Word on Fire

  • New Course Featuring Leah Libresco Sargeant! “Christian Community as Leaven for the World”
    on August 19, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Why is community so important to the Christian life and evangelization? What are some practical ways we can increase fellowship among our own neighborhoods and parishes? The Word on Fire Institute continues to grow and provide new and engaging content for our members, and we’re excited to […]

  • Five Rules for Theology Teachers
    on August 16, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Gilbert Highet’s book The Art of Teaching has proven to be an excellent guide for me as a teacher. It’s practical and simple, drawing on the best teachers in history. It’s not marked by that soulless, “scientific” educational philosophy that devalues classical […]

  • Do Not Be Afraid: Use Your Catholic Imagination
    on August 15, 2019 at 12:00 am

    It’s been nearly a decade since poet and USC Professor Dana Gioia wrote an essay urging Catholic writers to “renovate and reoccupy” their own tradition within the literary culture, and it is a discussion that has been ongoing among Catholics since then—part of a broad […]

  • What I Learned a Half-Mile Under the Earth
    on August 14, 2019 at 12:00 am

    If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, “Here lived a great street sweeper who did his […]

  • Is Christianity a Religion or a Relationship?
    on August 13, 2019 at 12:00 am

    When I first began considering the claims of Christianity, I encountered a lot of Christians—all of them Protestant—who admitted to having a personal and abiding relationship with Jesus Christ, professing this inner, subjective fellowship to be part and parcel of the Christian faith, […]


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  • Fate of the Prophet
    on August 14, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Our readings for today develop a theme that is uncomfortable. Authentically religious people, authentically spiritual people, will almost always be opposed. The logic behind this is simple and unanswerable: we live in a world gone wrong, a world turned upside down; therefore, when someone comes […]

  • The Hero’s Journey
    on August 7, 2019 at 12:00 am

    The Jungian psychologist Jordan Peterson is, in many ways, an early twenty-first century version of Joseph Campbell, and perhaps the central archetype that they both explored is that of the hero’s journey. As both Campbell and Peterson have recognized, the Bible is a treasure trove of […]

  • Bigger Barns or Treasure in Heaven?
    on July 31, 2019 at 12:00 am

    All three of our readings for this weekend speak of a primordial spiritual truth—that is to say, the need to detach oneself from the goods of this world. This has nothing to do with hatred of this world or of matter or the flesh; all of that sort of dualism is repugnant to the Bible. It has […]


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