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Join Bishop Robert Barron for a weekly podcast on faith and culture. Find more episodes at http://WordOnFireShow.com and submit your questions at http://AskBishopBarron.com.

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Join Bishop Robert Barron for a weekly podcast on faith and culture. Find more episodes at http://WordOnFireShow.com and submit your questions at http://AskBishopBarron.com.

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Thank God for Bishop Baron.

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His intelligent commentary offers clarity and truth to all.

Enlightening and engaging

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Love this podcast! Always deep content and enjoyable to listen to. Worthwhile!

iTunes Ratings

3476 Ratings
Average Ratings
3304
73
43
30
26

Thank God for Bishop Baron.

By Et Censor - May 30 2020
Read more
His intelligent commentary offers clarity and truth to all.

Enlightening and engaging

By aliciata - May 20 2020
Read more
Love this podcast! Always deep content and enjoyable to listen to. Worthwhile!
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The Word on Fire Show - Catholic Faith and Culture

Latest release on Oct 19, 2020

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Rank #1: WOF 203: Joe Rogan, Richard Dawkins, and God (Part 1 of 2)

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Joe Rogan, host of the one of the world’s most popular podcasts, recently interviewed Richard Dawkins about Dawkins’ new book, Outgrowing God: A Beginner’s Guide. It’s a follow-up book to Dawkins’ bestselling The God Delusion, although this one is aimed at younger readers. The Rogan/Dawkins interview went immediately viral, drawing over a million views within 48 hours.

Today, Bishop Barron and Brandon Vogt talk through the first half of the interview, responding to arguments raised against God and religion. (Check back next week for our discussion of the second half!)

A listener asks whether Bishop Barron has considered making Word on Fire into a religious order.

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Oct 28 2019

45mins

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Rank #2: WOF 079: The Spirituality of Marriage

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Marriage has been one of the most talked about topics in the news over the past decade. Despite all the interest surrounding the institution of marriage, the numbers of people actually getting married has dwindled. In this episode Bishop Barron explores the beauty and goodness of married life by discussing the spirituality that undergirds this timeless institution. The listener question wonders what will happen to marriages in heaven.

Topics Discussed
  • 0:05  - Introduction and the Vogt's visit to Santa Barbara
  • 2:00 - Why has the number of people getting married declined?
  • 6:30 - What is the number one priority in being a husband or wife?
  • 8:40 - What is the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony?
  • 10:07 - What is the key to a healthy marriage?
  • 16:00 - How can a celibate priest be an authority on marriage?
  • 19:50 - Why does the Catholic Church demand an openness to children within a marriage?
  • 22:20 - Advice from Bishop Barron for people who aren't sure if they ever want to get married
  • 23:40 - Advice from Bishop Barron for those who aspire for marriage
  • 25:30 - Advice from Bishop Barron for those discerning marriage within their current relationship
  • 26:27 - Advice from Bishop Barron for those who are struggling through a difficult marriage or a divorce
  • 27:20 - Question from listener: Will I be with my wife as husband and wife in heaven?
Bonus Resources

Find bonus links and resources for this episode at http://WordOnFireShow.com and be sure to submit your questions at http://AskBishopBarron.

Jun 12 2017

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Rank #3: WOF 004: Answering the Atheists

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Atheism is on the rise, especially among young people and notably on the Internet. Bishop Robert Barron and Brandon Vogt discuss the most popular atheist arguments and how to respond. They also talk about Bishop Barron's new study program, "The Mystery of God", and take a question from a new father wondering how to properly describe God to his young child.Find bonus links and resources for this episode at http://WordOnFireShow.com and be sure to submit your questions at http://AskBishopBarron.com.

Jan 05 2016

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Rank #4: BONUS: Bishop Barron and William Lane Craig Dialogue

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On January 13, 2018, Bishop Barron joined Dr. William Lane Craig, the esteemed Protestant apologist and evangelist, for a dialogue event at Claremont McKenna College. The event was hosted by the Claremont Center for Reason, Religion, and Public Affairs and was moderated by Dr. Edward Feser and Dr. Stephen Davis.

Bishop Barron and Dr. Craig discussed faith, science, secularism, evangelization and more!

