Fr. Kubicki reflects on Pope Francis’ prayer intentions for March and on his message for Lent.
Even if springtime is around the corner, it is still cold outside, and Radio Maria is still experiencing its own cold winter. Our “Heartwarming” campaign began two weeks ago, and as of today, we have reached about 25 % of our goal: $100,000.00.
We want to thank all who have contributed so generously to this extraordinary appeal. And to ask anyone who has not had the opportunity, to please help us with an “alms” this Lenten Season. It’s a wonderful way to fulfill your Lenten duty and contribute to the Spiritual Works of Mercy through Radio Maria.
We want to continue to warm the hearts of many– and even more– listeners whose hearts need warming this time of year– YOURS TOO!
Many thanks and God bless you all this Holy Season of Lent!
Fr. Robert Young
Radio Maria US
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 series on the Holy Eucharist, Matthew discusses the reasons behind Pope Paul VI’s promulgation of the Novus Ordo Missae as well as Benedict XVI’s motu proprio liberating the celebration of the pre-Vatican II Mass.
Matthew unpacks the deep meaning of Christ’s example of how to stand up for teh honor of God found in the traditional readings for Passion Sunday (aka Judiac Sunday).
Host Kathleen Beckman dialogues with Fr. Ben Tran on the subject of inner healing and holiness especially through the sacramental life of the Church. Father Ben also shares about his journey to priesthood, his family experiences of escaping from Vietnam War, his personal experience of inner healing and his priestly ministry of healing. He’s facilitated many Eucharistic healing services and shares the power of Eucharistic healing and miracles!
Strength when we most need it can sometimes be elusive. We have seen how great athletes overcome great adversity by holding in their hearts a reward that goes beyond any accolade or gold medal. Common to them and to us this Lent is an opportunity to offer our efforts for a greater good, to sacrifice something we prefer for someone else. Through prayer, fasting and alms giving, we have an opportunity to draw closer to God. The result is the renewal of our strength and vitality. The champion David, in his fight against Goliath, shows us the way to do this.
Many Catholics think of Ordinary Time as a rather dull time in the Church’s year–after all, there aren’t many important feast days. Nevertheless, there is a wealth of beautiful prayers and music for Ordinary Time.
August 15th, the Solemnity of the Assumption, is a Holy Day of Obligation, and one of the most important feasts in the Church year. In this program Susan features a variety of music, both from the Vigil of the Assumption and the Solemnity itself, in honor of Our Blessed Lady and her Assumption.
Of all the hours in the Divine Office, or Liturgy of the Hours, none has had such a wealth of music composed for it more than vespers. In this show Susan features music for Vespers including a range of music from Gregorian chant, work by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and some excerpts from modern settings of Vespers.
Thr Propers, which are those prayers and texts that are different for each Mass, are little known to most Catholics these days. In their 2007 document, Sing to the Lord, the Bishops of the U.S. wrote: “Proper antiphons from the liturgical books are to be esteemed and used especially because they are the very voice of God speaking to us in the Scriptures.” Susan plays recorded examples of the Propers, both in English and Latin, and both chant and polyphonic, and relates these examples to specific liturgical days and their spiritual significance.
Radio Maria presenter Kathleen Beckman interviews Andy Lavallee, Founder of “Live the Fast” on the spirituality of “fasting for God”. They discuss what Blessed Pope John Paul II said, “One of the meanings of penitential fasting is to help us recover an interior life”. How can fasting and prayer “stop wars and (one can) suspend the natural laws of nature”? Andy gives his testimony on how he began “Fasting Breads”.
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.
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.
Joe kicked off the first Friday in Lent with a blend of Scripture and writings from Divine Intimacy. He focused on Christ’s 40 Days in the desert and how it provides the foundation of our Lenten season. He also discussed our use of “time” and the eternal value inherent therein.
Host Kathleen Beckman interviews Fr. Quan Tran about his journey from the District Attorney’s office to Priesthood, how God used various people to awaken his vocation. They discuss the spirituality of diocesan priesthood including the priest’s personal bond to Christ, and how “the sacrament of Holy Orders communicates a “sacred power” which is none other that that of Christ (CCC).” Father discusses prayer also.
