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Nov 29, 2021

Friends, today we continue our “Word on Fire Show” series on how to understand Genesis by discussing Abraham and Isaac. Watch and learn about these two pivotal figures in salvation history.

A listener asks, where can I learn more about God’s non-competitive transcendence?

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Nov 22, 2021

Friends, at the recent FOCUS SEEK, seminarians and young people discerning their vocation asked me range of questions about calling and vocations, including:

  • Did Bishop Barron ever consider religious life?
  • How should we use philosophy to approach and interact with theology?
  • What should we do about a “dark night of the soul” when it comes to discernment?
  • How should one discern between dating versus pursuing a religious vocation?
  • What should women in particular look for when discerning a religious order?
  • How should one sift through fears and anxieties during discernment?
  • What is something that Bishop Barron learned as a priest, that he wish he had known as a seminarian?

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Nov 15, 2021

Modern psychiatry tends to downplay spirituality, but in today's episode of "The Word on Fire Show," Bishop Barron and Brandon discuss a new Scientific American article suggesting that "Psychiatry Needs to Get Right with God."

The author explains how belief in God is associated with significantly better treatment outcomes for many patients, and therefore patients should have the option to include spirituality in their treatment. 

A listener asks, where does one go to get the Catholic Church’s official interpretation of Scripture?

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Nov 8, 2021

Earlier this year, Bishop Barron joined Sal Di Stefano from Mind Pump Media for a great conversation. They discussed the great social upheaval and political division in our culture—including its intellectual, moral, and spiritual dimensions—and why a purely secular framework is not enough to solve it.

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Nov 1, 2021

Today we continue our series on “Understanding Genesis.” Last time we focused on Creation and today we’re discussing Adam, Eve, and the Fall. How should we understand the creation of Adam and Eve? What actually happened at the Fall? Bishop Barron and Brandon Vogt discuss.

A listener asks, why would Mark end his Gospel with the women not telling the Apostles about the resurrection?

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Oct 25, 2021

Today we share a Q&A session between Bishop Barron and Maronite clergy following a talk he shared on the priesthood. In the Q&A, he answered several questions, including:

  • Did Adam love Eve for the sake of God?
  • What is Mary’s role in Jacob’s ladder?
  • Do you have practical advice for people feeling confined by their vocation?
  • How should we pick our battles as we wrestle with the world?
  • How do you approach the concept of free will and reconcile it with our slavery to God?
  • What practical steps can we take in our parishes to keep people from disaffiliating from the Church?

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Oct 18, 2021

Pope Francis just announced he’s planning to declare a new Doctor of the Church, St. Irenaeus of Lyon. Who was he? What were his key ideas? Why does he still matter? That's what Bishop Barron and Brandon discuss in today's episode. Topics include:

  • What’s a Doctor of the Church, and why should Irenaeus be declared one?
  • How did Bishop first become acquainted with Irenaeus?
  • What was Irenaeus’ approach to battling Gnosticism?
  • Irenaeus taught that God has no need of anything outside of himself. What does this mean, and why is it good news?
  • How to understand Irenaeus’s pithy line, “The glory of God is man fully alive”?
  • Irenaeus’ theology of recapitulation
  • How Irenaeus remains a great spiritual and theological bridge between Eastern and Western Christians
  • Why Irenaeus is still relevant today

A listener asks, how should I respond to the idea that nothing really exists because we can’t prove that it exists?

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Oct 11, 2021

In today's episode, we share a talk Bishop Barron offered earlier this year to the Catholic educators of the Archdiocese of Vancouver. He exhorted teachers to boldly proclaim the resurrection and lordship of Jesus, affirming that all Catholic teachers are, fundamentally, evangelizers.

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Oct 4, 2021

Today we begin a five-part series of discussions on the book of Genesis. In this first episode, we focus on the Creation story.

Genesis is of course the first book in the Bible and perhaps the most foundational, but it’s also the source of so much confusion. Bishop Barron clarifies what the author is intending to convey and the theological and spiritual truths we can pull from the narrative.

A listener asks, how do I start mental prayer, especially if I’m always distracted?

