Catholic Media

  • Saturday, May 18, 2024
    Saturday, May 18, 2024Sat May 18 2024
    Word on Fire

    Friends, in today’s Gospel, when Peter asks about the destiny of the beloved disciple, Jesus says, “What if I want him to remain until I come? What concern is it of yours?

  • A Day In The Life: Tim Nerozzi Shadows Bishop Robert Barron
    A Day In The Life: Tim Nerozzi Shadows Bishop Robert BarronSat May 18 2024
    Word on Fire

    Tim Nerozzi of Fox News joined Bishop Barron, founder of Word on Fire, for a day at the Word on Fire Studio and a Confirmation Mass at St. Pius X Catholic Church in Rochester, MN. Over the course of the day, Bishop Barron and Nerozzi discussed everything from the tradition of the Church—dogmatic, moral, and […]

  • ChestertonFri May 17 2024
    Word on Fire

  • Where is the Holy Spirit in the Bible? (feat. Fr. Dempsey Rosales-Acosta)
    Where is the Holy Spirit in the Bible? (feat. Fr. Dempsey Rosales-Acosta)Fri May 17 2024
    Ascension Press

    As Catholics, we acknowledge that God is a trinity of persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. But who exactly is the third person of the Trinity? We might wonder where the Holy Spirit appears as we read Sacred Scripture.

  • Pentecost Sunday
    Pentecost SundayFri May 17 2024
    Ascension Press

  • Tragedy Is Not The End
    Tragedy Is Not The EndFri May 17 2024
    Word on Fire

    Fr. Mike Schmitz shares how true stories have such a tug on our hearts because grief, tragedy, and triumph are universal to the human experience.

  • Abortion On The Ballot This Election
    Abortion On The Ballot This ElectionFri May 17 2024
    Word on Fire

    Trump is against a national ban on abortion. Biden champions abortion as a matter of healthcare. How should we approach abortion this election?

  • Friday, May 17, 2024
    Friday, May 17, 2024Fri May 17 2024
    Word on Fire

    Friends, today’s Gospel tells of the great engagement between the risen Jesus and Peter.

  • Hope in the Face of Grief and Loss (feat. Kendra Tierney)
    Hope in the Face of Grief and Loss (feat. Kendra Tierney)Thu May 16 2024
    Ascension Press

    Grief and loss are a part of nearly everyone’s life. We may experience deep suffering, like wanting to be married but not finding a spouse. Or losing a spouse to an early death. Maybe you’ve experienced the loss of a child, a miscarriage, or the struggle with infertility. It can feel frustrating when others respond, “Well, God has a plan.” Indeed, he does have a plan, but where does this suffering fit into that plan? Today, Kendra Tierney, a mother of 10 and a recent widow, shares her own honest experience of navigating loss and grieving the life that she now doesn’t have after the loss of her own husband.

  • A Theology of Your Body
    A Theology of Your BodyThu May 16 2024
    Ascension Press

  • Is God All Things? Are All Things Really One? 
    Is God All Things? Are All Things Really One? Thu May 16 2024
    Word on Fire

    Monism is the view that all reality is one, that the distinctions between things are mere illusions. Should we accept this idea?

  • Thursday, May 16, 2024
    Thursday, May 16, 2024Thu May 16 2024
    Word on Fire

    Friends, in today’s Gospel, Jesus prays for our unity with him and for us to be immersed in God’s love.

  • A Theology of Your Body
    A Theology of Your BodyWed May 15 2024
    Ascension Press

  • What Does It Mean to Be a Priest?
    What Does It Mean to Be a Priest?Wed May 15 2024
    Ascension Press

  • Selmer Bringsjord on Life and Logic
    Selmer Bringsjord on Life and LogicWed May 15 2024
    Word on Fire

    Among the speakers at this year's Wonder Conference is Dr. Selmer Bringsjord. We discussed life, logic, and his plans for Wonder.

  • Wednesday, May 15, 2024
    Wednesday, May 15, 2024Wed May 15 2024
    Word on Fire

    Friends, in today’s Gospel, Jesus prays, “Holy Father, keep them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one just as we are one.”

  • Fruits of the Spirit, Works of the Flesh
    Fruits of the Spirit, Works of the FleshWed May 15 2024
    Word on Fire

    Friends, we come to the Feast of Pentecost, the great celebration of the Holy Spirit.

  • The Writer Showcase
    The Writer ShowcaseTue May 14 2024
    Word on Fire

    The Institute Writer Showcase presents a selection of the best work from the Word on Fire Writing Community, the mission of which is to develop writing of the highest quality; to encourage writers to evangelize in a variety of modes, forms, and genres and for a variety of audiences; to help writers grow in their Christian faith; and to foster fellowship and community among writers. Each piece selected for publication in the showcase has been workshopped within the Writing Community’s small Writing Groups, as indicated by each author’s byline. Each issue of the Writer Showcase is presented in such a way as to have […]

  • A Disordered Recipe for Greatness from “Mind the Game”
    A Disordered Recipe for Greatness from “Mind the Game”Tue May 14 2024
    Word on Fire

    On the "Mind the Game" podcast, they unintentionally revealed the disordered undertones that our desire for greatness can come to embody. 

  • EP23 | Common Sense in a World of Health Fads — Sal Di Stefano
    EP23 | Common Sense in a World of Health Fads — Sal Di StefanoTue May 14 2024
    Word on Fire

    To be healthy today is an act of rebellion. Mind Pump host and fitness trainer Sal Di Stefano joins Tod to discuss fitness and faith.

  • Tuesday, May 14, 2024
    Tuesday, May 14, 2024Tue May 14 2024
    Word on Fire

    Friends, in today’s Gospel, Jesus announces to his disciples: “I no longer call you slaves, because a slave does not know what his master is doing.

  • Learning Salvation History at St. John Lateran
    Learning Salvation History at St. John LateranTue May 14 2024
    Ascension Press

  • The Angelus Prayer Explained 🙏 (feat. Br. Lawrence)
    The Angelus Prayer Explained 🙏 (feat. Br. Lawrence)Mon May 13 2024
    Ascension Press

  • A Lesson in Kenosis from the Solar Eclipse
    A Lesson in Kenosis from the Solar EclipseMon May 13 2024
    Word on Fire

    Beneath my profound experience of the solar eclipse is a rare lesson in kenosis, a “self-emptying” or “complete or total gift of self.”

  • WOF 437: Is Safety Culture Good for Us?
    WOF 437: Is Safety Culture Good for Us?Mon May 13 2024
    Word on Fire

    We discuss the contemporary embrace of “safety” and whether it overlaps with a Catholic understanding of the individual and common good.

  • Monday, May 13, 2024
    Monday, May 13, 2024Mon May 13 2024
    Word on Fire

    Friends, in today’s Gospel, Jesus promises peace to his disciples, who would abandon him at his arrest.

  • "Gift and Mystery: Build Up the Body" | The Ascension of the Lord (Fr. Mike's Homily)
    "Gift and Mystery: Build Up the Body" | The Ascension of the Lord (Fr. Mike's Homily)Sun May 12 2024
    Ascension Press

    Am I basing my life on the gospel of the world or the Gospel of God? We are surrounded by stories. Stories that try to make sense of the world. But not every story is true. In fact, there are many stories that are false. We are called to base our lives on the true story… The story of the Gospel of God.

  • Biblical Evidence for the Authority of the Catholic ChurchSun May 12 2024
    Ascension Press

  • Sunday, May 12, 2024
    Sunday, May 12, 2024Sun May 12 2024
    Word on Fire

    Friends, in today’s Gospel, Jesus prays, saying, “I speak this in the world so that they may share my joy completely.”

  • Christ's Prayer to the Father: Make Them Holy
    Christ's Prayer to the Father: Make Them HolySat May 11 2024
    Ascension Press

  • Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord
    Solemnity of the Ascension of the LordSat May 11 2024
    Ascension Press

  • A Shift in Perspective This Mother’s Day
    A Shift in Perspective This Mother’s DaySat May 11 2024
    Word on Fire

    Mothering has been reduced to a transactional performance in our digital villages, and it’s time to shift that perspective. 

  • Saturday, May 11, 2024
    Saturday, May 11, 2024Sat May 11 2024
    Word on Fire

    Friends, in today’s Gospel, Jesus gives us this assurance about answered prayer: “Amen, amen, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in my name he will give you.”

  • The Triple Crown of Virtues
    The Triple Crown of VirtuesFri May 10 2024
    Ascension Press

  • Chesterton, Harry Potter, and Death with Nancy C. Brown
    Chesterton, Harry Potter, and Death with Nancy C. BrownFri May 10 2024
    Word on Fire

    Haley Stewart talks with Nancy C. Brown, the author of The Woman Who Was Chesterton and The Mystery of Harry Potter: A Catholic Family Guide.

  • David Fincher’s Hitman as Everyman
    David Fincher’s Hitman as EverymanFri May 10 2024
    Word on Fire

    David Fincher's film, The Killer, now on Netflix, once again updates Fight Club’s existential crisis—a “mirror of justice” for our time.

  • Trailer: Welcome to the Votive Podcast!
    Trailer: Welcome to the Votive Podcast!Fri May 10 2024
    Word on Fire

    Haley Stewart discusses her love for good books, how stories baptize our imaginations, and how to share great literature with children.

  • Friday, May 10, 2024
    Friday, May 10, 2024Fri May 10 2024
    Word on Fire

    Friends, in today’s Gospel, Jesus exhorts us to pray with expectant faith: “Amen, amen, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in my name he will give you.”

  • 5 Prayers to Say in the Car (but Most People Forget to) (feat. Kendra Tierney)
    5 Prayers to Say in the Car (but Most People Forget to) (feat. Kendra Tierney)Thu May 09 2024
    Ascension Press

    Do you always feel like you run out of time to pray? Do you spend lots of time in the car, maybe shuttling kids to school or commuting to work? Well, today, Kendra Tierney would like to encourage you to take advantage of that car time with these 5 prayers you can say whenever you hit the road.

  • A Parable from the Science Textbook: Grace Like Electricity
    A Parable from the Science Textbook: Grace Like ElectricityThu May 09 2024
    Word on Fire

    When we receive God’s grace like a flow of electrons and pass it on freely to others, we help to unite all in the divine electrical circuit.

  • Christians Have an Obligation—and a Way—to Stop Antisemitism
    Christians Have an Obligation—and a Way—to Stop AntisemitismThu May 09 2024
    Word on Fire

    Are we speaking out against the vicious antisemitism that has been developing in our midst for years? If not, it’s not too late to start.

  • Thursday, May 9, 2024
    Thursday, May 9, 2024Thu May 09 2024
    Word on Fire

    Friends, in today’s Gospel, Jesus is taken up to his Father in heaven. We tend to read the Ascension along essentially Enlightenment lines rather than biblical lines—and that causes a good deal of mischief.

  • The 5 Powerful Effects of the Sacrament of Confirmation
    The 5 Powerful Effects of the Sacrament of ConfirmationWed May 08 2024
    Ascension Press

    Have you been confirmed? Have you received the Sacrament of Confirmation yet? Does this mean you’re a “grown-up” Catholic now—that you’ve graduated? Not quite. There’s so much more to it than that. Today, Fr. Mike breaks down the 5 effects that flow from receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation.

  • How to Understand the Catholic Priesthood
    How to Understand the Catholic PriesthoodWed May 08 2024
    Ascension Press

  • The “Wild and Perilous” Catholic Balance on the Environment
    The “Wild and Perilous” Catholic Balance on the EnvironmentWed May 08 2024
    Word on Fire

    We can embrace and witness to the “perilous balance” of environmentalism and utilitarianism in the reasonable, Catholic position.

  • Wednesday, May 8, 2024
    Wednesday, May 8, 2024Wed May 08 2024
    Word on Fire

    Friends, today’s Gospel declares that when the Spirit comes, he will guide us into all truth.

  • Get to Work!
    Get to Work!Wed May 08 2024
    Word on Fire

    Friends, today we come to the wonderful Feast of the Ascension of the Lord.

  • The "Bare Minimum" for Catholics (The 5 Precepts of the Catholic Church w/ Br. Michelangelo)
    The "Bare Minimum" for Catholics (The 5 Precepts of the Catholic Church w/ Br. Michelangelo)Tue May 07 2024
    Ascension Press

  • Would Extraterrestrial Intelligence Disprove Christianity?
    Would Extraterrestrial Intelligence Disprove Christianity?Tue May 07 2024
    Word on Fire

    The escalation in government and media coverage of the issue of UAPs has led some to perceive it as an existential threat to Christianity.

  • Ignite - Support the Votive PodcastTue May 07 2024
    Word on Fire

    Membership Benefits *Welcome gifts are currently for US donors only

  • The 3 Countercultural Promises of a Priest
    The 3 Countercultural Promises of a PriestTue May 07 2024
    Word on Fire

    There are three great promises that a man makes at his ordination, and each one of them is a marvelous countersign to our culture today.

  • Tuesday, May 7, 2024
    Tuesday, May 7, 2024Tue May 07 2024
    Word on Fire

    Friends, once again in today’s Gospel, Jesus promises to send us the Holy Spirit. The Spirit is the fuel of the Church, the energy and life force of the Body of Christ.

  • Are You Ruled by Your Emotions?
    Are You Ruled by Your Emotions?Tue May 07 2024
    Ascension Press

  • "Nunc Coepi: Begin Again" | 6th Sunday of Easter (Fr. Mike's Homily)
    "Nunc Coepi: Begin Again" | 6th Sunday of Easter (Fr. Mike's Homily)Mon May 06 2024
    Ascension Press

    Am I basing my life on the gospel of the world or the Gospel of God? We are surrounded by stories. Stories that try to make sense of the world. But not every story is true. In fact, there are many stories that are false. We are called to base our lives on the true story… The story of the Gospel of God.

  • If 2+2=4, Then God Exists
    If 2+2=4, Then God ExistsMon May 06 2024
    Word on Fire

    2+2=4 is a timeless reality and an unchanging truth, so it cannot depend upon minds like ours that come into and go out of existence.

  • WOF 436: Dante’s Poetic Vision of Hell
    WOF 436: Dante’s Poetic Vision of HellMon May 06 2024
    Word on Fire

    In the third lecture “Dante’s Catholic Imagination,” we learn the horrors of hell as Dante sees the three levels of sin and their punishments.

  • Monday, May 6, 2024
    Monday, May 6, 2024Mon May 06 2024
    Word on Fire

    Friends, today’s Gospel focuses on the Holy Spirit’s role as witness to Jesus: “When the Advocate comes whom I will send you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, he will testify to me.”

  • What Would You Die For? w/ Fr. Mike SchmitzSun May 05 2024
    Ascension Press

  • Sunday, May 5, 2024
    Sunday, May 5, 2024Sun May 05 2024
    Word on Fire

    Friends, in today’s Gospel, Jesus instructs us in the way of loving others with God’s love: “Remain in my love.

