What is beauty? Is beauty undefinable and entirely relativistic? Or is beauty an objective reality, backed by reason and understanding? How do Catholics define beauty, and how has Catholic Church evangelized through beauty over the centuries? In this episode of the Word On Fire Show, Bishop Barron answers these questions and more about the transcendental nature of beauty. The listener question comes from Argentina and wonders how art might be used in evangelization? Also, be sure to take advantage of our Word on Fire Show listener sale! ENTER PROMO CODE: DAVID to save $10 on our newest film at DavidTheKing.com

Topics Discussed

  • 0:05  - Intro, a Cardinal visits and the sun eclipses
  • 4:00 - Why has Bishop Barron considered beauty the privileged route of evangelization?
  • 8:25 - What is beauty?
  • 10:55 - What three things combine to make something beautiful?
  • 15:55 - Why do some people disagree about a masterpiece being beautiful?
  • 19:20 - How can someone be transformed by beauty?
  • 24:14 - What was a profound moment of beauty in Bishop Barron's life?
  • 25:43 - Question from listener: How can the arts aid in evangelization?

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What really happens when we die? In a recent interview with Larry King, popular astro-physicist, Neil deGrasse Tyson, offers a scientifically reduced answer to this philosophically rich question. In this episode of the Word On Fire Show, Bishop Barron reacts to Tyson's response and offers a more holistic understanding of human identity and death. A listener asks how God can be both a person and the sheer act of "to be" itself. Love the show?  Want more people to listen? Take two seconds to leave us a review!

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Topics Discussed

  • 0:04 - Intro: Bishop Barron speaks at a tech conference
  • 1:30 - Explaining the interview and Tyson's explanation of physical death
  • 5:20 - Are scientists seen as the new priests?
  • 8:10 - What happens when you die besides the obvious scientific realities?
  • 10:00 - Why do atheists still cling to moral values?
  • 11:09 - Does culminating as meat for maggots offer a sense of eternal fulfillment?
  • 12:30 - Tyson's explanation of our annihilation upon death.
  • 14:55 - Is it a wish fulfilling fantasy to desire consciousness after death?
  • 20:00 - Would anyone really want to live forever?
  • 22:30 - What really happens when we die according to Christians?
  • 25:25 - Question from listener: How can God be both a person and the sheer act of "to be" itself?

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Normally, in each episode we take one listener question. But we've received such a large number of outstanding questions from around the globe that we’ve decided to devote another episode to answering a range of questions from listeners like you. Bishop Barron answers several questions, rapid fire, on many different topics.

Topics Discussed

  • 0:24  - Intro: Bishop Barron returns from his CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players film trip
  • 2:00 - Should we feel guilty for not giving away all of our possessions and serving the poorest of the poor?
  • 5:10 - If there are aliens, did Jesus appear to them as well?
  • 7:45 - What is the difference between the Ascension and the Assumption?
  • 9:45 - Why do we take both the Bread and the Wine in Communion?
  • 13:20 - When does venting turn into gossip, and how do we avoid gossiping?
  • 18:45 - Where is Jesus' body today?
  • 24:25 - What might Jesus say about dealing with a bad breakup?
  • 26:45 - What resources should Catholics read to understand Martin Luther?

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Bishop Robert Barron and his Word on Fire production team have just set off to Europe to film two brand new episodes for the hit television film series: CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players. This second volume of biographical documentaries features some of the greatest figures in all of world history. 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
  • 1:40 - What makes St. Benedict a pivotal player?
  • 6:10 - Why is St. Augustine a pivotal player?
  • 10:00 - What will Bishop Barron be filming in Rome?
  • 15:00 - What is Benedictine life like?
  • 19:45 - What will Bishop Barron be filming in Milan?
  • 23:25 - What will Bishop Barron be filming in Paris?
  • 25:00 - Question from listener: How were Adam and Eve able to fall from grace if they were born without original sin?