Enjoy this special bonus episode of the Word on Fire Show, and look forward to another episode soon where Bishop Barron will offer reflections and recap the dialogue.

NOTE: Watch video of the dialogue here.

Jan 16 2018

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Rank #5: WOF 019: How to Discern God's Will for Your Life

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What does God want me to do with my life? And how can I
discern God's will for my day-to-day decisions? We all ask these
questions and today Bishop Barron offers his advice. A listener
also asks how Bishop Barron discerned his own call to the
priesthood.

Find bonus links and resources for this episode at http://WordOnFireShow.com and
be sure to submit your questions at http://AskBishopBarron.

Apr 19 2016

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Rank #6: WOF 117: Who is Jordan Peterson?

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Dr. Jordan Peterson, a clinical psychologist and mythology enthusiast, has exploded onto the scene, becoming the world's most popular intellectual figure in just a few short months. Who is he and what should know about him? And why have his ideas gained so much traction, especially young men? Over the next couple episodes, Bishop Barron and Brandon Vogt discuss the Jordan Peterson phenomenon and reflect on his work from a Catholic perspective. A listener asks whether it's fine to use secular mindfulness meditation to relieve anxiety.

BONUS: Learn more about the first ever Word on Fire National Conference for Priests >> http://wordonfire.org/priest

Topics Discussed
  • 0:04 - Introduction, Bishop spends time with Jim Caviezel
  • 4:45 - How did Bishop Barron first come to know Jordan Peterson?
  • 7:20 - Who are some of the philosophical influences of Jordan Peterson?
  • 10:40 - Why does Jordan Peterson place such an emphasis on the Bible?
  • 14:10 - How does Peterson view Nietzsche and our reaction to life's suffering?
  • 24:05 - What is Jordan Peterson's reading of the Garden of Eden in Genesis?
  • 28:15 - What is Jordan Peterson's take on Buddhism and Christian redemptive suffering?
  • 30:00 - Why does Jordan Peterson believe you should absolutely never tell a lie?
  • 33:00 - Why has Jordan Peterson become so popular especially amongst young men?
  • 37:30 - Listener question: Is it okay for a Catholic to engage in secular mindfulness meditation in order to relieve anxiety?
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Mar 05 2018

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Rank #7: WOF 008: Understanding the Eucharist

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What is the Eucharist? How do Catholics understand it as meal, sacrifice, and Real Presence? In this episode, we share Bishop Barron's full keynote talk on the Eucharist from the 51st International Eucharistic Congress in the Philippines.

Find bonus links and resources for this episode at http://WordOnFireShow.com and be sure to submit your questions at http://AskBishopBarron.com.

Feb 02 2016

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Rank #8: WOF 096: Aquinas and the Arguments for God (Part 1 of 2)

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A viral YouTube video titled "Aquinas and the Cosmological Arguments" (750,000+ views) claims that Thomas Aquinas' arguments for God have been decisively refuted. But have they? Bishop Barron responds to the video and shows that when properly understood, Thomas' arguments are as strong today as ever before. A listener asks whether death is natural.

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Topics Discussed
  • 0:05 - Introduction, Bishop Barron describes the Facebook headquarters
  • 5:30 - Why have multiple proofs for God's existence?  If a singular argument is truly a proof, should not one be sufficient?
  • 8:44 - Where did Thomas Aquinas come up with these arguments?
  • 12:50 - Do Aquinas's observations from nature hurt his argument given the fact that modern science has proven some of his examples to be inaccurate?   
  • 15:33 - What's wrong with using dominos to illustrate Aquinas's argument from motion?
  • 26:50 - What's the difference between a hierarchal and a temporal causal series? And why is this so important for understanding Aquinas?
  • 31:35 - Did the philosopher David Hume defeat Aquinas's arguments?
  • 34:24 - Question from listener: Is death natural?
Bonus Resources

Find bonus links and resources for this episode at http://WordOnFireShow.com and be sure to submit your questions at http://AskBishopBarron.

Oct 09 2017

36mins

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Rank #9: WOF 089: What Really Happens When We Die?

