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Netflix's “Bright” and the Power of Innocence

At first glance, Netflix's new movie “Bright” is nothing more than a simple adventure movie. But as the film unfolds, a message of depth and meaning comes to the forefront. Jared Zimmerer offers a review of the film and explains how the deeper message, whether intended or not, is the power of innocence.

St. Josephine Bakhita and the Door to Holiness

Today we celebrate the feast day of St. Josephine Bakhita, the patron saint of Sudan and a powerful intercessor on behalf of the persecuted Sudanese Christians. Rozann Lee reflects on St. Josephine's story, a saint whose great holiness was cultivated in her exuberant love and humble simplicity.

How to Live a Life of Risk and Meaning

One of the most difficult aspects of life for people to embrace is risk; yet, as Chris Hazell points out, the risk of an adventurous life of meaning is well worth the potential fear.

“I, Tonya”: A Study of Virtue

Today Fr. Damian Ference offers a review of the surprisingly morality-riddled film, “I, Tonya,” and explains the effects of family life and stress on the moral character of an individual soul.

Neil deGrasse Tyson Concurs: Catholicism Is the Science-Friendly Religion

The rise in the new atheism and Biblical literalism have made it a commonplace that science and religion are in conflict. But Catholicism is a science-friendly religion, and many Catholics have been leading scientists themselves. Today Matt Becklo discusses a recent interview in which Neil deGrasse Tyson acknowledges the impact that Catholics have had on modern science.

Catholic Candlemas and Punxsutawney Phil

What does today's Feast of the Presentation of the Lord (or “Candlemas”) have in common with Punxsutawney Phil? Ellyn von Huben reveals the surprising connections.

The Need for Brotherhood to Influence Culture

From the Apostles to Michelangelo, brotherhoods have formed and shaped cultures throughout history. However, today there seems to be a real lack in quality brotherhoods, and because of the lack, culture suffers. Today Jared Zimmerer discusses the problem and why we need to bring back the icon of brotherhood.

St. John Bosco, Eli, and the Value of Spiritual Mentors

Today the Church celebrates the Feast of St. John Bosco—a man who devoted his life to helping young people. As Fr. Michael Cummins shares, one of the greatest blessings of our Christian faith is the witness of men and women throughout history who let go of their own needs and worked tirelessly for the good of those generations who were to come after them.

How to Reach Inactive Parishioners: Word on Fire ENGAGE

It's one of the most pressing challenges in the Church. Everyone wants to know: How do we engage our inactive parishioners? To help parishes everywhere, we're excited to announce the launch of Word on Fire ENGAGE!

Receiving and Sharing a Love that Isn’t Fair

Chris Hazell reflects today on “unfair” love, noting that if we don’t see God’s love as truly unconditional, then we are empty vessels without the capacity to share his love with others. Love can only be shared freely if we believe it has been given to us freely in the first place.