  • Saturday, May 4, 2024
    Saturday, May 4, 2024Sat May 04 2024
    Word on Fire

    Friends, today’s Gospel balances our Easter joy with the warning of danger from a society opposed to God.

  • I Lost My Husband to Cancer. This Is the Best Marriage Advice I Have to Give. (w/ Kendra Tierney)
    I Lost My Husband to Cancer. This Is the Best Marriage Advice I Have to Give. (w/ Kendra Tierney)Fri May 03 2024
    Ascension Press

    After more than 20 years of marriage, Kendra Tierney lost her husband to cancer. Over those two decades of married life, Kendra said that two things never changed…

  • 7 Responses to Feeling Imprisoned
    7 Responses to Feeling ImprisonedFri May 03 2024
    Ascension Press

  • AI Relationships, Screen Time, and Loneliness
    AI Relationships, Screen Time, and LonelinessFri May 03 2024
    Word on Fire

    We all desire to love and be loved. We were made for it. But the advancement of AI relationships and time on screens is counterproductive.

  • Friday, May 3, 2024
    Friday, May 3, 2024Fri May 03 2024
    Word on Fire

    Friends, today we read the wonderful and mysterious passage from the fourteenth chapter of John’s Gospel.

  • Politics vs. Principles
    Politics vs. PrinciplesThu May 02 2024
    Ascension Press

  • The Sixth Sunday of Easter
    The Sixth Sunday of EasterThu May 02 2024
    Ascension Press

  • Capturing a Misfit: A Review of “Wildcat”
    Capturing a Misfit: A Review of “Wildcat”Thu May 02 2024
    Word on Fire

    In the film "Wildcat," Maya Hawke captures the raw, desperate, and holy desire of Flannery O’Connor to both serve God and be a great writer.

  • Thursday, May 2, 2024
    Thursday, May 2, 2024Thu May 02 2024
    Word on Fire

    Friends, the two most important words in our Gospel today are joy and commandments. “I have told you this so that my joy might be in you and your joy might be complete.”

  • Politics vs. Principles
    Politics vs. PrinciplesWed May 01 2024
    Ascension Press

  • The Infinite Dignity of the Disabled
    The Infinite Dignity of the DisabledWed May 01 2024
    Word on Fire

    There may be no other magisterial document as thorough in its defense of the dignity of those with disabilities than Dignitas Infinita.

  • The Most Important Thing for Your Marriage
    The Most Important Thing for Your MarriageWed May 01 2024
    Ascension Press

  • Dignitas Infinita: What’s the Gist?
    Dignitas Infinita: What’s the Gist?Wed May 01 2024
    Word on Fire

    Dignitas Infinita urges that respect for human dignity beyond all circumstances be at the center of the commitment to the common good and of every legal system.

  • Wednesday, May 1, 2024
    Wednesday, May 1, 2024Wed May 01 2024
    Word on Fire

    Friends, in our Gospel passage today, Jesus declares that he is the vine and we are the branches, adding that “anyone who does not remain in me will be thrown out like a branch and wither.”

  • Hints of the Holy Spirit
    Hints of the Holy SpiritWed May 01 2024
    Word on Fire

    Friends, we’re getting very close to Pentecost, the great feast of the descent of the Spirit.

  • Your July SupportTue Apr 30 2024
    Word on Fire

  • Your June SupportTue Apr 30 2024
    Word on Fire

  • The Apostle of the Blood of Christ: St. Catherine of Siena
    The Apostle of the Blood of Christ: St. Catherine of SienaTue Apr 30 2024
    Word on Fire

    Friends, on this feast of St. Catherine of Siena, I invite you to watch the “Pivotal Players” episode about her life and vocation.

  • Author Sarah Law on St. Thérèse, Literature, and the Sacred
    Author Sarah Law on St. Thérèse, Literature, and the SacredTue Apr 30 2024
    Word on Fire

    Author Sarah Law joined Thomas Salerno to discuss her novel, "Sketches from a Sunlit Heaven," St. Thérèse, and Catholic fiction today.

  • EP22 | The Catcher & the Catholic Faith — Mike Piazza
    EP22 | The Catcher & the Catholic Faith — Mike PiazzaTue Apr 30 2024
    Word on Fire

    Join Tod Worner and Hall of Fame catcher Mike Piazza as they explore his life in baseball and his Catholic faith.

  • Tuesday, April 30, 2024
    Tuesday, April 30, 2024Tue Apr 30 2024
    Word on Fire

    Friends, in today’s Gospel, Jesus gives us an antidote for fear. Who or what are you afraid of? That is a very important spiritual question.

  • Turning Work into Prayer
    Turning Work into PrayerTue Apr 30 2024
    Ascension Press

  • Why Go to Holy Mass? (4 Reasons You Might Not Know)
    Why Go to Holy Mass? (4 Reasons You Might Not Know)Mon Apr 29 2024
    Ascension Press

  • Top 6 WEIRDEST Catholic Traditions from All Over the World (feat. Kendra Tierney)
    Top 6 WEIRDEST Catholic Traditions from All Over the World (feat. Kendra Tierney)Mon Apr 29 2024
    Ascension Press

  • Help us Call Others to Prayer
    Help us Call Others to PrayerMon Apr 29 2024
    Word on Fire

  • 4 Takeaways for Us Today from St. Catherine of Siena
    4 Takeaways for Us Today from St. Catherine of SienaMon Apr 29 2024
    Word on Fire

    For guidance on how to live as a disciple of Christ in our strange times, look to St. Catherine of Siena. Here are 4 takeaways for us today.

  • WOF 435: The Enduring Relevance of St. Thomas Aquinas
    WOF 435: The Enduring Relevance of St. Thomas AquinasMon Apr 29 2024
    Word on Fire

    We discuss the genius of St. Thomas Aquinas and how his legacy continues in the life and work of contemporary theologian, Fr. Paul Murray.   

  • Monday, April 29, 2024
    Monday, April 29, 2024Mon Apr 29 2024
    Word on Fire

    Friends, we see in our Gospel reading that the Holy Spirit’s principal sign is love.

  • "Nunc Coepi: Time to Start" | 5th Sunday of Easter (Fr. Mike's Homily)
    "Nunc Coepi: Time to Start" | 5th Sunday of Easter (Fr. Mike's Homily)Sun Apr 28 2024
    Ascension Press

    Am I basing my life on the gospel of the world or the Gospel of God? We are surrounded by stories. Stories that try to make sense of the world. But not every story is true. In fact, there are many stories that are false. We are called to base our lives on the true story… The story of the Gospel of God.

  • The Captivity of Sin w/ Fr. John RiccardoSun Apr 28 2024
    Ascension Press

  • Sunday, April 28, 2024
    Sunday, April 28, 2024Sun Apr 28 2024
    Word on Fire

    Friends, our passage today is from the beautiful, evocative, and challenging fifteenth chapter of John’s Gospel.

  • "Nunc Coepi: Season of Discouragement" | 4th Sunday of Easter (Fr. Mike's Homily)
    "Nunc Coepi: Season of Discouragement" | 4th Sunday of Easter (Fr. Mike's Homily)Sat Apr 27 2024
    Ascension Press

    Am I basing my life on the gospel of the world or the Gospel of God? We are surrounded by stories. Stories that try to make sense of the world. But not every story is true. In fact, there are many stories that are false. We are called to base our lives on the true story… The story of the Gospel of God.

  • Saturday, April 27, 2024
    Saturday, April 27, 2024Sat Apr 27 2024
    Word on Fire

    Friends, in today’s Gospel, Jesus declares his mutual indwelling with God: “Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me?”

  • Responding to Unrest
    Responding to UnrestFri Apr 26 2024
    Ascension Press

  • Why Be Catholic and Not Just Christian? From Fr. Mike SchmitzFri Apr 26 2024
    Ascension Press

  • Human Dignity and the Abuse of Language
    Human Dignity and the Abuse of LanguageFri Apr 26 2024
    Word on Fire

    Dignitas Infinita and Joseph Pieper demonstrate to us that the abuse of language is and has always been a violation of human dignity.

  • Friday, April 26, 2024
    Friday, April 26, 2024Fri Apr 26 2024
    Word on Fire

    Friends, in today’s familiar and majestic passage, Jesus exhorts us to trust him: “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You have faith in God; have faith also in me.”

  • A Message to Cradle Catholics
    A Message to Cradle CatholicsThu Apr 25 2024
    Ascension Press

  • The Fifth Sunday of EasterThu Apr 25 2024
    Ascension Press

    In this week’s Encountering the Word video for the Fifth Sunday of Easter, Jeff Cavins discusses how we are nothing if we are separated from Christ because he is the vine and we are the branches.

  • When Your Spouse Doesn’t Share Your Faith
    When Your Spouse Doesn’t Share Your FaithThu Apr 25 2024
    Ascension Press

  • Thank your for praying the Rosary | Make a gift
    Thank your for praying the Rosary | Make a giftThu Apr 25 2024
    Word on Fire

  • Navigating AI with Lonergan’s Transcendental Precepts
    Navigating AI with Lonergan’s Transcendental PreceptsThu Apr 25 2024
    Word on Fire

    By adhering to the Lonergan’s transcendental precepts, we can cultivate a more critical and reflective approach to AI.

  • Thursday, April 25, 2024
    Thursday, April 25, 2024Thu Apr 25 2024
    Word on Fire

    Friends, today’s Gospel gives us Mark’s very laconic account of the Ascension: “Then the Lord Jesus, after he spoke to them, was taken up into heaven and took his seat at the right hand of God.”

  • A Message to Cradle Catholics
    A Message to Cradle CatholicsWed Apr 24 2024
    Ascension Press

  • Characteristics of a Truly Christian Marriage
    Characteristics of a Truly Christian MarriageWed Apr 24 2024
    Ascension Press

  • Aesthetic Criticism vs. Frui in the Liturgy
    Aesthetic Criticism vs. Frui in the LiturgyWed Apr 24 2024
    Word on Fire

    There is a danger that Catholics who overindulge in aesthetic criticism will limit their ability to perform frui and give beauty its due.

  • Wednesday, April 24, 2024
    Wednesday, April 24, 2024Wed Apr 24 2024
    Word on Fire

    Friends, in today’s Gospel, Jesus makes it clear once again that he and the Father are one.

  • It’s Time for Some Pruning
    It’s Time for Some PruningWed Apr 24 2024
    Word on Fire

    Friends, the Lord Jesus Christ is not a teacher from a distant age, not someone from long ago we remember fondly, not a moral exemplar; rather, he is a field of force. We don’t just listen

  • Systole and Diastole: Action and Contemplation
    Systole and Diastole: Action and ContemplationTue Apr 23 2024
    Word on Fire

    When we rest in contemplation with God, his power and love flows more freely through our actions, making them more effective and impactful.

  • Tuesday, April 23, 2024
    Tuesday, April 23, 2024Tue Apr 23 2024
    Word on Fire

    Friends, in today’s Gospel, Jesus explains why his sheep listen to him and follow him. They do so because he is leading them to eternal life.

  • Darkness in Prayer: A Lover’s Game?Tue Apr 23 2024
    Ascension Press

  • 4 Things Catholics Should Do Before Mass
    4 Things Catholics Should Do Before MassMon Apr 22 2024
    Ascension Press

  • Renew your support
    Renew your supportMon Apr 22 2024
    Word on Fire

  • Trans America: The Historical Roots of Contemporary Gender Ideology 
    Trans America: The Historical Roots of Contemporary Gender Ideology Mon Apr 22 2024
    Word on Fire

    The sexual revolution and contemporary gender ideology are, according to the preceding historical narrative, as American as apple pie.

  • WOF 434: Blocked by the Beasts of Sin
    WOF 434: Blocked by the Beasts of SinMon Apr 22 2024
    Word on Fire

    We bring you the next lesson from Bishop Barron's course. We follow as Dante tries to journey on, but he is blocked by the beasts of sin.

  • Monday, April 22, 2024
    Monday, April 22, 2024Mon Apr 22 2024
    Word on Fire

    Friends, today’s Gospel again presents the image of Jesus as the shepherd who guides his sheep.

  • God’s Rescue Plan for Lost Catholics w/ Fr. Joseph TaphornSun Apr 21 2024
    Ascension Press

  • Sunday, April 21, 2024
    Sunday, April 21, 2024Sun Apr 21 2024
    Word on Fire

    Friends, the image of God as shepherd is a classic one in the Bible. In the book of the prophet Ezekiel, we hear that God would one day come and shepherd Israel himself.

  • Saturday, April 20, 2024
    Saturday, April 20, 2024Sat Apr 20 2024
    Word on Fire

    Friends, today’s Gospel declares that the Word really became flesh. Why has the Incarnation been resisted from the very beginning?

  • How I Have Changed
    How I Have ChangedFri Apr 19 2024
    Ascension Press

  • Top 5 Miracles in the Bible (According to You)Fri Apr 19 2024
    Ascension Press

  • Can I Sin in My Dreams?
    Can I Sin in My Dreams?Fri Apr 19 2024
    Ascension Press

  • How to Believe in God: A Philosophical Approach for the Sincerely Disposed Skeptic
    How to Believe in God: A Philosophical Approach for the Sincerely Disposed SkepticFri Apr 19 2024
    Word on Fire

    This is for the sincerely disposed skeptic, the person who really does wish they could believe in God, but for whatever reason, they cannot.

  • Friday, April 19, 2024
    Friday, April 19, 2024Fri Apr 19 2024
    Word on Fire

    Friends, today’s Gospel declares that the Word really became flesh. Why has the Incarnation been resisted from the very beginning?

  • Retreats: Essential or Indulgent?
    Retreats: Essential or Indulgent?Thu Apr 18 2024
    Ascension Press

  • The Fourth Sunday of Easter
    The Fourth Sunday of EasterThu Apr 18 2024
    Ascension Press

  • Veil to Unveil: Aquinas on the Mystery of the Mass
    Veil to Unveil: Aquinas on the Mystery of the MassThu Apr 18 2024
    Word on Fire

    If we are to rediscover a theological understanding of the liturgy, it is important for us to include the contribution of St. Thomas Aquinas.

  • Thursday, April 18, 2024
    Thursday, April 18, 2024Thu Apr 18 2024
    Word on Fire

    Friends, in today’s Gospel, Jesus offers himself as food for the soul. There is a great truth revealed in the bread of life discourse: it is the law of the gift.

  • Can I Sin in My Dreams?
    Can I Sin in My Dreams?Wed Apr 17 2024
    Ascension Press

    Have you ever had dark, disturbing dreams? If you did, did you feel guilty when you woke up? Did you have some vague sense of shame that such dreams came from your mind? If you’ve ever experienced this, you might have even wondered whether or not such dreams could be considered “sinful.” Fr. Mike is here today to give you the short answer—no, dreams themselves cannot be considered sinful—and the long answer… what are you doing during your waking hours that could be feeding these dark dreams?

