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Now displaying: November, 2016
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

  • Websites

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

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

  • Websites

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

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

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

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

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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