Catholic Media

  • Brideshead Revisited
    Brideshead RevisitedFri Jul 19 2024
    Word on Fire

    Brideshead Revisited details the journey of Charles Ryder, who, through the memories of his interactions with an aristocratic English family, encounters various episodes of conversion and experiences the illuminating power of divine grace—which, in the words of G.K. Chesterton, tugs on human hearts “with a twitch upon the thread.” Lodged between two world wars and burdened by the stark collapse of culture, Charles Ryder comes face to face with the perils of sin and confronts the inescapable yearnings of faith.

  • Your Questions and My Answers (Part 3)
    Your Questions and My Answers (Part 3)Fri Jul 19 2024
    Ascension Press

  • Forming a Child's Taste for Beauty
    Forming a Child's Taste for BeautyFri Jul 19 2024
    Word on Fire

    In this episode Haley interviews Daniel Mitsui, a professional artist specializing in sacred art.

  • No, Ray Kurzweil Is Not Right (Again), and You Won’t Meet His Immortal Soul in the Cloud
    No, Ray Kurzweil Is Not Right (Again), and You Won’t Meet His Immortal Soul in the CloudFri Jul 19 2024
    Word on Fire

    The theories of Bernard Lonergan and Robert Doran show that Kurzweil’s understanding of mind and consciousness is fundamentally flawed.

  • Friday, July 19, 2024
    Friday, July 19, 2024Fri Jul 19 2024
    Word on Fire

    Friends, again and again in the Gospels, Jesus is portrayed as violating the sacred command to rest on the seventh day.

  • We Prayed for Healing, But They Still Died. Why? (feat. Dr. Scott and Annie Powell)
    We Prayed for Healing, But They Still Died. Why? (feat. Dr. Scott and Annie Powell)Thu Jul 18 2024
    Ascension Press

    Have you ever had the experience of praying for something specific but not receiving the answer you hoped for? Why can we pray for healing but not receive the outcome we hoped for? Is God not listening? Today, Dr. Scott and Annie Powell share some personal stories related to unanswered prayers and how to find meaning and comfort even when our prayers are not answered.

  • Can't I Go Straight to Jesus? Do I Need the Catholic Church? [Fr. Mike Weighs In] Preview
    Can't I Go Straight to Jesus? Do I Need the Catholic Church? [Fr. Mike Weighs In] PreviewThu Jul 18 2024
    Ascension Press

  • Jesus the Good Shepherd
    Jesus the Good ShepherdThu Jul 18 2024
    Ascension Press

  • Green Pathways Back to Church?
    Green Pathways Back to Church?Thu Jul 18 2024
    Word on Fire

    Church teaching on the environment isn't reducible to environmentalism. Here are 3 points of departure open-minded nature-lovers can explore.

  • Thursday, July 18, 2024
    Thursday, July 18, 2024Thu Jul 18 2024
    Word on Fire

    Friends, in today’s Gospel, Jesus is not offering us one more philosophy of God.

  • Can't I Go Straight to Jesus? Do I Need the Catholic Church?
    Can't I Go Straight to Jesus? Do I Need the Catholic Church?Wed Jul 17 2024
    Ascension Press

    Maybe you’ve heard the phrase before, “the middleman is a lie.” Or maybe you’ve found yourself wondering why we have an institutional church as Catholics when the Scriptures state clearly that there is only one mediator between God and man, namely Jesus Christ. Today, Fr. Mike tackles this question and offers some guidance for those who may be tempted to get frustrated with the human and sometimes sinful element of the Catholic Church in it’s hierarchy and its members. Hint: It’s another one of those “both/and” Catholic situations.

  • Is There a Danger of Loving Mary More Than Jesus?
    Is There a Danger of Loving Mary More Than Jesus?Wed Jul 17 2024
    Ascension Press

  • Praying to the God Who Overcomes the Gap
    Praying to the God Who Overcomes the GapWed Jul 17 2024
    Word on Fire

    May prayer help us trust, hope, and love the God who overcomes the gap and the many souls he is entrusting to our passionate evangelization.

  • Wednesday, July 17, 2024
    Wednesday, July 17, 2024Wed Jul 17 2024
    Word on Fire

    Friends, in today’s Gospel, we see Jesus praying to his Father.

  • The Shepherd Has Arrived
    The Shepherd Has ArrivedWed Jul 17 2024
    Word on Fire

    Friends, the readings for this Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time are interwoven with each other in a very interesting way.

  • What is the Brown Scapular? (feat. Fr. Michael-Joseph Paris OCD)
    What is the Brown Scapular? (feat. Fr. Michael-Joseph Paris OCD)Tue Jul 16 2024
    Ascension Press

    Most Catholics have heard of the brown scapular given to the Carmelites by Our Lady of Mount Carmel, but many still have questions about its history and importance in Catholic life. Today, you are in luck because Fr. Michael-Joseph Paris, OCD, joins us to answer some of the internet’s most asked questions about the little Brown Scapular.

  • Taking the Time This Summer to Pray
    Taking the Time This Summer to PrayTue Jul 16 2024
    Word on Fire

    As secularism has gripped so many, summer provides a greater opportunity to pray, rest in the Lord, consider the higher and deeper things. 

  • Tuesday, July 16, 2024
    Tuesday, July 16, 2024Tue Jul 16 2024
    Word on Fire

    Friends, today Jesus declares judgment on the towns of Galilee that did not believe in him and repent.

  • Is Marriage Only Second (or Third) Best? (with Fr. Gregory Pine)
    Is Marriage Only Second (or Third) Best? (with Fr. Gregory Pine)Tue Jul 16 2024
    Ascension Press

  • How to Do Lectio Divina (feat. Br. Lawrence) + Catholic 101
    How to Do Lectio Divina (feat. Br. Lawrence) + Catholic 101Mon Jul 15 2024
    Ascension Press

    Do you desire to read the Scripture daily but feel overwhelmed by it? Does it feel like the Bible can be dense and hard to understand? Today, Br. Lawrence joins Fr. Mark-Mary to share how to get started reading scripture daily and how to do Lectio Divina, a traditional Catholic practice of praying with scripture. This Catholic 101 guide will walk you through the steps of this ancient prayer method for deepening your spiritual life.

  • How to Let the Eucharist Shape Your Life
    How to Let the Eucharist Shape Your LifeMon Jul 15 2024
    Ascension Press

  • Understanding and Avoiding Usury
    Understanding and Avoiding UsuryMon Jul 15 2024
    Word on Fire

    We can reduce the evil of usury and witness to the dignity of borrowers. Economic exchange does not have to be a matter of profit.

  • WOF 446: Five Animating Sensibilities for Evangelization
    WOF 446: Five Animating Sensibilities for EvangelizationMon Jul 15 2024
    Word on Fire

    During a Word on Fire Institute member event in London, Bishop Barron reflected on five animating sensibilities for evangelization.

  • Monday, July 15, 2024
    Monday, July 15, 2024Mon Jul 15 2024
    Word on Fire

    Friends, in today’s Gospel, Jesus lays down the conditions for discipleship: “Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me

  • "Borrowed Time" | 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Fr. Mike's Homily)
    "Borrowed Time" | 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Fr. Mike's Homily)Sun Jul 14 2024
    Ascension Press

    Does God have permission to say “I want it back?” We are all living on borrowed time. And borrowed gifts…and borrowed strengths… Everything we have has been loaned to us from God. At some point, God will interrupt our lives and will ask for His gifts back. He will interrupt our lives and ask for us to return all that has been entrusted to us. Will we be free enough to say “Here it is. I hope that the way I used it glorified You.”?

  • Sunday, July 14, 2024
    Sunday, July 14, 2024Sun Jul 14 2024
    Word on Fire

    Friends, in today’s Gospel, Jesus sends the Twelve on their mission to announce the nearness of the kingdom.

  • Saturday, July 13, 2024
    Saturday, July 13, 2024Sat Jul 13 2024
    Word on Fire

    Friends, Jesus instructs his disciples in today’s Gospel, “Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather, be afraid of the one who can destroy both body and soul in Gehenna.”

  • Cross That Bridge When We Get There
    Cross That Bridge When We Get ThereFri Jul 12 2024
    Ascension Press

  • Wisdom and Warnings from “The Giver” Ten Years On
    Wisdom and Warnings from “The Giver” Ten Years OnFri Jul 12 2024
    Word on Fire

    This dystopian novel holds up a funhouse mirror to our own society. We all ought to reflect upon it and remember what we are at risk of forgetting altogether.

  • Friday, July 12, 2024
    Friday, July 12, 2024Fri Jul 12 2024
    Word on Fire

    Friends, in our Gospel today, Jesus assures us that the Holy Spirit will help us when we face persecution.

  • How to Understand the Entire Bible Story… in 10 Minutes
    How to Understand the Entire Bible Story… in 10 MinutesThu Jul 11 2024
    Ascension Press

  • What a Rich Inheritance We Have in Christ!
    What a Rich Inheritance We Have in Christ!Thu Jul 11 2024
    Ascension Press

  • A New Golden Age of Conversion
    A New Golden Age of ConversionThu Jul 11 2024
    Word on Fire

    This modern movement is reminiscent of the conversions of C.S. Lewis and T.S. Eliot—rooted in logic and responding to distrust of human institutions.

  • Thursday, July 11, 2024
    Thursday, July 11, 2024Thu Jul 11 2024
    Word on Fire

    Friends, in today’s Gospel, Jesus sends the Twelve to evangelize the countryside.

  • How to Understand the Entire Bible Story... in 10 Minutes
    How to Understand the Entire Bible Story... in 10 MinutesWed Jul 10 2024
    Ascension Press

  • Mary’s Power over Satan
    Mary’s Power over SatanWed Jul 10 2024
    Ascension Press

  • Singing with Wisdom: Music in Roman Catholic Worship—Part 3
    Singing with Wisdom: Music in Roman Catholic Worship—Part 3Wed Jul 10 2024
    Word on Fire

    It is clear that the liturgy as we have it was not the Council Fathers' vision. A cursory reading of Sacrosantum Concilium makes that obvious.

  • Wednesday, July 10, 2024
    Wednesday, July 10, 2024Wed Jul 10 2024
    Word on Fire

    Friends, in today’s Gospel, Jesus commissions the twelve Apostles.