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What really happens when we die? In a recent interview with Larry King, popular astro-physicist, Neil deGrasse Tyson, offers a scientifically reduced answer to this philosophically rich question. In this episode of the Word On Fire Show, Bishop Barron reacts to Tyson's response and offers a more holistic understanding of human identity and death. A listener asks how God can be both a person and the sheer act of "to be" itself.

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  • 0:04 - Intro: Bishop Barron speaks at a tech conference
  • 1:30 - Explaining the interview and Tyson's explanation of physical death
  • 5:20 - Are scientists seen as the new priests?
  • 8:10 - What happens when you die besides the obvious scientific realities?
  • 10:00 - Why do atheists still cling to moral values?
  • 11:09 - Does culminating as meat for maggots offer a sense of eternal fulfillment?
  • 12:30 - Tyson's explanation of our annihilation upon death.
  • 14:55 - Is it a wish fulfilling fantasy to desire consciousness after death?
  • 20:00 - Would anyone really want to live forever?
  • 22:30 - What really happens when we die according to Christians?
  • 25:25 - Question from listener: How can God be both a person and the sheer act of "to be" itself?
Bonus Resources

Find bonus links and resources for this episode at http://WordOnFireShow.com and be sure to submit your questions at http://AskBishopBarron.

Aug 21 2017

29mins

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Rank #10: WOF 169: The Metaphysics of Prayer

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What's actually happening when we pray? In this episode, Bishop Barron answers the deepest questions about prayer, not necessarily how to pray but what is prayer? A listener asks about the Rosary prayer and how it operates.

NOTE: As we move into Lent, sign up for Bishop Barron's free daily Lent reflections at LentReflections.com

Mar 04 2019

29mins

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Rank #11: WOF 063: Stephen Colbert, Ricky Gervais, and the Debate About God

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Does God exist? That is the question Catholic comedian and television host, Stephen Colbert, debated with his Late Show guest, the popular actor and outspoken atheist, Ricky Gervais. The YouTube video clip of the two men going "head to head on religion" has gone viral, quickly garnering over 2.5 million views. In this episode of The Word on Fire Show, Bishop Barron breaks down each segment of the discussion and offers helpful insights for everyone fascinated (or haunted) by questions about God. The listener question asks whether atheists or theists bear the burden of proof when it comes to these debates.

Topics Discussed

  • 0:17  - Introduction, Bishop Barron's trip to Georgia for a Pivotal Players promotion
  • 4:00 - Colbert to Gervais, "Why is there something rather than nothing?"
  • 7:36 - What is the difference between asking why the universe exists and h0w the universe exists?
  • 12:05 - Colbert to Gervais, "Do you believe in a prime mover?"
  • 14:05 - Gervais explains what he believes an agnostic atheist is.
  • 16:57 - Gervais to Colbert, "You deny one less God than I do"
  • 20:52 - Colbert to Gervais, "Do you ever have a feeling of great gratitude for existence?"
  • 25:47 - Gervais explains to Colbert that Science is repeatable and holy books are not.
  • 29:20 - Listener Question: Do atheists or theists bear the burden of proof during debates about the existence of God?
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Find bonus links and resources for this episode at http://WordOnFireShow.com and, again, be sure to submit your questions at http://AskBishopBarron.

Feb 21 2017

32mins

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Rank #12: BONUS: Bishop Barron Q&A about the Sexual Abuse Crisis

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Many of you have asked for Bishop Barron's thoughts on the McCarrick abuse crisis, the Pennsylvania grand jury report, and the recent report from Archbishop Viganò. We're all devastated by the horrific suffering of these many victims, and we're all wondering what to do next.

Bishop Barron shared some thoughts a couple weeks ago, in an article, but we thought it might be helpful to have a more candid conversation today, building on the USCCB's recent statement.

Listen to the discussion here, and together let's pray for the victims and the entire Body of Christ.

Aug 28 2018

25mins

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Rank #13: WOF 091: Does Religion Have a Smart-People Problem?

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Every now and then, articles and surveys pop up suggesting that religious people are, by whatever criteria, dumber than then general population—or at least dumber than atheists. Today Bishop Barron responds to this and the charge that religion has a “smart-people problem.” A listener asks about new ecclesial movements in the Church.

