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Fr. Michael Gaitley Interview on Meet The Author

Fr. Michael Gaitley is one of the most sought-after speakers in the Church today. Father Gaitley‚Äôs book 33 Days to Morning Glory has been largely responsible for renewed interest in Marian Consecration ‚Äď one of the most popular movements in the Church today.

His books The Second Greatest Story and Consoling the Heart of Jesus have spread the word of St Faustina and Divine Mercy.

Fr Gaitley will also be talking about his latest book 33 Days to Merciful Love.

Fr. Gaitley will be Ken Huck‚Äôs special guest, Thursday February 11th¬† on Meet the Author ‚Äď here on Radio Maria at 3pm ET/ 2pm CT.

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Students & Faculty Pray The Rosary from Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School in Dayton, Ohio

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Listen To CJ Students, Faculty Pray the Rosary on Radio Maria

“You are listening to Radio Maria, a Christian voice in your home. We are joining you live from Dayton, Ohio at Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School.”

On the fourth Monday of each month, you can hear Mary Pyper say those words before students and faculty pray the Rosary during the Radio Maria program. The group broadcasts live from the St. Mary Conference room in Marianist Hall.

Pyper,¬† a parent of four CJ graduates, is the treasurer of Radio Maria and runs all of the organization’s Dayton operations. She contacted religion teacher Tim O’Loughlin about this opportunity.

“All prayer is good, but this prayer group is special to me,” said O’Loughlin.¬† “It‚Äôs special because we‚Äôre not only praying as individuals, but we‚Äôre also praying as a CJ family, and we‚Äôre praying with one million Radio Maria listeners worldwide.¬† How cool is that?”

Tommy Krug ’16 participated in praying the Rosary on Radio Maria over the summer at the Bergamo Center and prayed the Rosary at CJ in August and September.

“You don’t have to pray the rosary for millions of people or give public speeches, but you should live a life that reflects that you’re a prayerful religious person,” Krug said.

Mo Zopff ’16 will be praying with the group for the first time on Monday, October 26.

“I’m mostly excited about sharing this new opportunity with other students,” Zopff shared. “I think it is important that we are recognized as a Catholic high school that actually practices faith and encourages students to take part in their faith lives and be faith leaders.”

O’Loughlin said this month the group will be praying the Divine Mercy Chaplet, the Rosary, and a Divine Mercy Litany.

“Much of Radio Maria programming is done by adults. This is one of the few student run programs,” O’Loughlin explained. “We have some amazing kids in this building.¬† The CJ Community should be proud about what goes on here.¬† I‚Äôm blessed to be a part of it..‚ÄĚ

Those interested in being a part of the group should notify O’Loughlin no later than the Saturday before the radio program is scheduled to air. The CJ community is also invited to listen-in at 1600 AM (Dayton-area) or online HERE. The group prays from 4 – 5 p.m. Eastern.

Saint of the Day: St. Kateri Tekakwitha

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St. Kateri Tekakwitha
Lived: (1656-1680) | Feast Day: Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Kateri said: ‚ÄúI am not my own; I have given myself to Jesus. He must be my only love. The state of helpless poverty that may befall me if I do not marry does not frighten me. All I need is a little food and a few pieces of clothing. With the work of my hands I shall always earn what is necessary and what is left over I‚Äôll give to my relatives and to the poor. If I should become sick and unable to work, then I shall be like the Lord on the cross. He will have mercy on me and help me, I am sure.‚ÄĚ

She was moved by the words of three Blackrobes who lodged with her uncle, but fear of him kept her from seeking instruction. She refused to marry a Mohawk brave and at 19 finally got the courage to take the step of converting. She was baptized with the name Kateri (Catherine) on Easter Sunday.

Now she would be treated as a slave. Because she would not work on Sunday, she received no food that day. Her life in grace grew rapidly. She told a missionary that she often meditated on the great dignity of being baptized. She was powerfully moved by God’s love for human beings and saw the dignity of each of her people.

She was always in danger, for her conversion and holy life created great opposition. On the advice of a priest, she stole away one night and began a 200-mile walking journey to a Christian Indian village at Sault St. Louis, near Montreal.

For three years she grew in holiness under the direction of a priest and an older Iroquois woman, giving herself totally to God in long hours of prayer, in charity and in strenuous penance. At 23 she took a vow of virginity, an unprecedented act for an Indian woman, whose future depended on being married. She found a place in the woods where she could pray an hour a day‚ÄĒand was accused of meeting a man there!

Her dedication to virginity was instinctive: She did not know about religious life for women until she visited Montreal. Inspired by this, she and two friends wanted to start a community, but the local priest dissuaded her. She humbly accepted an ‚Äúordinary‚ÄĚ life. She practiced extremely severe fasting as penance for the conversion of her nation. She died the afternoon before Holy Thursday. Witnesses said that her emaciated face changed color and became like that of a healthy child. The lines of suffering, even the pockmarks, disappeared and the touch of a smile came upon her lips. She was beatified in 1980 and canonized in¬†2012.

Take COURAGE!!