  • The Earliest Moments of the Church
    The Earliest Moments of the ChurchWed Jul 10 2024
    Word on Fire

    Friends, on this Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, our Gospel from the sixth chapter of Mark is Jesus sending the Twelve out on mission.

  • Event DonationsTue Jul 09 2024
    Word on Fire

  • The Bible in 10 Minutes (feat. Fr. Mike Schmitz)
    The Bible in 10 Minutes (feat. Fr. Mike Schmitz)Tue Jul 09 2024
    Ascension Press

    The Bible is the Word of God. But… what exactly is the story? If you only had 10 minutes to share it… what would you say?

  • Singing with Wisdom: Music in Roman Catholic Worship—Part 2
    Singing with Wisdom: Music in Roman Catholic Worship—Part 2Tue Jul 09 2024
    Word on Fire

    We look at council documents and the guiding principle of “organic development.” When innovations led music astray, right order was asserted.

  • EP27 | The True Meaning of Humanism: Religion and Human Values — Randall Poole
    EP27 | The True Meaning of Humanism: Religion and Human Values — Randall PooleTue Jul 09 2024
    Word on Fire

    Join Tod and Professor Randall Poole as they discuss a Catholic humanism that invigorates the spirit while rebutting empty ideology.

  • Tuesday, July 9, 2024
    Tuesday, July 9, 2024Tue Jul 09 2024
    Word on Fire

    Friends, in today’s Gospel, Jesus directs his disciples to “ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest,” to pray for evangelists to rescue the lost.

  • How to Approach Jesus like St. Peter
    How to Approach Jesus like St. PeterTue Jul 09 2024
    Ascension Press

  • Marian Consecration with Fr. Michelangelo: What's the Big Deal?
    Marian Consecration with Fr. Michelangelo: What's the Big Deal?Mon Jul 08 2024
    Ascension Press

    Have you heard of Marian Consecration before? Do you know what “True Devotion to Mary” means? Today, Fr. Michelangelo joins Fr. Mark-Mary to share his favorite devotion, a Marian Consecration, according to St. Louis Marie De Montfort. Ask the Blessed Mother to be your Mother.

  • Former Apostolic Nuncio to the U.S. Excommunicated
    Former Apostolic Nuncio to the U.S. ExcommunicatedMon Jul 08 2024
    Word on Fire

    That Viganò is guilty of schism and has been excommunicated is lamentable. Let us pray for the medicinal aims of the censure to be effective.

  • Singing with Wisdom: Music in Roman Catholic Worship—Part 1
    Singing with Wisdom: Music in Roman Catholic Worship—Part 1Mon Jul 08 2024
    Word on Fire

    The way we worship is critical to the life and health of the Church, and music is usually at the forefront of comments and complaints about Mass.

  • WOF 445: The Crossroads of Religion & Politics—Part I
    WOF 445: The Crossroads of Religion & Politics—Part IMon Jul 08 2024
    Word on Fire

    Here is the first part of Bishop Barron’s discussion with Tod Worner on how Catholics should navigate the crossroads of religion and politics.

  • Monday, July 8, 2024
    Monday, July 8, 2024Mon Jul 08 2024
    Word on Fire

    Friends, the centerpiece of our Gospel today is the story of the hemorrhaging woman.

  • "A Thorn in the Side" | 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Fr. Mike's Homily)
    "A Thorn in the Side" | 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Fr. Mike's Homily)Sun Jul 07 2024
    Ascension Press

    God can be glorified through our wounds, not merely in spite of them. We all experience brokenness. We all experience God’s love through a broken lens. And yet we do encounter them in this way.

  • Sunday, July 7, 2024
    Sunday, July 7, 2024Sun Jul 07 2024
    Word on Fire

    Friends, today’s Gospel develops a theme that is uncomfortable. It tells how the people of Nazareth rejected Jesus.

  • Saturday, July 6, 2024
    Saturday, July 6, 2024Sat Jul 06 2024
    Word on Fire

    Friends, in today’s Gospel, Jesus gives us the parable of new wine and old and new wineskins.

  • Forgive and Forgiven: Dealing with Standoffs
    Forgive and Forgiven: Dealing with StandoffsFri Jul 05 2024
    Ascension Press

  • Stepping Into the Presence of God—Good News Conference
    Stepping Into the Presence of God—Good News ConferenceFri Jul 05 2024
    Word on Fire

    Giving your whole life to Christ will bring the greatest joy, yet we find ourselves afraid of that kind of trust and intimacy.

  • Heidi Schlumpf’s Great Disservice to Aquinas’ Charism and Theology
    Heidi Schlumpf’s Great Disservice to Aquinas’ Charism and TheologyFri Jul 05 2024
    Word on Fire

    The only misuse of Aquinas is the attempt to co-opt his theology in order to bless the sexual revolution, particularly the LGBTQ movement.

  • A Revolution in Biology, A Distortion in Theology
    A Revolution in Biology, A Distortion in TheologyFri Jul 05 2024
    Word on Fire

    The claims in Dr. John Wallingford's article are misleading and mistaken. All humans deserve to be “protected by law and welcomed in life.”

  • Friday, July 5, 2024
    Friday, July 5, 2024Fri Jul 05 2024
    Word on Fire

    Friends, our Gospel for today is the simple but magnificent story of the conversion of Matthew.

  • Bringing the Saints to Life
    Bringing the Saints to LifeFri Jul 05 2024
    Word on Fire

    This episode features Fabiola Garza, the author and illustrator of bestselling book Princesses of Heaven.

  • When Someone You Love Walks Away From God / Leaves the Church
    When Someone You Love Walks Away From God / Leaves the ChurchThu Jul 04 2024
    Ascension Press

  • Freedom Is Not Unhindered Liberty
    Freedom Is Not Unhindered LibertyThu Jul 04 2024
    Word on Fire

    When we choose what leads to our ultimate end, God, we will become happy. Freedom employed towards the good leads to human flourishing.

  • Pier Giorgio Frassati, a Patron Saint for the Lay Apostolate
    Pier Giorgio Frassati, a Patron Saint for the Lay ApostolateThu Jul 04 2024
    Word on Fire

    Christians have a sacred duty to Christify the world by humble, authentic witness to the Gospel. Pier Giorgio Frassati knew this in his bones.

  • Thursday, July 4, 2024
    Thursday, July 4, 2024Thu Jul 04 2024
    Word on Fire

    Friends, in our Gospel today, Jesus heals a paralytic, but not before first forgiving his sins: “People brought to him a paralytic lying on a stretcher.

  • When Someone You Love Walks Away From God / Leaves the Church
    When Someone You Love Walks Away From God / Leaves the ChurchWed Jul 03 2024
    Ascension Press

  • What Scripture Tells Us About Mary
    What Scripture Tells Us About MaryWed Jul 03 2024
    Ascension Press

  • May My Hunger for You Far Exceed My Reach
    May My Hunger for You Far Exceed My ReachWed Jul 03 2024
    Word on Fire

    I never would have imagined that I would find myself where I am today. But I know that the Eucharist led me here. 

  • Wednesday, July 3, 2024
    Wednesday, July 3, 2024Wed Jul 03 2024
    Word on Fire

    Friends, today’s Gospel celebrates St. Thomas the Apostle. Why do we love this story of doubting Thomas so much?

  • A Thorn in the Flesh
    A Thorn in the FleshWed Jul 03 2024
    Word on Fire

    Friends, on this Fourteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time, our second reading is from Paul’s Second Letter to the Corinthians.

  • Nothing But You, Lord
    Nothing But You, LordTue Jul 02 2024
    Word on Fire

    In 1990, Pope John Paul II spoke of a “crisis of priestly identity.” Decades later, the crisis is not over, and the lack of a clear sense of priestly identity is the single greatest obstacle to the proper formation of priests today. In Nothing But You, Lord, longtime seminary professor and formation advisor Fr. John Cush draws on the thought of Bishop Robert Barron to recover the fundamentals of what it means to be a Catholic priest. Fr. Cush explores the qualities and character of the priest; the role of hope amidst priestly abuses and failures; and the four dimensions of priestly formation—human, intellectual, spiritual, and pastoral—outlined by Pope John Paul II. Featuring a foreword by Bishop John Barres, Nothing But You, Lord is an encouraging return to the basics of the Catholic priesthood.

  • Summer To-Do List for Catholic School Teachers
    Summer To-Do List for Catholic School TeachersTue Jul 02 2024
    Word on Fire

    Here are ten practical ways Catholic school teachers can focus first on faith over the summer in preparation to make the Pledge of Fidelity.

  • Thank you for praying a Holy Hour | Make a gift
    Thank you for praying a Holy Hour | Make a giftTue Jul 02 2024
    Word on Fire

  • Does a Single Hangover Disprove God’s Existence?
    Does a Single Hangover Disprove God’s Existence?Tue Jul 02 2024
    Word on Fire

    The logical problem of evil has been widely recognized by contemporary philosophers as a failure to disprove the existence of God.

  • Tuesday, July 2, 2024
    Tuesday, July 2, 2024Tue Jul 02 2024
    Word on Fire

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

  • The Importance of Rest and How to Attain It (with the Sisters of Life)
    The Importance of Rest and How to Attain It (with the Sisters of Life)Tue Jul 02 2024
    Ascension Press

  • 4 Ways to Grow in Trust (feat. Fr. Michelangelo)
    4 Ways to Grow in Trust (feat. Fr. Michelangelo)Mon Jul 01 2024
    Ascension Press

    What’s keeping you from trusting God? Is fear restricting your capacity for relationships? Today, Fr. Michelangelo joins Fr. Mark-Mary to share four practical ways to overcome fear and grow in trusting in God and His goodness. As St. Padre Pio loved to say, “Pray, hope, and don’t worry.”

  • When We Are Weak, Christ Is Strong in Us
    When We Are Weak, Christ Is Strong in UsMon Jul 01 2024
    Ascension Press

    In this week’s Encountering the Word video for the Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Jeff Cavins offers some truly inspiring words to help us have faith in the fact that God’s grace is sufficient for us. The readings are:

  • The Athenaeum Center Offers Truth Through Narrative
    The Athenaeum Center Offers Truth Through NarrativeMon Jul 01 2024
    Word on Fire

    The Athenaeum Center offers art that frames Truth that's temporally understandable and constitutes a doorway for Truth to enter the soul.

