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Honoring Our Veterans

As we honor our veterans today, please join us at Radio Maria as we thank God for all who have served our country, living and deceased. Our prayers and grateful thoughts are especially with those who live with deep physical and emotional scars because of their generous service. To all the heroes—sung and unsung—of the USA military, we extend our heart-felt “Thank you” and “May God bless, protect and reward you.”

September 10, 2014 – Lisa Donigian and Immaculee Ilibagiza

Francesca Franchina MS Ed. speaks with Lisa Donigian of St. Luke the Evangelist Parish in Dayton, Ohio and Immaculee Ilibagiza of New York, survivor of the 1994 Rwandan Genocide that she recounted in her first book “Left To Tell” regarding her personal experience twenty years ago when this holocaust occurred in Africa. The conversation focuses on Immaculee and her family’s fate and deep faith walk, their deep spiritual formation, the need today for familial conversion of heart, metanoia, reconciliation, and personal/communal healing prayer. Immaculee speaks about her ministry that revolves around her deep commitment to Jesus and Our Lady, her numerous books, talks and retreats that focus on “Forgiveness, Healing and Hope” to be addressed in her weekend retreat held at St. Luke the Evangelist Church in Beavercreek, Ohio on Friday and Saturday, October 17th & 18th. Imaculee now travels extensively throughout the world. Lisa joined her in Belgium for a retreat this summer which brings her to Dayton in October. Immaculee’s ministry focuses on leading Marian pilgrimages and continuing to encourage all age groups to turn away from sin, be renewed, evangelize and pray, pray, pray. The approved Marian Apparitions at Kibeho warned of the gravity that occurred in the genocide twenty years ago. Our Lady’s words are startling and need to be taken to heart and invoke her in deep personal and communal prayer. Information can be found on the internet with the prophecies and spiritual instructions given to the world by our Blessed Mother at Kibeho. Also see the approved Marian apparitions at Akita. For more information on Imaculee’s ministry & retreat info see www.Immaculee.com

August 25, 2014 – David Scott, Author, The Love That Made Mother Teresa

Host Kathleen Beckman dialogues with best-selling author, David Scott on his book, The Love That Made Mother Teresa. They discuss her secret visions, dark nights, service and sanctity. David shares about the example Mother Teresa gave to the world to remind us of the universal call to holiness. Mother Teresa who conquered death’s stronghold on the poor of Calcutta shows us how to conquer the sin and darkness in what she called the “slums of the hearts of modern men.”

August 06, 2014 – Our Crosses Amidst Pilate, the Jews and Jesus

Jesus remains at peace despite his trial and pending death. When we face our trials, what is our state of mind? If we lose, say, some of our ability to think clearly or our confidence, we can draw strength from Jesus’ example. In the trial before Pilate, Jesus is mindful of his mission (Jn 18: 37). This provides meaning, and from meaning, strength. During our trials, we can invite Our Lord to be with us, to help us carry our crosses to make them redemptive. Pilate recognizes this inner strength in Jesus when he presents him to the crowd, saying “Behold, the man!”.

July 16, 2014 – How to really encounter Jesus–Fr. Michael Sweeney, OP

In a most beautiful and insightful interview, one that people have said has changed their lives,
Fr. Sweeney, President of the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology at Berkeley, shares how to truly listen to Jesus and Jesus in others–a must for those in the helping professions, and those wishing to have close and loving relationships.

July 15, 2014

Jesus said, “He who has ears, let him hear.” On this Shield of Faith broadcast, Matthew unpacks the meaning of this verse and other important words from the Parable of the Sower in light of yet another media misrepresentation of Pope Francis.

July 4, 2014 – Spiritual Tepidity

Joe discussed the dangers of spiritual tepidity, that halfhearted service to God which brings about spiritual death. The germs of laziness and worldliness will kill our soul. We must be mindful of the great sacrifice our loving Lord made for us in His Passion and Death. Our response ought to be one of enthusiastic loyalty and service to our Lord and His most holy will. At the end of the day, it is our eternal salvation that is at stake and nothing is more important or worth a greater sacrifice. Remember, that greatness’s holiness lies in not simply avoiding evil, but in doing good!

April 29, 2014 – Dr Rocco Leonard Martino, PhD

Quintus, a Roman Tribune and Legate of Emperor Tiberius, is ordered to investigate the recent events in Judea. The Emperor has received confusing, conflicting, and disturbing reports from this most Eastern outpost of the Roman Empire. A supposed criminal–a carpenter from Nazareth–has been executed by order of Pro Counsel Pontius Pilate. This carpenter Jesus had a large following that believes he is god and that after his crucifixion, his body was sealed in a tomb, he rose from the dead. The claim is that he has been seen by hundreds.