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Sep 27, 2021

C.S. Lewis wrote more than 30 books which have collectively sold over 100 million copies, including the Chronicles of Narnia series, Mere Christianity, and The Screwtape Letters. But of those thirty books, there was only one which Lewis described himself as “almost my favorite among my books,” yet he was disappointed that “in general [the book] has been almost totally ignored by the public.”

The book was his prophetic text titled The Abolition of Man. It’s an important book but one that many readers find dense and challenging.

Thankfully, Michael Ward, one of the world’s leading C.S. Lewis scholars, has stepped in to help. His groundbreaking new book titled After Humanity: A Guide to C.S. Lewis's ‘The Abolition of Man was just published by Word on Fire Academic.

Today, Brandon Vogt sits down with Michael to discuss Lewis' original text and how Michael's new guide and commentary help readers make sense of Lewis’s argument.

Learn more: https://www.wordonfire.org/humanity

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Sep 20, 2021

Dr. Christian Smith has written a new book titled Handing Down the Faith: How Parents Pass Their Religion on to the Next Generation. It's based on new research about how parents successfully raise children to become religiously-practicing adults.

In this episode, Bishop Barron and Brandon Vogt walk through his findings and discuss what actually helps our kids to retain their faith into young adulthood.

A listener asks, how do we know which religion is right, Catholicism or Protestantism?

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Sep 13, 2021

In this Q&A session with students at Yale University from February 2021, Bishop Barron answered a variety of questions from students, including:

  • Do you think that the culture’s view of sex has kept people outside of the Church? How do we charitably share our view?
  • What did you decide to give up for Lent?
  • How do we discern if bad things are tests from God, Satan, or just the way of the world?
  • What are some opportunities for evangelization that COVID has produced?
  • Why is confession necessary for the forgiveness of mortal sins?
  • If you could have dinner with one saint, who would it be and why?

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Sep 6, 2021

A recent poll from the Survey Center on American Life revealed that people are rapidly losing their close friends, especially men. The number of American men who view themselves as having "no close friends" quintupled over the last 30 years, increasing from 3 percent in 1990 to 15 percent in 2021. 

Why is this happening, and how can we reverse it? How can we develop closer friendships? Bishop Barron and Brandon Vogt discuss those questions today.

A listener asks, why does God love us?

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Aug 30, 2021

Today we share the latest “Bishop Barron Presents” discussion, featuring theologian and educator Dr. Larry Chapp. 

Larry and Bishop Barron discuss topics such as:

  • Dorothy Day and the Catholic Worker Movement
  • Traditionalism and liberalism in the Catholic Church
  • The Second Vatican Council
  • And several other topics

Stay tuned for future “Bishop Barron Presents” conversations. These intellectually invigorating discussions feature varying religious and political perspectives to encourage greater understanding and civility.

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Aug 23, 2021

Today we continue our discussion of a recent article by Tim Keller, the popular Protestant pastor, titled “The Fading of Forgiveness: Tracing the Disappearance of the Thing We Need Most.”

We previously explored why forgiveness has faded in our culture. Today, we focus on the path forward, how we can practice and encourage more forgiveness.

A listener asks, what is, for Bishop Barron, the most annoying passage in the Bible?

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Aug 16, 2021

Today we share the latest “Bishop Barron Presents” discussion, this one featuring American legal scholar, political philosopher, and public intellectual Robert George.

Robert and Bishop Barron discuss virtue, focusing on topics such as Natural law, the “woke” phenomena, how we can engrain virtue in our society today, and more.

Stay tuned for future “Bishop Barron Presents” conversations. These intellectually invigorating discussions feature varying religious and political perspectives to encourage greater understanding and civility.

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Aug 9, 2021

Today we discuss a recent article by Tim Keller, the popular Protestant pastor, titled “The Fading of Forgiveness: Tracing the Disappearance of the Thing We Need Most”. Why are people increasingly skeptical about forgiveness? Keller proposes two reasons: a therapeutic culture, and religion without grace. 

A listener asks, how did God create the universe if not from potentiality?

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Aug 2, 2021

Today we share the latest “Bishop Barron Presents” discussion, this one with author Dr. Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen.

Jennifer and Bishop Barron discuss the history of ideas that shaped American culture, and her two books, American Nietzsche: A History of an Icon and His Ideas and The Ideas That Made America: A Brief History.

