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Matthew Becklo

Content Manager at Word on Fire

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

Christmas Still Isn’t Over, So Unwrap “The Gift”

This unique Christmas compilation is saturated, start to finish, with the joy of the Gospel.

by Matthew Becklo . January 04, 2019 . 0 Comments

I recently heard a priest argue on a podcast that hip-hop—both as a culture and a musical art form—inhibits the Good News of Christianity. Of course, many hip-hop fans would probably make the converse case: t...

12 Reasons to Listen to Handel’s “Messiah”

If you haven’t listened to Handel’s oratorio much, here’s why you should start.

by Matthew Becklo . December 24, 2018 . 0 Comments

As a Catholic, my favorite work of classical music—an oratorio composed by a devout Lutheran, with text compiled from the King James Bible by a devout Anglican—might be an unconventional one. I was always dr...

“Love Song for the Bride” Is Balm for a Wounded Church

by Matthew Becklo . November 05, 2018 . 0 Comments

“Somos peregrinos—caminamos al Senor. Poco a poco, vamos a llegar.” A member of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal had taught himself this line while struggling to learn Spanish in Honduras. We ...

There’s No Faith Like Rome’s

by Matthew Becklo . October 26, 2018 . 0 Comments

Religion in the twenty-first century West—when it is practiced at all—is more and more marked by two interlocking qualities: splintering and subjectivity. The major religions have splintered into various den...

A Song for the Suffering Body of Christ

by Matthew Becklo . October 12, 2018 . 0 Comments

In the middle of the horrific revelations this summer of sexual abuse and cover-up in the Catholic Church, singer-songwriter Kevin Heider added his voice to the throngs of lay Catholics online trying to underst...