  • WOF 444: Bishop Barron Speaks at Parliament
    WOF 444: Bishop Barron Speaks at ParliamentMon Jul 01 2024
    Word on Fire

    Bishop Barron spoke to members of Parliament in London on the presence, endurance, and cultural force of the Church in society.

  • Monday, July 1, 2024
    Monday, July 1, 2024Mon Jul 01 2024
    Word on Fire

    Friends, in today’s Gospel, a man who appears willing to become Jesus’ disciple makes a reasonable request: “Lord, let me go first and bury my father.”

  • "Raincoats and Umbrellas" | 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Fr. Mike's Homily)
    "Raincoats and Umbrellas" | 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Fr. Mike's Homily)Sun Jun 30 2024
    Ascension Press

    The Sacraments are God’s presence and power…do we let them change us? We continually come into contact with the living God in the Sacraments. But we often leave our encounter with the Sacraments the same as when we arrived. If we are open to what God wants, we are surrendering to His will.

  • Sunday, June 30, 2024
    Sunday, June 30, 2024Sun Jun 30 2024
    Word on Fire

    Friends, the centerpiece of today’s Gospel is Jesus healing the hemorrhaging woman.

  • Saturday, June 29, 2024
    Saturday, June 29, 2024Sat Jun 29 2024
    Word on Fire

    Friends, today’s Gospel spells out the importance of Peter’s confession.

  • Lourdes: An Invitation to Healing
    Lourdes: An Invitation to HealingFri Jun 28 2024
    Ascension Press

  • No Human Is Merely Mortal
    No Human Is Merely MortalFri Jun 28 2024
    Ascension Press

  • Faith Works Wonders in “Sound of Hope”
    Faith Works Wonders in “Sound of Hope”Fri Jun 28 2024
    Word on Fire

    Angel Studios' latest, "Sound of Hope," presents a robust, gritty vision of the Christian faith in action in a fallen world. 

  • Friday, June 28, 2024
    Friday, June 28, 2024Fri Jun 28 2024
    Word on Fire

    Friends, in today’s Gospel, Jesus heals a leper. In our sickness, our weakness, our shame, our sin, our oddness, many of us feel like this leper.

  • Do Catholics Believe in "Signs from the Dead"?
    Do Catholics Believe in "Signs from the Dead"?Thu Jun 27 2024
    Ascension Press

  • Bad Infinity, Good Infinity, and the Truth
    Bad Infinity, Good Infinity, and the TruthThu Jun 27 2024
    Word on Fire

    Escaping limitations imposed on us by the existence of objective truth appears as infinite freedom but turns out to be a “bad infinity."

  • Thursday, June 27, 2024
    Thursday, June 27, 2024Thu Jun 27 2024
    Word on Fire

    Friends, in today’s Gospel, Jesus gives us the parable about building on rock or on sand.

  • Do Catholics Believe in "Signs from the Dead"?Wed Jun 26 2024
    Ascension Press

    Does a passing blue jay remind you of a deceased loved one? Does a specific number or color call their loss to your memory? Could they be speaking to you through these signs?Today, Fr. Mike opens up about navigating the loss of his own mother and finding hope and peace in the midst of that grief. The bottom line is, your loved ones can’t cause these “signs” to happen—only God can work in nature in that way. But these unexpected occurrences can be a reminder to pray for your loved ones and to recall the gift of their lives.

  • God on Stage
    God on StageWed Jun 26 2024
    Word on Fire

    "All the world’s a stage"—but are the men and women merely players, or actors in a heavenly drama? In God on Stage, renowned author and professor Peter Kreeft explores fifteen great dramas, and within them, five great themes: life, death, suffering, religion, and damnation. From classics like Oedipus the King and Hamlet to modern plays like Robert Bolt’s A Man for All Seasons and Cormac McCarthy’s The Sunset Limited, Kreeft draws vivid lessons on the big questions we all ask ourselves. Like the plays it takes up, God on Stage invites readers to smile and frown, ponder and fall in love, and sit back in awe and wonder—at art, God, and the art of God that is man.

  • An Explanation of Marian Devotions
    An Explanation of Marian DevotionsWed Jun 26 2024
    Ascension Press

  • Allow the Spirit to Give Witness—Good News Conference
    Allow the Spirit to Give Witness—Good News ConferenceWed Jun 26 2024
    Word on Fire

    Liturgical seasons help us to become better Catholics through the ups and downs of life. Fr. Dave

  • Amazed and Afraid—Good News Conference
    Amazed and Afraid—Good News ConferenceWed Jun 26 2024
    Word on Fire

    Being a witness to the son of God left all those watching amazed and afraid.

  • Embracing the Challenge—Good News Conference
    Embracing the Challenge—Good News ConferenceWed Jun 26 2024
    Word on Fire

    Mark Bradford has devoted his life to speaking on behalf of the disabled community.

  • A Rescue Mission—Good News Conference
    A Rescue Mission—Good News ConferenceWed Jun 26 2024
    Word on Fire

    Tim Tebow, Heisman Trophy winner and former NFL quarterback, shares his love of the Gospel, and calls everyone to be a true witness in telling the world the good news of Jesus Christ.

  • Bishop Robert Barron Named 2024 “Author of the Year” by Catholic Media Association
    Bishop Robert Barron Named 2024 “Author of the Year” by Catholic Media AssociationWed Jun 26 2024
    Word on Fire

    Bishop Robert Barron was named 2024 “Author of the Year” by the Catholic Media Association, and Word on Fire Publishing received 41 awards.

  • Reclaiming Faith and Reason
    Reclaiming Faith and ReasonWed Jun 26 2024
    Word on Fire

    By reaffirming both faith and reason, properly understood, we can together fulfill our purpose to tend and enjoy the earth God has given us.

  • Wednesday, June 26, 2024
    Wednesday, June 26, 2024Wed Jun 26 2024
    Word on Fire

    Friends, in today’s Gospel, Jesus tells us that a tree is known by its fruits. In the fifth chapter of his Letter to the Galatians, Paul makes this very specific.

  • Reach Out in Faith
    Reach Out in FaithWed Jun 26 2024
    Word on Fire

    Friends, there’s something Hemingway-esque about Mark’s Gospel—something very direct and uncomplicated.

  • The New Vatican Document on the Papacy: An Overview
    The New Vatican Document on the Papacy: An OverviewTue Jun 25 2024
    Word on Fire

    Overall, the contents of the DPCU's new document on the papacy demonstrates a marked step in the right direction.

  • EP26 | Understanding the Hillbilly Thomist — Fr. Damian Ference
    EP26 | Understanding the Hillbilly Thomist — Fr. Damian FerenceTue Jun 25 2024
    Word on Fire

    Join Tod and Fr. Damian Ference as they explore the thought of Flannery O’Connor in his powerful book, "Understanding the Hillbilly Thomist."

  • Tuesday, June 25, 2024
    Tuesday, June 25, 2024Tue Jun 25 2024
    Word on Fire

    Friends, today’s Gospel raises a crucial question about heaven and hell: Who will be in and who will be out? Origen argued that all people will be saved.

  • Becoming God’s Masterpiece
    Becoming God’s MasterpieceTue Jun 25 2024
    Ascension Press

  • How to Overcome Dryness in Prayer (feat. Fr. Michelangelo)
    How to Overcome Dryness in Prayer (feat. Fr. Michelangelo)Mon Jun 24 2024
    Ascension Press

    Have you ever felt like God isn’t listening to your prayers? Did you know that can actually be a good thing—God calling you to a greater spiritual maturity? Oftentimes when we are new or growing in the spiritual life, God allows us to experience His consolations—a feeling of overwhelming love or our hearts being on fire for the Gospel. However, in order to grow in prayer and get closer to the Heart of Jesus, we must lose these “training wheels,” so-to-speak, because God desires us to love Him as our creator and redeemer, not because we get good feelings. Fr. Michelangelo shares today several strategies for overcoming dryness in prayer and taking your prayer life to the next level!

  • Embracing the Trades at the College of Saint Joseph the Worker
    Embracing the Trades at the College of Saint Joseph the WorkerMon Jun 24 2024
    Word on Fire

    We do live in an age of anxiety. Learning the trades can offer substantial aid to many of the problems that we're now suffering. 

  • WOF 443: How Should We Understand Miracles?
    WOF 443: How Should We Understand Miracles?Mon Jun 24 2024
    Word on Fire

    We discuss the Catholic understanding of miracles and how they fit with a comprehensive evangelical vision of the life of the Church.

  • Monday, June 24, 2024
    Monday, June 24, 2024Mon Jun 24 2024
    Word on Fire

    Friends, today we celebrate the Solemnity of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist.

  • "True Surrender" | 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Fr. Mike's Homily)
    "True Surrender" | 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Fr. Mike's Homily)Sun Jun 23 2024
    Ascension Press

    We are called to surrender to God’s will. But how do we surrender? Is it a matter of feeling or is it a matter of something else? Surrender is an active, dynamic thing. And it is the opposite of rebellion and resentment.

  • Sunday, June 23, 2024
    Sunday, June 23, 2024Sun Jun 23 2024
    Word on Fire

    Friends, the story at the heart of our Gospel for today is the storm at sea.

  • Saturday, June 22, 2024
    Saturday, June 22, 2024Sat Jun 22 2024
    Word on Fire

    Friends, our Gospel today calls us to entrust our lives completely to God. How often the Bible compels us to meditate on the meaning of faith!

  • Becoming Like John the Baptist
    Becoming Like John the BaptistFri Jun 21 2024
    Ascension Press

  • Lying Is Plastic
    Lying Is PlasticFri Jun 21 2024
    Ascension Press

  • Reproductive Ethics, Genetic Engineering, and the Common Good
    Reproductive Ethics, Genetic Engineering, and the Common GoodFri Jun 21 2024
    Word on Fire

    Policies and practices that reflect Lonergan’s ethical principles is essential to aligning reproductive technologies with the common good.

