“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.
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 “mystery of light.” Whenever the Church celebrates the Eucharist, the faithful can in some way relive the experience of the two disciples on the road to Emmaus: “their eyes were opened and they recognized him” (Lk 24:31). . . . I cannot let this Holy Thursday (2003) pass without halting before the “Eucharistic face” 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
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November 10, 2014:
“For all, regenerated in Christ, are made kings by the sign of the cross; they are consecrated priests by the oil of the Holy Spirit, so that beyond the special service of our ministry as priests, all spiritual and mature Christians know that they are a royal race and are sharers in the office of the Priesthood.”
St. Leo the Great
“May your life be nothing but a continuous act of the Will of God.”
Host Kathleen Beckman will dialogue with Fr. Charles Cortinovis, Founding Team member of the Foundation of Prayer for Priests, on the power of intercessory prayer and the call to spiritual motherhood and fatherhood. They discuss the mission of intercession for the internal renewal of the priesthood in relationship to what Saint John Paul II said, “for the future evangelization of humanity.” They share how The Virgin Mary and the Eucharistic life help form us into pray-ers according to the Heart of the Eternal High Priest. Father speaks about the urgency of the call to intercession for priests who are on the front lines of a great spiritual battle.
Host Kathleen Beckman dialogues with Fr. Nick Schneider, S.L.D. on the subject of God’s truth and beauty revealed in the sacred liturgy of the Church. Father unpacks the mystical events of the holy sacrifice of the Mass and helps us to develop a deeper awareness of the True Presence of Jesus. They dialogue about the healing power of the Eucharist through worship and encounter, the Trinitarian presence in the liturgy, the espousal love of the Divine Bridegroom for His Bride (the Church). Emphasis is on the Eucharist as source and summit of faith and how to experience the Mass more deeply.
In the final installment of his series on the Holy Eucharist, Matthew offers a comparison of some of the main features of the two expressions (ordinary and extraordinary) of the Roman rite; highlighting both what has changed, and what has remained the same, in the celebration of the Holy Mass today.
Guest host Spencer Hargadon talks with Timothy Gabrielli author of Confirmation: How a Sacrament of God’s Grace Became All about Us (Liturgical Press) What are we doing when we confirm teenagers? Why is the religious education of teenagers so perplexing? Why is confirmation often a moment of graduation” out of parish life? Confirmation, more than any other sacrament, has interacted with secular culture to give rise to these kinds of pastoral challenges. At the same time, confirmation has, over the course of the twentieth century, become a sacramental stamp of approval for various Catholic renewal movements. The cultural shifts of the last century have led to various theological themes for confirmation, creating a crisis of meaning today. Is confirmation a personal choice for faith, or is it the deepening of an ongoing relationship with the Divine? Timothy Gabrielli gives us a fresh approach for addressing these pressing questions. Tim’s book is available at: www.litpress.org
Continuing his presentation of the Holy Eucharist, Matthew unpacks what every lay Catholic needs to know about the connection between the Last Supper and the Holy Mass.
Joe discussed the beautiful feast day the Church celebrates this coming Sunday. The transformational seven gifts of the Holy Spirit are available to all of us.Through daily prayer and living in a state of grace, we can use these gifts to defeat the devil, do Our Lord’s most holy will and grow in holiness.
In the wake of the 2008 recession, States were offered $53 billion in “Stimulus” money if they would commit to “Four Assurances”. One of these included adopting what is now called Common Core (CCSI), a privately developed standard. According to sources noted, it comes to us without input from teachers and parents, and distances children from the good, the true and the beautiful. Missouri, one of the states using CCSI since 2009, already shows a decline in math and English language arts readiness (http://missourieducationwatchdog.com/). Daunting? Yes! But what can we do? First, consider examples in Sacred Scripture. We have seen how our plans unravel when God is not included. Second, consider the encouragements coming from Our Lady. Mary invites us to Pray. To receive the Eucharist. To go to confession. To read Scripture and to Fast. How beautiful!
1. St. Joseph Radio Presents, “Common Core Panel”, Catholic Home School Conference, 04/11/14. saintjosephradio.net.
2. Univ of Notre Dame’s Law Professor, plus 132 scholars’ letter to Catholic Bishops.
3. EWTN’s Barbara McGuigon & guest Mary Jo Anderson, Mar 29, ’14. www.ewtn.com.
4. Documentary on the Common Core: “Building the Machine”. commoncoremovie.com.
5. Summary of 10 major concerns. maryjoanderson.net.
Host Kathleen Beckman dialogues with Kitty Cleveland, singer, songwriter, international speaker, regarding her family’s trial, the imprisonment of her deacon & attorney father, his vindication after years in prison, and his death to cancer. Kitty shares how she was upheld by daily Eucharistic Holy Hours, how the family chose to forgive their persecutors, and how God brought great good out of the suffering. Through Marian Consecration, her wounds were healed when she opened herself up to communion of life with Mary.
