Today we share a sample lesson from Bishop Barron's flagship course inside our new Word on Fire Institute. His 12-part course is on Hans Urs von Balthasar, and it explores Balthasar's impact, his major works, and his key ideas. This first lesson covers Balthasar's life and times. Enjoy! NOTE: To get the other 11 lessons from the course, sign up today for the Word on Fire Institute >>
A few days before leaving for the 2018 Synod on Youth in Rome, Bishop Barron hosted a listening session with a group of young people at Villanova Preparatory School in his region. The goal was to invite the kids to share their ideas, desires, and concerns, so that Bishop Barron could bring those insights with him to the Synod discussions. Today we share the audio of that discussion. Enjoy! NOTE: Be sure to visit to see all of Bishop Barron's daily video updates from the Synod!
Today marks the grand opening of the Word on Fire Institute! It's one of the pillars of our Word on Fire movement, and it's a place where you'll find online training in evangelization, theology, and the spiritual life. You'll get courses taught by Bishop Barron, his Word on Fire team, and world-class professors. In today's episode, we get more details from Bishop Barron and learn how to sign up. Click here to learn more >> Bonus Link >> Bishop Barron's Reddit Q&A
Bishop Barron was recently appointed as a representative of the U.S. Bishops for the upcoming Synod in Rome on "Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment." In this episode, he shares why he thinks this Synod is more important that other recent gatherings, and some of the main reasons why people become "nones" and leave the Church. He also explains why accompaniment involves apologetics and how the two are mutually implicative. A listener asks: When Bishop Barron says "love the other, as other," what does he mean by "as other"?

Topics Discussed

  • 0:04 - Introduction
  • 3:30 - Why is the upcoming Synod so important?
  • 5:00 - Why are young people becoming "nones"?
  • 9:45 - What is the number one reason people leave the Church and why?
  • 12:00 - Why do accompaniment and apologetics go hand in hand?
  • 19:30 - What questions does the New Apologetics need to respond to?
  • 24:30 - Listener Question: When you say "love the other, as other," what do you mean by "as other"?
Friends, in light of the recent scandals, I know many people are wondering whether they should remain in the Catholic Church. And I totally get that; the outrage is warranted. But in this time of crisis, I beg you not to flee, but to fight--not violently, with the weapons of the world, but with the weapons of the Spirit. We need you.
Many of you have asked for Bishop Barron's thoughts on the McCarrick abuse crisis, the Pennsylvania grand jury report, and the recent report from Archbishop Viganò. We're all devastated by the horrific suffering of these many victims, and we're all wondering what to do next. Bishop Barron shared some thoughts a couple weeks ago, in an article, but we thought it might be helpful to have a more candid conversation today, building on the USCCB's recent statement. Listen to the discussion here, and together let's pray for the victims and the entire Body of Christ.
The first annual Word on Fire Conference for Priests brought 300 Catholic priests to Huntington Beach, CA, for a three day reflection on the art of preaching. Bishop Barron delivered four talks, in addition to a talk by Dana Gioia, California's state Poet Laureate, and the conference closed with a lively Q&A where priests asked Bishop Barron whatever questions they had about preaching. Today, we share the Q&A with you. Enjoy!
In this episode you'll hear the full Episode 1 from Bishop Barron's new film series, The Mass. Listen as Bishop Barron explains why the Mass is so important, and why it's not just a lecture or performance but a continual response between Christ and his people. Be sure to visit, where you can pick up the new special edition set of the series, which includes immediate streaming access to the videos and free USA shipping for the box set.