In his new book, To Light a Fire on the Earth, Bishop Barron shares the story of his own spiritual formation as a young man coming of age after Vatican II, who is then called to preach to a secular world. Thankfully, the bishop was guided by great men who, despite the tide of secularism and moral relativism, embodied the steadfast spirituality, integrity, and moral rectitude that informs a heroic priesthood. In this episode of the Word On Fire Show, Bishop Barron discusses the impact of five key figures in his life, beginning with his father, John Clayton Barron, Sr. and ending with his late, great mentor, Cardinal Francis George of Chicago.

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Topics Discussed

  • 00:04 – Introduction, first printing and a visit from the Papal Ninja
  • 02:40 – The father of Father Barron
  • 07:20 – Adolescence and Mr. Tim White’s English class
  • 11:52 – Seminary years with Msgr. Robert Sokolowski
  • 17:42 – Serving as a parish priest with Msgr. Bill Quinn
  • 23:00 – The mission and mentorship of Cardinal Francis George
  • 28:25 – Listener Question: How do we respond to critics who say that it’s worthless to “send our thoughts and prayers” in times of crisis?

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6 comments on “WOF 098: The 5 Men Who Most Influenced Bishop Barron

  1. Allen Giese Oct 23, 2017

    Empty reply from those critics who obviosly doesn’t know the Power and Grace of what God Can Do when invited into the most daunting situations the world can bring.

    • Allen, I may be interpreting this incorrectly. Just to be clear, it appears you are saying, of what God can do when He is invited into the most daunting situations. If so, where would God be prior to an invitation? It is my belief that is exactly St Paul’s point of praying incessantly, communing with God, e.g., living one’s faith. A way of life. Our ever present God invites us. And that is where the fear of GOD comes in… at least for me. Or perhaps I didn’t understand your reply in the first place… if i did, i’m sorry.

  2. Jenny Oct 23, 2017

    It was so great to learn more about Bishop Barron and the men who influenced him. I was wondering if Bishop Barron has done a podcast on prayer or if he would be willing to do so in the future. I was a little confused at how he answered the question at the end and would love to hear more. What I heard made me feel that prayer is less powerful than I thought, which makes me think I may have misunderstood. Thanks so much!!

    • Personally, think on this for a little while, ask for God’s help to understand it and i think you will see how powerful prayer really is! Most especially when gathered in union (through, with and in the body of Christ) such as we do at Mass. Listen to Bishop’s explanation again: “communing with God” that’s not to be taken lightly.

      • Personally, think on this for a little while, ask for God’s help to understand it and i think you will see how powerful prayer really is! Most especially when gathered in union (through, with and in the body of Christ) such as we do at Mass. Listen to Bishop’s explanation again: “communing with God” that’s not to be taken lightly.

        • However, I do wish Bishop B would do more on prayer as well.

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