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Bishop-elect Barron on Why St. Junípero Serra Matters Today

by Word on Fire Sep 02, 2015 0 Comments

During his visit to America in a few weeks, Pope Francis will canonize Blessed Junípero Serra in Washington, D.C. But who is this saint? And why is he so controversial? Today, we reveal Bis...

Bishop-elect Barron's “Mystery of God” is Now Available!

by Word on Fire Sep 01, 2015 1 Comments

Today marks the official release of Bishop-elect Barron's new film and study program, The Mystery of God: Who God Is and Why He Matters, along with its accompanying study p...

8 Elements of a Phenomenal Homily

by Dr. Tom Neal Aug 31, 2015 0 Comments

I had a great conversation not long ago with a friend about what we think makes for a great homily. I’m sure everyone reading this would have their thoughts on the matter. I knew a ...

An August and Burning Heart

by Dr. Tom Neal Aug 28, 2015 1 Comments

Today’s feast of St. Augustine brings us face to face with his overwhelmingly massive impact on Latin Christianity and Western Civilization. What has not been touched in some way by Augustine...

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

by Brandon Vogt Aug 27, 2015 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...

What Millennials Really Need

by Rozann Lee Aug 26, 2015 6 Comments

Evangelical Christian author and blogger Rachel Held Evans wrote a piece for the CNN belief blog on why millennials are leaving evangelical churches and flocking to “high” tra...

Waking Up from the American Dream

by Chris Hazell Aug 25, 2015 3 Comments

There is a great sense of satisfaction that comes with being able to direct our own lives. As Americans, we brandish this badge of progress—this stamp of sovereignty. It’s an ideal that...

The Argument from Johnny Cash

by Matthew Becklo Aug 24, 2015 4 Comments

Recently, for my Mom’s 60th birthday, I put together a tribute video complete with creased photographs, old music, and clips of my brothers recounting a favorite memory of her—most...

St. Pius X and the Church's Missionary Vocation

by Dominicans of the Province of St. Joseph Aug 21, 2015 0 Comments

Pope St. Pius X was a great reformer and a holy pope. He fostered liturgical renewal, frequent Holy Communion from childhood, and the codification of canon law. He also waged war against the heresi...

Loving God Unto Distraction: St. Bernard and the Struggle of Prayer

by Dr. Tom Neal Aug 20, 2015 3 Comments

Today is the feast of the twelfth century Cistercian mystic, St. Bernard of Clairvaux, who stands as one of the few saints in Church history to have a papal encyclical written about him. The pope d...

The Confused Atheism of NFL Star Arian Foster

by Brandon Vogt Aug 19, 2015 5 Comments

The latest, August 18 edition of ESPN Magazine, one of the most popular sports periodicals in the world, features a cover story titled "The Confession of Arian Foster" (which you can...

Amy Winehouse, Kurt Cobain, and the Understated Tragedy of Divorce

by Fr. Damian Ference Aug 18, 2015 8 Comments

Any regular reader of Word on Fire will know that I am a big fan of music, secular music in particular.  It was Bishop-elect Barron who first made it acceptable to write favorably about secula...

Giving Up the Faith that Leads to Loss

by Chris Hazell Aug 17, 2015 1 Comments

I had a conversation with a friend once. It was well past midnight and we were sitting outside a bar patio along a sparse, urban street. My friend was talking about what he wanted to do for a livin...

The Selfless Courage of St. Maximilian Kolbe

by Fr. Steve Grunow Aug 14, 2015 1 Comments

The tale is told that as a yong boy, Maximilian Kolbe had a vision of the Mother of God, her arms extended toward him, holding two crowns, one white and the other red. Which crown would he choose? ...