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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Word on Fire Show host Brandon Vogt stopped into the Santa Barbara studio with his five children while on a cross-country road trip. The Vogt children were given the chance to ask Bishop Barron about God, Mary, and bananas in this special bonus episode of the Word on Fire Show.

Topics Discussed
  • 0:01  - Introduction, about the road trip and hellos
  • 1:15 - How did Bishop feel when he first became a priest?
  • 2:07 - How can Mary be "Queen" and Jesus be "King" if she's his mother?
  • 3:05 - How is Jesus King?
  • 3:50 - How old is Jesus?
  • 4:46 - How does it feel to be a bishop?
  • 6:05 - How to explain God to young children?
  • 7:35 - What is God's favorite color?
  • 8:00 - Was Bishop Barron an alter server?
  • 8:55 - What's Bishop Barron's favorite way to pray
  • 10:05 - How do we know God is real?

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The best theological movements present the Church as an organism, not an organization. In this episode of our new series on the eight principles of Word on Fire, Bishop Barron explains how how the Communion of Saints works in and through the Mystical Body of Christ to evangelize the world. The listener questions asks about Catherine of Siena's three levels of prayer. 

Topics Discussed
  • 0:17  - Introduction, filming B-roll footage for Pivotal Players Volume II
  • 2:00 - How are the saints powerful?
  • 5:55 - How can the stories of the saints aid in evangelization?
  • 8:30 - What is the impact of the Little Flower?
  • 11:15 - How can Saint Thomas Aquinas become accessible for the current culture?
  • 15:30 - How was Saint John Paul II able to contribute so much to the Church and evangelization?
  • 19:20 - What is the great contribution of Bl. John Henry Newman?
  • 24:00 - Question from listener: How might we aspire to attain the third level of prayer as described by St. Catherine of Siena.

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Statistics show that more people own a smartphone (4 billion) than own a toothbrush (3.5 billion). In this episode of our new series on the eight principles of Word on Fire, Bishop Barron discusses how readily available Internet access has made the new media an essential route of evangelization. The listener questions asks how virtue can possibly turn to vice. 

Topics Discussed
  • 0:17  - Introduction, Bishop's recent trip to Saint Anselm College
  • 2:30 - What is the power of the new media?
  • 5:19 - Why is the new media effective for evangelization?
  • 7:50 - What's the danger in not using the new media to spread the Gospel?
  • 9:30 - What made Fulton Sheen so effective at using the media of his time?
  • 16:10 - Why are people feeling less connected and more lonely despite the technology advances?
  • 19:35 - How might we cope with internet attacks while sharing the Gospel?
  • 25:00 - How do we become more effective at sharing our faith online?
  • 26:55 - Question from listener: How can virtue possibly turn into vice?

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Joel and Ethan Coen, more famously known as the Coen brothers, are arguably the greatest filmmakers of our time. In this follow-up episode on the Coen brothers, Bishop Barron illuminates the Biblical motifs present in three of the Coen brothers' most unique films. The listener question asks about the nature of God. Topics Discussed
  • 0:17  - Introduction, catching up with Bishop Barron.
  • 1:38 - What makes the Coen Brothers so unique?
  • 3:45 -  What are the spiritual themes in A Serious Man? (spoiler alert)
  • 12:00 -What are the spiritual themes in The Big Lebowski? (spoiler alert)
  • 22:55 -What are the spiritual themes in Hail, Caesar!? (spoiler alert)
  • 25:15 - Question from listener: What is God?

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Joel and Ethan Coen, more famously known as the Coen brothers, are arguably the greatest filmmakers of our time. They’ve been nominated for 13 academy awards, won four, and have garnered praise from many of the world’s most influential people. In this episode of the Word On Fire Show, Bishop Barron illuminates the Biblical motifs present in some of the Coen brothers' most celebrated films. The listener question asks about God's providence in relation to coincidence. Topics Discussed
  • 0:17  - Introduction, Bishop's Channel Island Mass.
  • 1:38 - What makes the Coen Brothers so unique?
  • 3:45 -  What are the spiritual themes in Fargo? (spoiler alert)
  • 11:16 -What are the spiritual themes in No Country for Old Men and how does it relate to Fargo? (spoiler alert)
  • 17:28 -What are the spiritual themes in True Grit? (spoiler alert)
  • 24:45 - Question from listener: What is the difference between coincidence and God's providence?

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"The Church exists to evangelize.” These words from Evangelii Nuntiandi express the very nature of our mission. But what is evangelization? And how ought we to express Christ in the culture around us? In this episode, Bishop Robert Barron answers these questions and offers advice on exactly how an evangelist can move into the culture and plant the seeds of Christ. Evangelizing the Culture is the second of the eight principles of the Word on Fire ethos. Finally, a listener calls in to ask how he might evangelize his lukewarm parents. 

Topics Discussed

  • 0:17 – Intro and Bishop Barron's new award
  • 2:15 - What does it mean to "evangelize the culture"?
  • 6:40 - How can evangelizing the culture solve the problems of the Church and the culture?
  • 11:50 - How can we see Christ in our surroundings?
  • 15:24 - How do engage the culture without falling into sin?
  • 18:45 - Why was Tolkien so effective at evangelizing the culture?
  • 21:30 - How does the Church community (including the saints) serve evangelization?
  • 23:15 - What's the proper approach for drawing the world to Christ?
  • 24:38 - Question from listener: How do we re-evangelize our parents who grew up in the faith but now lack a relationship with Jesus?

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