Host Kathleen Beckman interviews Lisa Flood, Catholic wife, mother, attorney and host of Focus International TV. They discuss Lisa’s conversion story, the importance of the sacramental life, especially Reconciliation and Eucharistic Life. They comment on the role of Catholic radio and TV for the Church’s “New Evangelization”. They share how the Catholic faith is meant to transform family life; and the necessity of ongoing catechesis and commitment to prayer.
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
“You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and to the ends of the earth.” These are the parting words of Jesus to his disciples before His glorious Ascension, words that describe the anointing that they would receive on Pentecost, which would embolden and empower them to evangelize the world. Every baptized and Confirmed Catholic receives this same outpouring of the Holy Spirit along with His spiritual gifts and charisms. These gifts are to be used for the building up of the Body of Christ and for the advancement of the Kingdom. Yet unfortunately for many believers these gifts remain largely dormant and undiscovered. In this episode we will explore the role of the Holy Spirit in evangelization and the importance of the spiritual gifts.
In this program, Mark and Frances discuss the prayer fo the Church, or the Liturgy of the Hours. They discuss a little about the history of the prayer, the different elements of the prayer, how it is prayed by the entire Church and some of the benefits of praying this prayer. They cover some of the differnet options for getting copies of the prayers, including sources on-line, and they also talk about the differences of praying this prayer in community or privately. This is a wonderful introduction to this most import form of “praying without ceasing.”
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’s Guest: Fr. Stephen Doktorczyk, JCL, Official at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith
Title: The Life and Times of Blessed John John Paul II, model of Eucharistic Sacrificial Love
Description: Kathleen interviews Fr. Stephen Doktorczyk on his personal Roman experiences during the “Year of the Eucharist”; how his priesthood was influenced by Blessed John Paul II; and how the encyclical “Eccelsia de Eucharistia” has depth of meaning for the Church in this “hour”, the dawn of the Year of Faith and for the New Evangelization.
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.
Kathleen explores the lives of Eucharistic Saints like Cure of Ars, St. Catherine of Siena.
Francesca Franchina, MS Ed. engages listeners and caller Caroline Adams astutely comments on the value of Prayer, The Psalms, The Feast of Corpus Christi, and The Signs of The Times. What is the significance and importance of The Holy Eucharist, Prayer and The Psalms listening to God Our Father, and acting on His Divine Will especially at this time in the world?
The guide for the Liturgy of the Hours for the month of May is now online on our Resources page.
Joe and Megan share their journeys to the Catholic Church and conversion to Christ through RCIA.
Francesca Franchina, MS Ed. talks with Mary Britt and Jenny Belokony of Dayton, OH about 40 DAYS FOR LIFE a focused pro-life campaign with a vision to access God’s power through prayer, fasting, and peaceful vigil to end abortion. The mission of the campaign is to bring together the Body of Christ in a spirit of unity during a focused 40 days of prayer, fasting, and peaceful activism, with the purpose of repentance, seeking God’s favor to turn hearts and minds from a culture of death to a culture of life to end tune in to see how you can participate in this great movement and the vigil to be held on abortion.
Ken talks with author Paula Huston, author of Simplifying the Soul – Lenten Practices to Renew Your Spirit (Ave Maria Pres) In her book, Paula Huston has created a mini Lenten retreat with daily activities that include: readings from the Desert Fathers and scripture, meditation, and a daily activity. Paula draws about her experience as a Benedictine oblate. Her book would be an excellent choice for anyone looking for a daily Lenten practice. Visit Paula’s website www.paulahuston.com. Her book can be purchased at: https://www.avemariapress.com/product/1-59471-269-7/Simplifying-the-Soul/
In this episode of Living With Mary Today, Father John Fletcher discusses Ash Wednesday and the Season of Lent.
In this program, Fr. Thomas Tompson talks about the Feast of the Presentation in the Western Church
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.
Ken has a special hour long conversation with speaker and bestselling author Matthew Kelly. The first half hour is a discussion about his book Rediscover Catholicism – A Spiritual Guide to Living with Passion & Purpose. (Published by Beacon Publishing). Nearly four million copies of this book have been published. In the second half hour Matthew talks about the various programs and resources being developed at Dynamic Catholic including the very popular parish book program. His book can be purchased at www.dynamiccatholic.com
The Liturgy of the Hours Guide for October is now posted on our Resources page. This guide in a great way to learn the Liturgy of the Hours and to pray along with Radio Maria each day.
