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Host Kathleen Beckman and Fr. Jeffrey Droessler dialogue about his calling from a successful business to the priesthood, and how faith was necessary to make the transition. They discuss Father’s thesis on “St. Catherine of Genoa’s Mysticism of Purgatory in light of the teaching of the Doctrine of the Church, Doctors of the Church, other Saints and Popes”. Father shares about the type of suffering in Purgatory, God’s mercy, and what is meant by “Purgatory on earth” and more.
Host Kathleen Beckman dialogues with Fr. Al Baca, Director of Ecumenical & Inter Religious Affairs for the diocese of Orange and Pastor of St. Cecilia’s Parish, on how the communion of saints help us on our journey of faith, hope and love. They discuss the communion of the Church of heaven and earth. They share how the saints have helped in their respective spiritual lives; and the communion of the three states of the Church (CCC 954).
Host Kathleen Beckman dialogues with seminarian William Goldin regarding his conversion to Catholicism, subsequent call to the priesthood, and how the Holy Spirit guided him each step of the way. Part of William’s academic training took place as a lay graduate student at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, DC. On the Church’s liturgical feast of St. Catherine of Siena, Doctor of the Church, William offers insights into the Dominican tradition and the spirituality of Saint Catherine, a third order lay Dominican. They discuss “contemplatives in action”.
Host Kathleen Beckman dialogues with Mount Saint Mary’s College Adjunct Professor & Author, Teri Thompson regarding the new evangelization and social media for Catholics. They discuss points made by the USCCB regarding increasing effectiveness of our work in sanctifying, teaching and governing by using the tools of 21st century communications to spread the faith.
Host Kathleen Beckman dialogues with best selling author, Patricia Treece on her latest book, “God Will Provide”, “How God’s Bounty Opened to Saints and 9 Ways It Can Open for You, Too” (Paraclete Press). Looking at God’s providence through the lens of saints such as Father Solanus Casey, Chiara Lubich (d. 2008), Blessed John Paul II, St. Padre Pio, Dorothy Day, and Blessed Mother Teresa, they discuss the life long process of letting go and letting God provide. Patricia has written extensively about the lives of the saints and how surrendering to God, fully and without reservation, is the path to a life without worries.
Host Kathleen Beckman interviews Anne S. Forsyth, Director of College Relations and Assistant to the President of Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, CA. They discuss the spiritual, human and intellectual formation that makes this fully Roman Catholic undergraduate college a thriving environment for young men and women. They share about the Catholic nature of the College’s academic program, how students embrace the liturgical life and hunger for truth, and the many vocations among the college’s graduates. Anne’s role on campus puts her in close contact with youth from all over the world. She shares their stories of God’s blessing.
Host Kathleen Beckman dialogues with Dr. Sony Sakhrani who was born into Hinduism in India and converted to the Catholic faith at 15 years of age while living in the Philippines. Her parents were both Hindus but her father had a devotion to the Mother of Perpetual Help and St. Jude Thaddeus. Sony’s conversion comes by the way of the cross. She serves Christ in her pediatric psychiatric practice, and Magnificat, A Ministry to Catholic Women, Archdiocese of St. Louis Chapter.
Host Kathleen dialogues with Aileen Blachowski on “Endow: Educating on the Nature and Dignity of Women”. Aileen shares how her vocation as wife and mother (of six children) is profoundly blessed by “Endow Groups” where women discover their God-given dignity and grow to understand their role in humanizing and transforming society through the service of love. They discuss the synergy between “Magnificat, A Ministry to Catholic Women” and “Endow Groups”, both of which enjoy widespread ecclesial support of bishops and priests in over 90 dioceses.
Host Kathleen Beckman dialogues with Bradley James regarding his friendship and commissioning by Mother Teresa; and how life-changing it was for him. In one letter to Bradley, Mother Teresa wrote, “I give you my permission to write melodies to my words and prayers. That would indeed be something beautiful for God – your gift of love to the Missionaries of Charity. Let us thank God for the desire he has kindled in your heart to use the gifts he has given you for his glory!” Grammy-award winning producer John Andrew Schreiner co-produced it with James who said it’s become the best selling independently produced CD’s in the world.
Host Kathleen Beckman interviews Dr. Aaron Kheriaty on the genesis of his new book (written with Fr. John Cihak, STD) on how the saints, sacraments, and psychiatry can help you break the grip of depression and find happiness again. They discuss Blessed JPII’s teaching on the complimentary work of psychiatry/psychology with philosophy/theology, and how the physician and the confessor can offer God’s healing love.