St. Kateri Tekakwitha
Lived: (1656-1680) | Feast Day: Tuesday, July 14, 2015
Kateri said: “I am not my own; I have given myself to Jesus. He must be my only love. The state of helpless poverty that may befall me if I do not marry does not frighten me. All I need is a little food and a few pieces of clothing. With the work of my hands I shall always earn what is necessary and what is left over I’ll give to my relatives and to the poor. If I should become sick and unable to work, then I shall be like the Lord on the cross. He will have mercy on me and help me, I am sure.”
She was moved by the words of three Blackrobes who lodged with her uncle, but fear of him kept her from seeking instruction. She refused to marry a Mohawk brave and at 19 finally got the courage to take the step of converting. She was baptized with the name Kateri (Catherine) on Easter Sunday.
Now she would be treated as a slave. Because she would not work on Sunday, she received no food that day. Her life in grace grew rapidly. She told a missionary that she often meditated on the great dignity of being baptized. She was powerfully moved by God’s love for human beings and saw the dignity of each of her people.
She was always in danger, for her conversion and holy life created great opposition. On the advice of a priest, she stole away one night and began a 200-mile walking journey to a Christian Indian village at Sault St. Louis, near Montreal.
For three years she grew in holiness under the direction of a priest and an older Iroquois woman, giving herself totally to God in long hours of prayer, in charity and in strenuous penance. At 23 she took a vow of virginity, an unprecedented act for an Indian woman, whose future depended on being married. She found a place in the woods where she could pray an hour a day—and was accused of meeting a man there!
Her dedication to virginity was instinctive: She did not know about religious life for women until she visited Montreal. Inspired by this, she and two friends wanted to start a community, but the local priest dissuaded her. She humbly accepted an “ordinary” life. She practiced extremely severe fasting as penance for the conversion of her nation. She died the afternoon before Holy Thursday. Witnesses said that her emaciated face changed color and became like that of a healthy child. The lines of suffering, even the pockmarks, disappeared and the touch of a smile came upon her lips. She was beatified in 1980 and canonized in 2012.
Consecration to the Blood of Jesus Christ
Lord Jesus, you who love us and have freed us from our sins with your Blood, I adore you, I bless you and I consecrate myself to you with living faith.
By the help of your Spirit, I desire to make all my existence, animated by the memory of your Precious Blood, into a faithful service of the will of God, for the coming of your Kingdom.
Through the Blood which you shed for the remission of sins, purify me of all sin and renew my heart, so that the image of a new person, created in justice and holiness may become ever more evident in me.
By your Blood, which is the sign of reconciliation with God and reconciliation with each other, make me a malleable instrument of brotherly love and communion.
By the power of your Blood, supreme proof of your mercy, give me the courage to love you and to love my brothers and sisters, even to the point of offering my life.
Jesus, my Redeemer, help me to carry your cross every day, in order that a drop of my blood, united with yours, may contribute to the redemption of the world. O Divine Blood, which together with your grace gives life to the Mystical Body, making me a living stone in the Church.
Give me an ardent desire for Christian unity. Infuse my heart with a great zeal for the salvation of my brother and sisters. Raise up in the Church numerous missionary vocations, so that all people may know, love and serve the true God.
Most Precious Blood, sign of liberation and of new life, grant that I may persevere in faith, in hope and in love, so that, having been chosen by you, I may leave this exile and enter the promised land of Paradise, to sing my praise to you with all those whom you have chosen. Amen.
Today, on the feast day of St. John the Baptist, let us pray in his honor.
O Martyr invincible, who, for the honor of God and the salvation of souls didst with firmness and constancy withstand the impiety of Herod even at the cost of thine own life, and didst rebuke him openly for his wicked and dissolute life; by thy prayers obtain for us a heart, brave and generous, in order that we may overcome all human respect and openly profess our faith in loyal obedience to the teachings of Jesus Christ, our divine Master.