The Guide for the Liturgy of the Hours for August is now available on our resources page.
The guide for the Liturgy of the Hours for the month of April is now available on the Radio Maria resources page.
The new guide for praying the Liturgy of the Hours is now available on our resources page. This guide explains how to pray the liturgy of the hours as well as what pages the prayers can be found on for each day.
With Thanksgiving in mind, Lynn Bauman presents various interpretations of the classic hymn, Te Deum (Thee, O God, we praise).
Te Deum has been in regular use in the Roman Catholic Church for centuries in the Office of Readings found in the Liturgy of the Hours, and in thanksgiving to God for a special blessing such as the election of a pope, the consecration of a bishop, the canonization of a saint, a religious profession, the publication of a treaty of peace, a royal coronation, etc. It is sung either after Mass or the Divine Office or as a separate religious ceremony.
All Saints and All Souls days are celebrated each year on November 1st and 2nd. In this episode of Cantate, Lynn Bauman takes a look at some of the sacred music that has been arranged for these feasts.
The Liturgy of the Hours Guide for October through December has been posed on the resources page of the web site.
Radio Maria uses the “Book of Christian Prayer” in praying the Liturgy of the Hours. The liturgy guide shows you how to pray the Liturgy of the Hours as well as what pages to turn to for each day.
Francesca Franchina, MS Ed. speaks with Joe Beyerle, Bob O’Connor, Debbie Goldberg and Cindy Hill about the Feasts of Our Lady of the Rosary and Our Lady of Victory, the Victory of Our Lady at the Battle of Lepanto, Italy and the background of The Annual Rosary Rally at The University of Dayton Arena, Sunday, October 10, 2010 beginning at 3:00 PM. Founded by Joe and Bob, the rosary rally concept has spread to other areas and makes a prayerful statement to bring families to pray for peace in the world and hearts everywhere as the Blessed Mother requested at Fatima in 1917 to address life issues and end abortion.
Francesca Franchina, MS talks with business man, Tim Francis of Dallas, TX, about “Science Tests Faith” and Reasons To Believe the DVD and book by Australian Attorney Ron Tessorio, and Australian renowned Investigative Journalist Mike Willis reporting and documenting miracles of the Holy Eucharist turning to living flesh and blood, bleeding statues, real tears and real blood and supernatural things going on all over the world being tested in noted world wide pathology labs to show how Heaven is speaking to humanity: “There is a God and Jesus became human for our salvation.” Tim an enthusiastic, powerful speaker and native of New Carlisle, OH grew up in Sacred Heart Parish. He travels extensively throughout the USA to arrange and conduct presentations of this investigative, highly documented study. Tim first conducted the program September 8, 2009 at Transfiguration Church in West Milton, OH where a new DVD was recorded and now available. See more of Tim and live footage filmed while the investigation and study of these phenomenon were occurring. www.youshallbelieve.com.
Francesca Franchina focuses on introducing the Catholic Faith to those interested in learning more, RCIA, witnessing and what you can share from your own experience about Catholicism, growing up Catholic and the Church today.
Francesca stirs up good things in the 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, easy ways to evangelization and her family’s Italian cooking recipes from Termini Imerese, Sicilia.
In this program, Fr. Johann Roten, S.M. discusses Mary’s role in the Paschal Triduum.
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.
In this program, Lynn presents music for Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent. He begins the program with “Lord, Who Throughout these Forty Days” and then presents various pieces from Bach to David Haas.
This is the second of two programs in which Mary’s role in Lent is discussed by Fr. Thomas Thompson, S.M.
This week, with Valentine’s Day around the corner, Lynn presents music appropriate for the Sacrament of Marriage. He tried to find music that you would not usually hear but would still fit well in the celebration of the sacrament.
This week Lynn shares music in celebration of the feast of the Epiphany. The program highlights the events of the visitation of the shepherds as well as the presentation of the gifts by the Magi.