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The Word on Fire Show - Catholic Faith and Culture Bishop Robert Barron

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Join Bishop Robert Barron for a weekly podcast on faith and culture. Find more episodes at http://WordOnFireShow.com and submit your questions at http://AskBishopBarron.com.

    WOF 438: Damned Alone—But Saved Together

    WOF 438: Damned Alone—But Saved Together

    Continuing the journey in the fourth lecture of Bishop Barron’s course, “Dante’s Catholic Imagination,” we see notion that “we’re damned alone, but we’re only saved together” on full display as Dante climbs Mount Purgatory. While hell was a place of violence and self absorption, purgatory is a place of charity, hope, and faith.

    This timeless and ever-relevant course is available in its entirety in the Word on Fire Institute.


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    • 24 min
    WOF 437: Is Safety Culture Good for Us?

    WOF 437: Is Safety Culture Good for Us?

    Terms like “safe spaces,” “trigger warnings,” “harm reduction,” “micro-aggression,” “emotional wellbeing” and “fragility” are dominating the culture as well as the governance of many institutions. But by some measurements, our society is more physically compromised and mentally delicate than ever. Today, we discuss the contemporary embrace of “safety” and whether it overlaps with a Catholic understanding of the individual and common good.  
    A listener asks, can a priest ever deny absolution during confession?
    00:00 | Intro
    01:51 | Bishop Barron’s Confirmation season
    02:30 | Understanding the contemporary use of “safety”
    07:45 | The relationship between risk, safety, and flourishing
    12:23 | The emotional life and its role
    16:14 | Physical safety as the highest good
    21:36 | Speech as a form of violence
    24:04 | The spiritual works of mercy vs. coddling
    25:16 | Safety and the cardinal virtues
    26:42 | Christ crucified and the value of safety
    27:58 | Listener question
    30:03 | Word on Fire Institute
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    • 30 min
    WOF 436: Dante’s Poetic Vision of Hell

    WOF 436: Dante’s Poetic Vision of Hell

    We continue with the third lecture of Bishop Barron’s course, “Dante’s Catholic Imagination.” We uncover the horrors of hell as Virgil takes Dante on a journey to see the three levels of sin and their corresponding punishments. This ever-relevant course is available in its entirety inside the Word on Fire Institute.


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    • 20 min
    WOF 435: The Enduring Relevance of St. Thomas Aquinas

    WOF 435: The Enduring Relevance of St. Thomas Aquinas

    Most in contemporary secular culture have probably never heard of the name “Thomas Aquinas.” However, his thought remains more pertinent than ever—not only to theology and philosophy but also to current conversations on how to build a more stable, just, and prosperous political order. Today, we discuss the evergreen genius of St. Thomas Aquinas and how his legacy continues in the life and work of the contemporary Dominican theologian, Fr. Paul Murray.   
    A listener asks, does the devil know that his rebellion is ultimately futile?
    00:00 | Intro 
    01:12 | Bishop Barron in Rome 
    02:01 | Aquinas’ impact on Bishop Barron’s formation 
    03:56 | Why medieval thinkers like Aquinas still matter 
    06:18 | The relationship between metaphysics and ethics 
    07:29 | God as Being itself rather than as the greatest of beings 
    12:43 | How God can be both transcendent and immanent 
    15:58 | God’s non-competitive relationship with Creation 
    21:29 | Defining true human and social goods 
    23:00 | Does metaphysical speculation have a role in politics? 
    25:45 | Fr. Paul Murray, St. Thomas Aquinas, and the Dominican charism 
    29:54 | Listener question 
    31:49 | Word on Fire Institute
    Show Notes:
    Learn about the Word on Fire Institute: https://institute.wordonfire.org/

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    • 32 min
    WOF 434: Blocked by the Beasts of Sin

    WOF 434: Blocked by the Beasts of Sin

    We continue now with the next lecture from Bishop Barron’s popular course, “Dante’s Catholic Imagination,” available in its entirety inside the Word on Fire Institute. We follow as Dante tries to go forward on his journey, but he is blocked by the beasts of sin. Enjoy this further glimpse into Dante’s always-relevant, poetic, moral, and theological genius. 



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    • 20 min
    WOF 433: Healing Antisocial America

    WOF 433: Healing Antisocial America

    A recent article in The Atlantic magazine highlights the crisis of isolation befalling the United States. Americans have never been—or felt—more solitary, especially the younger generations. And the consequences are often fatal: loneliness is a major cause of the recent spikes in depression, anxiety, and suicide, which are at unprecedented levels. Today, we discuss the loss of our social bonds and how Catholic thought can help heal and re-unite us.

    A listener asks, given free will, does God know what choices we will make?

    00:00 | Intro
    01:23 | Bishop Barron’s recent USCCB and diocesan work
    02:22 | Why should a person’s chosen isolation matter to anyone else?
    04:34 | Individuality vs. the Catholic conception of the individual
    09:11 | Distinguishing between solitude and isolation
    12:43 | Why in-person communities matter
    14:00 | The role of unchosen communities in an individual’s development
    16:09 | How to view the company of others
    17:34 | Can one adequately substitute animal companionship for community?
    22:06 | New media, smart devices, and screen time
    26:45 | Advice to encourage more in-person gatherings
    27:53 | Listener question
    29:32 | Join the Word on Fire Institute

    Show Notes:
    “Why Americans Suddenly Stopped Hanging Out” article in The Atlantic Screen time stats: https://www.harmonyhit.com/phone-screen-time-statistics/?clreqid=a5b99b78-5919-4ddd-a2d7-5cb3c4e66e6d&kbid=58587 Learn about the Word on Fire Institute: https://institute.wordonfire.org/

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    • 30 min

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Wow! Bish you’re amazing you are something else. Emotions running the chariot, such a great example. All of your advice and brilliance is quite overwhelming, you rock my world. Glad God has put you in my path to share your wisdom. You just illuminate so much joy to me like when you get the chilly willies gifted by Our Father, His Son and The Holy in just normal experiences. Super kewl! 🙏🏻 Thanks for the opportunity to grow. 🪴🪴🪴

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