  • Friday, June 21, 2024
    Friday, June 21, 2024Fri Jun 21 2024
    Word on Fire

    Friends, in today’s Gospel, Jesus tells his disciples not to store up treasures for themselves on earth, but to store up treasures in heaven, “where neither moth nor decay destroys, nor thieves break in and steal.”

  • A Better Narrative of Gender
    A Better Narrative of GenderFri Jun 21 2024
    Word on Fire

    Haley Stewart interviews Dr. Abigail Favale, a professor in the McGrath Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame and the author of The Genesis of Gender: A Christian Theory.

  • The Secret to Staying Happily Married
    The Secret to Staying Happily MarriedThu Jun 20 2024
    Ascension Press

  • What Can I Do? Jill’s House and the Value of Respite
    What Can I Do? Jill’s House and the Value of RespiteThu Jun 20 2024
    Word on Fire

    Jill's House is a Christian nonprofit that loves and offers services to families raising individuals with profound intellectual disabilities.

  • Thursday, June 20, 2024
    Thursday, June 20, 2024Thu Jun 20 2024
    Word on Fire

    Friends, today’s Gospel gives us the Our Father. It asks that God’s will be done “on earth as it is in heaven,” but biblical cosmology sees these two realms as interpenetrating fields of force.

  • The Secret to Staying Happily Married
    The Secret to Staying Happily MarriedWed Jun 19 2024
    Ascension Press

    We’ve got a “Marriage Pop-Quiz” for you! Would you ditch your spouse to catch a flight? Imagine you’re traveling with your spouse. They go to the bathroom while you wait for your flight to board. But they don’t come back. And you’re going to miss your flight. Should you board it and ditch your spouse? What would you do in this situation? According to Fr. Mike, there is only one correct answer to this question. And the answer might surprise you. Today, Fr. Mike shares a funny story about an older married couple’s problem when traveling together and his shock and surprise at the variety of responses he received when asking other married couples what they would do in this situation.

  • How Mary Crushes Heresy
    How Mary Crushes HeresyWed Jun 19 2024
    Ascension Press

  • What Is a Writer? Introducing the Institute Writer Showcase 
    What Is a Writer? Introducing the Institute Writer Showcase Wed Jun 19 2024
    Word on Fire

    Writing in community helps us to do our best work. Now, there is a new element of our Institute Writing Community: the Writer Showcase.

  • Wednesday, June 19, 2024
    Wednesday, June 19, 2024Wed Jun 19 2024
    Word on Fire

    Friends, in today’s Gospel, Jesus prescribes the essential disciplines of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. Let’s focus on fasting and almsgiving.

  • Peace in the Storm
    Peace in the StormWed Jun 19 2024
    Word on Fire

    Friends, our Gospel for today is Mark’s account of the stilling of the sea. We know t

  • Middle Knowledge and “The Good Place”
    Middle Knowledge and “The Good Place”Tue Jun 18 2024
    Word on Fire

    The show "The Good Place" demonstrates an important truth about God’s knowledge as it relates to human free will—an age old question.

  • Tuesday, June 18, 2024
    Tuesday, June 18, 2024Tue Jun 18 2024
    Word on Fire

    Friends, today, in the Sermon on the Mount, the Lord commands us to love our enemies.

  • Are You Dependent on Worldly Comforts?
    Are You Dependent on Worldly Comforts?Tue Jun 18 2024
    Ascension Press

  • How to Strengthen Fragile Relationships
    How to Strengthen Fragile RelationshipsMon Jun 17 2024
    Ascension Press

    Navigating healthy relationships can be so difficult. Developing good relationships—whether friendships or romantic ones—and deepening them in a fragile world can be challenging. We can be tempted to leave a relationship or dissolve a friendship when things become difficult or when we’re hurt by the other person. It can be challenging to work on deepening these relationships when others have said hurtful or difficult things—but that doesn’t mean we should throw in the towel. Today, Fr. Mark-Mary challenges us to go beyond surface-level friendships and work on deepening our relationships—even though they can be fragile and hard to maintain.

  • Eucharistic Revival - July 2024 DM
    Eucharistic Revival - July 2024 DMMon Jun 17 2024
    Word on Fire

  • A Parable from the Science Textbook: The Water Cycle of Creation and Redemption
    A Parable from the Science Textbook: The Water Cycle of Creation and RedemptionMon Jun 17 2024
    Word on Fire

    We enter the water cycle of redemption in our baptism. We choose to stay in it through prayer, the sacraments, discipline, and obedience.

  • WOF 442: Dante Ascends the Paradiso
    WOF 442: Dante Ascends the ParadisoMon Jun 17 2024
    Word on Fire

    Dante ascends the Paradiso and in the highest heaven beholds the divine glory of the beatific vision: God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

  • Monday, June 17, 2024
    Monday, June 17, 2024Mon Jun 17 2024
    Word on Fire

    Friends, today, in the Sermon on the Mount, the Lord exhorts us to nonresistance to evil.

  • "Always Courageous" | 11th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Fr. Mike's Homily)
    "Always Courageous" | 11th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Fr. Mike's Homily)Sun Jun 16 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, June 16, 2024
    Sunday, June 16, 2024Sun Jun 16 2024
    Word on Fire

    Friends, our Gospel for today features the parable of the mustard seed.

  • Saturday, June 15, 2024
    Saturday, June 15, 2024Sat Jun 15 2024
    Word on Fire

    Friends, in today’s Gospel, the Lord teaches his way about oaths and vows.

  • Why Women Carry a Purse
    Why Women Carry a PurseFri Jun 14 2024
    Ascension Press

  • AI Deadbots and the Need for Christian Hope
    AI Deadbots and the Need for Christian HopeFri Jun 14 2024
    Word on Fire

    In a world consumed by the fire of Christian hope, the digital afterlife industry and AI "deadbots" would simply not be conceivable.

  • The Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time
    The Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary TimeFri Jun 14 2024
    Ascension Press

  • “My Love, She’s in America” Ten Years Hence
    “My Love, She’s in America” Ten Years HenceFri Jun 14 2024
    Word on Fire

    "My Love She’s In America" is an encomium of the enduring, a feast of festivity. Folk music in the Catholic world will never be the same.

  • Friday, June 14, 2024
    Friday, June 14, 2024Fri Jun 14 2024
    Word on Fire

    Friends, in today’s Gospel from the Sermon on the Mount, the Lord prohibits divorce.

  • How to Offer It Up
    How to Offer It UpThu Jun 13 2024
    Ascension Press

  • My Advice to Young Priests: Follow Your Gifts
    My Advice to Young Priests: Follow Your GiftsThu Jun 13 2024
    Word on Fire

    Friends, in accepting Holy Orders at a presbyteral ordination, a priest promises to conform his life to Christ, our high priest.

  • Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn: A Witness to Truth in Darkness
    Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn: A Witness to Truth in DarknessThu Jun 13 2024
    Word on Fire

    Solzhenitsyn’s life and work remind us of the supreme importance of bearing witness to truth amidst spiritual emptiness and moral relativism.

  • Thursday, June 13, 2024
    Thursday, June 13, 2024Thu Jun 13 2024
    Word on Fire

    Friends, in today’s Gospel, Jesus teaches that if a brother has something against us, we must be reconciled with him before we offer our gift at the altar.

  • How to Offer It Up
    How to Offer It UpWed Jun 12 2024
    Ascension Press

    Momma always said, “Son, you don’t like something? Well, offer it up!” Today, Fr. Mike explores the traditional understanding of offering up your pain, embracing your suffering, and making sacrifices in the spiritual life.

  • In Defense of Mary’s Virginity and Marian Devotion
    In Defense of Mary’s Virginity and Marian DevotionWed Jun 12 2024
    Ascension Press

  • I’m A Disappointment
    I’m A DisappointmentWed Jun 12 2024
    Word on Fire

    I was afraid of being a disappointment. In the eyes of an unbelieving world, Chesterton, Waugh, and Eliot were disappointments too. 

  • Wednesday, June 12, 2024
    Wednesday, June 12, 2024Wed Jun 12 2024
    Word on Fire

    Friends, in today’s Gospel, Jesus promises that he has come not to abolish the Law but to fulfill it.

  • See Things Differently
    See Things DifferentlyWed Jun 12 2024
    Word on Fire

    Friends, this Sunday’s readings highlight how people of faith see the world through God's plans, offering a unique perspective on events.

  • St. Ignatius of LoyolaTue Jun 11 2024
    Word on Fire

  • The History and Mystery of Baptism of Desire
    The History and Mystery of Baptism of DesireTue Jun 11 2024
    Word on Fire

    Fr. Lusvardi considers the Church’s understanding of baptism of desire as shaped across Christian history—pre-patristic era through the 20th century.

  • The Higher You Go Liturgically, the Lower You Should Go in Service of the Poor
    The Higher You Go Liturgically, the Lower You Should Go in Service of the PoorTue Jun 11 2024
    Word on Fire

    The more we love God, the more we love those whom God loves. The higher you go liturgically, the lower you should go in service of the poor.

  • EP25 | The Political Thought of David Hume — Aaron Zubia
    EP25 | The Political Thought of David Hume — Aaron ZubiaTue Jun 11 2024
    Word on Fire

    Join Tod Worner and Professor Aaron Alexander Zubia as they dive into his new book, "The Political Thought of David Hume."

  • Tuesday, June 11, 2024
    Tuesday, June 11, 2024Tue Jun 11 2024
    Word on Fire

    Friends, in today’s Gospel, Jesus uses the images of salt and light to show how we are to bring salvation to the world.

  • Nothing Is Too Big For God—Good News Conference
    Nothing Is Too Big For God—Good News ConferenceTue Jun 11 2024
    Word on Fire

    Jim Wahlberg shares his journey from growing up in a large family and struggling with addiction to finding his way back to the Church through a chance encounter with Mother Teresa in prison.

  • What Do You Seek?
    What Do You Seek?Tue Jun 11 2024
    Ascension Press

  • 6 Catholic Music Artists You Need to Listen To
    6 Catholic Music Artists You Need to Listen ToMon Jun 10 2024
    Ascension Press

    Did you know that there is a revival going on? (and we’re not just referring to the Eucharistic Revival) Today, Fr. Mark-Mary wants to share a secret about a new surge in amazing Catholic music that you might not know yet—but need to hear! The Catholic Church has been the patron of the arts for hundreds of years, so why does it sometimes feel like there isn’t any beautiful Catholic music? A revival of vibrant Catholic music is emerging, from rising stars like Seth Schlueter and Marie Miller to more seasoned artists like Matt Maher, Brother Isaiah, Sarah Kroger, and The Hillbilly Thomists. These talented Catholic musicians draw audiences to Christ and his church through beauty.

