How is beauty a route of access to God? In this episode of the Word On Fire Show, Bishop Barron explains how leading with beauty is the best way to evangelize.

Topics Discussed

  • 0:04 – Introduction, Thomas Fire continues to blaze
  • 3:15 – What does it mean to lead with beauty?
  • 5:52 – Why has there been a resurgence of the way of beauty?
  • 8:15 – What are some forms of beauty outside of high art?
  • 10:00 – How have the martyrs become a way of beauty?
  • 13:15 – Why is Brideshead Revisited a great example of the way of beauty?
  • 17:23 – How is the Christian life a way to evangelize through beauty?
  • 19:15 – How can we evangelize through beauty?
  • 23:15 – Listener Question: How can we speak with certainty about our faith if we are struggling with our faith?


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9 comments on “WOF 108: Lead with Beauty

  1. michael greenan Jan 1, 2018

    I really enjoyed the listener question and hearing Bishop Barron’s response. I’ve always thought that one of the major differences between a believer and a non-believer is that a believer never gives up and perseveres till the end, while a non-believer simply gives up and throws it all away. Of course believers ask all the same questions that atheists do, but instead of giving up they seek understanding and search, learn, pray, keep on asking, and not simply throw it all away.

  2. Nick Twaalfhoven Jan 2, 2018

    A great PodCast on the role played by beauty in drawing them toward an act of faith. Bishop Barron has an impressive knack for seeing the good in different elements of our society; his commentary ranged from Superhero movies to Dante! Great stuff!

  3. SANTOSO Jan 3, 2018

    I like the question regarding faith

  4. George Pence Jan 4, 2018

    I grew up in a small mostly protestant evangelical town well distant from a larger city. A significant portion of my family viewed the Catholic Church as a corrupt institution destructive of “real Christianity.” The Pope was thought to be a candidate for the anti-Christ. On my paper route was the one Catholic Church in town, and the only place that featured stained glass windows. I desperately wanted to see what those windows looked like from the inside, but couldn’t summon the courage to walk into that vaguely dangerous place. Finally, I overcame my fears and stepped into a Catholic church for the first time simply to witness the interior glow of a stained glass window. That was also my first step toward becoming a Catholic convert ten years later.

  5. Bob Maloney Jan 7, 2018

    Weekly podcasts like this one very helpful in understanding my faith. The comment that all struggle with faith let me know I’m not alone.

  6. Maria Jan 7, 2018

    Wonderful episode on how beauty can draw one to God since, of course it is from God.

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  8. Megan Apr 27, 2021

    Love the podcasts. Always relevant and best of all highly portable and meaningful. The 8 Courses have been extremely valuable. This entire organization has been an essential core piece in my faith journey. With all gratefulness, Megan