Pope Francis recently invited Bishop Barron to speak to hundreds of English-speaking priests at a gathering in Rome for the Jubilee Year of Mercy. In today’s episode, Bishop Barron reflects on the talk he shared with his fellow clergymen about Jesus’ encounter with the woman at the well. From this account in John’s gospel, the bishop distills for us four major lessons on the divine mercy. The listener question comes from a practicing Catholic in London who seeks a response to the argument that pursuing a vigorous spiritual life is unnecessary if we are ultimately reconciled to God.

Topics Discussed

  • 0:17  – Bishop Barron goes to Rome to talk about divine mercy
  • 3:03 – How is God’s mercy relentless?
  • 5:28 – How does the story of The Woman at the Well dismantle religious mythology?
  • 8:01 – How is God’s mercy divinizing?
  • 11:40 – Connections to Marriage and the Old Testament
  • 13:14 – What does “God became man that man might become God” actually mean?
  • 16:11 – How is God’s mercy demanding?
  • 20:01 – The Vibrant Paradox of Extreme Demand and Extreme Mercy
  • 22:34 – How is God’s mercy a summons to mission?
  • 25:30 – The Highest Life is a summons to Mission
  • 26:42 – Question from listener: Why bother engaging in the spiritual life?

Bonus Resources

 

Find bonus links and resources for this episode at http://WordOnFireShow.com and be sure to submit your questions at http://AskBishopBarron.

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5 comments on “WOF 029: What God’s Mercy Really Entails

  1. Sandra Kerth Jun 30, 2016

    Such a great message, shared by Bishop Barron, great clarification on the message of mercy.

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  5. Giovanni Quiroz Jun 16, 2021

    Questions:

    So August 16 2014 at night/morning i almost died because i suffered from a Severe-TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury), broken femur, broken pelvis, a nondisplaced fracture of the left orbit extending into the maxillary sinus walls, left Zygoma, crossing into the right; a slightly displaced bone fragment and a small hematoma in the superior orbit. I was induced in a comma for like 30+ days (i’ll ask my rehab doctor, after this covid-19 pandemic is over and i set up an appointment).
    Anyways: I was dating a Lutheran girl and i loved her so much at that time BUT if i remember correctly, i broke up with my ex girlfriend because of some really important silly reasons. The reasons were:
    (1) She was not Catholic, she is a Lutheran.
    (2) I left the rehab center in the beginning of 2015 and became an outpatient of 2015, after doing rehab for like 4-5 months. She pretty much asked me that if i remembered breaking up with her over the phone because she wasn’t Catholic and because she didn’t like to workout
    (3) i also think this was a stupid reason BUT i also remember breaking up with her because she wasn’t a virgin. Neither was i BUT this is a long story, but short story is: I had protected sex with 4 different girls BUT i didn’t feel anything because of my uncircumcised penis. Then in 2013 and 2014 i had my first girlfriend ever in college/life and i guess i had sex with her. Anyways, she got mad i didn’t remember she had told me that she was going to get her extra toe cut off after graduating from MNSU.
    (4) because she had an extra toe (this might be a Silly/Stupid dumb reason BUT later on i found out that my great grandmother had a child whom had an extra finger), who eventually died. I didn’t want my children to have an extra finger in his or her body OR my grandchildren.
    (5) i think i also broke up with her because she had anxiety like my little sister, whom also has anxiety. In 2013-2014 my little sister who is suffering with; depression, anxiety and BPD (Borderline Personality Disorder) and tried to commit suicide by taking a bunch of pills. I just didn’t want my children OR grandchildren to have a higher percent chance of being born with either of those diseases.
    (6) i’m pretty sure she doesn’t believe in God because, if i remember correctly after she told me that i broke up with her because she wasn’t catholic. I told her that i didn’t care, this is what i told her “you at lest believe in God right.?”
    (7) i didn’t get a response from her on messenger/Facebook. i just simply got blocked from her account
    (8) that obviously meant she didn’t believe in God the Father, the Lord Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit! 😓😭🤬😭😓

    i’m currently in the process of my Severe-TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) recovery. I know it’s a LOOOOOOONNNG process of recovery but with the help of our Lord Jesus Christ, i’ll get through this breakup and break from school i’ve been taking since 2014. Sorry about the delay but My question to you is: IS IT OKAY IF A CATHOLIC MAN MARRIES A NON CATHOLIC GIRL? AND THEN I’LL PRAY TO THE HOLY SPIRIT FOR THE CONVERSION OF MY GIRLFRIEND, BEST FRIEND, WIFE INTO OUR CATHOLIC RELIGION?