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More Than a Rumor of Angels

by Rozann Lee Sep 29, 2014 0 Comments

“Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle, be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him we humbly pray; and do thou, O Prince of the Heavenly h...

St. Vincent de Paul and Balancing Frugality and Charity

by Ellyn von Huben Sep 26, 2014 0 Comments

Repurposing has become a popular term.  It does have a certain je ne sais quoi that “reusing for a different purpose” or “wearing a hand me down” does not.  I am c...

Men of Principles

by Dominicans of the Province of St. Joseph Sep 25, 2014 0 Comments

One does not usually find oneself giving voice to a deep yearning for Bertrand Russell’s atheism. And yet, stuck in traffic and riding shotgun, I recently found myself doing just that. It&rsq...

The Secular Psalms of Sean Rowe

by Fr. Damian Ference Sep 24, 2014 0 Comments

A madman is one who is disconnected from reality and therefore detached from himself.  A madman is incapable of reflecting on the real world, the complexity of the human person, the weakness o...

The Fascinating and Frightening Padre Pio

by Fr. Steve Grunow Sep 23, 2014 1 Comments

There is a text that has become standard for the study of religious experience and phenomena by Rudolph Otto entitled The Idea of the Holy. In this book, Otto uses the phrase tremendum et fas...

Fire and Muck

by Dr. Tom Neal Sep 22, 2014 1 Comments

I was reading an article recently that had a great quote in it describing the Eucharist as a “sacrificial ritual enacting a solemn marriage between the fallen muck of earth and fire falling f...

St. Januarius, Patron Saint of Blood Banks

by Fr. Damian Ference Sep 19, 2014 4 Comments

If you think Catholicism is a little weird, then you’re in for a real treat. Today the Church celebrates St. Januarius, the patron saint of Naples and of blood banks, and his strange sto...

WordOnFire.org Update and New Features

by Brandon Vogt Sep 18, 2014 2 Comments

It's been one month since we launched the new and improved WordOnFire.org and the reaction has been overwhelming. Over 150,000 visitors have explored the new site, racking up nearly 1,000,000 pagev...

Faithful Friendship with the Poor and Service as Community

by Fr. Michael Cummins Sep 17, 2014 3 Comments

How we do something is just as important as why we do it. As Christians, we are well aware of the injunction to serve the poorest and the most vulnerable. The prophets of Israel continually challen...

Fr. Barron's "Priest, Prophet, King" is Now Available!

by Brandon Vogt Sep 16, 2014 1 Comments

“The better we understand Jesus, the better we understand ourselves,” Father Robert Barron says about the release of his new film and study program, “Priest, Prophet, King&rdquo...

Why Our Lady of Sorrows?

by Fr. Steve Grunow Sep 15, 2014 1 Comments

The poet Wendell Berry reflects that “for parents, the only way is hard.  We who give life give pain.  There is no help.  Yet we who give pain give love; by pain we learn ...

Grand Old Names

by Ellyn von Huben Sep 12, 2014 1 Comments

But it was Mary, MaryLong before the fashions cameAnd there is something there that sounds so squareIt’s a grand old name (George M. Cohan “Mary’s A Grand Old Name”) I h...

Dispelling the Darkness of September 11th

Sep 11, 2014 1 Comments

“Suddenly summoned to witness something great and horrendous, we keep fighting not to reduce it to our own smallness…" These are the words of the writer, the late John Updike, as he d...

And Violent Men Take it By Force

by Dominicans of the Province of St. Joseph Sep 10, 2014 0 Comments

When asked in what way Christianity is related to violence, most believers would probably say they are mutually exclusive. The notion of violence seems utterly repugnant to the Christ who spoke suc...

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