 - Does culminating as meat for maggots offer a sense of eternal fulfillment? 12:30 - Tyson's explanation of our annihilation upon death. 14:55 - Is it a wish fulfilling fantasy to desire consciousness after death? 20:00 - Would anyone really want to live forever? 22:30 - What really happens when we die according to Christians? 25:25 - Question from listener: How can God be both a person and the sheer act of "to be" itself? Bonus Resources Articles "The Myth of the War Between Science and Religion" (Bishop Barron) "Does Religion Have a 'Smart-People' Problem?" (Bishop Barron) "The Theory of Everything: A God-Haunted Film" (Bishop Barron) "Cosmos and One More Telling of the Tired Myth" (Bishop Barron) Videos  Neil deGrasse Tyson's interview with Larry King Hey Bill Nye, 'Does Science Have All the Answers or Should We Do Philosophy Too?' Atheism and Philosophy Bishop Barron on The Theory of Everything Bishop Barron on Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey Has Science Refuted Aristotelian Causality? Scientism and God's Existence Stephen Hawking and Atheism Fr. George Coyne and the Fertile Cosmos Books The Soul's Upward Yearning by Fr. Robert Spitzer The Priority of Christ by Bishop Robert Barron Websites WordOnFire.org StrangeNotions.com

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

WOF 088: 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 0:05  - Intro: Bishop Barron returns from his CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players film trip 2:00 - Should we feel guilty for not giving away all of our possessions and serving the poorest of the poor? 5:10 - If there are aliens, did Jesus appear to them as well? 7:45 - What is the difference between the Ascension and the Assumption? 9:45 - Why do we take both the Bread and the Wine in Communion? 13:20 - When does venting turn into gossip, and how do we avoid gossiping? 18:45 - Where is Jesus' body today? 24:25 - What might Jesus say about dealing with a bad breakup? 26:45 - What resources should Catholics read to understand Martin Luther? Bonus Resources 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 be sure to submit your questions at http://AskBishopBarron.

WOF 087: The Law of the Gift  

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

Also, be sure to visit DavidTheKing.com and use the coupon code DAVID to save $10 on the DVD or Blu-ray version of the series!

Bonus Resources

 

DVDs + Study Programs David the King (Bishop Barron) Websites Word On Fire DavidTheKing.com

 

WOF 086: Broadcasting from Milan, Italy  

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

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

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

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

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.

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

Topics Discussed 0:05  - Intro, the new Spiderman movie 1:40 - 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

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

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

 

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

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. 

Topics Discussed

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

WOF 076: 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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