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Word on Fire: Why is There a Christmas Season?

Have you ever wondered why there is a Christmas season? Like no other holiday, Christmas carries with it an intense period of anticipation, in which our hearts are readied with hope and love. Christians call this waiting time “Advent”, and Bishop Barron explains precisely what this season is all about in today’s episode of the Word on Fire Show. A listener asks how much is enough when it comes to petitionary prayer.

Reflections with Fr. Mike Schmitz: What a Waste, Part II: Wasted or Spent?

"Life is long if you know how to use it.” And yet, most of us do not know how to use our lives…we do not know how to spend our time because we do not have a clear vision of our calling in Christ Jesus. Because of this, we end up wasting time…and wasting much our lives. But we could choose another route. We can choose to live a life of significance by spending our time on the things that matter most.

Word on Fire: Affirmative Orthodoxy

Today we continue our discussion of the eight principles of the Word on Fire Movement by focusing on the fifth principle, “Affirmative Orthodoxy.” This term, originating with John Allen, Jr., refers to a positive presentation of what the Church teaches, an emphasis on the Catholic “Yes!” more than a finger-wagging “No!” A listen asks how we concretely love people in difficult situations.

Reflections with Fr. Mike Schmitz: What a Waste, Part I: A Life of Significance

Many people allow life to happen “to” them. Instead of embracing life and living a life of significance, people choose to live as if life does not have any meaning. But you were made to be significant…your life was created on purpose and for a purpose. It is time to live on purpose. Reject passivity, embrace responsibility, and pursue to God-given purpose planted in your heart.

Word on Fire: What to Make of the Protestant Reformation

We just passed the 500th anniversary of the start of the Protestant Reformation, when Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door of a Wittenberg church, initiating a massive split of the Christian community. What should Catholics make of this event 500 years later? How should Catholics relate to their Protestant brothers and sisters? That’s what Bishop Barron discusses today. A listener asks how Catholics should feel about Protestant denominations.

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