Quintus is given all the resources and support he could possibly need to conduct his investigation, including the authority to root out Christ-followers and execute all of them if they pose a threat to Pax Romano. Quintus is ordered to determine who is this Jesus, did he really die, was he buried, did he rise from the dead, was his body stolen, by whom, and where is it??????? To get answers to these serious and perplexing questions, Quintus will interview the Roman authorities, Jewish leaders, the apostles, and two Marys–the criminal’s mother and another who may have been his lover.

Dr Rocco Leonard Martino, PhD, is a rocket scientist, inventor and entrepreneur turned novelist.

July 29, 2013 – What Is Faith?

We all use the word faith quite often and believe we understand what it means, but do we really understand the deeper meaning of faith as it relates to journey toward God. In this informative conversation, Frances speaks with Deacon Tracy Jamison of the Diocese of Cincinnati. Dr. Jamison is both a Deacon and a professor at the seminary in the Diocese of Cincinnati, and has published articles on the issues of faith and prayer, and more specifically how prayer serves as a means to nurture and strengthen out faith. Finally, drawing on specific Carmelite texts, Deacon Jamison demonstrates how prayer and faith play a vital role in our spiritual journey. This is both a very informative discussion, and very timely as we move toward the end of the “Year of Faith” in the Church.

July 21, 2013 – “Angels came and ministered to him.”

Who is being tempted and Jesus Christ was not? (Matt.4:1-10). Jesus passed through all forms of tests and trials. “Tempted in every was like us but did not sin” (Heb.4:15). Heaven watched the drama of the devil trying to entice Jesus Christ with everything that any human could have desired. Finally, Jesus won victory and angels came and ministered to him. Every battle we win on earth against the devil causes hosts of heaven to rejoice in us.

July 5, 2013 – Patriotism

Joe embraced the discussion of Patriotism by encouraging all Catholics to continue to love their country in these difficult times by fighting for the objective good taught by our faith and daily living it out in our homes and in the public arena.

April 2, 2013

Matthew offers a defense of the person of the historical person of Jesus and His Resurrection in response to the mainstream media’s annual assault on Easter.

January 10, 2013 – Judy Zarick

Ken talks with his guest Judy Zarick, author of Moved by Faith – Stories from American Catholic Radio (published by Franciscan Media). Judy is the producer of the “Sharing Faith” segment on American Catholic Radio – which can be heard here on Radio Maria. She has interviewed over 300 people about their inspirational stories. In her book you will find dozens of short stories of people living out their faith life. To learn more about the American Catholic Radio program visit www.franciscanmedia.org. Her book can be purchased at www.catalog.franciscanmedia.org

November 16, 2012 – Introductions

In the first program of the series, Nick and Maria introduce themselves and give a brief history of their experiences and what has brought them to where they are today. They then begin introducing the topic of Faith and Families in the Year of Faith.

October 14, 2012 – Can God’s Plan Include Failure (Part 2)

In Part I of our discussion, “Can God’s Plan Include Failure?” we talked about how, when we repent and cooperate fully with the Lord, He overcomes any moral failures in our lives. This week we talked about other kinds of failures. For example, sometimes we think we have discerned God’s will, try our best to do it, but find that things are not working out very well. To solve this dilemma, we discussed at length an important principle of discernment that initially sounds a bit strange: God does not call us to discern what to do, but only to discern what to try. We also discussed the Year of Faith and the New Evangelization, a chance for the Church to implement the wonderful teachings of Vatican II as the Council Fathers intended. We challenged our listeners to step out in faith by sharing the faith with people they meet this week; We invited them to “call in” next Sunday to report back on how the Lord worked through them to reach people with the Good News! Next week we will conclude “Can God’s Plan Include Failure” and dive into the Year of Faith and the New Evangelization with our first call-in show!

September 16, 2012 – Will God’s Plan Make Me Happy?

