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August 16, 2013 – Out of Eve’s Shadow: What Mary means to women

  • What Eve’s sin meant to women before Christ
  • How the burden of women was expressed in the bible and in pagan antiquity
  • What does the genealogy in the Gospel of Matthew say about the unique character of Mary
  • The Immaculate Conception was not just an instrument of salvation for humankind, but it was a means through which females were redeemed from Eve’s sin.
  • Christ, with his Mother, elevated the station of women
  • Learn why the earliest converts to Christianity were women

August 9, 2014 – Turning the hearts of fathers toward their children

  • In the book of Malachi and in the Gospel of Luke, it states that the coming of the Messiah will turn the hearts of fathers toward their children.
  • Learn how Christianity made men better fathers
  • What is the role of a father in today’s family and in today’s world
  • A father does not only imitate God’s Divine Fatherhood, but he participates in it whenever he fathers lovingly and justly.
  • The impact of a father on his child’s spirituality and sexuality is considerable
  • Today’s statistics on fathers
  • A good father is like God: he is a father and a friend to his child

August 2, 2014 – The thankless job of the Old Testament prophets

  • The writings of the prophets were eventually enshrined into the canon known as the Old Testament. But their contemporaries treated them as outcasts. Their message was seldom welcomed by the people of God. Not a few of them complained to God about being mistreated. Yet, they continued to bear witness to God’s Word.
  • Following in the footsteps of the prophets and our crucified Lord, the Saints were often rejected by their own; in particular, by clergy members and their own fellow Catholics. The witness they bore and the reform they initiated were resisted by the people of God equal to that of their Jewish ancestors in the Old Testament. Yet, today, the holiness of the Saints is celebrated and their work is honored by the Catholic Church.
  • God uses the just and the unjust to test our work. Therefore, do not be discouraged by adversity. Learn from the prophets and Saints.

July 26, 2014 – Quiet in Tarsus: Waiting on the Lord

  • Many theologians, including Fr. Joseph Holzner, author of Paul in Tarsus, say that after his conversion St. Paul had to wait in Tarsus for three to four years before he could begin evangelizing. Evidently, he was sent home after his visit to Jerusalem. The Jewish Christians did not yet trust him. This interim period of waiting in Tarsus was believed to be a great trial; yet, one that prepared him for his mission.
  • Scripture is full of waiting. Mary and Joseph had to wait on the Lord. Many, if not, all of the Saints, had to wait on the Lord.
  • Father Walter Cizsek and Cardinal Francis Xavier Nguyen Van Thuan were incarcerated under oppressive communist regimes. They too had to wait on the Lord; the former for 23 years, the latter for 13 years. Both knew the loneliness of solitary confinement. The insights of these great holy men and women can shed a great deal of light on the times when we have to wait on Lord.

July 19, 2014 – Fallen-away Catholics: Why did they fall away and how do we get them back?

    Statistics:

  • Growth in the 19th century; decline in the second half of the 20th century and 21st century
  • Trends in the Church that led to the decline
  • Family and parish practices that hastened the decline
    The good news:

  • The Catholic Church has suffered decline before and bounced back
  • How to make converts: Insights from the early Christians
  • Practical tips for Catholics to try at home

July 12, 2014 – The Gospel of Life at the End of Life – Dr. Robin Utrie

  • The changing culture of the medical community
  • Demographic, budget challenges of hospitals
  • The changing political landscape: Do Catholics have a place in the medical profession and how does religious liberty fare
  • When human suffering has no meaning: Euthanasia flourishes

July 5, 2014 – St. Benedict and Monasticism

  • How monasticism laid the foundation for Christian civilization
  • The institutions it created
  • How the power of the Word has “unintended consequences.” Not everything can be planned out
  • How the Church benefited from monasticism when it needed reform
  • Religious vocations and Catholic school tuition- they’re related
  • Why parishes have a vested interested in promoting- not only priestly vocations –but religious vocations as well

June 28, 2014 – The Fathers of the Church, and the New Evangelization

  • For the New Evangelization to be successful, it has to build upon whatever is good about the “Old Evangelization” (i.e. Apostles, Church Fathers and early Christians)
  • What the pre-Christian world looked like and how it is comparing to the post-Christian world
  • Briefly, what led to the fall of the Roman Empire
  • What were the methods used for evangelization and what were the early Church’s pastoral standards
  • Closing the gap: What are we as 21st century Catholics not doing?

June 21, 2014 – Hospice Nurses and Heaven – Tina Poppe

  • How eternity shapes our perception of life
  • Studies on near death experience from Fr. Robert Spitzer’s Magis Institute
  • The book, Glimpses of Heaven by Trudy Harris (a hospice nurse)
  • Stories told by Tina Poppe about her patients

June 14, 2014 – The Rwandan Genocide and the Church in Africa

  • His childhood in poverty and how he was ministered to by the Jesuit missionaries
  • For him, as for many Africans, he was a beneficiary of evangelization and works of charity
  • The missionaries ministered to the whole person- body and soul –much like the early Christians and the Saints
  • The horrors of the Rwandan genocide and how Our Lady of Kibeho warned of this
  • Egide’s impression of America: He once said that “America is like heaven on earth.”
  • The generosity of America

June 7, 2014 – Our Lady of Good Help and the New Evangelization

• History of the first approved Marian apparition in America
• The Peshtigo Fire and a hundred years later
• The importance of her message for the New Evangelization

Sky View: The New & Old Evangelization

Sky View is current event and topic-driven Catholic program that casts the Light of Faith on the most pressing matters of everyday life, society and the Church. By appealing to the wisdom God has communicated through his Church over the last two millennia, the answers to today’s problems are often within reach.

As such, the Sky View audience will be acquainted with not only contemporary Catholic sources, but those from antiquity as well.

Like Christ on the Road to Emmaus, we will join the conversation people are having by speaking the language people are using; but we will do so by tapping into the prophetic tradition of the Catholic Church.