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Episode Three: Why We Game – God and Gaming

Bobby Angel

Bobby Angel and Fr. Blake Britton chat with Dr. Edward Castronova, a professor of media who specializes in games, technology, and society, to discuss how video games can train us to see life as a glorious quest for heaven.

That Lasting Spiritual Punch of a Pilgrimage Vacation

Robert Mixa

There’s no way of living without something like pilgrimage. It’s inscribed in our nature, whether we express it by walking to Jerusalem or driving to Disney World.

WOF 320: Volume II of the Bible is Here!

Word on Fire

Friends, the long-awaited Word on Fire Bible, Volume II (Acts, Letters, and Revelation) is now available! Today, we offer a peek inside. Brandon Vogt and I discuss what’s new about this volume and why it’s even better than Volume I.

Episode Two: Jason’s Backstory & The Discernment of Spirits – Meet the Bulmans

Word on Fire

Enter into the excitement and joy of family life as you meet the Bulmans. Parents Jason and Rachel open the door and welcome us into their beautiful home of radical self-gift and light as they introduce us to each of their children.

U.S. Bishops’ Pro-Life Chairman on the Anniversary of Roe v. Wade

WASHINGTON – On January 22, 1973, the Supreme Court of the United States legalized abortion nationwide in its decision on Roe v. Wade. Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities called on the faithful to “pray, fast, and work for the day when the gift of every human life is protected in law and welcomed in love” on the anniversary of the court’s decision.

Archbishop Lori’s full statement follows:

“January 22 marks the 49th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision making abortion legal in all 50 states.

“The Catholic Church’s opposition to abortion is a response of love for both mothers and their children in the womb. The Church’s teaching proclaims a message of life, reminding us that every life is a sacred gift from God from the moment of conception until natural death.

“In remembrance of the tragic anniversary of Roe v. Wade, and in petition for full restoration of the legal guarantee of the right to life for all individuals, the Catholic Church in the United States recognizes the National Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children. We invite all Catholics and people of good will to fast and pray on this day, and frequently between now and June, when we anticipate a decision by the Supreme Court in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health. We pray that this important case might reverse Roe and its unjust abortion license.

“We cannot build a truly just society and remain complacent when faced with the massive impact of Roe v. Wade, which has taken over 60 million lives since 1973. May we pray, fast, and work for the day when the gift of every human life is protected in law and welcomed in love.”

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George Orwellʼs “1984” and the Catholic Sensibility

Andrew Petiprin

In "1984," what if Winston had been a different self—an embodied soul conditioned to love his enemies and pray for those who persecuted him? What if he had been able to think with the mind of Christ, possessing interior strength formed by prayer and sacramental grace?

Episode Two: “Spring and Fall” by Gerard Manley Hopkins – Classic Poetry with Jonathan Roumie

Word on Fire

This week on "Classic Poetry," Roumie reads “Spring and Fall” by the Jesuit priest Gerard Manley Hopkins.

Baptizing the New Mythology: Superhero Evangelization

Thomas J. Salerno

In a world steeped in cynicism, starved of heroism, and desperate for meaning, the archetype of the superhero offers people hope while drawing on millennia of deeply-rooted biblical imagery and Christological themes.

Marriage: A Foretaste of Heaven? Or a Foretaste of Hell?

Jackie Francois Angel

The foretaste of heaven in marriage is not just the ecstasy experienced in sex, but the heart-melting reality that someone still loves us—loves us even though they have seen the worst of us.

Should We Build Walls or Bridges?

Bishop Robert Barron

Friends, our first reading this Sunday reminds us that we need walls to maintain our identity. But our ultimate purpose is not to hunker down behind those walls, but to go out and transform the world. We need both the walls that define who we are, and the bridges that allow us to bring the light of Christ to all the nations.