Word on Fire

Frank Gehry and the quest for transcendence

The Church ought to sing the transcendence of God to Frank Gehry as it once sang it to Giotto, Michelangelo, Caravaggio, Dante, Gaudí, and the architect of Chartres Cathedral. 
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New York, abortion and a short route to chaos

Abandoning the convictions of one’s conscience in the exercise of one’s public duties is precisely equivalent to “I’m personally opposed but unwilling to take concrete action to instantiate my opposition.”
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Talking to some young Jesuits about social justice and evangelization

I told my young Jesuit conversation partners that they ought to follow the prompt of our Jesuit pope and go not just to the economic margins but to the “existential margins”—that is to say, to those who have lost the faith, lost any contact with God, who have not heard the Good News.
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The challenge of John Chau

Say what you want about his prudence. I will speak of him with honor.
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Tintoretto and the Reform of the Church

Tintoretto sheds considerable light on this issue of Apostolic weakness and strength in the very manner in which he has arranged the figures in his composition
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Why accompaniment involves apologetics

In the evangelical context, therefore, true accompaniment goes beyond fellowship. It has to do with offering the bread of life.
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The Question Behind the Question

Bishop Barron wonders whether video might be a better means of communication than texts for U.S. bishops.
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Michelle Wolf and the throwaway culture

One of the extraordinary but often overlooked qualities of a system of objective morality is that it is a check on the powerful and a protection of the most vulnerable.
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The most unexpectedly religious film of the year

I am going to maintain that A Quiet Place is the most unexpectedly religious film of 2018.
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The Jordan Peterson Phenomenon

Peterson’s considerable erudition is on clear display throughout his latest book, but so is his very real experience in the trenches as a practicing psychotherapist.
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An evening with William Lane Craig

What I found most uplifting about the session was that a Protestant and a Catholic—both committed to their respective traditions—could come together in fellowship, good cheer, and mutual support
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