Audio Highlights

Reflections with Fr. Mike Schmitz: Two Roads: Master or Disaster, Part III: Become Wise (February 17)

An external guide can be helpful and, at times, necessary. But we are called to move beyond the external boundaries to an internal freedom. By choosing the good, we become more and more free to choose the good. By choosing wisdom, we become wise.

Word On Fire: Listener Q&A with Bishop Barron (February 17)

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 questions from listeners like you. Bishop Barron answers several questions, rapid fire, on many different topics.

Reflections with Fr. Mike Schmitz: Two Roads: Master or Disaster, Part II: Unlosable (February 10)

If salt loses its taste, it is no longer salt. It has lost something that is unlosable. In the process of becoming wise and crafting a masterpiece, there are a number of important elements. Wisdom requires vision, experience, and memory. But there is one more element that is essential to wisdom…and we have lost it.

Word On Fire: How Are We Saved? (February 10)

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 Catholic response to this question and in doing so reveals the rich message of the Cross. The listener question asks about original sin.

2017 Know Your Faith State Competition (Hour 2)

Enjoy the exciting conclusion of the 8th annual Know Your Faith State Competition brought to you from St. Mary's Central High School in Bismarck, ND. Fr. Kregg Hochhalter and Fr. Justin Waltz hosted this year's trivia-style contest between Shanley High School from Fargo, St. Mary's Central High School from Bismarck, Trinity High School from Dickinson, Bishop Ryan Catholic School from Minot, and Sacred Heart School from East Grand Forks, MN.

2017 Know Your Faith State Competition (Hour 1)

Enjoy the 8th annual Know Your Faith State Competition brought to you from St. Mary's Central High School in Bismarck, ND. Fr. Kregg Hochhalter and Fr. Justin Waltz hosted this year's trivia-style contest between Shanley High School from Fargo, St. Mary's Central High School from Bismarck, Trinity High School from Dickinson, Bishop Ryan Catholic School from Minot, and Sacred Heart School from East Grand Forks, MN.

2017 Men in Black Basketball Game (Hour 2)

Enjoy the second half of the 6th annual Men in Black Basketball Game at St. Thomas More High School in Rapid City, SD. Andy Shaw and Fr. Marcin Garbacz once again provided the play-by-play and color commentary of this match-up between the priests of the Diocese and STM students.

2017 Men in Black Basketball Game (Hour 1)

Enjoy the first half of the 6th annual Men in Black Basketball Game at St. Thomas More High School in Rapid City, SD. Andy Shaw and Fr. Marcin Garbacz once again provided the play-by-play and color commentary of this match-up between the priests of the Diocese and STM students.

Reflections with Fr. Mike Schmitz: Two Roads: Master or Disaster, Part I: Fool-ism (February 3)

With every passing moment, we are choosing what kind of life we will have lived. God wills for us to choose to live wisely. A person with wisdom has competence and character; they know the right thing to do in any situation and they have the ability to do the right thing in any situation. A fool is the person who either acts without knowing…or knows without acting.

Word On Fire: New and Notable Books (February 3)

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 the Word on Fire Show, Bishop Barron discusses some new and notable books that he’s read, which range from the scholarly insight of Dietrich von Hildebrand to the poetic storytelling of Sally Read to the popular encouragement of Rick Warren. The listener question comes from a college student who wonders how God can be all-loving to his people and rain fire down on cities in the Old Testament.

Reflections with Fr. Mike Schmitz: Within Reach (January 27)

Holiness is within reach. Everyone baptized has been sanctified and made holy. And it is not difficult to be a Saint. It simply means, by God’s grace, doing God’s will today.

Word On Fire: Bishop Barron on “Silence” (January 27)

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, a gripping narrative, and enough thematic complexity to keep you discussing the film for the foreseeable future. In this episode of the Word on Fire Show, Bishop Barron discusses his insights about “Silence” [SPOILER ALERT]. The listener question comes from a young child who wonders where we were before God made us.

Reflections with Fr. Mike Schmitz: Called To Be Holy (January 20)

Question: How does a sinful people live in the presence of an all-holy God? Answer: By allowing Him to make us holy and by living on purpose.

Word On Fire: David Dancing Before the Ark (Part 2 of 2) (January 20)

In this episode of the Word on Fire Show we hear one of the world’s great theologians unpack one of the richest texts in all of ancient scripture. Thomas Aquinas College hosts Bishop Robert Barron, as he speaks on “David Dancing Before the Ark: The Liturgical Theology Implicit in 2nd Samuel” as part of the St. Vincent de Paul Lecture and Concert Series. In Part Two of the Bishop’s great talk, he articulates the theological implications of David dancing before the Ark of the Covenant.

Reflections with Fr. Mike Schmitz: I Am Not (January 13)

Real freedom and joy…real relationships and holiness…are based off telling the truth. The essential virtue of telling the truth about one’s self is humility. Without humility, I remain a mystery to myself and hidden from God and others. With humility, I can finally hear the voice of the Father.

Word On Fire: David Dancing Before the Ark (Part 1 of 2) (January 13)

In this episode of the Word on Fire Show we hear one of the world’s great theologians unpack one of the richest texts in all of ancient scripture. Thomas Aquinas College hosts Bishop Robert Barron, as he speaks on “David Dancing Before the Ark: The Liturgical Theology Implicit in 2nd Samuel” as part of the St. Vincent de Paul Lecture and Concert Series. In Part One of the Bishop’s great talk, he describes David as a new Adam, a priestly figure whose liturgical practices bring to bear revelations about the strangeness of God.

Reflections with Fr. Mike Schmitz: Learn From Your Past (January 6)

When we encounter the new year, we may be tempted to ignore our past. But the truly wise person, like Mary, will ponder all that happens in their life and learn from their past.

Word On Fire: Mary, The New Eve (January 6)

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. With her great “yes” to the Divine Will, Mary effectively reverses the negative trajectory caused by the great “no” of the world’s first woman, Eve. Today’s episode of the Word on Fire Show discusses how Mary, the Mother of God, represents the New Eve who ushers forth the New Adam, the Savior of the World, Jesus Christ. The listener question asks about the perpetual virginity of Mary.

2016 Collar Classic: Priests vs. Seminarians Basketball Game (Hour 2)

Enjoy the second half and the down to the wire finish of the Diocese of Fargo's 23rd annual Priests vs. Seminarians Basketball Game at Shanley High School in Fargo, ND. Fr. Paul Duchschere and Fr. James Gross provided the play-by-play.

2016 Collar Classic: Priests vs. Seminarians Basketball Game (Hour 1)

Enjoy the first half of the Diocese of Fargo's 23rd annual Priests vs. Seminarians Basketball Game at Shanley High School in Fargo, ND. Fr. Paul Duchschere and Fr. James Gross provided the play-by-play.

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