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Bishop Barron Videos

Bishop Robert Barron is an auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. He founded the ministry, Word on Fire, which is an outstanding beacon of The New Evangelization. Bishop Barron has recorded and podcasted over 600 of his Sunday sermons (might I suggest you subscribe via iTunes right now?) and was the creator and host of the extraordinary Catholicism DVD Series. Lucky for me, I had the benefit of being a student of his when I was a seminarian at Mundelein (he was one of the best and most exciting professors I’ve ever had!).

As you’ll see from any of the links below, Bishop Barron is not only incredibly intelligent, but also one of the Church’s best communicators. Since 2007, he has been posting YouTube video commentaries on just about everything. I’m continuously amazed at the relevant and enlightening Catholic analysis Bishop Barron gives in his videos. Over 19.5 million people have already checked out his videos. How ’bout you?

MOVIES & TELEVISION

  1. 2012
  2. A Serious Man
  3. Agora
  4. Angels and Demons
  5. Apocalypto
  6. Avatar
  7. Ben-Hur
  8. Bill Maher and Biblical Interpretation
  9. Bridge of Spies
  10. Bully
  11. Calvary (and the Underrated Virtue of Forgiveness)
  12. Capitalism: A Love Story
  13. Cinderella
  14. Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey
  15. Discovery Channel’s “The Lost Tomb of Jesus”
  16. District 9
  17. Doctor Strange
  18. Exodus: Gods and Kings
  19. Fargo
  20. For Greater Glory
  21. Gran Torino
  22. Gravity
  23. Hercules and the Modern Meta-Narrative
  24. Hereafter
  25. HBO Series “Rome”
  26. Inception
  27. Indiana Jones
  28. Jackie
  29. Last Days in the Desert
  30. Les Misérables
  31. Lord of the Rings (Part 1)
  32. Lord of the Rings (Part 2)
  33. Man of Steel
  34. Midnight in Paris
  35. Miracles from Heaven
  36. Moneyball
  37. Noah
  38. No Country for Old Men
  39. Of Gods and Men
  40. Religulous (Bill Maher)
  41. Rise of the Planet of the Apes
  42. Risen
  43. Silence
  44. Skyfall
  45. Slumdog Millionaire
  46. The Adjustment Bureau
  47. The Amazing Spider-Man
  48. The Book of Eli
  49. The Case for Christ
  50. The Crown
  51. The Dark Knight
  52. The Dark Knight Rises
  53. The Departed
  54. The Doritos Commercial
  55. The Fault In Our Stars
  56. The Giver and Recovering Our Christian Memory
  57. The Great Gatsby
  58. The Grey
  59. The Hobbit
  60. The Homer Simpson Effect
  61. The Hunger Games
  62. The Ides of March
  63. The Martian
  64. The Matrix (Part 1)
  65. The Matrix (Part 2)
  66. The Revenant
  67. The Shawshank Redemption
  68. The Sopranos (Part 1)
  69. The Sopranos (Part 2)
  70. The Stoning of Soraya M.
  71. The Theory of Everything
  72. To Rome With Love
  73. Tree of Life
  74. True Grit
  75. Whiplash
  76. Why Exorcism Films Still Fascinate
  77. Woody Allen’s Bleak Vision
  78. World War Z
  79. Zeitgeist The Movie

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BOOKS & MUSIC

  1. “All Along the Watchtower” by Bob Dylan
  2. A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose” by Eckhart Tolle
  3. All the Light We Cannot See
  4. Bad Religion by Ross Douthat
  5. Being Catholic Now by Kerry Kennedy
  6. Bob Dylan
  7. Bob Dylan in China
  8. Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
  9. Forming Intentional Disciples by Sherry Weddell
  10. God is Not Great by Christopher Hitchens (Part 1)
  11. God is Not Great by Christopher Hitchens (Part 2)
  12. God is Not Great by Christopher Hitchens (Part 3)
  13. Keith Richards, Bob Dylan, and the New Evangelization
  14. The Audacity of Hope by President Barack Obama
  15. The Crucifixion by Fleming Rutledge
  16. The Difference God Makes by Cardinal Francis George
  17. The Gap Ad Controversy
  18. The Shack by William P. Young
  19. The Swerve by Stephen Greeblatt
  20. Why Priests? by Gary Wills
  21. Zealot by Reza Aslan

