What a joy to have had one of Louisiana’s finest on with us today! Kitty Cleveland joined us, and we had a wonderful conversation. She is an abundantly talented Catholic singer, songwriter, speaker, and storyteller. Today she shared the story of her father, his time in prison, and how this terrible cross became a gift. Kitty spoke about her song Surrender that was written to tell her father’s story. After listening to Kitty on the show, please visit her at kittycleveland.com.
Today Dr. William Stevenson joined us. He is a professor of Systematic Theology at the St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity in St. Paul, MN. He also teaches at the Archbishop Harry J. Flynn Catechetical Institute. We spoke about a lecture he gave on the eighth Commandment, thou shalt not bear false witness. As with all the Commandments, this one is so very deep and rich. It was an enlightening conversation!
Today, we had Catholic author, professor, speaker and (my favorite thing about her) jazz singer, Elizabeth Kelly with us. Liz has a beautiful way of communicating – right to the soul – in her writing, speaking, and singing. Our conversation was filled with joy and wonder. After listening, you may find out more about Liz on her website www.emkbooks.com.
We had the honor of having Patty Schneier join us. She is wife, mother, Catholic speaker, and author. She is a cradle Catholic who had a deep conversion upon hearing of Theology of the Body. Her book is Love Letters from Mom, which is a collection of beautiful letters that every mom wants her children to hear! Patty will be in speaking at the W.I.N.E: Women in the New Evangelization Conference, and she gave us a preview of her talk, “Come and Go.” You may find out more about Patty at www.pattyschneier.com.
As the anniversary of Roe vs. Wade draws near, it was wonderful to hear from two amazing workers in the vineyard! Mary Kellet with Prenatal Partners for Life joined us. She spoke of how her son Peter and the Holy Spirit began this pro-life work, which assists families who have been encouraged to abort their children after an adverse prenatal diagnosis. This help has extended to people in all 50 states, and 39 countries! Later, Brian Gibson with Pro-Life Action Ministries joined us, which is an organization of sidewalk counselors. They have saved over 3000 babies! He will be speaking this week at the pro-life events in Washington, DC. Then join him this summer in Chicago for the National Sidewalk Counseling Conference.
You can reach Mary Kellet at prenatalpartnersforlife.org or call 763-772-3868.
To reach Brian Gibson please go to plam.org.
What a wonderful gift to have John DeJak join us today. John is a researcher for the Cause of Fr. Walter Ciszek, S.J., who was an American priest, later arrested by the Russians, imprisoned for 23 years, and sentenced to hard labor in the Gulag. We had a wonderful hour getting to know Father through his young life and time in prison, and how Father has become an intercessor especially for the DeJak family. After listening to the podcast, you can find out more about Fr. Ciszek at http://www.ciszek.org and at https://www.facebook.com/FatherWalterCiszek.
Today, on the Epiphany, Carol Marquardt joined us. She is the author of “The Sound of His Voice: Everyday Principles for Listening to God.” We spoke of the Epiphany, and how each one of us is called by that same star that led the Magi. Carol’s book is a great starting point for prayer, and hearing the voice of God in your life. In addition, Carol told us of her early life as a nationally ranked tennis player, her marriage and later conversion, and, after nearly five decades of marriage, the death of her husband.
Today is the Feast of the Holy Family and the Feast of the Holy Innocents. We hosted two women with the most amazing families, with stories of their own beautiful innocent children. Laura Reither and Ashlee Rickert joined us. Laura is the mother of 10 children, and Ashlee is the mother of 4 children. Your heart will be filled with great joy and wonder listening to their stories of life!
Sister Miriam James joined us. She is the author of “Loved as I Am: An Invitation to Conversion, Healing, and Freedom through Jesus.” I met Sister as she captivated 2000 teenagers while telling her story. She went from a Division 1 college volleyball player, living a life away from Christ, to being a Sister with The Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity. It is an amazing story – and wonderful for your teens as well!
