We are taking the next few episodes of the show to discuss each of the great men and women featured in Word on Fire's epic new film series, CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players. Today we're focusing on St. Thomas Aquinas. Widely considered one of the greatest minds in the history of Western Civilization, Thomas angelically and definitively articulated our Catholic understanding of God in his famous Summa theologiae. Our listener question asks about Thomas' argument of God as the "unmoved mover." *In this episode we include a limited time Word on Fire Show discount on CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players with Coupon Code: DumbOx  Click on www.PivotalPlayers.com to purchase and act now because this offer expires soon!

Topics Discussed

  • 1:30  - Bishop Barron discusses his meetings with local ministries
  • 2:47 - Who was Saint Thomas Aquinas?
  • 5:16 - Why was Saint Thomas nicknamed Dumb Ox?
  • 6:50 - What can Thomas teach us about who God is?
  • 11:16 - How does a misunderstanding of God form modern atheism?
  • 12:3o - What light does Thomas shed on who we are as humans?
  • 16:25 - What makes Thomas Aquinas a saint?
  • 18:46 - What was the most poignant part of filming Thomas' history?
  • 20:24 - What is the connection between Aquinas and Chesterton?
  • 23:30 - Listener Question: How can God be the "Unmoved Mover"?

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We are taking the next six episodes of the Word on Fire show to discuss each of the great men and women featured on Word On Fire's epic new film series, CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players. The focus of this episode is Saint Francis, the great reformer of the Church from the early 13th century who truly embodied the life of Christ through his radical ministry of mercy and love. Our listener question asks about mysticism in the Church today. *In this episode we include a limited time Word on Fire Show discount on CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players with Coupon Code: FRAN1226   Visit PivotalPlayers.com to purchase and act now because this offer expires soon!

Topics Discussed

  • 0:19  - Bishop Barron discusses his trip to Poland for World Youth Day
  • 3:00 - Intro about Pivotal Players and St. Francis in particular
  • 6:23 - Why is Saint Francis so universally revered?
  • 8:18 - What's the most misunderstood element of Francis?
  • 10:17 - How did Saint Francis come to faith?
  • 12:25 - How did the Franciscan order come to fruition?
  • 14:44 - What does it mean that the Pope chose the name Francis?
  • 16:14 - What are some of Bishop Barron's favorite Francis stories?
  • 19:48 - Why is Saint Francis a pivotal player?
  • 21:25 - Listener Question: What does it mean to be a mystic today?

Bonus Resources

Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy is by all accounts one of the greatest masterpieces of world literature and an absolute gem of the Catholic tradition. The epic tripartite poem tells the story of our soul's journey toward God. In this episode Bishop Barron offers a virtual commentary on all three parts, guiding listeners through Dante's vision of hell, his seven story mountain of purgatory and his ascension into heaven - the joyful ending which classically defines this poem as a "comedy." Our listener question asks about how and when we should seek a spiritual director.

Topics Discussed

  • 0:22  - Bishop Barron discusses meeting Joseph, the episode host
  • 1:20 - Who was Dante and how has he influenced Bishop Barron?
  • 4:19 - How does the Divine Comedy begin?
  • 6:40 - How does the beginning of the story typical to conversion?
  • 7:28 - What blocks Dante from pursuing his path to God?
  • 8:56 - What is Dante's vision of hell?
  • 11:01 - How does Dante describe Satan?
  • 17:15 - What spiritual moves does Dante make in purgatory?
  • 19:45 - What literary devices and language does Dante uses?
  • 21:17 - How does Dante act against his sin?
  • 25:25 - How does Dante describe Heaven?
  • 29:14 - What should we takeaway by reading this poem?
  • 31:06 - Listener Question: How and when should we find a spiritual director?

Bonus Resources

"Beige Catholicism" is a phrase Bishop Barron coined early in his career as a way of describing the Church's lackluster adoption of the post-conciliar movement. Much of Bishop Barron's evangelical work, including his famous Catholicism book and film series, focuses on bringing Christ's radical distinctiveness and the Tradition's beautiful vibrancy back into our understanding of the Church. In this episode Bishop Barron details the problems with beige Catholicism as well as the path to a solution. Finally, a listener asks about the Benedict Option for Catholics struggling to keep the faith alive in contemporary culture.