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Courageous Faith

Jesus offers us two questions to think about and pray over today.¬† ‚ÄúWhere is your courage?¬† Why have you such little faith? Jesus asked His disciples about their courage before telling or asking them about their faith in Him.¬† He supports where they are and moves them to go further by¬†addressing their faith.¬† He starts with nature before helping them grow in faith. ‚ÄúGrace builds on nature.‚ÄĚ

We are to have ‚Äúcourage‚ÄĚ for the work and ministry we do for Him is all about Him and not us.¬† When we lack courage and have little faith we are making ourselves the center of attention.¬† It is God and Jesus who effectively put words into effective practice.¬† Miracles are important, but FAITH is what helps us to understand that it is God who is present with us in our boat.¬† He tells us to have courage and to grow into the faith we have received. Then we begin to know who He is and awakeS us out of our own deep, dull, and dreary sleep.¬† Amen.

–Fr. Bertrand Buby, International Marian Institute. A Pontifical Institute dedicated to Mariology

 

Presenter on Living with Mary Today Thursdays 2:00pm ET/ 1:00pm CT

 

relit: The Heart of Evangelization – Michael Dopp on Meet The Author

Would you like to reach your family & friends with the GOOD NEWS of Jesus Christ?  That is our mission here at Radio Maria and THE MISSION of all of us! Tune in as Ken interviews an extraordinary Evangelist Michael Dopp. Thursday 3pm Meet The Author.   Michael is winning hearts & minds for Christ all over the world with his knowledge, zeal & love of The Lord and he can teach you how to do it, too!!

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relit: The Heart of Evangelization is an intensive and integrated set of talks, led by Michael Dopp, which help to form the participants theologically, spiritually, and practically so that they can be active evangelists in the Church.

The Church exists in order to evangelize, and recent popes have called for all members of the Church to give themselves to this noble task. In addition to these exhortations from the Church, Jesus Himself instructed us to share the faith. Thus, our faithfulness to Christ, our love for Him, and our love for others impels us to make known to the world the offer of salvation.

Michael Dopp was a luke-warm Catholic until he encountered the goodness and love of God at World Youth Day in Rome. The fruit of this encounter and his surrender to the mercy of God was the intentional living out of the richness of the faith and soon feeling the call to share Christ‚Äôs message with others ‚Äď to evangelize.

SUMMER READING LIST – TOP 10 for 2015

Summer is almost here and we all have a little extra time to spend with our friends and family!

Looking for a good book to relax and read?   Ken Huck has interviewed many authors about their books and has read them all!!

Here is his list of the best of the BEST!! ¬†Enjoy!! ¬†And don’t forget to pass on all the great nuggets of knowledge and Faith!!

Top 10 Summer Reading List 2015

 

If you would like to listen to the Ken Huck interview the authors and their books just click on the link below:

Meet the Author with Ken Huck

 

Ken Huck talks with Radio Maria’s own Roy Schoeman about his fascinating conversion to Catholicism

May 28th on Meet the Author (Thursday 2-3pm CT/3-4 pm ET) Ken Huck talks with Radio Maria’s own¬†Roy Schoeman about his fascinating conversion to Catholicism. ¬†‚ÄúFrom the Kippah to the Cross‚ÄĚ by Jean-Marie Eli Setbon. ¬†You can listen to Roy’s program –¬†Salvation is from the Jews¬†–¬†every Saturday 3pm ET/ 2pm CT ¬†¬†http://radiomaria.us/salvation-is-from-the-jews/
The show explores the Jewish roots of the Catholic Faith; the many ways that Judaism foreshadows the Church and the Church fulfills Judaism; the role of Judaism in salvation history from a Catholic perspective, and the conversion of the Jews.

The second 1/2 of the program is dedicated to Fathers and Families!

Brandon McGinley editor of ‚ÄúThe Joys & Challenges of Family Life: Catholic Husbands and Fathers Speak Out‚ÄĚ (Our Sunday Visitor) To learn more about Brandon visit: http://brandonmcginley.com/wp/

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Quest Guest Today is Roy Schoeman host of popular Radio Maria program “Salvation is from the Jews”

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TODAY at noon (et)/11am (ct) Steve Koob interviews Roy Schoeman host of “Salvation is from the Jews”¬†heard every Saturday 3pm (et) / 4pm (ct) only on¬†Radio Maria. ¬†Listeners may already be well acquainted with Roy Schoeman whose popular program educates listeners on the many foundational connections between Judaism and Catholicism. ¬†He is a convert from orthodox Judaism to Catholicism. ¬†His fascinating conversion story and information about his book Salvation is from the Jews¬†may be found at Salvation is from the Jews.com ¬†.
Roy was born in a suburb of New York City of “Conservative” Jewish parents who¬†had fled Nazi Germany.¬† His Jewish education and formation was received under some of the most prominent Rabbis in contemporary American Jewry, including Rabbi Arthur Hertzberg, probably the foremost Conservative Rabbi in the U.S. and his hometown Rabbi growing up. His secular education included a B.Sc. from M.I.T. and an M.B.A. magna cum laude from Harvard Business School. Midway through a career of teaching and consulting (he had been appointed to the faculty of the Harvard Business School) he experienced an unexpected and instantaneous conversion to Christianity which led to a dramatic refocus of his activities.¬†Since then he has pursued theological studies at several seminaries, helped produce and host a Catholic Television talk show,¬†and edited and written for several Catholic books and reviews. ¬†
 
