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The Beheading of John the Baptist

by Fr. Steve Grunow Aug 29, 2014 0 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...

Satisfying Our Restless Hearts

by Fr. Steve Grunow Aug 28, 2014 0 Comments

“And what is this God? I asked the earth and it answered: ‘I am not God; and all the things in the earth made the same confession.' I asked the sea and the deeps and creeping things, an...

St. Monica's Gift to Us

by Ellyn von Huben Aug 27, 2014 0 Comments

Years ago I found a marvelous prayer book at a second-hand store.  “Mother Love” proved to be a useful resource.  Published by the  Archconfraternity of Christian Mothers...

A Garden of God: The Extraordinary Legacy of Mundelein Seminary

by Brandon Vogt Aug 26, 2014 0 Comments

Author and historian Gail Kahover just released a new book titled Mundelein Seminary, which explores the rich history of the largest priestly seminary in the country. Today, Brandon Vogt interviews...

When the Game Stands Tall: Sport and Virtue

by Jared Zimmerer Aug 25, 2014 0 Comments

The cold winds of the fall season, the smell of fresh cut grass, the stench of dozens of young men ready to do battle on a field of hopes and dreams; this is High School Football. However, what mos...

Fr. Barron the Queenship of Mary

by Fr. Robert Barron Aug 22, 2014 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...

St. Pius X's Enduring Gift

by Ellyn von Huben Aug 21, 2014 2 Comments

Custody of the eyes is a problem of mine; I must be a very visual person. Since I’ve realized this is a problem, closing them at appropriate times is the best remedy. One appropriat...

St. Bernard's Path of Love

by Fr. Steve Grunow Aug 20, 2014 1 Comments

Today the Church celebrates the life and work of St. Bernard, an abbot of the Cistercian order and a Doctor of the Church. St. Bernard was part of the great flowering of Christian civilization...

Gnostics in the Bottle

by Matthew Becklo Aug 19, 2014 4 Comments

“Genie, you’re free.” Shortly after actor and comedian Robin Williams’ tragic suicide, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences tweeted these three words, along with...

The Two Pillars of the Church

by Robert Mixa Aug 18, 2014 0 Comments

St. John Bosco had a dream in which he was on a ship being tossed about by a sea storm. The ship rocked back and forth, almost cap-sizing. But this did not happen because two pillars guided the shi...

Introducing the New Website

by Fr. Robert Barron Aug 16, 2014 3 Comments

When Father Robert Barron founded Word on Fire Catholic Ministries in 2000 and launched, the goal was simple: to share his homilies online. “I liked the idea of sending...

Mary, the Echo of God

by Dr. Tom Neal Aug 15, 2014 0 Comments

On this supremely joyful feast of resurrection and new life, our Summer Easter, the Assumption of the All-Pure Mother of God body and soul into the glory of her risen Son, we rejoice with superabun...

9 Things to Know about St. Maximilian Kolbe

by Ellyn von Huben Aug 14, 2014 0 Comments

“Greater love than this no man hath, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” - John 15:13 That verse certainly comes to mind whenever I think of St. Maximilian Kolbe, w...

Saints Pontian and Hippolytus: Signs of Contradiction

by Fr. Steve Grunow Aug 13, 2014 0 Comments

Today the Church celebrates the witness of the martyrs Saints Pontian and Hippolytus — theirs is not only a story of martyrdom, but of reconciliation, forgiveness and enemies becoming friends...