Bishop Barron is flying back from Europe after his Pivotal Players recording trip, so instead of a live show, we're bringing you a special excerpt from his upcoming "David the King" series. Learn about Hannah and the "law of the gift" in this stirring commentary. Also, be sure to visit DavidTheKing.com and use the coupon code DAVID to save $10 on the DVD or Blu-ray version of the series!

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  • Bishop Robert Barron and his Word on Fire production are in Italy, filming the next round of CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players. Be sure to take advantage of special behind the scenes access from the Pivotal Players film trip! Sign-up for exclusive footage at: WordOnFireShow.com/videos

    Topics Discussed

    • 0:05  - Intro, the new Spiderman movie
    • 1:28 - Does it ever get old for Bishop Barron to travel?
    • 2:41 - The CATHOLICISM series production team
    • 4:46 - Surprisingly small film crew for such a grand production
    • 5:50 - Interesting stops for a first visit to Rome
    • 9:15 - What's the difference between a vacation and a pilgrimage?
    • 11:20 - Bishop Barron's favorite place during the filming so far
    • 12:55 - The St. Francis fresco painted during his own lifetime
    • 13:20 - What's Bishop Barron's prayer like during a filming trip?
    • 15:33 - Why is the Divine Office so important to Bishop Barron?
    • 17:51 - Why all baptized people should consider praying the Liturgy of the Hours
    • 18:23 - Praying the psalms for the sake of the world
    • 19:20 - Who was St. Ambrose and why does he matter?
    • 23:28 - What do you miss most about the United States?
    • 24:20- Question from listener: Fr. Steve Grunow asks what St. Benedict and St. Augustine, both Italians, have to say to Italians today?

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    In this episode of the Word on Fire Show we hear one of the world's great theologians unpack one of the richest texts in all of ancient scripture. Thomas Aquinas College hosts Bishop Robert Barron, as he speaks on "David Dancing Before the Ark: The Liturgical Theology Implicit in 2nd Samuel" as part of the St. Vincent de Paul Lecture and Concert Series. In Part Two of the Bishop's great talk, he articulates the theological implications of David dancing before the Ark of the Covenant.
    IMPORTANT: Use coupon code SAM5 to save $5 on your copy of 2 Samuel by Bishop Barron

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    In this episode of the Word on Fire Show we hear one of the world's great theologians unpack one of the richest texts in all of ancient scripture. Thomas Aquinas College hosts Bishop Robert Barron, as he speaks on "David Dancing Before the Ark: The Liturgical Theology Implicit in 2nd Samuel" as part of the St. Vincent de Paul Lecture and Concert Series. In Part One of the Bishop's great talk, he describes David as a new Adam, a priestly figure whose liturgical practices bring to bear revelations about the strangeness of God.
    IMPORTANT: Use coupon code SAM5 to save $5 on your copy of 2 Samuel by Bishop Barron

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    The Internet has produced the most profound shift in communications since the printing press, and many in the Church are using it to spread the Gospel. But how best to do it? How do we share our faith online without succumbing to the toxicity and vitriol that saturate much of the digital world? Bishop Barron discusses these questions today and shares his own advice for becoming an online missionary. A listener asks how he should respond when sharing his faith on Facebook provokes criticism.

    Topics Discussed

    • 0:18  - Three digital milestones at Word on Fire
    • 2:25 - How Bishop Barron got started with new media evangelization
    • 5:35 - Most surprising part about YouTube
    • 6:44 - Engaging YouTube commenters
    • 7:37 - How the Internet is like a "new Areopagus"
    • 9:15 - Why Bishop Barron's online style is effective
    • 11:03 - How Bishop Barron handles online vitriol
    • 15:32 - Social media's unique dynamic
    • 16:55 - Do we need a theology of new media?
    • 21:08 - Bishop Barron's advice for new media evangelists
    • 23:19 - What role should new media play in priestly formation?
    • 24:38 - Question from listener: How should we discuss our beliefs on social media?

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    Bob Dylan is one of the most spiritually interesting songwriters of our generation. In today's episode, Bishop Barron reflects on some of Dylan's best-known hits to show how they subtlety put Biblical themes on display. A listener wonders if Bishop Barron has any tips on how to evangelize in a secular workspace.

    Topics Discussed

    • 0:17  - Bishop Barron at the Bob Dylan concert last weekend
    • 2:40 - Can Bob Dylan serve as a gateway to God?
    • 4:45 - Who is Bob Dylan?
    • 8:32 - Why Bob Dylan is best read as a spiritual poet
    • 10:11 - Bob Dylan's religious views
    • 12:17 - Biblical elements of Blowin' in the Wind
    • 15:39 - Bishop Barron on Like a Rolling Stone
    • 21:41 - Bob Dylan and the Resurrection
    • 22:10All Along the Watchtower and the Book of Isaiah
    • 26:41 - Finding Jesus in Dylan's Make You Feel My Love
    • 28:43 - Question from listener: How can we evangelize in a secular workspace?