T his week’s program is intended to acquaint us with the Jewish religious beliefs and practices, especially those that form the basis/model for much of what we recognize as Catholic Liturgy and rituals. According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) this is very important, ‚ÄúA better knowledge of the Jewish people‚Äôs faith and religious life as professed and lived even now can help our better understanding of certain aspects of Christian liturgy‚ÄĚ(CCC 1096).*
 
We will also be talking about¬† From the Kippah to the Cross, A Jew’s Conversion to Catholicism, by¬†¬†Jean-Marie Elie Setbon , Ignatius Press, 2015, which I found to be exceptionally captivating and educating.¬†
Steve Koob, Director
One More Soul, and Host
“The Quest for a Culture of Life in America”

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Francesca talks with Frances Harry of Carmelite Conversations about her inspiring fight with Cancer

Francesca and Friends    April 29, 2015   Noon-1:00 PM  (ET) / 11am-noon (CT)

Francesca Franchina talks with¬†Frances Harry OCDS, Past President¬† and founding member ¬†of¬† the OCDS (Order Carmelite Discalced Secular) Mother of Good Counsel Community, Dayton, OH¬†and Radio Maria Co-Host of Carmelite Conversations, which airs on Monday Evenings.¬† Francesca queries¬†Frances about her¬†November¬† cancer surgery, its successful outcome and the insights she gained while going through the trauma and travail garnering trust¬† during this most trying time of her life.¬†Frances shares her deep faith,¬† how she kept it and kept up her spirits facing the unknown outcome of a long time situation, a compromised¬† past surgery, pain and weakness before, during and after the operation that was buoyed up by her¬†inner peace, community prayer, knowledge and practice of her long time Carmelite¬†spirituality in the tradition of St. Teresa of Avila, St. Therese’ of¬†Lisieux, St. John of the Cross and other Carmelite¬†Saints. Learn how Jesus and the Blessed Mother furnished comfort and solace through¬†months of pain, weakness ¬†and recovery which continues even now. ¬†How does the knowledge of saints comfort us in our pain, trial and travail and bring us closer to Jesus and Mary?¬† Can we really be covered by Mary’s¬† Mantle and¬† the Precious Blood of Jesus and why should we? What are the effects of the Carmelite School of Prayer ¬†and how can we share in this mystery of love, concern¬†, compassion and caring? Call in with your questions and experiences of prayer in healing and well being.

This program  will be  archived on www.actheals.org and  http://radiomaria.us/francesca-and-friends/   

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Francesca Franchina

 
Francesca Franchina  MSE, OCDS

“THE JOY OF THE LORD IS OUR STRENGTH.”

“Good friends¬†and Radio Maria listeners ¬†are like stars, you do not always see them, but you know they are always there.”

Restoring the Integrity of the Family

Pope Francis is coming to the USA in September for the World Meeting of Families. The family is under attack as never before.

TODAY on Meet the Author (Thursday 2-3pm CT/3-4 pm ET) Ken Huck talks with:

Peter Kleponis, PhD author of ‚ÄúIntegrity Restored: Helping Catholic Families Win the Battle Against Pornography‚ÄĚ

(Emmaus Road Publishing)http://www.emmausroad.org/Integrity-Restored-Helping-Catholic-Families-Win-the-Battle-Against-Pornography–P12189.aspx#sthash.LWQ7GJeQ.dpbs

Visit Dr. Kleponis’s  website at: www.peterkleponis.com

TODAY on Meet the Author with Ken Huck
TODAY on Meet the Author with Ken Huck

A Catholic Gardener’s Spiritual Almanac: Cultivating Your Faith throughout the Year

Spring is Here!!

If you are a gardener, or want to give a wonderful book to a gardener in your life, this is the book for you!

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Today on Meet the Author (2-3pm CT/3-4 pm ET) Ken Huck talks with:

Margaret Rose Realy author of ‚ÄúA Catholic Gardener‚Äôs Spiritual Almanac: Cultivating Your Faith throughout the Year‚Ä̬†

Margaret gives advice on how to incorporate a love of gardening with your spiritual live.  This is a very unique book.

https://www.avemariapress.com/product/1-59471-484-3/A-Catholic-Gardeners-Spiritual-Almanac/ 

Margaret writes at: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/prayergardens/

Meet the Author is LIVE every Thursday 2-3pm CT/3-4 pm ET

Christ Is Risen! He Has Risen Indeed!

We are still in Eastertime and all over the world Christians greet each other with the Joyful news of:
Christ is Risen! ¬†¬†¬†¬†and everyone responds ¬† ¬†“He has risen indeed! ¬†
This practice dates back to the earliest of times and continues on today.  In times of darkness in the world it has been a great LIGHT.
The Light of Christ Himself.  Simple words and truths have a way of piercing the darkness as this story clearly illustrates.

Nikolai Ivanovich Bukharin was one of the most powerful men on earth.¬† He was a Russian Communist leader.¬† And he took part in the Bolshevik Revolution the same year Our Lady appeared in Fatima in 1917.¬† There is a story told about a journey he took.¬† He went from Moscow to Kiev in 1930 to address a huge crowd.¬† The subject was, of course, atheism.¬† He attacked Christianity!¬† He said some insulting words about Christianity.¬† And he argued against it as well.¬† It took him a long time to convince the crowd.¬† At the end of his talk, he was confident that he had convinced the crowd that they should reject Christ and embrace atheism.¬† So he turned the meeting to the parish priest.¬† The priest complimented him on his eloquence.¬† Then turning to the crowd, he dismissed them by saying: ‚ÄúCHRIST IS RISEN!‚Ä̬† And the people passionately exclaimed as with one thundering voice: ‚ÄúHE IS RISEN INDEED!‚Ä̬†(cf. Catholic Bishops‚Äô Conference of India).¬† No matter what had been said to those people, they knew in their hearts the essential Gospel message that Christ had indeed risen.

