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Russell Crowe and Jennifer Connelly star as Noah and his wife "Naamah"Russell Crowe and Jennifer Connelly star as Noah and his wife "Naamah"

Noah: A Post-Modern Midrash

Darren Aronofsky’s cinematic re-telling of the story of Noah has certainly stirred people up.  While quite a few reviewers, both religious and non-religious, have given the film high marks, many Christians, both Evangelical and Catholic, have registered a far less than enthusiastic reaction.  One prominent Catholic blogger and movie reviewer opined that “Noah” is “embarrassingly awful” and “the stupidest film […]

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Pope Francis and the “Joy of the Gospel” — Fr. Barron Comments

“Well an emergency has a way of focusing the mind and establishing priorities. So if a fire breaks out in a home, the inhabitants of that home will set aside their squabbling and they will get together to address this emergency. Or if a foreign nation invades well the lawmakers the nation invaded are going to set aside their internecine […]

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The Season of Lent — Father Barron Comments

The three classical practices the Church associates with Lent are prayer, fasting and almsgiving; three things that we do. It’s important to emphasize about Lent… we can internalize it too much; interiorize it, you know, what goes on inside me. It is more a set of practices. We pray during Lent. What’s prayer? John of Damascus said “prayer is the […]

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Dr. Kreeft Responds to the Culture’s Objections to Heaven

Heaven Even the skeptic who does not believe in heaven has a heaven-shaped heart. The deck is stacked and the dice are loaded, loaded with the love of heaven. Amor meus, pondus meum, said Augustine: “My love is my weight.” The gravity of his own heart pulls the sceptic in heaven’s direction, even while the antigravity of sin pulls him […]

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Pope Francis: Time’s Man of the Year — Father Barron Comments

Well, I am glad indeed that Time Magazine has made Pope Francis its Man of the Year for 2013. Francis clearly has captured the imagination of the world. I think it’s fair to say he’s breathed a kind of new spirit into the Church. And I am delighted really the secular press has… Watch and listen to Fr. Barron’s commentary […]

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Modernity and Morality – Father Barron Comments

One of the most significant fault lines in cultural history opened up in the 16th and 17th centuries, with the emergence of a characteristically modern way of approaching life… Watch and listen to Fr. Barron’s commentary on “Modernity and Morality” Father Barron can be found on the Internet at: Word On Fire CATHOLICISM Please help us in our mission to […]

"Adoration of the Lamb"
by van Eyck"Adoration of the Lamb" by van Eyck

Have You Heard the New Exsultet?

The joy of Easter and the Risen Lord is upon us… Christ is Risen!  Truly, He is Risen! Have you heard the new translation and setting of the Exsultet intoned? I was unable, due to illness, to proclaim the Exsultet this year, but was privileged to do so last Easter. The Exsultet, is Easter Proclamation that recounts the saving action […]

"King David in Prayer" by Pieter de Grebber"King David in Prayer" by Pieter de Grebber

Developing a Deep Prayer Life – The Most Important Talk You Will Ever Hear

Editors Note: Sister Regina Marie, O.C.D. is the Vicar General of the Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles.  At the time of the conference talk, she was Mother Regina Marie, O.C.D., Superior General of the community. I had the great privilege to listen to a talk delivered by Mother Regina Marie, O.C.D., who at the time […]

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Why do we pray for the dead?

Editor’s Note: Fr. Barron addresses why we pray for the dead… Father Barron can be found on the Internet at: Word On Fire CATHOLICISM Please help us in our mission to assist readers to integrate their Catholic faith, family and work. Tell your family and friends about this article using both the Share and Recommend buttons below and via email. […]

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Scientism and God’s Existence – Father Barron Comments

Well, given the ruminations of Stephen Hawking and Daniel Dennett and Richard Dawkins, one would have thought that the absolute limits of scientistic arrogance had been reached, but I suppose that we have to think again… Watch and listen to Fr. Barron’s commentary on “Scientism and God’s Existence” Father Barron can be found on the Internet at: Word On Fire […]