Joe started the show by discussing Eucharistic Adoration and the benefits contained therein. In a ramp up to Lent, Joe read a passage (“The way of nothing”) from the book “Divine Intimacy” highlighting our need for detachment. He expanded on this need in the identification of and rooting out that which is displeasing to God, namely sin. In doing so, we embark upon the path to holiness, which is to say, Union with God!
Pope Francis has asked all Catholics around the world to unite in an hour of Adoration this Sunday.
Radio Maria will be joining in this time of prayer and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament by broadcasting the Pope’s hour of adoration live from the Basilica of St. Peter in Rome.
We will celebrate Holy Mass at 9am central/10am eastern then go live to Rome for this unique time of prayer with Our Holy Father at 10am central/11am eastern.
Host Kathleen Beckman dialogues with Annette Hills of Anawim Melody regarding her ministry of music in the Church. Annette shares how Catholic bible study ignited her heart for God, the joy of singing for convalescent hospitals, how God healed her miraculously from diabetes, her Marian devotion and why Eucharistic Adoration is at the center of her heart in the service of the Lord.
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).
With only two weeks left in Lent, Joe hit it hard exhorting the faithful to stay in the game and keep up the good fight. Frequent prayer, Confession, and the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass are indispensible! Now is the time to grow in our Spiritual life and bring honor to God! He also gave a short biography of Pope Francis I and commented on his first homily….Embrace the Cross, it is the only way to follow Christ!
Joe kicked off today’s show challenging everyone to keep the faith and make this Lent count, bringing honor and glory to God! He went on to explain the Church’s teaching & definition on Fasting & Abstinence. He rounded out the show reflecting upon the gift we have of in the grace of Sacramental Confession, that it not only provides absolution for our sins, but also strengthens our souls beforehand against relapses, offers fortitude to resist future temptations, and helps carry out good resolutions.
Host Kathleen Beckman discusses the distinction between Adoration and contemplation according to reflections by Fr. Raniero Cantelmessa, O.F.M.. She reflects on the precise meaning of Eucharistic contemplation and makes suggestions on how and why to make a “holy hour” according to the recommendations of Archbishop Fulton Sheen. She gives a personal testimony as to why she has made daily Mass and holy hour the center of her life for 22 years.
Host, Kathleen Beckman will discuss why the Mass is a distinct occasion of sacramental grace because in the Eucharist we have direct physical contact with Jesus. This is the most important distinction from other forms of healing prayers. At the bottom of the hour, she will offer insights from George Weigel’s reflection on “What Voting Means” given at the OC Catholic Prayer Breakfast; and then share insights from Magnificat’s “Day of Faith” where Fr. Peter Cameron, O.P., Editor-in-Chief of Magnificat gave a keynote address on “Your Faith Has Saved You!”
Ken talks with Heidi Bratton, author of Homegrown Faith – Nurturing Your Catholic Family (Servant Books) A series of insightful and often humorous weekly reflections on raising faithful Catholic families, Homegrown Faith, draws on familiar situations—sibling rivalry, fender-benders, lost shoes before Mass—to reveal unexpected sacramental riches. Visit Heidi’s website at http://www.heidibratton.com Her book is available at www.franciscanmedia.org
Kathleen Beckman interviews Vinny Flynn, best selling author of “7 Seven Secrets of the Eucharist” and “21 Ways to Worship” on developing the art of worship before the Blessed Sacrament. They will discuss how the Adoration chapel is a “classroom of silence” where we find answers, peace, and divine friendship. They will review article #25 of Blessed John Paul II’s “Ecclesia de Eucharistia” on the worship of the Eucharist outside of Mass.
Kathleen interviews Fr. Charles on Eucharistic Miracles, and progressing in praying through Eucharistic devotion. Fr. Charles offers prayers for healing and insights into he sacrament of confession as aid to deeper communion with the Lord.
Francesca Franchina, MS speaks with Fr. Bob Hogan, BBD Founder of the Brothers of the Beloved Disciple of San Antonio TX, about his parish and community, his talks at Presentation Ministry last weekend held at Xavier University, The Spirit- filled Marian Experience, Metanoia , Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, The New Evangelization, over the top Joy, and his take on what is going on in the world today, good, bad and indifferent!
