At Mundelein Seminary you'll find a statue of St. George slaying a dragon, below which reads, "Athleta Christi Nobilis" — the Noble Athlete of Christ. As we head into the spiritual desert of Lent, we benefit by examining the lives of saints who courageously embraced a life of profound asceticism and self-sacrifice. In this episode of the Word on Fire Show, Bishop Barron discusses three great spiritual athletes from across the centuries. A listener asks how to remain charitable when you disagree with your interlocutor. NOTE: Get your free Lent Reflections booklet from Bishop Barron here >> http://wordonfireshow.com/lent

Topics Discussed

  • 0:04 - Introduction, the Churchill movie
  • 2:45 - What is a spiritual athlete?
  • 6:25 - Why is St. Anthony of the Desert a great spiritual athlete?
  • 9:55 - Is there something wrong with living your entire life in the desert?
  • 12:25 - What can Thomas Merton teach us about the purpose of asceticism?
  • 16:45 -Why is St. John of the Cross a great spiritual athlete?
  • 20:00 - What is the Dark Night of the Soul?
  • 24:30 - Why is Pier Giorgio Frassati a great spiritual athlete?
  • 28:25 - Listener Question: How might we remain charitable with someone with whom we passionately disagree?

The Second Vatican Council called for a more active collaboration between the ordained and lay people. In this episode of the “Word on Fire Show,” Bishop Barron discusses the proper roles of the laity and the clergy in our evangelization efforts and how the collaboration of both vocations, within those proper roles, can lead toward a more effective outreach.

Topics Discussed

  • 0:04 - Introduction: Mudslides in Montecito, California
  • 3:00 - What does it mean that Word on Fire is a collaborative apostolate?
  • 5:30 - What role does the clergy have in evangelization?
  • 8:35 - Why is it important that the clergy and the laity assume some different roles?
  • 11:00 - Why is it so important for the laity to get involved in evangelization?
  • 15:00 - How can we stay inspired to continue to evangelize the culture?
  • 21:00 - How has Word On Fire served as an example of an effective collaboration between the laity and clergy?
  • 23:15 - Listener Question: How can a teenager discern his vocation?

 
This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of the publication of Humanae Vitae, the controversial encyclical by Pope Paul VI which defended the classic sexual framework and prophesied the devastating consequences that would result upon its rejection. As Bishop Barron reveals, those prophecies have since been strongly vindicated. A listener asks whether God hates anything since he is defined by love. NOTE: Get your free Lent Reflections booklet from Bishop Barron here >> http://wordonfireshow.com/lent

Topics Discussed

  • 0:04 - Intro, What is Bishop Barron currently reading?
  • 2:10 - Who was Pope Paul VI?
  • 5:1o - What is the import of Evangelii Nuntiandi?
  • 8:45 - What does Pope Paul mean when talks about the unitive and procreative dimensions of the sexual act?
  • 11:45 - What are the prophecies Pope Paul makes in Chapter 17 of Humanae Vitae?
  • 23:00 - How is Humanae Vitae more powerful now than when it was written in 1968?
  • 27:54 - Listener Question: How can God "hate" something if God is love?

Bonus Resources

 
On January 13, 2018, Bishop Barron joined Dr. William Lane Craig, the esteemed Protestant apologist and evangelist, for a dialogue event at Claremont McKenna College. The event was hosted by the Claremont Center for Reason, Religion, and Public Affairs and was moderated by Dr. Edward Feser and Dr. Stephen Davis. Bishop Barron and Dr. Craig discussed faith, science, secularism, evangelization and more! Enjoy this special bonus episode of the Word on Fire Show, and look forward to another episode soon where Bishop Barron will offer reflections and recap the dialogue. NOTE: Watch video of the dialogue here.
What does Bishop Barron have in store for 2018? Find out in this episode where he talks through several exciting new projects, talks, and initiatives. A listen asks how to choose good books, ones that help your faith rather than harm it. NOTE: Get your free Lent Reflections booklet from Bishop Barron here >> http://wordonfireshow.com/lent