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IN THE NEWS

  1. Abortion: Shocking Numbers Out of New York
  2. Andrew Sullivan’s Non-Threatening Jesus
  3. Anne Rice Leaving Christianity
  4. Anti-Catholic Prejudice
  5. Celebrating Bin Laden’s Death?
  6. College Campus “Safe Spaces”
  7. Corruption
  8. HHS Contraception Mandate
  9. HHS Mandate: Anti-Catholic and Un-American
  10. ISIS and the Cross
  11. Mother Angelica
  12. On Appointment as Bishop
  13. Paul Ryan and Catholic Social Teaching
  14. Persecution of Christians in the Middle East
  15. Planned Parenthood and the Loss of Human Dignity
  16. Pope Benedict’s Trip to America
  17. Pope Benedict’s Visit to Germany
  18. Pope Francis and World Youth Day
  19. Pope Francis in America
  20. Pope Francis: Time Magazine’s Person of the Year
  21. Religious Drifters
  22. Resisting Aggressive Secularism
  23. Senator Edward Kennedy
  24. September 11th: Anger and Forgiveness
  25. Shakespeare and the Fading of the Catholic World
  26. Steroids in Baseball
  27. Stephen Fry, Job, and Suffering
  28. The BP Oil Spill
  29. The Brit Hume Controversy
  30. The Childfree Life
  31. The Depressing Pew Forum Study
  32. The Financial Crisis
  33. The Legacy of Pope Benedict XVI
  34. The Pope Francis Interview
  35. The Prosperity Gospel
  36. The SCOTUS Same-Sex Marriage Ruling
  37. The Synod on the Family
  38. The Tragedy at Newton
  39. Transcending the Financial Crisis
  40. Trends in American Religion
  41. The Two Minus One Pregnancy
  42. The Vampire Craze
  43. The Vatican Investigation of American Nuns
  44. The Willis Tower
  45. Vatican II and the Power of the Laity
  46. Why Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Still Matters
  47. “Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus” Viral Video
  48. Word from Rome: Conclave Update #1
  49. Word from Rome: Conclave Update #2
  50. Word from Rome: Conclave Update #3
  51. Word from Rome: Conclave Update #4
  52. Word from Rome: Conclave Update #5
  53. Word from Rome: Conclave Update #6
  54. Word from Rome: Conclave Update #7
  55. World Youth Day
  56. World Youth Day 2016

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ATHEISM, “THE NONES”, SCIENCE, FAITH & REASON

  1. Against the YouTube Heresies (Part 1)
  2. Against the YouTube Heresies (Part 2)
  3. Answering the Skeptics (Part 1)
  4. Answering the Skeptics (Part 2)
  5. Answering the Skeptics (Part 3)
  6. Answering the Skeptics (Part 4)
  7. Answering the Skeptics (Part 5)
  8. Answering the Skeptics (Part 6)
  9. Atheism and Assisted Suicide
  10. Atheism and Philosophy
  11. Bill Nye and Philosophy
  12. Creation
  13. Faith and Reason
  14. God and Morality
  15. God, the Tsunami, and the Problem of Evil
  16. Has Science Refuted Aristotelian Causality?
  17. Lumen Fidei
  18. Misreading Genesis
  19. Peter Hitchens and the “Rage Against God”
  20. Praying for Christopher Hitchens
  21. Religion and Science
  22. Religulous (Bill Maher)
  23. Scientism and God’s Existence
  24. Stephen Hawking and More Tired Atheism
  25. The Argument from Desire
  26. The New Atheists
  27. The Religious “Nones”
  28. The Rise of the “Nones”
  29. Thomas Aquinas and the Argument from Motion
  30. Violence in the Bible
  31. Why Do We Believe in God?
  32. Why I Loved to Listen to Christopher Hitchens
  33. Why Is There So Much Disorder in the Universe?
  34. Why So Many Atheists are on the CNN Belief Blog
  35. Who God Is and Who God Is Not
  36. Zeitgeist The Movie

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THE FATHER, SON, AND HOLY SPIRIT

  1. Can God Be Both One and Many?
  2. Can We Completely Understand the Trinity?
  3. How Can Jesus Be Both God and Human?
  4. How Do We Know We Are Encountering God?
  5. How Does the Church Fit Into and Serve the Trinity?
  6. How Jesus is the Messiah
  7. Is the Truth of the Trinity Found in Scripture?
  8. John Dominic Rossan’s Strange Jesus
  9. So What About God?
  10. The Cross and the Resurrection of Jesus
  11. The Genealogy of Jesus
  12. The God Who Doesn’t Need Us
  13. The Holy Spirit
  14. What Are the Most Common Views of God?
  15. What Images of God Are Present in the New Testament?
  16. What Images of God Are Present in the Old Testament?
  17. What Is the Trinity?
  18. Who Is Jesus?
  19. Who Jesus Truly Is

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THE CHURCH, SACRAMENTS, PRAYER

