Most Recent Episodes
Word On Fire: How to Have Hope (March 17)
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 be strengthened for our journey into the Divine Life. During this trial (and all trials), Catholics can take heart in the certain joy of Easter, the great Christian hope of the Resurrection. In this episode of the Word on Fire Show, Bishop Barron explains the hope on offer in Christianity and discusses how we can cling to this unique hope regardless of our circumstances. Finally, a listener asks how to cultivate an emotional connection with God.
Reflections with Fr. Mike Schmitz: Wholehearted, Part I: Go Big. Be Small (March 10)
Lent is tough. Fasting is tough. Christianity is tough. Jesus reveals that His heart is soft when it comes to our weakness. If we are willing to come out of hiding and fully give our entire selves to Him, He can make our hearts whole in the midst of our littleness.
Word On Fire: Viral Videos and Labels (March 10)
Is it ever necessary to label ourselves? Is it ever okay 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 Not White” claims that labels are the root of all social ills and that our identity is entirely separate from our physical reality. The video has reached over 100 million views on Facebook and over 11 million views on Youtube with an overwhelming approval rating (300 to 1 like to dislike ratio). The most liked comment on Youtube reads, “They showed this to us in school.” In this episode of The Word on Fire Show, Bishop Barron critiques each segment of the argument posed by the young poet and explains the philosophical history behind this radical, yet widely accepted argument. The listener question asks for a book suggestion that encourages teens to return to the Church.
Reflections with Fr. Mike Schmitz: Two Roads: Master or Disaster, Part V: Through the Door (March 3)
If we knew the future, very few of us would make foolish decisions. But very few of us make decisions in the first place. Many people prefer to be carried along by other peoples’ decisions and by the circumstances of life. But wise people make decisions. And they make these wise decisions without knowing the future. Instead, they look at their past, their present, and where they would like to end up. And then they choose. This choice does not have to be a leap…sometimes it is just a step.
Word On Fire: LIVE from the L.A. Congress! (March 3)
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 the 20th year that Bishop Robert Barron has been in attendance. In addition to several interviews and book-signings Bishop Barron participated in at this year’s Congress, he also gave a keynote in the central arena. This episode of The Word on Fire Show was recorded live at the Word on Fire booth in the exposition hall. During the show the good bishop answers questions from the expo audience as well as the audience watching live on Facebook.