This week on “Give God Permission” we respond to the question, “Will God’s Plan Make Me Happy?” We reflect on how choosing our own plan apart from God brings unnecessary suffering to ourselves and others, and ultimately makes us miserable. The good news is that it’s never too late to turn back to the Lord and embrace His awesome plan. Nancy, our invited guest, shares the story of how she discovered her beautiful vocation as wife and mother only after many unhappy years of running from the Lord and seeking her own plan. She describes her experience of God’s mercy after the trauma of abortion led her to become a sidewalk counselor at a local abortion facility. Nancy explains that the key to her conversion was a life-changing, personal encounter with Jesus Christ, her Lord and Savior. She bears witness to the truth that cultivating an ongoing, intimate relationship with Him through prayer and the sacraments is of utmost importance. Join us next week as we respond to a question we might find rising up in our own hears: “What About My Plan?” And spread the word! Invite your friends to join “Give God Permission” through word of mouth and the social media!

Campaign for Peace – June 26, 2012

Francesca revs up her campaign for peace in the person, family, USA and world through prayer and healing the brokenness and  wounds of  America and  the  world situation by  promoting and accepting  healing through  receiving God’s Mercy, Concern, Compassion and All Encompassing  Healing Love?

June 14, 2012 – Kevin Lowry

 Faith at Work – Finding Purpose Beyond the Paycheck

Ken talks with Kevin Lowry about his book; Faith at Work – Finding Purpose Beyond the Paycheck (published by Our Sunday Visitor) Kevin is the CEO of the Coming Home Network International.  How do your motivations, actions, and example at work differ from your motivations, actions, and example at Church? Explore the benefits of applying the basic tenets of faith — teamwork, perseverance, trust, and goodwill. An inspiring exploration of this common and continuous struggle of finding our balance of faith and work. Kevin blogs at http://gratefulconvert.com/  His book is available at https://catalog.osv.com/Catalog.aspx?SimpleDisplay=true&ProductCode=T1178

February 7, 2012 – Robin Brun

In this program, Mark talks with fellow Radio Maria presenter, Robin Brun. Robin shares her faith and discusses her new program, Putting Faith and Hope in Your Job Search.

ACT International Conference – November 22, 2011

Francesca Franchina MS Ed. talks with Dr. Doug Schoeniniger, Ph.D. Psychotherapist, Past President of The Association of Christian Therapists (www.actheals.org) about the 2011 ACT International Conference held in Philadelphia, PA regarding the keynote speakers, topics of the conference, and his workshops on research being done regarding the effects of prayer and changes in the brain due to prayer, and “The Native American and William Penn Covenant.” Also discussed: Benefits and resources of ACT Membership, School and Curriculum; ACT SEW Groups, and how prayer and ecumenism is integrated personally and communally within ACT, various denominations and healthcare disciplines, through sharing The Word of God, and It’s Proclamation, His Love and Healing With The Heart of Jesus. This program will be archived on www.radiomaria.us and www.actheals.org . Francesca and Dr. Schoeninger share family Thanksgiving traditions/foods and Francesca shares her recipe for traditional celery/onion dressing and Frito Misto… Italian Fried Broccoli and Cauliflower. Write for recipes and share your ideas, recipes and questions. Through the Tummy to the Heart: P.O, Box 3238; Dayton, OH.

October 13, 2011- Father Thomas Morrow

October 13, 2011 Father Thomas Morrow Be Holy – A Catholic’s Guide to the Spiritual Life

Ken talks with author Father Thomas Morrow about his book Be Holy – A Catholic’s Guide to the Spiritual Life (published by Servant Books) If you’re hoping to get to heaven, you’ll need a plan. Be Holy is the guide you need to achieve holiness now and heaven later. His book can be purchased at http://catalog.americancatholic.org/Product.aspx?ProductCode=T16878 For other useful resources by Fr. Morrow visit www.cfalive.org and www.tgmorrow.com

August 18, 2011- A Faith for Grown-Ups: A Midlife Conversation about What Really Matters

Ken talks with editor and author Robert Lockwood about his book A Faith for Grown-Ups: A Midlife Conversation about What Really Matters (Loyola Press). Returning Catholics—those who drifted away from the faith but are now interested in coming back—are sure to find A Faith for Grown-Ups a most helpful resource as they try to reconnect with the faith as adults. With great wit and keen understanding, author Robert Lockwood explores the common experience of growing up Catholic from the 1950s through the 1970s and invites fallen-away Catholics to return to the Catholic faith and experience an adult spirituality, rich in meaning. His book can be purchased at http://www.loyolapress.com/faith-for-grown-ups-a-midlife-conversation.htm

August 16, 2011 – Jimmy and Lauren Davis

Jimmy and Lauren Davis share their story of personal conversion, faith, love, and how God brought them together.