  • Holy Matrimony: A Vocation of Service
    Holy Matrimony: A Vocation of ServiceWed Apr 17 2024
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  • A Ratzingerian Reading of Ishiguro’s “Klara and the Sun”
    A Ratzingerian Reading of Ishiguro’s “Klara and the Sun”Wed Apr 17 2024
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    In Kazuo Ishiguro’s novel "Klara and the Sun," we can read the story through the lens of Joseph Ratzinger’s "Introduction to Christianity."

  • Wednesday, April 17, 2024
    Wednesday, April 17, 2024Wed Apr 17 2024
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    Friends, Joseph Ratzinger said that the soul corresponds to our capacity for relationship to God.

  • Three Qualities of a Good Shepherd
    Three Qualities of a Good ShepherdWed Apr 17 2024
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    Friends, we come to the Fourth Sunday of Easter, known as Good Shepherd Sunday. Jesus says in the Gospel, “I am the good shepherd.

  • How Should Catholics Think About the Immigration Crisis?
    How Should Catholics Think About the Immigration Crisis?Tue Apr 16 2024
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    In facing the immigration crisis, it is possible for America to balance its duties to both citizens and immigrants as a nation of laws.

  • EP21 | The Good, the Bad, and the Beautiful — Joseph Pearce
    EP21 | The Good, the Bad, and the Beautiful — Joseph PearceTue Apr 16 2024
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    Join Tod and Joseph Pearce as they pore over his new book, "The Good, the Bad, and the Beautiful" and the history of the Catholic faith.  

  • Tuesday, April 16, 2024
    Tuesday, April 16, 2024Tue Apr 16 2024
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    Friends, today’s Gospel is from the bread of life discourse: “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me will never hunger, and whoever believes in me will never thirst.”

  • Catholic Parenting: Connection, not Perfection (with Beth Sri)
    Catholic Parenting: Connection, not Perfection (with Beth Sri)Tue Apr 16 2024
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  • Why 'Just Pray About It' Isn't Always Enough (Spiritual Bypassing)
    Why 'Just Pray About It' Isn't Always Enough (Spiritual Bypassing)Mon Apr 15 2024
    Ascension Press

    Have you heard the term “Spiritual Bypassing?” Simply put it can be defined as; “Proposing a simple spiritual solution to a deeply complex human reality.” Today, Fr. Mark-Mary shares how to avoid over spiritualizing situations and emotions too much and offers some practical advise from the wisdom of St. Thomas Aquinas.

  • Fandom in Search of Enchantment
    Fandom in Search of EnchantmentMon Apr 15 2024
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    God knows we love a quest and a good mystery, and he is both the source and the fulfillment of our desire for enchantment and the tangible.

  • WOF 433: Healing Antisocial America
    WOF 433: Healing Antisocial AmericaMon Apr 15 2024
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    Loneliness is on the rise and wreaking havoc. We discuss the loss of our social bonds and how Catholic thought can help heal and re-unite us.

  • Monday, April 15, 2024
    Monday, April 15, 2024Mon Apr 15 2024
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    Friends, in today’s Gospel, Jesus tells the crowd, which he just fed, to believe in him and relate to him personally.

  • "Nunc Coepi: Breaking Agreements" | 3rd Sunday of Easter (Fr. Mike's Homily)
    "Nunc Coepi: Breaking Agreements" | 3rd Sunday of Easter (Fr. Mike's Homily)Sun Apr 14 2024
    Ascension Press

    Am I basing my life on the gospel of the world or the Gospel of God? We are surrounded by stories. Stories that try to make sense of the world. But not every story is true. In fact, there are many stories that are false. We are called to base our lives on the true story… The story of the Gospel of God.

  • Biblical vs. Modern Idolatry w/ Fr. Gregory Pine, OPSun Apr 14 2024
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  • Sunday, April 14, 2024
    Sunday, April 14, 2024Sun Apr 14 2024
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    Friends, in today’s Gospel, the risen Jesus appears to his eleven disciples. He does not appear as a Platonic soul, a ghost, or a hallucination.

  • Saturday, April 13, 2024
    Saturday, April 13, 2024Sat Apr 13 2024
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    Friends, in today’s Gospel, Jesus demonstrates his authority over nature by walking on the sea. Water is, throughout the Scriptures, a symbol of danger and chaos.

  • How I Came Back to the Catholic Church
    How I Came Back to the Catholic ChurchFri Apr 12 2024
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  • Dignitas Infinita
    Dignitas InfinitaFri Apr 12 2024
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    Friends, the Church published Dignitas Infinita, a document that emphasizes and highlights human dignity.

  • What Can I Do? Mary Delaney and Malta Camp USA
    What Can I Do? Mary Delaney and Malta Camp USAFri Apr 12 2024
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    Mark joined Malta Camp USA Director Mary Delaney to discuss the nonprofit summer camp for young adults with intellectual disabilities.

  • Friday, April 12, 2024
    Friday, April 12, 2024Fri Apr 12 2024
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    Friends, our Gospel today focuses on St. John’s intense meditation on the meaning of the Eucharist.

  • The Third Sunday of Easter
    The Third Sunday of EasterThu Apr 11 2024
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  • 4 Keys to Good Prayer
    4 Keys to Good PrayerThu Apr 11 2024
    Ascension Press

  • How Do Husbands Want to Be Loved?
    How Do Husbands Want to Be Loved?Thu Apr 11 2024
    Ascension Press

  • Sam Harris and Jordan Peterson on Dogma
    Sam Harris and Jordan Peterson on DogmaThu Apr 11 2024
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    Rather than understand the meaning of "dogma," Sam Harris gives his own idiosyncratic meanings, then criticizes figments of his imagination.

  • Thursday, April 11, 2024
    Thursday, April 11, 2024Thu Apr 11 2024
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    Friends, today’s Gospel declares that the Son of God does not ration his gift of the Spirit.

  • 4 Keys to Good Prayer
    4 Keys to Good PrayerWed Apr 10 2024
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  • What Happens After You Die?
    What Happens After You Die?Wed Apr 10 2024
    Ascension Press

  • Katy Carl on Contemporary Catholic Fiction: Part II
    Katy Carl on Contemporary Catholic Fiction: Part IIWed Apr 10 2024
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    We continue our discussion with Katy Carl on "Fragile Objects," her approach to contemporary fiction, and her vocation as a Catholic writer.

  • What Happens After We Die?
    What Happens After We Die?Wed Apr 10 2024
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    Friends, this week, on the Third Sunday of Easter, we have a passage from that magnificent twenty-fourth chapter of Luke—one of the appearances of the risen Christ to the Apostles.

  • Wednesday, April 10, 2024
    Wednesday, April 10, 2024Wed Apr 10 2024
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    In today's Gospel, explore the message of love and salvation: God sent his Son not for condemnation, but for redemption and eternal life.

  • Who Has the Authority to Interpret Scripture/the Bible? (feat. Fr. Dempsey Rosales-Acosta)
    Who Has the Authority to Interpret Scripture/the Bible? (feat. Fr. Dempsey Rosales-Acosta)Tue Apr 09 2024
    Ascension Press

  • Katy Carl on Contemporary Catholic Fiction: Part I
    Katy Carl on Contemporary Catholic Fiction: Part ITue Apr 09 2024
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    Author Katy Carl discusses her new short-story collection, "Fragile Objects," and the nature and importance of contemporary Catholic fiction.

  • Tuesday, April 9, 2024
    Tuesday, April 9, 2024Tue Apr 09 2024
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    Friends, after speaking of being born of the Spirit, Jesus says in today’s Gospel: “No one has gone up to heaven except the one who has come down from heaven, the Son of Man.

  • What It Means to RejoiceTue Apr 09 2024
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  • 3 Hacks to Go Deeper in Prayer
    3 Hacks to Go Deeper in PrayerMon Apr 08 2024
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  • Sympathy Cards Online Campaign
    Sympathy Cards Online CampaignMon Apr 08 2024
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  • Is Art Worth Dying For? The Story of the Monuments Men 
    Is Art Worth Dying For? The Story of the Monuments Men Mon Apr 08 2024
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    If you want to master a culture, you must deconstruct its values. If you want to deconstruct its values, you must control its art. 

  • WOF 432: Who is Dante Alighieri?
    WOF 432: Who is Dante Alighieri?Mon Apr 08 2024
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    Today, we are excited to bring you the first lecture from Bishop Barron’s popular course, “Dante’s Catholic Imagination.”

  • Monday, April 8, 2024
    Monday, April 8, 2024Mon Apr 08 2024
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    Friends, in today’s Gospel from Luke, we find the Annunciation to Mary. Here is what Gabriel said to the Virgin: “You will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus. . . .

  • "Our Greatest Wound" | Divine Mercy Sunday (Fr. Mike's Homily)
    "Our Greatest Wound" | Divine Mercy Sunday (Fr. Mike's Homily)Sun Apr 07 2024
    Ascension Press

    Am I basing my life on the gospel of the world or the Gospel of God? We are surrounded by stories. Stories that try to make sense of the world. But not every story is true. In fact, there are many stories that are false. We are called to base our lives on the true story… The story of the Gospel of God.

  • Is This the Most Important Book of the Bible? w/ Fr. John BurnsSun Apr 07 2024
    Ascension Press

  • Sunday, April 7, 2024
    Sunday, April 7, 2024Sun Apr 07 2024
    Word on Fire

    Friends, our magnificent Gospel today declares that there is no greater manifestation of the divine mercy than the forgiveness of sins.

  • Saturday, April 6, 2024
    Saturday, April 6, 2024Sat Apr 06 2024
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    Friends, in today’s Gospel, Jesus commissions his disciples to “go into the whole world and proclaim the Gospel to every creature.”

  • How I Left the Catholic Church
    How I Left the Catholic ChurchFri Apr 05 2024
    Ascension Press

  • Second Sunday of Easter: Divine Mercy Sunday
    Second Sunday of Easter: Divine Mercy SundayFri Apr 05 2024
    Ascension Press

  • Your May SupportFri Apr 05 2024
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  • Divine Mercy Sunday, the Crown of Our Easter Celebration
    Divine Mercy Sunday, the Crown of Our Easter CelebrationFri Apr 05 2024
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    Divine Mercy Sunday is a “hermeneutical crown” of the eight-day-long celebration of creation and gets to the core of Easter’s true meaning.

  • Friday, April 5, 2024
    Friday, April 5, 2024Fri Apr 05 2024
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    Friends, we must attend to the mystical depth of today’s Gospel. At the break of dawn, the disciples spy a mysterious figure on the distant shore who shouts out to them, “Children, have you caught anything to eat?”

  • Saying Yes to a Life You Did Not Plan
    Saying Yes to a Life You Did Not PlanThu Apr 04 2024
    Ascension Press

  • Can Holy People Have Fun?
    Can Holy People Have Fun?Thu Apr 04 2024
    Ascension Press

  • Recovering the Common Good for Ethical AI Design
    Recovering the Common Good for Ethical AI DesignThu Apr 04 2024
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    We seek to recover and promote the common good within AI development so it upholds and enhances human dignity at the core of our faith.

  • Thursday, April 4, 2024
    Thursday, April 4, 2024Thu Apr 04 2024
    Word on Fire

    Friends, in today’s Gospel, the risen Jesus appears to his eleven disciples.

  • Saying Yes to a Life You Did Not Plan
    Saying Yes to a Life You Did Not PlanWed Apr 03 2024
    Ascension Press

  • How Anointing of the Sick Actually Works
    How Anointing of the Sick Actually WorksWed Apr 03 2024
    Ascension Press

  • Modern Technology: The World as Standing Reserve
    Modern Technology: The World as Standing ReserveWed Apr 03 2024
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    We are already experiencing the effects of viewing the world as standing reserve, requiring no patience on our part, no effort, no sacrifice.

  • Wednesday, April 3, 2024
    Wednesday, April 3, 2024Wed Apr 03 2024
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    Friends, in today’s Gospel, Jesus enlightens the disciples on the road to Emmaus.

  • Do You Struggle to Believe?
    Do You Struggle to Believe?Wed Apr 03 2024
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    We reflect on the shalom (peace) that the risen Christ offers his disciples—and the struggle of one disciple, who was not present, to believe.

  • Why Is Life Mostly Boring and Lonely? (feat. Nell O'Leary)
    Why Is Life Mostly Boring and Lonely? (feat. Nell O'Leary)Tue Apr 02 2024
    Ascension Press

    “Why does life feel so mundane and lonely? Why am I in this dryness?” Today Nell O’Leary, wife and mother, delves into the silent, hidden years of Jesus’ life before his public ministry to help us feel a sense of purpose and meaning even in the more mundane parts of our life.

  • He Saw the Cloths and Believed
    He Saw the Cloths and BelievedTue Apr 02 2024
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    The Shroud of Turin speaks a great Easter truth—at the heart of Christianity stands a fact, the bodily Resurrection of Jesus from the dead.

  • EP20 | Paul Rose Sings the Hours
    EP20 | Paul Rose Sings the HoursTue Apr 02 2024
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    Tod and Paul Rose explore how our prayer lives can deepen as we enflesh the bones of sacred prayer with sublime music. 

  • Tuesday, April 2, 2024
    Tuesday, April 2, 2024Tue Apr 02 2024
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    Friends, today’s Gospel reveals St. John’s report of Mary Magdalene’s encounter with the risen Jesus.

  • Why We Need the Resurrection
    Why We Need the ResurrectionTue Apr 02 2024
    Ascension Press

  • How to Love Yourself Like God Does
    How to Love Yourself Like God DoesMon Apr 01 2024
    Ascension Press

    If you don’t like who you see looking back at you from the mirror, you’re not alone. Where do these deep-seated insecurities come from? Why do we tend to compare ourselves to other people? Why does it seem like more people struggle with self-image today than they ever did before? You were never meant to live this way. Jesus sees you, and he’s ready to bring you healing through the full truth of who you are. Here’s how. Fr. Mark-Mary encourages us to ask Mary to guide us into this receptive state. As Jesus sacrifices for our salvation, our most faithful response echoes Mary’s surrender: “Be done unto me according to your word.”

  • Developing a Vision of the Good
    Developing a Vision of the GoodMon Apr 01 2024
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    One way to keep grounded in the good, true, and beautiful is to ensure that what we take in for enjoyment presents a vision of the good. 

  • WOF 431: Euthanasia and the Culture of Death
    WOF 431: Euthanasia and the Culture of DeathMon Apr 01 2024
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    Today, we discuss the culture of death we face and the increasing legalization of euthanasia around the world. How should Catholics respond?

  • Monday, April 1, 2024
    Monday, April 1, 2024Mon Apr 01 2024
    Word on Fire

    Friends, in today’s Gospel, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary encounter the risen Jesus.

