Author Archives: Bill Schmitt

About Bill Schmitt

OnWord.net is the home for Bill Schmitt's blog and biographical information. This blog, initiated during Bill's nearly 14 years as a communications professional at Notre Dame, expresses Bill's opinions alone. Go to "About Bill Schmitt" and "I Link, Therefore I Am" to see samples of multimedia content I'm producing now and have produced during my journalism career and my marketing communications career. Like me at facebook.com/wgschmitt, follow me on Twitter @wschmitt, and meet "bill schmitt" on LinkedIn.

“I ♥ Valentine’s Day,” When the Church Shows the Love of its Life

Initially posted on the McGrath Institute for Church Life blog, published at the University of Notre Dame, on February 14. Valentine’s Day can be awkward for a lot of people. It’s unlikely the holiday will come up in Church conversations, … Continue reading

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Healing Culture–and Hearts–So Politics Can Work

https://www.c-span.org/video/?457649-1/every-man-king No discussion at the three-way intersection of our polarized society, our use of news and our faith-based values that can help renew healthy communication will bear fruit without the kinds of insights Bruce Stirewalt recently presented on Book TV. … Continue reading

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New Finger-Pointing, New Point-Making

I want to contribute to a renewal in 2019 at the intersection of three of our society’s most crucial questions: How can we reduce the polarization in our culture in order to solve urgent policy problems? How can we reinvigorate inclusive, … Continue reading

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Make a “Net” Work Better (4 New Ideas for 2019 World Communications Day)

For my blog dedicated to my particular focus on news, social polarization, and Christian values encouraging conversation for the common good: Click me-dia.blog in navbar above. World Communications Day 2019 won’t be officially celebrated until June 2, the Sunday before Pentecost. That’s … Continue reading

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“The Devout Life” As a Conversation-Starter

Initially posted on McGrath Institute Blog, published at the U. of Notre Dame, January 24 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 … Continue reading

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A Franciscan Call for News from a “Good Place”

Initially posted on McGrath Institute Blog, published at the U. of Notre Dame, Jan. 23, 2019 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 … Continue reading

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Every Town Should Have a “Village”

Just a note of personal thanks to The Music Village, which has become one of my “second homes” in South Bend, Indiana. Since I became one of the villagers nearly two years ago, this community of musicians and music-lovers has … Continue reading

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