  • The Cass Review on Gender Dysphoria
    The Cass Review on Gender DysphoriaMon Jun 10 2024
    Word on Fire

    Medical care for those suffering gender dysphoria is a wild west lacking legal regulations, empirical basis, ethical oversights, and uniform standards.

  • WOF 441: Did Bill Maher Become an Ally?
    WOF 441: Did Bill Maher Become an Ally?Mon Jun 10 2024
    Word on Fire

    The atheist political commentator Bill Maher’s apparent shift away from anti-Christian rhetoric forms the foundation of today’s discussion.

  • Monday, June 10, 2024
    Monday, June 10, 2024Mon Jun 10 2024
    Word on Fire

    Friends, in today’s Gospel, Jesus goes up a mountain and sits down to teach.

  • "Becoming Like Him" | 10th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Fr. Mike's Homily)
    "Becoming Like Him" | 10th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Fr. Mike's Homily)Sun Jun 09 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, June 9, 2024
    Sunday, June 9, 2024Sun Jun 09 2024
    Word on Fire

    Friends, in today’s Gospel, relatives of Jesus claim that he is mad, and scribes blaspheme him, charging that he is possessed by Beelzebul.

  • The Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
    The Tenth Sunday in Ordinary TimeSat Jun 08 2024
    Ascension Press

  • Two Heroes Unite at the International Bioethics Conference
    Two Heroes Unite at the International Bioethics ConferenceSat Jun 08 2024
    Word on Fire

    Two of my greatest heroes came together at the Second Annual International Bioethics Conference organized by the Jerome Lejeune Foundation.

  • Saturday, June 8, 2024
    Saturday, June 8, 2024Sat Jun 08 2024
    Word on Fire

    Friends, today’s Gospel tells the familiar story of Mary and Joseph finding twelve-year-old Jesus in the temple.

  • Whispers of Mary (with Gayle Somers)
    Whispers of Mary (with Gayle Somers)Fri Jun 07 2024
    Ascension Press

  • The Uniqueness of the Self—Good News Conference
    The Uniqueness of the Self—Good News ConferenceFri Jun 07 2024
    Word on Fire

    Sr. Bethany Madonna of the Sisters of Life shares her journey, the mercy of God, and her work supporting women vulnerable to abortion.

  • Why Fairy Tales Are Essential Reading with Dr. Vigen Guroian
    Why Fairy Tales Are Essential Reading with Dr. Vigen GuroianFri Jun 07 2024
    Word on Fire

    Haley Stewart interviews Dr. Vigen Guroian, author of Tending the Heart of Virtue.

  • Friday, June 7, 2024
    Friday, June 7, 2024Fri Jun 07 2024
    Word on Fire

    Friends, in today’s Gospel, John tells us that a Roman soldier, in order to verify that Jesus was dead, thrust a lance into the side of the crucified Christ, “and immediately blood and water flowed out.”

  • Devotion to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus
    Devotion to the Most Sacred Heart of JesusFri Jun 07 2024
    Word on Fire

    Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus follows the express wishes of many of our pontiffs and the desire of the Sacred Heart of Jesus himself.

  • The Word on Fire Bible (Volume IV): The Promised Land Bundle
    The Word on Fire Bible (Volume IV): The Promised Land BundleThu Jun 06 2024
    Word on Fire

      Includes: The Word on Fire Bible (Volume IV): The Promised Land *NEW* The Great Story of Israel by Bishop Robert Barron *FREE BOOK BONUS* The Word on Fire Bible is a groundbreaking series introducing readers to the strange, colorful world of the Bible. It was designed to appeal not just to Christians, but to nonbelievers, searchers, and those with far more questions than answers. It doesn’t presume any experience with the Bible; in fact, it was created for people reading the Bible seriously for the first time, who may be unsure of what to make of its many events and characters. Inside this newest volume, you’ll find the books of Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1 and 2 Samuel, and 1 and 2 Kings, surrounded by illuminating artwork and helpful commentary. Accompanying the text of Scripture, you’ll find over 75 commentaries from Bishop Robert Barron and over 175 commentaries from mystics, artists, and scholars throughout history. This volume also includes 40 works of art with commentary, 8 word studies of the original Hebrew, and introductions written by Peter Kreeft, Sally Read, Katie Prejean McGrady, Richard DeClue, and more. The Word on Fire Bible makes one of the hardest books to read more accessible with features such as: Large font Single-column layout Acclaimed translation Beautiful religious art Excellent commentary Click here to watch the video and view full details.

  • "I Go to Mass, but it Feels Like Nothing Changes"
    "I Go to Mass, but it Feels Like Nothing Changes"Thu Jun 06 2024
    Ascension Press

  • What is Eucharistic Adoration?
    What is Eucharistic Adoration?Thu Jun 06 2024
    Word on Fire

    Friends, if there’s one thing I can encourage you to do—Catholic or not—it is to spend time before the Blessed Sacrament.

  • Eucharistic Revival - July 2024
    Eucharistic Revival - July 2024Thu Jun 06 2024
    Word on Fire

  • Honor Amid Uncertainty: D-Day Eighty Years On
    Honor Amid Uncertainty: D-Day Eighty Years OnThu Jun 06 2024
    Word on Fire

    D-day, with all of its achievements, was an honorable, unlikely, and miraculous day. It is jarring to consider how badly it might have gone.

  • Thursday, June 6, 2024
    Thursday, June 6, 2024Thu Jun 06 2024
    Word on Fire

    Friends, our Gospel for today features the Word of God himself telling us what stands at the heart of the Law.

  • The New Ressourcement
    The New RessourcementWed Jun 05 2024
    Word on Fire

    The New Ressourcement is a quarterly journal of theology and philosophy published by Word on Fire Academic. It serves the Church and the academy by publishing scholarly articles that demonstrate the depth and relevance of the entirety of the Catholic tradition. This journal aims to sentire cum tota ecclesia, to think with the whole Church as it has ever reflected on the mystery of the Incarnate Christ, as seen in sources that are biblical, patristic, medieval, as well as modern. The journal draws inspiration from, and seeks to continue the work of, previous generations of ressourcement theologians. It shares with them a conviction that the renewal of theology and philosophy occurs by returning to sources that remain inexhaustible. This ressourcement is “new” because we trust that this patrimony is fertile enough to encounter contemporary questions confidently and to illuminate the challenges and opportunities that shape the present age.

  • "I Go to Mass, but it Feels Like Nothing Changes"
    "I Go to Mass, but it Feels Like Nothing Changes"Wed Jun 05 2024
    Ascension Press

  • What Catholics Actually Believe About Mary
    What Catholics Actually Believe About MaryWed Jun 05 2024
    Ascension Press

  • Lessons in Apologetics: A Recap from the School Year 
    Lessons in Apologetics: A Recap from the School Year Wed Jun 05 2024
    Word on Fire

    I firmly believe that the answers to these two difficult questions show the pathway forward in apologetics—not just for young people.

  • What Is Sin?
    What Is Sin?Wed Jun 05 2024
    Word on Fire

    Friends, we return now to Ordinary Time, and this Sunday, the Church gives us such a fundamentally important reading from the third chapter of the book of Genesis, which is about the fall.

  • Wednesday, June 5, 2024
    Wednesday, June 5, 2024Wed Jun 05 2024
    Word on Fire

    Friends, in today’s Gospel, Jesus is debating the materialists of his day: the Sadducees, those who deny the resurrection of the dead.

  • Your Story Can Change The World—Good News Conference
    Your Story Can Change The World—Good News ConferenceTue Jun 04 2024
    Word on Fire

    Immaculée Ilibagiza, a survivor of the Rwandan genocide, shares how through her suffering she learned what it means to truly forgive someone and the new life that comes from that forgiveness.

  • Teach The Truth By Living It—Good News Conference
    Teach The Truth By Living It—Good News ConferenceTue Jun 04 2024
    Word on Fire

    Dr. Peter Kreeft speaks about the mission of Christians, which is evangelization.

  • It’s Hard to Be a Saint in the City
    It’s Hard to Be a Saint in the CityTue Jun 04 2024
    Word on Fire

    Springsteen never left his provincial, parochial roots behind. Culturally, he stayed local and situated in the Catholic cultural landscape.

  • Tuesday, June 4, 2024
    Tuesday, June 4, 2024Tue Jun 04 2024
    Word on Fire

    Friends, in today’s Gospel, Jesus enunciates a principle that is an implicit resolution of the vexing problem of religion and politics: “Repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God.”

  • How to Respond When the Church Lets You Down (Part 2)
    How to Respond When the Church Lets You Down (Part 2)Tue Jun 04 2024
    Ascension Press

  • 4 Essential Catholic Resources for Healing and Wholeness
    4 Essential Catholic Resources for Healing and WholenessMon Jun 03 2024
    Ascension Press

  • Bishop Barron Presents | Patrick J. Deneen - Freedom, Truth, and the Political Order
    Bishop Barron Presents | Patrick J. Deneen - Freedom, Truth, and the Political OrderMon Jun 03 2024
    Word on Fire

    Friends, Patrick J. Deneen is a Professor of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame and, I’d argue, one of the most thought-provoking and interesting political philosophers on the scene today.

  • On Beauty and Imitation
    On Beauty and ImitationMon Jun 03 2024
    Word on Fire

    In our decline and fall of culture and art, we need a more coherent understanding of art as imitation of beauty that makes up sacred order.

  • WOF 440: Atoning for the Seven Deadly Sins
    WOF 440: Atoning for the Seven Deadly SinsMon Jun 03 2024
    Word on Fire

    In order to atone for each of the seven deadly sins, those in purgatory are punished with the repetitive practice of a countervailing virtue.

  • Monday, June 3, 2024
    Monday, June 3, 2024Mon Jun 03 2024
    Word on Fire

    Friends, today’s Gospel tells of the landowner who planted a vineyard and leased it to tenants.

