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  • On the Intellectual Offensive
    on September 20, 2019 at 12:00 am

    For the better part of the last few centuries Christianity has been on the intellectual defensive. If we take the view that what happens in the culture largely proceeds downstream from various intellectual currents, then we can take significant hope that we are living in a period of time that […]

  • The Best Lesson Ratzinger Ever Taught Me
    on September 19, 2019 at 12:00 am

    The Pope Emeritus, whether as Benedict XVI or Joseph Ratzinger, ranks among those I call my first and best teachers within Catholicism. And because I am a needy and often recalcitrant student, I need a lot of them, so he is joined by St. Philip Neri, Francis de Sales, Thomas Merton, and the […]

  • Announcing the Newest Word on Fire Institute Fellow, John Allen Jr.!
    on September 18, 2019 at 12:00 am

    The renowned Protestant theologian Karl Barth once stated that an effective evangelist needs to have the Scriptures in one hand and the newspaper in the other. An evangelist needs to have a firm grasp on the realities of daily life and be knowledgeable in the latest news regarding the Church and […]

  • St. Robert Bellarmine, Patron Saint of Catechists
    on September 17, 2019 at 12:00 am

    The reading at Mass today from the First Letter of St. Paul to Timothy enumerates the virtues required of a bishop. Among these we find that he should be “temperate, self-controlled, decent, hospitable, able to teach.” These traits, most outstandingly the last, accurately characterize […]

  • Why You Should Go to Church
    on September 16, 2019 at 12:00 am

    This is not your grandmother. This is a guy who lived a pretty squalid life for a while and then, through the secretive, inner workings of God, alongside a fair amount of philosophical probing, came to embrace an entirely new mode of roaming the earth, one that is far more eurythmic with how life, […]


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  • Yes and No to Power
    on September 18, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Our first and second readings for this weekend beautifully sum up the Church’s classical attitude toward those in power. I’ve long argued that the most influential philosopher of the nineteenth century was Friedrich Nietzsche. For this very influential and quirky German thinker, power […]

  • A Coin, A Sheep, A Son
    on September 11, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Our Gospel for today gives us three classic parables, each one exploring the notion that is at the very heart of the spiritual life—namely, that God is the one who searches for us. Why would God fret over one little soul? Why would he bother? Well, it’s his nature. It’s what he […]

  • The Cost of Discipleship
    on September 4, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Our Gospel for today is breathtaking, first for what it says about Jesus and second for what it says about us. Jesus compels a choice the way no other figure does. Either he is who he says he is, or he is a bad man. The bland middle way that he is a great teacher simply won’t do. In the […]


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