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Feb 21, 2017

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?

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Feb 14, 2017

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

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Feb 7, 2017

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?

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Jan 31, 2017

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?

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Jan 24, 2017

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?

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Jan 17, 2017

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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Jan 10, 2017

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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Jan 3, 2017

The Internet has produced the most profound shift in communications since the printing press, and many in the Church are using it to spread the Gospel. But how best to do it? How do we share our faith online without succumbing to the toxicity and vitriol that saturate much of the digital world? Bishop Barron discusses these questions today and shares his own advice for becoming an online missionary. A listener asks how he should respond when sharing his faith on Facebook provokes criticism.

Topics Discussed

  • 0:18  - Three digital milestones at Word on Fire
  • 2:25 - How Bishop Barron got started with new media evangelization
  • 5:35 - Most surprising part about YouTube
  • 6:44 - Engaging YouTube commenters
  • 7:37 - How the Internet is like a "new Areopagus"
  • 9:15 - Why Bishop Barron's online style is effective
  • 11:03 - How Bishop Barron handles online vitriol
  • 15:32 - Social media's unique dynamic
  • 16:55 - Do we need a theology of new media?
  • 21:08 - Bishop Barron's advice for new media evangelists
  • 23:19 - What role should new media play in priestly formation?
  • 24:38 - Question from listener: How should we discuss our beliefs on social media?

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Dec 27, 2016

On the first day of the calendar year, the Church celebrates The Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God. This day honors the Blessed Virgin Mary under the aspect of her motherhood of Jesus. With her great "yes" to the Divine Will, Mary effectively reverses the negative trajectory caused by the great "no" of the world's first woman, Eve. Today's episode of the Word on Fire Show discusses how Mary, the Mother of God, represents the New Eve who ushers forth the New Adam, the Savior of the World, Jesus Christ. The listener question asks about the perpetual virginity of Mary.

Topics Discussed

  • 0:17  Introduction: Bishop celebrates the Virgin of Guadalupe in Los Angeles
  • 5:08 - Why is the Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God so important
  • 7:02 - What is the controversy behind calling Mary "The Mother of God"?
  • 9:40 - Why were people parading through the streets when Mary was named "Theotokos"?
  • 11:05 - How does Mary compare to Eve?
  • 14:13 - What is the theological foundation for reverencing Mary?
  • 16:10 - Was Mary aware of her role in salvation history?
  • 18:16 - How should we understand the Angel's words to Mary, "Hail, full of grace"?
  • 19:40 - How is Mary the first disciple?
  • 21:03 - How should we respond to Protestants or those who say that we ought not reverence Mary?
  • 22:40 - Question from listener: What is the necessity of the Marian doctrine regarding Mary's perpetual virginity?

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Dec 20, 2016

St. Luke’s telling of the Christmas story, which is read at Midnight Masses all over the Catholic world, commences by invoking the first-century’s most powerful man: “In those days Caesar Augustus published a decree ordering a census of the whole world.” Then the story continues by introducing a new King, one born in straw poverty, wrapped in swaddling clothes and placed in a feeding trough. This is the poetry by which God enters into our world, not as a tyrant surrounded by powers of earthly violence but as a fragile baby surrounded by an army of heavenly angels set to usher him to the cross. Today's episode of the Word on Fire Show discusses this subversive Christmas tale and encourages us to consider which king we choose to follow. The listener question asks about the relationship between mind, body, and spirit.

Topics Discussed

  • 0:17  - Introduction: What was Word on Fire doing in New York City?
  • 3:40 - What is the political backdrop of the Christmas story?
  • 5:42 - Who were Mary and Joseph of Nazareth?
  • 8:00 - What is the significance of Bethlehem?
  • 9:50 - How strange is it that God came in the form of a baby?
  • 12:33 - What is the significance of the manger?
  • 13:32 - How does The Lord of the Rings relate to the Christmas story?
  • 16:00 - Why is the birth of this baby good news for the shepherds?
  • 17:42 - What is the terrifying undertone signaled by the angels who appear above the manger?
  • 20:45 - How might Catholics get in the Christmas spirit?
  • 21:47 - Question from listener: What is the relationship between the body, mind, and spirit?