Francesca Franchina, MS speaks with students, youth directors, priests and parents who recently returned from Franciscan University of Steubenville’s Youth Conference about their Spirit- filled/experience, Metanoia , Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, The New Evangelization and over the top Joy.
IN THIS PROGRAM KATHLEEN INTERVIEWS FR. NICK SCHNEIDER, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF LITURGY FOR BISMARCK DIOCESE, ND.
THEY EXPLORE THE COSMIC REALITY OF EVERY HOLY MASS AND THE POWER OF ADORATION FOR CONVERSION OF HEART.
Living Eucharist is a series on Radio Maria that will explore the many facets of Eucharistic life toward healing and holiness. Taking from Blessed Pope John Paul II’s “Ecclesia de Eucharistia”, Kathleen will emphasize the transformative power of the Sacrament of Divine Love to “rekindle Eucharistic amazement”.
Tune in on Mondays at 6pm Eastern, 5pm Central journey deeper into a life centered on the Eucharist.
Author and international speaker, Kathleen Beckman, will be hosting a weekly summer series on Thursday afternoons starting June 14th. The program, Living Eucharist, is a look into living a Eucharistic life and the healing and transformation that comes from it.
Tune in on Thursday afternoons at 6pm Eastern, 5pm Central, for this new program and visit the Living Eucharist web page to listen to past shows any time.
Francesca Franchina MS Ed. speaks with Roy Schoeman, Ph. D. of Boston, MA, convert to Catholicism from Judaism about his life growing up in a faithful Jewish home, his turn to atheism, his conversion process and how he was drawn to Catholicism focusing on Judaism, the Messiah Jesus and Catholicism; The Holy Eucharist in his life and the life of all Catholics, The Feast of Corpus Christi and The New Evangelization. Caller Stephanie Schutte shares information about the 11th Annual Corpus Christi Celebration (The Solemnity of The Body and Blood of Christ) at Emmanuel Parish on Franklin Street in Downtown Dayton about the Mass, decoration of Franklin Street with sidewalk pictures depicting symbols of the Holy Eucharist with dyed wood chips lovingly created by Emmanuel parishioners followed by 5:15 PM Mass, Procession and Dinner on Saturday June 9, 2012. All are invited! Today’s Recipes from Francesca’s Italian Kitchen: Pizza Fritte and Italian Dolce (Sugared Bread Dough Treats)
The guide for the Liturgy of the Hours for the month of May is now online on our Resources page.
Steve Koob talks with Mary Popp, the founder of the Society for the Preservation of Roman Catholic Heritage (SPORCH), about the work done by SPORCH to preserve Catholic artwork, the return of many traditions and traditional artwork in the Church, and the Extraordinary–or Latin–Form of the Mass. Mary Popp also talks about why it is most reverent to receive the Holy Eucharist kneeling down, on the tongue.
Francesca Franchina MS Ed. talks with Nick Cardilino:Liturgical , Conference and UPBEAT Musician, Husband and Dad about composing music, his work with the National Catholic Youth Conference and the University of Dayton Campus Ministry; The theme song he composed for NCYC “Called to Glory;” Nick’s new Christmas CD; his new Communion song “Hungry and Thirsty;” recordings; the New Roman Missal implementation and the theme of HOPE, resonating with him this year! Francesca shares her YUMMY recipe for fast EZ Stuffed Pizza Sandwiches. Send a SASE for recipes and share your ideas, recipes and questions: Francesca Franchina; P.O. Box 3238; Dayton, OH 45401-3238.
Radio Maria will be broadcasting live from the 2010 Family Rosary Rally this Sunday, October 10, starting at 1:30PM Central, 2:30PM Eastern. This 6th annual rally will be held at the U.D. Arena at the University of Dayton and will include Eucharistic Adoration and prayer for the intercession of Our Lady. Tune in and join us in prayer during this grace-filled event.
Francesca Franchina MS Ed. speaks with Jim Gruden, LPM and Senior Design Engineer; Family Man and Youth Minister and Fr. Ken Sommers, SM about the Archdiocese of Cincinnati’s Annual Answer the Call Men’s Conference theme OVERCOMING OBSTACLES IN RELATIONSHIPS to be held Saturday March 20 at the Music Hall in Cincinnati, OH. Fr. Sommers key role in Answer The Call’s beginnings and Jim’s talk at the conference focusing on the transforming power of the Holy Eucharist and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in a person’s life are highlighted.