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Matthew Becklo

Word on Fire Blogger

Matthew Becklo is a husband and father, cultural commentator, and the Content Manager for Bishop Robert Barron's Word on Fire Catholic Ministries. His writing can be found at Word on Fire, Strange Notions, and Aleteia. Follow him @MatthewBecklo on Twitter.

Matthew Becklo Latest Blog Posts

In Defense of Bitter Lamentations

by Matthew Becklo . March 21, 2018 . 0 Comments

Most of the sacred music in my childhood church— Our Lady of Czestochowa, a small Polish church in Massachusetts—was joyful. The words were frequently in Latin or Polish, but the melodies of the “Gloria...

“The 15:17 to Paris” Is an Uplifting Tale of Ordinary Heroes

by Matthew Becklo . February 26, 2018 . 0 Comments

Clint Eastwood’s new film The 15:17 to Paris is not your typical action movie; in fact, it’s really not a typical movie at all. The film is about the attempted terror attack by a single perpetrat...

Neil deGrasse Tyson Concurs: Catholicism Is the Science-Friendly Religion

by Matthew Becklo . February 05, 2018 . 4 Comments

On a recent episode of The Late Show, host Stephen Colbert and frequent visitor Neil deGrasse Tyson joked about the astronomical insignificance of New Year’s Day. Before long, Tyson was talking abou...

Ten Years Later, There Still Will Be Blood

by Matthew Becklo . December 27, 2017 . 1 Comments

When There Will Be Blood hit theaters in December 2007, I went to see it, went it see it again, and went to see it a third time. Maybe I’m the only one. But Paul Thomas Anderson’s magnum opus hooked, unsettl...

Meet The Hillbilly Thomists

by Matthew Becklo . December 12, 2017 . 1 Comments

When a group of Dominican friars banded together over a common love for bluegrass and folk music, one of its founding members, Father Austin Litke, came up with a name that was impossible to top: “The Hillbilly Tho...