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St. Pius X's Enduring Gift

Today is the Feast Day of St. Pius X, the Pope who was instrumental in moving the age of the reception of First Eucharist to seven. Ellyn von Huben reflected last year on the lasting legacy of this holy Pope and his great gift to the faithful, a gift we often take for granted. Today we share it again with you.

St. Bernard's Path of Love

Today the Church celebrates the life and work of St. Bernard, an abbot of the Cistercian order and a Doctor of the Church. Father Steve Grunow reflects on his spiritual path of love.

Gnostics in the Bottle

When Robin Williams tragically took his life, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences tweeted, "Genie, you're free." But is that really how things are work? Are we really souls trapped within a body?

The Two Pillars of the Church

The health of the Body of Christ depends on the twin devotion to the Blessed Mother and the Blessed Sacramrnt. St. John Bosco and St. Hyacinth understood this. Hopefully, we will too.

Introducing the New WordOnFire.org Website

Mary, the Echo of God

Today we celebrate the Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary, by which the Mother of God joined her Son, body and soul, in heaven. Dr. Tom Neal reflects on this magnificent event.

9 Things to Know about St. Maximilian Kolbe

Many of us know the heroic story of today's saint, Maximilian Kolbe, who gave his life to save a fellow prisoner at Auschwitz. But Ellyn von Huben shares nine more intriguing facts that might surprise you.

Saints Pontian and Hippolytus: Signs of Contradiction

What could possibly come of reconciling with our actions, our faith and each other? Perhaps sainthood. Today, Father Steve Grunow shares his homily about Saints Pontian and Hippolytus, whose witness the Church celebrates.

A Good Man is Easy to Find

Flannery O’Connor had an ear for the vacuous in popular wisdom. The saying “The devil you know is better than the devil you don’t” appears in two of her stories and seemed to rankle her. But sometimes she also heard in the hollows of popular dicta the echo of real wisdom. Br. Alan Piper, O.P. explains.

On My Way to the Flannery O’Connor Conference