  1. A Persecuted Church and Its Heroes
  2. Anti-Catholicism
  3. Bishops, Cardinal George, and Pope Francis
  4. Catholicism Series – Episode 6: The Mystical Union of Christ and the Church
  5. Catholic Seminaries and Evangelization
  6. Confirmation and Evangelization
  7. “Dumbed Down” Catholicism
  8. Effective Evangelization
  9. Eucharistic Adoration
  10. Eucharist Book
  11. Eucharist DVD
  12. Evangelization with the Heart of a Shepherd
  13. How should we address spiritually dry periods?
  14. Israel, the Church, and the Law (Part 1)
  15. Israel, the Church, and the Law (Part 2)
  16. Leaving the Church
  17. New Media and Evangelization
  18. One More Empty Church
  19. Seven Great Qualities of a New Evangelist
  20. The Church’s One Purpose
  21. The Disorienting Quality of Real Prayer
  22. The Holy Spirit in the Life of the Church
  23. The iPhone Confession App and Return to Confession
  24. The Last Acceptable Prejudice
  25. The Lord’s Prayer
  26. The Next Generation of the Catholic Commentariat
  27. The New Translation of the Roman Missal
  28. The Prophet Ezekiel and the Sex Abuse Crisis
  29. The Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist
  30. The Reform and the Renewal of Theology
  31. The Vatican and the New Media
  32. What Gifts Does God Give the Catholic Church?
  33. What Helps Protestants Convert to Catholicism?
  34. Why Catholics Leave the Church

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THE BIBLE, THEOLOGY, PHILOSOPHY, MORALITY

  1. Abortion and Health Care
  2. Abraham, Isaac, and Christ
  3. Apocalyptic Literature
  4. A Nation Under God; A Nation that Keeps the Sabbath
  5. Being Born Again
  6. Biblical Family Values
  7. Biblical Religion
  8. Blasphemy
  9. Christianity and Ethics
  10. C.S. Lewis
  11. Caritas in Veritate
  12. Conscience and Morality
  13. Daniel Berrigan and Non-Violence
  14. Extreme Demands, Extreme Mercy, Aadditional Commentary
  15. Evangelizing Through Beauty
  16. Evangelizing Through the Good
  17. Faith, Hope, and Love
  18. Gay Marriage and the Breakdown of Moral Argument
  19. Hans Urs von Balthasar (part 1), Hans Urs von Balthasar (part 2)
  20. Hell
  21. Heroic Materialism
  22. Idolatry
  23. Is Hell Crowded or Empty?
  24. Judgment and the Lord God
  25. Love and Tolerance
  26. Love, Tolerance, and Making Distinctions
  27. Mark’s Gospel and the Victory of God
  28. Marriage and Relationships
  29. Mercy and the Cross (World Youth Day 2016)
  30. Modernity and Morality
  31. Morality, Character, and Relationships
  32. Original Sin
  33. Pope Benedict and How to Read the Bible
  34. Pope Benedict and the Logic of Gratuity
  35. Pope Benedict as a Witness of God
  36. Pope Francis’ “Amoris Laetitia”
  37. Pope Francis and Catholic Social Teaching
  38. Pope Francis and Mercy
  39. Pope Francis and “The Joy of the Gospel”
  40. Pope Francis and “The Religious Sense”
  41. Pope Francis’ Encyclical “Laudato Si”
  42. Porn and the Curse of Sexual Freedom
  43. Preaching the Gospel
  44. Protestantism and Authority
  45. Religious Liberty
  46. René Girard
  47. Sex, Love, and God
  48. Sexuality, Sacrifice, and Love
  49. Stephen Colbert and Providence
  50. Taking the Discipline
  51. The Book of Daniel
  52. The Book of Revelation
  53. The Buffered Self
  54. The Council of Trent
  55. The Devil
  56. The Development of Doctrine
  57. The Fall
  58. The Hookup Culture
  59. The Legacy of Cardinal Francis George
  60. The Limits of Tolerance
  61. The Meaning of Vatican II
  62. The Nativity of Luke’s Gospel
  63. The Parable of the Talents
  64. The Parable of the Wedding Banquet
  65. The Republican and Democratic Conventions
  66. The Resurrection of Jesus 1
  67. The Resurrection of Jesus 2
  68. The “Waze” of Providence
  69. The Woman at the Well
  70. Theology and the New Media
  71. Thomas Merton, Spiritual Master
  72. Vatican II: The Greatest Meeting of All Time
  73. Violence in the Bible
  74. What Faith Is and What Faith Isn’t
  75. What is Natural Law?
  76. What is the Kingdom of God?
  77. What You Believe Makes a Difference
  78. Why It Matters that Our Democracy Trusts in God
  79. Why It’s Okay to be Against Heresy
  80. Why the Ascension of the Lord Matters
  81. Wise Words from Pope Benedict

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THE PRIESTHOOD, VOCATIONS

  1. A Great Time to Be a Priest
  2. Being a Priest Today
  3. David and Spirituality of the Priesthood (Part 1)
  4. David and Spirituality of the Priesthood (Part 2)
  5. Heroic Priesthood
  6. How Should I Discern the Priesthood?
  7. Mundelein Seminary: The Calling