  • Gift and Mystery: His Very Self | Corpus Christi Sunday (Fr. Mike's Homily)
    Gift and Mystery: His Very Self | Corpus Christi Sunday (Fr. Mike's Homily)Sun Jun 02 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, June 2, 2024
    Sunday, June 2, 2024Sun Jun 02 2024
    Word on Fire

    Friends, today’s Gospel focuses on the spiritual power of the Eucharist. A central claim of the Catholic Church is that Jesus is substantially present under the forms of bread and wine.

  • Saturday, June 1, 2024
    Saturday, June 1, 2024Sat Jun 01 2024
    Word on Fire

    Friends, in today’s Gospel, the chief priests, the scribes, and the elders approach Jesus and ask him, “By what authority are you doing these things?”

  • Corpus Christi Sunday
    Corpus Christi SundayFri May 31 2024
    Ascension Press

  • Proclaim Christ in the Culture - Direct Mail 2024
    Proclaim Christ in the Culture - Direct Mail 2024Fri May 31 2024
    Word on Fire

  • I Need to Make a Decision
    I Need to Make a DecisionFri May 31 2024
    Ascension Press

  • Author Eric A. Clayton on Star Wars and Ignatian Spirituality
    Author Eric A. Clayton on Star Wars and Ignatian SpiritualityFri May 31 2024
    Word on Fire

    Eric A. Clayton discusses how the characters and stories of the Star Wars universe can serve as guides along our own spiritual journeys.

  • Friday, May 31, 2024
    Friday, May 31, 2024Fri May 31 2024
    Word on Fire

    Friends, today’s Gospel tells of Mary’s visit to Elizabeth. I’ve always been fascinated by Mary’s “haste” in this story of the Visitation.

  • I Love Being Catholic. Here's Why.
    I Love Being Catholic. Here's Why.Thu May 30 2024
    Ascension Press

  • Evolutionary Biologists Can Learn from Catholics
    Evolutionary Biologists Can Learn from CatholicsThu May 30 2024
    Word on Fire

    Though evolutionary biologists contribute to a Catholic understanding of science, they may have more to learn from Catholics than vice versa.

  • Thursday, May 30, 2024
    Thursday, May 30, 2024Thu May 30 2024
    Word on Fire

    Friends, in today’s Gospel, Jesus heals a blind man. Physical blindness is an evocative symbol of the terrible blindness of the soul that all of us sinners experience.

  • I Love Being Catholic. Here's Why.
    I Love Being Catholic. Here's Why.Wed May 29 2024
    Ascension Press

  • Why You Need Mary
    Why You Need MaryWed May 29 2024
    Ascension Press

  • Reviving the Spiritual Revolution
    Reviving the Spiritual RevolutionWed May 29 2024
    Word on Fire

    The spiritual revolution began with the Resurrection, was carried forward by the disciples, and changed the world. How can this be revived?

  • Wednesday, May 29, 2024
    Wednesday, May 29, 2024Wed May 29 2024
    Word on Fire

    Friends, in today’s Gospel, James and John ask Jesus to place them in high places in his kingdom.

  • The Power of Eucharistic Adoration
    The Power of Eucharistic AdorationWed May 29 2024
    Word on Fire

    Friends, today’s Gospel focuses on the spiritual power of the Eucharist. A central claim of the Catholic Church is that Jesus is substantially present under the forms of bread and wine.

  • Be Sterile and Subtract?
    Be Sterile and Subtract?Tue May 28 2024
    Word on Fire

    Rather than extinction, wouldn’t it be better to give future generations the chance to live and love, even if it involves loss and suffering?

  • EP24 | Václav Havel & The Power of the Powerless — Flagg Taylor
    EP24 | Václav Havel & The Power of the Powerless — Flagg TaylorTue May 28 2024
    Word on Fire

    Playwright Václav Havel crafted essays that changed the landscape of resistance. Tod and Flagg Taylor unpack two of Havel’s timeless essays.

  • Tuesday, May 28, 2024
    Tuesday, May 28, 2024Tue May 28 2024
    Word on Fire

    Friends, today’s Gospel exhorts us to see the radicality and rewards of Jesus’ call to discipleship, which cuts through so many of the social conventions of his time and ours.

  • How to Respond When the Church Lets You Down (Part 1)
    How to Respond When the Church Lets You Down (Part 1)Tue May 28 2024
    Ascension Press

  • Who Are the Saints, and How Do We Pray With Them? (feat. Br. Lawrence)
    Who Are the Saints, and How Do We Pray With Them? (feat. Br. Lawrence)Mon May 27 2024
    Ascension Press

    Are you struggling to figure out which saint you should pray to? You feel convicted that you should have a devotion to the saints, but there are just so many to choose from. Are you unsure of where to begin? Today, Br. Lawrence discusses with Fr. Mark-Mary what devotion to the Saints looks like for a faithful Catholic and how to identify ways to deepen your devotion to particular ones. Together, they explore intercession, communion, and imitation as fundamental elements in establishing profound relationships with saints who can offer guidance and encouragement from these “spiritual role models.”

  • Goodness Is Not Boring
    Goodness Is Not BoringMon May 27 2024
    Word on Fire

    What we find dull and insufferable about apparent "goodness" is not goodness at all, but flaws that put on the pretense of being virtues.

  • WOF 439: Is Christianity Useful to the West?
    WOF 439: Is Christianity Useful to the West?Mon May 27 2024
    Word on Fire

    There are complex questions about making the connection between Christianity and utility as it relates to contemporary “Western values.”

  • Monday, May 27, 2024
    Monday, May 27, 2024Mon May 27 2024
    Word on Fire

    Friends, in today’s Gospel, a rich young man asks Jesus what he must do to inherit eternal life.

  • Gift and Mystery: The Spirit of Adoption | Holy Trinity Sunday (Fr. Mike's Homily)
    Gift and Mystery: The Spirit of Adoption | Holy Trinity Sunday (Fr. Mike's Homily)Sun May 26 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, May 26, 2024
    Sunday, May 26, 2024Sun May 26 2024
    Word on Fire

    Friends, here is the curious thing about the Trinity: at one and the same time, it is the most extraordinary and the most ordinary of Christian doctrines, simultaneously the most inaccessible and the most obvious.

  • Saturday, May 25, 2024
    Saturday, May 25, 2024Sat May 25 2024
    Word on Fire

    Friends, in today’s Gospel, Jesus declares that the kingdom of God belongs to children.

  • El Misterio de Dios Study Guide
    El Misterio de Dios Study GuideFri May 24 2024
    Word on Fire

      ¿Cómo podemos revertir la ola de secularismo y lograr que la gente vuelva a Dios? En El misterio de Dios: quién es Él y por qué importa, el padre Barron ahonda en nuestra profunda tradición intelectual para responder a esta pregunta.  A través de las reflexiones de san Agustín, santo Tomás de Aquino, y el Papa Benedicto XVI, nos descubre una manera clara pero a la vez sofisticada de comprender qué es a lo que nos referimos con “Dios”. Cada lección de la Guía de Estudio provee un amplio comentario acerca de los contenidos teológicos de cada episodio de la serie. Además cuenta con “preguntas para la comprensión” y también “preguntas para la aplicación”. Las “preguntas para la comprensión” contienen múltiples referencias a las Sagradas Escrituras y al Catecismo de la Iglesia Católica, para enriquecer los contenidos expuestos en la serie. Las “preguntas para la aplicación” nos ayudan a reflexionar sobre cómo el mensaje que expone el Obispo Barron puede ser vivido en nuestra vida cotidiana. Los comentarios y preguntas de la Guía de Estudio han sido escritos por Trent Horn, autor católico para Catholic Answers (Respuestas catolicas), bajo la guía y aprobación del Obispo Robert Barron. Hay seis lecciones se titulan: 1. Ateísmo y a qué nos referimos con "Dios"2. Los caminos hacia Dios 3. Los atributos divinos 4. La providencia y el problema del mal 5. Examinando la Trinidad 6. El Dios que es amor   

  • Mystery of God Study Guide
    Mystery of God Study GuideFri May 24 2024
    Word on Fire

    Includes: Facilitator's How-To Guide (contains the Facilitator Guide, the entire Study Guide, and the suggested answers to the questions) Probe more deeply into Bishop Barron’s message using the companion study materials. The sections within the Leader Guide correspond to each part of the presentation. The Guide was written by Trent Horn, apologist at Catholic Answers, and was compiled under the direction and approval of Bishop Barron.  Each section of the study guide provides detailed commentary on the film, as well as “Questions for Understanding" based on the presentation, Scripture, and the Catechism of the Catholic Church.  Also included are “Questions for Reflection" to help connect the material to your own life and experience. It is recommended that you allot seven 90-minute sessions when conducting a group study program.  Each session should include film viewing and small group discussion of Study Guide questions. Participants are encouraged to read the commentary in the study guide and prepare the questions before the group discussion. This preparation can be accomplished either before or after they view the DVD, as the commentary in each lesson is very detailed.

  • El Rey David Guía de Estudio
    El Rey David Guía de EstudioFri May 24 2024
    Word on Fire

        Cada lección de la Guía de Estudio provee un amplio comentario acerca de los contenidos teológicos de cada episodio de la serie. Además cuenta con “preguntas para la comprensión” y también “preguntas para la aplicación”. Las “preguntas para la comprensión” contienen múltiples referencias a las Sagradas Escrituras y al Catecismo de la Iglesia Católica, para enriquecer los contenidos expuestos en la serie. Las “preguntas para la aplicación” nos ayudan a reflexionar sobre cómo el mensaje que expone el osbispo Barron puede ser vivido en nuestra vida cotidiana. Los comentarios y preguntas de la Guía de Estudio han sido escritos por Dr. Jacob Wood, bajo la guía y aprobación del osbispo, Robert Barron.

  • Thinking Out of the Tabernacle
    Thinking Out of the TabernacleFri May 24 2024
    Ascension Press

  • Title IX vs. Pope Francis
    Title IX vs. Pope FrancisFri May 24 2024
    Word on Fire

    The revised Title IX rules mean the Biden administration has now made gender ideology the de facto legal and moral norm of the government.

