Quest for a Culture of Life in America with Steve Koob

Steve Koob, founder and executive director of One More Soul, hosts a weekly program in which he interviews some of the people making a significant contribution to the Culture of Life. The hope and prayer is that Radio Maria listeners will be inspired by these guests, and will find ways that they too can foster a Culture of Life in their community, Church, and family.

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August 16 2016 – Can Prayer Change Our Culture? Let us try it! Join the Novena for Our Nation

Some of us sometimes have this attitude: “When all else fails, PRAY!” I believe we have come to that point in America and the world. Satan reigns! The culture is saturated with killing-in our homes, on our streets and at OUR abortuaries in America. ALL else is failing; let’s try praying! Let’s try the 54 day Novena for Our Nation!


The time is now to call upon God, through the powerful intercession of Our Lady of the Rosary, to heal our country and return it to holiness.

This is a nationwide prayer campaign called the “Novena for Our Nation.” Everyone from around the nation is encouraged to join ranks as, united, we pray the very powerful 54 Day Rosary Novena from the Feast of the Assumption on August 15 to the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary on October 7.

We are living in extraordinary times. Presidential executive actions, US congressional and state legislation as well as court rulings at all levels up to the Supreme Court are in conflict with God’s laws; especially the disregard for the rights of the unborn, elderly and weak in our society and the attacks on marriage and family values. At the same time society and government are becoming more intolerant towards biblical based religious belief and practice. In conflict with First Amendment constitutional rights, persecution of traditional religious expression has reached unprecedented levels. We are in a Spiritual Battle.

Extraordinary times call for extraordinary action. In this Jubilee Year of Mercy, and as we enter the centennial year of the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima, we are called upon to help turn our country back towards God. We will accomplish that through prayer; prayer that can change hearts, change families, change our communities and change our country. There is no stronger weapon in this Spiritual Battle than the Rosary.


Pope St. Pius V formed the original Holy League in response to the dire situation in which Christian Europe found itself in 1571. Small bands of Catholic men and remnant armies from various nations came together under the spiritual leadership of the saintly pontiff and the military leadership of Don John of Austria.

By prayer and fasting, they implored the help of God’s grace, through the intercession of the Mother of God, and, by the grace of Almighty God, on October 7, 1571, at the Battle of Lepanto; the Christian fleet won a crushing victory over the Ottoman Turks, saving Christendom and western civilization.

The new Holy League, under the spiritual guidance of Cardinal Raymond Burke is, .essentially, calling men to combat the forces of evil in today’s society. The Holy League strives to call men back to the state of grace and to transforming the culture through prayer (primarily Adoration and Confession) and training in holiness. You can read about this Catholic men’s movement ( —>continue reading at

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August 09 2016 – Mary’s Assumption Part II with Fr Edward Looney

“The Quest for a Culture of Life in America” has been airing since 2010. Six years of weekly programs are archived and easily searched at, including Virginia Kimball’s beautiful teaching on Mary’s Assumption last Tuesday. If you were not able to listen, I believe that you would be blessed by listening now.

Our Guest this week is Father Edward Looney, a young priest ordained one year ago for the Diocese of Green Bay.

Have you heard of the “Packers” and the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help?

Father is already a noteworthy Marian scholar and author of several works on Mary, the Rosary and the Shrine. He is a member of the Mariological Society of America and you can follow him on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or Soundcloud.

August 15th is the traditional date for celebrating Mary’s bodily ascension into Heaven-titled the Assumption to distinguish from Jesus’ Ascension. Fr Looney would like to continue our teaching on Mary and her Assumption with:

  • The Life of the Virgin: Maximus the Confessor, translated by Stephen J. Shoemaker; what does it say?
  • Full of Grace film.
  • Artistic expressions of the Assumption.
  • Praying with the Assumption- The Rosary Litany
  • The Liturgies the Assumption and Mary’s Queenship, August 22nd.

For a concise and authoritative History of the Assumption Doctrine, see “All About Mary” at the International Marian Research Institute:

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August 2 2016 – It is the Month of Mary’s Assumption; what does her Assumption mean for us and our culture?

