We are re-introducing a host to Radio Maria – Fr. Scott McCaig, C.C. Fr. McCaig is a member of the Companions of the Cross, and resides in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Some of you may remember Father McCaig’s previous program, Keys to Spiritual Growth, which ran from 2012 to 2013. Father is a wonderful and inspiring preacher, and we are quite happy that he was able to return to Radio Maria. In his new program, Seized by the Spirit, he will discuss the theology and dynamic spiritual practices of being a missionary disciple of Jesus in this Era of the New Evangelization. We invite you to tune in at 10:00 a.m. Central/11:00 a.m. Eastern, every other Friday, starting May 8, 2015, for Seized by the Spirit.
We have a very special announcement to make. Starting on Saturday, February 14, 2015, at 3:00 p.m. Central/4:00 p.m. Eastern, we introduced our listening audience to The Children’s Rosary. The Children’s Rosary is a lay prayer movement that started in 2011, with the help of Dr. Blythe Kaufman and others, in their local parish in Connecticut. The rosary prayer groups are composed of children, and led by children. The target age of the children for these prayer groups is between 4 and 14 years old. Of special note are children with disabilities who may be older in age but have a special place in the children’s rosary. The movement has now grown, with numerous groups throughout the United States, and even reaching Australia, Canada, England, Kenya, and Nigeria. We invite you to hear The Children’s Rosary on the 2nd Saturday of each month, at 3:00 p.m. Central/4:00 p.m. Eastern, and visit their website at childrensrosary.blogspot.com . You will be abundantly blessed by these precious little voices as they pray.
On Friday the 23rd, Radio Maria NY hosted a special program on the annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Since 1898, traditionally observed in the northern hemisphere from the 18th to the 25th of January and formerly known as the Octave of Christian Unity, the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity involves Christian communities and Churches across the world, including the Catholic Church.
Launched over a century ago by Fr. Paul James Francis Wattson, SA (1863 – 1940) founder of the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement at Graymoor, Garrison, NY, since its inception the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity fostered reconciliation and healing through atonement — the unity of men and women with God and with one another. Fr. Paul was ordained an Episcopal priest in 1886. In 1908, he initiated the Church Unity Octave believing that a time set aside for prayer and seminars would hasten Christian unity. An advocate of corporate reunion between the Anglican and Roman Catholic churches, he finally embraced Roman Catholicism. In 1909, the Society of the Atonement became the first religious community of Christians to be received corporately into the Roman Catholic Church since the Reformation. Fr. Paul was ordained a Catholic priest by Archbishop John M. Farley in 1910.
(More on the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement and the Graymoor Ecumenical & Interreligious Institute (GEII), at: http://atonementfriars.org and http://geii.org/week_of_prayer_for_christian_unity/)
“Since 1968, the resource material for reflection, prayer and celebration on a chosen theme for the Week of Prayer for Christain Unity is jointly issued by the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity and the Commission on Faith and Order of the World Council of Churches (WCC). This year the theme was: “Jesus said to her: “Give me to drink“, taken from the episode of the Samaritan woman at the well, in John’s Gospel.”
In his recent meeting with the men and women religious, the Pope spoke extensively about ecumenism suggesting the three main ingredients for a fruitful dialogue:
The Pope spoke of three conditions at the core of the search for Christian unity – firstly, there’s no unity without conversion of heart, which includes forgiving and asking for forgiveness. Secondly he said there is no unity without prayer and therefore men and women religious who pray for unity are like ‘an invisible monastery’ bringing together Christians of different denominations from different countries around the world.Thirdly, the Pope said, there is no unity without holiness of daily life. so the more we put our search for unity into practise in our relations with others, the more we will be modelling our lives on the message of the Gospel.
