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Twenty One Pilots: Masters of the Culture of Encounter

Through his writings and teachings, Pope Francis has consistently promoted a "culture of encounter," which encourages us to meet Christ and then encounter those who Christ loves. Fr. Damian Ference recently had this experience, but not where you'd expect. It happened at a rock concert featuring the band Twenty One Pilots, and they taught him an important lesson: before one can evangelize others effectively, one must first encounter others effectively.

Free Blessings

What happens when two seminarians stand in the middle of downtown Chicago with a sign that reads "Free Blessings"? Deacon Connor Danstrom, a student at Mundelein Seminary, recounts his experiment in spreading God's mercy and shares the many lessons he learned.

The Wolf, the Bird, and the Immaculate Conception

On today's great Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, Father Steve examines this holy day through the lens of a traditional Spanish song that links the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary with the Incarnation of God in Christ.

Behind the Scenes with Fr. Barron

Behind the scenes of a Father Robert Barron YouTube video.

Saints: Gerard Majella and A Mother's Worry

We could all use a little help, but Kerry Trotter is feeling like a lot of help is in order these days. She's due with her second child any day now, and is exercising her maternal right to worry needlessly, needfully, excessively, etc. But St. Gerard Majella, the patron saint of unborn babies and expectant mothers, whose feast we celebrate today, is, thankfully, waiting in the wings.

What Miley Wants

Miley Cyrus' recent antics have raise more that a few eyebrows. Her efforts to "re-brand" her image through intentional acts of provocation are disturbing to say the least. But what of Cyrus' new album? Is there anything worthy of note behind the spectacle? Fr. Damian Ference tackles that question on today's blog post.

St. Therese of Lisieux: Your Intercessor and Ours

One thing we've learned this week: we are far from the only folks who have been moved by the intercession of St. Therese. We asked you to share on Facebook and Twitter some thoughts on your personal relationship with the saint and you delivered — and then some. Here are a few of the many wonderful responses we received.

The Consolation of The Little Flower

Everyone seems to love St. Thérèse. However, Father Damian Ference has a friendship with the Little Flower that didn't necessarily start with mutual "adoration". Today, he writes about how he was drawn into a relationship with this saint by way of her documented letters to a struggling seminarian.

A Life Poetic

Just as a photographer captures a moment in time that would otherwise go unnoticed, a poet can put into words feelings and experiences that the rest of us might ignore or misunderstand. St. Therese was not only a poet in the traditional sense, but Jared Zimmerer tells us she also lived poetically, seeing the joy and love of Christ in places we might typical miss. Our week of St. Therese content continues.

An Unlikely Friend

Word On Fire contributor Fr. Michael Cummins didn't have a lot in common with St. Therese. Yet just as with tangible friendships, sometimes we don't choose a saint, they instead choose us. Today he shares his thoughts on our ministry's patroness.