We have now begun the Month of August during which we celebrate the bodily Assumption of Mary into Heaven. It is therefore fitting to invite Mariologist Professor Virginia Kimball, STD, to be our Guest on Radio Maria today at Noon ET. Her special interest is in Marian spirituality and devotion in other Christian denominations and other religions, including Islam. Virginia is President of the Ecumenical Society of the Blessed Virgin Mary –USA which will be holding its annual conference on “Mary in Scripture”, 4-6 August, Mount Saint Mary College, in Newburgh NY. “Its aim is to show that in Mary, Christians of many traditions may find a focus in their search for unity.” All are welcome! Interestingly, Mary is referred to more times in the Koran than in Sacred Scripture, which may explain why Muslims have a special reverence for Mary. I have read of large recent conversions of Muslims to Christianity, though not so much to Catholicism. I hope Virginia can tell us if this is a “Mary effect”! Virginia received both the STL (Licentiate in Sacred Theology, 2000) and STD (Doctorate in Sacred Theology, 2003) from IMRI (International Marian Research Institute) at the University of Dayton and is a frequent contributor to IMRI’s website–The Mary Page. She teaches for Assumption College, Worcester MA.

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July 26 2016 – Cardinal Sarah’s historic Liturgical Restoration Address – Part II

Robert Cardinal Sarah’s magnificent address to the 2016 Sacra Liturgia London Conference is an historic effort to restore the Liturgy to its pre-Vatican Council II glory. The internet is abuzz with commentary, particularly addressing Cardinal Sarah’s recommendation that priests say the Mass/Liturgy facing ad orientem–Liturgical East–toward the the Risen Son–the direction from which Jesus will come for the Second Coming. Our Guest today on “The Quest for a Culture of Life in America” is Dom (Father) Alcuin Reid, a French Monk with impeccable Liturgist credentials, and the driving force for the Sacra Liturgia Conferences held annually since Sacra Liturgia 2013 Rome. Dom Alcuin gives us an opportunity to be present for Cardinal Sarah’s address and share the reactions of the conferees AND the world-wide response from:

  • the Vatican
  • various bishop’s conferences
  • individual bishops, and
  • a plethora of commentators/bloggers on the internet
Cardinal Sarah has proven that Pope Francis is not the only bishop (he is the Bishop of Rome) capable of stirring up the Church of Jesus Christ.

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July 19 2016 – Cardinal Sarah does his job and the Vatican humiliates him! What is going on?

When Pope Francis asked Guinean Cardinal Robert Sarah to be the Prefect of the Congregation for Divine ‘Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments in late 2014, Sarah asked Francis, “What do you want me to do?” The Pope responded, “Reform the liturgy to conform to the authentic desires of the VCII Fathers and look to Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI (author of The Spirit of the Liturgy) for guidance.” With interviews, writings and presentations, Cardinal Sarah has been doing just that, culminating with his magnificent address to the 2016 Sacra Liturgia Conference in London on July 5th, translated (probably from French) by Life Site News —> attachment. He speaks first of all about the Mass being necessarily focused on God, and then on the VCII Fathers’ desires for the Liturgy, Sacrosanctum Concilium, for unity in the Church. Cardinal Sarah points out the disunity manifested by massive migration away from the Mass since the great variety of abuses that followed VCII. He strongly encouraged priests and bishops to say the Novus Ordo Mass ad orientem–facing Liturgical East–and to begin to do so by Advent 2016. There is much more to chew on in his address. BUT, within a week of the London address, the Vatican–supposedly at the direction of Pope Francis–undercuts Sarah’s efforts at reform by discouraging the proposed reforms. See second attachment. WHAT IS GOING ON? For answers we look to Father Richard Cipolla, Pastor of vibrant St Mary Parish in Norwalk CT. Father was a presenter at Sacra Liturgia USA in June 2015. His experience with the historically faithful Anglican Liturgy is foundational to his critique of changes to the Roman Rite that have characterized American liturgical practices. Father Richard is already on record (3rd attachment) supporting Cardinal Sarah. I am VERY eager to hear what he has to say about this latest confusion from the Holy See.

