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Gloom in the Time of Oculus

by Matthew Becklo Jun 18, 2018 0 Comments

For years, millennials have been hand-holding baby boomer family members, co-workers, and churchgoers as they explain (and not without a splash of condescension) how the digital world works. To do ...

Eat Books

by Dr. Tom Neal Jun 15, 2018 0 Comments

“Our life is a faint tracing on the surface of mystery, like the idle curved tunnels of leaf miners on the face of a leaf. We must somehow take a wider view, look at the whole landscape, re...

Kate Spade, Anthony Bourdain, and the Mysteries Before Us All

by Elizabeth Scalia Jun 14, 2018 0 Comments

When Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain committed suicide within days of each other, it brought into sharp focus a troubling fact that had until then flown under most social radars: suicide has become...

Hammer of Heretics

by Dominicans of the Province of St. Joseph Jun 13, 2018 0 Comments

St. Anthony of Padua, affectionately known as the “Hammer of the Heretics,” had a similar background and character to that of his contemporary, St. Dominic. Both friars came from a...

Reaching the Spiritually Indifferent: An Interview With Matt Nelson

by Jared Zimmerer Jun 12, 2018 0 Comments

In his new book Just Whatever, Catholic apologist and Word on Fire Blog contributor Matt Nelson says that religious indifference is the great spiritual sickness of our age—a product of t...

Get Bishop Barron's Best-Selling “To Light A Fire On The Earth” Book for Just $1.99!

by Word on Fire Jun 11, 2018 0 Comments

Exciting news! For a limited time, you can purchase the Kindle eBook edition of Bishop Barron's bestselling book, To Light a Fire on the Earth: Proclaiming the Gospel in a Secular Age, for just&nbs...

John Mulaney’s “Kid Gorgeous” and Christ-haunted Comedians

by Tim Glemkowski Jun 08, 2018 0 Comments

Flannery O’Connor, famed Catholic author from the south who lived during the twentieth century, once reflected, “While the South isn’t Christ-centered, it is certainly Christ-h...

When Jesus Left Me Mash Notes

by Elizabeth Scalia Jun 07, 2018 0 Comments

It may sound weirdly whimsical, but there came a day in my life when I realized that the very heart of Jesus Christ had been pursuing me—following me around, or showing up wherever I happened...

Can You Be Moral Without God?

by Pat Flynn Jun 06, 2018 0 Comments

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to dialogue with a few atheists about the meaning of life, morality, and so on. The person who brought the conversation together began the discussion by sayin...

Art of the Struggle: Underoath’s “Erase Me”

by Dcn. David Stavarz Jun 05, 2018 0 Comments

The latest album release Erase Me from the Tampa-based metalcore giant Underoath has been met with conflicting reviews. While music critics sing its praises, some Christian fans have expressed feel...

The Incorruptible Arm of St. Francis Xavier: An Interview With Angèle Regnier

by Matt Nelson Jun 04, 2018 0 Comments

Angèle Regnier (along with her husband, André) is a co-founder of Catholic Christian Outreach, a university student movement dedicated to evangelization o...

The Dangerous Saint Justin

by Fr. Steve Grunow Jun 01, 2018 0 Comments

The Church recalls the witness of St. Justin, one of the earliest martyrs. He was brutally killed in the year 165 AD, unwilling to offer worship to the emperor and gods of Rome. Fidelity to Christ ...

Social Media and Sabbath Rest: What I Have Learned

by Elizabeth Scalia May 31, 2018 0 Comments

“There is no better point of entry to the religious experience than the Sabbath, for all its apparent ordinariness. Because of its ordinariness. The extraordinariness of the Sabbath lies ...

The Happiest Place on Earth

by Rachel Bulman May 30, 2018 0 Comments

We live fairly close to Disney and frequent those gates as often as we can. The last few times that I have gone, I’ve taken advantage of some pretty avid people-watching there. Disney Park G...