  • "The Infinite Importance of Jesus" | Easter Sunday (Fr. Mike's Homily)
    "The Infinite Importance of Jesus" | Easter Sunday (Fr. Mike's Homily)Sun Mar 31 2024
    Ascension Press

    Am I basing my life on the gospel of the world or the Gospel of God? We are surrounded by stories. Stories that try to make sense of the world. But not every story is true. In fact, there are many stories that are false. We are called to base our lives on the true story… The story of the Gospel of God.

  • Sunday, March 31, 2024
    Sunday, March 31, 2024Sun Mar 31 2024
    Word on Fire

    Friends, our Easter Gospel contains St. John’s magnificent account of the Resurrection. 

  • Awaken the Sleepers
    Awaken the SleepersSat Mar 30 2024
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    It's Holy Saturday. Christ is coming in all his glory to awaken us, to ask us to step into what has been prepared for us for all eternity.

  • Saturday, March 30, 2024
    Saturday, March 30, 2024Sat Mar 30 2024
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    Friends, on this Easter Vigil, in our Gospel we hear St. Mark’s account of the Resurrection. The Resurrection of Jesus from the dead is the be-all and end-all of the Christian faith.

  • "The Man of Sorrows" | Good Friday (Fr. Mike's Homily)
    "The Man of Sorrows" | Good Friday (Fr. Mike's Homily)Fri Mar 29 2024
    Ascension Press

    Am I basing my life on the gospel of the world or the Gospel of God? We are surrounded by stories. Stories that try to make sense of the world. But not every story is true. In fact, there are many stories that are false. We are called to base our lives on the true story… The story of the Gospel of God.

  • Good Suffering and Friday
    Good Suffering and FridayFri Mar 29 2024
    Ascension Press

  • How Jesus’ Resurrection Changed the Church
    How Jesus’ Resurrection Changed the ChurchFri Mar 29 2024
    Ascension Press

  • The Blood of the Lamb and the Light in Their Eyes
    The Blood of the Lamb and the Light in Their EyesFri Mar 29 2024
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    Konstantin Korobov’s Agnus painting shows us the Lamb of God in the mouths of wolves, held high for our salvation. We fall down to worship. 

  • Holy Thursday Homily: Verbum Caro, Panem Verum
    Holy Thursday Homily: Verbum Caro, Panem VerumFri Mar 29 2024
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    Friends, here is my homily from Holy Thursday Mass.

  • Contemplating the Cross
    Contemplating the CrossFri Mar 29 2024
    Word on Fire

    How does the death of God Incarnate redeem others? We can from St. Anselm and St. Thomas Aquinas to help us comprehend this profound mystery.

  • Friday, March 29, 2024
    Friday, March 29, 2024Fri Mar 29 2024
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    Friends, today’s Gospel is John’s wonderful narrative of Christ’s Passion.

  • "Three Sadnesses of Holy Thursday" | Holy Thursday (Fr. Mike's Homily)
    "Three Sadnesses of Holy Thursday" | Holy Thursday (Fr. Mike's Homily)Thu Mar 28 2024
    Ascension Press

    Am I basing my life on the gospel of the world or the Gospel of God? We are surrounded by stories. Stories that try to make sense of the world. But not every story is true. In fact, there are many stories that are false. We are called to base our lives on the true story… The story of the Gospel of God.

  • Stay. Watch. Pray. (Fr. Mike's Holy Week Special)
    Stay. Watch. Pray. (Fr. Mike's Holy Week Special)Thu Mar 28 2024
    Ascension Press

  • Decision Making: Single vs. Married
    Decision Making: Single vs. MarriedThu Mar 28 2024
    Ascension Press

  • Pray with Us: The Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary
    Pray with Us: The Sorrowful Mysteries of the RosaryThu Mar 28 2024
    Ascension Press

    Today, Fr. Mike invites you to pray the Sorrow Mysteries of the Rosary with him. “In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit…”

  • Where Charity and Love Are, God Is There
    Where Charity and Love Are, God Is ThereThu Mar 28 2024
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    Our Holy Thursday self-reflection begins. Jesus asks us to love as he loves, celebrate the priesthood, and honor the gift of the Eucharist.

  • Thursday, March 28, 2024
    Thursday, March 28, 2024Thu Mar 28 2024
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    Friends, in today’s Gospel, Jesus washes the disciples’ feet. He is giving them a visual proclamation of his new commandment: “Love one another.

  • The Good Kind of FOMO
    The Good Kind of FOMOWed Mar 27 2024
    Ascension Press

    Do you have FOMO? Are you always worried about what you might miss out on? Today, Fr. Mike explores why this fear of missing out could be a gift in the spiritual life using the Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ as he unravels how the disciples’ FOMO led them to overlook a pivotal moment in history. The call is to BE fully present. Don’t miss out on God moments.

  • Don’t Be Fearful of Confession
    Don’t Be Fearful of ConfessionWed Mar 27 2024
    Ascension Press

  • Are We in a Post-Truth World?
    Are We in a Post-Truth World?Wed Mar 27 2024
    Word on Fire

    When the social and political order becomes sufficiently detached from any reliable source, what is truth anyway?

  • Wednesday, March 27, 2024
    Wednesday, March 27, 2024Wed Mar 27 2024
    Word on Fire

    Friends, in today’s Gospel, Jesus asks his disciples to go into Jerusalem and prepare a Passover supper.

  • Evidence of the Resurrection
    Evidence of the ResurrectionWed Mar 27 2024
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    Friends, a very happy and blessed Easter! We come to the climax of the Church’s year, the feast of feasts, the very reason for being of Christianity.

  • Ignite - Support the Word on Fire ShowTue Mar 26 2024
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    Membership Benefits *Welcome gifts are currently for US donors only Please note: For Word on Fire Institute subscribers, your $27 monthly subscription fee is not a tax-deductible donation.

  • What Happens When You Stop This Toxic Habit? (feat. Nell O'Leary)
    What Happens When You Stop This Toxic Habit? (feat. Nell O'Leary)Tue Mar 26 2024
    Ascension Press

    Should you spill the tea? Is it really that bad to share a little piece of gossip once in a while? Today Nell O’Leary, wife and mother, challenges us to look at our lives and see if the toxic behavior and spiritual vice of gossip is overshadowing all the beautiful ways God reveals his love for you. The taste of gossip or having an inside scoop can be delicious in our mouths, but this behavior is often a secret cry for validation. Whether you’re sharing a grievance or a judgment, passing along someone’s story that isn’t yours to share takes away from the opportunity to share genuinely what God is doing in your own story. Practicing keeping your heart open to goodness and putting an end to the tendency for negativity makes for a more joyful and fulfilling life.

  • We Can Console Jesus
    We Can Console JesusTue Mar 26 2024
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    We are capable of consoling and offering our hearts as libations to Jesus on the cross so he may find solace and be satiated by our love.

  • Tuesday, March 26, 2024
    Tuesday, March 26, 2024Tue Mar 26 2024
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    Friends, today’s Gospel is from John’s account of the Last Supper, where Jesus acknowledges Judas as his betrayer and tells him to get on with it.

  • What Christ Really Meant by “It Is Finished”
    What Christ Really Meant by “It Is Finished”Tue Mar 26 2024
    Ascension Press

  • Sympathy Cards - Spring 2024
    Sympathy Cards - Spring 2024Mon Mar 25 2024
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  • The Perfect Disposition for Holy Week
    The Perfect Disposition for Holy WeekMon Mar 25 2024
    Ascension Press

    How should we approach the beginning of Holy Week? Fr. Mark-Mary explains that following Mary’s example is the most powerful way to enter the mystery of Christ’s Passion. We should be open, available, and receptive to receiving the Bridegroom. Fr. Mark-Mary encourages us to ask Mary to guide us into this receptive state. As Jesus sacrifices for our salvation, our most faithful response echoes Mary’s surrender: “Be done unto me according to your word.”

  • Advocating for Individuals with Down Syndrome at the United Nations
    Advocating for Individuals with Down Syndrome at the United NationsMon Mar 25 2024
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  • Flawed Objections to Marian Apparitions
    Flawed Objections to Marian ApparitionsMon Mar 25 2024
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    In their book, Elliot Miller and Kenneth Samples make objections to Marian apparitions that are flawed and undermining for Christianity.

  • WOF 430: A Full Witness to Jesus Christ
    WOF 430: A Full Witness to Jesus ChristMon Mar 25 2024
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    We bring you Bishop Barron's Good News Conference keynote address, in which he speaks about what it means to be a full witness to Jesus.

  • Monday, March 25, 2024
    Monday, March 25, 2024Mon Mar 25 2024
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    Friends, in today’s Gospel, Mary of Bethany anoints Jesus’ feet with perfumed oil, preparing him for burial.

  • "He Leadeth Me: Enter the Story" | Palm Sunday (Fr. Mike's Homily)
    "He Leadeth Me: Enter the Story" | Palm Sunday (Fr. Mike's Homily)Sun Mar 24 2024
    Ascension Press

    Am I basing my life on the gospel of the world or the Gospel of God? We are surrounded by stories. Stories that try to make sense of the world. But not every story is true. In fact, there are many stories that are false. We are called to base our lives on the true story… The story of the Gospel of God.

  • Why We Need Priests w/ Fr. Mike SelenskiSun Mar 24 2024
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  • Sunday, March 24, 2024
    Sunday, March 24, 2024Sun Mar 24 2024
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    Friends, on this Palm Sunday, we are privileged to become immersed in Mark’s great Passion narrative, where the kingship of Jesus emerges with great clarity—and also with great irony.

  • Saturday, March 23, 2024
    Saturday, March 23, 2024Sat Mar 23 2024
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    Friends, in today’s Gospel, the chief priests and Pharisees unite in a plot to kill Jesus because he raised Lazarus from the dead.

  • Living the Liturgical Calendar
    Living the Liturgical CalendarFri Mar 22 2024
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  • Works of Mercy Fund - April 2024Fri Mar 22 2024
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  • Right Worship vs. False Worship: Bishop Barron’s Homily at the G.K Chesterton Conference 2023
    Right Worship vs. False Worship: Bishop Barron’s Homily at the G.K Chesterton Conference 2023Fri Mar 22 2024
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    Friends, at the end of last year, I was delighted to attend my first G.K. Chesterton conference and to celebrate Mass for the attendees. During my homily, I spoke briefly on the difference between right worship and false worship.

  • A Simple Key to Extending Grace
    A Simple Key to Extending GraceFri Mar 22 2024
    Ascension Press

    Fr. Mike delves into extending grace to strangers. A small gesture of kindness, such as offering a smile or lending a helping hand, can cultivate a community of grace and love. He reminds us that everyone navigates life’s complexities differently. Fr. Mike emphasizes that acts of kindness and compassion pave the way for increased empathy and understanding, even towards those we have yet to encounter.

  • A Parable from the Science Textbook: The Magnet of the Trinity
    A Parable from the Science Textbook: The Magnet of the TrinityFri Mar 22 2024
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    When we let the Holy Spirit realign our wills to God’s will, we allow ourselves to be drawn into the magnetic field of the Blessed Trinity.

  • Friday, March 22, 2024
    Friday, March 22, 2024Fri Mar 22 2024
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    Friends, in today’s Gospel, Jesus declares, “The Father is in me and I am in the Father.”

  • Palm Sunday
    Palm SundayThu Mar 21 2024
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  • A Simple Key to Extending Grace
    A Simple Key to Extending GraceThu Mar 21 2024
    Ascension Press

  • Međugorje: Private vs. Public Revelation
    Međugorje: Private vs. Public RevelationThu Mar 21 2024
    Ascension Press

  • Help Us Pray 50,000 Rosaries
    Help Us Pray 50,000 RosariesThu Mar 21 2024
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  • Prenatal Testing and Abortion in a Post-Roe World
    Prenatal Testing and Abortion in a Post-Roe WorldThu Mar 21 2024
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    We must work harder than ever against the abortion and prenatal testing industries to evangelize a culture told to reject “imperfect” life.

  • Thursday, March 21, 2024
    Thursday, March 21, 2024Thu Mar 21 2024
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    Friends, in today’s Gospel, Jesus asserts his pre-existence by declaring that “before Abraham came to be, I AM.”

  • How to Look Forward to Confession
    How to Look Forward to ConfessionWed Mar 20 2024
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  • Abortion, Slavery, and the Image of God
    Abortion, Slavery, and the Image of GodWed Mar 20 2024
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    Arguments in favor of abortion have undergone an evolution that parallels an evolution that took place in arguments favoring slavery.

  • Wednesday, March 20, 2024
    Wednesday, March 20, 2024Wed Mar 20 2024
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    In today’s Gospel, the Lord tells some Jewish listeners that they are enslaved to sin and that the truth will set them free.

  • Put Yourself in the Passion Narrative
    Put Yourself in the Passion NarrativeWed Mar 20 2024
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    I want to focus on a few people around Jesus as they all react differently to the events of the Passion, putting ourselves in the scene.

  • Is There A Place for Shame in the Christian Life?
    Is There A Place for Shame in the Christian Life?Tue Mar 19 2024
    Ascension Press

    When we fail, it’s easy to beat ourselves up and wallow in shame because it can feel like what we deserve. But that’s not what God asks of us. Today Fr. Mark-Mary reminds us that if you’ve confessed a sin, God has forgiven you entirely – he is without restraint in his mercy. And by living in the freedom of the Father’s forgiveness, we profess his goodness.

  • Dom Raso: SEAL Team Six Operator, Warrior for God
    Dom Raso: SEAL Team Six Operator, Warrior for GodTue Mar 19 2024
    Word on Fire

    His military career behind him, Dom Raso knows there is still work to be done, and he enlists himself to it everyday as a warrior of God.

  • EP19 | Dietrich von Hildebrand’s Battle with Hitler — John Henry Crosby
    EP19 | Dietrich von Hildebrand’s Battle with Hitler — John Henry CrosbyTue Mar 19 2024
    Word on Fire

    Join Tod and John Henry Crosby as they discuss Dietrich von Hildebrand’s gripping memoirs, "My Battle Against Hitler."

  • Tuesday, March 19, 2024
    Tuesday, March 19, 2024Tue Mar 19 2024
    Word on Fire

    Friends, today we celebrate the feast of St. Joseph. The shift in attitude is what made Joseph the patron of the universal Church.

  • Mark’s Passion Narrative: What You Need to Know for This Palm Sunday
    Mark’s Passion Narrative: What You Need to Know for This Palm SundayTue Mar 19 2024
    Ascension Press

  • Theology in Community: Meet Dr. Richard DeClue
    Theology in Community: Meet Dr. Richard DeClueMon Mar 18 2024
    Word on Fire

    Nell caught up with Dr. Richard DeClue to discuss his exciting new home in the Word on Fire Institute, a Theology Community for evangelists.

