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A Cinematic Tour of the Problem of Evil

by Matthew Becklo Oct 08, 2015 2 Comments

Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent.Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent.Is he both able and willing? Then where does evil come from?Is he neither ...

Our Lady of the Rosary and the Battle of Lepanto

by Fr. Steve Grunow Oct 07, 2015 1 Comments

Today the Church commemorates the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, a celebration that has its origin not, as it would seem, in simply a prayer, but in a battle.  On Octobe...

The Man of Wasteful Love

by Dr. Tom Neal Oct 06, 2015 0 Comments

"Nature is, above all, profligate. Don’t believe them when they tell you how economical and thrifty nature is, whose leaves return to the soil. Wouldn’t it be cheaper to leave them on...

5 Bishop Barron Videos on Marriage and the Family

by Bishop Robert Barron Oct 05, 2015 0 Comments

As the long anticipated Synod on the Family kicks off in Rome, today we're sharing five of Bishop Barron's top videos on topics the Synod will address, including marriage, sexuality, and the role o...

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 2 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...

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...

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...

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...