Also, be sure to take advantage of our Word on Fire Show listener sale! ENTER PROMO CODE: DAVID to save $10 on our newest film at DavidTheKing.com

Topics Discussed
  • 0:05 - Intro and Catholic podcast recommendations
  • 1:30 - Bishop Barron's initial reaction to the articles claiming that religion has a smart-people problem.
  • 5:00 - What does it say about religion when studies show that most scientists are atheists?
  • 8:30 - Is it worrisome that most professional philosophers are atheists?
  • 12:00 - Does it matter that most religious philosophers are theists?
  • 13:30 - How does the culture feel about religious people, are they considered childish and simple-minded?
  • 17:50 - What does historical evidence tell us about the relationship between science and religion? 
  • 19:30 - Question from listener: What's your take on Communion and Liberation and other ecclesial movements in the Church?
Bonus Resources 

Find bonus links and resources for this episode at http://WordOnFireShow.com and be sure to submit your questions at http://AskBishopBarron.

Sep 04 2017

22mins

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Rank #14: WOF 072: The Benedict Option

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Rod Dreher’s The Benedict Option: A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian Nation has certainly emerged as the most talked-about religious book of 2017. There is a widely-felt instinct that something has gone rather deeply wrong with the culture and that classical Christianity, at least in the West, is in a bit of a mess. So, do we need the Benedict Option now? In this episode, Bishop Robert Barron discusses the upsides and the pitfalls of employing the Benedict option during these difficult times. The listener question wonders how Christians should engage the political arena.

Topics Discussed

  • 0:17  - Introduction, New announcement regarding Pivotal Players: Volume 2.
  • 3:42 - Has something gone terribly wrong in our society?
  • 4:36 - What are Bishop Barron's thoughts on the Benedict Option as a proposal?
  • 6:30 - Who was Saint Benedict and how can he help solve our modern problems?
  • 8:50 - How is Noah's Ark a good symbol for the Benedict Option?
  • 11:23 - What is the identity/relevance dilemma?
  • 13:55 - How does St. John Paul II relate to the Benedict Option?
  • 18:10 - Should the Church pull back on political engagement?
  • 22:05 - Should Christians pull out of society and live in separate communities?
  • 24:30 - Is homeschooling the best option for Christian children?
  • 28:15 - Should we avoid occupations that will force us to compromise our values?
  • 31:20 - Should we avoid technology as Christians?
  • 34:33 - Question from listener: Should Christians be active in the political arena?
Bonus Resources

Find bonus links and resources for this episode at http://WordOnFireShow.com and, again, be sure to submit your questions at http://AskBishopBarron.

Apr 25 2017

38mins

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Rank #15: WOF 101: What to Make of the Protestant Reformation?

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We just passed the 500th anniversary of the start of the Protestant Reformation, when Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door of a Wittenberg church, and initiated a massive split of the Christian community. What should Catholics make of this event 500 years later? How should we view Protestantism and relate to our Protestant brothers and sisters? That's what Bishop Barron discussed today. A listener asks how Catholics should feel about Protestants.

Topics Discussed
  • 0:05 - Introduction
  • 2:00 - What are Bishop Barron's initial thoughts on this anniversary?
  • 4:00 - Who is Stanley Hauerwas?
  • 6:15 - Why is Hauerwas so friendly to the Catholic tradition?
  • 8:00 - Is the Reformation effectively over?
  • 13:40 - How does the Reformation continue to fracture the Church Universal?
  • 17:50 - What was the difference maker for reform movements that did not splinter the Church, such as the Franciscans and Dominicans?
  • 21:00 - Is the problem of authority the key to Protestantism?
  • 24:00 - How should Catholics feel about Protestant denominations?

Nov 13 2017

27mins

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Rank #16: WOF 031: 5 Ways to Pray Better Today

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Whenever there's a survey asking Christians, "What's one area in your spiritual life you'd like to improve?",  the answers almost inevitably center around prayer. In today's episode, Bishop Barron explains what precisely prayer is and then offers some simple steps as well as some more advanced techniques to help us all grow in intimacy with God. With this goal in mind, Bishop Barron leads listeners down five different avenues of prayer that range from informal dialogue to the mass itself. Finally, the listener question comes from a seminarian in Phoenix who wonders where Catholics should draw the line when it comes to the teachings of a notable 21st-century Christian writer.

