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Quote of the Saints: “Jesus, I Adore You…”

Corazón de Jesús“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

Immaculate Heart of Mary

Act of Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

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Virgin Mary, Mother of God and our Mother,
to your Immaculate Heart we consecrate ourselves,
in an act of total  to the Lord.
By You we will be led to Christ.
By Him and with Him we will be led to the Father.
We will walk in the light of faith, and we will do everything
so that the world may believe that Jesus Christ is the One sent by the Father.

With Him we wish to carry His Love and Salvation to the ends of the earth.
Under the protection of your Immaculate Heart,
we will be one People with Christ.
We will be witnesses of His Resurrection.
By Him we will be led to the Father,
for the glory of the Most Holy Trinity,
Whom we adore, praise and bless forever. Amen.

June 01, 2015 – The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus according to the revelations of St. Margaret Mary Alacoque

Act of Consecration to Jesus through Mary (St. Louis de Montfort)

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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)

Live Children’s Rosary On The Second Saturday

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.

March 7, 2015 – Papal Intentions for March

Fr. Kubicki reflects on Pope Francis’ prayer intentions for March and on his message for Lent.

January 10, 2015

During this program Deacon Bob discusses the tremendous emphasis Our Lady placed on praying the rosary every day, and our dependence on Our Lady of the Rosary for world peace.
In addition, he explains the “liturgical nature” of the rosary and offers some considerations for those who have abandoned it because they find it monotonous.

Happy Feast of All Saints

Queen of Angels & SaintsWe wish all of you– Our Radio Maria Family of Saints — a most blessed and happy Feast of All Saints!
Let us pray for each other that we will share that title not only on earth but most of all in Heaven with Our Lady, Queen of Angels and Saints!

October 22, 2014 – What are my gifts from the Holy Spirit? — Fr. Michael Fones, OP

Christine Watkins interviews Dominican priest, Fr. Michael Fones, formerly the co-Director of the Catherine of Siena Institute, www.siena.org, which helps disciples learn of the gifts given to them by the Holy Spirit. God has spread His charisms among His people, gifts such as spiritual discernment, administration, encouragement, etc., for the building up of the Kingdom. Listen and find out what your charisms might be! Knowing one’s charisms is a helpful tool for discerning God’s will in this life.

October 22, 2014 – Fatima Prophecies: Heavenly Invitations

Prophecy has been a part of our spiritual heritage since Adam and Eve. Our Lady’s messages given at Fatima are no exception. In them, we are encouraged to draw strength from praying the rosary, making reparation for sins committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary , and interceding for people who are in danger of not reaching heaven, the worst of all possible sufferings. The long-anticipated “Third Secret” of Fatima goes even further. It promotes penance as a means to grow in holiness. With even small sacrifices we can discern more clearly the many difficult choices that confront us each day.

Beatification of Pope Paul VI

Pope Paul VIThis 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!

October 14, 2014 – Our Lady of the Rosary & Catholic Marriage (Part 1)

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.

October 9, 2014 – David Scott and Sherry Boas

Ken talks with Scott “The Love That Made Mother Teresa: How Her Secret Visions and Dark Nights Can Help You Conquer the Slums of Your Heart” (Sophia Institute Press) and Sherry Boas “Billowtail”(Caritas Press)
In considering Mother Teresa, her private visions, and her secret sufferings, David Scott has discovered scores of early episodes and chance encounters that point to later, larger meanings. These remarkable patterns, he suggests, show that Mother Teresa’s life was choreographed from above, as if a divine script had been written for her from before her birth. Davids’s book can be purchased at: shop.sophiainstitute.com Visit his website: www.davidscottwritings.com

“Billowtail” is Sherry Boas’s first young adult fiction novel. It is the year 1214. A baby squirrel falls from the nest and lands in the passing saddlebag of a 13-year-old boy. Still blind, deaf, hairless and unable to eat solid food, there is little hope for Puttermunch’s survival. Moved by the persistent pleading of his distraught mother, a selection of five squirrels set out to find Puttermunch, launching a perilous and life-altering journey on the Way of St. James in Spain. Sherry’s book can be purchased at: www.catholicword.com To learn more about Sherry visit: www.caritaspress.org

October 04, 2014

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.