(Read full article: Pope concluding Week of Prayer for Christian Unity at: http://www.news.va
More insights available:Pope Francis: Religious who pray for Christian unity an “invisible monastery”at http://www.news.va
Resource material for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2015 is available at: http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/
Our host of the day was Fr. James Loughran, S.A., Director of the Graymoor Ecumenical & Interreligious Institute (GEII), a ministry of the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement headquartered at Graymoor, New York. Today, this Roman Catholic religious community continue working and ministering to people of every race, religion, and walk of life in the United States, Canada, England, Italy, and Japan.
James Littleton interviews Steve Ray on Raising Daughters and Sons.
Steve has given seminars and talks all over the world – Rome, Jerusalem, India, Dubai, England, Philippines, Japan, Australia, Israel, Canada, Guam, and many more).
He has worked extensively with EWTN, St. Joseph Communications, Lighthouse Catholic Media, Catholic Answers, Franciscan University of Steubenville, Legatus, Fullness of Truth, Catholic Scripture Study International, Defensores Fidei Foundation, Ignatius Press, Regina Apostolorum University in Rome, Dr. Scott Hahn’s St. Paul Center, Catholics Come Home, Lighthouse Ministries, Family of Faith in Bombay and the Arab Emirates, and many others.
He has appeared on Fox News, Canadian TV and is a regular guest on EWTN, Relevant Radio, Ave Maria Radio, Catholic Answers Live, Guadalupe Radio, and many other TV and radio programs…and of course now on Forming Faithful families on Radio Maria.
Steve Ray would love to come to your parish or conference to share the truth and beauty of the Catholic Faith. From his conversion story to his adventures overseas, from his talks on St. Paul to raising a Catholic family, from teaching the Bible to explaining the Eucharist – he is excited and ready to speak to your group!
Francesca Franchina, MS Ed talks with Marika Zimmerman and Dr. Ken Fung, MD of Toronto, Canada about his long professional medical and psycho-therapy experience, the recent publication of his book and extensive research regarding Spiritual Depression and The Hidden Factors of Clinical Depression . Dr. Fung, Past President of The International Association of Christian Therapists (ACT) www.ACTheals.org cites non- consideration of the patient first as a spiritual being in treating depression vs. the most common medical physical-psychological treatment utilizing drugs, anti-depressants and long term psychotherapy. Rejection, abandonment, combinations of physical, mental, intellectual/sexual abuse, loss of love, grief, being broken hearted, early loss of spiritual identity/not knowing they are always loved by God are among the numerous causes of debilitating trauma. Trauma can cause depression and other medical conditions, reports Dr. Ken who delineates trauma sources and causes of depression looking and considering the whole person, utilizing research and experience in treating the medical, physical/psychological condition and recognizing and treating the spiritual dimension of each patient to bring them to wholeness.
INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS ON A CATHOLIC CAMPUS
CATHOLIC EVANGELIZATION IN OUR TIME Part VI: How are International Students received on a Marian Catholic Campus? How should they be received? Francesca Franchina, MS Ed. talks with Sr. Celia Chua, MIC, STL; STD, (Missionary Sister of The Immaculate Conception who holds a Licentiate and Doctorate in Sacred Theology) a member of the faculty at the Pontifical International Marian Research Institute (IMRI) at the University of Dayton Marian Library, about helping and ministering to and with International Students on a Marian Catholic Campus. Sr. Celia travels extensively and teaches in Canada and China where she also ministers as a nurse. Sr. Celia addresses faculty members as well as Chinese students providing a familiar face and native language to students from China and other Asian countries. Call in. What would you like to ask Sister Celia about international students, students of different faiths who attend Catholic schools, not only on the university level but as students in elementary and secondary school? What does our Catholic Faith call forth in being a friend and a Christian? How do we talk with people at any age who are different, have different belief systems and ideologies? Are we threatened or encouraged to know people outside our milieu? What witness do we present as Christians and Catholics about Jesus, Mary and our beliefs? Do we offer a challenge or an invitation? What would Jesus and Mary do? Does Mary have any part in talking with international students and students who are not Catholic, or who have no religious or faith dimension or are of the New Age? What does Marian Spirituality have to offer an International Student.
