WOF 089: What Really Happens When We Die?

What really happens when we die? In a recent interview with Larry King, popular astro-physicist, Neil deGrasse Tyson, offers a scientifically reduced answer to this philosophically rich question. In this episode of the Word On…

WOF 088: Listener Q&A with Bishop Barron

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 another episode to answering a range of…

WOF 087: The Law of the Gift

Bishop Barron is flying back from Europe after his Pivotal Players recording trip, so instead of a live show, we’re bringing you a special excerpt from his upcoming “David the King” series. Learn about Hannah…

WOF 086: Broadcasting from Milan, Italy

Bishop Robert Barron and his Word on Fire production are in Italy, filming the next round of CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players. Be sure to take advantage of special behind the scenes access from the Pivotal…

WOF 085: Behind the Scenes Filming

Bishop Robert Barron and his Word on Fire production team have just set off to Europe to film two brand new episodes for the hit television film series: CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players. This second volume…

WOF 080: Battling Addiction

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…

WOF 079: The Spirituality of Marriage

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….

WOF Bonus Episode: Kids Interview

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…

WOF 078: Joining the Great Saints

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…

WOF 077: God and the New Media

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…

WOF 074: Evangelizing the Culture

“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…

WOF 072: The Benedict Option

Rod Dreher’s The Benedict Option: A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian Nation has certainly emerged as the most talked-about religious book of 2017. There is a widely-felt instinct that something has gone rather deeply…

WOF 069: Following the Right Jesus

Thomas Joseph White’s book The Incarnate Lord discusses the importance of Jesus’ identity. The classical tradition of Christology understood Jesus ontologically, that is to say, in terms of his fundamental being or existential identity; whereas modern…

WOF 068: The Heroic Priesthood

What words might you use to describe the priesthood? Priests often describe their own lives as happy, bold, exciting, studious, Spirit-filled, and love-oriented. While these adjectives are certainly accurate, the priesthood must also be described…

WOF 067: Evangelizing with Goodness

Truth, beauty, and goodness are the three transcendentals that draw people to belief in God. As important as rational arguments and beautiful artwork are for preserving and sharing the faith, Christian goodness has proven to…

WOF 066: How to Have Hope

Lent is a time where Catholics go “into the desert” and confront all the sins that keep us from perfect communion with God. We offer Lenten practices of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving that we might…

WOF 065: Viral Videos and Labels

Is it ever necessary to label ourselves? Is it ever ok to label anyone else? Not according to internet celebrity and spoken-word poet, Prince Ea, whose viral video entitled “I Am Not Black, You Are…

WOF 064: LIVE from the L.A. Congress!

The Religious Education Congress, sponsored by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles Office of Religious Education, is America’s largest annual gathering of Roman Catholics, bringing together nearly 40,000 every year for a four-day event! 2017 marked…

WOF 062: Listener Q&A with Bishop Barron

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 another episode to answering a range of…

WOF 061: How Are We Saved?

Are you saved? This is a question we have heard from our Protestant friends regarding the state of grace for individual souls. In this episode of the Word on Fire Show, Bishop Barron discusses the…

WOF 060: New and Notable Books

Bishop Robert Barron is a bona fide bibliophile. Any quiet moment outside his holy hours, he can be found at his workbench writing a book or on his patio reading one. In this episode of…

WOF 059: Bishop Barron on “Silence”

The much-anticipated “Silence”, based upon the Shusaku Endo novel of the same name, is a worthy addition to the Scorsese oeuvre. It is marked by gorgeous cinematography, outstanding performances from both lead and supporting actors,…

WOF 055: Mary, The New Eve

On the first day of the calendar year, the Church celebrates The Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God. This day honors the Blessed Virgin Mary under the aspect of her motherhood of Jesus….

WOF 054: The Subversive Baby King

St. Luke’s telling of the Christmas story, which is read at Midnight Masses all over the Catholic world, commences by invoking the first-century’s most powerful man: “In those days Caesar Augustus published a decree ordering…

WOF 053: How to Speak about God

The most recent meeting of the United States Council of Catholic Bishops ended with a prayer service and a sermon by Archbishop Peter Sartain, wherein his excellency referenced the mystical prayers of St. Catherine of Siena. In…

WOF 052: Pilgrims and iPhones

“Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on me” is the simplest form of the Jesus Prayer. Bishop Robert Barron has professed the spiritual power of this short prayer for decades and was recently reintroduced to The…

WOF 051: Bishop Barron at the Movies

One of the most popular forms of content at Word on Fire continues to be Bishop Robert Barron’s theological commentaries about movies. In fact, the very first Youtube video Word On Fire ever produced was…

WOF 050: 3 Lessons for Young Catholics

Bishop Robert Barron recently had the privilege of speaking to around nine thousand students from the Catholic middle schools and high schools of the Los Angeles Archdiocese. Encouraged by their enthusiasm, he invited them to…

WOF 049: Listener Q&A with Bishop Barron

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 another episode to answering a range of…

WOF 048: The Reformation, 500 Years Later

October 31st, 2016 marked the beginning of the 500th year anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, which is decidedly the greatest split in Christian Church history. Pope Francis traveled to Sweden that Halloween weekend to meet…

WOF 038: Why Mother Teresa is a Saint

We have been taking the past 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…

WOF 036: St. Francis, The Reformer

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….

