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Now displaying: November, 2017
Nov 27, 2017

Have you ever wondered why there is a Christmas Season? Like no other holiday, Christmas carries with it an intense period of anticipation, in which our hearts are readied with hope and love. Christians call this waiting time "Advent", and Bishop Barron explains precisely what this time is all about in today's episode of the Word on Fire Show. The listener question asks how much is enough when it comes to petitionary prayer.

Topics Discussed

  • 0:05 - Introduction - The USCCB meeting
  • 2:00 - Why is there a Christmas Season?
  • 4:20 - Why should a secular person care about the birth of Jesus?
  • 6:45 - Why must we understand Israel if we want to understand Christmas?
  • 10:50 - Why is Mary so pivotal during Advent? What about the rest of the characters in this story?
  • 18:30 - Will Christmas ever become more Christian than it is today in our secular world?
  • 26:30 - What are Bishop Barron's favorite things about Christmas?
  • 28:15 - Listener Question: How much is enough when it comes to petitionary prayer.
Nov 20, 2017

Today we continue our discussion of the eight principles of the Word on Fire Movement by focusing on the fifth principle, "Affirmative Orthodoxy." This term, originating with John Allen, Jr., refers to a positive presentation of what the Church teaches, an emphasis on the Catholic "Yes!" more than a finger-wagging "No!" A listen asks how we concretely love people in difficult situations.

Topics Discussed

  • 0:05 - Introduction and the Erasmus lecture
  • 3:00 - What is Affirmative Orthodoxy?
  • 6:30 - Why is Affirmative Orthodoxy important to evangelization?
  • 8:30 - G.K. Chesterton's adventurous orthodoxy
  • 11:30 - How do we frame Affirmative Orthodoxy around modern sexual morality?
  • 16:30 - How is it possible to maintain Affirmative Orthodoxy during a debate?
  • 19:30 - What are some good Affirmative Orthodoxy strategies?
  • 20:45 - How can we concretely love people in difficult situations?
Nov 13, 2017

We just passed the 500th anniversary of the start of the Protestant Reformation, when Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door of a Wittenberg church, and initiated a massive split of the Christian community. What should Catholics make of this event 500 years later? How should we view Protestantism and relate to our Protestant brothers and sisters? That's what Bishop Barron discussed today. A listener asks how Catholics should feel about Protestants.

Topics Discussed

  • 0:05 - Introduction
  • 2:00 - What are Bishop Barron's initial thoughts on this anniversary?
  • 4:00 - Who is Stanley Hauerwas?
  • 6:15 - Why is Hauerwas so friendly to the Catholic tradition?
  • 8:00 - Is the Reformation effectively over?
  • 13:40 - How does the Reformation continue to fracture the Church Universal?
  • 17:50 - What was the difference maker for reform movements that did not splinter the Church, such as the Franciscans and Dominicans?
  • 21:00 - Is the problem of authority the key to Protestantism?
  • 24:00 - How should Catholics feel about Protestant denominations?
Nov 6, 2017

Today we celebrate the hundredth episode of “The Word on Fire Show”! It's hard to believe we've reach that mark. But to celebrate, we decided to focus on you, our listeners, and your wonderful questions. Bishop Barron answers several listener questions about a whole range of topics.

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Topics Discussed

  • 0:04 - Introduction
  • 2:30 - What are Bishop Barron's thoughts on Stoicism?
  • 5:15 - What if "willing the good" of one person causes problems for another?
  • 8:30 - Why are angels commonly depicted as children in artwork?
  • 10:45 - What are the first steps for someone who is considering becoming Catholic?
  • 13:10 - Was Jesus made in the image of God or is Jesus God?
  • 16:50 - Does Jesus want us to follow all of the laws of the Old Testament?
  • 21:30 - Why did God create the world?
  • 23:30 - Does Bishop Barron plan on starting a Catholic movement? 

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