Stay tuned for future “Bishop Barron Presents” conversations. These intellectually invigorating discussions feature varying religious and political perspectives to encourage greater understanding and civility.

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Jul 26, 2021

Today we share the latest “Bishop Barron Presents” discussion, featuring author and political science professor Dr. Jason Blakely. In Jason's conversation with Bishop Barron and Jared Zimmerer, he discussed topics found in his new book, We Built Reality: How Social Science Infiltrated Culture, Politics, and Power, including hermeneutics, economics, and more.

Stay tuned for future “Bishop Barron Presents” conversations. These intellectually invigorating discussions feature varying religious and political perspectives to encourage greater understanding and civility.

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Jul 19, 2021

Today we share in interview about Brandon Vogt’s new book Return: How to Draw Your Child Back to the Church, recently published by Word on Fire. The book is full of concrete advice and practical strategies to help draw any loved one back to the Church.

Return includes one of the best summations of why people dismiss the Church’s faith. He doesn’t cast aspersions or blame, and he avoids the scapegoating that marks some approaches to this problem.

Instead, he focuses on the solution, using a positive emphasis on what parents can say and do to respond to their child’s objections, rebuild relationships, and ultimately draw them back to the Church.

Return offers no magic-bullet guarantee that your loved one will come back. But you will find a complete game plan to create the best possible environment to reintroduce them to Christ and his Church. Learn more at https://wordonfire.org/return.

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Jul 12, 2021

Today we share the latest “Bishop Barron Presents” discussion, featuring literary and theological scholar Jessica Hooten Wilson. Jessica recently sat down with Bishop Barron and Jared Zimmerer to discuss caring for the soul through human formation, focusing on topics such as:

- The humanities within education
- Flannery O’Connor
- Dostoevsky
- Walker Percy

Stay tuned for future “Bishop Barron Presents” conversations. These intellectually invigorating discussions feature varying religious and political perspectives to encourage greater understanding and civility.

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Jul 5, 2021

Is parenthood suffocating or liberating? Do children keep you from self-discovery, or can they facilitate you finding your identity? Bishop Barron and Brandon Vogt discuss those questions in light of two controversial articles about parenting, one in Time Magazine and another in the New York Times.

A listener asks, what does a priest go through that validates his authority for the sacraments?

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Jun 28, 2021

Today we share the latest episode in our “Bishop Barron Presents” series, featuring editor and author Sohrab Ahmari. Bishop Barron sits down to discuss Sohrab's new book, The Unbroken Thread: Discovering the Wisdom of Tradition in an Age of Chaos. Sohrab named his son after St. Maximillian Kolbe, and the book originated in his hope to inculcate in his son the virtues and values that shaped this great saint. We also examine:

  • The problem of “scientism”
  • How Catholic morality can serve as a referee for society
  • The paradox of freedom from restraint
  • St. Thomas’ teaching on how our longings are satisfied in God
  • The loss of Sabbath, leisure, and spiritual rituals
  • How to avoid egocentric self-invention and instead accept an invitation to spiritual adventure

Stay tuned for future “Bishop Barron Presents” conversations. These intellectually invigorating discussions feature varying religious and political perspectives to encourage greater understanding and civility.

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Jun 21, 2021

Bishop Barron recently joined Jordan Peterson for a second long discussion titled “Christianity and the Modern World,” which has been viewed over 780,000 times. On today's episode of “The Word on Fire Show,” we revisit and reflect on some of the key moments in the dialogue.

A listener asks, how can I answer my Protestant friend who claims that Catholics focus too much on Jesus' suffering and death, and not enough on his Resurrection?

More Jordan Peterson Resources >> https://wordonfire.org/peterson

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Jun 14, 2021

Bishop Barron recently delivered the commencement address to the graduating class at the University of St. Thomas in Houston. The entire point of a Catholic intellectual formation is to produce great souls. A great soul doesn’t invent her own values; rather, she intuits the marvelous intellectual, moral, and aesthetic values that are found in the objective order—and then she responds to them with her whole heart.

New book >> The Wisdom of the Word: Biblical Answers to Ten Pressing Questions About Catholicism

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