September 27, 2014

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.

September 25, 2014 – Steve Ray Interview

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!

September 04, 2014 – Patricia Treece

Ken talks with Patricia Treece, author of “Nothing Short of a Miracle: God’s Healing Power in Modern Saints” (Sophia Institute Press). You’ll read vivid but sober accounts of the lives and of the miracles wrought by some of the greatest 19th and 20th century saints, with details of a host of authenticated healings by Andre Bessette, John Bosco, Frances Cabrini, Solanus Casey, John Paul II, Padre Pio, Elizabeth Seton, Francis Xavier Seelos, Fulton Sheen, Mother Teresa, and other good men and women blessed by God. The healings documented here are not hasty judgments made by gullible, overwrought believers; they’re instantaneous, complete, and permanent cures for which scientific medicine still has no explanations – cures that also meet the Vatican’s stringent seven-part test of authenticity. Patricia’s book can be purchased at:  shop.sophiainstitute.com

To learn more about Patricia Treece visit: www.patriciatreece.com

August 28, 2014 – Patrick Madrid and Blythe Kaufman

Ken talks with Patrick Madrid author of Why Be Catholic? : Ten Answers to a Very Important Question (Image) Patrick Madrid learned a great deal about why people leave Catholicism and why others stay. His book offers a deeply personal, fact-based, rationale for why everyone should be Catholic or at least consider the Catholic Church. Patrick’s book is available at: www.imagecatholicbooks.com To learn more about Patrick visit: www.patrickmadrid.com The Children’s Rosary is a lay prayer movement for children. It is an effort to begin parish rosary prayer groups composed of children and led by children. The target age of the children for these prayer groups is between 4 and 14 years old. The children of Fatima and Bernadette of Lourdes were all within this age range. Through prayer of the Rosary Our Lady will guide our young people while at the same time sanctify families and Parishes. To learn more and to purchase booklets and CDs visit: www.childrensrosary.blogspot.com To learn more about Blythe watch this wonderful interview with Fr Apostoli : Click for video.

August 27, 2014 – History Supports the Holy Shroud, Part 2

Several revered religious icons, dating from the earliest centuries, depict a similar image of Our Lord. We consider reasons for these similarities. Could these offer additional reasons to believe the Holy Shroud of Turin may have been the burial cloth covering Jesus? There is also significant evidence that suggests the Templar Knights of France were once keepers of the Holy Shroud, but how did they come into possession of it? Finally, recent scientific investigations, based on analysis of pollens found on the Shroud, suggest it may indeed have traveled from Jerusalem to Edessa, from Edessa to Constantinople, from Constantinople to France, and from France to Italy. What wonders God has wrought!

August 27, 2014 – The Writings of Father Emile Neubert, S.M.

On Wednesday, August 27, 2014, Francesca Franchina talks with Marika Zimmerman about the writings of Father Emile Neubert, S.M., especially, My Ideal, Jesus the Son of Mary, in which Neubert proposes perfect imitation of Jesus by imitation of his filial piety, a concept promoted by the Founder of Neubert’s Marianist order, Blessed William Joseph Chaminade. Josh Danis, Family and Respect Life Coordinator for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati will also call in to discuss the LifeTech conference to be held on September 6, 2014.

August 16, 2014 – St. Alberto Hurtado, S.J.

Fr. Kubicki reflects on the life of this Chilean Jesuit and his devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

August 07, 2014 – Susan Conroy

August 7th, Ken talks with author Susan Conroy. Susan is responsible for getting an English translation published of Father Charles Arminjon’s classic “The End of the Present World and the Mysteries of the Future Life” (Sophia Institute Press). St. Therese of Lisieux was so taken by this book that it spurred her entry into the convent. “Reading this book was one of the greatest graces of my life,” she says in her autobiography. “The impression I received from it is too sweet to express. All the great truths of religion and the mysteries of eternity plunged into my soul a happiness not of this earth.”