Christ is Risen!       He has risen indeed!!

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Navigating Alzheimer’s on Meet the Author

This week on Meet the Author (Thursday 2-3pm CT/3-4 pm ET) Ken Huck talks with:

James Papandrea author of Seven Revolutions: How Christianity Changed the World and Can Change It Again (Image Books) http://www.imagecatholicbooks.com/book/234037/seven-revolutions/

Mary K. Doyle author of Navigating Alzheimer’s: 12 Truths about Caring for Your Loved One (ACTA Publications)http://www.actapublications.com/navigatingalzheimers/

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“The Quest for a Culture of Life in America” – Redeemed by Grace

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The tomb is empty for He has risen as He said!  Praise God!!
Redeemed by Grace
Steve Koob interviews Ramona Trevino about her amazing life story of an abusive first family, teen pregnancy, early marriage–with more abuse–and employment¬†as the very productive (ie, profitable) manager of Planned Parenthood’s Sherman Texas clinic.
She tells her story in , Ignatius Press, 2015, and she will retell it for you on “The Quest for a Culture of Life in America”, Tuesday, April 7th. ¬†
 
Ramona was truly Redeemed by Grace–the Grace of her latent Catholic Faith, “40 Days for Life”, Catholic Radio, a strong Texas Culture of Life, a holy priest, ¬†and the support of Eugene, friends and family. ¬†It is a beautiful story the reading of which I completed in one sitting–it is that captivating.
How she separated herself from PP, the role of contraception in her life and its connection to PP’s primary abortion business, and her current life as new mother¬†and pro-life warrior complete her story.
 
You too will be graced by tuning in on air, or online at     radiomaria.us    Noon ET / 11 am CT.  
 
May God bless you this Easter Week and Easter Season!
 
Steve Koob, Director
One More Soul, and Host
“The Quest for a Culture of Life in America”

 

Meet the Author -Guests for April 2nd Holy Thursday

TUNE IN TODAY at 3pm et/2pm ct РApril 2nd  Holy Thursday  РKen Huck interviews two dynamic authors:

Sherry Weddell Becoming a Parish of Intentional Disciples and Fr. Thomas Morrow Overcoming Sinful Anger: How to Master your Emotions & Bring Peace to Your Life

 

Becomming a Parish

1st segment Ken talks with Sherry Weddell author of Becoming a Parish of Intentional Disciples (Our Sunday Visitor) Following her 2012 runaway bestseller, ‚ÄúForming Intentional Disciples‚ÄĚ‚ÄĒa book that changed the conversation about what it means to be Catholic‚ÄĒSherry Weddell has gathered a team of experienced pastoral leaders who demonstrate, often from personal experience, how parishes can be transformed and equipped for the work of making disciples. https://www.osv.com/Shop/Product.aspx?ProductCode=T1641

 

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2nd segment Ken talks with Fr. Thomas Morrow author of Overcoming Sinful Anger: How to Master your Emotions & Bring Peace to Your Life‚ÄĚ (Sophia Institute Press) When you follow the simple advice offered in these pages, you‚Äôll be surprised at how quickly you‚Äôre giving up all desire for revenge, forgiving those who hurt you, and finding peace in your life.http://shop.sophiainstitute.com/Overcoming-Sinful-Anger-P775.aspx Fr. Morrow is also a presenter on Radio Maria.

 

Seeking The Face of Christ

“Such is the generation of those who seek Him, who seek the face of the God of Jacob” (Psalm 24:6 – RSV)

There are a number of different devotions we might focus on as we enter this most Holy Week of the Church calendar, but it might be good for us to reverently reconsider the very image our Savior chose to leave us, that of His own Beautiful Face yet Sorrowful Face.

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It is good for us to recall the sacrifice of great Love that our Lord made for us. ¬†It has been said that too much familiarity with this Holy Season can tend to diminish our appreciation of the measure of Christ’s love reflected in own His Holy Countenance. ¬†It is good for us to recall that it was at the beginning of His passion that our Lord experienced one of the more painful events He would endure; it ,was not simply the betrayal of one of His own disciples, but that fact that Judas Iscariot chose to betray our Lord by placing a kiss on His cheek.

The Church has a long history of devotion to the Holy Face going all the way back to Veronica’s singular act of courage and compassion, when she wiped the bloodied face of Jesus, forever preserving for us the painful image of His sacrifice and love. ¬†What similar act of compassion and even courage might we offer to our Eucharistic Lord, an act that can help to console our Lord in our own time, when we still witness so much blasphemy and so many offenses against His Church, His Mystical Body, and by consequence, His Holy Face.

In his Encyclical Ecclesia de Eucharistia, (The Eucharist) Saint John Paul II drew the eyes of the Church to the Face of Christ in the sacrament of the Eucharist. 