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July 12 2016 – The Quest for a Culture of Life in the Diocese of Phoenix

Tom Perna is the Director of Adult Evangelization and Catechesis at Saint Mary Magdalene Catholic Church in Gilbert, Arizona, a suburb of Phoenix . He also serves Bishop Thomas Olmsted as Director of the New Evangelization Office for the Diocese of Phoenix. Tom has a Masters in Theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville, a Masters in Education from the University of Phoenix and a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from the University of San Francisco. While attending USF, he studied the Great Books of Western Civilization and upon graduation received a Great Books Certificate from the St. Ignatius Institute. He loves to talk and write about all things Catholic. At his blog––you will find very interesting articles on many subjects, including last week’s and yesterday’s on “Our Lady of America, the Immaculate Virgin”. I have many questions for Tom:

  • Bishop Olmsted has a solid reputation for orthodoxy and strong leadership. How do you serve him and his sheep?
  • Saint Mary Magdalene is as huge parish with many ministries. What is exciting about St MM?
  • What is the level of interest in Our Lady of America in Phoenix, and what do you predict will be her impact on our country?
  • What is “your take” on the United States of America as we are experiencing great chaos on the streets and in government promotion of immorality in healthcare, education, the Supreme Court and bathrooms?
  • Is “the Church” being a “sign of contradiction”? If not why not?
  • In Robert Cardinal Sarah’s address at last week’s 2016 Sacra Liturgia Conference in London, he asked all priests (includes bishops) to refocus the Mass on God and begin saying Mass facing Liturgical East. This is a huge return to the pre-VCII tradition. You do not claim to be a liturgist, but how do you think “the Church” will respond?

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July 05 2016 – Masculine Genius Part II with Prof Deborah Savage

Last Tuesday, Dave McClow gave us an excellent introduction to the Masculine Genius as a complement to Feminine Genius. Its archived at . Pope Saint John Paul II coined Feminine Genius and encouraged the study of women’s special gifts and how they can be useful to the Church. Pope Francis has spoken similarly. In promise and challenge, Catholic Women Reflect on Feminism, Complementarity, and the Church, Editor Mary Rice Hasson collected 15 essays from female authors. Of the thirteen articles devoted to women, several expressed the need for companion writings on men, especially on Masculine Genius, because the complementarity of maleness is important to understanding Feminine Genius. To her credit, Mary recognized this fact and included two articles on men–“The Genius of Man” by Deborah Savage, PhD, and “The Dignity and Vocation of Men” by Theresa Farnan, PhD. Deborah spent 25 years in the semiconductor industry in California before making the radical switch to Marquette’s Religious Studies PhD program majoring in theology and philosophy. She teaches in both disciplines at the University of St Thomas, St Paul Minnesota, and directs the master’s program in Pastoral Ministry at its St Paul Seminary. Dr Savage appeals to Sacred Scripture to discern Masculine and Feminine Genius from creation accounts of Adam and Eve in Genesis 1 and 2 and then from New Testament insights to St Joseph and Mary. How can Adam, Eve, Mary and Joseph depict the Genius attributes of 21st Century Man and Woman? Don’t cell phones, the internet and the Culture of Death change everything? Have we not evolved? Is the Masculine Genius of bishops, priests and deacons different from that of other men? Or should it be?

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June 28 2016 – Masculine Genius, Fatherhood and the Sacred Heart of Jesus

The Feminine Genius is a collage of admirable qualities that are more common (or even unique) to women than to men? Some such qualities are receptivity, sensitivity, generosity, and maternity. Feminine Genius phraseology is attributed to Pope Saint John Paul II whose writings on the dignity of women can be found in Dignitatum Mulieris and Letter to Women. It has been suggested that all the qualities of feminine genius root from the unique feminine quality of motherhood. Much less has been written about the Masculine Genius which by the nature of male and female (as He created them) necessitates that the two geniuses would be diverse and complementary. Dave McClow is developing a Catholic Vision of Masculinity commensurate with his vocation as a Clinical Pastoral Counselor with the Pastoral Solutions Institute providing tele-counseling services to Catholics internationally. Saint John Paul and others consider Mary the ultimate example of Feminine Genius which quite naturally suggests that St Joseph may be the ultimate example of Masculine Genius by virtue of his being the foster father of the the God-Man Jesus. Fatherhood is also a unique quality of men that we celebrated earlier this month. Please join me in asking Dave some questions:

