God came as a child, inviting us to draw close to him. St. Francis, whose joy over the Nativity of Our Lord, brought us the idea of re-creating that beautiful birth-scene in our homes and churches. Witnesses to Christ’s birth include: Mary & Joseph, Shepherds, Kings, angels and animals. But which witness might we be in this celebration? Also, what is the connection between the angel’s promise of peace and our world today? The Sacred Scriptures will be the basis for our reflection.
Christine Watkins continues her interview with popular speaker, author, and Biblical scholar, Fr. Jim Sullivan regarding aspects of how “Bible Christianity” is Catholic Christianity. The early Church, as it develops in the Bible, is actually very Catholic, explains Fr. Sullivan.
“Where have all the faithful gone? Where do we sometimes go? Why have they left and how might they find a way back home? In this program, I invite listeners to rekindle the sense of wonder and awe we have in experiencing Our Lord’s splendor. I also encourage my audience to consider that the world offers us many competing “values” – people, places and things that are appealing and in place of Our Lord.
“However, as an experiment for listeners to try at home, I invite all to “turn aside” (see Ex 3: 3) with Moses and consider Our Lord in the Burning Bush. I propose six short steps for us to take there together. “
Ken’s guest is Matthew Leonard author of Louder than Words – The Art of Living as a Catholic (published by Our Sunday Visitor). Matthew Leonard combines the stories of the saints triumphs and struggles along with his own personal anecdotes and wry humor to show us all a fresh take on the art of being truly Catholic in a contemporary world. Visit Matthew Leonard‘s website : www.matthewsleonard.com His book is available at: www.osv.com
Francesca Franchina, MS Ed. speaks with Jeff Cavins noted Catholic TV and radio personality, author and family man about his recent pilgrimage to the Holy Land, his return to Catholicism and blessedly effective seminars and writings presented personally and through media presentations in your parish. (e.g. Psalms: The School of Prayer; The Bible Timeline: The Story of Salvation and the new series :Walking Toward Eternity and Galatians). Jeff will be in Sunbury, OH (Columbus) Friday, February 8th . Open Seating discussing his witness/book and CD I’m Not Being Fed at St. John Neumann Church, 9633 E. State Route 37, Sunbury, OH 43074 (7:00 PM ) Psalms:The School of Prayer Presentation Sat. Feb 9th (SOLDOUT). The Bible Timeline Seminar will be presented Saturday, March 16, 2013; 9:00 AM-3:00 PM at St. Margaret of York Parish; 9483 Columbia Rd., Loveland, OH 45140 (Friday night talk open seating “Making Sense of Suffering” 7:45-9:15 PM;) For More Info: Pilgrimages, Seminar Presentations; Dates and Places: www.jeffcavins.com and Media Programs www.biblestudyforcatholics.com
Ken talks with Dr John Bergsma, author of Bible Basics for Catholics – A New Picture of Salvation History (published Ave Maria Press) From biblical scholar John Bergsma—two-time Teacher of the Year at the Franciscan University of Steubenville—comes Bible Basics for Catholics, a fresh, fun, and authentically Catholic introduction to the “big picture” of salvation history. This overview of the Bible is based on Bergsma’s wildly popular introduction to theology course at Franciscan University. Those looking for a deeper understanding of the Old Testament and its great figures will find this book to be an easily accessible and enlightening resource. Visit Dr Bergsma’s website at http://johnbergsma.com/ His book is available at https://www.avemariapress.com/product/1-59471-291-3/Bible-Basics-for-Catholics/
Ken talks with author Mary Sperry about her new book, Bible Top Tens – 40 Fun and Intriguing Lists to Inspire and Inform (published by Out Sunday Visitor) This book is intended to open Scripture in a brand new way. By organizing important people, places, and events into lists, we can reframe our experience and understanding of /God’s Word. Here you will be introduced to the top ten women with attitude, top sibling rivalries, the heroes, and the villains. Her book is available at https://catalog.osv.com/catalog.aspx?search=top+tens
Guest host Gail Lyman talks with Michaelann Martin about her book Woman of Grace: A Bible Study for Married Women published by Emmaus Road Publishing. This insightful and intimate Bible study offers nourishment and guidance for women seeking to improve their prayer life and find fulfillment in their vocation as wives and mothers. This book can be purchased at www.emmausroad.org
Jimmy Seghers will be returning to Radio Maria starting Monday, September 13. Jimmy will be resuming his Monday scripture study program live on Monday afternoons at 1pm central as well as his Catholic Apologetics program on Thursday evenings at 7:30pm central. Be sure to tune in as Jimmy takes an insightful look at scripture and the teachings of the Catholic Church.