The book is available at shop.sophiainstitute.com

Visit Susan’s website: www.susanconroy.com

July 25, 2014 – Part I: MMP (Marian Movement of Priests), Italy International Retreat Part II: Community Cenacolo, Italy International Retreat

Part I: MMP (Marian Movement of Priests), Italy International Retreat
Part II: Community Cenacolo, Italy International Retreat

July 15, 2014 – Daniel Oberreuter, Lead Singer for “The Thirsting”

Joe and Daniel discussed his upbringing, and his journey to a deeper faith through the most Holy Rosary. After obtaining a degree in Theology, Daniel felt called to start a Catholic Rock Band. It is here, in this ministry, that he brings glory to God using the special gifts and talents he was given. Joe highlighted and played two songs, “Ocean of Mercy” from their first album “Companions of the Lamb” and “Stepping in to the Day” from their second album, “Universal Youth”. The authentic Catholic theology represented in the lyrics is prayerful, introspective, and exciting. Their musical style and sound is reminiscent of many of the bigger mainstream bands over the last twenty years. It is energetic and highly entertaining! They can be found at www.thethirstingcatholic.com.

July 14, 2014 – The Feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel

This week all Carmelite celebrate one of the most significant feasts in our calendar year, the Feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel. In this conversation Mark and Frances discuss briefly the history of this great feast, but then go on to discuss its relevance for the Church today. They discuss the importance of Mary’s Patronage to the Order of Carmel, and then they take their listeners through a full nine day novena in Honor of Our Lady of Mt.Carmel. The novena presents nine different titles by which Mary is known, and then offers specific reflections and prayers associated with those titles. This is a very important conversation for anyone who has a special devotion to the Blessed Mother.

July 10, 2014 – Fr. Peter Cameron

Ken talks with Fr. Peter Cameron, author of “Novenas for the Church Year” (Our Sunday Visitor). The book provides readers with over 60 new novenas in preparation for milestones throughout the Catholic calendar. Each novena includes an explanation of the feast day’s significance, then the prayer, which is to be read and prayed during the nine days leading up to the feast or solemnity. “Novenas for the Church Year” is available at:

https://www.osv.com/Shop

Fr. Cameron is editor-in-chief of Magnificat. To learn more visit: www.magnificat.net

July 7, 2014 – Elizabeth Kindelmann and the Flame of Love (#2 in the series)

Want to blind Satan? Fight fire with fire! Put out the fire of hatred with the fire of love. The Blessed Mother told Elizabeth Kindelmann: “My Flame of Love will be lit first in Carmel.” She also said that the flames which spring from her love (Flame of Love) will quench the fire of hell and blind Satan. Listen in to find out how. Guest Marika Zimmerman returns to the program to discuss with host, Frances Harry, the newly published English translation of Elizabeth Kindelmann’s “Spiritual Diary” on the “Flame of Love of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.” What is in the diary? What inspires you in this diary? We talk about the many ways and means of participating in this devotion which has come about thru the Blessed Virgin Mary’s intercession and desire to blind Satan for the salvation of souls. Through this devotion, our Blessed Mother said, “Evil will diminish gradually, the burning flame of hatred will be put out, and the splendor of my Flame of Love will fill all regions of the earth.” Many special graces are promised.

July 2, 2014 – History of the Feast of the Precious Blood

Francesca Franchina and Marika Zimmerman discuss the History of the Feast of the Precious Blood, iSt. Gaspar del Bufalo, founding of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood, C.PP.S. and the importance and significance of the Precious Blood of Jesus… Precious Blood Prayers and our Lady of the Most Precious Blood.

