Truth, beauty, and goodness are the three transcendentals that draw people to belief in God. As important as rational arguments and beautiful artwork are for preserving and sharing the faith, Christian goodness has proven to be an explosively powerful means of evangelization over the centuries. In this episode of the Word on Fire Show, Bishop Barron explains the history of Christian moral goodness and discusses how this unique way of charity continues to bring people to Christ. Finally, a listener asks who inspires Bishop Barron.

Topics Discussed

  • 0:17 – Intro and Bishop meets William Friedkin
  • 3:33 – How is Christian moral goodness unique and attractive?
  • 6:57 – How did the early Christians evangelize through goodness?
  • 9:58 – Does our Christian goodness remain distinct amidst our modern culture?
  • 11:50 – What did the medieval Christian goodness look like?
  • 13:51 – How was Saint Francis one of the greatest evangelists of all time?
  • 16:04 – How did Saint Teresa of Calcutta become the most powerful evangelist of the twentieth century?
  • 17:54 – How did Saint Gregory the Wonderworker encourage evangelization?
  • 20:25 – As Christians, how do we remain charitable even when we don’t feel motivated to be radically good?
  • 22:17 – How do we evangelize with goodness today?
  • 24:38 – Question from listener: Who inspires Bishop Barron?

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One comment on “WOF 067: Evangelizing with Goodness

  1. Steve Mar 27, 2017

    “Sometimes the body needs to tell the mind what the Truth is. ”
    “Just do it. Act as though you have faith and you will find it.”

    This theme pops up in many contexts, for example in this classic song from my childhood, which I hadn’t thought about in years.