Pope Francis has encouraged priests to “get out of the sacristy into the streets,” to find the Church’s lost sheep and evangelize them. Bishop Barron agrees with this advice, and in this episode, he offers his take on the best ways to do that. A listener asks why we need to repent if God’s love is unconditional.

Topics Discussed

  • 04:00 – Bishop Barron’s favorite memories from the Pivotal Players film trip
  • 4:00 – What is Bishop Barron’s article about?
  • 8:15 – How does a parish shift gears to evangelization?
  • 14:00 – What has been the common perspective on evangelization?
  • 17:30 – How will the Word on Fire Movement serve this mission?
  • 22:00 – What advice does Bishop Barron have for evangelizers, both lay and clergy?
  • 26:15 – Listener Question: Is the love of God really unconditional?


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5 comments on “WOF 139: Get Out of the Sacristy

  1. Steve/Illlinois Aug 9, 2018

    Great episode. Cursillo is a great Charism of the Churrch that includes an evengelization/action component. Dovetails perfectly with this topic. Love this podcast.

  2. Natalie Fraehlich Aug 10, 2018

    It is an interesting (an incredibly valid) point. I do think the emphasis needs to be placed on organizing parish programs that attract people who aren’t members of the parish. For example, my area’s Catholic Young Adult program is on Saturday nights. That’s great, but I can promise that no young adult who’s not a dedicated Catholic would even try that out of interest on what for most people is the only free-to-socialize night of the week. Organizing parish events and teaching parishioners to become evangelizes and apologists has never been more important.

    I think the Church, and especially (no offense) the hierarchy, recognizes the dire states of most parish priests. A friend of mine says four masses every weekday, sits for hours every day in confession, says mass Saturday and Sunday starting every hour and a half from 6 am til 10 pm. Another good friend I know works 20 hour days and doesn’t even have a place to sleep beyond the floor of his church.

    Obviously no one would accuse this article or podcast of being against the parish, it’s for the good of the parish! I do think, however, when I hear bishops-even the bishop of my own archdiocese-talk about the duties of a parish priest it shows a distinct lack of awareness for what most of them deal with every day.

    Although the content is a great and incredibly important reminder, the title is, perhaps, a bit of a slap in the face.

  3. Carolina Aug 18, 2018

    Thank you so, so much for the work that you do, Bishop Barron and everyone at Word on Fire. I listen to the Word on Fire podcast almost daily and it’s one of my favourites. You’ve really helped me deepen and strengthen my own faith. I am passionate about evangelization and I currently run prayer groups for mothers at my parish- Your podcast has been an incredibly helpful and useful resource.
    Thank you!

  4. Steven Aug 19, 2018

    Hello, and God bless, I can’t tell you how much I’ve been blessed by Bishop Barron’s Gift of the Holy Spirit of evangelism. I pray that our Lord continues to bless Bishop Barron’s evangelization. You see I was paralyzed 10 years ago at age 48 and at the same time , Nearly lost my life to times to infection and pneumonia. Within the next three years I would suffer the loss of both my parents passing away and my oldest brother and then my wife could no longer take living with a paralyzed man so she divorced me , Sold our home and moved away with our children. I ended up in a handicap apartment complex with Daily nurses to help me live. My back was broken so badly and the exit that I live in constant pain with pain killers.
    I confess all this only to say that through these crosses that i bear I can truly say I have only glimpse the holiness of our Lord Jesus Christ. For I Offer up each day in prayer this pain and suffering for the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ and for all who are suffering for the social need it now and for Pope Francis and all the priest and nuns and men and women everywhere Who have given their life to Christ. I also confess daily my my sins, for the times this world and body of the flesh pull me away from God. How I pray that I could only make people see , there is a God a live and with us. And who loves All his children. Not just His faithful.
    Bishop Barron please, somehow through the Holy Spirit, with your gift, let His people know, that no matter what cross or crosses we need to bare, that His Love, His Love is so overwhelming, that it will give of the peace we long for, for however long we need it to and not only satisfy us but it will shine like a lamp for others to follow. One last thing your honor. If all people would truly just stop for one moment in their life , and truly pray to God, for His love, from the tears of their heart. They would not be able to get enough and find themselves needing His love the rest of their lives. And from that point in their life, they can look back and say, their life has it been a waste and was filled with God‘s purpose in life and Love. Amen 🙏🏻 Amen

    My God bless all of us Always ,
    Love & Pease in Christ, so we can love a serve Him!

    PS..I was so blessed after my accident that even when I went for a new email address. I got: JMJHUS, which stands for, Jesus, Mary, Joseph Help US!

  5. The above URL is an article that I wrote on behalf of a Lay Missionary Society that I support with my time and resources. In this article, I challenge Bishop Barron to more intentionally make a distinction between Mission Work and Evangelical Work. All Missionaries are Evangelists, but a precious few Evangelists are Missionaries. A conflation of these two words undercuts the very nature of the Church, and we must take care to not do this habitually. Please read on: http://www.laymissionary.org/repository/into-unbaptized-foreign-lands