For the first time, in breathtaking and high-definition cinematography, the truth, goodness, and beauty of Catholicism are illustrated in a multimedia experience.
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Amazed & Afraid: The Revelation of God Become Man
Journey with Bishop Robert Barron to more than 50 locations throughout 16 countries. Be illuminated by the spiritual and artistic treasures of this global culture that claims more than one billion of the earth's people.
Bishop Robert Barron created this groundbreaking program as a thematic presentation of what Catholics believe and why, so all adults can come to a deeper understanding of the Catholic faith. Not a video lecture, Church history or Scripture study, this engaging and interesting formational program uses the art, architecture, literature, music and all the treasures of the Catholic tradition to illuminate the timeless teachings of the Church.
The video-based study program can be experienced individually or in a group. Groups meet for either 11 90-minute sessions or 21 2 1/2 hour sessions to explore what the Church believes and why. Each session includes video viewing and small group discussion of the Study Guide questions. Participants read the commentary in the Study Guide and prepare the questions before the small group discussion. This preparation can be done either before or after they view the video, as the Commentary in each lesson is very detailed. The Study Guide was written by Catholic writer and apologist, Carl Olson, under the direction and approval of Bishop Barron. In addition to the Commentary, each section of the study guide includes “Questions for Understanding" based on Bishop Barron’s video presentation, Scripture and the Catechism of the Catholic Church and “Questions for Application" that help you connect the material to your own life and experience.
The Leader’s Kit provides essential resources for lay discussion leaders, including the DVD, study guide, facilitator guide, answer key, Bishop Barron’s book, the Faith Clips DVD and prayer cards.
Leaders can also register for a free training webinar which teaches the best ways to run an effective CATHOLICISM study group.
The CATHOLICISM Study Program presents the strong, ecclesial dimension of the Catholic Faith - God's revelation through Jesus Christ and His Church. It is comprehensive and faithful, appropriate for:
- RCIA candidates
- Adult lay formation
- Adult catechetical training or enrichment
- Diaconate and other ministerial training
- Mature high school or college/university engagement
- Episode 1
- Episode 2
- Episode 3
- episode 4
- episode 5
- episode 6
- episode 7
- episode 8
- episode 9
- episode 10
Episode 1 | Amazed and Afraid: The Revelation of God Become Man
In Episode 1: “Amazed and Afraid:The Revelation of God Become Man,” we journey with Bishop Robert Barron to the mysterious and sacred sites of the Holy Land. From Caesarea Phillipi, to the Sea of Galilee, to Jerusalem and finally to the eternal city of Rome, Bishop Barron illuminates the Catholic Faith’s conviction that Jesus of Nazareth is the promised Messiah and the revelation of God become man in Christ.
Episode 2 | Happy Are We: The Teachings of Jesus
The revelation of Jesus as God is accompanied by a stunning invitation to a unique new way of life, explained in the teachings of Jesus. To every generation, the words of Jesus have proven fascinating, sometimes confounding, deeply transformative and always unforgettable.
Episode 3 | That Than Which Nothing Greater Can Be Thought: The Ineffable Mystery of God
Bishop Barron considers St. Anselm’s description of God as “that than which nothing greater can be thought” and explains St. Thomas Aquinas’ arguments that support the claim that God truly exists. He also speaks about the nature of God, as well as the challenging problem of evil contradicting God’s very being.
Episode 4 | Our Tainted Nature's Solitary Boast: Mary, The Mother of God
The lesson correlates the Catholic Faith’s testimony to the revelation of God in Christ with the vivid practices of reverence offered to his Mother. The Blessed Mother, Mary, is shown as “an on-going presence, an actor in the life of the Church” through all ages.
Episode 5 | The Indispensable Men: Peter, Paul, and the Missionary Adventure
Bishop Barron calls Saints Peter and Paul “two indispensable men, the ones without whom the Church never would have emerged and survived.” In telling each man’s story, Bishop Barron shows how the Holy Spirit worked through apostles and disciples to build the Church.
Episode 6 | A Body Both Suffering and Glorious: The Mystical Union of Christ and The Church
Clearly answering the question, “What is the church?”, Bishop Barron presents the reality of the Church as “one, holy, catholic, and apostolic” as professed in the Nicene Creed. The Body of Christ can be seen all over the world, while still escaping total understanding as the mystical union between Christ and his Church.
Episode 7 | Word Made Flesh, True Bread of Heaven: The Mystery of The Liturgy and The Eucharist
The Eucharist is proclaimed as the “source and summit of the Christian faith” and encapsulates the Church’s identity and mission.
Bishop Barron explores the notion that “all value is summed up in the liturgy, the supreme act by which we commune with God.” The Mass is the central practice of the Church in offering “right praise” to God.
Episode 8 | A Vast Company of Witnesses: The Communion of Saints
Bishop Barron gives consideration to some of the Church’s greatest heroes and demonstrates how their extraordinary examples display both the passion and the creative potential of Catholicism. This lesson tells the story of the church, both on earth and in heaven, as a vast company of witnesses who are called by Christ to be a Communion of Saints.
Episode 9 | The Fire of His Love: Prayer and the Life of the Spirit
In this lesson, Bishop Barron explores Catholic spirituality and practice, which is centered in prayer. AS the Catechism of the Catholic Church states, “Prayer is the lifting up of the mind and the heart to God.”
Episode 10 | World Without End: The Last Things
This lesson explores the Church’s conviction that life here and now is preparation for an extraordinary world that is yet to come – a supernatural destiny. Bishop Barron presents the Catholic view of death, judgment, heaven, hell, and purgatory.