Bonus Resources

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Dec 13, 2016

The most recent meeting of the United States Council of Catholic Bishops ended with a prayer service and a sermon by Archbishop Peter Sartain, wherein his excellency referenced the mystical prayers of St. Catherine of Siena. In this episode, Bishop Robert Barron recounts this wonderful sermon and reflects on the use of the word "thee" in St. Catherine's prayers as well as the common prayers of the Church. Bishop explains that the purpose of this sort of language is to remind us of the intimacy we share in God through the Son. Sharing this personal relationship with Jesus is the real purpose of evangelization. The listener question wonders about the purpose of petitionary prayer.

Topics Discussed

  • 0:15  - Introduction, information about the USCCB meeting and Bishop Barron's newly elected office
  • 3:53 - Word on Fire Show reaches 1 million downloads
  • 4:30 - Overview of Archbishop Sartain's Sermon
  • 9:03 - What language did Jesus use when he prayed?
  • 11:25 - How does the language we use about God relate to evangelization?
  • 13:10 - How do we navigate the fact that God is so far beyond us but also so intimately near?
  • 15:38 - What are some common misunderstandings about how to speak about God?
  • 18:15 - How do we grow in intimacy with the Lord?
  • 20:47 - Question from listener: When does it make sense to participate in petitionary prayer?

Bonus Resources

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Dec 6, 2016

“Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on me” is the simplest form of the Jesus Prayer. Bishop Robert Barron has professed the spiritual power of this short prayer for decades and was recently reintroduced to The Way of a Pilgrim, a short book, which narrates one man's quest to "pray without ceasing" by way of the Jesus Prayer. This episode serves as an encouragement for all Christians to adopt this prayer, which has long been a revered tradition in the Eastern Orthodox Church. The listener question comes from an atheist who wonders what, precisely, is the correct way to read the Bible.

Topics Discussed

  • 0:17  - Introduction, background information about “The Way of a Pilgrim”
  • 2:53 - Spiritual greatness of the Eastern Orthodox tradition
  • 5:17 - What is the Jesus Prayer and how do you pray it?
  • 7:50 - What happens after you pray the Jesus Prayer 1,000 times?
  • 9:03 - What is the difference between mindful route prayers and mindless babbling?
  • 10:40 - How can the Jesus Prayer become an extension of your body and soul?
  • 13:29 - What happens to the pilgrim in the story? (Spoiler Alert)
  • 15:28 - What is the one thing you cling to most?
  • 18:30 - What is the connection between “The Way of the Pilgrim” and TV's “Vikings”
  • 20:32 - What advice does Bishop Barron have for helping us detach ourselves from the material world?
  • 22:00 - Question from listener: How ought an atheist read the Bible?

Bonus Resources

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Nov 29, 2016

One of the most popular forms of content at Word on Fire continues to be Bishop Robert Barron's theological commentaries about movies. In fact, the very first Youtube video Word On Fire ever produced was a commentary on Martin Scorsese's Oscar-Winning film, “The Departed.” Since then, the bishop has reviewed dozens of movies and received high praise for his spiritual interpretations, even from the films' own directors. So for this episode, we thought we would ask Bishop Barron to share his ideas about two recent movies, namely, “Doctor Strange" and “Hacksaw Ridge” (SPOILER ALERT). The listener question asks where we Christians should draw the line for viewing graphic content.

Topics Discussed

  • 0:17  - Introduction, Cubs win the World Series
  • 5:45 - What is the premise of “Doctor Strange”? (Spoiler Alert)
  • 9:12 - How does “Doctor Strange” participate in the religious tradition?
  • 12:49 - How do modern films profess a kind of Gnostic spirituality?
  • 18:40 - What is the premise of “Hacksaw Ridge”? (Spoiler Alert)
  • 21:39 - How does “Hacksaw Ridge” witness to both a violent and nonviolent fight against evil?
  • 24:36 - How is the protagonist in “Hacksaw Ridge” a man of the bible?
  • 26:04 - Question from listener: Where should Christians draw the line when it comes to graphic content in art?

