Robert Barron | – Listener Q&A w/ Bishop Barron (November 2019)

Friends, in today’s episode of the “Word on Fire Show,” I answer questions from listeners all over the world. These include:

– If animals have distinct personalities, then why does the Church teach they don’t have souls?

– What is being conveyed by identifying Jesus as the New Adam and Mary as the New Eve?

– Do you believe we have a predestined “purpose”?

– What can we say about the love of God to someone who has lost an infant to disease, or a parent to suicide?

– If evil is a privation of good (nonbeing), how can demons be pure nonbeing?

– Why do some people say, after they die, they wish to see God “face to face”? What does this mean?

– Does the Incarnation bring about the fulfillment of nature, or is Jesus’ divinity something supernaturally added to an already complete human nature?

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Comment (35)

  1. I have a feeling that we know about as much about the interior life of animals and their peculiar relationship with God as we do about angels. Not much. I bet we’ll be surprised and delighted when we die and find out how intertwined the whole spectrum and hierarchy of God’s creatures are. I also don’t believe that the Creator, who seems to have created a universe in which even simple matter is not annihilated, but changes form, would let a soul fade into nothingness—even an animal soul. It seems inconsistent. Sure Heaven and Earth will “pass away,” but I would bet that speaks of a death and transformation, like what happened to Christ’s body at the death and resurrection, not annihilation followed by a brand new creation ex nihilo without any sort of continuity.

    Of course, I’m just speculating.

  2. Thank you for an elegant and succinct answer to my question! I’ll be sure to pick up a copy of De Lubac’s book. As an amateur theologian and someone following a contemplative path on the spiritual journey, this helps confirm a deep intuition about the mystery of grace in the natural world. Thanks again for all the great work you guys do!
    -Andrew from Los Angeles

  3. God is in Heaven that is all that matters and all that you need to concern yourself with, it doesn't matter if your dogs or even your family are there, your goal should only be getting closer to God not fretting over your earthly bonds. We dont need anything beyond God, the love you have for your family and pets are merely faint reflections of the love that God has for you, once you are in God's presence (Whatever that form may take) there is no earthly relation that can compare or indeed be necessary.

  4. I was diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, and Major Depression about half-a-year ago, so I have dealt with tormented feelings the majority of my life. I take medication for it now, but it still seeps through at times. When you talked about seeing God for all that He is (around the 26:35 mark) in the afterlife, I had the greatest sense of peace I have felt in years. There was something in those words that soothed my soul. I just wanted to thank you for that, Bishop Barron.

  5. Allah will burn your skin.But then He WILL GIVE you new But wait, what is happening now?MERCIFUL allah will burn your skin again! and give you new skin to burn it again until ar-rahim. You can shove allll your various gods up the khyber pass. LA ilah. TANRI yok

  6. I am 80 years old and I have listened over the years to programs that ask questions like "if you could go back in time to meet someone who would it be? I have heard Einstein, Aristotle, Washington, etc. I often wonder why no one wants to meet Jesus.