  • WOF 429: Is There a Catholic Antidote to the Crisis in Higher Education?
    WOF 429: Is There a Catholic Antidote to the Crisis in Higher Education?Mon Mar 18 2024
    Word on Fire

    We discuss the ideological takeover of higher education and how the Catholic conception of the university can help provide an antidote.

  • Monday, March 18, 2024
    Monday, March 18, 2024Mon Mar 18 2024
    Word on Fire

    The connection between Jesus and the woman is not the consequence of condemnation but rather the fruit of forgiveness offered and accepted.

  • "He Leadeth Me: The Simple Secret" | 5th Sunday of Lent (Fr. Mike's Homily)
    "He Leadeth Me: The Simple Secret" | 5th Sunday of Lent (Fr. Mike's Homily)Sun Mar 17 2024
    Ascension Press

    Am I basing my life on the gospel of the world or the Gospel of God? We are surrounded by stories. Stories that try to make sense of the world. But not every story is true. In fact, there are many stories that are false. We are called to base our lives on the true story… The story of the Gospel of God.

  • How to Survive a Spiritual Desert w/ Melissa OvermyerSun Mar 17 2024
    Ascension Press

  • Sunday, March 17, 2024
    Sunday, March 17, 2024Sun Mar 17 2024
    Word on Fire

    A seed has to crack open to be destroyed. Jesus’ sign is the sign of the cross—the death that leads to transfiguration.

  • 4 Lessons from St. Patrick of Ireland
    4 Lessons from St. Patrick of IrelandSat Mar 16 2024
    Word on Fire

    In St. Patrick of Ireland, we find a Church Father at the beginning of our faith tradition with writings steeped in references to God's Word.

  • Saturday, March 16, 2024
    Saturday, March 16, 2024Sat Mar 16 2024
    Word on Fire

    A major task of the Messiah was to engage the enemies of Israel, to deal definitively with those powers opposed to God’s creative purpose.

  • A Prayer Book for Beautiful Hearts
    A Prayer Book for Beautiful HeartsFri Mar 15 2024
    Word on Fire

  • St. Catherine of SiennaFri Mar 15 2024
    Word on Fire

  • Your Questions and My Answers (Part 2)
    Your Questions and My Answers (Part 2)Fri Mar 15 2024
    Ascension Press

  • Tradwives, Kate Middleton, and Tradition
    Tradwives, Kate Middleton, and TraditionFri Mar 15 2024
    Word on Fire

    The draw of tradwives and social media with simple, ordered lives rooted in tradition speak to something hardwired in the human condition.

  • Friday, March 15, 2024
    Friday, March 15, 2024Fri Mar 15 2024
    Word on Fire

    In so many spiritual traditions, the emphasis is placed on the human quest for God, but this is reversed in Christianity.

  • Pray with Us: The Magnificat with Mary (w/ Sr. Mary Grace & Sr. Ann Immaculée)
    Pray with Us: The Magnificat with Mary (w/ Sr. Mary Grace & Sr. Ann Immaculée)Thu Mar 14 2024
    Ascension Press

    We invite you to pray with us the “Magnificat with Mary” with Sr. Mary Grace and Sr. Ann Immaculée of the Sisters of Life. Interested in learning more about the Sisters of Life? Read and see all about their mission, their way of life, and their charism at their website.

  • Bishop Barron Presents | D.C. Schindler — Catholicism and Liberalism
    Bishop Barron Presents | D.C. Schindler — Catholicism and LiberalismThu Mar 14 2024
    Word on Fire

    Dr. D.C. Schindler and Bishop Barron discuss liberalism, the genesis of its schools of thought, and how they affect society and culture.

  • When a Miracle Doesn't Happen
    When a Miracle Doesn't HappenThu Mar 14 2024
    Ascension Press

  • The Fifth Sunday of Lent
    The Fifth Sunday of LentThu Mar 14 2024
    Ascension Press

  • Why Fitness Matters in the Christian Life
    Why Fitness Matters in the Christian LifeThu Mar 14 2024
    Ascension Press

  • “Calvary”: A Very Lenten Movie
    “Calvary”: A Very Lenten MovieThu Mar 14 2024
    Word on Fire

    The Irish drama "Calvary" contains a profound spiritual message, elevating the film to the level of genuine Lenten spiritual edification.

  • Thursday, March 14, 2024
    Thursday, March 14, 2024Thu Mar 14 2024
    Word on Fire

    Don’t believe those who say that the divinity of Jesus is affirmed only in the prologue of the Gospel of John.

  • When a Miracle Doesn't Happen
    When a Miracle Doesn't HappenWed Mar 13 2024
    Ascension Press

    Fr. Mike Schmitz delves deeply into the profound significance of the leper’s words to Jesus: ‘If you will it, you can make me clean.’ This verse from Matthew’s Gospel embodies the very essence of faith. Fr. Mike explains how this statement captures the heart of faith in two ways: the trust inherent in believing that Christ can purify us and the trust involved in believing in him even if he chooses not to. Fr. Mike says this is the faith you are made for. It is the kind of faith that can change the world.

  • The Eucharist and Encounter
    The Eucharist and EncounterWed Mar 13 2024
    Ascension Press

  • Get Married, or at Least Read This Book
    Get Married, or at Least Read This BookWed Mar 13 2024
    Word on Fire

    If every young person read or listened to Wilcox’s book, our country could grow happier and wealthier, less lonely and less hopeless.

  • Wednesday, March 13, 2024
    Wednesday, March 13, 2024Wed Mar 13 2024
    Word on Fire

    Beautiful things look even more beautiful when the light shines on them; ugly things look even uglier when they come into the light.

  • Drinking the Blood of Christ
    Drinking the Blood of ChristWed Mar 13 2024
    Word on Fire

    This passage finds fulfillment at a Passover supper, where a rabbi—the covenant in person—offers his own lifeblood for his people to drink.

  • Parents Must Wake Up to the Dangers of Screen Addiction
    Parents Must Wake Up to the Dangers of Screen AddictionTue Mar 12 2024
    Word on Fire

    Melanie Hempe, founder of ScreenStrong, is helping parents wake up to the real dangers of social media and screen time for children.

  • Tuesday, March 12, 2024
    Tuesday, March 12, 2024Tue Mar 12 2024
    Word on Fire

    “Do you want to be well?” The man says yes, and Jesus replies, “Rise, take up your mat, and walk.” Immediately, the man is healed.

  • How Martha Found Freedom from Anxiety
    How Martha Found Freedom from AnxietyTue Mar 12 2024
    Ascension Press

  • You Don't Have to Earn God's Love
    You Don't Have to Earn God's LoveMon Mar 11 2024
    Ascension Press

    “God loves you!” You’ve heard it a thousand times before. But what does that truly mean? We can often feel like we must earn God’s love, that we are unworthy of his concern for us. But we are called to reject those lies, break free from an orphan spirit, and embrace the adoption that the heavenly Father offers each and every one of us. Today Fr. Mark-Mary explores the dangers of living with an orphan spirit, always trying to earn love and acceptance. You are not debtors. You are not tenants, renting the Kingdom of God. No, you are heirs and therefore adopted sons and daughters of a loving Father!

  • Works of Mercy Fund - Online
    Works of Mercy Fund - OnlineMon Mar 11 2024
    Word on Fire

  • Beyond Computation: The Human Spirit in the Age of AI
    Beyond Computation: The Human Spirit in the Age of AIMon Mar 11 2024
    Word on Fire

    In a world intertwined with tech advancements, it is crucial to remember that there is an infinite gap between human consciousness and AI.

  • WOF 428: Talking Politics & Religion w/ Ro Khanna
    WOF 428: Talking Politics & Religion w/ Ro KhannaMon Mar 11 2024
    Word on Fire

    We share Bishop Barron's discussion with Congressman Ro Khanna on Catholic social teaching, policy matters, finding common ground, and the American experiment.

  • Monday, March 11, 2024
    Monday, March 11, 2024Mon Mar 11 2024
    Word on Fire

    In Jesus, divinity and humanity meet. His whole body—his hands, his mouth, his eyes—becomes a conduit of God’s energy.

  • "He Leadeth Me: Owned by the Past" | 4th Sunday of Lent (Fr. Mike's Homily)
    "He Leadeth Me: Owned by the Past" | 4th Sunday of Lent (Fr. Mike's Homily)Sun Mar 10 2024
    Ascension Press

    Am I basing my life on the gospel of the world or the Gospel of God? We are surrounded by stories. Stories that try to make sense of the world. But not every story is true. In fact, there are many stories that are false. We are called to base our lives on the true story… The story of the Gospel of God.

  • The Biblical Roots of the Eucharist w/ Dr. Edward SriSun Mar 10 2024
    Ascension Press

  • Sunday, March 10, 2024
    Sunday, March 10, 2024Sun Mar 10 2024
    Word on Fire

    “God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life.”

  • Saturday, March 9, 2024
    Saturday, March 9, 2024Sat Mar 09 2024
    Word on Fire

    The god to which he prays is a false god, an idol, since it allows itself to be positioned by the ego-driven needs of the Pharisee.

  • A Review of the “Cabrini” Movie
    A Review of the “Cabrini” MovieFri Mar 08 2024
    Ascension Press

  • “Cabrini” Is Taking Over Theaters—and Overtaking Divisions
    “Cabrini” Is Taking Over Theaters—and Overtaking DivisionsFri Mar 08 2024
    Word on Fire

    "Cabrini" is a well-crafted film about virtue and the resilient, shrewd, strong-willed heroine of the faith that will have everyone cheering.

  • Friday, March 8, 2024
    Friday, March 8, 2024Fri Mar 08 2024
    Word on Fire

    How do we give ourselves to a reality that we cannot see? This is where the second command of Jesus comes into play.

  • God Wants You to Rest (feat. Sr. Mary Grace, SV)
    God Wants You to Rest (feat. Sr. Mary Grace, SV)Thu Mar 07 2024
    Ascension Press

    When was the last time you took a real break? Because of the world’s rapid pace, we can easily think of rest as a waste of time or a luxury for those who can afford it. Sr. Mary Grace reminds us that God didn’t create us to do something but to simply be. She explains that true rest is returning to the reality of who you are. God wants you to enjoy the gift of life. Taking a break might be the bravest thing you do today.

  • Fr. Mike Schmitz Reviews "Cabrini" Movie
    Fr. Mike Schmitz Reviews "Cabrini" MovieThu Mar 07 2024
    Ascension Press

  • The Fourth Sunday of Lent
    The Fourth Sunday of LentThu Mar 07 2024
    Ascension Press

  • Overcoming Envy
    Overcoming EnvyThu Mar 07 2024
    Ascension Press

  • How I Fell in Love with St. Thomas Aquinas
    How I Fell in Love with St. Thomas AquinasThu Mar 07 2024
    Word on Fire

    St. Thomas Aquinas is a common doctor of the Church, a spiritual master par excellence, and a great model of learning from others.

  • Thursday, March 7, 2024
    Thursday, March 7, 2024Thu Mar 07 2024
    Word on Fire

    The demonic power is always one of scattering. It breaks up communion. But Jesus is the voice of communio, bringing things back together.

  • Fr. Mike Schmitz Reviews "Cabrini" Movie
    Fr. Mike Schmitz Reviews "Cabrini" MovieWed Mar 06 2024
    Ascension Press

    Do you know the true story of America’s first canonized saint? “Cabrini,” a movie from Angel Studios, tells the incredible true story of Mother Cabrini, the first American citizen to become a saint. It is a historical biopic showcasing her selfless service to the Italian immigrant population in the United States. Mother Cabrini’s unwavering dedication to the dignity and respect of those in need reminds us to always look out for the ones still seeking a place at the table. Today, Fr. Mike shares his honest review of the film, “Cabrini.” The movie is in theaters this weekend. He encourages you to allow the story of this remarkable saint to touch your heart and inspire you to make a difference in the world.

  • The Pinnacle of the Christian Life
    The Pinnacle of the Christian LifeWed Mar 06 2024
    Ascension Press

  • The Keys to the Kingdom: A Gentle But Firm Correction to “The Chosen”
    The Keys to the Kingdom: A Gentle But Firm Correction to “The Chosen”Wed Mar 06 2024
    Word on Fire

    Giving Simon the keys to the kingdom is important in Catholic theology and deserves defending against misrepresentation in "The Chosen."

  • Wednesday, March 6, 2024
    Wednesday, March 6, 2024Wed Mar 06 2024
    Word on Fire

    Friends, in today’s Gospel, Jesus declares that he has come to fulfill the Law. Jesus didn’t come to abolish religion; he came to fulfill it.

  • Face Your Fears
    Face Your FearsWed Mar 06 2024
    Word on Fire

    Friends, we must not miss the real import of this famous Gospel—namely, Jesus’ reference to the serpent in the desert.

  • Praying with the Psalms
    Praying with the PsalmsTue Mar 05 2024
    Ascension Press

  • DonateTue Mar 05 2024
    Word on Fire

  • Addicted to Distractions? Time for a Media Fast
    Addicted to Distractions? Time for a Media FastTue Mar 05 2024
    Word on Fire

    A media fast is usually an unsettling experience and sometimes distressing, but it is also exceptionally fruitful and rewarding.

  • EP18 | Seneca & The Madness of Hercules — Dana Gioia
    EP18 | Seneca & The Madness of Hercules — Dana GioiaTue Mar 05 2024
    Word on Fire

    Who was Giambattisa Giraldi Cinthio, the ancient Roman thinker and writer? Tod joins Dana Gioia to discuss Seneca's "The Madness of Hercules."

  • Tuesday, March 5, 2024
    Tuesday, March 5, 2024Tue Mar 05 2024
    Word on Fire

    This is the greatest grace the Church can offer: reconciliation, the restoration of the divine friendship, the forgiveness of our sins.

  • The Everlasting Man
    The Everlasting ManMon Mar 04 2024
    Word on Fire

    Among the many masterpieces of G.K. Chesterton, The Everlasting Man is his crowning achievement. It was the book that set a young atheist named C.S. Lewis on the path toward Christianity. Evelyn Waugh called it “a permanent monument” that “needs no elucidation.” And its lively prose and compelling defense of Christianity have dazzled readers ever since.But a little elucidation, it turns out, is needed. Chesterton’s presentation of the story of humanity and religion is filled with obscure literary, historical, mythological, philosophical, and theological references—most of which are largely lost on today’s readers. And Chesterton’s paradoxical and apparently wandering style proves, at times, disorienting to newcomers.In this groundbreaking guide—the first of its kind—one of the world’s leading authorities on Chesterton walks readers through the entirety of this great apologist’s text. Complete with an introduction, footnotes, and running commentary, Dale Ahlquist’s tour through Chesterton’s classic will draw new readers into his literary world—and old readers even deeper into his literary genius.