Bonus Resources

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Nov 22, 2016

Bishop Robert Barron recently had the privilege of speaking to around nine thousand students from the Catholic middle schools and high schools of the Los Angeles Archdiocese. Encouraged by their enthusiasm, he invited them to internalize three spiritual truths as they come of age. In today's episode, Bishop Barron recounts the event and explains some lessons that all Catholics but particularly young Catholics need to take to heart. The listener question asks what Gospel passages are difficult for the bishop to come to terms with and how Catholics ought internalize Jesus' more troubling messages.

Topics Discussed

  • 0:17  - Introduction, The Word on Fire Show 50th Episode, Youth Event Details
  • 2:50 - Lesson 1: The Law of the Gift, what does that mean?
  • 5:55 - What do you say to someone who claims total happiness in the secular world?
  • 8:49 - How does St. Mother Theresa of Calcutta represent the Law of the Gift?
  • 10:35 - Lesson 2: Spiritual Excellence, why not settle for spiritual mediocrity?
  • 12:50 - How does Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati best represent aspiring young Catholics?
  • 14:30 - What does it mean to say that holiness is broad, vibrant, and colorful?
  • 16:45 - Lesson 3: Be a Rebel! What is true rebellion?
  • 19:36 - Who is Jose Sanchez del Rio?
  • 22:57 - Question from listener: What does Bishop Barron consider to be the most difficult messages of Jesus? How ought we wrestle with them?

Bonus Resources

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Nov 15, 2016

Normally, in each episode we take one listener question. But we've received such a large number of outstanding questions from around the globe that we’ve decided to devote another episode to answering a range of questions from listeners like you. Bishop Barron answers several questions, rapid fire, on many different topics.

Topics Discussed

  • 0:24  - Intro: Bishop Barron talks about the PBS premier of Pivotal Players
  • 3:00 - If goodness is just part of God's nature, why are we under any obligation to make ourselves into good human beings?
  • 6:11 - What is the Catholic way of dating?
  • 8:35 - What is the difference between hope and wishful thinking?
  • 12:19 - How do you explain Old Testament animal sacrifice to vegans?
  • 15:10 - Is evil really just an absence of good or a force of its own, opposing the Kingdom of God?
  • 19:45 - How do we reconcile centuries old philosophy with modern science?
  • 23:35 - Why do we focus so much on interpreting the Greek words in scripture when anything Jesus spoke was in Aramaic?
  • 26:30 - How does a new parent, busy parent find time to deepen her prayer life?

Bonus Resources

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Nov 8, 2016

October 31st, 2016 marked the beginning of the 500th year anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, which is decidedly the greatest split in Christian Church history. Pope Francis traveled to Sweden that Halloween weekend to meet with Lutheran Church leaders, commemorate the historical significance of the Reformation, and emphasize unity amongst the Christian faithful. In today's episode, Bishop Barron offers a brief history of the Reformation and explains his hopes for continued dialogue between Protestants and Catholics. The listener question asks about St. Augustine's views on the theological topic of predestination.

Topics Discussed

  • 0:17  - Introduction, Bishop's meeting with Pastor Rick Warren
  • 2:50 - What is the Reformation and who were the major players?
  • 5:13 - What are some points of doctrinal contention in the Reformation?
  • 6:40 - What does Bishop Barron make of Pope Francis' visit with the Lutherans?
  • 09:21 - Why is it a sign of respect that Protestants can't receive Catholic Communion?
  • 12:10 - Was the Reformation an entirely bad thing?
  • 15:08 - What is the Catholic Counter-Reformation?
  • 17:00 - Should Catholics actively try to convert Protestants?
  • 19:02 - What should the Catholic Church do to end this schism?
  • 20:38 - Question from listener: What does St. Augustine think about predestination and what does the Church teach about it?