June 30, 2014 – Elizabeth Kindelmann and the Flame of Love (#1 in the series)

Frances Harry interviews guest, Marika Zimmerman, on the Third Order Carmelite Elizabeth Kindelmann of Hungary about the “Flame of Love of the Immaculate Heart of Mary” Movement. This program lays the foundation for the “Flame of Love” devotion that begins in Hungary. Who is Elizabeth Kindelmann? What kind of life did she live? What is the “Flame of Love” movement? How did it come about? Why is this worthy of our attention? We talk about the private revelations given thru interior locutions to Elizabeth Kindelmann. Cardinal Peter Erdo, the Archbishop of Esztergom-Budapest, Primate of Hungary and President of the Council of Episcopal Conferences of Europe, gave his Imprimatur to the original Hungarian Diary on the “Flame of Love of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.” It also has the “nihil obstat” to indicate there is nothing contrary to our faith or morals in the book. This new devotion is pertinent for today because the Blessed Mother wants to blind Satan and save souls. She asks our help in this work of Redemption.

June 23, 2014 – Fr. Marc Foley

Mark welcomes Carmelite Friar and scholar Fr. Marc Foley into the studio for a conversation on the works of St. John of the Cross. Many people have attempted to read the works of this truly great Carmelite Saint and mystic, St. John of the Cross. Unfortunately, many have also struggled with this effort. St. John is not easy to grasp on a first reading, but there is so much he has to offer us that it is well worth the time and effort to gain a deeper understanding of his teaching. Thankfully, the Carmelite Order has a number of knowledgeable individuals who can easily explain St. John’s writings. Fr. Marc Foley is a nationally recognized expert on the teachings of St. John of the Cross, and also has done undergraduate work in psychology and graduate work in the area of pastoral counseling. This combination provides Fr. Marc with a unique perspective not only on St. John of the Cross’ teaching, but also on how they so appropriately apply to the spiritual struggles we face in our modern world. This is an extremely informative program and a mini course in Spiritual Direction.

June 16, 2014 – feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

In the month of June the Church celebrates the wonderful feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. This is a very special feast and a very powerful devotion. In this particular program, Mark and Frances build on a series they did previously on the Sacred Heart, but discussing the more practical aspects of practicing the devotion. They discuss how we can actually go about conforming our hearts to the Heart of Christ. Drawing from two historical and comprehensive texts on the devotion, they describe how the activities of prayer, detachment, the sacraments and even our trials can all assist us in entering into the many Blessings of the Sacred Heart. They also explore Christ’s own words on the need to enter by the Narrow Gate as an analogy for how we must allow Christ to increase His presence within us. Much like St. John the Baptist, we must decrease and we must allow Christ to increase within us. Drawing on numerous scripture verses, Mark and Frances describe just how we can apply ourselves to this most powerful devotion to the Sacred Heart.

May 21, 2014 – Marika Zimmerman

Francesca Franchina, MS Ed. talks with Marika Zimmerman of St. Luke the Evangelist Parish, Beavercreek, OH and Carmine Marotta, Director of the St. Padre Pio Shrine at St. John the Baptist Church 210 West 31st Street, New York, New York, 10001 (212-564-9070) about the spirituality of Padre Pio, OFM Capuchin, his charitable works building a hospital, The House for the Relief of Suffering on a side of a mountain, the American socialite Mary Pyle who became the only English speaking contact at San Giovanni Rotunda after coming to visit Padre Pio with Maria Montessori and their own experiences with Padre Pio. Learn of the many great works associated to and with Padre Pio. Padre Pio and America, the new book documenting St. Padre Pio and the experience of his American spiritual children. Participate in the program sharing your experiences with St. Padre Pio. Learn how his father came to America to earn money for Padre Pio to attend seminary, how Carmine’s dad met and served Mass for Padre Pio during WWII when he was stationed in Italy. (Foggia, Italy is located at the foot of Mount Gargano and was the site of a US Air Force Base and the home and workshop of Count Caproni who developed planes for the USA during the war and trained pilots. ) Call 1-866-333.6279 to join in the program.