  • Light of the Sacraments
    Light of the SacramentsFri May 24 2024
    Word on Fire

    Haley interviews Cory Heimann and Tricia Dugat, the author/illustrator team behind two innovative books: Light of the Saints and Light of the Sacraments.

  • Friday, May 24, 2024
    Friday, May 24, 2024Fri May 24 2024
    Word on Fire

    Friends, in our Gospel today, Jesus defines the fundamental sacredness of marriage.

  • Agnus - Giclee Art Print
    Agnus - Giclee Art PrintThu May 23 2024
    Word on Fire

    He was oppressed, and he was afflicted,yet he did not open his mouth;like a lamb that is led to the slaughter,and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent,so he did not open his mouth.  By a perversion of justice he was taken away.Who could have imagined his future?For he was cut off from the land of the living,stricken for the transgression of my people.  —Isaiah 53:7-8   Painted by Konstantin Korobov in 2022. Original work is oil on canvas. For more information on the original painting, CLICK HERE. Giclee prints are one of the best print reproduction methods available using high-quality archival inks. Scratch-resistant. Clean with a damp cloth. Ships rolled in a tube. Note: Artwork will ship separately from other items in your order. Please allow 7-14 business days for production and shipping. Returns are not accepted as item is made to order.

  • Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity
    Solemnity of the Most Holy TrinityThu May 23 2024
    Ascension Press

  • Do You Go to Hell If You’ve Never Heard of Jesus?
    Do You Go to Hell If You’ve Never Heard of Jesus?Thu May 23 2024
    Ascension Press

  • Serving Christ In Your Occupation—Good News Conference
    Serving Christ In Your Occupation—Good News ConferenceThu May 23 2024
    Word on Fire

    Serving Christ in the secular world does not mean that you have to compromise your values and beliefs.

  • Charles Camosy Sounds the Alarm
    Charles Camosy Sounds the AlarmThu May 23 2024
    Word on Fire

    Dr. Charles Camosy joins the lineup of speakers this August at the second annual Wonder Conference. I got to know him and learn his plans for Wonder.

  • Thursday, May 23, 2024
    Thursday, May 23, 2024Thu May 23 2024
    Word on Fire

    Friends, in our Gospel, Jesus speaks, with incredible bluntness, about cutting off one’s hand and foot and plucking out one’s own eye.

  • Do You Go to Hell If You’ve Never Heard of Jesus?
    Do You Go to Hell If You’ve Never Heard of Jesus?Wed May 22 2024
    Ascension Press

  • New Procedures for Handling Supernatural Claims
    New Procedures for Handling Supernatural ClaimsWed May 22 2024
    Word on Fire

    Let's examine the new Vatican norms that went into effect guiding the process for discerning alleged supernatural phenomena, such as Marian apparitions.

  • Re-Emphasizing the Sacramental Life
    Re-Emphasizing the Sacramental LifeWed May 22 2024
    Ascension Press

  • On Vatican II and Appreciating Aquinas
    On Vatican II and Appreciating AquinasWed May 22 2024
    Word on Fire

    Far from relegating Aquinas to the annals of theological history, the Second Vatican Council recommends—even commands—studying his thought.

  • Wednesday, May 22, 2024
    Wednesday, May 22, 2024Wed May 22 2024
    Word on Fire

    Friends, today in the Gospel, John complains to Jesus that someone not of their group was driving out demons in Jesus’ name.

  • Three Ways of Approaching the Trinity
    Three Ways of Approaching the TrinityWed May 22 2024
    Word on Fire

    Friends, we come once again to Trinity Sunday.

  • The Power of Encountering Christ 
    The Power of Encountering Christ Tue May 21 2024
    Word on Fire

    Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers, better known as the “Dynamic Deacon,” shares the importance of allowing God to use you by the expression of your faith.

  • Tolkien and the Machines
    Tolkien and the MachinesTue May 21 2024
    Word on Fire

    Tolkien's reference to the Aristotelian notion of potentiality allows us to grasp the similarity between Sauron’s ring and modern technology.

  • Tuesday, May 21, 2024
    Tuesday, May 21, 2024Tue May 21 2024
    Word on Fire

    Friends, in today’s Gospel, Jesus presents a child as the model for his disciples.

  • What Does It Mean to Be "Open to Life"?
    What Does It Mean to Be "Open to Life"?Tue May 21 2024
    Ascension Press

  • Catholic Guilt (feat. Br. Lawrence)
    Catholic Guilt (feat. Br. Lawrence)Mon May 20 2024
    Ascension Press

  • Dr. Edward Feser And His Six Arguments for God
    Dr. Edward Feser And His Six Arguments for GodMon May 20 2024
    Word on Fire

    In this discussion, Dr. Edward Feser shares his background, faith, hobbies, and what we can expect from his new Institute course.

  • WOF 438: Damned Alone—But Saved Together
    WOF 438: Damned Alone—But Saved TogetherMon May 20 2024
    Word on Fire

    In the fourth lecture of Bishop Barron’s “Dante’s Catholic Imagination,” Dante climbs Mount Purgatory—a place of charity, hope, and faith.

  • Monday, May 20, 2024
    Monday, May 20, 2024Mon May 20 2024
    Word on Fire

    Friends, today we celebrate the Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church.

  • Gift and Mystery: Use the Gift | Pentecost Sunday (Fr. Mike's Homily)
    Gift and Mystery: Use the Gift | Pentecost Sunday (Fr. Mike's Homily)Sun May 19 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.

  • Belonging in the Catholic Church w/ Dr. Scott Sollom
    Belonging in the Catholic Church w/ Dr. Scott SollomSun May 19 2024
    Ascension Press

  • Sunday, May 19, 2024
    Sunday, May 19, 2024Sun May 19 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? You follow me.”

  • 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 […]

  • Is Your Life Too Complex?
    Is Your Life Too Complex?Fri May 17 2024
    Ascension Press

  • 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

  • Sacerdote, Profeta, Rey Guía de Estudio
    Sacerdote, Profeta, Rey Guía de EstudioMon May 13 2024
    Word on Fire

    La Guía para Líderes incluye: - La guía del facilitator - Las seis lecciones - La clave de respuestas El programa de estudio Sacerdote, Profeta, Rey presenta el Antiguo Testamento prediciendo cada de las tres oficinas de Jesús como sacerdote, profeta, y rey. También el programa describe como Jesús es el cumplimiento de cada uno a través de la óptica del Antiguo Testamento. Las seis lecciones se titulan: 1. Adoratio: Adán como sacerdote 2. El sumo sacerdote   3. Desafiando la falsa adoración: el profeta Elías 4. El Verbo hecho carne   5. Ordenando el Reino: el rey David 6. Rey de reyes Cada lider de la discusión en grupo debe tener la Guía para Líderes, y cada participante debe tener una Guía de Estudio. La guía para facilitadores, que es parte de la Guía para Líderes, contiene un plan completo para las sesiones y más consejo sobre el programa. Cada segmento del DVD dura 20 minutos y la discusión debe ser 60-70 minutos, más o menos, para un total de 90 minutos para cada lección.

  • Priest, Prophet, King Study Guide
    Priest, Prophet, King Study GuideMon May 13 2024
    Word on Fire

    This Study Guide includes the Facilitator's guide, all six lessons from the participant's Study Guide, and an Answer Key for the Questions for Understanding. The Facilitator's Guide details how to plan, promote, and present the study.   Who was Jesus, this itinerant preacher whom many called the Messiah? In Priest, Prophet, King, you’ll discover Jesus as the Anointed One; the ultimate priest, prophet, and king foreshadowed throughout the Hebrew Scriptures. Using biblical insights and engaging stories, Bishop Barron affirms that we see Jesus most clearly through the lens of the Old Testament. Paired with the film presentation of Priest, Prophet, King, you can use this study guide to better understand Jesus, become more familiar with Scripture, and realize your own priestly, prophetic, and kingly mission. For group study, you can present the program in six or seven sessions of 60-90 minutes.  Each session should include video viewing and group discussion of Study Guide questions.  All study coordinators or group facilitators can also register for free training webinars. Each lesson in the Guide provides detailed commentary on Bishop Barron’s video and “Questions for Understanding" based on the video, Scripture, and the Catechism of the Catholic Church. The “Questions for Application" in each lesson aid in connecting the material to our own lives and experiences. Participants read the commentary in their Study Guide and prepare the questions before the small group discussion. This preparation can be accomplished either before or after viewing the video. SESSION TITLES:  1. Adoratio  2. The High Priest  3. Challenging False Worship  4. The Word Made Flesh  5. Ordering the Kingdom  6. King of Kings   

  • 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.”

  • Siete Pecados Capitales, Siete Virtudes Vivaces Guía de Estudio
    Siete Pecados Capitales, Siete Virtudes Vivaces Guía de EstudioFri May 10 2024
    Word on Fire

      Soberbia, envidia, ira, pereza, avaricia, gula, y lujuria: estos “siete pecados capitales” son patrones de disfunción que nos mantienen alejados de Dios y finalmente nos llevan a la infelicidad. Acompáñennos a embarcarnos en la exploración de estos siete patrones de pecado y también a aprender cómo la práctica de las virtudes contrapuestas puede romper el ciclo del pecado. Únase a otros en este recorrido para cultivar la virtud y recuperar su relación con Dios usando el Programa de Estudio basado en DVD del Obispo Robert Barron Esta guía incluye:- Guía para facilitadores- Guiá de estudio- Clave de respuestas  

  • Bendición Desconocida Guía de Estudio
    Bendición Desconocida Guía de EstudioFri May 10 2024
    Word on Fire

    La frase de Juan el Bautista “Cristo debe crecer y yo debo menguar” define el significado de ser santo. El camino a la santidad comprende saber la verdad sobre uno mismo y permitir a Dios obrar a través nuestro para beneficio de su creación. Explore los tres caminos a la santidad con el Obispo Robert Barron: buscar el centro, saberse un pecador y reconocer que su vida no se trata de usted. Aprenda más sobre este recorrido participando en el programa de estudio del Obispo Barron, Bendición desconocida: Los tres Caminos a la Santidad. Esta guía incluye:- Guía para facilitadores- Guiá de estudio- Clave de respuestas  

  • Untold Blessing Study Guide
    Untold Blessing Study GuideFri May 10 2024
    Word on Fire

    The Study Guide includes the Facilitator’s Guide, all six lessons of the participant’s Study Guide, and an Answer Key for the Questions for Understanding.  The Facilitator’s Guide details how to plan, promote, and present the study.  Our ultimate goal is to be a saint. It is our greatest calling and what our Creator desires for us. Bishop Robert Barron paints the beautiful and mysterious image of what it takes to be a follower of Jesus Christ. He also shares the practical approaches to enhance the journey along three intriguing paths to holiness: 1.  Finding the Center2.  Knowing You’re a Sinner3.  Realizing Your Life is Not About You For group study, you can present the program in six or seven sessions of 60-90 minutes.  Each session should include video viewing and group discussion of Study Guide questions.  All study coordinators or group facilitators can also register for free training webinars. Each lesson in the Guide provides detailed commentary on Bishop Barron’s video and “Questions for Understanding" based on the video, Scripture, and the Catechism of the Catholic Church. The “Questions for Application" in each lesson aid in connecting the material to our own lives and experiences. Participants read the commentary in their Study Guide and prepare the questions before the small group discussion. This preparation can be accomplished either before or after viewing the video.   SESSION TITLES: Introduction Finding the Center – Part I  Finding the Center – Part II  Knowing You’re A Sinner – Part I   Knowing You’re A Sinner – Part II  Your Life Is Not About You – Part I  Your Life Is Not About You – Part II

  • 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.”