Say: “Our Father…”, “Hail Mary…”, and “Glory be…”
Pray for us, Saint John the Baptist, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
O God, who hast made this day to be honorable in our eyes by the commemoration of blessed John the Baptist, grant unto Thy people the grace of spiritual joy, and direct the minds of all Thy faithful into the way of everlasting salvation. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
“Every time I hear anyone speak of the Sacred Heart of Jesus or of the Blessed Sacrament I feel an indescribable joy. It is as if a wave of precious memories, sweet affection and joyful hope swept over my poor person, making me tremble with happiness and filling my soul with tenderness. These are loving appeals from Jesus who wants me wholeheartedly there, at the source of all goodness, his Sacred Heart, throbbing mysteriously behind the Eucharistic veils… I love to repeat today ‘Sweet Heart of my Jesus, make me love you more and more.”’ –Pope Saint John XXIII
Join us as we begin the Novena and offering to the Sacred Heart of Jesus in preparation for the feast on Friday, June 12. The Novena will begin on Wednesday, June 3rd to Thursday, June 11th.
Divine Jesus, You have said, “Ask and you shall receive; seek and you shall find; knock and it shall be opened to you.” Behold me kneeling at Your feet, filled with a lively faith and confidence in the promises dictated by Your Sacred Heart to Saint Margaret Mary. I come to ask this favor: (Mention your request).
To whom can I turn if not to You, Whose Heart is the source of all graces and merits? Where should I seek if not in the treasure which contains all the riches of Your kindness and mercy? Where should I knock if not at the door through which God gives Himself to us and through which we go to God? I have recourse to You, Heart of Jesus. In You I find consolation when afflicted, protection when persecuted, strength when burdened with trials, and light in doubt and darkness.
Dear Jesus, I firmly believe that You can grant me the grace I implore, even though it should require a miracle. You have only to will it and my prayer will be granted. I admit that I am most unworthy of Your favors, but this is not a reason for me to be discouraged. You are the God of mercy, and You will not refuse a contrite heart. Cast upon me a look of mercy, I beg of You, and Your kind Heart will find in my miseries and weakness a reason for granting my prayer.
Sacred Heart, whatever may be Your decision with regard to my request, I will never stop adoring, loving, praising, and serving You. My Jesus, be pleased to accept this my act of perfect resignation to the decrees of Your adorable Heart, which I sincerely desire may be fulfilled in and by me and all Your creatures forever.
Grant me the grace for which I humbly implore You through the Immaculate Heart of Your most sorrowful Mother. You entrusted me to her as her child, and her prayers are all-powerful with You. Amen.
My God, I offer You all my prayers, works, joys, and sufferings in union with the Sacred Heart of Jesus,for the intentions for which He pleads and offers Himself in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, in thanksgiving for Your favors, in reparation for my sins, and in humble supplication for my temporal and eternal welfare, for the needs of our holy Mother the Church, for the conversion of sinners, and for the relief of the poor souls in purgatory.
As we begin the month of June, traditionally dedicated to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, we continue to stay close to Mary, our Mother, who leads us to Jesus her Son.
St. Margaret is known for spreading the devotion to Most Sacred Heart of Jesus in the world. She was a French nun who joined the Visitation Order in 1671. In 1675, as she knelt in adoration before the Blessed Sacrament, Our Lord said to her: “See this Heart which is so deeply in love with men that it has spared nothing, to the point of wearing itself out and consuming itself, to prove to them its love. And in return, for the most part, it receives only ingratitude through their irreverence, and through the coldness and contempt which they have for me in this Sacrament of love… It is for this that I am asking you that the first Friday, after the Octave of Corpus Christi be set apart as a feast in honor of my Heart – a day on which to receive me in Holy Communion and make a solemn act of reparation…”
The Sacrament of Love is the Most Holy Eucharist. We do not want to show any ingratitude to His Body and Blood in the Most Holy Eucharist. The best way to prepare ourselves to receive Holy Communion is through a worthy Confession.
Let us open our hearts to Jesus present in the Most Holy Eucharist.
“O holy Mary, my Mistress,
into thy blessed trust and special keeping,
into the bosom of thy tender mercy,
this day, every day of my life
and at the hour of my death,
I commend my soul and body;
to thee I entrust all my hopes
and consolations, all my
trials and miseries,
my life and the end of my life,
that through thy most holy intercession
and thy merits, all my actions may
be ordered and disposed according to
thy will and that of thy Divine Son. Amen.”
