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Why You Need a Wise and Trustworthy Confidant to Advance in the Spiritual Life

by Dr. Tom Neal Aug 30, 2016 0 Comments

The thirteenth rule: Likewise, [Satan] acts as a licentious lover in wanting to be secret and not revealed. For, as the licentious man who, speaking for an evil purpose, seduces the dau...

The Beheading of John the Baptist

by Fr. Steve Grunow Aug 29, 2016 3 Comments

“Men create their own hell and help one another descend into it. Perdition is an equitable exchange because it results from reciprocal evil desires and evil behavior. The only victims are chi...

How St. Monica Can Help Your Child Return to the Church

by Brandon Vogt Aug 26, 2016 9 Comments

You probably know the pattern. A smart and gifted boy leaves home for school. He makes new friends. They spend most of their time partying, chasing girls, and embracing new philosophies. The son be...

A Priest, a Monstrance, and a Devout Dog

by Fr. Damian Ference Aug 25, 2016 3 Comments

I spent my last week of July in the mountains of Tiger, Georgia with well over two hundred teens and their youth ministers at Covecrest, a summer camp run by LifeTeen. Since I do fulltime seminary ...

Tolkien, Lewis, and the Christian Imagination: An Interview with Joseph Pearce

by Brandon Vogt Aug 24, 2016 0 Comments

If you’re a fan of C.S. Lewis or J.R.R. Tolkien, you probably know the name Joseph Pearce. He’s one of the leading experts on the Inklings and has written many books on them, alongside ...

Flannery O'Connor, Rose Hawthorne, and Our Unfinished Faces

by Rozann Lee Aug 23, 2016 1 Comments

The entire time I have worked at the office of Word on Fire, there has been a pile of prayer cards on my desk dedicated to the cause for canonization of Sister Rose Hawthorne. Everyday, I straighte...

Bishop Barron on the Queenship of Mary

by Bishop Robert Barron Aug 22, 2016 2 Comments

It's easy to think the Church's great Marian feasts are sentimental or quaint. But really just the opposite is true. Here are my reflections on today's Feast of the Queenship of Mary, a dramat...

Who Would Make the Vatican's Olympic Team?

by Word on Fire Aug 19, 2016 0 Comments

The Summer Olympics are wrapping up, but as Word on Fire's Jack Thornton reflects on the sportsmanship and patriotism, he wonders what we have to do to get Vatican City represented at the next game...

Kreeft, Kids, and Cattle

by Dr. Tom Neal Aug 18, 2016 6 Comments

I recently heard Dr. Peter Kreeft offer a wonderful – and wonderfully simple – reflection on "Raising Catholic Kids."  He presented a twelve-point list of to-dos, and commented on ...

Why Are We So Stressed Out?

by Chris Hazell Aug 17, 2016 1 Comments

The music video for the catchy, but now overplayed song, “Stressed Out,” begins with a disaffected Tyler Joseph, the vocalist for the band Twenty One Pilots, pedaling a tricycle on a va...

“The Simpsons” and Homer's Paternal Odyssey

by Kerry Trotter Aug 16, 2016 0 Comments

In the blue, early light of a frigid winter’s morn, I answered my crying newborn’s call. Shuffling into her bedroom with one sleepy eye opened, I deftly scooped my daughter, June, from...

I Long to See Your Face, O Lord

by Dr. Tom Neal Aug 15, 2016 0 Comments

When St. Teresa of Avila was 9 years old, she briefly ran away from home looking to be martyred by the Moors. When her parents returned her home and demanded an explanation, she explained her motiv...

10 Life Lessons from LeBron James

by Fr. Damian Ference Aug 12, 2016 3 Comments

The Diocese of Cleveland is now the diocese of champions.  In late June, LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers did the seemingly impossible and came back from a 3-1 deficit to beat the...

How a Group of Cloistered Nuns Balance Prayer and Facebook

by Dominicans of the Province of St. Joseph Aug 11, 2016 0 Comments

Cloistered nuns have the special calling of living heaven here on earth. Yes, it is true for all of us that our heaven or our hell can start in this life. Yet, in God’s providence, some of th...