The Eucharist is at the foundation of the Word On Fire Institute. 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?

At Mundelein Seminary you'll find a statue of St. George slaying a dragon, below which reads, "Athleta Christi Nobilis" — the Noble Athlete of Christ. As we head into the spiritual desert of Lent, we benefit by examining the lives of saints who courageously embraced a life of profound asceticism and self-sacrifice. In this episode of the Word on Fire Show, Bishop Barron discusses three great spiritual athletes from across the centuries. A listener asks how to remain charitable when you disagree with your interlocutor. NOTE: Get your free Lent Reflections booklet from Bishop Barron here >> http://wordonfireshow.com/lent

Topics Discussed

  • 0:04 - Introduction, the Churchill movie
  • 2:45 - What is a spiritual athlete?
  • 6:25 - Why is St. Anthony of the Desert a great spiritual athlete?
  • 9:55 - Is there something wrong with living your entire life in the desert?
  • 12:25 - What can Thomas Merton teach us about the purpose of asceticism?
  • 16:45 -Why is St. John of the Cross a great spiritual athlete?
  • 20:00 - What is the Dark Night of the Soul?
  • 24:30 - Why is Pier Giorgio Frassati a great spiritual athlete?
  • 28:25 - Listener Question: How might we remain charitable with someone with whom we passionately disagree?

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

 
The Second Vatican Council called for a more active collaboration between the ordained and lay people. In this episode of the “Word on Fire Show,” Bishop Barron discusses the proper roles of the laity and the clergy in our evangelization efforts and how the collaboration of both vocations, within those proper roles, can lead toward a more effective outreach.

Topics Discussed

  • 0:04 - Introduction: Mudslides in Montecito, California
  • 3:00 - What does it mean that Word on Fire is a collaborative apostolate?
  • 5:30 - What role does the clergy have in evangelization?
  • 8:35 - Why is it important that the clergy and the laity assume some different roles?
  • 11:00 - Why is it so important for the laity to get involved in evangelization?
  • 15:00 - How can we stay inspired to continue to evangelize the culture?
  • 21:00 - How has Word On Fire served as an example of an effective collaboration between the laity and clergy?
  • 23:15 - Listener Question: How can a teenager discern his vocation?

 
This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of the publication of Humanae Vitae, the controversial encyclical by Pope Paul VI which defended the classic sexual framework and prophesied the devastating consequences that would result upon its rejection. As Bishop Barron reveals, those prophecies have since been strongly vindicated. A listener asks whether God hates anything since he is defined by love. NOTE: Get your free Lent Reflections booklet from Bishop Barron here >> http://wordonfireshow.com/lent

Topics Discussed

  • 0:04 - Intro, What is Bishop Barron currently reading?
  • 2:10 - Who was Pope Paul VI?
  • 5:1o - What is the import of Evangelii Nuntiandi?
  • 8:45 - What does Pope Paul mean when talks about the unitive and procreative dimensions of the sexual act?
  • 11:45 - What are the prophecies Pope Paul makes in Chapter 17 of Humanae Vitae?
  • 23:00 - How is Humanae Vitae more powerful now than when it was written in 1968?
  • 27:54 - Listener Question: How can God "hate" something if God is love?

Bonus Resources

 
On January 13, 2018, Bishop Barron joined Dr. William Lane Craig, the esteemed Protestant apologist and evangelist, for a dialogue event at Claremont McKenna College. The event was hosted by the Claremont Center for Reason, Religion, and Public Affairs and was moderated by Dr. Edward Feser and Dr. Stephen Davis. Bishop Barron and Dr. Craig discussed faith, science, secularism, evangelization and more! Enjoy this special bonus episode of the Word on Fire Show, and look forward to another episode soon where Bishop Barron will offer reflections and recap the dialogue. NOTE: Watch video of the dialogue here.
What does Bishop Barron have in store for 2018? Find out in this episode where he talks through several exciting new projects, talks, and initiatives. A listen asks how to choose good books, ones that help your faith rather than harm it. NOTE: Get your free Lent Reflections booklet from Bishop Barron here >> http://wordonfireshow.com/lent

Topics Discussed

  • 0:05 - Introduction, the FOCUS Conference, the Santa Barbara mudslides
  • 5:50 - What are the upcoming talks Bishop Barron has scheduled for 2018?
  • 8:00 - What is special about the upcoming vocation conference?
  • 9:45 - What are the upcoming CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players episodes Word On Fire is filming?
  • 13:40 - What are the Word On Fire Classics?
  • 16:30 - What is the new Word On Fire Institute?
  • 18:20 - What will be the purpose of the Word on Fire Bible
  • 20:55 - What will Word On Fire's partnership with Flocknote provide?
  • 23:15 - What is the Mystery of the Mass film series?
  • 25:22 - What does Bishop Barron's USCCB committee on Evangelization and Catechesis entail?
  • 28:15 - How do you judge whether a spiritual book will help or hinder your faith?

Bonus Resources

 
How is beauty a route of access to God? In this episode of the Word On Fire Show, Bishop Barron explains how leading with beauty is the best way to evangelize. Topics Discussed
  • 0:04 - Introduction, Thomas Fire continues to blaze
  • 3:15 - What does it mean to lead with beauty?
  • 5:52 - Why has there been a resurgence of the way of beauty?
  • 8:15 - What are some forms of beauty outside of high art?
  • 10:00 - How have the martyrs become a way of beauty?
  • 13:15 - Why is Brideshead Revisited a great example of the way of beauty?
  • 17:23 - How is the Christian life a way to evangelize through beauty?
  • 19:15 - How can we evangelize through beauty?
  • 23:15 - Listener Question: How can we speak with certainty about our faith if we are struggling with our faith?
 
Merry Christmas! In today's episode, Bishop Barron walks us through the second chapter of Luke's Gospel, which recounts the birth of Jesus. As we see, this story is far from a safe, charming fairy tale. It tells the story of a new king, one who rivals the kingship of Caesar Augustus at every turn. A listener asks what St. John of the Cross meant by "the divine sweetness."

Topics Discussed

  • 0:04 - Introduction: The fires of Southern California
  • 2:40 - Why is "subversive" a good word for the Nativity narrative?
  • 4:40 - What is the importance of the census in the Christmas story?
  • 6:40 - Why does Luke begin the story by mentioning the great figures of the time?
  • 8:00 - What is the significance of the "line of David"?
  • 9:55 - What is the symbolic nature of there being no room at the inn, Jesus being wrapped in swaddling clothes, and Jesus being placed in a manger?
  • 18:08 - What's the significance of the angels and shepherds?
  • 25:50 - How were the Gospel writers spiritual and literary masters?
  • 27:35 - Listener question: How do we dialogue with someone who creates their own personal religion?