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Reclaiming the Great Adventure of Christianity

by Chris Hazell Oct 02, 2015 0 Comments

There is something laced within our very being that prompts us to seek and participate in stories of adventure, a quest for something infused with inestimable purpose and meaning. Ever since the da...

St. Thérèse and the Lesson of Love

by Fr. Steve Grunow Oct 01, 2015 0 Comments

Today the Church celebrates the witness of a cloistered, Carmelite nun who became one of the most powerful and influential women in the history of the Church - St. Thérèse of Lisieux....

St. Jerome and Fighting for Brotherhood

by Dominicans of the Province of St. Joseph Sep 30, 2015 0 Comments

St. Jerome was a fighter. Popes, soldiers, widows, monks, archdeacons – it didn’t matter – none were safe from the sharp and nimble pen of this 4th-century resident of Bethlehem....

Exclusive: Watch the New Extended Trailer for “CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players"

by Word on Fire Sep 29, 2015 0 Comments

We know how excited everyone is about Bishop Barron's next film series, CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players, because we keep receiving questions such as, “When will it be ready?!" and “Can...

Pascal in “The Rum Diary”

by Matthew Becklo Sep 28, 2015 1 Comments

The Rum Diary is a rollicking farce based on Hunter S. Thompson's novel of the same name written in the early 1960s. It focuses on a young American journalist named Paul Kemp ...

Read Pope Francis' Speeches to the White House, the Bishops, and Congress

by Word on Fire Sep 25, 2015 0 Comments

Pope Francis' first stop in America was Washington, DC, where over the last couple days he's delivered three major speeches, one at the White House in front of President Obama, one to the U.S. bish...

No One Sees God

by Matthew Becklo Sep 24, 2015 1 Comments

Your brightness is my darkness.I know nothing of You and, by myself,I cannot even imagine how to go about knowing You.If I imagine You, I am mistaken.If I understand You, I am deluded.If I am consc...

An Experiment to Attract the ''Nones''

by Jared Zimmerer Sep 24, 2015 0 Comments

In Pope Francis’ brilliant exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium, he stresses the importance of the proclamation and continual deepening of the kerygma: “On the lips of the catechist the fi...

Watch Bishop Barron's Keynote Talk at the WMOF LIVE Today!

by Word on Fire Sep 22, 2015 6 Comments

It's finally here! The long-awaited World Meeting of Families will kick off today at 1:00pm ET in Philadelphia with opening ceremonies. Then at 2:30pm ET (1:30pm CT, 11:30am PT), Bishop Barron will...

Families Sanctifying the World: An Interview with Bishop Barron

by Brandon Vogt Sep 21, 2015 1 Comments

Tomorrow, Bishop Robert Barron will deliver the opening keynote talk for the World Meeting of Families. I recently sat down with him to discuss his talk, Pope Francis, and challenges facing the fam...

Detectives of Despair

by Matthew Becklo Sep 18, 2015 1 Comments

In the HBO series True Detective, two investigators of a high-profile murder traverse a desolate Louisiana landscape, looking for clues that will help crack the case. Soon, the conversation ab...

St. Robert Bellarmine, Patron Saint of Catechists

by Dominicans of the Province of St. Joseph Sep 17, 2015 0 Comments

The reading at Mass today from the First Letter of St. Paul to Timothy enumerates the virtues required of a bishop. Among these we find that he should be “temperate, self-controlled...

The Challenge Of Being A Christian

by Matt Nelson Sep 16, 2015 2 Comments

One of the greatest obstacles to becoming a committed Christian is that Christianity is challenging. The task of living a fully God-centered life is no walk in the park, as the lives of t...

Football, the Sabbath, and Our Sunday Shrine

by Chris Hazell Sep 15, 2015 0 Comments

As football season comes to its long-anticipated start, it seems the nation has been cast into a frenzy of excitement. I can’t recall the number of times I’ve heard, “It’s f...