WOF 143: Why People Become “Nones”

Bishop Barron was recently appointed as a representative of the U.S. Bishops for the upcoming Synod in Rome on “Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment.” In this episode, he shares why he thinks this…

WOF 141: A Privileged Encounter

In this episode you’ll hear the full Episode 1 from Bishop Barron’s new film series, The Mass. Listen as Bishop Barron explains why the Mass is so important, and why it’s not just a lecture or performance but a continual…

WOF 139: Get Out of the Sacristy

Pope Francis has encouraged priests to “get out of the sacristy into the streets,” to find the Church’s lost sheep and evangelize them. Bishop Barron agrees with this advice, and in this episode, he offers…

WOF 138: Why Religious Liberty?

What do we mean by religious liberty? Why should all people, including non-religious people, care about protecting religious liberty? Bishop Barron recently joined the U.S. Bishop’s Committee for Religious Liberty, and has been thinking about these…

WOF 133: And Now I See

In this episode, Bishop Barron discusses the content of his great book, And Now I See. A listener asks about the role of our conscience in relation to Church teaching. Visit  www.wordonfireshow.com/see to get your copy of…

WOF 131: Does the Bible Still Matter?

In this episode, we discuss a recent article in GQ magazine which described the Bible as overrated, along with a new report from Barna titled State of the Bible 2017: Top Findings. We explore whether people are reading the Bible, how much…

WOF 128: Kids Q&A with Bishop Barron

Bishop Barron answers several questions from young listeners, ranging from three-year-olds to eight-year-olds, about God, Adam and Eve, and robbers. Enjoy this kids Q&A episode! Be sure to record your questions—or your kids’ questions—at AskBishopBarron.com. Topics Discussed…

WOF 124: Listener Q&A with Bishop Barron

Bishop Barron answers several listener questions during this episode, ranging from classic education to the Great Story of Israel to living the faith while under persecution. Enjoy this listener Q&A episode! Topics Discussed 0:04 – Updates about…

WOF 123: Religion and “A Quiet Place”

John Krasinski’s new film, A Quiet Place, which he both directs and stars in, may at first seem like a typical thriller, with lurking monsters threatening to kill everyone in their path. But it’s actually a surprisingly…

WOF 122: God at the Googleplex

In this episode, Bishop Barron recounts his visit to the headquarters of both Google and YouTube. He was there to deliver a talk to Catholic Googlers on “Religion and the Opening of the Mind.” He reflects…

WOF 118: Jordan Peterson and Catholicism

In last week’s episode, we discussed the Jordan Peterson phenomenon, wondering how the Canadian clinical psychologist exploded so quickly in popularity. In this week’s episode, we continue the discussion as Bishop Barron reflects on Peterson’s religious views and Biblical…

WOF 117: Who Is Jordan Peterson?

Dr. Jordan Peterson, a clinical psychologist and mythology enthusiast, has exploded onto the scene, becoming the world’s most popular intellectual figure in just a few short months. Who is he and what should you know…

WOF 114: Three Great Spiritual Athletes

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…

WOF 111: Sex, Babies, and a Prophetic Pope

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…

WOF 110: Word on Fire in 2018

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…

WOF 109: Fire and Mission

Since Bishop Barron is out of town this week, we decided to share his talk from the FOCUS Student Leadership Summit in Chicago. Over 8,000 young Catholic leaders gathered to hear Bishop Barron speak about…

WOF 108: Lead with Beauty

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,…

WOF 107: Jesus vs. Caesar

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….

WOF 106: Word On Fire Testimony

Word on Fire Catholic Ministries is a non-profit evangelization apostolate with a remarkable global impact. In fact, if the Word on Fire website were a physical building and its visitors physically present, then WordOnFire.org would be…

WOF 105: Kids Q&A w/ Bishop Barron

Today we hear from some of our youngest listeners, as kids from all over the world ask Bishop Barron their most pressing theological questions. The kids are cute, but their questions are deep! Topics Discussed…

WOF 104: Sports and Spirituality

If you’ve listened to any number of Bishop Robert Barron’s homilies or lectures, you’ve likely heard him use sports analogies to create a vision of the spiritual life. In this episode of “The Word on…

WOF 100: Listener Q&A with Bishop Barron

Today we celebrate the hundredth episode of “The Word on Fire Show”! It’s hard to believe we’ve reached that mark. But to celebrate, we decided to focus on you, our listeners, and your wonderful questions….

WOF 099: How to Reach the “Nones”

This week, Bishop Barron is giving the annual “Erasmus Lecture” for First Things, where he’ll speak on “Evangelizing the ‘Nones’.” That’s the them of this episode, which explores why young people are becoming disconnected to…

WOF 095: How to Have a Religious Argument

Listen to Bishop Barron’s talk at the Facebook HQ, which has already been heard over 275,000 times. Every day, millions of people argue about religion on social media. The comboxes of religious and atheist sites…

WOF 093: Bishop Barron at Facebook

Today (September 18), Bishop Barron will be speaking to Facebook employees at their headquarters in Menlo Park, CA, on “How to Have a Religious Argument.” (The talk will be livestreamed on Bishop Barron’s Facebook page…

WOF 092: Pro-Life AND Social Justice

There seems to be a divide in the Catholic Church between so-called “pro-life” Catholic and so-called “social justice” Catholics. Where did this come from? How do we heal this split? That’s what Bishop Barron discusses…

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 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.