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SAINTS

  1. A Tale of Two Skulls
  2. All Saints Day
  3. Canonization of John XXIII and John Paul II
  4. Having a “Personal Relationship” with Jesus
  5. Mother Teresa and Her Sisters
  6. Mother Teresa of Calcutta
  7. Mundelein Seminary Presents: Blessed John Paul II
  8. Mundelein Seminary Presents: Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati
  9. Mundelein Seminary Presents: Our Lady of Guadalupe
  10. Mundelein Seminary Presents: St. Thomas Aquinas
  11. Pier Giorgio Frassati
  12. Satellites and Praying to the Saints
  13. St. Charles Lwanga
  14. St. Patrick and St. Joseph
  15. St. Paul and the Mission of the Church
  16. St. Peter and St. Paul
  17. St. Therese of Lisieux
  18. St. Thomas Aquinas
  19. St. Thomas More and the Bishop of Rome
  20. The Calling of the Disciples
  21. The Canonization of Junípero Serra
  22. The Indecipherable Writing of St. Thomas Aquinas
  23. The Queenship of Mary
  24. Two Radical, Converted Disciples
  25. Which saint biographies do you recommend?, Link for: Louis de Wohl novels
  26. Why Are Some Saints Called Doctors of the Church?
  27. Why Pope John XXIII is a Saint
  28. Why Pray to the Saints?

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HOLIDAYS, HOLY DAYS, AND SEASONS OF THE CHURCH

  1. Christmas (1)
  2. Christmas (2)
  3. Christmas Message
  4. Lent
  5. New Year’s Resolutions
  6. Palm Sunday
  7. The Advent Revolution
  8. The Best Thing You Can Do in the Year of Mercy
  9. The Fourth of July
  10. The Meaning of Easter
  11. The Spirituality of Advent
  12. What’s Unique about Advent?

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VARIOUS

  1. Ambassador Program Invitation
  2. Bishop Barron’s Coat of Arms
  3. Fr. Barron’s Five Favorite Books
  4. Hospitalland
  5. Looking at the Dome of St. Peter’s
  6. Thank you for 10 million views on YouTube!
  7. The Colosseum
  8. The Danger of Turning Religion Into a “Toy”
  9. Word on Fire in Mexico: At Our Lady of Guadalupe
  10. Word on Fire in Mexico: Day 1
  11. Word on Fire in Mexico: Greetings in Spanish

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THE CATHOLICISM PROJECT & OTHER WORD ON FIRE PRODUCTIONS

  1. An Epic TV & DVD Series, Book & Study Program
  2. Archbishop Timothy Dolan
  3. At the Isenheim Crucifixion by Grünewald
  4. At the Prado in Madrid
  5. At the Tomb of St. John of the Cross
  6. Background on the Project
  7. Cardinal George Blesses the Word on Fire Headquarters
  8. Catholicism Series – Episode 6: The Mystical Union of Christ and the Church
  9. Catholicism Series Trailer 1Catholicism Series Trailer 2
  10. Catholicism Week – Reflections and Stories
  11. Golfer Chip Beck
  12. In Avila, Spain
  13. In Chartes, France
  14. In Cologne, Germany
  15. In Jerusalem
  16. In Lisieux, France
  17. In New York City
  18. In Orvieto, Italy
  19. In Paris, France (Part 1), In Paris, France (Part 2)
  20. Inspirational CD Set
  21. Introducing the New WordonFire.org
  22. Priest, Prophet, King DVD trailer
  23. Priest, Prophet, King Promo
  24. Priest, Prophet, King Sample – Lesson 1
  25. Promo Spot
  26. Reaction to the Private Screening of Episode One
  27. Roundtable Discussion
  28. Series Highlights
  29. Talking to Cardinal Foley
  30. The Chicago Premiere
  31. The Mystery of God sample (lesson 1)
  32. The Mystery of God trailer
  33. The Pivotal Players: Avignon
  34. The Pivotal Players: Introduction
  35. The Pivotal Players: Monte Cassino
  36. The Pivotal Players: On the Train
  37. The Pivotal Players: Palace of the Popes
  38. The Pivotal Players: Paris
  39. The Pivotal Players: Siena
  40. The Pivotal Players: St. Catherine of Siena
  41. The Pivotal Players: St. Thomas Aquinas
  42. The Pivotal Players Trailer
  43. Update from Rome

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Greg and Kate Aitchison with Fr. Barron after Catholic Celebration in St. Paul, MN, 2013

I had the privilege of helping pick up Fr. Barron at the airport for the 2013 Catholic Celebration in St. Paul, MN.
I wore a large, foam cowboy hat so that Fr. Barron could easily spot me. I felt really cool.