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Now displaying: April, 2024
Apr 29, 2024

Most in contemporary secular culture have probably never heard of the name “Thomas Aquinas.” However, his thought remains more pertinent than ever—not only to theology and philosophy but also to current conversations on how to build a more stable, just, and prosperous political order. Today, we discuss the evergreen genius of St. Thomas Aquinas and how his legacy continues in the life and work of the contemporary Dominican theologian, Fr. Paul Murray.   

A listener asks, does the devil know that his rebellion is ultimately futile?

00:00 | Intro 
01:12 | Bishop Barron in Rome 
02:01 | Aquinas’ impact on Bishop Barron’s formation 
03:56 | Why medieval thinkers like Aquinas still matter 
06:18 | The relationship between metaphysics and ethics 
07:29 | God as Being itself rather than as the greatest of beings 
12:43 | How God can be both transcendent and immanent 
15:58 | God’s non-competitive relationship with Creation 
21:29 | Defining true human and social goods 
23:00 | Does metaphysical speculation have a role in politics? 
25:45 | Fr. Paul Murray, St. Thomas Aquinas, and the Dominican charism 
29:54 | Listener question 
31:49 | Word on Fire Institute

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Apr 22, 2024

We continue now with the next lecture from Bishop Barron’s popular course, “Dante’s Catholic Imagination,” available in its entirety inside the Word on Fire Institute. We follow as Dante tries to go forward on his journey, but he is blocked by the beasts of sin. Enjoy this further glimpse into Dante’s always-relevant, poetic, moral, and theological genius. 


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Apr 15, 2024

recent article in The Atlantic magazine highlights the crisis of isolation befalling the United States. Americans have never been—or felt—more solitary, especially the younger generations. And the consequences are often fatal: loneliness is a major cause of the recent spikes in depression, anxiety, and suicide, which are at unprecedented levels. Today, we discuss the loss of our social bonds and how Catholic thought can help heal and re-unite us.

A listener asks, given free will, does God know what choices we will make?

00:00 | Intro
01:23 | Bishop Barron’s recent USCCB and diocesan work
02:22 | Why should a person’s chosen isolation matter to anyone else?
04:34 | Individuality vs. the Catholic conception of the individual
09:11 | Distinguishing between solitude and isolation
12:43 | Why in-person communities matter
14:00 | The role of unchosen communities in an individual’s development
16:09 | How to view the company of others
17:34 | Can one adequately substitute animal companionship for community?
22:06 | New media, smart devices, and screen time
26:45 | Advice to encourage more in-person gatherings
27:53 | Listener question
29:32 | Join the Word on Fire Institute


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Apr 8, 2024

Today we are excited to bring you the first lecture from Bishop Barron’s popular course, “Dante’s Catholic Imagination,” which is available in its entirety inside the Word on Fire Institute. We hope you enjoy this deep dive into Dante’s evergreen, always-relevant poetic, moral, and theological genius. 


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Apr 1, 2024

Pope St. John Paul II used the term “culture of death'' in his 1995 encyclical Evangelium Vitae to capture the secular world’s dark confluence of poisonous ideas and practices that lead—directly and indirectly—to spiritual and physical ruin.

Sadly, we’ve seen the the culture of death advance on many fronts. Today, we focus on the increasing legalization of suicide in the United States and abroad. Listen as we discuss the issue and how Catholics can and should respond to it. 

A listener asks why we pray for the dead, and can we pray for the souls on atheists and non-Catholics?

00:00 | Intro 
01:18 | Bishop Barron's recent diocesan work 
02:34 | The role of euphemism in the euthanasia debate 
06:39 | Unpacking "autonomy" and "compassion" 
12:31 | Responding to critics of the slippery slope argument 
20:56 | The State's role in moral disputes 
24:40 | How can Catholics positively respond to euthanasia? 
26:50 | Listener question 
28:15 | Word on Fire Institute

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