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  • Jesus, Photosynthesis, and Redemption

    Aug 5, 2020 | 02:00 am

    The authors of Scripture observed the created world and liberally used symbols, metaphors and analogies from nature to describe attributes of God and his relationship to creation. For instance, right at the beginning in Genesis, the authors used the symbol[…]

  • “Urgency, Power, Drama”: Jessica Hooten Wilson on Literature and Redemption

    Aug 4, 2020 | 02:00 am

    Jessica Hooten Wilson is the author of three books: Giving the Devil His Due: Flannery O’Connor and The Brothers Karamazov (which received a 2018 Christianity Today Book of the Year award), Walker Percy, Fyodor Dostoevsky, and the Search for Influence;[…]

  • A Chapter That Changed My Life: “Brideshead Revisted”

    Aug 3, 2020 | 02:00 am

    In the spring of 2008 I was a senior in college sitting in the backyard of a little white rental house near campus and I was weeping because an old man in a book had made the sign of the[…]

  • Social Unrest and Doubt: Catalysts of Communication, Conversion

    Jul 31, 2020 | 02:00 am

    Bishop Robert Barron has lately mentioned that we in the United States appear to be experiencing a “Jacobin moment.” Legitimate grievances about justice in the civil arenas have given way to unruly, sometimes violent mobs running hot in our cities,[…]

  • Behaving Virtuously in the Online Wild West

    Jul 30, 2020 | 02:00 am

    The Daughters of Saint Paul—or “media nuns” as we’re informally called—have been tasked by our founder Blessed James Alberione to use the “the fastest, most modern, most efficacious means” to preach the Gospel. In keeping with our mission in the[…]

Wordonfire Bishop Robert Barron’s Sermons
  • The Best and Worst of Religion

    Aug 5, 2020 | 02:00 am

    Our first reading for this weekend, taken from the first book of Kings, is one of the most beautiful and memorable passages in the Old Testament. It tells of the prophet Elijah, who heard a tiny, whispering voice, which was[…]

  • Come to the Water!

    Jul 29, 2020 | 02:00 am

    Our first reading for this weekend is taken from the fifty-fifth chapter of the book of the prophet Isaiah. The “second” section of Isaiah dates from around the time of the return of Israel from captivity in Babylon, and hence[…]

  • What Do You Want?

    Jul 22, 2020 | 02:00 am

    Our first reading for this week is from the first book of Kings, and it has to do with Solomon, the son of David and Bathsheba, the great Israelite king who built the temple, and who eventually became a problematic[…]

Saint of the Day
  • The Transfiguration

    Aug 6, 2020 | 07:00 am

    Both Roman and Eastern rite Catholics celebrate the Church's feast of the Transfiguration today, August 6, on its traditional date for both calendars. The feast commemorates one of the pinnacles of Jesus' earthly life, when he revealed his divinity to three of his closest disciples by means of a miraculous and supernatural light.Before his triumphal entry into Jerusalem, Christ climbed to a high point on Mount Tabor with his disciples Peter, James, and John. While Jesus prayed upon the mountain, his appearance was changed by a brilliant white light which shone from him and from his clothing. During this event, the Old Testament figures of Moses and the prophet Elijah also appeared, and spoke of how Christ would suffer and die after entering Jerusalem, before his resurrection.Matthew, Mark, and Luke all record that the voice of God was heard, confirming Jesus as his son (Matthew 17:5, Mark 9:6, Luke 9:35). Peter and John make specific reference to the event in their writings, as confirming Jesus' divinity and his status as the Messiah (2 Peter 1:17, John 1:14). In his address before the Angelus on August 6, 2006, Pope Benedict XVI described how the events of the transfiguration display Christ as the “full manifestation of God's light.� This light, which shines forth from Christ both at the transfiguration and after his resurrection, is ultimately triumphant over “the power of the darkness of evil.� The Pope stressed that the feast of the Transfiguration is an important opportunity for believers to look to Christ as “the light of the world,� and to experience the kind of conversion which the Bible frequently describes as an emergence from darkness to light.“In our time too,� Pope Benedict said, “we urgently need to emerge from the darkness of evil, to experience the joy of the children of light!� For Eastern Catholics, the Feast of the Transfiguration is especially significant. It is among the 12 “great feasts� of Eastern Catholicism.Eastern Christianity emphasizes that Christ's transfiguration is the prototype of spiritual illumination, which is possible for the committed disciple of Jesus. This Christian form of “enlightenment� is  facilitated by the ascetic disciplines of prayer, fasting, and charitable almsgiving. A revered hierarch of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church, the late Archbishop Joseph Raya, described this traditional Byzantine view of the transfiguration in his book of meditations on the Biblical event and its liturgical celebration, titled “Transfiguration of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.�“Transfiguration,� Archbishop Raya wrote, “is not simply an event out of the two-thousand-year old past, or a future yet to come. It is rather a reality of the present, a way of life available to those who seek and accept Christ’s nearness.