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Have you ever had an opportunity to share your faith but opted to remain quiet? There are several reasons why we might shy away from these grace-filled moments. In this episode of the Word On Fire Show, Bishop Barron teaches us how to overcome the hurdles of evangelization and let loose our missionary potential. The listener question comes from an Australian medical student who wants to know how we can evangelize in our everyday settings. Also, be sure to take advantage of our Word on Fire Show listener sale! ENTER PROMO CODE: DAVID to save $10 on our newest film at DavidTheKing.com

Topics Discussed

  • 0:05  - Intro, what Bishop Barron is reading
  • 1:25 - How do you overcome being nervous about discussing, debating religion?
  • 7:45 - How do we evangelize if we aren't scholars or experts about religion?
  • 13:55 - How do we evangelize without losing our friends or pushing people away by trying to convert them?
  • 18:25 - How do we evangelize in a culture that says religion is a private hobby that does not belong in the public sphere.
  • 25:00 - How do we overcome despair, feeling like nothing we say or do will have an evangelical effect.
  • 29:00 - Question from listener: How do we evangelize in our daily lives?

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Do you ever wish you could read more books? Have you ever thought about writing articles at the professional level or authoring your own book? Bishop Robert Barron has read a library's worth of texts, written fifteen books, and composed thousands of short works. In this episode of the Word on Fire Show, Bishop Barron offers helpful advice on how to improve your performance in the language arts.

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In 2015 Bishop Robert Barron gave the opening keynote speech at the famous World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia. In front of this massive crowd of Catholics, Bishop Barron explained how Christianity is the greatest form of humanism because of its unique claim that all humans are made in the image and likeness of God. As representatives of God, we share in the responsibility of bringing the power, wisdom, heart, and mind of God out into the world. This episode of the Word on Fire Show features Part Two of the Bishop's powerful talk.

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In 2015 Bishop Robert Barron gave the opening keynote speech at the famous World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia. In front of this massive crowd of Catholics, Bishop Barron explained how Christianity is the greatest form of humanism because of its unique claim that all humans are made in the image and likeness of God. As representatives of God, we share in the responsibility of bringing the power, wisdom, heart, and mind of God out into the world. This episode of the Word on Fire Show features Part One of the Bishop's powerful talk.

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In a way we are all addicts, because we are all sinners. In this episode of The Word on Fire Show, Bishop Barron explains the spiritual dimensions of addiction and how finding your center in God is not only the first step to recovery but also the walking path of lifelong freedom. The listener questions asks whether it's more fun to be bad than good.

Topics Discussed
  • 0:05  - Introduction, Bishop's upcoming trips
  • 2:05 - How are we all addicts?
  • 5:30 - How can addiction bleed into the religious life?
  • 6:20 - What is the purpose of the ascetic life in terms of addiction?
  • 10:00 - What are the spiritual roots of Alcoholics Anonymous?
  • 15:15 - What is the Biblical prescription for dealing with addiction?
  • 19:20 - How can we tell if we are addicted to something when it doesn't seem to be ruining our lives?
  • 22:00 - Why is Christianity specifically helpful for battling addiction?
  • 24:10 - What should someone do if they are right now struggling with an addiction and want to stop?
  • 25:25 - Question from listener: Is it more fun to be bad than good?

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Marriage has been one of the most talked about topics in the news over the past decade. Despite all the interest surrounding the institution of marriage, the numbers of people actually getting married has dwindled. In this episode Bishop Barron explores the beauty and goodness of married life by discussing the spirituality that undergirds this timeless institution. The listener question wonders what will happen to marriages in heaven.

Topics Discussed

  • 0:05  - Introduction and the Vogt's visit to Santa Barbara
  • 2:00 - Why has the number of people getting married declined?
  • 6:30 - What is the number one priority in being a husband or wife?
  • 8:40 - What is the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony?
  • 10:07 - What is the key to a healthy marriage?
  • 16:00 - How can a celibate priest be an authority on marriage?
  • 19:50 - Why does the Catholic Church demand an openness to children within a marriage?
  • 22:20 - Advice from Bishop Barron for people who aren't sure if they ever want to get married
  • 23:40 - Advice from Bishop Barron for those who aspire for marriage
  • 25:30 - Advice from Bishop Barron for those discerning marriage within their current relationship
  • 26:27 - Advice from Bishop Barron for those who are struggling through a difficult marriage or a divorce
  • 27:20 - Question from listener: Will I be with my wife as husband and wife in heaven?

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