Bishop Barron has a new book coming out titled To Light a Fire on the Earth: Proclaiming Christ in a Secular Age. It’s a book-length conversation between Bishop Barron and John Allen, Jr., the award-winning Vatican journalist, and touches on a wide range of subjects including God, atheism, social media, prayer, beauty, and why the Church matters today. In today’s episode, John joins Bishop Barron to discuss the new book.

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Topics Discussed

  • 0:05 – Introduction
  • 1:40 – What were John Allen’s first impressions about creating this book?
  • 3:10 – What were Bishop Barron’s first thoughts when the book was proposed to him?
  • 4:00 – What parallels does John Allen see between Ven. Fulton Sheen and Bishop Barron
  • 7:35 – Why did Bishop Barron start the book talking about beauty?
  • 9:00 – How is Baseball helpful to understanding Catholicism
  • 12:00 – How did one of Bishop Barron’s professors in Paris shape his spirituality?
  • 14:00 – What is Bishop Barron’s three-fold path to holiness?
  • 16:00 –  What makes Bishop Barron different from other people John has interviewed for books?
  • 19:00 – Will Word On Fire become a permanent movement in the life of the Church?
  • 23:30 – How can Catholics proclaim the Gospel in a secular age?

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One comment on “WOF 094: Bishop Barron‘s New Book with John Allen, Jr.

  1. Paul Christopher Sep 25, 2017

    Hi Bishop Barron, thank you for all your work; I listen to your podcast each week, and am working my way through The Priority of Christ and a couple of your other books. Your work has been a great help for me.

    I do have a comment on your hope that Word on Fire will become a movement like the other ecclesial movements in the Church. What struck me when hearing you say that is that, in my experience, a movement is a life. The two movements that I have belonged to (the Catholic Charismatic Renewal while growing up, and now Communion and Liberation as an adult) both have at their core a strong experience of a life lived with the other people following that movement. With retreats, regular weekly meetings in different locations, common prayer, charitable works, vacations, and summer camps, among other things. I believe the other ecclesial movements share this characteristic, though the forms may vary. I was surprised that John Allen did not mention this when he was listing some of the characteristics of a movement. To my mind, this is what distinguishes a movement from a program or a ministry. The charism of each movement is embodied in their particular communal life, their way of doing things, their accent on the faith. Perhaps I am not familiar enough with Word on Fire, but my impression is that a life has not grown up around WOF (or at least not yet). I don’t think the people who follow Word on Fire get together, do they? I would suggest that this will be an essential step if WOF is to grow into a movement.

    Thank you again for all your work!