Bishop Barron recently celebrated his first Confirmations as bishop, confirming several people at Holy Cross Parish in Moore Park, CA. He shares about that, and also discusses the purpose of Confirmation and the gifts of the Holy it provokes. For this week's listener question, Richard wonders why Jesus had to die on the cross instead of God just snapping his fingers and forgiving everyone.

Topics Discussed

  • 0:20 – Bishop Barron recounts his first confirmations as bishop
  • 2:18 – What is Confirmation and what happens when someone is confirmed?
  • 5:53 – How is Confirmation for the Church instead of the confirmandi?
  • 7:01 - What gifts does the Holy Spirit impart through Confirmation?
  • 9:50 - Why the gifts of fortitude and courage are so important today
  • 12:13 - The meaning of the gifts of piety and fear of the Lord
  • 15:16 - Choosing the right saint's name for Confirmation
  • 19:41 - How parents should prepare their children for Confirmation
  • 22:17 - What if someone gets Confirmed, but doesn't feel any different?
  • 25:39 - Question from listener: why did Jesus have to die on the Cross?

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Bishop Barron is back from the Philippines and catches us up on what's been going on, including his recent interfaith dialogue event on Pope Francis and the environment. He also reflects on why so many Evangelicals are drawn to the Pope, and takes a question from a listener wondering how God could allow natural evils such as tsunamis, earthquakes, and animal violence.

Topics Discussed

  • 0:19 – Recap of Bishop Barron's trip to the Philippines
  • 2:36 - Interfaith dialogue about Pope Francis' latest encyclical
  • 9:45 - Reading Laudato Si' in light of Genesis
  • 13:35 - How did the other religious leaders react to Bishop Barron's talk?
  • 17:10 - What is today's greatest moral problem?
  • 19:51 - Why is Pope Francis so attractive to Evangelical Christians?
  • 22:23 - Pope Francis and evangelical urgency
  • 24:51 - Question from listener: why does God allow natural evils?

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What is the Eucharist? How do Catholics understand it as meal, sacrifice, and Real Presence? In this episode, we share Bishop Barron's full keynote talk on the Eucharist from the 51st International Eucharistic Congress in the Philippines.

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How can we share our faith more effectively with friends and family? That's what the New Evangelization is all about, and in this episode, Bishop Barron details his seven qualities of a New Evangelist. He also answers a question from a listener who asks how he can prepare for the work of apologetics.

Topics Discussed

  • 0:57 – Key #1 - Know and love Jesus Christ
  • 2:17 – How do we cultivate a friendship with Jesus Christ?
  • 3:29 – Key #2 - Be a person of ardor
  • 5:05 – What's the difference between ardor and being overzealous?
  • 6:13 – Key #3 - Know the Great Story of Israel
  • 11:22 – How can we learn the Great Story of Israel?
  • 12:32 – Key #4 - Understand the culture
  • 13:53 – St. Paul and the Areopagus
  • 18:24 – Key #5 - Have the heart of a missionary
  • 21:29 – Why evangelization is not just about people's eternal destiny
  • 23:20 – Key #6 - Know and love the Church's great Tradition
  • 26:46 – Key #7 - Be adept at using the new media
  • 29:57 – Question from listener: how should we prepare to defend our faith?

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What does it mean to be a saint? Bishop Barron shares the three-fold path to holiness, which involves finding the center, knowing you're a sinner, and discovering that your life is not about you. This week, he also answers a question about the relationship between mercy and justice.

Topics Discussed

  • 1:10 - Are each of us really called to be saints?
  • 4:42 - What is a saint, and how do we become one?
  • 6:15 - “Finding the center” and how rose windows symbolize this move
  • 9:03 - How do we “find the center”?
  • 10:16 - The spiritual lesson of the rose window and the “wheel of fortune”
  • 13:43 - Why is it important to know that you're a sinner?
  • 19:10 - Flannery O'Connor's short story “Revelation” and the symbol of sin
  • 22:04 - If my life isn't about me, what is it about?
  • 26:00 - Ego-drama vs. Theo-drama
  • 28:37 - The Theo-drama in A Man for All Seasons
  • 31:59 - Question from caller: What is the relationship between mercy and justice?

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Mentioned Scene from A Man For All Seasons

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Bishop Barron shares about the week-long silent retreat he just returned from, and also looks ahead to his visit to the Philippines from January 24-31, 2016 for the International Eucharistic Congress. He and Brandon Vogt explore the three talks he's slated to give on the New Evangelization, the Eucharist, and the three paths to holiness. Bishop Barron also answers a question about the Catholic imagination.