  • Your Life Is a Story
    Your Life Is a StoryMon Mar 04 2024
    Word on Fire

    What is the meaning of life? Do we create meaning or find it? Every person, implicitly or explicitly, has a conception of the meaning of life, which is intimately connected to our view of human freedom. How we answer these questions determines the course of our lives and our fulfillment. Drawing from the great writer G.K. Chesterton, Brady Stiller identifies four dominant philosophical positions on meaning in our day—determinism, existentialism, skepticism, and nihilism—and evaluates their answers to these ultimate questions, and how they fall short. Evoking Chesterton’s notion of paradox, Stiller proposes a philosophical position more true to reality—namely, that the meaning of life is both objective and subjective at the same time. By viewing life as a story with both determined and undetermined aspects, we are equipped to coauthor our stories with the divine author, discovering our role in the grand drama of creation.

  • The Everlasting Man Bundle
    The Everlasting Man BundleMon Mar 04 2024
    Word on Fire

    Among the many masterpieces of G.K. Chesterton, The Everlasting Man is his crowning achievement. It was the book that set a young atheist named C.S. Lewis on the path toward Christianity. Evelyn Waugh called it “a permanent monument” that “needs no elucidation.” And its lively prose and compelling defense of Christianity have dazzled readers ever since.But a little elucidation, it turns out, is needed. Chesterton’s presentation of the story of humanity and religion is filled with obscure literary, historical, mythological, philosophical, and theological references—most of which are largely lost on today’s readers. And Chesterton’s paradoxical and apparently wandering style proves, at times, disorienting to newcomers.In this groundbreaking guide—the first of its kind—one of the world’s leading authorities on Chesterton walks readers through the entirety of this great apologist’s text. Complete with an introduction, footnotes, and running commentary, Dale Ahlquist’s tour through Chesterton’s classic will draw new readers into his literary world—and old readers even deeper into his literary genius.

  • Struggling with Porn? 3 Things God Wants to Tell You
    Struggling with Porn? 3 Things God Wants to Tell YouMon Mar 04 2024
    Ascension Press

    On life’s journey, it can feel like you’re left on the roadside, beaten up, broken, and discarded. Especially when we consider a struggle with pornography from a young age, there can be a great deal of shame, guilt, and despair. Your struggle does not define YOU. Today, Fr. Mark-Mary unpacks the parable of the Good Samaritan and how Jesus as the Good Samaritan sees you and is moved with compassion for you in your struggle against impurity, lust, and pornography addiction.

  • The Ascent of the Leaden Soul
    The Ascent of the Leaden SoulMon Mar 04 2024
    Word on Fire

    Gerard Manley Hopkins' “The Leaden Echo and the Golden Echo” reminds us that we must readily give the things we love and cherish back to God.

  • WOF 427: Hearing the Voice of God
    WOF 427: Hearing the Voice of GodMon Mar 04 2024
    Word on Fire

    The Book of Jonah is one of the shortest books of the Bible, yet it’s packed with profound truths about hearing and obeying the voice of God.

  • Monday, March 4, 2024
    Monday, March 4, 2024Mon Mar 04 2024
    Word on Fire

    When most laypeople hear about prophecy, they sit back and their eyes glaze over. The prophetic word is the word of God given to you by God.

  • "He Leadeth Me: The Greatest Grace" | 3rd Sunday of Lent (Fr. Mike's Homily)
    "He Leadeth Me: The Greatest Grace" | 3rd Sunday of Lent (Fr. Mike's Homily)Sun Mar 03 2024
    Ascension Press

    Am I basing my life on the gospel of the world or the Gospel of God? We are surrounded by stories. Stories that try to make sense of the world. But not every story is true. In fact, there are many stories that are false. We are called to base our lives on the true story… The story of the Gospel of God.

  • Abraham & Isaac: Love, Sacrifice, & Trust w/ Dr. Margaret TurekSun Mar 03 2024
    Ascension Press

  • Sunday, March 3, 2024
    Sunday, March 3, 2024Sun Mar 03 2024
    Word on Fire

    In today’s Gospel, the Jews ask Jesus for a sign, and he blithely comments, “Destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up.”

  • Saturday, March 2, 2024
    Saturday, March 2, 2024Sat Mar 02 2024
    Word on Fire

    Trying to turn the divine gift into the ego’s possession necessarily results in nothing, nonbeing, the void.

  • Why Prison Ministry Is Life Changing (SEEK24 with Mike Gormley – Part 2)
    Why Prison Ministry Is Life Changing (SEEK24 with Mike Gormley – Part 2)Fri Mar 01 2024
    Ascension Press

  •  5 Saint Feast Days in March Every Catholic Should KnowFri Mar 01 2024
    Ascension Press

  • AquinasFri Mar 01 2024
    Word on Fire

  • Richard V. Reeves and Jocko Willink Take on Male Malaise
    Richard V. Reeves and Jocko Willink Take on Male MalaiseFri Mar 01 2024
    Word on Fire

    Author Richard V. Reeves and retired Navy SEAL Jocko Willink are combatants against the elusive enemies in the war on male malaise and masculinity.

  • Friday, March 1, 2024
    Friday, March 1, 2024Fri Mar 01 2024
    Word on Fire

    God turns the sign of defeat into the sign of victory. The very one whom we reject is the one whom he gives back to us as a source of life.

  • The Third Sunday of Lent
    The Third Sunday of LentThu Feb 29 2024
    Ascension Press

  • What's Inside a Humble Heart?
    What's Inside a Humble Heart?Thu Feb 29 2024
    Ascension Press

  • Can Mothers Work?
    Can Mothers Work?Thu Feb 29 2024
    Ascension Press

  • Is it Impossible to Know Anything About God?
    Is it Impossible to Know Anything About God?Thu Feb 29 2024
    Word on Fire

    Alvin Plantinga shows us that while our finite minds cannot comprehend an infinite God, it doesn't mean we cannot know anything at all about God.

  • Thursday, February 29, 2024
    Thursday, February 29, 2024Thu Feb 29 2024
    Word on Fire

    How much do we care for those who are poor? Are we committed to helping these people by performing the corporal works of mercy?

  • What's Inside a Humble Heart?
    What's Inside a Humble Heart?Wed Feb 28 2024
    Ascension Press

    What does God see when he looks into our hearts? Does he see a humble, contrite and broken heart, that he will not spurn? Today Fr. Mike Schmitz shares a word of encouragement from the book of 1 Samuel for how to shape our hearts so that the Lord can be present to them and abide in them.

  • The Ultimate Guide to Confession from Fr. Mike SchmitzWed Feb 28 2024
    Ascension Press

  • The Essential Power of Confirmation
    The Essential Power of ConfirmationWed Feb 28 2024
    Ascension Press

  • The Simple Encounters Matter
    The Simple Encounters MatterWed Feb 28 2024
    Word on Fire

    What an honor to be able to bring a moment of warmth into someone’s day. Simple encounters reveal the blessing of a life of love and meaning.

  • Wednesday, February 28, 2024
    Wednesday, February 28, 2024Wed Feb 28 2024
    Word on Fire

    Friends, the Father has prepared the place for one who will reign with Jesus when he comes into his glory.

  • A Tour of the Ten Commandments
    A Tour of the Ten CommandmentsWed Feb 28 2024
    Word on Fire

    Lent is a time of getting back to basics spiritually, and walking through the Ten Commandments is a great way to do it.

  • Bartolomé Esteban Murillo: The Doctrine of Trent on Canvas
    Bartolomé Esteban Murillo: The Doctrine of Trent on CanvasTue Feb 27 2024
    Word on Fire

    Murillo's paintings express the vision of the Council of Trent, refuting the distorted view of human nature brought about by Luther and his heirs.

  • Tuesday, February 27, 2024
    Tuesday, February 27, 2024Tue Feb 27 2024
    Word on Fire

    The ego becomes a massive monkey on our backs, and it has to be fed and pampered constantly. What a liberation it is to let go of the ego!

  • God’s Commandments: Loving or Limiting?
    God’s Commandments: Loving or Limiting?Tue Feb 27 2024
    Ascension Press

  • When You LOVE Control But God Wants Surrender 🤲
    When You LOVE Control But God Wants Surrender 🤲Mon Feb 26 2024
    Ascension Press

    Do you struggle with control? Do you find it difficult to let go? Are you clinging to what feels permanent? Today, Fr. Mark-Mary delves further into his series on Lenten desert spirituality and the necessity of surrendering to God’s will. He explains how embracing the virtues of faith, hope, and charity helps us to relinquish control.

  • Saintly Creatures w/ FREE Stuffed Animal
    Saintly Creatures w/ FREE Stuffed AnimalMon Feb 26 2024
    Word on Fire

    Discover the exciting tales of God’s creatures and the holy men and women they encountered! You’ll read about an enormous dog who protected a priest from an ambush, a tiger who shared his cave with persecuted Korean Christians, a dangerous wolf who was tamed by an Italian friar, a boar who was rescued from hunters by a wise Irish abbess, and many more. Each of these fourteen tales shows the heroic virtue of the saints and inspires young readers to faithfully follow Jesus. With breathtaking full-color illustrations, this storybook will become a beloved family read-aloud. It is a perfect gift from parents, grandparents, or godparents to introduce the young reader to the saints!

  • Britt Fisk Keynote | Good News Conference 2022Mon Feb 26 2024
    Word on Fire

  • The New Ressourcement: An Interview with Jason Paone
    The New Ressourcement: An Interview with Jason PaoneMon Feb 26 2024
    Word on Fire

    Tod Worner joined Dr. Jason Paone of Word on Fire Academic to discuss Word on Fire’s exciting new academic journal, "The New Ressourcement."

  • WOF 426: Democracy and the Catholic Church
    WOF 426: Democracy and the Catholic ChurchMon Feb 26 2024
    Word on Fire

    Many people have felt that democracy and the Catholic Church are two systems that are incompatible. But why?

  • Monday, February 26, 2024
    Monday, February 26, 2024Mon Feb 26 2024
    Word on Fire

    In the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew, Jesus tells his followers: “Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”

  • Word on Fire UKSun Feb 25 2024
    Word on Fire

    If you live in the United Kingdom, sign up to receive updates from Brenden Thompson, Word on Fire’s UK Program Director, on upcoming opportunities and Catholic community-building efforts in the UK.

  • "He Leadeth Me: As Long As..." | 2nd Sunday of Lent (Fr. Mike's Homily)
    "He Leadeth Me: As Long As..." | 2nd Sunday of Lent (Fr. Mike's Homily)Sun Feb 25 2024
    Ascension Press

    Am I basing my life on the gospel of the world or the Gospel of God? We are surrounded by stories. Stories that try to make sense of the world. But not every story is true. In fact, there are many stories that are false. We are called to base our lives on the true story… The story of the Gospel of God.

  • Does the Bible Agree with Science? w/ Fr. Robert SpitzerSun Feb 25 2024
    Ascension Press

  • Sunday, February 25, 2024
    Sunday, February 25, 2024Sun Feb 25 2024
    Word on Fire

    The Jesus who is both divine and human is the Jesus who is evangelically compelling in the coming together of the two natures.

  • Saturday, February 24, 2024
    Saturday, February 24, 2024Sat Feb 24 2024
    Word on Fire

    God simply is love. In every case, his grace comes first, and it is all that he has to give. The comparison to the sun and the rain is apt.

  • Princesses of Heaven
    Princesses of HeavenFri Feb 23 2024
    Word on Fire

    Princesses of Heaven is a picture book for young girls ages 3–8 written and illustrated by Disney artist Fabiola Garza. This breathtaking book shares the stories of St. Joan of Arc, St. Josephine Bakhita, St. Kateri Tekakwitha, St. Narcisa de Jesus, St. Lucy Yi Zhenmei, and St. Thérèse of Lisieux, presenting them each as a princess in heaven with a shining crown. Their stories of faith, hope, and love will inspire every girl to become a saint!

  • Identity and Evangelization (SEEK24 with Mike Gormley - Part 1)
    Identity and Evangelization (SEEK24 with Mike Gormley - Part 1)Fri Feb 23 2024
    Ascension Press

  • Lenten Demolition of Sin
    Lenten Demolition of SinFri Feb 23 2024
    Word on Fire

    Let's use this Lent to begin demolishing our own sins and imperfections in pursuit of holiness. The Master Builder has big plans for us.

  • Friday, February 23, 2024
    Friday, February 23, 2024Fri Feb 23 2024
    Word on Fire

    Jesus commands us to be reconciled with one another. There is something hidden in the deep mystery of God, and I can’t fully explicate it.

  • The Bondage of Self-Reliance (and how to Break Free) (feat. Sr. Mary Grace, SV)
    The Bondage of Self-Reliance (and how to Break Free) (feat. Sr. Mary Grace, SV)Thu Feb 22 2024
    Ascension Press

    Are you feeling poor and overwhelmed? Do you find yourself feeling empty and lacking at times? This poverty can be the next place of your encounter with the living God. Today, Sister Mary Grace explains how your our weaknesses and shortcomings can be the very places where we experience God’s power and love. Embrace your dependence on God and allow Him to be with you in those difficult moments. Embrace your reliance on Him and acknowledge that you don’t have to do this alone.

  • The Second Sunday of Lent
    The Second Sunday of LentThu Feb 22 2024
    Ascension Press

  • Comparison: The Great Distraction
    Comparison: The Great DistractionThu Feb 22 2024
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  • Bishop Barron Presents | Congressman Ro Khanna — Politics and Religion
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    Bishop Barron sat down with Congressman Ro Khanna to discuss Catholic social teaching, policy matters, and finding common ground.

  • How to Have a Happy Death
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  • Comparison: The Great Distraction
    Comparison: The Great DistractionThu Feb 22 2024
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    St. Francis De Sales, often referred to as the “Saint-maker,” liked to say, “Be who you are, and be that well.” Each of us is called to pursue a life of holiness, a journey that unfolds uniquely for every individual. But comparing ourselves to others and judging ourselves harshly can be tempting. Fr. Mike Schmitz delves into the harmful effects of comparison and invites us instead to focus on embracing our true identity and “paint our own sunrise.”

  • Holy Hour Prayer Cards - Spring 2024Thu Feb 22 2024
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  • Who Do You Think You Are?
    Who Do You Think You Are?Thu Feb 22 2024
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    Let us not be strangers to ourselves but know ourselves in the mirror of Christ and his Word. “Lord, help me to know you and know myself.”

  • Thursday, February 22, 2024
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    Peter is right about who Jesus is: a man who is also the Son of the living God. And this is the source and ground of the whole operation.

  • Why Baptism Is Salvific
    Why Baptism Is SalvificWed Feb 21 2024
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  • Calling Evil Sacred
    Calling Evil SacredWed Feb 21 2024
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    Some today call evil good (or even sacred) and good evil. We must work to eradicate the evil, the darkness, the bitterness that is abortion.

  • When Your Faith Is Put to the Test
    When Your Faith Is Put to the TestWed Feb 21 2024
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    Friends, if you don’t experience “fear and trembling” having read this text, you have not been paying attention.

