Word on Fire

  • Foundations Once Destroyed: The Importance of Principle in “Mansfield Park”
    on February 21, 2020 at 12:00 am

    Teach us to understand the sinfulness of our own Hearts, and bring to our knowledge every fault of Temper and every evil Habit in which we have indulged to the discomfort of our fellow-creatures, and the danger of our own Souls. —from Jane Austen’s Prayers “Henry Crawford had too […]

  • “Corpus Christi”: A Fake Priest’s Christlike Effect on a Small Town
    on February 20, 2020 at 12:00 am

    Stories about outsiders or imposters who come to a community and act as catalysts are always intriguing to us, which is why the idea is revisited so frequently in fairy tales, in literature, and in cinema. I think of Lawrence Kasdan’s so-so film Mumford, about a pretend psychologist who […]

  • And Suddenly, You’ve Stopped Praying!
    on February 19, 2020 at 12:00 am

    It’s insidious. You don’t even know it’s happening. The initial reasons all seem worthy and innocuous, and you imagine, “There’s always tomorrow. Just this once.” So you chip away at it, you excuse yourself, you rationalize, and then, finally, you stop. Game […]

  • How the Life of Faith Can Support Your Mental Health (Part 1)
    on February 18, 2020 at 12:00 am

    In this first of a two-part series, I would like to offer a few thoughts on a super important topic today—namely, that of our mental health and how it benefits from a mature and lively faith. What good news does our faith offer to us when we feel down, depressed, and suffer in our minds? Here […]

  • Centered on Christ: A Spirituality of Evangelization
    on February 17, 2020 at 12:00 am

    Below is Jared Zimmerer’s introduction to Bishop Barron’s new book, Centered: The Spirituality of Word on Fire. Learn more about the book here. One of the highlights of my life was meeting with the late Cardinal Francis George. Before he passed away, he came to the Word on Fire office […]


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  • Be Holy
    on February 19, 2020 at 12:00 am

    As we continue our focus on the Old Testament texts, we turn this week to the nineteenth chapter of the book of Leviticus. As the name suggests, the book has a good deal to do with the Levites, who were the priests of ancient Israel. Accordingly, there is much talk of ritual, sacrifice, taboo, […]

  • Choosing to Keep the Commandments
    on February 12, 2020 at 12:00 am

    Our first reading for this weekend is taken from a book that we don’t consult that frequently in the course of the liturgical year—namely, the book of Sirach. It is presented as a series of sayings of Jeshua ben Sira, a wise Jewish elder. Our reading is taken from the fifteenth chapter […]

  • Love as a Panacea
    on February 5, 2020 at 12:00 am

    I would like to concentrate on the marvelous passage from chapter 58 of the prophet Isaiah, which is our first reading for this weekend. This final section of Isaiah was written, the scholars tell us, after the return of the captives from Babylon, when Israel was trying once again to find its way. […]


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