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    What is Catholic social teaching and what does it have to say about the economy, business, and our everyday work lives? That's what Bishop Barron explains in this episode. Surveying the insights of popes and saints, he shows why the Catholic Church rejects socialism and embraces a nuanced, careful endorsement of the market economy.
    Venerable Fulton Sheen is remembered as one of the greatest Catholic evangelists of the twentieth century. A master of both television and radio, he shared the Gospel with millions using his unique blend of wit, humor, and insight. Bishop Barron reflects on Sheen's legacy and the lessons he offers us. A deacon listener asks how Bishop Barron prepares his own homilies each week.

    Topics Discussed

    • 0:56  - Bishop Barron's summary of the New Evangelization Conference in Latrobe, PA
    • 1:45 - Who was Archbishop Fulton Sheen?
    • 4:54 -  One thing we must do before we evangelize
    • 6:42 - The significance of a Catholic priest on primetime, network TV
    • 8:47 -  How Sheen reached 30 million viewers through his TV show
    • 11:02 - Sheen's strategy for evangelizing a broad audience
    • 13:05 - Would Fulton Sheen be on Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram?
    • 14:32 - The importance of Sheen's book, The Mystical Body of Christ
    • 17:29 - The common thread connecting Ronald Knox, G.K. Chesterton, and Fulton Sheen
    • 18:26 - How Sheen's "Holy Hour" grounded all his writing and preaching
    • 20:40 - Sheen's commitment to do a "Holy Hour" every day during his priesthood
    • 22:42 - Bishop Barron's experience giving the "Tre Ore" talks at St. Patrick's Cathedral
    • 24:38 - Question from listener: How does Bishop Barron prepare his homilies?

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    It's been widely hailed as the greatest sermon ever preached and a masterpiece of religious and social ethics. Jesus' Sermon on the Mount, found in Matthew 5-7, commences with the "beatitudes", a series of eight blessings that Jesus gives to those who suffer, mourn, and express purity of heart. Bishop Barron walks through each beatitude and unveils its deeper meaning. A listener asks whether, according to Thomas Aquinas, God loves everyone the same or has a special hatred for sinners. NOTE: Click here to donate to our new Pivotal Players series and receive your free gifts!

    Topics Discussed

    • 0:26  - Bishop Barron's new film series, CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players
    • 1:34 - What does "beatitude" mean?
    • 4:35 - How the beatitudes of Jesus are different than other religious teachings
    • 6:25 - How can the "poor in spirit" be blessed?
    • 7:32 - How will those who mourn be comforted?
    • 9:15 - The future promise of comfort for those who mourn
    • 10:06 - What does it mean to be "meek"?
    • 11:21 - How will the meek "inherit the land"?
    • 12:12 -  How God satisfied those who "hunger and thirst for righteousness"
    • 13:49 - What "blessed are the merciful" means
    • 15:09 - How the mercy we express is tied to the mercy we receive
    • 16:55 - How do we become "clean of heart"?
    • 18:39 - Pornography and the "clean of heart"
    • 19:37 - Why peacemakers will become children of God
    • 20:55 - Cardinal George and the eschatological dimension of peacemaking
    • 22:51 - Why religious persecution can be a form of blessing
    • 25:27 - Question from listener: Does God love everyone the same or hate sinners?

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    We all face the Big Questions of life. Whether we're religious or not, we wonder about God, identity, meaning, morals, and death. Bishop Barron tackles some of these Big Questions and compares how the world generally answers them with how the Catholic Church responds. A listener asks about the relationship between God's providence and our free will.

    Topics Discussed

    • 0:14  - The power of spiritual fatherhood
    • 2:44 - Father Barron, Bishop Barron, or Grandpa Barron?
    • 2:54 - Question #1 - Does God exist?
    • 6:19 - The big "why?" question
    • 8:40 - Question #2 - Who am I?
    • 12:05 - What about those who reduce all life to "genetic machines"?
    • 13:11 - Question #3 - What is the meaning of life?
    • 17:21 - Do we just make up meaning for ourselves?
    • 18:54 - Question #4 - What is moral and immoral?
    • 23:00 - How do we discover what's right and wrong?
    • 26:18 - Question #5 - What happens after death?
    • 30:22 - Bishop Barron's one-sentence answer to each Big Question
    • 31:27 - Question from listener: Where does God's providence end and our free will begin?

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