Join Bishop Barron in the production van as he travels from New York City to Yaddo, an artist community in Saratoga Springs. Bishop is currently filming the next two episodes of his epic film series, CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players, which feature Ven. Fulton Sheen and Flannery O'Connor. Today's episode gives you behind-the-scenes access as Bishop offers his take on these major Catholic figures. A listener asks about the sanctity of Flannery O'Connor. Go to http://PivotalPlayersFilming.com for exclusive behind-the-scenes commentaries!

Topics Discussed

  • 04:00 - Introduction
  • 1:45 - What is The Pivotal Players film series?
  • 3:30 - Where are the film locations for these next two episodes?
  • 10:15 - Where is Bishop Barron most excited to visit?
  • 11:20 - Who is Fulton Sheen to Bishop Barron?
  • 14:20 -Who is Flannery O'Connor to Bishop Barron?
  • 21:00 - What does Bishop Barron think these two figures would want us to emphasize while telling their story?
  • 23:30 - Listener Question: Should Flannery O'Connor be considered for sainthood?
 
The Eucharist is at the foundation of the Word on Fire movement. In this episode of the “Word on Fire Show,” Bishop Barron discusses what it means to be grounded in the Eucharist and how all Catholics can draw closer to the Blessed Sacrament as meal, sacrifice, and Real Presence of Jesus Christ. NOTE: Get your free Lent Reflections booklet from Bishop Barron here >> http://wordonfireshow.com/lent

Topics Discussed

  • 0:04 - Introduction, recap of the natural disasters in Santa Barbara County
  • 2:45 - What does it mean to be grounded in the Eucharist?
  • 5:00 - How is the Eucharist religiously themed as "meal"?
  • 9:30- How does the Eucharist as "sacrifice" illuminate our understanding of Communion?
  • 14:50 - How does the Eucharist as the "real presence" relate the power of this sacrament?
  • 18:55 - How can we learn from the Eucharistic miracles?
  • 21:40 - How can we better ground ourselves in the Blessed Sacrament?
  • 24:00 - Listener Question: How can we explain God's non-competitive transcendence in light of transubstantiation?

On January 13, 2018, Bishop Barron joined Dr. William Lane Craig, the esteemed Protestant apologist, for an evening of dialogue at Claremont McKenna College. On today's episode, we recap both the afternoon session, which was an academic symposium attended by a couple dozen scholars, and the big evening dialogue in which Bishop Barron and Dr. Craig discussed faith, science, secularism, evangelization and more. A listener asks what Bishop Barron thinks of David Bentley Hart's work. Click here to watch the full dialogue between Bishop Barron and Dr. Craig, and to listen to the afternoon symposium >> http://wordonfireshow.com/wlc
BONUS: Click here to get your free Lent Reflections booklet from Bishop Barron!

Topics Discussed

  • 0:04 - Intro, Why is Bishop Barron in Philadelphia?
  • 1:30 - What was Bishop Barron's overall impression of the event with Dr. William Lane Craig?
  • 6:4o - What was discussed during the daytime symposium?
  • 16:25 - During the evening event, how did Bishop Barron and Dr. Craig agree about evangelization?
  • 19:03 - What are Bishop Barron and Dr. Craig's favorite arguments for the existence of God?
  • 21:40 - How did a book change the lives of both Dr. Craig and Bishop Barron?
  • 23:25 - Why didn't Dr. Craig agree that beauty can be a source of evangelization?
  • 29:00 - What happened when Bishop Barron asked Dr. Craig, "Why aren't you Catholic?"
  • 33:00 - Listener Question: What does Bishop Barron think about the writings of David Bentley Hart?

Bonus Resources

 
Word on Fire Catholic Ministries is a non-profit evangelization apostolate with a remarkable global impact. In fact, if the Word on Fire website were a physical building and its visitors physically present, then WordOnFire.org would be the most trafficked Catholic shrine in the Western Hemisphere. Many of these regular visitors are people who otherwise would never darken the door of a church. In this episode of the Word on Fire Show, Bishop Barron discusses the testimonies of three people whose lives were changed by the ministry. A listener asks about Biblical criticism. To watch the Testimony video click HERE 

Topics Discussed

  • 0:04 - Introduction: The fires of Southern California, Jon's baby due
  • 2:07 - What is Bishop Barron's reaction to the Testimony video and why are testimonies so beguiling?
  • 4:45 - The story of Lt. Colonel Jason Murphy, US Army
  • 7:45 - The story of the Spanish-born secularist, Carmen Marti
  • 14:10 - The story of MTV star and fitness magazine cover-model, Joseph Gloor
  • 23:24 - Listener question: How should we approach Biblical criticism?
 
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?

Bonus Resources 

 
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?

Bonus Resources

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?

Bonus Resources

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?

Bonus Resources

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?

Bonus Resources 

 
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.

Bonus Resources