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  • Video Games and Music July 19, 2019
      I recently attended a performance at the Walt Disney Theater in downtown Orlando, along with Word on Fire Content Director, Brandon Vogt. Several months prior, we were there to see an opera, but this time we held tickets for a very different kind of concert: the Kingdom Hearts Orchestra “World of Tres” tour. Excitement exuded […]
  • “I AM” Is Here, and Is Concerned—Yes, About You July 18, 2019
    Moses, hearing the voice of the LORD from the burning bush, said to him, “When I go to the children of Israel and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ if they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ what am I to tell them?” God replied, “I am who […]
  • The God of Big Things July 17, 2019
    We all face the temptation to do “big things” in our lives--to accomplish important, lasting feats that leave a legacy. But maybe, as Dr. Tom Neal counsels, we should not look for God to do “big things” as much as allow him to make us magnanimous, “big souled”, in a life of stable commitments that […]
  • Why We Need Solitude July 16, 2019
    The soul’s at fault, which ne’er escapes itself. —Horace One of the great scourges of our time is preoccupation. Every day, precious time is lost in ruminating about the past or worrying about the future. Our phones buzz with new calls, impatient texts, and pressing alerts about various and sundry facts like how far we’ve […]
  • Go Behind the Scenes of the Final Two “Pivotal Players“ with Bishop Barron! July 15, 2019
    Throughout the history of the Church, men and women have emerged whose contributions have not only advanced the Church’s mission, but have also changed the course of civilization . . . These are the Pivotal Players. Bishop Barron has been retracing the lives of these incredible men and women since 2014 for his illuminative CATHOLICISM: The […]
  • The Civilization of Love in Sts. Louis and Zelié Martin July 12, 2019
    God gave me parents more suited for heaven than this earth. —St. Thérèse of Lisieux I have been ministering to youth and young adults for more than a decade, and there seems to be overwhelming hopelessness. There are many reasons for this, but one of the most poignant comes shortly after asking them, “When is […]
  • St. Benedict and My Slow, Slow Surrender to Heaven July 11, 2019
    Having made my first promises in 2002 (after three years of dallying), I will this upcoming September celebrate seventeen years as a fully professed Benedictine Oblate. I’m sure my Holy Father Saint Benedict is rolling his eyes, rather unimpressed. After all these years, I can’t say I’m an impressive Benedictine, and I am sure he […]
  • Missing the Mockingbird’s Dive July 10, 2019
    About five years ago I saw a mockingbird make a straight vertical descent from the roof gutter of a four-story building. It was an act as careless and spontaneous as the curl of a stem or the kindling of a star. —Annie Dillard I have to say that, for me, one of the bitterest curses […]
  • Reclaiming an Art of Dying for the Twenty-First Century July 9, 2019
    Ars Moriendi, or “The Art of Dying,” was an immensely popular and influential medieval text aimed at equipping the faithful for death and dying. It appeared by order of the Council of Constance sometime between 1414 and 1418, and although its author is anonymous, some scholars speculate that it was a Dominican friar. It is […]
  • Becoming Like Who We Worship July 8, 2019
    From the earliest days of Christianity, it was believed that we become like who we worship. So for example, if we worship an authoritarian god, then we ourselves became authoritarian; if we worship a controlling god, then we became controlling ourselves; and so on. All the more reason then why the Bible places great importance […]
  • What We Need to Learn from Peterson (and What His Followers Need to Learn From Us) July 5, 2019
    Besides admiring Jordan Peterson’s ability to guide and mentor people, especially young men, Bishop Barron, I believe, wishes to address, in a Balthasarian way, Jordan Peterson’s incomplete picture of man. Peterson is indebted to Carl Jung, a famous Swiss psychologist. Based on what I can surmise from his videos, Peterson is especially influenced by Jung’s […]
  • Pier Giorgio Frassati: Party Hats and a Love for the Poor July 4, 2019
    The end for which we are created invites us to walk a road that is surely sown with a lot of thorns, but it is not sad; through even the sorrow, it is illuminated by joy. —Pier Giorgio Frassati On one difficult night a few years ago, when I seemed to be dealing with a […]
  • Love Divine All Loves Excelling July 3, 2019
    [As St. Thomas Aquinas argues,] after the love that unites us to God, conjugal love is the “greatest form of friendship.” It is a union possessing all the traits of a good friendship: concern for the good of the other, reciprocity, intimacy, warmth, stability and the resemblance born of a shared life. Marriage joins to […]
  • Ignorance Is Bliss? July 2, 2019
    We live in an age that is painstakingly well-informed, very aware of all types of news. Our awareness transcends the limits of distance: we can just as easily talk on the phone with a friend down the street as we can watch events unfold in real time on the other side of the globe. Thanks […]
  • On Reclaiming a Lost Patrimony: “My Father Left Me Ireland” July 1, 2019
    Tradition means giving a vote to the most obscure of all classes, our ancestors. It is the democracy of the dead. Tradition refuses to submit to the small and arrogant oligarchy of those who merely happen to be walking about. . . . Democracy tells us not to neglect a good man’s opinion, even if […]
  • Mind, Body, and Philosophy: An Interview with Dr. James Madden June 28, 2019
    What is philosophy of mind? What has neuroscience taught modernity about the soul? Dr. Matt Nelson sits down with Dr. James Madden, a professor of philosophy at Benedictine College, to talk about these important questions. Let’s start off with a biographical question. Tell us about your choice to become a professional philosopher. Did you always […]
  • Indulge Your Faith with Reason; Imbue it in Wonder June 27, 2019
    A few months ago a Vatican News article announced that we may see Blessed John Henry Newman raised to sainthood sooner, rather than later. It’s good news that had somehow slipped my radar when it came out, and it got me considering Newman, a hero of mine, particularly since we share a beloved patron in St. […]
  • A Hole in The Intellectual Dark Web June 26, 2019
    The so-called Intellectual Dark Web, populated in at least some proportion by purportedly anti-PC and smart-mouthed New Atheist types, has seemed to create an unexpected opening for people to discover the value—and truth—in religion. This is a topic I not only wish to explore the phenomenon of, but to show how people of faith can […]
  • Churching Robert Frost June 25, 2019
    In his book The Machine and the Garden the social and political philosopher Leo Marx describes the cultural dynamics of the United States as an outgrowth of the pastoral tendencies of the Western mind.  Beginning with the Greeks, the romanticism of nature has resonated deeply in Western culture.  While taking many different forms, this theme […]
  • St. John the Baptist and the Birth of a New Era June 24, 2019
    The birth of a child always represents both an end and a beginning.

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