Tune in EVERY WEDNESDAY NOON EST; 11:00 AM CT; 9:00 AM PT) for Francesca’s recipes for living life to the fullest and for filling hungry hearts and tummies with her delicious recipes.
Today’s Recipes From Francesca’s Heart and Kitchen to Yours : PIZZA FRITTE! WRITE FOR THE RECIPES AND A FREE MIRACULOUS MEDAL OF OUR LADY AS GIVEN TO ST. CATHERINE LABOURE, IT TRULY IS MIRACULOUS! Send SASE TO: FRANCESCA; PO BOX 3238; DAYTON, OH 45401-3238; USA
Francesca Franchina MS Ed. talks with Gordon Deery of Montreal, Canada, about founding and directing The International Holy Face Association; The Shroud of Turin, The Devotion to The Holy Face of Jesus, and the meaning and importance of Pope Benedict XVI designating 2013 as The Year of Faith. Discussion focuses on how we need to continue to grow spiritually, living and sharing the meaning and importance of the Year of Faith, and The Holy Face Promises given to Bl. Maria Pierina de Micheli of The Daughters of the Immaculate Conception of Milan, Italy and Buenos Aires; the blessings being realized through devotion and wearing The Holy Face Medal and devotion of St. Therese of Lisieux to The Holy Face of Jesus. We are called upon in this time to share the knowledge, love and; increasing prayers of reparation and reconciliation as disciples of Jesus under the Mantle of Our Lady of The Holy Face equipping us with WISDOM and spiritual weapons of prayer and sacramentals in the Year of Faith and The New Evangelization. For more information, newsletter, books, etc, see www.holyface.com.
FRANCESCA FRANCHINA, MS Ed. talks with Sr. Celia Chua, MIC, STD of Montreal, Canada and Visiting Professor/ Faculty Member of the Pontifical International Marian Research Institute (IMRI) at the University of Dayton Marian Library about Living Out a Marian Spirituality in the New Evangelization; Perspectives of New Evangelization; The Transmission of Faith, and The PAMI 23rd Congress on Mariology recently held in Rome.
In this program, Kathie speaks with musician, parish priest, and composer, Fr. Jean-Pierre Couturier of Canada. He tells of his work for the Church and his love of music.
Kathie also talks with musician, Janis Clarke. They discuss her music, faith, and her work with children.
In this program, Kathie talks to Nancy and Patrick Latta about their conversion and move from a successful business in Canada to Medjugorje where they help to support, refresh, and foster vocations to religious life.
MODERN MEDICAL MISSIONARIES: MERCY & THE WAY OF DIVINE LOVE
Francesca Franchina , MS Ed. talks with Modern Medical Missionaries Dr. Magued Khouzam, MD, (Surgeon) of Florence, Kentucky, Dr. Ayman Iskender, MD (Cardiologist) of New York, the leaders of the Coptic Medical Association Medical Missionary Team of 73 doctors, nurses, and other medical and health professionals, as well as interested families of adults and children including Mary Pyper, President of Radio Maria USA, who will participate in the Mission Trip, coming together from the USA, Canada, Ethiopia and Egypt traveling to Ethiopia. Hear about the beginnings of The Coptic Medical Society in North America, its past medical missions to Egypt and Ethiopia; How they will teach, treat patients, and minister at The Black Lion Hospital and St. Paul University Hospital, orphanages, schools and churches in Addis Ababa, the Capitol of Ethiopia, doing various operations and procedures, helping, healing and ministering to patients, students and hospital medical professionals and personnel. Can we relate these missionary concepts of this group of young talented doctors; medical and health professionals, to heal the wounds of America and the world situation, promoting and accepting healing by receiving God’s mercy and healing love and passing it on to heal the wounds of the world?
