Word on Fire

  • For Too Many Catholics, “Jesus Was Just a Great Teacher…”
    on September 28, 2020 at 12:00 am

    The recent “State of Theology” survey alarmingly demonstrates that US Catholics are far from uniform in believing in the divinity of Christ. In fact, many tend not to believe in his divinity. When confronting the statement “Jesus was a great teacher, but he was not God,” a […]

  • Amy Coney Barrett and the Role of Conscience
    on September 27, 2020 at 12:00 am

    In 1873, St. John Henry Newman found himself in a public quarrel with Prime Minister William Gladstone. At issue was the Irish University Bill, which allowed Catholics to matriculate at Irish universities, but would have also destroyed plans to create a Catholic university. The Catholic hierarchy […]

  • Beauty and Substance: A Reflection on the Anniversary of “Evangelization & Culture”
    on September 25, 2020 at 12:00 am

    Put out into deep water and lower your nets for a catch. —Luke 5:4 Over eighteen months ago, on a chilly day in February, I was honored to join Bishop Robert Barron’s Word on Fire Institute to help bring a new venture to life. That venture was Evangelization & Culture, the flagship […]

  • On Mark Galli and Why Evangelicals Become Catholic
    on September 25, 2020 at 12:00 am

    Our convictions are never entirely safe. Any time an intelligent peer who also strikes us as a man of integrity—a good man, let us say—advocates for a worldview in contradiction with our own, we are obligated to take the disagreement seriously. This is true all the more when such a […]

  • What I Learned From Chadwick Boseman
    on September 24, 2020 at 12:00 am

    “I never wanted to act in the first place . . . forget their stories. I can tell my own stories.”  That’s a line from Chadwick Boseman’s Howard University commencement speech in 2018.  Boseman portrayed some of the most impactful people in American […]


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  • What Kind of Person Will You Be?
    on September 23, 2020 at 12:00 am

    Our first reading for this weekend is taken from the eighteenth chapter of the book of the prophet Ezekiel—one of the four major prophets, along with Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Daniel. This chapter is worthy of careful attention, for it represents a sort of breakthrough in the moral consciousness […]

  • The Strangeness of God
    on September 16, 2020 at 12:00 am

    Our very brief first reading is taken from the magnificent fifty-fifth chapter of the book of the prophet Isaiah. This section of Isaiah—which stretches from chapter forty through chapter fifty-five—is one of the most theologically sophisticated and illuminating passages in the entire […]

  • Hugging Anger
    on September 9, 2020 at 12:00 am

    Our first reading—taken from the twenty-seventh and twenty-eighth chapters of the marvelous book of Sirach, called in older Bibles the book of Ecclesiasticus—has to do with anger, vengeance, and forgiveness, themes that will figure prominently in the preaching of Jesus. “Wrath and […]


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