“To contemplate Christ involves being able to recognize him wherever he manifests himself, in His many forms of presence, but above all in the living sacrament of his Body and Blood. The Church draws her life from Christ in the Eucharist; by Him she is fed and by Him she is enlightened. The Eucharist is both a mystery of faith and a ‚Äúmystery of light.‚ÄĚ Whenever the Church celebrates the Eucharist, the faithful can in some way relive the experience of the two disciples on the road to Emmaus: ‚Äútheir eyes were opened and they recognized him‚ÄĚ (Lk 24:31). . . . I cannot let this Holy Thursday (2003) pass without halting before the ‚ÄúEucharistic face‚ÄĚ of Christ and pointing out with new force to the Church the centrality of the Eucharist.

Perhaps we could make our own act of courage and compassion this week and find an hour to visit our Church and just spend some time contemplating the Face of Christ in the Eucharist.  This is also a wonderful time to begin, if you have not already, to develop a continual devotion to the Holy Face of Jesus Christ.  For information please visit: www.holyface.com

Mark Danis
Host of Carmelite Conversations
Mondays  7 pm eastern / 6 pm central

More Great Books & Authors on Meet The Author

Join Ken Huck on March 26th  as he interviews 2 great authors:

Randy Boyagoda: Richard John Neuhaus: A Life in the Public Square and Mike Aquilina: Ministers and Martyrs: The Ultimate Catholic Guide to the Apostolic Age based on the NBC Television event: A.D The Bible Continues

1st segment Ken talks with Randy Boyagoda author of ‚ÄúRichard John Neuhaus: A Life in the Public Square‚ÄĚ (Image Books) http://www.imagecatholicbooks.com/book/214966/richard-john-neuhaus/¬† The late Father Richard John Neuhaus was a Lutheran pastor who: challenged President Lyndon Johnson, marched with Martin Luther King Jr., converted to Catholicism in 1990, founded the influential First Things, ordained a Catholic priest, advised President George W. Bush etc.¬† Tune in to hear about this amazing man.

2nd segment Ken talks Mike Aquilina author of ‚ÄúMinisters and Martyrs: The Ultimate Catholic Guide to the Apostolic Age‚ÄĚ based on the NBC Television event:¬† ‚ÄúA.D The Bible Continues ‚Äú(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G_8xKFRxgyA ) (Sophia Institute Press) http://shop.sophiainstitute.com/AD-Ministers-and-Martyrs-P771.aspx The TV event begins Easter Sunday.

Listen LIVE to Meet The Author every Thursday afternoon 3 pm eastern / 2 pm central

Missed a program or looking for a good book to read?  Go to our archives of Meet the Author  http://radiomaria.us/meet-the-author/

 

9 Months with Christ in the Womb – Respect Life Prayer Campaign

From March 25th to December 25th 2015, we are encouraging everyone to join us in this¬†Respect Life Prayer Campaign …

                                            9 Months with Christ in the Womb

Promoting a consistent ethic of life, short weekly reflections will be available to prayerfully follow Christ as He develops

in the womb of Our Blessed Mother.  Additionally, we will offer a monthly reflection on a different biblical story during the

earliest moments of Christ’s time on earth.  Each reflection will discuss the importance of a different social issue as it relates

to human dignity.  We are also asking everyone to pray our special prayer daily to Christ in the womb:

 

Dear Jesus of the Womb,

Most fragile child of Mary’s protection, we look to you as the youngest image of perfect innocence.  

We lift up our prayers to you who will save each of our souls.  Just as you entered humanity 

through this most gentle and helpless state, now help us to find your presence in the faces 

of all the gentle and helpless persons of the earth.  Bless us with eyes that see you and 

ears that hear you: in the presence of the poor and the outcast, the hungry and the homeless, 

the condemned and the war-torn, the elderly and the unborn.  May we discover you every day 

as at Christmas and offer you our gifts every day as at Epiphany.  

This we ask of You and the Father, with your Holy Spirit, and in union with Mary your tender home, Amen.

 

For the reflections or if you would like to order these prayer cards go to:

http://www.catholiccincinnati.org/ministries-offices/family-life/respect-life/respect-life-coordinators/nine-months-with-christ-in-the-womb/

 

Joshua Danis

Archdiocese of Cincinnati

Family and Respect Life Office

 

Radio Maria & the New Springtime of Faith

It’s SPRING!¬†

Hearts are warming up & thawing out thanks to you and your incredible support!! 

Pope John Paul II believed in Radio Maria so much that he composed a beautiful 

and powerful prayer just for us!  He told our founder, Emanuele Ferrario

to “go out into the world”. ¬†So Radio Maria came to the United States¬†and¬†

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the great work of Evangelization through Our Blessed Mother’s radio.

DONATE NOW & HELP Radio Maria bring about the NEW Springtime of Faith that 

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Lent – a time of growth … a deepening of our relationship with Christ

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This Wednesday we began the season of Lent.¬† It is a time when the Christian Church reflects on the experience of Christ’s Forty days in the Desert, which for us will end with the Passion and the death and eventually the resurrection of our Lord.¬† But first we must each have our own desert experience.

