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3 Simple Ways to Debunk Relativism, Skepticism, and Materialism

by Joe Heschmeyer Jan 13, 2017 7 Comments

Gorgias the Nihilist, an ancient Greek philosopher, was said to have argued the following four points: Nothing exists; Even if something exists, nothing can be known about it; and Even if some...

The Catholic Tool that All Teachers Need

by Word on Fire Jan 12, 2017 0 Comments

Did you know that Bishop Barron's CATHOLICISM series has been adapted for the classroom? It's called CATHOLICISM: School Enrichment, and whether you're a teacher, catechist, or parent, th...

The Stomach Bug and The Incarnation

by Fr. Damian Ference Jan 11, 2017 1 Comments

Two days before Christmas I was on my knees at four o’clock in the morning, crying out to our Lord. I wasn’t in the chapel. I was in the bathroom. The hurls were rather violent and I fe...

Eddie Strongman and the Desire to Know God

by Jared Zimmerer Jan 10, 2017 0 Comments

Strength exhibitions have been a longstanding culture around the world since ancient times. Most often the source of this movement has been attributed to the famous Milo of Croton, who famously car...

The Mystery of Christ's Baptism

by Fr. Steve Grunow Jan 09, 2017 2 Comments

Today the Church celebrates the solemnity of the Baptism of the Lord, and it is with this awe-filled liturgy that the three great revelations or "theophanies" of the Christmas season are brought to...

St. André Bessette, A Truly Simple Saint

by Dominicans of the Province of St. Joseph Jan 06, 2017 0 Comments

Does God only give grace to smart people? Is holiness directly proportional to intelligence or ability? Obviously the answer is no, but it sure seems like the great saints are all also holy geniuse...

Why Does the World Exist?

by Matthew Becklo Jan 05, 2017 4 Comments

The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible.— Oscar Wilde Recently, I was driving with two of my brothers from New England to New York, and we all got to talking abou...

Brother, Come Pet Jolene

by Joseph Gloor Jan 04, 2017 2 Comments

My dog is mercilessly cute. I realize all owners say that about their dog but as a Catholic I believe in objective beauty, and Jolene is surely the Aristotelian model of perfected dogness. Everywhe...

Wonder-Filled Saints

by Dr. Tom Neal Jan 03, 2017 1 Comments

One of my favorite quotes in all literature: "In wonder all philosophy began: in wonder it ends….But the first wonder is the offspring of ignorance; the last is the parent of adoration." ...

7 Questions for Jared Zimmerer, Word on Fire's New Director of Outreach and Mission

by Jared Zimmerer Jan 02, 2017 3 Comments

Today, we're excited to announce a new member of the Word on Fire team, Jared Zimmerer! Jared brings a wealth of experience in evangelization and catechesis, and we can't wait to introduce him to y...

The Mystery of Mary, the Mother of God

by Fr. Steve Grunow Dec 30, 2016 1 Comments

Sunday, while much of the world marks the new beginning of the calendar year, the Church will commemorate the great solemnity of the Mother of God. What does this mean? That the Blessed Virgin Ma...

St. Thomas Becket's Path to Winning the Crown

by Rozann Lee Dec 29, 2016 0 Comments

Today is the Feast of St. Thomas Becket, a 12th century archbishop from England martyred as a result of his unabashed loyalty to the Church of Rome in opposition to the English monarch, King H...

The Warning of Herod and the Feast of the Holy Innocents

by Fr. Steve Grunow Dec 28, 2016 2 Comments

One of the most cherished carols of the Christmas season is often presented as a melody without lyrics. For this reason, the tune is familiar, but the words of the carol are not. The caro...

Bishop Barron on St. John’s Great Christmas Sermon

by Bishop Robert Barron Dec 27, 2016 0 Comments

I would like to take the opportunity this Christmas season to reflect, however inadequately, on one of the most magnificent passages in the Scriptures, indeed one of the gems of the Western literar...