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Now displaying: December, 2021
Dec 27, 2021

Friends, today we continue our "Word on Fire Show" series on how to understand Genesis by focusing on Jacob, the son of Isaac and a patriarch of the ancient Jews.

How should we understand his early struggle with Esau, the famous "Jacob's ladder," and his mysterious wrestling match and name change? That's what we discuss today.

A listener asks, why is it that we just got this information from God, from the Bible, only 2,000 years ago? What happened to all those people who lived before the Bible?

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Dec 20, 2021

During the past five decades, the Second Vatican Council has been alternately celebrated or maligned for its supposed break with tradition and embrace of the modern world.

But what if we’ve gotten it all wrong?

Have Catholics—both those who embrace the spirit of Vatican II and those who regard it with suspicion—misunderstood what the council was really about?

Fr. Blake Britton discovered the truth and beauty of the council while he was in seminary and he has witnessed firsthand the power of its teachings in the life of his own parish.

In  his new book, Reclaiming Vatican II: What It (Really) Said, What It Means, and How It Calls Us to Renew the Church, Britton presses beyond the political narrative foisted upon the post-conciliar Church and contends that Vatican II was neither conservative nor liberal, but something much more beautiful and challenging.

Today, Word on Fire Institute Fellow Robert Mixa sits down with Fr. Britton to discuss how Catholics can reclaim the teaching of Vatican II and embrace it as one of our greatest resources for being in the Church in a way that is faithful, engaged, and effective if we answer its radical call to worship and renewal.

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Dec 13, 2021

Bishop Barron takes several questions from non-Catholics, including:

  • How does the Catholic Church think about sola Scriptura and Bible interpretation?
  • Since we can’t know beyond a reasonable doubt that Christianity is true, why should I become a Christian?
  • Any tips for a Protestant transitioning to Catholicism?
  • Why are some sins considered mortal?
  • Is there a realistic possibility of reuniting the Christian churches, and if not, what are the major stumbling blocks?
  • What is the role of saints? Why aren't they considered to be idols?
  • What is the Catholic view of the apocrypha (deuterocanonical books)?
  • What about apparent contradictions in the Bible? Does this undermine the Bible’s inerrancy?

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Dec 6, 2021

In a recent talk, Bishop Barron presented on the importance of not dumbing down the faith as we engage in religious education. Young people enjoy asking about and discussing the big questions, from God’s existence, to how to be a good and moral person, to the problem of suffering. A disconnect takes place when we meet these intellectual questions with watered-down catechesis. Instead, we must remember the central teachings of Christianity. We must present the fullness of truth, the reality of the Incarnation, and the good news of grace.

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