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The Secret to Holy Indifference

by Dr. Tom Neal Jul 02, 2015 0 Comments

There is a quote from St. John of the Cross that I have referenced here many times over the years, and I’d like to reference it again today. Over the last ten years, I have many times offere...

Bl. Junipero Serra and Our Shifting Catholic Landscape

by Fr. Steve Grunow Jul 01, 2015 0 Comments

There are now over a billion people who are part of the great Catholic communion to which we belong. If we were to describe the most common color or complexion of the members of our Church it woul...

What ''Jurassic World'' Teaches Us About Pope Francis' New Encyclical

by Chris Hazell Jun 30, 2015 1 Comments

(Spoiler alert! This article contains details about the movie Jurassic World.) Fourteen years after the third installment of the Jurassic Park trilogy, the fourth film has finally come to the...

Peter, Paul, and the Missionary Adventure

by Fr. Robert Barron Jun 29, 2015 0 Comments

Today, on the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, the Word on Fire blog features an excerpt from Episode 5 of the "CATHOLICISM" series, titled "The Indispensable Men: Peter, Paul, and the Missionar...

The Existential Classic Behind Woody Allen’s “Irrational Man”

by Matthew Becklo Jun 26, 2015 0 Comments

Irrational Man, the 45th film from the prolific Woody Allen, starts Joaquin Phoenix as Abe Lucas, a philosophy professor in a small town undergoing an “existential crisis.” You suffer f...

The Eucharist and What Jesus Meant By ''Is''

by Matt Nelson Jun 25, 2015 3 Comments

The night before He died, Jesus held up unleavened bread to the twelve disciples and said, "This is my body". Here, undoubtedly, the disciples experienced another dose of "Jesus-Shock" (a term coin...

St. John the Baptist and the Birth of a New Era

by Fr. Steve Grunow Jun 24, 2015 0 Comments

The birth of a child always represents both an end and a beginning.  For the child, it is the end of the narrow world of the mother's womb and the beginning of all the possibilities that will...

Gimli, Galadriel, and Guadalupe: An image of Our Lady in the Lady of Lothlorien

by Daniel Stewart Jun 23, 2015 6 Comments

One of the most profound and immediate changes in a character in The Lord of the Rings is the transformation of Gimli the dwarf. This development doesn’t occur because of an encount...

A Saint for All Seasons

by Brandon Vogt Jun 22, 2015 0 Comments

Thanks to the 1966 film, A Man for All Seasons, which won Oscars for Best Picture and Best Actor, millions of people have witnessed the remarkable courage of St. Thomas More. With his feast da...

"Laudato Si" 101: What to Know About Pope Francis' New Encyclical

by Brandon Vogt Jun 18, 2015 2 Comments

Today at noon Rome time (6:00am EDT), Pope Francis released his anticipated encyclical, Laudato Si: On Care for Our Common Home. It's a magnificent, roving document that covers a range of topics in...

The Tightrope of Technology

by Chris Hazell Jun 17, 2015 0 Comments

One hundred fifty. That’s how many times a day the average American checks his or her phone (according to Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers's annual Internet Trends report). I don’t ...

The Last Rites of Boromir

by Daniel Stewart Jun 16, 2015 5 Comments

One of the most Catholic scenes in The Lord of the Rings is the death of Boromir. Shortly after Boromir tries to take the ring from Frodo, the company becomes scattered and is attacked by...