St. Paul said in his letter to the Corinthians, that as the Holy Spirit dwells in each of us (1 Cor 3:16), it is crucial for our salvation that we listen to Him.
Our Lord indeed wants us to ask for His help and guidance through His Spirit. But, given our free will, He will not force Himself on us. We must choose to follow Christ on His path of sanctifying grace. St. Paul’s words to the Galatians (Gal 5:19-26) provide a good itinerary for this journey: we must avoid immorality, jealousy, hatred, selfishness, quarrels and the like.
For the Holy Spirit to dwell within us, we need to have the opposite emotions such as love, patience, kindness, generosity and self-control, even in difficult situations.
“O Lord Jesus Christ, Who, before ascending into heaven, didst promise to send the Holy Ghost to finish Thy work in the souls of Thy Apostles and Disciples, deign to grant the same Holy Spirit to me, that He may perfect in my soul the work of Thy grace and Thy love.
Grant me the Spirit of Wisdom that I may despise the perishable things of this world and aspire only after the things that are eternal,
the Spirit of Understanding to enlighten my mind with the light of Thy divine truth,
the Spirit of Counsel that I may ever choose the surest way of pleasing God and gaining Heaven,
the Spirit of Fortitude that I may bear my cross with Thee, and that I may overcome with courage all the obstacles that oppose my salvation,
the Spirit of Knowledge that I may know God and know myself and grow perfect in the science of the Saints,
the Spirit of Piety that I may find the service of God sweet and amiable,
the Spirit of Fear that I may be filled with a loving reverence towards God, and may dread in any way to displease Him.
Mark me, dear Lord, with the sign of Thy true disciples and animate me in all things with Thy Spirit. Amen.”
In this month of May, let us thank Our Lady, our Mother, for giving us the gift of Radio Maria. In this time of grace, Our Lady wants to talk to us through Radio Maria. She continues to lead us to Jesus her Son when she says “Do whatever He tells you” (John 2:5).
During our Spring Mariathon 2015, we are encouraged and inspired by many of you who have renewed your commitment to Radio Maria with your prayers, generosity and the help of many volunteers. You believe in the mission of Radio Maria in the Church. You help the Blessed Mother do the work of her Son. Thank you.
I strongly urge those of you who have not yet committed themselves, to help Radio Maria with your financial contribution to make that act of love. Help the Blessed Mother to help us. We are waiting for you.
Let us pray for the success of this Mariathon in order to help our Blessed Mother to lead more people to Jesus.
Fr. John Tino
This year we are honored to receive a greeting and blessing from His Holiness Pope Francis for the Mariathon! Our beloved Pope Francis continues to be the shepherd who tends all his flock, especially those who listen to Radio Maria around the world. He personally sends us his greeting for our Marathon!
“My warmest best wishes to all Radio Maria listeners around the world on the occasion of the Annual Mariathon Day. I ask the Lord to bless you and accompany you on life’s journey. Please, do not forget to pray for me. Warm regards.” -Pope Francis
While it has been a slow Mariathon so far this year, there is still time to make a pledge and help keep Radio Maria on the air and serving Our Lord’s flock. You can donate by calling toll free: 888-408-0201 or by visiting our Donate Page.
I, ______________, a faithless sinner,
renew and ratify today in thy hands the vows of my Baptism;
I renounce forever Satan, his pomps and works;
and I give myself entirely to Jesus Christ,
the Incarnate Wisdom, to carry my cross after Him all the days of my life,
and to be more faithful to Him than I have ever been before.
In the presence of all the heavenly court I choose thee this day for my Mother
and Mistress. I deliver and consecrate to thee, as thy slave, my body and soul,
my goods, both interior and exterior, and even the value of all my good actions,
past, present and future, leaving to thee the entire and full right of disposing of me,
and all that belongs to me, without exception, according to thy good pleasure,
for the greater glory of God in time and in eternity. Amen.
(With Ecclesiastical Approval)
The month of May is the month of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Let us renew our love for Our Lady, by entrusting ourselves to Her, our mother. As a good mother, she leads us to Jesus, her Son. Let us renew our beautiful tradition to pray the Rosary. Through the prayer of the Rosary, we meditate on the mysteries of the life of Jesus and we are inspired to imitate Him by bringing His love and peace to others.