May 06, 2014

On this edition of Shield of Faith, Matthew discusses Christian Perfection in light of the feast of a great Saint of Chivalry: Pope Saint Pius V.

May 05, 2014 – Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles CA

Host Kathleen Beckman dialogues with 3 Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles CA (Sr. Timothy Marie, Sr. Mary Scholastica, Sr. Marie Estelle) regarding the mission of the Carmelite Sisters, bringing spiritual things into everyday life, defining “union with God”, the exercise of daily prayer, and putting their Carmelite mission to music in their new musical album release, “Lean into the Wind”.

April 23, 2014 – Fr. Tom Alkire, OC

Francesca Franchina MS Ed. continues her riveting talks with Fr. Tom Alkire, OC from Los Angeles, California about his travels and seminars focusing on The Divine Mercy Message given to St. Faustina by Jesus concerning Mercy for all souls and the world today. Divine Mercy Sunday 2014 is April 27th and the Day of Canonization for two recent Popes: Bl. John Paul II (The Great) and Bl. John XXIII elevating them to sainthood by Pope Francis on this significant Mercy Sunday 2014! Why is the message given to St. Faustina Kowalsko of Poland in1938 so important for today? Read and pray The Diary of St. Faustina the approved teaching messages including the The Divine Mercy Novena and The Mercy Chaplet. Hear about the Importance of Divine Mercy and what the Mercy Message of Jesus to St. Faustina mean to us today. How are you collaborating in The Time of Mercy and The Harvest? Are we living in times of trial, travail and tribulation and what are we or should be doing about it? Fr. Tom Alkire, OC is a seasoned Carmelite priest and exorcist affiliated with the Marian Movement of Priests, The Association of The Precious Blood/Tallahassee, FL. Fr. Tom is Associate Pastor of St. Raphael’s Parish in Los Angeles, CA and has been a home missionary in Northern and Southern California for many years.

April 21, 2014 – “The Church of Mercy”

“The Holy Father just released a book entitled “The Church of Mercy.” In this particular conversation, Mark and Frances begin a series of discussions on the importance of the message of Mercy in the Church today. They begin by focusing on the upcoming event of Divine Mercy Sunday, and then move forward in time to both Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II and what they both had to say about the gift of Mercy that we receive from God. They then discuss our current Holy Father’s book about Mercy, and one of the sources of his inspiration for this book, a certain German Theologian and Cardinal named Walter Kasper, who himself wrote a book simply titled “Mercy.” It is a book that our Holy Father Francis strongly endorsed and from which he drew a great deal of insight for his own book. Mark and Frances go on to discuss a number of Saints, including St. Therese of Lisieux, and Saint Faustina, and what they had to say about God’s great Mercy. This is a message which is so important for us to hear today, especially in light of a world that so often struggles with the loss of Hope and the onslaught of despair. Mark and Frances will continue this important message through the Easter Season.”

April 16, 2014 – Jack Davis

Francesca Franchina, MS Ed. continues discussion with Jack Davis, retired communications executive, focusing on The Passion, Crucifixion and Death of Jesus,The Seven Last Words Spoken by Him on the Cross and the Attendance of His Sorrowful Mother at His Suffering on Mount Calvary as recorded by Mary of Agreda. in Mystical City of God. The Blessed Mother Mary, Mother of Jesus, St. John the Evangelist and the three Marys were at the foot of the Cross on Good Friday. Chapter XXII is discussed found in THE TRANSFIXION Volume dictated by the Blessed Virgin Mary and communicated to and written by a Spanish nun, Sr. Mary of Agreda in The Mystical City of God: The Divine History and Life of The Virgin Mother of God. This classic four volumes of the Blessed Mother’s personal testimonyof her life and teaching received the Imprimatur and is translated from the original Spanish by Fiscar Marison (Rev. Geo J. Blatter). It is still in print, contact any Catholic Book Store like Veritas in Dayton, OH area or order on line. This is part of a continuing series on the four volumes of The Mystical City of God with Jack Davis. The several other programs that have been aired on The Blessed Mother’s life, conversations, and teachings can be found on the Radio Maria Program Archives, linked on the Home Page, scrolling down to Francesca and Friends to find the various years and program descriptions. If you have the book follow along with us, if not listen and learn so much; call in if you have questions or comments. We love to hear from you when we are airing live, and your letters are very much appreciated too.

