What words might you use to describe the priesthood? Priests often describe their own lives as happy, bold, exciting, studious, Spirit-filled, and love-oriented. While these adjectives are certainly accurate, the priesthood must also be described as heroic, for priests die to themselves and give their lives utterly to Christ and His people. In this episode of the Word on Fire Show, Bishop Barron explains the radical self-gift demanded by the priesthood as well as the lavish graces God pours back into the life of each priest. The listener question asks how parents might nurture religious vocations in their children.

Visit HeroicPriesthood.com to watch our Emmy-nominated short film after this episode!

Topics Discussed

  • 0:17 – Intro and Bishop attends a table reading for The Simpsons
  • 3:33 – What is the “Heroic Priesthood” and, how is each baptized person is a priest?
  • 5:50 – Why do we still need ordained priests?
  • 9:25 – How is the priesthood uniquely heroic?
  • 11:28 – Did Bishop Barron ever have second thoughts about becoming a priest?
  • 12:30 – How did Bishop Barron decide to become a priest?
  • 14:30 – How is being a priest rebellious?
  • 15:30 – Why is celibacy absolutely necessary in the priesthood?
  • 17:55 – What are Bishop Barron’s favorite things about being a priest?
  • 22:10 – Do you have to be a scholar to become a priest?
  • 26:00 – What advice does Bishop Barron have for those considering the priesthood?
  • 28:12 – Question from listener: What advice does Bishop Barron have for parents who want to nurture religious vocations in their children?

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