  • Wednesday, February 21, 2024
    Wednesday, February 21, 2024Wed Feb 21 2024
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    The New Testament writers could not be clearer: the crucified Jesus, who had died and been buried, appeared alive again to his disciples.

  • Can I Be Busy AND Pray? (feat. Nell O'Leary)
    Can I Be Busy AND Pray? (feat. Nell O'Leary)Tue Feb 20 2024
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    You know that you should pray. You have every intention to stop and spend time with the Lord, but before you know it, the day is over. Is it truly possible to balance a busy life with prayer? Today Nell O’Leary, wife and mother, shares some practical insights from her own life on how to make space for prayer in a hectic schedule. You don’t need a course, a book, or a program–you just need the simple habit of placing and keeping your heart before God all day, continually and constantly.

  • "I'm a Catholic" Card - Spring 2024Tue Feb 20 2024
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  • A Daily Prayer to Guide You Through Lent
    A Daily Prayer to Guide You Through LentTue Feb 20 2024
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    Are you looking to embark on a deeper spiritual journey this Lent in your daily prayer life? Inspired by desert spirituality, Fr. Mark-Mary introduces a fresh approach to prayer for this Lenten season. This method invites you to delve into your emotions, motivations, and deepest fears through three straightforward prompts.

  • Converting Conservatives: The Importance of Moral Consistency
    Converting Conservatives: The Importance of Moral ConsistencyTue Feb 20 2024
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    We must avoid becoming "cafeteria Catholics.” Consistency on moral teaching is important for potential converts as well as for ourselves.

  • EP17 | How 1923 Made Adolf Hitler — Mark Jones
    EP17 | How 1923 Made Adolf Hitler — Mark JonesTue Feb 20 2024
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    Join Tod Worner and Professor Mark Jones as they discuss the rarely considered origins of Adolf Hitler in his book, "1923."

  • Tuesday, February 20, 2024
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    Word on Fire

    We call God “Father” when we pray. We call him Abba, Daddy. The same intimacy that Jesus has with his Abba he invites us to share.

  • Hold Nothing Back from the Father
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  • The Stations of the CrossMon Feb 19 2024
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  • Silence and the Stirrings of the Soul
    Silence and the Stirrings of the SoulMon Feb 19 2024
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    Silence is a vast space of interiority, the landscape of the soul. It allows us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.

  • WOF 425: Understanding the Mental Health Crisis
    WOF 425: Understanding the Mental Health CrisisMon Feb 19 2024
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    What's behind the mental health crisis, and how can the Church help? That's what Brandon Vogt and I discuss on today's episode.

  • Monday, February 19, 2024
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    Word on Fire

    The righteous will ask when they did this, and he will reply, “Whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.”

  • "Great Expectations" | 1st Sunday of Lent (Fr. Mike's Homily)
    "Great Expectations" | 1st Sunday of Lent (Fr. Mike's Homily)Sun Feb 18 2024
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    Am I basing my life on the gospel of the world or the Gospel of God? We are surrounded by stories. Stories that try to make sense of the world. But not every story is true. In fact, there are many stories that are false. We are called to base our lives on the true story… The story of the Gospel of God.

  • Sunday, February 18, 2024
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    Word on Fire

    The words of Jesus’ first sermon are an invitation to psychological and spiritual awareness: there is something to see, so open your eyes!

  • Saturday, February 17, 2024
    Saturday, February 17, 2024Sat Feb 17 2024
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    Just as creation is ex nihilo, so conversion is a new creation, a gracious remaking of a person from the nonbeing of his sin.

  • Eating with Sinners
    Eating with SinnersFri Feb 16 2024
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  • The Sisters of Life Answer MORE of the Internet's Top Questions About Nuns
    The Sisters of Life Answer MORE of the Internet's Top Questions About NunsFri Feb 16 2024
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  • The First Sunday of Lent
    The First Sunday of LentFri Feb 16 2024
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  • Building a Spanish Community: A Chat with Fr. Ignacio
    Building a Spanish Community: A Chat with Fr. IgnacioFri Feb 16 2024
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    Fr. Ignacio Amorós Rodríguez-Fraile discusses his new position at the Word on Fire Institute and his first course in the new Spanish community.

  • Friday, February 16, 2024
    Friday, February 16, 2024Fri Feb 16 2024
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    Every spiritual master recognizes the danger if we allow the superficial hunger of our lives to dominate, we never reach the deepest hunger.

  • One Million YouTube Subscribers
    One Million YouTube SubscribersThu Feb 15 2024
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  • The Symptoms of Vanity (and the Surprising Cure)Thu Feb 15 2024
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  • Deciding on the Right Education for Your Children
    Deciding on the Right Education for Your ChildrenThu Feb 15 2024
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  • “Biblically Accurate”: What Apologists Can Learn from an Offbeat Meme
    “Biblically Accurate”: What Apologists Can Learn from an Offbeat MemeThu Feb 15 2024
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    The rise of biblically accurate angel memes is evidence that people desire the wondrously strange and aren’t afraid to accept what doses of religion come with it.

  • Thursday, February 15, 2024
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    Unless you crucify your ego, you cannot be my follower, Jesus says. This terrible move—has to be the foundation of the spiritual life.

  • The Symptoms of Vanity (and the Surprising Cure)
    The Symptoms of Vanity (and the Surprising Cure)Wed Feb 14 2024
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  • The Weight of the Sacraments
    The Weight of the SacramentsWed Feb 14 2024
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  • What Is the Meaning of Ash Wednesday? From Fr. Mike SchmitzWed Feb 14 2024
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  • Ashes to Ashes . . .
    Ashes to Ashes . . .Wed Feb 14 2024
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    We accept a mark of ashes on our forehead that will distinguish us publicly as sinners. Lent, if it is observed rightly, is a spiritual passage into forgiveness.

  • Are Your Soul and Body at War?
    Are Your Soul and Body at War?Wed Feb 14 2024
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    We are given an icon of the union of the spiritual and the material, the soul and the body, in the human being—both the glory and agony.

  • Wednesday, February 14, 2024
    Wednesday, February 14, 2024Wed Feb 14 2024
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    Lent is about doing things, things that involve the body as much as the mind, that involve the exterior of your life as much as the interior.

  • Let Lent Be Lent!
    Let Lent Be Lent!Tue Feb 13 2024
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    So many have opted out of the Church because our presentation of the faith has become superficial, unreal, nicey-nicey. Let Lent be Lent!

  • Tuesday, February 13, 2024
    Tuesday, February 13, 2024Tue Feb 13 2024
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    Friends, the Catholic Church manifests the way of ordering things born of love—love for God and love for neighbor.

  • Letting Jesus Touch Your Wounds
    Letting Jesus Touch Your WoundsTue Feb 13 2024
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  • A Better Way to Choose Something for Lent
    A Better Way to Choose Something for LentMon Feb 12 2024
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  • Suffer the Detachment: Lent Is Coming
    Suffer the Detachment: Lent Is ComingMon Feb 12 2024
    Word on Fire

    True freedom, when grounded in the truth of Christ, allows us fully discover oneself and inevitably transcend oneself toward union with God. 

  • WOF 424: Freedom and the Disciplining of Desire
    WOF 424: Freedom and the Disciplining of DesireMon Feb 12 2024
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    Today we hear Bishop Barron's talk at the 2023 ARC Conference held in London, England titled “What is the True Nature of Freedom?”

  • Monday, February 12, 2024
    Monday, February 12, 2024Mon Feb 12 2024
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    One of the most fundamental statements of faith is this: your life is not about you. You’re not in control. You are part of God’s design.

  • "His Moments" | 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Fr. Mike's Homily)
    "His Moments" | 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Fr. Mike's Homily)Sun Feb 11 2024
    Ascension Press

    Am I basing my life on the gospel of the world or the Gospel of God? We are surrounded by stories. Stories that try to make sense of the world. But not every story is true. In fact, there are many stories that are false. We are called to base our lives on the true story… The story of the Gospel of God.

  • Sunday, February 11, 2024
    Sunday, February 11, 2024Sun Feb 11 2024
    Word on Fire

    Friends, what is so important about worship? To worship is to signal to oneself what one’s life is finally about.

  • Saturday, February 10, 2024
    Saturday, February 10, 2024Sat Feb 10 2024
    Word on Fire

    Friends, today we celebrate the memorial of St. Scholastica. St. Gregory the Great tells a charming story about St. Benedict and Scholastica.

  • Your Questions and My Answers (Part 1)
    Your Questions and My Answers (Part 1)Fri Feb 09 2024
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  • Can Love of Sports Be Reasonable? Reflections of a Chiefs Fan
    Can Love of Sports Be Reasonable? Reflections of a Chiefs FanFri Feb 09 2024
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    Victory in a man-made game is merely temporal, ephemeral. Only One can satisfy the longing for transcendence in every sports fan’s heart.

  • Friday, February 9, 2024
    Friday, February 9, 2024Fri Feb 09 2024
    Word on Fire

    We can immerse ourselves in the rhythm of the liturgy, listen avidly to Scripture, study the theological tradition, watch the holy people . . .

  • The Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time
    The Sixth Sunday in Ordinary TimeThu Feb 08 2024
    Ascension Press

  • How to Bring Order to Your Life
    How to Bring Order to Your LifeThu Feb 08 2024
    Ascension Press

  • Responding to Sin in the Church 
    Responding to Sin in the Church Thu Feb 08 2024
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  • St. Josephine Bakhita: Light in a Needful World
    St. Josephine Bakhita: Light in a Needful WorldThu Feb 08 2024
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    With the hope St. Josephine Bakhita shows us and Pope Benedict describes in "Spe Salvi," we bear witness to reality in Christ, our Hope.

  • Thursday, February 8, 2024
    Thursday, February 8, 2024Thu Feb 08 2024
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    Today, we have one of the only scenes in the Gospels where someone cajoles Jesus into doing something he wouldn’t ordinarily do.

  • How to Bring Order to Your Life
    How to Bring Order to Your LifeWed Feb 07 2024
    Ascension Press

  • What Is Mystagogy?
    What Is Mystagogy?Wed Feb 07 2024
    Ascension Press

  • Let the (Loud?) Children Come to Me
    Let the (Loud?) Children Come to MeWed Feb 07 2024
    Word on Fire

    We must encourage those still attending Mass to bring their children and raise them in the Faith—even if that means occasional disruptions.

  • Wednesday, February 7, 2024
    Wednesday, February 7, 2024Wed Feb 07 2024
    Word on Fire

    Original sin is the only doctrine for which there is empirical evidence we can feel it within ourselves and we can see the effects everywhere.

  • Reaching Out to the Lepers
    Reaching Out to the LepersWed Feb 07 2024
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    Moments of healing stayed so deeply in the imaginations of the first Christians. What do we make of this particular healing of a leper?

  • Spiritual Lessons for Writers, Part 2: Write as You Can, Not as You Can't
    Spiritual Lessons for Writers, Part 2: Write as You Can, Not as You Can'tTue Feb 06 2024
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    "Write as you can, not as you can’t” will guide you to try new approaches to help you find the schedule and habits that work best for you.

  • EP16 | The President’s Man — Dwight Chapin
    EP16 | The President’s Man — Dwight ChapinTue Feb 06 2024
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    In this episode of the E&C Podcast, Tod speaks with Dwight Chapin about the complexity of human nature in his memoir, "The President’s Man."

  • Tuesday, February 6, 2024
    Tuesday, February 6, 2024Tue Feb 06 2024
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    Real love is a leaping outside of the narrow confines of my needs and desires, and an embrace of the other’s good for the other’s sake.

  • Rend Your Heart and Not Your Garments
    Rend Your Heart and Not Your GarmentsTue Feb 06 2024
    Ascension Press

  • 3 Keys to Planning Your Week (the Liturgical Way)
    3 Keys to Planning Your Week (the Liturgical Way)Mon Feb 05 2024
    Ascension Press

  • Pursuing an Inclusive Spirituality
    Pursuing an Inclusive SpiritualityMon Feb 05 2024
    Word on Fire

    The statement “there is no non-intellectual spirituality” falsely implies that those with intellectual disabilities are excluded from a relationship with Christ.

  • WOF 423: Simply Catholicism is the Answer
    WOF 423: Simply Catholicism is the AnswerMon Feb 05 2024
    Word on Fire

    The Catholic Church is in constant disagreements between so-called liberal and conservative Catholics. Is there a third way out of this?

  • Monday, February 5, 2024
    Monday, February 5, 2024Mon Feb 05 2024
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    It’s hard to deny that the first Christians were intensely interested in the miracles of Jesus and didn’t see them as mere literary symbols!

  • "Shared Moments" | 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Fr. Mike's Homily)
    "Shared Moments" | 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Fr. Mike's Homily)Sun Feb 04 2024
    Ascension Press

    Am I basing my life on the gospel of the world or the Gospel of God? We are surrounded by stories. Stories that try to make sense of the world. But not every story is true. In fact, there are many stories that are false. We are called to base our lives on the true story… The story of the Gospel of God.

  • Sunday, February 4, 2024
    Sunday, February 4, 2024Sun Feb 04 2024
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    What does sickness do to us? It draws us in around ourselves. Once cured, Simon’s mother-in-law commences to serve, to be for the other.

  • Saturday, February 3, 2024
    Saturday, February 3, 2024Sat Feb 03 2024
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    Friends, today’s Gospel is a prelude to the feeding of the five thousand. There is a darkness at the beginning of this famous account.

  • Restoring the Bruised Reed
    Restoring the Bruised ReedFri Feb 02 2024
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  • “Proselytizing” Is a Red Herring: Failing to Evangelize Is the Real Danger
    “Proselytizing” Is a Red Herring: Failing to Evangelize Is the Real DangerFri Feb 02 2024
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    Rejecting the responsibility to carry out our missionary mandate is nothing less than saying “no” to Christ’s direct and unequivocal command.

  • Friday, February 2, 2024
    Friday, February 2, 2024Fri Feb 02 2024
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    The Presentation of Jesus in the temple, perfected on the cross, is re-presented every time the Mass is celebrated.

  • Christ Brings All Newness
    Christ Brings All NewnessThu Feb 01 2024
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    St. Irenaeus teaches that “Christ brought all newness in bringing himself.” This representative collection of the writings of Father Robert Imbelli proclaims, celebrates, and sounds the depths of the newness of Jesus Christ and the radical transformation to which Christ calls believers. Rooted in Scripture and the Fathers of the Church, these essays, reviews, and reflections explore the Christian faith’s rich liturgical, artistic, literary, and theological traditions across the centuries. At a time when Catholic theology too often risks being reduced to sociology and Christian faith and discipleship diluted to mere moralism, the author proposes a vibrant and profound mystagogic theology. In such theology, the mystery of Christ is not only notional but real, not only described but evoked. Imbelli offers a theology and vision of the Christian faith at once intellectually stimulating and deeply affective.

