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What the Lord Wants at 4:00am

by Dr. Tom Neal Jul 30, 2015 0 Comments

Journal entry:  At an inner city New Orleans parish today. After Mass an elderly black woman comes up to me and speaks with me. “Good morning, young man. Are you a visitor?” &l...

Dangerous Business: Bilbo and the Adventure of Family

by Daniel Stewart Jul 29, 2015 1 Comments

“To the end of his days Bilbo could never remember how he found himself outside, without a hat, a walking stick or any money, or anything that he usually took when he went out; leaving his ...

Sin, Happiness, and Breaking Out of Spiritual Boredom

by Chris Hazell Jul 28, 2015 2 Comments

The word “sin” is out of fashion these days. There is something medieval sounding—puritanical—to this short, three-letter world. It also has an air of judgmentalism, an iron...

Watch FREE Lesson from Bishop-elect Barron's “The Mystery of God” Study Program

by Word on Fire Jul 27, 2015 4 Comments

Atheism is on the rise. Skeptical thinkers like Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, and Sam Harris vigorously attack belief in God as irrational or, even worse, dangerous. The so-called New Athe...

Santiago's Sacred Way

by Fr. Steve Grunow Jul 24, 2015 1 Comments

Tomorrow, July 25th, is the Feast of St. James the Greater, one of the twelve apostles and the first of the apostles to be martyred. Acts of the Apostles records that he was killed at the command o...

Bishop-elect Barron's New Book: “Exploring Catholic Theology”

by Word on Fire Jul 23, 2015 0 Comments

On the heels of Pope Francis appointing Fr. Robert Barron auxiliary bishop of Los Angeles, we're excited to announce Bishop-elect Barron's newest book, Exploring Catholic Theology: Essays on G...

Flannery O’Connor and the Violence of Christianity

by Daniel Stewart Jul 22, 2015 4 Comments

Recently, I read a terrible article warning readers against Flannery O’Connor. Specifically, the author was apprehensive about the prevalence of violence in her work. Like many others who dis...

Pope Francis Appoints Fr. Robert Barron Auxiliary Bishop of Los Angeles

by Word on Fire Jul 21, 2015 97 Comments

UPDATE: The Archdiocese of Los Angeles will be hosting a press conference introducing Bishop-elect Barron and the other new auxiliary bishops today (7/21) at 10:00am PDT (1:00pm EDT, 12:00pm CDT)....

''Inside Out'' and God’s Gift of Sadness

by Chris Hazell Jul 20, 2015 4 Comments

(NOTE: Spoiler alert!) Pixar’s newest film, Inside Out, serves as another brilliant addition to their oeuvre of computer-animated films. Just as critics were growing suspicious of this famou...

''Interstellar'' and the Force Which Moves the Stars

by Daniel Stewart Jul 17, 2015 1 Comments

(NOTE: Spoiler alert!) The challenges in Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar” are gigantic. Matthew McConaughey and company have to save humanity. They also have to figure out...

5 Things to Know About Our Lady of Mt. Carmel and the Brown Scapular

by Ellyn von Huben Jul 16, 2015 0 Comments

“What’s that thing you’re always wearing?” And so began another discussion of the Brown Scapular that hangs around my neck. This time it was while visiting New Orleans with ...

St. Bonaventure's Holy Hunger

by Word on Fire Jul 15, 2015 0 Comments

Today is the feast day of St. Bonaventure, a Doctor of the Church, disciple of St. Francis, and theological contemporary of St. Thomas Aquinas. His dedication to Christ crucified continues to inspi...

St. Kateri Tekawitha and the Crucible of Sanctity

by Fr. Steve Grunow Jul 15, 2015 2 Comments

An important question for all Christians to consider is whether or not we treat the grace that Christ has given us as something cheap.  We might have habituated ourselves to set patterns of re...

That Time David Brooks Sounded Like a Thomist

by Dominicans of the Province of St. Joseph Jul 13, 2015 0 Comments

"A lot of us are clearer on how to be successful than on how to be virtuous." — David Brooks Alan Alda counsels graduates that everything in life takes time. Bill Nye exhorts them to cha...