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Matthew Becklo

Word on Fire Blogger

Matthew Becklo is a husband, father, amateur philosopher, and cultural commentator at Aleteia and Word on Fire. His writing has been featured in First ThingsThe Dish, and Real Clear Religion.


Matthew Becklo Latest Blog Posts

Books That Rocked My World: Kierkegaard’s “Papers and Journals”

by Matthew Becklo . October 10, 2017 . 0 Comments

The world of books is as deep as it is wonderous. It's amazing how books written centuries ago can still start a spark in our modern minds. C.S. Lewis once said, "It is a good rule after reading a new book, never to allo...

Foster the People’s ‘Sacred Hearts Club’: A Summery Cocktail with a Twist of Faith

by Matthew Becklo . August 17, 2017 . 1 Comments

When indie pop band Foster the People marched onto the music scene with their 2010 hit “Pumped Up Kicks” – a toe-tapping single that belied its dark lyrics about an isolated youth contemplating gun viol...

Franciscan Friar on Fire: Fr. Tansi’s Debut Album is Full of Grace

by Matthew Becklo . July 21, 2017 . 0 Comments

In a New York Times photo of Tansi Ibisi, his eyes say it all. The Franciscan novice was looking out the window of St. Crispin Friary chapel in the South Bronx, wearing a gray knit skull cap, gray sweater, and...

Harry Styles’ “Sign of the Times” is Surprisingly Good...and Spiritually Deep

by Matthew Becklo . July 14, 2017 . 1 Comments

For graduates of boy or girl band stardom, starting a new, more serious musical chapter calls for some kind of grand gesture, a clear signal to fans, critics – even themselves – that they’ve put their p...

A Song of Mother Teresa, by Brother Isaiah

by Matthew Becklo . July 05, 2017 . 2 Comments

  Brother Isaiah made headlines earlier this year with Jacob’s Song, an introspective acoustic track inspired by an encounter with a homeless man in New York City. The young member of the Franciscan ...