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2021 - 11 - 02 USCCB Daily Mass Readings

2021 - 11 - 02 USCCB Daily Mass Readings by USCCB/NAB

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2021 - 11 - 01 USCCB Daily Mass Readings

2021 - 11 - 01 USCCB Daily Mass Readings by USCCB/NAB

You can also read Daily Readings and view Daily Reflections by visiting www.usccb.org/bible/readings/

2 Great Books to Complete the Year of St. Joseph

When Pope Francis declared 2021 to be the Year of St. Joseph, many of my Catholic friends expressed enthusiasm for the opportunity to focus more intently on the foster father to the Christ and spouse of Mary, the Theotokos. Although popes and bishops and saints, to a one, have expressed admiration and spiritual gratitude to […]

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Passing on the Faith Through Storytelling

Faithful parents are rightly stressed about handing on the faith to their children—an always risky proposition, for we have no idea whether the story of salvation will take root in good soil or somehow end up amid rocks as yet unseen—and hence, the need for guidance in the art of religious parenting.   Only decades ago, […]

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Marshall McLuhan and Pope Francis Call for Dialogue Over Hate

According to a study by the University of Virginia Center for Politics, a large percentage of the American population no longer thinks that despite our ideological differences we should stick together as a country. Whether because of faith, the pandemic, social issues, political candidates, or cultural trends, people are expressing the feeling that they are […]

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Nassim Nicholas Taleb, Pascal’s Wager, and the Risks We Take

Matt Nelson sat down with Dr. Joshua Hochschild to discuss the work of Nassim Nicholas Taleb, Pascal’s wager, and risk management as it may be applied from a Christian perspective, especially within the realm of religious belief. Dr. Hochschild currently directs the Philosophy, Politics, and Economics program at Mount St. Mary’s University. He is serving […]

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St. Bruno and Our Fear of Silence

Today’s feast of St. Bruno (1030-1101) reminds me of the time I went to see the movie Into Great Silence back in 2005. Directed by Philip Gröning, it portrays the daily life of Carthusian monks in their monastery at Chartreuse, near Grenoble in France. This was the place where St. Bruno escaped with a few […]

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The News, Gluttony, and Rediscovering Peace

On June 1, 1980, the Cable News Network (CNN) debuted and became the world’s first 24-hour television news network. Before then, you would have to wait for a small portion of evening programming dedicated to televising “the News” or wait for the morning newspaper on your doorstep. After that, you could go on living your […]

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The Heart of St. Francis of Assisi

There's the cute statue in the garden, the lover of animals, the gentle steward of nature. Then there's the reformed party boy, the slow and reluctant convert, the man who embodied the heart of Christ through his love of the poor. Word on Fire contributor Father Damian Ference takes a look at the real St. Francis of Assisi and shares his thoughts.

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Sufjan Stevens and Angelo de Augustine Musically Blend Film and God

An important part of my beat here at Word on Fire is interacting with films and music, identifying enriching theological content in various cultural offerings and finding connection points between the Church and a world that needs Jesus. It is a treat when I get to encounter films, music, and theology all in one package, […]

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