Bishop Robert Barron recently had the privilege of speaking to around nine thousand students from the Catholic middle schools and high schools of the Los Angeles Archdiocese. Encouraged by their enthusiasm, he invited them to internalize three spiritual truths as they come of age. In today’s episode, Bishop Barron recounts the event and explains some lessons that all Catholics but particularly young Catholics need to take to heart. The listener question asks what Gospel passages are difficult for the bishop to come to terms with and how Catholics ought internalize Jesus’ more troubling messages.

Topics Discussed

  • 0:17  – Introduction, The Word on Fire Show 50th Episode, Youth Event Details
  • 2:50 – Lesson 1: The Law of the Gift, what does that mean?
  • 5:55 – What do you say to someone who claims total happiness in the secular world?
  • 8:49 – How does St. Mother Theresa of Calcutta represent the Law of the Gift?
  • 10:35 – Lesson 2: Spiritual Excellence, why not settle for spiritual mediocrity?
  • 12:50 – How does Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati best represent aspiring young Catholics?
  • 14:30 – What does it mean to say that holiness is broad, vibrant, and colorful?
  • 16:45 – Lesson 3: Be a Rebel! What is true rebellion?
  • 19:36 – Who is Jose Sanchez del Rio?
  • 22:57 – Question from listener: What does Bishop Barron consider to be the most difficult messages of Jesus? How ought we wrestle with them?

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4 comments on “WOF 050: 3 Lessons for Young Catholics

  1. I listen to your podcast on iTunes via my iPhone but download a copy of each podcast via an RSS feed. Starting with WOF 049 it seems you have stopped the RSS download feed. Please don’t

  2. alicia Nov 22, 2016

    I can’t access Episode 050 on my Computer anymore.

  3. Judith Nov 23, 2016

    About total happiness in the secular world, Bishop Barron you say that one has to be subordinated to the path of love and all is fine. This could be wrongly interpreted and in the context of sexual pleasure outside of marriage wouldn’t this be considered erroneous leading to a host of other maladies of maybe unwanted children, abortions and promiscuity? Thank you.

    • Frank Nov 23, 2016

      Bishop always says, “To love is to will the good of the other for their sake.” To engage in premarital sex, have an abortion, or be otherwise promiscuous is not willing the good of the other. Obviously, these sins are far from subordinating your sexual desires to the path of love/loving God first and enjoying your sexuality but only for His sake.