In a way we are all addicts, because we are all sinners. In this episode of The Word on Fire Show, Bishop Barron explains the spiritual dimensions of addiction and how finding your center in God is not only the first step to recovery but also the walking path of lifelong freedom. The listener questions asks whether it’s more fun to be bad than good.

Topics Discussed

  • 0:05  – Introduction, Bishop’s upcoming trips
  • 2:05 – How are we all addicts?
  • 5:30 – How can addiction bleed into the religious life?
  • 6:20 – What is the purpose of the ascetic life in terms of addiction?
  • 10:00 – What are the spiritual roots of Alcoholics Anonymous?
  • 15:15 – What is the Biblical prescription for dealing with addiction?
  • 19:20 – How can we tell if we are addicted to something when it doesn’t seem to be ruining our lives?
  • 22:00 – Why is Christianity specifically helpful for battling addiction?
  • 24:10 – What should someone do if they are right now struggling with an addiction and want to stop?
  • 25:25 – Question from listener: Is it more fun to be bad than good?

Bonus Resources

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3 comments on “WOF 080: Battling Addiction

  1. Angel Jun 19, 2017

    Just in time. Thank you so much.

  2. Marie Jun 20, 2017

    Thank you Bishop Barron. Very timely and just what I needed right now.

  3. Karla Foreman Jul 21, 2017

    I was recently introduced to and have been enjoying the podcasts and the commonality we can enjoy in the Church.
    Recognizing that you are a scholar much more learned than I, might I make a request? Would you re-evaluate your use of the term “puritanical”? Its unquestioned perjorative use seems inaccurate from what I know of actual Piritan theologians, and eliminates the consideration of much rich theology and a whole tradition of spiritual disciplines not unlike the healthy asceticism you espouse. Thanks for considering it.