“The Giver” and the Fading Memory of Christianity

Scene from the Move "The Giver"

Lois Lowry’s 1993 novel The Giver has garnered a very wide audience over the past two decades, since it has become a standard text in middle schools and high schools across the English-speaking world. With the enormous success of the Harry Potter, Twilight, and Hunger Games films, Hollywood has been busy adapting books written for the young adult audience. The […]

Daily Catholic Quote from Pope Francis

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“The Christian truth is attractive and persuasive because it responds to humanity’s deepest needs.” (Pope Francis; Address to College of Cardinals, March 15, 2013) If you liked this quote, please share it with your friends and family using the Recommend and Social Media buttons below and via email. We value your comments and encourage you to leave your thoughts below. […]

Comparing Christianity and Judaism

If Jesus returned to earth today, which church would He go to? A Catholic church, of course, replies the Catholic. No, a Protestant church, argues the Protestant. I think both are wrong. I think he would begin as He did 2,000 years ago in a Jewish synagogue. The long history of Christian anti-Semitism, in thought and deed, is perhaps the […]

Fr. Barron Reviews “Tree of Life”

Spoiler Alert! Watch and listen to the Fr. Barron’s review of Terrence Malick’s movie, “The Tree of Life”, starring Brad Pitt, Sean Penn and Jessica Chastain… 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.  Share this article with your family and friends via […]

Fr. Barron on Bob Dylan in China

Editor’s Note: In a recent article, Maureen Dowd criticized Bob Dylan for what she saw as his caving to the Chinese authorities and not singing his protest songs during his tour in China.  Fr. Robert Barron examines Dylan’s play list at his China concerts and comes away with a much different take –  Bob Dylan highlighted his most explicitly Christian […]