Bill Schmitt

Bill Schmitt
Bill Schmitt is an independent journalist/broadcaster, media consultant and author with experience in specialized publications and Catholic education. His biography and his blog--focusing on news, social polarization and faith-based values--are found at OnWord.net. He is active in the Knights of Columbus and as a lifetime-professed member of the Secular Franciscan Order.

Recent Posts

Spirited song: Celebrating St. Joseph during Lent

Posted by Bill Schmitt on Mar 22, 2019 10:10:14 AM

 

Some milestones in the Lenten season are literally a pleasure to celebrate as days for rejoicing or gaining new insight or simply making this journey of ours a bit more sentimental. When the liturgical calendar brought us the solemnity of St. Joseph, spouse of the blessed Virgin Mary, on March 19, it was traditional and meaningful to have a parish party—a feast for the senses which help incarnate Eastertime love in god’s family.

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Topics: devotional music, saints, traditions, devotions

A Catholic take on Valentine's Day

Posted by Bill Schmitt on Feb 14, 2019 7:00:00 AM

Valentine’s Day can be awkward for a lot of people. It’s unlikely the holiday will come up in Church conversations, except perhaps in the young adult group. Catholics may see little connection between their faith and the chocolate overdoses of February 14. But it is a day that takes on new dimensions when viewed through a Christian lens.

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Topics: Theology, Culture, saints, holidays

St. Francis de Sales and using words like a Christian

Posted by Bill Schmitt on Jan 24, 2019 7:04:00 AM

The fine art of conversation, used as an instrument to share hope and advance the common good, has taken a beating. Many Catholics feel inhibited in their discipleship, fearing their beliefs and values aren’t welcome in discussions of crucial public issues. They don’t want to be called “haters.”

Freedom, human flourishing and our eternal destiny are at stake if our faith is set on “mute” much of the day.

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Topics: Culture, relationships, saints, media, dialogue

Pope Francis and the Franciscan approach to news media

Posted by Bill Schmitt on Jan 23, 2019 7:12:00 AM

Setting aside the missteps in virtue one often finds in sit-com scripts, the show “The Good Place” offers worthy insights about good and evil from a quirky perspective of the afterlife.

In the recent episode “Book of Dougs,” the character played by Ted Danson examines heaven’s files on two deceased “Dougs.” It turns out one Doug, who lived recently, forfeited a lot of scorecard points that could have counted toward his happy destiny. He had unintentionally contributed to environmental damage and exploitative behaviors, among other things. Danson concludes, “Every day, the world gets a little more complicated, and being a good person gets a little harder.”

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Topics: Culture, Pope Francis, saints, media, dialogue