Next week, all 74 Radio Maria’s worldwide on 5 continents, will have the great event of the Mariathon. It is a special moment to renew our zeal and love in our mission of Evangelization and Human formation in the world. Here at Radio Maria USA, beginning on Monday, we are asked to recommit ourselves for this worldwide mission through our prayers and generosity. We will end the Mariathon with the celebration of a worldwide Mass. Our Lady needs us to evangelize. Let us help Her. Thank you for your continued dedication and support.
We are proud to introduce the newest member of our Radio Maria family of inspiring presenters, Lisa M. Hendey. Lisa is the founder and editor of CatholicMom.com, and bestselling author of The Grace of Yes. Lisa is multi-talented, having produced and hosted multiple programs on KNXT Catholic Television out of the Diocese of Fresno, California, and appeared on EWTN and Catholic TV. Her articles have appeared in Catholic Digest, National Catholic Register, and Our Sunday Visitor. She somehow also finds time to travel internationally, giving workshops on faith, family and Catholic news media topics. Please tune in for Catholic Moments at 11:00 a.m. Central/12:00 p.m. Eastern on alternating Mondays, starting February 9, 2015, and let Lisa share her expertise on topics of relevance for any Catholic. Lisa promises the tone and tenor of her show will be fun, causal, entertaining, but always reverent.
You will be able to find the archives of the programs at radiomaria.us/catholicmoments
We had the honor of having Patty Schneier join us. She is wife, mother, Catholic speaker, and author. She is a cradle Catholic who had a deep conversion upon hearing of Theology of the Body. Her book is Love Letters from Mom, which is a collection of beautiful letters that every mom wants her children to hear! Patty will be in speaking at the W.I.N.E: Women in the New Evangelization Conference, and she gave us a preview of her talk, “Come and Go.” You may find out more about Patty at www.pattyschneier.com.
Radio Maria will introduce a new program on Friday, November 14, 2014. Outreach USA: The Glenmary Missioners, will be airing at 6:00 p.m. Central/7:00 p.m. Eastern. Fr. Don Tranel, Development Director of the Glenmary Home Missioners in Cincinnati, Ohio, will be our opening host, but expect to hear from many others throughout this series. Did you ever consider that not all missions are foreign, that there are many counties in the United States that have NO Catholic presence? The Missioners address this need beautifully, and bring to life their stories of ministering to the poor and neglected missions here in our own US of A. Follow these good priests, brothers, and dedicated co-workers who comprise the Glenmary Home Missioners as they take us through their labors of love on behalf of our faith.
On Wednesday, November 12, 2014, we will introduce a new program, Joyful Desperation, hosted by Chris Padgett. Chris identifies himself as a “very zealous” convert to Catholicism, who, along with his family, entered the Church in 1999. He is an author (Not Ready for Marriage, Not Ready for Sex: One Couple’s Return to Chastity), songwriter, musician (he has four solo albums to his credit), speaker, and worship leader. One of the most effective champions of family life in the church today, Chris can speak from experience. He and his family take the call to “make disciples” very seriously. Among other ministries, Chris is involved with Steubenville youth conferences and expertly speaks to young people about maintaining chastity in the midst of a culture that encourages otherwise. Join Chris on Wednesdays, at 2:00 p.m. Central/3:00 p.m. Eastern as he helps us face our sometimes desperate moments joyfully.
Fr. Kubicki and Grace Urbanski discuss the papal intentions for the month.
Fr. Livio Fanzaga, World Family Priest Director, shares with us a very balanced and insightful summary of Pope Francis’ concluding remarks for the Synod on the Family. Don’t miss it!