WOF 034: Don’t Be a ‘Beige’ Catholic

“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…

WOF 031: 5 Ways to Pray Better Today

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…

WOF 030: Listener Q&A w/ Bishop Barron

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…

WOF 028: Bob Dylan, Poet and Prophet

Bob Dylan is one of the most spiritually interesting songwriters of our generation. In today’s episode, Bishop Barron reflects on some of Dylan’s best-known hits to show how they subtlety put Biblical themes on display. A listener wonders if Bishop…

WOF 027: Popes, Saints, and the Economy

What is Catholic social teaching and what does it have to say about the economy, business, and our everyday work lives? That’s what Bishop Barron explains in this episode. Surveying the insights of popes and saints,…

WOF 025: The Greatest Sermon Ever Preached

It’s been widely hailed as the greatest sermon ever preached and a masterpiece of religious and social ethics. Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, found in Matthew 5-7, commences with the “beatitudes”, a series of eight…

WOF 023: The Right Way to Read Genesis

There’s a common tendency to read the opening chapters of Genesis as scientific texts. But is this the best way? Or even the right way? Bishop Barron offers guidance on how to properly understand the Biblical…

WOF 022: The Both/And of Catholicism

As Bishop Barron shows in his new book, Vibrant Paradoxes, Catholicism is both/and, not either/or. It celebrates the union of contraries—grace and nature, faith and reason, Scripture and tradition, body and soul—in a way that the full…

WOF 021: How and Why to Read Thomas Aquinas

Thomas Aquinas not only shaped the Church, but influenced much of Western civilization. Who was this great saint? What are some of his important writings? And how should we begin to read his masterful Summa theologiae? Bishop Barron…

WOF 020: Listener Q&A w/ Bishop Barron

Normally, in each episode we take one listener question. But today, we’ve devoted the entire episode to questions from listeners like you. Bishop Barron answers several questions, rapid fire, on many different topics. Topics Discussed…

WOF 018: The Story of Word on Fire

How did God use a little-known seminary professor to launch a worldwide evangelization ministry? Bishop Barron shares the story behind his Word on Fire ministry, including the many twists and turns along the way. A Protestant listener who is…

WOF 013: The Priority of Christ

This week, Baker Academic released a new hardcover edition of Bishop Barron’s book, The Priority of Christ: Toward a Postliberal Catholicism. Bishop Barron discusses the book’s main ideas including the problem with liberalism, how Jesus Christ…

WOF 012: L.A. Congress Recap

Bishop Barron recounts his time at the annual Los Angeles Religious Education Congress held from February 25-28, 2016. He shares about his talk on 1 and 2 Samuel, having breakfast with philosopher-priest Fr. Robert Spitzer, and…

WOF 011: Into the Desert of Lent

As we move deep into Lent, the liturgical season of “going into the desert”, Bishop Barron explains why these 40 days are needed and meaningful. He unveils the season’s biblical basis and offers practical advice on celebrating it…

WOF 010: The Power of Confirmation

Bishop Barron recently celebrated his first Confirmations as bishop, confirming several people at Holy Cross Parish in Moore Park, CA. He shares about that, and also discusses the purpose of Confirmation and the gifts of the Holy it…

WOF 008: Understanding the Eucharist

What is the Eucharist? How do Catholics understand it as meal, sacrifice, and Real Presence? In this episode, we share Bishop Barron’s full keynote talk on the Eucharist from the 51st International Eucharistic Congress in…

WOF 006: Three Paths to Holiness

What does it mean to be a saint? Bishop Barron shares the three-fold path to holiness, which involves finding the center, knowing you’re a sinner, and discovering that your life is not about you. This week,…

WOF 005: Bishop Barron in the Philippines

Bishop Barron shares about the week-long silent retreat he just returned from, and also looks ahead to his visit to the Philippines from January 24-31, 2016 for the International Eucharistic Congress. He and Brandon Vogt explore the…

WOF 004: Answering the Atheists

Atheism is on the rise, especially among young people and notably on the Internet. Bishop Robert Barron and Brandon Vogt discuss the most popular atheist arguments and how to respond. They also talk about Bishop…

WOF 003: Five Qualities of Good Preaching

What makes for a good homily or sermon? How can all people, including laypeople, improve the quality of church preaching? Bishop Robert Barron and Brandon Vogt walk through five specific qualities of good preaching that…

WOF 001: Pope Francis and His Four American Heroes

Bishop Barron covered Pope Francis’ recent visit to America for NBC. In this episode, he and Brandon Vogt reflect on four American’s the Pope mentioned in his speech to Congress: Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Jr., Dorothy Day, and Thomas Merton.