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.

A Most Remarkable Lent: Pope Says, Draw Near! (Social Distancing, Part 2)

  From the Vatican News coverage of the Pope’s homily during Mass on March 18. Pope Francis has spoken out about our need to draw near to one another. He has done so from Rome, in the heart of a … Continue reading

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Social Distancing: Viral Strain or a Step Toward Healing?

As someone who’s avidly and anxiously watching the growth of social polarization in America, I squirmed upon hearing that one of the prescriptions for our latest national challenge—managing the COVID-19 pandemic—is a strategy called “social distancing.” Oh, great. What is … Continue reading

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Pope’s 2020 Message on Communications: Tell Good Stories

From Jan. 28, 2020 podcast–Bill Schmitt discusses Pope Francis’ call for communication Pope Francis’ message for the 2020 World Communications Day urges Catholics to be good storytellers–that is, people who know a good story when they hear it and faithful … Continue reading

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Look Up in Anger?

I write a lot about social polarization and our need to renew the ability to hold constructive, civil conversations among people who don’t see eye-to-eye, who don’t understand where another person is coming from. There’s a lot of anger in … Continue reading

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“The Irishman”–A Film Epic of Spiritual Warfare, with a Warning

This review of “The Irishman” from a Catholic perspective was first published in the blog of Notre Dame’s McGrath Institute for Church Life on Feb. 5, 2020.    Boomer film buffs might see Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman as a kind … Continue reading

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This Just In: 2020 World Communications Day Message

Hello dear readers and fans of the Kyle Heimann Show on Redeemer Radio in the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, I was privileged to help “break the news” with Kyle this morning about the Vatican’s Jan. 24 release of the … Continue reading

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Welcome to New Readers — What’s News in Your World?

A special welcome to you if you’re visiting my blog because you heard me interviewed this morning on the “Son Rise Morning Show” on the EWTN Radio Network.  I’m a consultant who serves a number of clients through multimedia journalism, … Continue reading

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Texts from the Pope: Be Smarter Than Your Phone

Image accompanying podcast of “A Closer Look” —  Sheila Liaugminas’ Relevant Radio interview with Bill Schmitt on communications Amid our “New Year’s” preparations to enter the next decade of this digital age, Pope Francis has made news once again. He’s … Continue reading

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Small Talk: On the Way from Distraction to Action

The post below is my Nov. 1, 2019, contribution to the Magis Center blog. Rev. Robert Spitzer, SJ, PhD, is president of the Magis Center, whose missions include the revitalization of belief in God and pursuit of the highest levels … Continue reading

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Arise from Sharkness! How Leaders Win with a Silly Song

CBS journalist Bob Schieffer offered a lesson we all should chew on when he saw a deeper meaning in the World Series victory of the Washington Nationals. During his Oct. 31 “Evening News” commentary, he showed us how the team’s … Continue reading

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