On Sunday, October 26, 2014, we will introduce a new program, Joseph’s Way: The Call to Fatherly Greatness, hosted by Devin Schadt. In the past, Devin has been a guest on Radio Maria, and we are so happy to have him onboard now as a presenter. The title of his program is taken from the title of his book of the same name. It is a powerful daily devotional for modern day dads and husbands who want to walk in the footsteps of the man who most perfectly fulfilled his vocation as a father, St. Joseph. Devin will guide our audience by transmitting to them the biblical vision of fatherhood, its necessity, glory and irreplaceable effect on families and society. Among other things, Devin is also the founder of Fathers of St. Joseph, an apostolate that works for the renewal of authentic fatherhood. Joining Devin is Brian Gail, author of a remarkable novel Fatherless. This book has also become a powerful tool for catechesis. He is a highly sought after speaker on matters of faith and family. Please join Devin and Brian on Sundays, at 4:00 p.m. Central/5:00 p.m. Eastern.
Joe continued his theme this week and rounded out his discussion highlighting Catholic Teaching and the detailed nature, beauty and glory of a Catholic Marriage.
This Sunday, October 19, Pope Francis will preside over the Beatification of Pope Paul VI, who died in 1978. Pope Paul VI is best known for being the author of Humanae Vitae, the controversial Encyclical on contraception. He contributed greatly to the implementation of the documents of the Second Vatican Council and their directives. Radio Maria US will broadcast a recording of this Celebration at 10:30 AM CDT (11:30 AM EDT). Please join us!
Radio Maria will introduce a new program on Sunday, October 19, 2014. Catholic Kaleidoscope, hosted by Alyssa Bormes, will be airing at 1:00 p.m. Central/2:00 p.m. Eastern. Alyssa holds a Master’s degree in Catholic Studies from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota, and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Minnesota. She is the author of The Catechism of Hockey, in which she uses the metaphor of hockey and sports devotion to explain the responsibility of Catholic parents to raise their children in the teachings of the Church. Currently, she is the Assistant to the President of The American Chesterton Society. In her spare time, she is a popular speaker and retreat leader on a range of Catholic topics, and is known for her gift of igniting a newfound sense of wonder in the church using storytelling, humor and analogy. Alyssa truly has a “kaleidoscope” of gifts to offer our Radio Maria listeners.
You will be able to find archives of the program at: http://radiomaria.us/catholickaleidoscope/
Joe provided a little background on the Feast Day of Our Lady of the Rosary and shared why it is so important and indispensable for us today. Joe also initiated Part 1 of a discussion highlighting Catholic Teaching and the detailed nature, beauty and glory of a Catholic Marriage.
Deacon Bob describes the 3 apparitions of the Angel of Peace in 1916 which prepared the shepherd children for the apparitions of Our Lady which would follow the next year.
On Friday, October 10, 2014, a new program began on Radio Maria. Passion: The Word of God, hosted by Fr. John Murray, will be airing every other Friday, at 10:00 a.m. Central/11:00 a.m. Eastern. Father Murray comes to us from Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, in Brooklyn, New York. He will take us through the Liturgical year with interesting Scriptural topics, dealing with them in a “Catholic” way. The sessions will be interesting, and even fun, because Father plans to have a live audience of young adults. After his talk, he will encourage questions from the group, then have them make the topic relevant to their age. Father Murray has a miraculous personal story of his own. In 2010, while walking on the boardwalk on the Jersey Shore, he fell, hit his head, and was instantly paralyzed from his chest down. He was told that he had no chance of “any voluntary movement.” By the grace of God, he is now walking with the help of a rollator, drives his own vehicle, and continues to preach Missions and retreats. We are proud to have Fr. John Murray onboard with our Radio Maria family.
The archives of the program can be found at http://radiomaria.us/passionthewordofgod/
Deacon Bob describes the actions of Pope Benedict XV during the immediate historical prelude to Our Lady’s apparitions at Fatima and explains why her Fatima requests are uniquely and specifically directed towad the Catholic population of the world.
Joe interview Brian Muth, Principal for Kolbe Academy & Trinity Prep, a Pre-K – 12 Catholic (Day & Home) School in Napa California. Joe and Brian discussed the nature and beauty of Catholic Education and the critical role it plays in the formation of the Intellect, the Will, and Characters of our children, families, and the in the society with which we live. Kolbe Academy & Trinity Prep does a superb job in fulfilling their mission! To learn more, check out their website. www.kolbetrinity.org
Deacon Bob explains the relevance of the message of Fatima today and why it is more important today than it was in 1917, and cites the words of Saint Pope John Paul II, Pope Benedict XVI and the words and actions of our current Pope Francis as evidence.
