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How to Make a Holy Hour

Sometimes we need a little guidance that helps us to focus.

Talking to Some Young Jesuits About Social Justice and Evangelization

While I was in Chicago for the Christmas break, I had a wonderful meeting with around thirty young Jesuits. They were massively impressive people: smart, articulate, passionate about their work, and dedicated to the Gospel. Toward the end of our time together, one of the men posed a question that, he warned, would “put me on the spot”—and the discussion then became especially lively and illuminating.

What's Coming in 2019 in the Word on Fire Institute?

This new year for the Word on Fire Institute promises more big things.

Hablando con jóvenes jesuitas sobre justicia social y evangelización

Durante las vacaciones de Navidad en Chicago, tuve una maravillosa reunión con una treintena de jóvenes jesuitas. Eran personas impresionantes: inteligentes, locuaces, apasionados por su trabajo y dedicados al Evangelio. Cuando llegábamos al final de nuestro tiempo junto, uno de estos hombres me planteó una pregunta que, advirtió, me pondría “en aprietos”—y entonces la discusión se tornó muy vivida y clarificadora.

Praise, Reverence, and Serve

Ignatius says our purpose is to praise, reverence, and serve God. But this sounds like a rather selfish God.

Following the Star

Our modern culture suggests a tension between spirituality and religion. But the Magi in today’s Gospel demonstrate that when spirituality is lifted up by revelation—when the Magi are told by the religious leaders where the Messiah is to be born—we find the object of our spiritual longing.

Christmas Still Isn’t Over, So Unwrap “The Gift”

This unique Christmas compilation is saturated, start to finish, with the joy of the Gospel.

Herod and the Magi: A Terrible Epiphany

Pride, fear, and contempt always play a role in bringing forth the death of innocence.

Spinoza, Secularism, and the Challenge of Evangelization

During this Christmas holiday, I’ve been reading Anthony Gottlieb’s breezy and enjoyable history of modern philosophy, entitled “The Dream of Enlightenment.” I found his chapter on Spinoza extremely clarifying and indeed useful as a foil for what I take to be a properly religious view of things. Answering him point by point is a good exercise for anyone who would aspire to evangelize the culture today.

Basil, Gregory, and the Holy Spirit

Basil and Gregory realized that our worship of the Holy Spirit is tied to his role in creating and saving us.