Topics Discussed

  • 0:17  - Bishop Barron discusses the new Word On Fire office and studio
  • 2:32 - What is beige Catholicism?
  • 4:45 - What is the history of beige Catholicism?
  • 6:48 - What is the problem with accommodating the culture?
  • 9:30 - What does it mean to domesticate Jesus?
  • 11:45 - Why should we see Jesus as "dangerous and strange"?
  • 13:55 - How the hit show Vikings illustrates the strangeness of Christianity
  • 15:33 - What does a full sacramental vision of the church look like?
  • 17:36 - What does a vibrantly colorful Catholicism look like?
  • 19:20 - How has Bishop Barron's work targeted this problem?
  • 20:20 - Question from listener: How about the Benedict Option?

Bonus Resources

How should we go about evangelization? Especially for those of us living in a highly-secularized society, what techniques should we employ and what pitfalls ought we avoid? Bishop Robert Barron shares his advice in Part Two of his popular keynote talk on evangelizing the culture.

Bonus Resources

How should we go about evangelization? Especially for those of us living in a highly-secularized society, what techniques should we employ and what pitfalls ought we avoid? Bishop Robert Barron shares his advice in Part One of his popular keynote talk on evangelizing the culture.

Bonus Resources

 
Whenever there's a survey asking Christians, "What's one area in your spiritual life you'd like to improve?",  the answers almost inevitably center around prayer. In today's episode, Bishop Barron explains what precisely prayer is and then offers some simple steps as well as some more advanced techniques to help us all grow in intimacy with God. With this goal in mind, Bishop Barron leads listeners down five different avenues of prayer that range from informal dialogue to the Mass itself. A seminarian in Phoenix wonders where Catholics should draw the line when it comes to the teachings of a notable 21st-century Christian writer.

Topics Discussed

  • 0:18  - Bishop Barron discusses his upcoming trip to World Youth Day
  • 4:00 - What is prayer and how does conversational prayer begin?
  • 8:42 - How does God speak to us in prayer?
  • 10:58 - What is lectio divina and how do we pray it?
  • 14:45 - What are some different forms of rote prayers and what is their benefit?
  • 20:40 - What is the Liturgy of the Hours and how do we access it?
  • 24:00 - How is the Liturgy of the Hours a universal prayer?
  • 26:00 - How can enter into the Holy Mass specifically as a prayer?
  • 28:00 - How might we advance through these five forms of prayer?
  • 29:25 -  What does Bishop Barron's holy hour entail?
  • 35:20 - Listener Question: Where should Catholics draw the line with N.T. Wright?

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 this entire 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 talks about his recent work and vacation plans
  • 4:17 - How should Catholic school teachers evangelize their pupils?
  • 5:19 - Do Muslims and Christians worship the same God?
  • 9:28 - Has the Church ever changed its doctrine?
  • 13:10 - How does one evangelize the culture without becoming corrupted by it?
  • 20:22 - How do we encourage young people to engage in philosophy?
  • 26:00 - What is the difference between faith and belief?
  • 31:30 - What book is Bishop Barron currently reading?

Bonus Resources

Pope Francis recently invited Bishop Barron to speak to hundreds of English-speaking priests at a gathering in Rome for the Jubilee Year of Mercy. In today's episode, Bishop Barron reflects on the talk he shared with his fellow clergymen about Jesus' encounter with the woman at the well. From this account in John's gospel, the bishop distills for us four major lessons on the divine mercy. The listener question comes from a practicing Catholic in London who seeks a response to the argument that pursuing a vigorous spiritual life is unnecessary if we are ultimately reconciled to God.

Topics Discussed

  • 0:17  - Bishop Barron goes to Rome to talk about divine mercy
  • 3:03 - How is God's mercy relentless?
  • 5:28 - How does the story of The Woman at the Well dismantle religious mythology?
  • 8:01 - How is God's mercy divinizing?
  • 11:40 - Connections to Marriage and the Old Testament
  • 13:14 - What does "God became man that man might become God" actually mean?
  • 16:11 - How is God's mercy demanding?
  • 20:01 - The Vibrant Paradox of Extreme Demand and Extreme Mercy
  • 22:34 - How is God's mercy a summons to mission?
  • 25:30 - The Highest Life is a summons to Mission
  • 26:42 - Question from listener: Why bother engaging in the spiritual life?

Bonus Resources

  Find bonus links and resources for this episode at http://WordOnFireShow.com and be sure to submit your questions at http://AskBishopBarron.