Today we celebrated Mary! Msgr. Charles Mangan of the Sioux Falls Diocese joined us. Currently, he is the Director of the Office of the Marian Apostolate in the Diocese of Sioux Falls, the Vicar for Consecrated Life and the Canonical Adviser to the Most Reverend Paul J. Swain, the Bishop of Sioux Falls. We spoke about the recent Marian Feasts, and the titles of Mary.
Later in the program, we were joined by Sister Marie Kolbe Zamora of the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity. We spoke about the year of Consecrated Life declared by Pope Francis.
Today Judy Cozzens and her son joined us. Judy is a Catholic author and speaker; she is the vice-president of vocations for the U.S. Council of Serra International. Judy is one of my heroes. Her son is His Excellency, Bishop Andrew Cozzens, an auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. We had a wonderful conversation about many things, including supernatural-grandparent-ing, woundedness, mercy, and one of the most amazing pro-life stories.
Kevin O’Brien of Theater of the Word Incorporated joined us. He has a marvelous conversion story – a former atheist who sought out Christ through acting on stage. Because of a letter in the newspaper from, then, Archbishop Burke, Kevin began writing plays that have to do with the Catholic Faith. We had a wonderful time speaking of the ways God has intervened in Kevin’s life. You can find out more about Kevin on his website http://www.theateroftheword.blogspot.com.
Kelly Wahlquist is an evangelist! Her resume is stunning – she is a nurse turned Catholic speaker and author. She speaks throughout the country, is the assistant director of the Archbishop Harry J. Flynn Catechetical Institute, and is the author of the upcoming book “Created to Relate: God’s Design for Peace and Joy.” In addition, Kelly has begun W.I.N.E. – Women In the New Evangelization. We had a wonderful, joy filled conversation, talking about giftedness – and laughing about the three magic words that helped her to become more involved in the Church – “free child care!”
Today two brothers, who are also priests, joined us. They are Fr. Aaron Kuhn and Fr. Matthew Kuhn. Currently, they are both priests in rural parishes in the St. Cloud, Minnesota diocese. We have been friends for some years. We spoke about things as deep and wonderful as confession, and reclaiming your baptismal identity. In there were some lighthearted moments as well. Then we talked about listening to God’s voice for your vocation – and there is a wonderful surprise woven throughout the hour, that reveals itself at the end.
For All Souls Day Marcus Daly joined me. He has a wonderful re-version story, which includes both a physical and spiritual journey. At one point, he “accidentally” found himself on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, followed by a retreat to the Madonna House in Canada. There were a few more providential events that led him to his current work; Marcus is known as The Coffin-maker. After hearing his story, please visit his website mariancaskets.com.
Joseph Pearce joins me, Alyssa Bormes, to speak about his book, “Race with the Devil: My Journey from Racial Hatred to Rational Love.” The book addresses Joseph’s conversion story, and how some of the great writers such as G.K. Chesterton, C.S. Lewis, and Hilaire Belloc were influential to Joseph eventually entering the Catholic Church. We spoke in depth about the small moments of light in the midst of the darkness, how prayers with our parents changed our lives, and how, between Joseph and me, at least one of us speaks with an accent. We will let the audience decide who that is. You can find Joseph’s books in Catholic bookstores all over.
What a wonderful guest to have for my first show! Dale Ahlquist, president of the American Chesterton Society and co-founder of the Chesterton Academy, joined me, Alyssa Bormes, today. We spoke of Dale’s new book, “All Roads: Roamin’ Catholic Apologetics,” which is a wonderful collection of essays. In addition, we spoke about the state of education today, and the reasons Dale decided to open a high school, which for the second time was recognized by the Cardinal Newman Society as a “School of Excellence.” We had a wonderful time talking about Dale’s conversion, which started in Rome when John Paul II was shot, and ended in Rome a decade and a half later. You can find Dale’s book at www.chesterton.org