As the 2014 Fall Mariathon draws near to a close, it’s not too late to make a donation to keep Radio Maria on the air. Our volunteers will be manning the phones (888-408-0201) until 5pm central today and you can donate any time online on our donate page.
Ken talks with Christian Smith author of “Young Catholic America: Emerging Adults In, Out of, and Gone From the Church” (Oxford University Press) There is a growing crisis among young Catholics in the Church because young Catholics today are not looking to the Church as they form their identities, and fewer of them can even explain what it means to be Catholic and why it matters. Christian Smith offers insight into the religious practices and beliefs among young Catholics today, the early influences and events that lead them to embrace the Church or abandon it, and how being Catholic affects them as they become full-fledged adults. Dr. Smith’s book can be purchased at: www.amazon.com
Visit his website: http://www.nd.edu/~csmith22/books.htm
Ken talks with William Kilpatrick author of Christianity, Islam, and Atheism (Ignatius Press) For many Americans the attack on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, was the first time they had considered Islam. Were the terrorists motivated by the true dictates of their religion, or had they hijacked Islam as well as the planes in a political cause unrelated to the teachings of Muhammad? Dr Kilpatrick makes the case that Islam is a religion of conquest and subjugation and that in spite of 9/11, and thousands of other terrorist attacks throughout the world, many in the West still do not know or admit this because it conflicts with their multiculturalism and their belief in the equivalence of all cultures and religions. Dr Kilpatrick’s book can be purchased at: www.ignatius.com.
We discuss Ambassador Michael Novak’s Catholic faith and his new book, Writing from Left to Right: My Journey from Liberal to Conservative
The Catholic Grandparents Association is a fairly new organization but is growing rapidly. The founders have recently met to become a Pontifical Association of the Faithful. Mike and I will discuss the important role of Grandparents in helping to form the Grandchildren in the Catholic faith.
Ken talks with Fr. Robert Hater author of Common Sense Catechesis: Lessons from the Past, Road Map for the Future (Our Sunday Visitor) Fr. Hater develops his common sense approach within a historical perspective that follows the lines of his own journey of faith. He traces his catechetical story from the 1950’s to the present time. As he tells his story, he takes the best from the memorization approach of the early 20th century, the use of the Baltimore Catechism, the insights of Vatican II, the chaotic period of the late 60s and 70s, the experiential approach of the 80s and 90s, including the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, the systematic approach of the 90s until today, and finally, The Catechism of the Catholic Church. You can purchase Fr. Robert’s book at: www.osv.com
Ken talks with Milton Walsh author of Into All Truth : What Catholics Believe and Why (Ignatius Press) Karl Keating, Founder, Catholic Answers, said it best: “Decades of turmoil have left many Catholics in a state of suspension. They aren´t sure what the Church teaches and what they are to believe. They will not find a better resource than Milton Walsh’s latest book, written precisely with these ‘suspended’ Catholics in mind.” You can purchase Milton’s book at: www.ignatius.com The study guide for this book is at: www.intoalltruthbook.com
This week, Deacon Bob Ellis connects the words “Be Not Afraid” heard repeatedly at Fatima with the scripture reading for the 2nd Sunday of Advent. Deacon Bob focuses on dispelling fear with assurances of God’s guidance, protection and consolation in scripture and at Fatima.
Click here to email Deacon Bob or write to fatimatoday(at)earthlink.net.
Picking up from where we left off from the previous episode, we will continue to explore the many reasons/excuses (what I call Evange-lies and Misconcep-tions) that Catholics use to justify their failure to evangelize and will seek to counter these with the Church’s authentic teaching on Evangelization as found in the Scriptures, the New Catechism, the documents of the Second Vatican Council and Papal documents.
Fr. Kevin McCabe shares his conversion, faith and work as a priest in Philadelphia.
Relevance of the English Reformation for religious freedom issues in the United States (and around the world) today, including the HHS Mandate; context for the Personal Ordinariate established by Pope Benedict XVI for groups of Anglicans wishing to become Catholics; background for the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment. Distinction of the English Reformation from the Protestant Reformation on the Continent in the 16th century.
