Friends, today we continue our “Word on Fire Show” series on how to understand Genesis by discussing Abraham and Isaac. Watch and learn about these two pivotal figures in salvation history.

A listener asks, where can I learn more about God’s non-competitive transcendence?

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Friends, at the recent FOCUS SEEK conference, seminarians and young people discerning their vocation asked me range of questions about calling and vocations, including:

  • Did Bishop Barron ever consider religious life?
  • How should we use philosophy to approach and interact with theology?
  • What should we do about a “dark night of the soul” when it comes to discernment?
  • How should one discern between dating versus pursuing a religious vocation?
  • What should women in particular look for when discerning a religious order?
  • How should one sift through fears and anxieties during discernment?
  • What is something that Bishop Barron learned as a priest, that he wish he had known as a seminarian?

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Modern psychiatry tends to downplay spirituality, but in today’s episode of “The Word on Fire Show,” Bishop Barron and Brandon discuss a new Scientific American article suggesting that “Psychiatry Needs to Get Right with God.”

The author explains how belief in God is associated with significantly better treatment outcomes for many patients, and therefore patients should have the option to include spirituality in their treatment. 

A listener asks, where does one go to get the Catholic Church’s official interpretation of Scripture?

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Earlier this year, Bishop Barron joined Sal Di Stefano from Mind Pump Media for a great conversation. They discussed the great social upheaval and political division in our culture—including its intellectual, moral, and spiritual dimensions—and why a purely secular framework is not enough to solve it.

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Today we continue our series on “Understanding Genesis.” Last time we focused on Creation and today we’re discussing Adam, Eve, and the Fall. How should we understand the creation of Adam and Eve? What actually happened at the Fall? Bishop Barron and Brandon Vogt discuss.

A listener asks, why would Mark end his Gospel with the women not telling the Apostles about the resurrection?

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Today we share a Q&A session between Bishop Barron and Maronite clergy following a talk he shared on the priesthood. In the Q&A, he answered several questions, including:

  • Did Adam love Eve for the sake of God?
  • What is Mary’s role in Jacob’s ladder?
  • Do you have practical advice for people feeling confined by their vocation?
  • How should we pick our battles as we wrestle with the world?
  • How do you approach the concept of free will and reconcile it with our slavery to God?
  • What practical steps can we take in our parishes to keep people from disaffiliating from the Church?

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Pope Francis just announced he’s planning to declare a new Doctor of the Church, St. Irenaeus of Lyon. Who was he? What were his key ideas? Why does he still matter? That’s what Bishop Barron and Brandon discuss in today’s episode. Topics include:

  • What’s a Doctor of the Church, and why should Irenaeus be declared one?
  • How did Bishop first become acquainted with Irenaeus?
  • What was Irenaeus’ approach to battling Gnosticism?
  • Irenaeus taught that God has no need of anything outside of himself. What does this mean, and why is it good news?
  • How to understand Irenaeus’s pithy line, “The glory of God is man fully alive”?
  • Irenaeus’ theology of recapitulation
  • How Irenaeus remains a great spiritual and theological bridge between Eastern and Western Christians
  • Why Irenaeus is still relevant today

A listener asks, how should I respond to the idea that nothing really exists because we can’t prove that it exists?

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In today’s episode, we share a talk Bishop Barron gave to the Catholic educators of the Archdiocese of Vancouver. He exhorted teachers to boldly proclaim the resurrection and lordship of Jesus, affirming that all Catholic teachers are, fundamentally, evangelizers.

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Today we begin a five-part series of discussions on the book of Genesis. In this first episode, we focus on the Creation story.

Genesis is of course the first book in the Bible and perhaps the most foundational, but it’s also the source of so much confusion. Bishop Barron clarifies what the author is intending to convey and the theological and spiritual truths we can pull from the narrative.

A listener asks, how do I start mental prayer, especially if I’m always distracted?

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C.S. Lewis wrote more than 30 books which have collectively sold over 100 million copies, including the Chronicles of Narnia series, Mere Christianity, and The Screwtape Letters. But of those thirty books, there was only one which Lewis described himself as “almost my favorite among my books,” yet he was disappointed that “in general [the book] has been almost totally ignored by the public.”

The book was his prophetic text titled The Abolition of Man. It’s an important book but one that many readers find dense and challenging.

Thankfully, Michael Ward, one of the world’s leading C.S. Lewis scholars, has stepped in to help. His groundbreaking new book titled After Humanity: A Guide to C.S. Lewis’s ‘The Abolition of Man was just published by Word on Fire Academic.

Today, Brandon Vogt sits down with Michael to discuss Lewis’ original text and how Michael’s new guide and commentary help readers make sense of Lewis’s argument.

Learn more: https://www.wordonfire.org/humanity

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