The analogy of the desert can bring out many different images for us, especially in these days.  Just a cursory review of the daily news from the Middle East focuses our attention on the daily violence and cruelty of the demonic forces in that region, so populated by deserts. The solitude of the desert and its barrenness strike many of us here in the west as a very inhospitable place.  But despite all of this, Christ does, by His own example, beckon us to overcome our reservations and journey with Him into the desert.

For many of us this season will evoke childhood memories of having to give up something we enjoy; we may remember being asked by our parents to make some sacrifice, to deny ourselves for a time, but with the expectation that we would later enjoy an abundance of whatever little sacrifice we might make.  It was good training for us as children, but as adults the lesson must go a little deeper.

As our spiritual life matures we come to understand this season not only as a time of sacrifice but also as a time of growth, a deepening of our relationship with Christ, not just because we agree to follow Him out into the desert of sacrifice, but more importantly because we are also invited into the desert that resides within our own hearts.  We must come face to face with the question of whether God is really at the center of our lives or whether we are dependent on some other form of consolation from this material world. (the very thing that hopefully we are willing to give up).

What Christ is really asking of us through these little sacrifices is whether God is enough for us.¬†“Are the consolations of God too small for you?¬†¬†Even the word spoken gently to you?”¬†(Job 15:11) ¬†What the desert experience of this season really reveals is the all-too often barrenness of our interior lives.¬† Is Christ really the source of our strength, or are we actually more dependent on something else.¬† Are we willing to face this barrenness of our own interior desert and rely only Christ as our consolation?¬† This barrenness can be experienced as nothing more than day-to-day life. Every day we face some challenge, some struggle, especially as we get older and come to understand how fleeting are the exterior comforts of all those things we strove so earnestly for when we were young.¬† In those moments are we really willing to abandon our reliance on some temporal and material consolation and accept Christ’s promise:

“That he would grant (us), according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might by His Spirit in the inner man.” (Ephesians 3:16)

Mark Danis

Host Carmelite Conversations

Mondays 7-8 pm eastern/ 6-7pm central

Praying to Find Rest and Consolation

mark danisEven a cursory review of the daily news can lead one to a sense of anxiety or fear or even despair.  These are challenging times.  It is important to know how to respond in difficult circumstances.  The best models we have for this response are always the Saints. In the most difficult times of our lives it is very important for us to take some time and allow our prayer life to provide us rest and consolation.

This is what John the Beloved Apostle did even as he struggled to respond to the most difficult news he had ever heard.  On the evening of the last supper, when our Lord told the Apostles what was about to happen, John could have chosen to react in a number of ways.

He could have fallen victim to fear and anxiety, he could have decided to run to the leaders of Israel and beg for them to spare our Lord, he could have stood on a street corner bearing a sign which described the injustice of it all – St. John the Beloved did none of these things.

He chose instead to simply rest in the Bosom of the Lord. “Now there was leaning on Jesus’ bosom one of his disciples, whom Jesus loved.” (John 13:23)

Of course, scripture tells us that this is also what our Lord does. “No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him” (John 1:18)

St. Mary Magdalene de Pazzi was an Italian Carmelite Mystic who lived from the mid 1500’s to the early 1600’s. ¬†She is reported to have had a number of conversations, while in ecstasy, with God the Father and the Lord Jesus.

During one of these conversations God the Father revealed to her the nature of the relationship between the Father and the Son. ¬†The Father shared that the Son actually rests within the Father’s bosom, and the Son Contemplates the Father. This might seem strange on first hearing it. ¬†It is helpful to have some sense of what this word Contemplation means:¬†“to admire something and think about it.”

Of course it is not difficult to imagine admiring the image we may have created of God the Father, but do we spend enough time just thinking about God, about His beauty, His nature, His Blessings?

God the Father told Mary Magdalene de Pazzi that when Jesus, His Son contemplated the Father He looked at Him with an admiring contemplation. ¬†He said that this was a “contemplation of admiration, of love, of¬†God’s purity, of the Father’s generosity, of His mercy, of His justice, of His goodness, of His wisdom, of might, of truth of union and of eternity.”

Do we ever think about prayer this way, as a simple contemplation, a simple look, a simple resting in the Bosom of the Father.  Any one of these attributes of God the Father would be worthy of a great deal of our admiration and worth thinking about for some time.

Of course these attributes were true of Jesus as well, but in order to pray effectively or rest in the Bosom of our Lord, we do not have to even think about these aspects of God’s nature.

The model of prayer John the Beloved provides us is the same one that our Lord Himself employed, simply to rest in the Bosom of the Father.

The next time you set aside time for prayer, see if you can just try resting in the Bosom of the Lord, or contemplating the Love which God the Father has for us. ¬†A good way to do this is to simply rest in the bosom of the Lord, try to practice silence, try to be so silent in fact that you can hear the Lord’s heartbeat. -Mark Danis

Host of Carmelite Conversations
Mondays  7-8pm Eastern

Live coverage of the 2015 March For Life in Washington DC

March For Life

On January 22nd, hundreds of thousands of pro-life people, mostly young adults, will come to Washington D.C.  to March for Life as we protest Roe v. Wade.  Every year since abortion was legalized, pro-lifers have marched to let Congress, the Supreme Court, and the nation know that Americans support life.  January is not the ideal month for standing in the cold for hours, so everyone bundles up and somehow that day seems to be one of the coldest and rainiest of the year.  In spite of the weather, we still March making great sacrifices because the unborn need a voice. Join us for LIVE coverage leading up to the March and Thursday throughout the day.