  • If You Can't See the Good in Yourself Right Now (feat. Sr. Mary Grace, SV)
    If You Can't See the Good in Yourself Right Now (feat. Sr. Mary Grace, SV)Thu Feb 01 2024
    Ascension Press

  • The Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
    The Fifth Sunday in Ordinary TimeThu Feb 01 2024
    Ascension Press

  • Adam and Eve Ruined Everything for Us. How Is That Fair?
    Adam and Eve Ruined Everything for Us. How Is That Fair?Thu Feb 01 2024
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  • Key Priorities in Engagement
    Key Priorities in EngagementThu Feb 01 2024
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  • Your April SupportThu Feb 01 2024
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  • Come and See: Brenden Thompson’s Journey to Iraq
    Come and See: Brenden Thompson’s Journey to IraqThu Feb 01 2024
    Word on Fire

    Brenden Thompson discusses his extraordinary recent experience traveling to Iraq to learn and explore ways to deepen our bonds of faith.

  • Thursday, February 1, 2024
    Thursday, February 1, 2024Thu Feb 01 2024
    Word on Fire

    Friends, what do you need for your mission? You need a keen sense of God as the absolute center of your life.

  • Adam and Eve Ruined Everything for Us. How Is That Fair?
    Adam and Eve Ruined Everything for Us. How Is That Fair?Wed Jan 31 2024
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  • Wednesday, January 31, 2024
    Wednesday, January 31, 2024Wed Jan 31 2024
    Word on Fire

    Friends, Jesus was claiming for himself an authority greater than that of Israel’s most significant teacher and lawgiver.

  • Catholics Need Poetry
    Catholics Need PoetryWed Jan 31 2024
    Word on Fire

    When the fog is cleared and we get at the true definition of poetry, we find its presence everywhere in Catholicism.

  • Pray, Serve, Evangelize
    Pray, Serve, EvangelizeWed Jan 31 2024
    Word on Fire

    On display is what Pope Benedict described as three essential tasks of the Church: it worships God, it serves the poor, and it evangelizes.

  • Are Human Rights Just Fictional Stories?
    Are Human Rights Just Fictional Stories?Tue Jan 30 2024
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    If there is no conflict between evolution and the doctrine of the faith, Harari’s grounds for rejecting human rights as found in the Declaration of Independence is just a fictional story.

  • Tuesday, January 30, 2024
    Tuesday, January 30, 2024Tue Jan 30 2024
    Word on Fire

    Friends, the Talitha koum (little girl, get up) is a reminder of the absolute centrality of resurrection in the Jesus event.

  • The Real Meaning of the Presentation of the Lord
    The Real Meaning of the Presentation of the LordTue Jan 30 2024
    Ascension Press

  • 3 Prayers Catholics Need to Memorize (but Don't)
    3 Prayers Catholics Need to Memorize (but Don't)Mon Jan 29 2024
    Ascension Press

  • To Know and Love the Bible: Building a Foundation for Our ChildrenMon Jan 29 2024
    Ascension Press

  • The Separation between Ethics and Politics
    The Separation between Ethics and PoliticsMon Jan 29 2024
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    Machiavelli effectively put an end to the application of ethics to politics. Politics is now “the art of the possible,” not the ideal.

  • WOF 422: Being Formed by Ratzinger, De Lubac, and Balthasar w/ Fr. Joseph Fessio
    WOF 422: Being Formed by Ratzinger, De Lubac, and Balthasar w/ Fr. Joseph FessioMon Jan 29 2024
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    Fr. Joseph Fessio was formed by great figures of twentieth-century Catholicism, including de Lubac, Ratzinger, and Hans Urs von Balthasar.

  • Monday, January 29, 2024
    Monday, January 29, 2024Mon Jan 29 2024
    Word on Fire

    Friends, we see here on vivid display Jesus the miracle worker. Modern thinkers tend to be wary of this dimension.

  • "The Present Moment" | 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Fr. Mike's Homily)
    "The Present Moment" | 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Fr. Mike's Homily)Sun Jan 28 2024
    Ascension Press

    Am I basing my life on the gospel of the world or the Gospel of God? We are surrounded by stories. Stories that try to make sense of the world. But not every story is true. In fact, there are many stories that are false. We are called to base our lives on the true story… The story of the Gospel of God.

  • Sunday, January 28, 2024
    Sunday, January 28, 2024Sun Jan 28 2024
    Word on Fire

    Friends, if he is who he says he is and who he demonstrates himself to be, then we have to give our lives to him.

  • Saturday, January 27, 2024
    Saturday, January 27, 2024Sat Jan 27 2024
    Word on Fire

    Friends, in this wonderful story of the calming of the storm at sea, we witness the spiritual dynamics of fear and trust.

  • The First and Last Thing You Should Do Everyday to Grow Closer to Jesus (feat. Sr. Mary Grace, SV)
    The First and Last Thing You Should Do Everyday to Grow Closer to Jesus (feat. Sr. Mary Grace, SV)Fri Jan 26 2024
    Ascension Press

  • Lying and Hiding the Truth Prudently
    Lying and Hiding the Truth PrudentlyFri Jan 26 2024
    Ascension Press

  • Dignity, Equality, and Solidarity: A Catholic Alternative to DEI
    Dignity, Equality, and Solidarity: A Catholic Alternative to DEIFri Jan 26 2024
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    DEI is hopelessly corrupt. Dr. Matthew Petrusek discusses what it means, its moral implications, and a better alternative: DES.

  • Eucharistic Hermeneutics: The New Testament in Context
    Eucharistic Hermeneutics: The New Testament in ContextFri Jan 26 2024
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    Msgr. Paul McPartlan advocates for “Eucharistic hermeneutics” to see that the Eucharist offers a key to unlock the meaning of the Scriptures.

  • Friday, January 26, 2024
    Friday, January 26, 2024Fri Jan 26 2024
    Word on Fire

    Don’t be afraid to do small things at the prompting of God! Sow the seed and leave the rest to the mercy and providence of God.

  • Conversión: Guía de Estudio
    Conversión: Guía de EstudioThu Jan 25 2024
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    La Conversión no es un evento único. Aprenda sobre personajes de la Biblia que emprendieron este proceso de toda la vida con el Programa de Estudio basado en DVD del Obispo Robert Barron. 6 sesiones.

  • The Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time
    The Fourth Sunday in Ordinary TimeThu Jan 25 2024
    Ascension Press

  • What If Life Doesn't Get Easier?
    What If Life Doesn't Get Easier?Thu Jan 25 2024
    Ascension Press

  • Against Physician-Assisted Suicide: A Physician’s Letter to His Legislator
    Against Physician-Assisted Suicide: A Physician’s Letter to His LegislatorThu Jan 25 2024
    Word on Fire

    If we forget the fundamental, uncompromising, and ineradicable value intrinsic to human life, can we still call ourselves physicians?

  • Being Above and Beyond Yourself
    Being Above and Beyond YourselfThu Jan 25 2024
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    “Being for” others—to live for others rather than oneself—aligns us with the essence of divine Being, and with that, the fullness of life.

  • Thursday, January 25, 2024
    Thursday, January 25, 2024Thu Jan 25 2024
    Word on Fire

    When Jesus crucified and risen is not proclaimed, a beige and unthreatening Catholicism emerges that is an echo of the environing culture.

  • What If Life Doesn't Get Easier?
    What If Life Doesn't Get Easier?Wed Jan 24 2024
    Ascension Press

  • Submissions for E&C Online
    Submissions for E&C OnlineWed Jan 24 2024
    Word on Fire

    Submissions for E&C Online Evangelization & Culture Online articulates and perpetuates the mission of Word on Fire to proclaim Christ in the culture through its online articles. We strive to meet readers where they are by striking a chord with their daily lives, offering the poignant perspectives people trust and expect from Word on Fire. We look for content that illuminates and advances the conversations taking place in the culture in a faith-filled and meaningful way. We embrace our mission to confront complex issues and communicate hard truths, but to do so charitably. We seek to address the issues and […]

  • New Thinking Ain’t Always New (or Better)
    New Thinking Ain’t Always New (or Better)Wed Jan 24 2024
    Word on Fire

    The cutting edge of time does not mean the cutting edge of wisdom. Those offering new thinking should do so with a healthy dose of humility.

  • Wednesday, January 24, 2024
    Wednesday, January 24, 2024Wed Jan 24 2024
    Word on Fire

    Friends, God’s love is irrational, extravagant, embarrassing, unreasonable, and also completely over the top.

  • Surrender to the Holy One
    Surrender to the Holy OneWed Jan 24 2024
    Word on Fire

    Moses says, “A prophet like me will the LORD, your God, raise up for you from among your own kin; to him you shall listen.”

  • Your Support in MarchTue Jan 23 2024
    Word on Fire

  • Holy Hour Prayer Cards - OnlineTue Jan 23 2024
    Word on Fire

  • Pro-Life Christians: Now Is the Time to Shout from the Rooftops
    Pro-Life Christians: Now Is the Time to Shout from the RooftopsTue Jan 23 2024
    Word on Fire

    Believers have been cowed into silence by the insinuation that religion is “private.” We must raise our voices against the culture of death.

  • EP15 | A Story of Catholic Re-version — Francis Beckwith
    EP15 | A Story of Catholic Re-version — Francis BeckwithTue Jan 23 2024
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    In this episode of the Evangelization & Culture Podcast, Tod speaks with Professor Francis Beckwith about his tale of a Catholic reversion.

  • Tuesday, January 23, 2024
    Tuesday, January 23, 2024Tue Jan 23 2024
    Word on Fire

    “If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love.”

  • Don’t Be a Dead Sea
    Don’t Be a Dead SeaTue Jan 23 2024
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  • Reflection: Why We MarchMon Jan 22 2024
    Ascension Press

  • Discern Your Vocation with One Simple Hack
    Discern Your Vocation with One Simple HackMon Jan 22 2024
    Ascension Press

  • When Feelings Don’t Care About Facts: Remembering Roe
    When Feelings Don’t Care About Facts: Remembering RoeMon Jan 22 2024
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    On this fifty-first anniversary of the ghastly decision in 1973, let "Roe" be a byword for the jurisprudence of feelings over facts.

  • WOF 421: 7 Ways to be Spiritually Great
    WOF 421: 7 Ways to be Spiritually GreatMon Jan 22 2024
    Word on Fire

    Friends, we all strive to be spiritually great. We want to be magnanimous, great-souled men and women. But how do we get there?

  • Monday, January 22, 2024
    Monday, January 22, 2024Mon Jan 22 2024
    Word on Fire

    The two great names of the devil in the Bible are “the accuser” and “the scatterer.” Both are operative and visible in this story.

  • "Holiness in the Ordinary" | 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time (Fr. Mike's Homily)
    "Holiness in the Ordinary" | 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time (Fr. Mike's Homily)Sun Jan 21 2024
    Ascension Press

    Am I basing my life on the gospel of the world or the Gospel of God? We are surrounded by stories. Stories that try to make sense of the world. But not every story is true. In fact, there are many stories that are false. We are called to base our lives on the true story… The story of the Gospel of God.

  • Sunday, January 21, 2024
    Sunday, January 21, 2024Sun Jan 21 2024
    Word on Fire

    Something was being brought to completion. What was it? It was everything that the Old Testament had spoken of.

  • Saturday, January 20, 2024
    Saturday, January 20, 2024Sat Jan 20 2024
    Word on Fire

    “I know what’s right and wrong; I know what the Church expects of us; and I know that you are not living up to it.”

  • The Sisters of Life Answer the Internet's Top Questions About Nuns
    The Sisters of Life Answer the Internet's Top Questions About NunsFri Jan 19 2024
    Ascension Press

  • What If God Doesn’t Exist?
    What If God Doesn’t Exist?Fri Jan 19 2024
    Ascension Press

  • Jesus Is No Olympian
    Jesus Is No OlympianFri Jan 19 2024
    Ascension Press

  • Lent Offering 2024
    Lent Offering 2024Fri Jan 19 2024
    Word on Fire

  • 5 Recommended Reads for the New Year
    5 Recommended Reads for the New YearFri Jan 19 2024
    Word on Fire

    Reading worthwhile books is very good thing to do for one’s intellectual, imaginative, and spiritual health. Here are five books I recommend.

  • Friday, January 19, 2024
    Friday, January 19, 2024Fri Jan 19 2024
    Word on Fire

    Hers was a story of a divine love, graciously willing the good of the other, that awakens an imitative reaction in the one who is loved.

  • The Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
    The Third Sunday in Ordinary TimeThu Jan 18 2024
    Ascension Press

  • What If God Doesn’t Exist?Thu Jan 18 2024
    Ascension Press

  • Bishop Barron Presents | Fr. Joseph Fessio — Being Formed by Ratzinger, De Lubac, and Balthasar
    Bishop Barron Presents | Fr. Joseph Fessio — Being Formed by Ratzinger, De Lubac, and BalthasarThu Jan 18 2024
    Word on Fire

    Bishop Barron joined Fr. Joseph Fessio to discuss his intellectual formation, his experience in Europe, Ignatius Press, and more.

  • Thursday, January 18, 2024
    Thursday, January 18, 2024Thu Jan 18 2024
    Word on Fire

    To this day, the Church carries on his gracious healing ministry. We recall that the Apostles of Jesus simply continued what the Master did.

  • Sam Harris and Jordan Peterson on the Bible 
    Sam Harris and Jordan Peterson on the Bible Thu Jan 18 2024
    Word on Fire

    In a recent video, among the most important differences between Jordan Peterson and Sam Harris is a fundamental disagreement about the Bible.

  • Ethics for Beginners
    Ethics for BeginnersWed Jan 17 2024
    Word on Fire

    Socrates once said that a good person does not worry much about the little things, like whether he lives or dies, but only about the one big thing: whether he is a good person or a bad one. In Ethics for Beginners, celebrated philosopher Peter Kreeft reclaims the importance of ethical study in answering life’s big questions: What is the meaning of life? How should I live? How should I treat other people? Unlike many modern texts on the subject, this one asserts that ethics is real, that good and evil are knowable, and that we can learn to act well and so become better and happier people. Surveying the “big ideas” of the thirty-two most important ethical philosophers, Ethics for Beginners is an apprenticeship to the greatest minds in history. With expert analysis and reflection from Kreeft, it offers a challenging and unforgettable treatment that is suitable for classroom and individual use alike.

  • Sea Shanties, Gregorian Chant, and Liturgical Work
    Sea Shanties, Gregorian Chant, and Liturgical WorkWed Jan 17 2024
    Word on Fire

    Like the sea shanty, Gregorian chant invites all hands on deck, equips and nourishes them, and sustains the Barque of Peter in celebration of Mass.

  • Wednesday, January 17, 2024
    Wednesday, January 17, 2024Wed Jan 17 2024
    Word on Fire

    Jesus faced down the resistance of “the world,” permitted all of that darkness to wash over him, to crush him, to snuff him out.