Topics Discussed

  • 0:05 - Introduction, the FOCUS Conference, the Santa Barbara mudslides
  • 5:50 - What are the upcoming talks Bishop Barron has scheduled for 2018?
  • 8:00 - What is special about the upcoming vocation conference?
  • 9:45 - What are the upcoming CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players episodes Word On Fire is filming?
  • 13:40 - What are the Word On Fire Classics?
  • 16:30 - What is the new Word On Fire Institute?
  • 18:20 - What will be the purpose of the Word on Fire Bible
  • 20:55 - What will Word On Fire's partnership with Flocknote provide?
  • 23:15 - What is the Mystery of the Mass film series?
  • 25:22 - What does Bishop Barron's USCCB committee on Evangelization and Catechesis entail?
  • 28:15 - How do you judge whether a spiritual book will help or hinder your faith?

Bonus Resources

 
How is beauty a route of access to God? In this episode of the Word On Fire Show, Bishop Barron explains how leading with beauty is the best way to evangelize. Topics Discussed
  • 0:04 - Introduction, Thomas Fire continues to blaze
  • 3:15 - What does it mean to lead with beauty?
  • 5:52 - Why has there been a resurgence of the way of beauty?
  • 8:15 - What are some forms of beauty outside of high art?
  • 10:00 - How have the martyrs become a way of beauty?
  • 13:15 - Why is Brideshead Revisited a great example of the way of beauty?
  • 17:23 - How is the Christian life a way to evangelize through beauty?
  • 19:15 - How can we evangelize through beauty?
  • 23:15 - Listener Question: How can we speak with certainty about our faith if we are struggling with our faith?
 
Merry Christmas! In today's episode, Bishop Barron walks us through the second chapter of Luke's Gospel, which recounts the birth of Jesus. As we see, this story is far from a safe, charming fairy tale. It tells the story of a new king, one who rivals the kingship of Caesar Augustus at every turn. A listener asks what St. John of the Cross meant by "the divine sweetness."

Topics Discussed

  • 0:04 - Introduction: The fires of Southern California
  • 2:40 - Why is "subversive" a good word for the Nativity narrative?
  • 4:40 - What is the importance of the census in the Christmas story?
  • 6:40 - Why does Luke begin the story by mentioning the great figures of the time?
  • 8:00 - What is the significance of the "line of David"?
  • 9:55 - What is the symbolic nature of there being no room at the inn, Jesus being wrapped in swaddling clothes, and Jesus being placed in a manger?
  • 18:08 - What's the significance of the angels and shepherds?
  • 25:50 - How were the Gospel writers spiritual and literary masters?
  • 27:35 - Listener question: How do we dialogue with someone who creates their own personal religion?
 
Today we hear from some of our youngest listeners, as kids from all over the world ask Bishop Barron their most pressing theological questions. The kids are cute, but their questions are deep!

Topics Discussed

  • 0:04 - Bishop Barron's birthday party
  • 1:05 - Exciting event with William Lane Craig
  • 4:00 - Did people live when dinosaurs live, and why did God kill dinosaurs?
  • 7:35 - Will it be awkward in Heaven if you've married multiple times?
  • 11:40 - Why was there an earthquake when Jesus was crucified, and why was the veil torn?
  • 11:40 - If you die and go to Heaven, do you become a saint?
  • 16:15 - When you die, if you go to Hell, will you go there forever or could Jesus take you to Heaven?
  • 22:40 - How did God start to exist? How God effect the Big Bang?
  • 27:45 - Does God love everybody, even the devil?
 
If you've listened to any number of Bishop Robert Barron's homilies or lectures, you've likely heard him use sports analogies to create a vision of the spiritual life. In this episode of “The Word on Fire Show,” Bishop Barron discusses how the world of sports and athleticism can help us grow in faith and understanding. The listener question asks about leisure and the Sabbath.

Topics Discussed

  • 0:05 - Introduction
  • 1:30 - What is Bishop Barron's background with sports?
  • 4:00 - Why does the culture hold sports in such high regard up and down the ages?
  • 6:00 - How do the rules in sports relate to religion?
  • 10:30 - What do coaches teach us about real love?
  • 15:00 - How do the rigors of sports offer insights about the rigors of the spiritual life?
  • 20:00 - Does athleticism and fitness ever do harm to the spirit?
  • 22:47 - Listener Question: Why is leisure important on the Sabbath?

Bonus Resources