Also, Join with your Radio Maria Family in the Novena …For the conversion of all hearts and the end to abortion. http://www.usccb.org/

Pictures from Radio Maria’s coverage of the 2014 March for Life – Members of our Radio Maria Family:

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Put God First. Jesus must be our Love, our Teacher, and our Guide.

Happy New Year!!! ¬† ¬†We are so excited about this coming year for you, our Radio Maria Family, and for Radio Maria USA and all that God has planned for 2015! ¬†Did you know that Radio Maria is the largest Catholic radio in the world? ¬†We are in over 70 countries on all continents and GROWING! ¬†This would not be possible without YOU!!! ¬†So many conversions are happening through Radio Maria and we invite you to grow deeper in your faith and love of Jesus through Our Blessed Mother’s special instrument…Radio Maria. Tell all those you know and love about Radio Maria and spread the JOY!!!

PadreLivioDear friends, we are now at the beginning of a new year, a blank page of the human history to be written, but also and especially of our own life. Faith invites us to look at the future through the light of hope for the world was saved and Jesus is alive among us, with the invincible power  of his love. The presence of the Risen Christ makes us certain that evil will not win and that the last word is the one of good, life and truth.

The time given us by God is a precious gift to be well spent and not wasted. Every passing moment will never come back. It’s up to us, through daily fidelity, to write words of eternity. The first word to be printed in our hearts with indelible characters is “conversion“.  Time is given us to let us know, love and serve God. This is the only real purpose and goal of our lives.

To be converted means to put God first. Jesus must be our Love, our Teacher, and our Guide. Let us fix our sight towards the goal of eternity and,  day by day, let us advance on the path of salvation and joy. Let us walk together with Jesus and Mary and the whole Church,  in earth and in heaven.

Radio Maria is a voice calling for conversion. So many of you could bear witness. This is its identity and its reason for existing. It’s a voice sounding like a new Pentecost, in a concert made of peoples and languages, thanks to the missionary spirit animating it. Let us  proceed together with confidence in this wonderful path.

Yours Father Livio  РPriest Director of World Family of Radio Maria

TOP BOOKS of 2014 – Ken Huck of Meet the Author

Ken Huck host of Meet the Author                                                                                         

Meet the Author

with Ken Huck every Thursday at 2pm Central / 3pm Eastern

I love being a Radio Maria volunteer! ¬†Hosting Meet the Author for nearly four years and I still can’t believe it because each week I have the privilege of talking with the best Catholic authors. ¬† What is my favorite book of 2014? ¬†How can I possibly choose among so many wonderful books!! ¬†Here are my thoughts on my favorites for 2014.

I love conversion stories and we had several wonderful examples this year.  Here are my favorites:

  • ‚ÄúSomething Other Than God‚ÄĚ by Jennifer Fulwiler May 8, 2014
  • ‚ÄúA Voice UnDefeated‚ÄĚ by country music superstar Collin Raye May 29, 2014
  • ‚ÄúNot God‚Äôs Type‚ÄĚ by Holly Ordway.¬† Holly‚Äôs conversion is about as improbable as St Paul‚Äôs! October 16, 2014
  • A book that has had a great impact on my prayer life is ‚ÄúThe Better Part‚ÄĚ by Fr. John Bartunek November 6, 2014
  • ‚ÄúSt Peter‚Äôs Bones‚ÄĚby Thomas Craughwell.¬†Because of this book I was able to arrange a visit to the excavation under the Vatican this summer and venerate the bones of St Peter! February 20, 2014
  • For pure fun Simcha Fisher‚Äôs ‚ÄúThe Sinner‚Äôs Guide to Natural Family Planning‚ÄĚ March 13, 2014
  • But if you really, really, really pressed me, my favorite book discussed in 2014 was ‚ÄúJesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist‚ÄĚ by Dr. Brant Pitre April 3, 2014

I know 2015 will be another great year of insightful interviews with top authors of great books.   Listen live every Thursday 2pm central/3pm eastern Рrebroadcast Saturday midnight central/1 am eastern and again Tuesday 5am central/6am eastern.

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You can also find archives of other Meet the Author episodes at http://radiomaria.us/meet-the-author/

Many Thanks & Blessings!!!

What a tremendous time of year! ¬†Christmas Blessings abound!! ¬†We look back at this time and think about your great support for our Radio Maria Ministry. ¬†How we value your prayers and donations throughout the year … especially during our Fall Mariathon! ¬†You have our deepest gratitude and prayers. ¬†Your generosity has allowed us to reach so many with the life giving Word of God, the Holy Mass, the Holy Rosary and all of the inspiring programs that can be heard only on Radio Maria. ¬†There is still time to make a Year-end Gift to Radio Maria – on line right now. ¬† Your generous gifts make it possible for Radio Maria to continue to be a Light of Hope and presence of Our Blessed Mother in this coming year and to bring the Peace and Joy of Our Savior into each heart and home. ¬†Many Thanks and Blessings!!! ¬† ~mary pyper ¬† ¬† ¬†Radio Maria Treasurer

 

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Carmelite Conversations – St John of The Cross

