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Lent: The Catholic Practice of Prayer

Kerry Trotter has a handle on a lot of things, but regular prayer is not one of them. Taking her cue from her much more pious coworkers, and this most auspicious season of Lent, she decided to give the practice of prayer a legitimate try. Read all about it, today, on the Word on Fire blog.

Music: Leonard Cohen Sounds Ready to Die

Father Damian Ference has added a new record to his collection: Leonard Cohen's recently released "Old Ideas." His review of the album yielded 4.5 out of 5 stars, and he explains why, today on the WOF Blog.

Commentary: Not too shabby, thanks.

Recently, Notre Dame Professor of Law and Theology and Commonweal Magazine contributor Dr. Cathleen Kaveny called Father Barron and the "New Evangelization" to task in a blog post entitled, "How's that New Evangelization goin' for ya?" Today, Rozann Carter provides an answer to her question with a few statistics and a strategy for the future.

Book Club: Love in the Ruins

Following Fr. Damian's revelatory look into the life of author Walker Percy, Ellyn von Huben introduces March's Word on Fire Book Club selection, "Love in the Ruins" by offering an account of her first meeting with this "Christ-haunted Christ-graced" author.

Spirituality: Fat Tuesday, Lean Future

Word on Fire resident theological neophyte, Kerry Trotter, never really got the point of Lent. Then life happened. Read about her very expensive spiritual lesson today, on the Word on Fire blog.

Book Club: "The Temple of The Holy Ghost" discussion questions

Attention Book Clubbers: do check out the discussion questions for Flannery O'Connor's "The Temple of the Holy Ghost." In addition, we've got a list of the next handful of selections in case you want to get a head start. Let's hit those books!

Spirituality: Saints and Celebrities

It's Awards Season, folks, and if you're anything like Kerry Trotter, it's leaving you wanting for some genuine inspiration. And the award for Most Overdone Gripe with the Culture of Celebrity goes to... read on.

Book Club: The Temple of the Holy Ghost

Following Fr. Damian Ference’s fascinating post on Flannery O’Connor, we, the Word on Fire Blog moderators, are offering a forum wherein you the reader, are drawn into the experience, reflection and application of the literary work of this phenomenal Catholic writer. May we introduce to you (drumroll, please) the Word on Fire Book Club, led by blog contributor Ellyn von Huben...

Commentary: A Higher Standard for Blog Comments?

Read, react, write, post. Brilliantly simple yet bearing the potential for snags. Kerry Trotter addresses the culture of commenting on blogs, and proposes a self-imposed breather before we hit "submit."

The Feast of St. Nicholas

On this feast of St. Nicholas, Father Steve highlights the saint as a defender of the Incarnation of God in Christ- a revelation that is commemorated in the Solemnity of Christmas and is the central truth of the Faith.