Bonus Resources

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Nov 1, 2016

How do we proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ in today's culture? In a talk he gave at the Religious Education Congress, Bishop Barron offers recommendations for effective evangelization, aimed to permeate our densely secularized society with the beauty and joy of Catholicism. In Part Two of the Bishop's great talk we hear him discuss the remaining four "Keys to the New Evangelization".

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Oct 25, 2016

How do we proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ in today's culture? In a talk he gave at the Religious Education Congress, Bishop Barron offers recommendations for effective evangelization, aimed to permeate our densely secularized society with the beauty and joy of Catholicism. In Part One of the Bishop's great talk we hear him discuss three of his "7 Keys to the New Evangelization".

Bonus Resources 

 

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Oct 18, 2016

After perusing the latest Pew Study on why young people are leaving the active practice of Christianity, Bishop Barron noticed that (once again) the reasons they offer for abandoning Christianity are entirely not compelling. That is to say, any theologian, apologist, or evangelist worth his salt should be able easily to answer these objections to faith and hopefully encourage the youngster to reconsider the Truth of the Church. With this in mind for today's episode, Bishop offers smart, passionate responses to the common misconceptions and objections that continue to lure young people away from God. The listener question asks which books are best for evangelizing atheists from both a rational and emotional standpoint.

Topics Discussed

  • 0:17  - Introduction, Bishop's trip to Lake Placid and current reading list
  • 3:25 - Bishop's reaction to young people leaving the church?
  • 5:15 - Should we avoid pressuring them and let young people return on their own?
  • 7:48 - Some common objections: Is religion the opiate of the people?
  • 11:10 - Has science disproven religion?
  • 15:15 - If religion causes so much violence, how can it possibly be right?
  • 17:50 - Does the sex abuse scandal invalidate the Church?
  • 20:53 - Is it better to be open-minded to all world religions?
  • 26:48 - What if church is too boring and you don't have time?
  • 30:40 - How would Bishop Barron encourage young people to return to the Church?
  • 32:09 - Question from listener: What are some good books to battle atheism both from a rational and emotional standpoint?

Bonus Resources

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Oct 11, 2016

What is faith exactly? How do faith and reason coexist? How do we grow in power and freedom when we surrender to an almighty God? Where does philosophy fit into Catholic theology? What is the foundation for Catholic reasoning? Bishop Robert Barron addresses these questions and more at Duke University's Goodson Chapel in an event hosted by the Duke Catholic Center.

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Oct 4, 2016

What is faith exactly? How do faith and reason coexist? How do we grow in power and freedom when we surrender to an almighty God? Where does philosophy fit into Catholic theology? What is the foundation for Catholic reasoning? Bishop Robert Barron addresses these questions and more at Duke University's Goodson Chapel in an event hosted by the Duke Catholic Center.

Bonus Resources 

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Sep 27, 2016

We are taking the next few episodes of the show to discuss each of the great men and women featured in Word on Fire's epic new film series, CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players. This episode covers Michelangelo Buonarroti. A figure whose first name evokes an instant connection to the West's most famous artworks, Michelangelo, we hear from Bishop Barron, ought also bring to mind a wonderfully rich theological connection, which The Artist expressed beautifully through his predominantly Catholic subject matter. Our listener question of the day asks Bishop Barron about how the human imagination can be useful in evangelization.

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Topics Discussed

  • 1:00  - Bishop Barron discusses his recent pastoral adventures
  • 3:30 - What does an ancient monk have to do with Michelangelo?
  • 5:45 - Who is Michelangelo Buonarotti?
  • 9:27 - What is the Pietà?
  • 13:22 - What is the biblical significance of the "David" statue?
  • 20:19 - What is the theology behind the Sistine Chapel paintings?
  • 27:19 -How does creating artwork make Michelangelo a pivotal player?
  • 29:54 - Listener Question: How is the use of the human imagination effective in evangelization?

