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Have you ever wondered at the power made available to us by God through our priests? In Sacred Scripture, we find beautiful examples of how God, at the time of the Israelites in Egypt, works through chosen ministers to accomplish their salvation. For ancient Israel, this amounted to securing their release from slavery, no less. Later, God provides Manna and the Law. On the one hand, he keeps them from starvation, and on the other, God gives the Israelites the means, through his minister, to live with God, rather than return to slavery. Monsignor Stephen Otellini from the Archdiocese of San Francisco is my special guest. He offers both grace and wisdom to help us better understand the special power that God offers us through the priesthood.
An old saying suggests that the New Testament lies hidden in the Old and the Old Testament is unveiled in the New (Catechism of the Catholic Church #129). If this is so, can we find in the Old Testament evidence for God’s presence in his Church today? We begin by reflecting upon 3 aspects of God: God’s desire to be close to us, even intimately as a father; the distance we place between us and God when we prefer our own will over his will; and how God works to overcome that distancing we caused. Orienting by means of these 3 points, we see God acting on behalf of his children through his Chosen People, and others before them. We consider the promise to Noah (Gen 9: 18 – 19), the calling of Abraham (Gen 12: 1 – 4), and Moses’ drawing water from the rock (Ex 17: 6). Finally, we look at these Old Testament events and parallels with Peter as “rock” (Mt 16: 18), as well as the water flowing from Christ’s open side (John 19: 34).
There are many contemporary images of God. For example, the image of an older gentleman with a flowing, white beard, or the image of sun piercing through clouds. As beautiful as these contemporary images can be, Scripture paints a far more intimate God. Fr. Greg Haake is a guest on the program. He is a Holy Cross Father from the University of Notre Dame who is studying for his Doctorate in French Literature. In this program, he compares the contemporary images of God and several sublime verses in Sacred Scripture.
We may each have a Bible in our homes, but do we often go to Sacred Scripture as we might go to the refrigerator when hungry? Our Lord desires to meet us in the Sacred Texts and we explore here how to do this with Fr. Paul Maillet, Associate Professor of Scripture at St. Patrick’s Seminary in California. The method is called Lectio Divina. Fr. Paul begins by sharing with us his remarkable call to the priesthood, and in particular how he was inspired while visiting a young man who was dying. Father also shares with us an example of how to apply Lectio Divina, how to be “lifted up” by Our Lord. We reflect on a passage from Matthew 11: 25 – 30: “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”
We know how babies are born. We know too that we came from a mother and father. However, have we ever wondered how our spiritual lives came to be? Where do our spiritual lives come from and how do they grow? Yet, if we were so inclined to look, would we know where to find for our spiritual mother and father, or even whom to look for? In Sacred Scripture we see important imagery that gives us clues. We consider how Moses acted as a father for Israel, delivering material good for them to survive in the worst of circumstances. We look too at the parallels between Moses and Jesus and the establishment of the priesthood. Finally, this program considers the Scriptures that assure us of having a Spiritual Mother. These assure us of all the good that a Spiritual Mother brings to our spiritual growth and development.
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!
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.
In this program I interview a young Christian, Jared, with a fascinating story. He is considering entering the Catholic Church! His story begins when, at 17 years old, he wondered what he believed about God and why. He first searched the roots of his Protestant faith, but this increased his concerns. He did not understand why some of the teachings of the founders, like Calvin and Luther, were no longer part of his denomination’s practice. Discouraged by not finding satisfactory answers, he studied some Eastern religions, only to discover in that process a thread that would lead him to the last place he expected: the Catholic Church! Now, he is devoting himself to studying the Catholic Church as the one Church founded by Our Lord. With a conviction he attributes to Our Lady, Jared hopes to enter the Catholic Church as soon as possible.