In this program, Mark speaks with national speaker/author, Tammy Evevard and contemporary Catholic musician, Andrea Thomas. They both share their amazing faith stories.
Four Witnesses – The Early Church In Her Own Words
Ken talks with Rod Bennett about his book; Four Witnesses – The Early Church In Her Own Words (published by Ignatius Press) What was the early Church like? Rod shows that there is a reliable way to know – the writings of the Early Church Fathers. The four Early Fathers in Rod’s book actually knew the Apostles, and their writings survive to this day. What you will find in the pages of his book is a window into the earliest days of a Church that was very Catholic! His book is available at http://www.ignatius.com/Products/FWEC-P/four-witnesses.aspx
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
Ken talks with guest Allen Hunt, author of Confessions of a Mega Church Pastor – How I discovered the Hidden Treasures of the Catholic Church (Beacon Publishing) Allen is a well know talk radio personality – he is the host of the Allen Hunt Show in Atlanta. Until 2007, he was the pastor of one of the largest Methodist congregations in the US. He entered the Catholic Church in January 2008. Visit his website at www.allenhuntshow.com Allen works closely with Matthew Kelly and The Dynamic Catholic Institute, and his book can be obtained by just paying S&H at: http://www.dynamiccatholic.com/AllenHuntbooks
D.J. shares his conversion and journey from Catholic in name to Catholic by choice.
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
This list was inspired by a listener who asked if I had a Top 10 Summer Reading List. We often think of summer reading as light, enjoyable books that we take on vacation or read while sitting on the patio. With that in mind, this list is heavy on fiction and uplifting personal stories. The list is in no particular order.
1. Surprised by Truth by Patrick Madrid. This is a collection of eleven conversion stories, and is a favorite book to give to anyone who may be interested in the Catholic Church. If you like this book, there are two additional volumes – Surprised by Truth 2 and Surprised by Truth 3
2.Rediscover Catholicism by Matthew Kelly. This is the new 2011 edition with a slightly different title, and an additional 30,000 words, of Rediscovering Catholicism that was published in 2002. If you would like an inexpensive copy of this book go to www.DynamicCatholic.com
3. Father Elijah by Michael D. O’Brien I have enjoyed all of O’Brien’s novels, and this is my favorite; however, if you like happy, storybook endings then O’Brien may not be for you.
4. Rome Sweet Rome – Our Journey to Catholicism by Scott & Kimberly Hahn This is probably the most popular conversion story around.
5. How Firm a Foundation by Marcus Grodi This is a fictional account of a protestant pastor’s path to the Catholic Church. An engaging story and you will learn a lot about your faith.
6. Four Witnesses: the Early Church in Her Own Words by Rod Bennett This is an excellent, very readable introduction to four of the Early Church Fathers. If you are interested in examining the Church Fathers this is a good place to start. The lives of Clement of Rome, Ignatius of Antioch, Justin Martyr and Irenaeus of Lyons are written in novel form.
7. No Wonder They Call It The Real Presence: Lives Changed by Christ in Eucharist Adoration by David Pearson This is a collection of stories about the power of Eucharistic Adoration.
8. A Faith for Grown-Ups by Robert P. Lockwood. This book will be a walk down memory lane for Catholics “of a certain age” who grew up thinking everyone in the world was Catholic. This is an amusing reflection by Lockwood as he discusses his early life in the Church, falling away, and return.
9. My Life with the Saints by Fr. James Martin, SJ Father Martin has written an engaging book that examines how nearly 20 saints, and near-saints, have impacted his life, along with a short review the saints’ lives.
10. Priest: Portraits of Ten Good Men Serving the Church Today by Michael S. Rose These are uplifting stories of ten very good priests. The opening story of the late Father Albert Lauer is worth the purchase price.
I’ll discuss the importance of thinking different as a catholic; making everything we do move towards Christ and accepting the CHANGES that make a difference. We all have a right to change if you’re not on the right track. Will Rogers once said, “Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.” In other words, you need to stay ahead and be a good example of a catholic in your work and actions. God meant for us to stay busy with our heart set on Heaven.