Topics Discussed

  • 0:30 - What happens during a silent bishops retreat?
  • 3:29 - What is a Eucharistic Congress?
  • 5:51 - Chicago's 1926 Eucharistic Congress
  • 9:04 - Why is the Faith so strong in the Philippines?
  • 11:29 - Bishop Barron's three talks at the 2016 International Eucharistic Congress
  • 13:28 - What is the New Evangelization and what's "new" about it?
  • 15:26 - The Eucharist as meal, sacrifice, and Real Presence
  • 19:50 - Why is belief in the Real Presence of the Eucharist so troubling?
  • 23:11 - Distinguishing between "appearance" and "reality"
  • 27:28 - Question from caller: What is the Catholic imagination?
  • 31:09 - Who are the great purveyors of the Catholic imagination?

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Atheism is on the rise, especially among young people and notably on the Internet. Bishop Robert Barron and Brandon Vogt discuss the most popular atheist arguments and how to respond. They also talk about Bishop Barron's new study program, The Mystery of God, and take a question from a new father wondering how to properly describe God to his young child.

Topics Discussed

  • 0:46 - What is the "New Atheism" and how does it differ from past versions?
  • 2:20 - Atheist Argument #1 - "What evidence is there for God?"
  • 5:37 - Atheist Argument #2 - "What caused God?"
  • 7:41 - Atheist Argument #3 - "Hasn't science has disproved God?"
  • 9:13 - How science depends on philosophy
  • 12:11 - Are scientific rejections of God based on wrong ideas of God?
  • 14:29 - What is the "problem of evil" and how would you respond?
  • 20:12 - Bishop Barron's new study program The Mystery of God
  • 22:30 - Question from caller: "How can I describe God to my young child?"
  • 26:37 - Bishop Barron's recommended books on atheism and God

The Mystery of God - Video Trailer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BvVyaGztiDs

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What makes for a good homily or sermon? How can all people, including laypeople, improve the quality of church preaching? Bishop Robert Barron and Brandon Vogt walk through five specific qualities of good preaching that result in true conversion.

Topics Discussed

  • 1:56 - Why does good preaching need to be mystical?
  • 4:08 - Fulton Sheen and the power of the Holy Hour
  • 6:58 - How does good preaching become more biblical?
  • 11:48 - Why good preaching unnerves its listeners
  • 14:21 - Bishop Barron's advice for preachers worried about discomforting parishioners
  • 16:37 - How good preaching leads to conversion
  • 19:31 - Preaching lessons from Jesus and the woman at the well
  • 22:01 - Why good preaching must result in mission
  • 24:46 - How can laypeople encourage better homilies?

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Bishop Barron reflects on the basic message of Christianity. Is it merely about justification or our own personal salvation? Or is there much more to it than that?

Topics Discussed

  • 0:35 - Pope Francis and the "kerygma"
  • 1:06 - What is the Gospel?
  • 3:43 - How would the Church Fathers have defined the Gospel?
  • 4:39 - Fitting the story of Jesus into the Great Story of Israel
  • 8:44 -  How does the Church fit into the kerygma?
  • 11:17 - Pope Francis and leading with the kerygma instead of moral commands
  • 13:38 - Practical ways we can share the Gospel with friends and family
  • 15:34 - The necessity of witnessing to the Gospel
  • 15:57 - Who are some models of proclaiming the kerygma?
  • 18:31 - How do imagination and beauty serve as gateways to the Gospel?
  • 21:36 - What is the Augustinian approach and why does it work well?
  • 25:15 - Recommended resources on articulating the Gospel

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Bishop Barron covered Pope Francis' recent visit to America for NBC. In this episode, he and Brandon Vogt reflect on four Americans the Pope mentioned in his speech to Congress: Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Jr., Dorothy Day, and Thomas Merton.

Topics Discussed

  • 0:58 - Pope Francis' historic visit to America
  • 2:05 - What is Martin Luther King, Jr.'s legacy today?
  • 4:49 - The importance of King's non-violence
  • 6:23 - The best example of non-violence in the last half-century
  • 8:06 - Why did Pope Francis lift up Abraham Lincoln as a model?
  • 12:09 - Dorothy Day's "both/and" Catholicism
  • 16:54 - The key to making peace and justice concrete
  • 19:32 - Is it significant that Pope Francis chose fairly flawed figures to lift up?
  • 22:02 - Who was Thomas Merton and how did he influence Bishop Barron?
  • 25:19 - Why Thomas Merton remains important today
  • 28:39 - How Pope Francis pushed Catholic books onto the Amazon bestseller list
  • 28:58 - What was Merton's best book?
  • 29:40 - How can Merton help evangelize secular people today?
  • 32:37 - Bishop Barron's recommended books on each of the four heroes

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