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Living the Liturgical Year in the Home

In her course, Haley Stewart unpacks the treasures of the Liturgical Year and explores how liturgical living can strengthen the Domestic Church or the life of faith in the family....
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  • 6 Lessons

    Evangelizing the Open-Minded

    In this course, Dr. Matt Nelson explores the best ways of engaging people who are confident in their unbelief, yet willing to have a conservation about reasons for belief.

  • 7 Lessons

    The One Christ: Augustinian Deification

    In this course, Dr. David Meconi SJ explores the history of deification, or theosis (i.e. becoming like God), in the Christian tradition, particularly focusing on St. Augustine’s understanding of deification.

  • 11 Lessons

    Word on Fire Institute Orientation

    Welcome to the Word on Fire Institute! This course will give you the basic knowledge necessary to navigate the site and interact with our community of evangelists. Scroll down to get started.
  • 7 Lessons

    Living the Liturgical Year in the Home

    In her course, Haley Stewart unpacks the treasures of the Liturgical Year and explores how liturgical living can strengthen the Domestic Church or the life of faith in the family.

  • 7 Lessons

    Understanding the “Nones” and How to Reach Them

    In this course, Dr. Stephen Bullivant walks through the demographics of the religiously unaffiliated and how the Church can better reach them.

  • 5 Lessons

    The Five S’s of Effective Evangelization

    In this course, Elizabeth Scalia walks us through the five S's of effective evangelization: storytelling, Scripture, sacraments, saints, and small moments.

  • 6 Lessons

    Prayer, Beauty, Mission: The Hidden Springs of the New Evangelization

    In this course, Fr. Murray highlights and explains the spirituality of the downward path and the upward ascent to the new sacred. Each lesson develops the biblical truth that God loved us first and desires us to partake in the fullness of his divine life.
  • 6 Lessons

    Reading Scripture with the Early Church Fathers

    In this course, Bishop Barron introduces the spiritual dynamics of Biblical exegesis in Origen and St. Augustine of Hippo.

  • 8 Lessons

    From Books to Ballads: How Great Writers Form Wise Catholics

    Dr. Tod Worner laments that his education was mostly lacking in reading classic literature. Only after obtaining his degree did Dr. Worner start to read the great books, and he came to realize the profound wisdom therein. In this course, Dr. Worner shares the wisdom he has learned from classic literature, and why all of us should read them.

  • 7 Lessons

    Science for Evangelists

    The narrative that science and Christianity are enemies is false. Not only are they not enemies but Christianity helped science develop beyond the limits imposed on it by ancient cosmologies. In this course, Dr. Trasancos introduces evangelists to the basics of science and why there is no conflict between science and Christianity.

  • 5 Lessons

    Re-enchanting the Secular

    Secularism is the predominate worldview in the West. However, it does not answer the deepest longing of the human heart. In this course, Dr. Petrusek explains how Catholics can save Secularism from itself.

  • 6 Lessons

    The Evangelical Spirituality of Thomas Merton

    Thomas Merton was one of the greatest spiritual writers of the last century. Despite his personal struggles, he inspired many people to seek holiness by applying the wisdom of monasticism to life outside the monastery. In this course, Jared Zimmerer explains Merton's evangelical spirituality and stresses its significance today.

  • 6 Lessons

    Happiness and the Meaning of Life

    In this course, Dr. Jennifer Frey teaches us about what true happiness is and how morality and virtue play a part in achieving it. Referring to Aristotle, St. Thomas Aquinas, and modern figures like Elizabeth Anscombe, Dr. Frey demonstrates the link between morality and the meaning of life. All people seek meaning in life and as evangelists, we must be able to discuss the depth of this universal question.

  • 6 Lessons

    The People You Will Meet

    Knowing your audience is very important in effective evangelization. In this course, Fr. Stephen Gadberry distinguishes the different types of people you will likely meet, including: the religiously hostile, the fallen-away Catholic, the spiritual but not religious, and the modern-day scribe and Pharisee. His advice is based on years of experience as a Catholic priest engaging people about the faith. In this course, Fr. Gadberry illustrates how to engage the people we are bound to meet in the culture and how to effectively attract them towards Jesus Christ.

  • 12 Lessons

    John Henry Newman: The Greatest Catholic Theologian Since Aquinas

    In this course, Bishop Barron will examine Newman's many theological contributions, which are important in understanding Vatican II and in addressing the challenge of modernity. You'll be introduced to Newman by looking at his most significant texts: his autobiography Apologia Pro Vita Sua, the theologically meaningful Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine, the educationally pertinent The Idea of a University, and the challenging An Essay in Aid of a Grammar of Assent.

  • 7 Lessons

    Christian Community as Leaven for the World

    In this course Christian Community as Leaven for the World, Leah Libresco will explore how to build up Christian community through simple acts of love and friendship, showing why community is so important to the Christian life.

  • 7 Lessons

    Seven Myths About the Catholic Church

    There are many myths about the Catholic Church that are popular in today's culture. In the following course, Dr. Christopher Kaczor highlights the big seven myths, distinguishing fact from fiction about Catholicism. This course will help you better address many controversial topics from contraception to women and the priesthood.

  • 7 Lessons

    How Nones Can Misread the Bible

    Catholics believe along with St. Paul that the Bible is "God-breathed" (2 Tim. 3:16). But with the growing number of religiously unaffiliated people in the world, our culture's understanding of the Bible and its contents is more lacking and skewed than perhaps ever before.

    In this course, Notre Dame professor of Sacred Scripture, Anthony Pagliarini, teaches us how to read the Bible ourselves and become better evangelists of an increasingly religiously unaffiliated culture in the process.

  • 7 Lessons

    Imaginative Apologetics

    How do we share the Faith in a culture where many people don’t understand what we mean by words like ‘sin’ or ‘salvation’ – and where the media constantly bombards us with the idea that the teachings of the Church are irrelevant, outdated, or bigoted?

    All too often, people aren’t even interested in hearing about the Faith! Especially when we seek to reach young people or bring back those who have left the Church, we must find ways to communicate more effectively – in short, to make our arguments meaningful. Here, the imagination is essential but often neglected.

    In this course, Dr. Holly Ordway focuses on the role of the imagination in apologetics, showing how attention to language and meaning can make the work of catechesis and evangelization much more effective.

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