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.