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What Does it Mean to be Charitable?

Michael Adams

hands reaching out to the needy

Intimacy with the Lord is the one path that will enable us to know both what it means and how to actually be charitable and virtuous. 

St. Justin Martyr on the Eucharist and the Ancient Mass

Joe Heschmeyer

St. Justin Martyr

St. Justin Martyr wrote one of the earliest descriptions of the Mass with a simplified version of Catholic theology in his "First Apology."

Prisons of Silence: Defying Nonspeaking Autism

Mark Bradford

Struggling in silence

Brielle Stewart and her mother Tobi defy the boundaries of nonspeaking autism. Theirs is an incredible story of love and determination.

Creating the Next Generation of Literary Avengers

Lindsay Schlegel

Girl reading in a library

This is the largely untapped superpower of writers today: to appreciate the works that precede us, the stories on which modern culture was founded, and to embrace intertextuality as a hallmark of our work.

Tending the Garden

Cardinal Arthur Roche

This piece is an excerpt from "The Gardens of God" by Cardinal Arthur Roche (Word on Fire Publishing), highlighting a section from pp. 1-7.

What’s in a Name? Tolkien and St. Philip Neri

Dr. Holly Ordway

philip neri

What enabled Tolkien to integrate this joyfulness into his complex adult personality, despite the sorrows of his childhood and youth? A good case can be made that the spirituality of St. Philip Neri helped him to do so.

Shakespeare’s Humbled Scholar

Dr. Tod Worner

Hamlet and Horatio in the Churchyard

Thou art a scholar; speak to it, Horatio. He would learn that wisdom is intelligence purified through humility and wonder before the unknowable, the unpredictable, and the ineffable.

Know Thine Enemy: Demonic Interest on the Rise

Kody W. Cooper

St. Michael fighting Satan

In a culture increasingly fascinated with the demonic, Catholics should boldly proclaim Christ’s victory over Satan as it continues to play out today.

“Mrs. Davis” and Getting Off the Grid

Bishop Robert Barron

Mrs. Davis season 1 scene

"Mrs. Davis" is a prophetic warning about artificial intelligence and the pervasiveness of the internet. Idols we construct inevitably turn on us.


James Matthew Wilson

This poem by James Matthew Wilson was featured in the "Creativity" issue of the Word on Fire Institute's "Evangelization & Culture" journal.