  • Eucaristía Guía de Estudio
    Eucaristía Guía de EstudioThu May 09 2024
    Word on Fire

    Cristo vive y está plenamente presente en la Eucaristía. Acompáñennos a profundizar en la “fuente y culmen” de nuestra Fe con el programa basado en DVD del Obispo Barron: Eucaristía: Comida Sagrada, Sacrificio, y Presencia Real. Este estudio espiritual les dará una comprensión más profunda de los preciosos dones del cuerpo, sangre, alma y divinidad de Cristo que ustedes pueden recibir en todas y cada una de las Misas.  Esta guía incluye:- Guía para facilitadores- Guiá de estudio- Clave de respuestas  

  • 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.

  • La Misa Guía de Estudio
    La Misa Guía de EstudioWed May 08 2024
    Word on Fire

    Descubre con más profundidad el mensaje del obispo Barron en La Misa con la Guía para Líderes.  La Guía para Líderes incluye la guía para facilitadores, las seis lecciones de la guía de estudio para participantes, y las respuestas para las "Preguntas para Comprensión."  La guía para facilitadores contiene detalles sobre cómo planear, promover, y presentar el estudio. Cada guía tiene una cubierta mate que es suave a tocar y es resistente a rasguñas. La encuadernación es plano y fuerte. El diseño completo es muy elegante para mostrar en su estantería también. Para estudiar en grupo, puede presentar el programa en seis o siete sesiones de 60-90 minutos. Cada sesión debe incluye una parte para mirar ed vídeo y una parte para tomar una discusión en grupo con las preguntas de la Guía de Estudio. Los coordinadores del estudio y los facilitadores de los grupos pueden registrarse para un seminario gratis en la web.  Cada lección en la Guía proporciona comentario detallado sobre los videos del obispo Barron y las “Preguntas para Comprensión" basadas en la película, Sagrada Escritura, y el Catecismo de la Iglesia Católica. Las “Preguntas para Aplicación" en cada lección ayudan a conectar el material a su propio vida y experiencia.  El comentario del estudio fue escrito por Elizabeth Scalia, una autora, editora, y oradora popular, abajo la dirección del obispo Barron. Scalia también es una oblata benedictina y gerente editora de Catholic Portal en Patheos.com. Participantes necesitan leer el comentario en la Guía del Estudio y preparan las respuestas antes de la discusión en grupo. Puede hacer esta preparación antes o después de mirar la película.  

  • 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.

  • CATOLICISMO: Las Figuras Esenciales Volume I Guía de Estudio
    CATOLICISMO: Las Figuras Esenciales Volume I Guía de EstudioWed May 08 2024
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    La Guía para Líderes incluye una Guía para Facilitadores, las 12 lecciones de la Guía de Estudio para participantes, y una Clave de Respuestas de las Preguntas para Comprensión.  La Guía para Facilitadores explica en detalle cómo planear, promover, y presentar el estudio.  Los coordinadores del estudio y los facilitadores de los grupos se pueden registrar para un seminario gratis en la web.  Para estudio en grupos, puede presentarse el programa en trece sesiones de 90 minutos.  La primera sesión es una orientación, después hay dos sesiones por cada Figura Esencial. Cada sesión incluye una parte para mirar el vídeo y una parte para una discusión en grupo con las preguntas de la Guía de Estudio.  Los participantes leen el comentario en la guía de estudio y preparan las preguntas antes de la discusión en grupo.  Esta preparación puede ser terminada antes o después de mirar el vídeo porque el comentario en cada lección tiene mucho detalle. 

  • Los Sacramentos Guía de Estudio
    Los Sacramentos Guía de EstudioWed May 08 2024
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    La Guía para Líderes incluye la guía para facilitadores, las seis lecciones de la guía de estudio para participantes, y las respuestas para las "Preguntas para Comprensión."  La guía para facilitadores contiene detalles sobre cómo planear, promover, y presentar el estudio. Cada guía tiene una cubierta mate que es suave a tocar y es resistente a rasguñas. La encuadernación es plano y fuerte. El diseño completo es muy elegante para mostrar en su estantería también. Para estudiar en grupo, puede presentar el programa en seis o siete sesiones de 60-90 minutos. Cada sesión debe incluye una parte para mirar ed vídeo y una parte para tomar una discusión en grupo con las preguntas de la Guía de Estudio. Los coordinadores del estudio y los facilitadores de los grupos pueden registrarse para un seminario gratis en la web.  Cada lección en la Guía proporciona comentario detallado sobre los videos del obispo Barron y las “Preguntas para Comprensión" basadas en la película, Sagrada Escritura, y el Catecismo de la Iglesia Católica. Las “Preguntas para Aplicación" en cada lección ayudan a conectar el material a su propio vida y experiencia.  Participantes necesitan leer el comentario en la Guía del Estudio y preparan las respuestas antes de la discusión en grupo. Puede hacer esta preparación antes o después de mirar la película.    TÍTULOS DE LAS SESIONES: 1. Introducción & Bautismo 2. Confirmación 3. La Eucaristía 4. Reconciliación 5. Unción de los enfermos 6. Matrimonio y orden sacerdotal

  • CATOLICISMO: Las Figuras Esenciales Volumen II Guía de Estudio
    CATOLICISMO: Las Figuras Esenciales Volumen II Guía de EstudioWed May 08 2024
    Word on Fire

    The Study Guide includes extensive commentary on the theological content of each episode of Bishop Barron's film series, plus a variety of questions and their suggested responses. The “Questions for Understanding” incorporate references from Scripture and the Catechism of the Catholic Church to build upon topics featured in the series. The “Questions for Application” assist in reflecting on the ways in which Bishop Barron’s message is relevant to our lives and experiences. The Study Guide includes a Facilitator’s Guide, all 6 lessons, and an Answer Key for the Questions for Understanding.  The Facilitator’s Guide explains in detail how to plan, promote, and present the study. All study coordinators or group facilitators can also register for free training webinars.   For group study, each session should include video viewing and group discussion of Study Guide questions. Participants are to read the commentary in the study guide and prepare the questions before the small group discussion. This preparation can be accomplished either before or after viewing the video. CATHOLICISM:  The Pivotal Players is a multi-part series that illumines a handful of saints, artists, mystics, and scholars who not only shaped the life of the Church but changed the course of western civilization.   Featuring: St. Augustine of Hippo St. Benedict of Nursia Fulton J. Sheen Flannery O'Connor St. Ignatius of Loyola Bartolomé de las Casas

  • 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
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  • 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
    Ascension Press

  • A Ratzingerian Reading of Ishiguro’s “Klara and the Sun”
    A Ratzingerian Reading of Ishiguro’s “Klara and the Sun”Wed Apr 17 2024
    Word on Fire

    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
    Word on Fire

    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
    Word on Fire

    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
    Word on Fire

    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
    Word on Fire

    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
    Word on Fire

    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
    Ascension Press

  • 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
    Word on Fire

    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
    Word on Fire

    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
    Word on Fire

    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
    Ascension Press

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

  • Is This the Most Important Book of the Bible? w/ Fr. John BurnsSun Apr 07 2024
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  • Sunday, April 7, 2024
    Sunday, April 7, 2024Sun Apr 07 2024
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    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
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  • Second Sunday of Easter: Divine Mercy Sunday
    Second Sunday of Easter: Divine Mercy SundayFri Apr 05 2024
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  • 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
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  • Can Holy People Have Fun?
    Can Holy People Have Fun?Thu Apr 04 2024
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  • 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
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    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
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  • How Anointing of the Sick Actually Works
    How Anointing of the Sick Actually WorksWed Apr 03 2024
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  • 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
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    “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
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  • How to Love Yourself Like God Does
    How to Love Yourself Like God DoesMon Apr 01 2024
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    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
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    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
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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, March 31, 2024
    Sunday, March 31, 2024Sun Mar 31 2024
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    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
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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.

  • Good Suffering and Friday
    Good Suffering and FridayFri Mar 29 2024
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  • How Jesus’ Resurrection Changed the Church
    How Jesus’ Resurrection Changed the ChurchFri Mar 29 2024
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  • 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
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    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
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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.

  • Stay. Watch. Pray. (Fr. Mike's Holy Week Special)
    Stay. Watch. Pray. (Fr. Mike's Holy Week Special)Thu Mar 28 2024
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  • Decision Making: Single vs. Married
    Decision Making: Single vs. MarriedThu Mar 28 2024
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  • Pray with Us: The Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary
    Pray with Us: The Sorrowful Mysteries of the RosaryThu Mar 28 2024
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    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
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    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
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  • Are We in a Post-Truth World?
    Are We in a Post-Truth World?Wed Mar 27 2024
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    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
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    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
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    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
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  • 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
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    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
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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.

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