In this month of Advent the Church will celebrate the Feast of one of the most important Saints and Doctors of the Church, the Carmelite Friar St. John of the Cross.  St. John is important because he is both a master teacher of contemplative prayer and a sure guide on the journey through the Mystical Life; indeed he is called the Mystical Doctor.  Below is a brief passage where he describes an elevated degree of contemplative prayer.
“The soul now feels that it is all inflamed in the divine union, its palate is all bathed in glory and love, that in the intimate part of its substance it is flooded with no less than rivers of glory, abounding in delights, and from its depths flow rivers of living water [Jn. 7:38], which the Son of God declared will rise up in such souls. It seems, because it is so forcefully transformed in God, so sublimely possessed by him, and arrayed with such rich gifts and virtues, that it is singularly close to beatitude – so close that only a thin veil separates it.”
What is important to point out from this writing, however, is the section which precedes this description of divine Union with God:
“It should be understood that the soul now speaking has reached this en-kindled degree, and is so inwardly transformed in the fire of love and elevated by it that it is not merely united to this fire but produces within it a living flame. The soul feels this and speaks of it thus in these stanzas with intimate and delicate sweetness of love, burning in love’s flame, and stressing in these stanzas some of the effects of this love.”
St. John is reminding us that this is the condition to which every Baptized Christian is called, not only as a benefit of our entry into heaven, but even here is this life. ¬†For many the idea of being completely absorbed in the Glory of God’s embrace seems like a fantastic dream, something perhaps to be yearned for, but not experienced. ¬†St. John of the Cross shows us on the other hand that this is not only available to us in this life, but is a gift Our Heavenly Father desperately wants to share with us.
To be fair the journey is not easy, and the trials along this path are many, but through the spiritual direction offered by St. John in his work entitled ‘The Ascent of Mount Carmel,’ we can begin this journey today.
For more information on St. John of the Cross, and the spiritual journey which he invites us to take with him, tune in to Carmelite Conversation on Radio Maria on Monday nights at 6pm central time or 7pm eastern with your hosts Mark Danis and Frances Harry.

Listen live every Monday 6pm central /7pm eastern
Listen live every Monday 6pm central /7pm eastern with hosts Mark Danis & Francis Harry

 

Fall Mariathon 2014

Thank You once again for your generous response to our Fall Mariathon!!

We could not do it with out all the help from our Great Radio Maria Family!!

On the Boards -  Volunteer Jessica from Dayton, Ohio
On the Boards – Volunteer Jessica from Dayton, Ohio

POPE FRANCIS CALLS FOR YEAR OF CONSECRATED LIFE

ARCHDIOCESE of CINCINNATI MARKS YEAR OF CONSECRATED LIFE CALLED BY POPE FRANCIS

RADIO MARIA USA TO BROADCAST OPENING MASS “LIVE”¬†AT 10:30 a.m. SUNDAY, NOVEMBER ¬†30, FROM EMMANUEL CHURCH IN DAYTON, OHIO¬†

The Archdiocese of Cincinnati, in union with the Catholic Church around the world, will celebrate members of religious orders and others in consecrated life during the Year of Consecrated Life called by Pope Francis from Nov. 30, 2014 to Feb. 2, 2016.

The theme for the celebration in the Archdiocese, reflecting the Pope‚Äôs goals for the Year, is ‚ÄúCelebrating the Past, Serving in the Present, Embracing the Future.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúEach of us has a call from God, and discovering God‚Äôs call for us will bring joy to our life,‚ÄĚ said the Most Reverend Dennis M. Schnurr, Archbishop of Cincinnati. ‚ÄúReligious life / consecrated life is a viable option.‚ÄĚ

The objectives he has approved for the Archdiocesan observance of the Year are to:

  • increase the visibility of religious life / consecrated life;
  • express appreciation;
  • highlight the joy experienced in this vocational choice;
  • educate about religious life / consecrated life.

‚ÄúThe Archdiocese of Cincinnati has a long and rich history of welcoming religious communities,‚ÄĚ Archbishop Schnurr said, noting as examples that the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur are celebrating 175 years and the Poor Clare Sisters 25 years in the Archdiocese in 2015.

‚ÄúToday 34 different Congregations of women and 12 different Congregations of brothers and priests minister in the Archdiocese ‚Äď approximately 226 priests, 114 brothers, and 781 sisters. We are also blessed with the presence of Secular Institutes, public (Regnum Christi) and private associations (Children of Mary) of the faithful, and a Consecrated Virgin Living in the World. All of those are examples of the consecrated life.‚ÄĚ

In addition to parish-wide observances, there will be two Archdiocesan events to mark the Year of Consecrated Life. Auxiliary Bishop Joseph R. Binzer will preside at the opening Mass at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 30, at Emmanuel Church in Dayton which will be broadcast LIVE on Radio Maria USA. Archbishop Schnurr will preside at the closing Mass at 11 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016 at the Cathedral of St. Peter in Chains in Cincinnati.

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cincinnati is the 38th largest Catholic diocese in the country, with almost 500,000 Catholics, and has the sixth largest network of Catholic schools in terms of enrollment.  The 19-county territory includes 213 parishes and 113 Catholic primary and secondary schools.

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Our Fall Mariathon

Andrew ON THE AIR for Radio Maria’s Fall Mariathon. ¬†Someone called in with $1,000 donation!!! Way to go!!

Fall Mariathon