Bonus Resources

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Sep 20, 2016

We are taking the next few episodes of the show to discuss each of the great men and women featured in Word on Fire's epic new film series, CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players. Today we're focusing on the joyful English journalist and evangelist, G.K. Chesterton. A larger-than-life figure, Chesterton charmed his way into the heart of the modern culture and illuminated the dull philosophy of the age with his clever, Catholic brilliance. Our listener question asks Bishop Barron about praying for intercession from those souls who've not yet been named saints.

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

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Topics Discussed

  • 1:30  - Bishop Barron discusses the Pivotal Players World Premier Party
  • 2:40 - Who was G.K. Chesterton?
  • 5:03 - What is G.K. Chesterton's impact on modern evangelism?
  • 6:10 - What inspiration can married laypeople find in Chesterton?
  • 7:37 - How was G.K. Chesterton an artistic evangelist?
  • 9:21 - Why is Chesterton called a "happy warrior"?
  • 10:48 -How did Chesterton separate ideas from people?
  • 11:33 - Why did Chesterton love the paradoxical?
  • 14:17 - How did Chesterton highlight the vibrant paradoxes of Catholicism?
  • 16:45 - What is Chesterton's Orthodoxy? 
  • 21:56 - What is Chesterton's Everlasting Man?
  • 23:48 - How did Chesterton take on religious relativism?
  • 27:35 - Listener Question: How do we know when it is appropriate to pray for intersession from the holy departed?

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Sep 13, 2016

We are taking the next few episodes of the show to discuss each of the great men and women featured in Word on Fire's epic new film series, CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players. Today we're focusing on the Catholic convert, Bl. John Henry Newman. One of the most influential figures in theology and modern evangelization, Newman lived in unwavering pursuit of The Truth while defending the objectivity of truth to an increasingly secular, relativist culture. Our listener question asks Bishop Barron about the Catholic perspective on Luther's doctrine of "Sola Scriptura".

*In this episode we include a limited time Word on Fire Show discount on CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players with Coupon Code: TRACT90

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Topics Discussed

  • 1:00  - Bishop Barron discusses the West Coast Pivotal Players Premier Party
  • 2:10 - Who was Bl. John Henry Newman?
  • 9:24 - How is the Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine anti-Protestant?
  • 15:55 - What was the spark and process of Newman's conversion?
  • 19:22 - How did Neman's Idea of a University evangelize the culture?
  • 21:27 - How does The Grammar of Assent argue for faith in our skeptical culture?
  • 26:12 -Why is Bl. John Henry Newman a pivotal player?
  • 27:00 - Listener Question: What is the Catholic perspective on "Sola Scriptura"?

Bonus Resources

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Sep 6, 2016

We are taking the next few episodes of the show to discuss each of the great men and women featured in Word on Fire's epic new film series, CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players. Today we're focusing on St. Catherine of Siena. One of the most beguiling figures in Church history, St. Catherine had a profound connection to the Lord that was displayed by her miraculous mysticism, her impact on the papacy, and her love for the poor. Our listener question asks Bishop Barron how he chose the Pivotal Players and what's next on the horizon for Word On Fire.

*In this episode we include a limited time Word on Fire Show discount on CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players with Coupon Code: SIENA33

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Topics Discussed

  • 1:15  - Bishop Barron discusses his upcoming trip to Rome
  • 2:44 - Who was Saint Catherine of Siena?
  • 7:33 - How does St. Catherine represent the power of women in the Church?
  • 10:20 - What is found in St. Catherine's "Dialogues with God"?
  • 13:31 -Why does St. Catherine use the metaphor of a bridge for Christ?
  • 15:13 - How is St. Catherine a doctor of grace?
  • 16:23 - How is St. Catherine accessible to people unfamiliar with mysticism?
  • 19:00 - Why is it significant that she is named a "Doctor of the Church"?
  • 21:00 - Why is Saint Catherine a pivotal player?
  • 22:35 - Listener Question: How did Bishop Barron choose the Pivotal Players?

Bonus Resources

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