Topics Discussed
  • 0:18  - Bishop Barron discusses his upcoming trip to World Youth Day
  • 4:00 - What is prayer and how does conversational prayer begin?
  • 8:42 - How does God speak to us in prayer?
  • 10:58 - What is "Lectio Divina" and how do we pray it?
  • 14:45 - What are some forms of rote prayers and what is their benefit?
  • 20:40 - What is the Liturgy of The Hours and how do we access it?
  • 24:00 - How is the Liturgy of The Hours a universal prayer?
  • 26:00 - How can enter into the Holy Mass specifically as a prayer?
  • 28:00 - How might we advance through these five forms of prayer?
  • 29:25 -  What does Bishop Barron's holy hour entail?
  • 35:20 - Listener Question: Where should we draw the line with N.T. Wright?
Bonus Resources

Find bonus links and resources for this episode at http://WordOnFireShow.com and be sure to submit your questions at http://AskBishopBarron.

Jul 12 2016

38mins

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Rank #17: WOF 125: Catholicism and Beauty (Part 1 of 2)

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Part One of Bishop Barron's talk on Catholicism and beauty.

Apr 30 2018

28mins

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Rank #18: WOF 006: Three Paths to Holiness

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What does it mean to be a saint? Bishop Barron shares the three-fold path to holiness, which involves finding the center, knowing you're a sinner, and discovering that your life is not about you. This week, Bishop Barron also answers a question about the relationship between mercy and justice.

Find bonus links and resources for this episode at http://WordOnFireShow.com and be sure to submit your questions at http://AskBishopBarron.com.

Jan 19 2016

37mins

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Rank #19: WOF 132: Why Does God Allow Evil and Suffering?

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Nearly every day we hear about natural disasters, school shootings, and profound tragedies. Each of us experiences pain and suffering. So why does God allow it? Why doesn't he just prevent all evil from occurring? That's what Bishop Barron discusses in today's episode. A listener asks

Topics Discussed
  • o:04 - Introduction, Bishop Barron talks about his The Mass Study Program
  • 3:14 - How did St. Augustine wrestle with the problem of evil?
  • 10:00 - How did Thomas Aquinas deal with the problem of evil philosophically and theologically?
  • 17:00 - How could God under any circumstances permit the Holocaust?
  • 20:00 - How did God deal with the problem of evil on the Cross?
  • 23:00 - How would Bishop Barron explain evil to a grieving sufferer?
  • 24:50 - Question: Why did God not make us more capable of understanding him?

Jun 18 2018

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Rank #20: WOF 090: Beauty in the Catholic Tradition

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What is beauty? Is beauty undefinable and entirely relativistic? Or is beauty an objective reality, backed by reason and understanding? How do Catholics define beauty, and how has Catholic Church evangelized through beauty over the centuries? In this episode of the Word On Fire Show, Bishop Barron answers these questions and more about the transcendental nature of beauty. The listener question comes from Argentina and wonders how art might be used in evangelization?

Also, be sure to take advantage of our Word on Fire Show listener sale! ENTER PROMO CODE: DAVID to save $10 on our newest film at DavidTheKing.com

Topics Discussed
  • 0:05  - Intro, a Cardinal visits and the sun eclipses
  • 4:00 - Why has Bishop Barron considered beauty the privileged route of evangelization?
  • 8:25 - What is beauty?
  • 10:55 - What three things combine to make something beautiful?
  • 15:55 - Why do some people disagree about a masterpiece being beautiful?
  • 19:20 - How can someone be transformed by beauty?
  • 24:14 - What was a profound moment of beauty in Bishop Barron's life?
  • 25:43 - Question from listener: How can the arts aid in evangelization?
Bonus Resources 

Find bonus links and resources for this episode at http://WordOnFireShow.com and be sure to submit your questions at http://AskBishopBarron.

Aug 28 2017

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