Father Bud Stevens was raised as a faithful Episcopalian. His father was a minister in their church. Yet, while attending a Catholic high school, Father Bud was drawn to something in his classmates, something he was searching for. Later, Father Bud would hear God’s calling him to serve his brothers and sisters in Christ as a priest in the Catholic Church. Father Bud describes the “Four Marks” of the Church as important aspects for each of us, individually, and for our happiness. He explains how they lead, not only to our fulfillment here on earth, but ultimately to our salvation. Additional information about the four marks of the Catholic Church, including many scriptural references, can be found in the short, and easy-to-read resource: “Pillar of Fire; Pillar of Truth” at the Catholic Answers website: http://shop.catholic.com. It is also a great evangelization tool!
Archive for July, 2013
Wayne speaks about his introduction to Medjugorje. He was moved by this event from disbelief, to believing and acceptance. Amazingly, following this curious encounter, he completely changed his life. No longer would he be in the newspaper/printing business, but would be working for Our Lady, spreading her messages from Medjugorje. Today, Wayne has published 8 books on Medjugorje with copies in the many millions distributed throughout the world. Wayne also shares that his latest book, “Medjugorje: The Last Apparition”, underscores the spiritual motherhood that Our Lord offers us through Mary. We discuss the Biblical support for this in Rev 12: 1-17, John 19: 26-27, and Luke 1 1: 46-55. To draw close to Mary is to be strengthened in our love for her Son. She is also our heavenly aid at the times of greatest need. Mary, Wayne notes, has been offering encouragements and guidance through Medjugorje for 32 years, a totally unique phenomenon in the history of the Church. This is so because children, including spiritual children, grow and mature over time and not simply after only one instruction. Even Our Lord was in her care for 30 years! Reference is also made to Wayne’s remarkable work introducing the faithful to Medjugorje titled: “Medjugorje: The Message”.
This program considers a “great good” as proposed by San Francisco’s Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, a good coming from marriage between one man and one woman. He shares his experience with inner city families, most of whom are devastated by the absence of the father. The program also invites listeners to ask a difficult question: Is it reasonable to trust the Church on its teaching regarding homosexual unions? Fundamentally, we must each answer this question if we are to help bring that “great good” to our society that Our Lord desires!
This program considers two invitations by Pope Francis to intercede for the faith in our families and communities. Here, we consider the example of Abraham and the powerful effect of his intercession with Our Lord on behalf of two troubled towns. We will also draw specific examples from the Pope’s own efforts when, as Cardinal in Buenos Aires, his country also faced the “grave” decision whether or not to legalize same-sex unions. He draws attention to the great deprivation that same-sex unions offer children. We will also reflect on Pope Francis’ homily given during the Mass of his inauguration on March 19, the Feast of St. Joseph. Drawing from the example of St. Joseph, Pope Francis shows us how to protect the faith with beauty and sensitivity. Listeners are also invited to join us on July 17 for an interview with Wayne Weible, a great ‘apostle’ of the apparitions of Our Lady in Medjugorje.