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Merry Christmas from Word on Fire!

Merry Christmas from all of us here at Word on Fire!

Bishop Barron on Christmas and the Prologue of John

The prologue of the Gospel of St. John is one of the richest and most densely textured writings in the scriptures. As Bishop Barron explains, John expresses the very nature of God and the profundity of the Incarnation that we celebrate every Christmas.

Living on a Prayer: My Top Ten Albums of 2017

Today Fr. Damien Ference lists his ten favorite albums of 2017 and explains why the artists behind them might have been given a very important role to play in building up of the Kingdom of God, even if they don’t know it yet.

Advent, Christmas, and the Season of Biblical Joy

Fr. Billy Swan reflects of the biblical nature of joy and the season of glad tidings.

The Crib and the Cross

Today, Father Steve Grunow comments on the nature of the various genres of seasonal songs, reflecting upon the original intent of proper Christmas carols: to connect the Incarnation with the redemptive power of the crucifixion, thereby emphasizing the Messianic nature of the Christ child in the manger.

From Star Wars to Superman: An Interview with James Papandrea

Today, Jared Zimmerer sits down with James Papandrea, the author of a new book entitled, "From Star Wars to Superman: Christ Figures in Science Fiction and Superhero Films", in which he points out the Christ haunted nature of numerous films and the incredibly apt nature of the genre to portray a certain Christology.

The Pew Religious Survey No One is Talking About

Fredric Heidemann discusses a new pew study that indicates the closing gap between Protestants and Catholics and how this indication ought to be a hopeful sign of the goal of Christian unity.

St. John of the Cross' Advice on Conquering Self-Love

On this feast of St. John of the Cross, one of the Church's greatest spiritual masters, Dr. Tom Neal reflects on the saint's advice on how to conquer self-absorption. Quoting from St. John's "Dark Night of the Soul," Tom reveals the spiritually demanding path to dismantling our selfish tendencies.

The Paradox of St. Lucy

Today is the Feast of St. Lucy, a young martyr from the fourth century who chose to undergo terrible torture rather than allow anything to defile the purity of her body. Here, Rozann Lee reflects upon St. Lucy, the supernatural grace that accompanies torture and martyrdom, and what it means for us as an Advent people.

Meet The Hillbilly Thomists

When a group of Dominican friars banded together over a common love for bluegrass music, one of its founding members, Father Austin Litke, came up with a name that was impossible to top: “The Hillbilly Thomists.” Today, Matthew Becklo reviews their debut album and the evangelistically rich notes that they create.