Ken talks with guest Lorene Hanley Duquin author of When a Loved One Leaves the Church (Published by Our Sunday Visitor) Lorene has been in ministry to inactive and alienated Catholics since 1992 in the Diocese of Buffalo. She has conducted lectures and workshops in both the US and Canada. In her book she addresses the reasons loved ones leave the Church and how you can overcome guilt, heartache, and what you can do to keep lines of communication open. Her book is available at https://catalog.osv.com/Catalog.aspx?SimpleDisplay=true&ProductCode=940
Francesca Franchina, MS Ed. speaks with Sr. Celia Chua, MIC (Missionaries of The Immaculate Conception) of Montreal, Canada, IMRI Faculty Member (Pontifical International Marian Research Institute) at the University of Dayton Marian Library about the Annual World Day of the Sick and its three consistent themes celebrated every year on the Feast of The Immaculate Conception at Lourdes, France, on February 11 since 1992; the pertinent Vatican Message of Pope Benedict XVI; Sacraments of Healing and the Scriptures; the importance of the Catholic Sacraments of the Sick; the writings of St. Augustine and the Spirituality of Lourdes celebrated February 11 based on Sr. Celia’s writings and experiences with the sick citing passages from Fr. Henri Nouewen’s book relating his pilgrimage to Lourdes!
Sr. Florestine Audette from Canada, talks about the life of St. Claudine Thevenet, foundress of the Religous Sisters of Jesus and Mary.
Michael Lucarelli is a well-known artist from Utah. He is a performer, composer and recorder of CD’s as a classical guitarist.
FRANCESCA FRANCHINA, MS Ed. talks with Sr. Celia Chua, MIC, STD of Montreal, Canada and Visiting Professor/ Faculty Member of the Pontifical International Marian Research Institute at the University of Dayton Marian Library about the Second Asia Oceania Mariological Conference, Mary and the New Evangelization: Perspectives for An Integral Human Development held September 8-12, 2011 in the Philippines at Liba, the site of the Marian Apparition Shrine of Our Lady of Grace in preparation for the 2012 Synod of Bishops to be held in Rome. Sr. Celia will discuss her presentation Mary, Woman of Gratuitousness for an Integral Human Development and the elements and challenges presented by Mary and The New Evangelization, and the connectors discussed in the conference that have a meaning for all of us.
In this program, Kathie speaks to the Black family. This family of 10 children are natives from Canada who have become a popular music group. They share their faith journey into music. This program features tracks from the Black family’s new album, The Sunny Side of Life.
Francesca Franchina talks with Fr. John Fletcher, CC, about The Companions of the Cross (CC) founded twenty five years ago by Fr. Bob Bedard in Canada; Lent and Lenten practices; missions, retreats, prayer, fasting and almsgiving and Fr. Fletcher’s his new Radio Maria Program to air on Fridays at 5:30 PM titled “Catholic Grab Bag with Fr. John” Call in to participate toll free (1-866-333-6279) Francesca shares her family’s favorite Italian meatless Lenten dishes this week cooking up Pasta With Cauliflower or Broccoli and Pizza Fritte. Send a SASE to Francesca at P O Box 3238, Dayton, OH 45401 for these recipes and Easter Ricotta Pie. “THROUGH THE TUMMY TO THE HEART” EVANGELIZATION FOR EVERY DAY;
Italian Soul Food Sprinkled with Evangelization…..SHARING FAITH AND FOODS: Francesca Franchina stirs up good things in her kitchen sharing faith, inviting others to partake in the goodness of the Lord and sharing recipes for living life’s lessons as given to us in the Word of God and promulgated by Good Pope John Paul II in The New Evangelization. “Taste and See the Goodness of the Lord ” in Francesca’s kitchen as she shares everyday down to earth conversation about sharing faith, easy ways to evangelization and her family’s favorite Italian recipes from Termini Imerese, Sicilia.