Browsing News Entries

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.

The Feast of the Little Flower, St. Thérèse of Lisieux

Today marks a great day for the Church in general and for Word On Fire in particular: the Feast day of St. Thérèse of Lisieux, one of the great patrons of our ministry. Below, we offer a reflection from Fr. Steve Grunow on this Doctor of the Church, as well as a short video from Fr. Barron, launching a week's worth of content devoted to the Little Flower. Check in all week for reflections from our Word On Fire contributors as we pay tribute to our dear intercessor.

Pink Roses and Fierce Love

Today we celebrate the feast of St. Thérèse of Lisieux, the Little Flower. Ellyn von Huben offers her take on the saint, for whom we often heap our saccharine admiration. But it is her intrepid faith and core-rattling love that is what we ought to remember.

Spirituality: St. Joseph the Worker & Husband the Reporter

It's the middle of the week — are you feeling down on your job? Well, chances are your employment hasn't been determined to be the worst ever, as a website recently called Kerry Trotter's husband's chosen field. Chin up, folks. You could be a newspaper reporter. Today, Trotter invokes the intercession of St. Joseph the Worker, whose feast day we celebrate, to bring some perspective to the daily grind.

Amen to Matt Maher

Our Word on Fire music critic and expert, Father Damian Ference, tries on a new genre for size today: Christian music. Yet when it comes to the art of Matt Maher, this is one singer/songwriter who is not to be pigeonholed. As Fr. Damian put it, "Maher does not impose his Catholic faith on anyone, but he proposes it to everyone." Who can argue with that? Amen indeed.