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Does Modern Secularism Have a Memory Problem?

by Fredric Heidemann Nov 16, 2018 0 Comments

After many years of awkward silence, the secular media is finally recognizing some of the most profound social problems facing American society. The widely-acknowledged dangers of the increasing nu...

Advent Reading Recommendations from the Word on Fire Team

As the days get shorter, Bishop Barron’s team offers suggested Advent readings to bring on the light.

by Elizabeth Scalia Nov 15, 2018 0 Comments

Thanksgiving is upon us and then we fall very quickly into all of the busyness of the Christmas season. Since Advent begins on December 2, this is a very good week to prayerfully consider what sort...

The Challenge of Being a Christian

by Matt Nelson Nov 14, 2018 3 Comments

One of the greatest obstacles to becoming a committed Christian is that Christianity is challenging. The task of living a fully God-centered life is no walk in the park, as the lives of the greates...

Joe Rogan, GSP, and Free Will

by Jared Zimmerer Nov 13, 2018 0 Comments

Joe Rogan is fast becoming a leading philosopher of sorts in the culture today. With the number one podcast in the world, his reach is vast and impressive. He’s stated numerous times that he ...

Embracing Reality as Given

by Rachel Bulman Nov 12, 2018 0 Comments

I enjoy working out. After my second child, a switch flipped in my brain and I started lifting weights and changing my eating habits. I think we hear about those kind of transformations all of the ...

Feast of the Dedication of St. John Lateran Basilica

by Fr. Steve Grunow Nov 09, 2018 0 Comments

Today, the Church remembers the dedication of the great basilica church of St. John Lateran in Rome. The Lateran Basilica is the cathedral church of the Holy Father as he is bishop of Rome. The ma...

The Fury and Glory of St. Elizabeth of the Trinity

by Elizabeth Scalia Nov 08, 2018 0 Comments

“May my life be a continual prayer, a long act of love.” Born in the Septaine district of France, she was the eldest of two daughters. Upon the sudden death of her father, the girls an...

Contemplating Beauty in Music

by Dominicans of the Province of St. Joseph Nov 07, 2018 0 Comments

Amidst the Church’s vast treasury of sacred music, there can be a tendency for certain gems to collect dust over the centuries, only to be rediscovered, polished up a bit, and placed on more ...

What Young People REALLY Think About God and the Church

by Brandon Vogt Nov 06, 2018 0 Comments

For the past month, our Word on Fire production team was in Rome with Bishop Barron for the big Synod on Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment. (I joined them there this two weeks a...

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

by Matthew Becklo Nov 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 Spanis...

All Souls Day and the Shock of Death

by Fr. Steve Grunow Nov 02, 2018 0 Comments

Margaret are you grieving Over Goldengrove unleaving? Leaves, like the things of man, you With your fresh thoughts care for… Ah! As the heart grows older It will come to such sights col...

Saints Remind Us: We Are Be-Sparked Creatures of Infinite Possibilities

by Elizabeth Scalia Nov 01, 2018 0 Comments

There is no saint without a past. There is no sinner without a future. (St Augustine) Ever since my childhood, All Saints Day has been my favorite of the holy days, perhaps precisely because it is...

It’s Time for Catholics to Embrace Halloween

by Fr. Steve Grunow Oct 31, 2018 30 Comments

As we near All Hallows Eve, aka Halloween, we fired some questions at the walking encyclopedia that is Father Steve Grunow, and he responded with everything you ever wanted to know about Halloween ...

The Visceral Reality of God’s Love

by Dominicans of the Province of St. Joseph Oct 30, 2018 1 Comments

I once heard a preacher tell his congregation that Catholics have a peculiar fascination with the gruesomeness of the Crucifixion and that this sick fixation on “gore” was behind the de...