  • How is our culture suffering from missing masculine genius?
  • What are the most significant manly qualities that define his “genius”?
  • How do they compliment the feminine genius qualities?
  • Is “fatherhood” as important to maleness as “motherhood” is to femaleness?
  • How does the June celebration of the Sacred Heart of Jesus tie into masculine genius?
  • What are you doing to help men develop their masculine genius?

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June 21 2016 – Competing Cultures of Life & Death – Virtues & Vices

There is so much goodness and beauty in our families, communities, parishes and the Church and country as a whole. One need only travel, attend a family reunion, participate in a parish program–social, evangelical, educational, pastoral, you name it–to see the God’s blessings. On the other side, Satan is not taking a vacation. He is working 24/7 to lead us astray with considerable success as obvious by the federal government’s endorsement of legalized abortion and healthcare support for same and contraception, sterilization, same-sex marriage, LGBT and gender theory activism. Where does it end? Kevin Vost, PhD in Psychology, speaks and writes (The Seven Deadly Sins, A Thomistic Guide to Vanquishing Vice and Sin) about our most common vices and their competing virtues. Kevin will be our Guest on “The Quest for a Culture of Life in America”, Tuesday the 21st. Please join Kevin and me at Noon ET to learn about sin (vice) and why pride is the deadliest sin of all and foundational to all other sins/vices. AND, why humility and charity/love are the Mother virtues for vanquishing the deadliest vices. Kevin will explain how vices are paired, like gluttony and lust, such that gluttony leads to lust. Who would have thought that? He may have something there! Just look at the predominance of obesity, the focus on food, dieting and nutrition. And, observe the sexualization of our culture–the abuse of God’s great gift of our sexuality and the many ways that gift is distorted for evil. He asks, “Have you ever heard a homily on gluttony (or lust)?” I love his Seven Deadly Sins book published by Sophia Institute Press,

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June 14 2016 – How do you discern God’s will for your whole life, for today – for the next minute???

Is God’s will the first priority in your life? Jesus apparently wants it to be. He taught us to pray “Our Father, who art in Heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy Kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven.” Most of us say this prayer daily, and perhaps without much thought about what we are praying for—thy will be done—and our responsible response to the prayer—to seek His will and then do His will every moment of every day. We live in a culture that focuses on individual desires, wants, and wills with little thought of God and what God’s will might be. Mary Eberstat says that, “the West has lost its sense of God”. Do you want to give God a chance to direct your life? If you say “YES!!”, then you will want to listen to “The Quest for a Culture of Life in America” on Radio Maria at Noon ET today. Our Guest will be Jane Rutter, author of Seasons of the Spirit, Reflections on Finding God in Daily Life, Liturgical Press, For 15 years, E. Jane Rutter directed the Stewardship Office for the Diocese of Jefferson City (MO) and she continues to write a spiritual column for its diocesan newspaper—The Catholic Missourian. She and her husband David have three children and a granddaughter. Their family farm specializes in food for the family and asparagus as a cash crop. In the 79 Reflections that make up Seasons of the Spirit, Jane follows the Liturgical Year from Advent to Ordinary Time, intertwining her passions for stewardship, family and homemaking/farming with her hunt for God’s will in her life. I want to know what her strategy is for finding God’s direction for her life? Is it as simple as making moments of “Stillness” (#42) so God can get a few words into our busy lives? How is God’s will/direction made known to us? What life experiences have shown Jane God’s unexpected plan for her life? Is time at Mass or in Eucharistic Adoration a particularly rich time for receiving God’s direction? Jane frequently reminds the reader that everything we have–material and immaterial–comes from God and ultimately is returned to God. AND, God can rightly ask whether we buried His gifts, or nurtured them or invested them such that their value was increased–as any good steward should do–and as the Sacred Scripture encourages in the talents parables. How does God want you to use the talents He gave you?

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