April 9, 2014 – Jack Davis

Francesca Franchina, MS Ed. Radio Maria Ohio Programming and program presenter, continues discussion with Jack Davis, retired expert communications executive, focusing on the happenings and remarks by the Council who decided to turn Jesus over to Pilate to die on the Cross by Crucifixion accusing Him of blasphemy. Hear the conversations and steps leading up to Jesus being condemned to death, and what the Blessed Mother Mary, Mother of Jesus, St. John the Evangelist and the three Marys were doing,seeing and saying at this time. Early on Good Friday Jesus was in a dungeon at Caiphas’ house being tortured and taunted by the soldiers. Jesus was pummeled and spat upon, fettered and roped, described and dictated by Jesus’ Mother, the Blessed Virgin Mary and communicated to and written by a Spanish nun, Sr. Mary of Agreda in The Mystical City of God: The Divine History and Life of The Virgin Mother of God. This classic four volumes of the Blessed Mother’s personal testimonyof her life and teaching received the Imprimatur and is translated from the original Spanish by Fiscar Marison (Rev. Geo J. Blatter). It is still in print, contact any Catholic Book Store like Veritas in Dayton, OH area or order on line. This is part of a continuing series on the four volumes of The Mystical City of God with Jack Davis. The several other programs that have been aired on The Blessed Mother’s life, conversations, and teachings can be found on the Radio Maria Program Archives, linked on the Home Page, scrolling down to Francesca and Friends to find the various years and program descriptions. The fascinating conversation and discussion today highlights information from the Volume titled: “THE TRANSFIXION.” If you have the book follow along with us, if not listen and learn so much; call in if you have questions or comments. We love to hear from you when we are airing live, and your letters are very much appreciated too.

March 31, 2014 – Interview with Tim Bete

For this conversation Mark and Frances welcomed into the studio one of the new Aspirants in the local Carmelite Community in Dayton, Ohio, Tim Bete. Tim is actually married to one of the long time members of the Secular Carmelite Order, so Mark and Frances wanted to explore what it was like to have be a ‘couple in Carmel.’ They also asked Tim what it was that drew him personally to Carmelite Spirituality. In addition to their own journey in Carmel, Tim and his wife are also the parents of a daughter who is pursuing a vocation as a Dominican Sister. This led to an interesting discussion on what it takes to raise and keep our children Catholic in our modern culture. Not surprisingly the main points focused on prayer, witness and continued exposure to things spiritual.

March 26, 2014 – Our Lady of Sorrows

The Church has honored Our Lady of Sorrows since the 13th century. What may we learn from this devotion? In short, not only may we come to understand that the Mother of God suffered during her life, but that our own suffering can have great merit. We become more like Christ and draw closer to his embrace when we “deny ourselves and take up our crosses” (Luke 9: 23). My guest, Deacon Dominic Peloso from the Archdiocese of San Francisco, shares the origin of this devotion, insights into Our Lady’s life, and the opportunities suffering can bring each of us. He also makes a connection with Our Lady’s apparitions in Kibeho, Rwanda in the 1980s. There, as in Fatima, Our Lady encourages us to pray the holy Rosary for the graces we need during our trials.

March 4, 2014 – Fr. Andrew Apostoli, C.F.R.

We are very blessed to have Fr. Andrew Apostoli, C.F.R., as our Guest on “The Quest for a Culture of Life in America” this Tuesday March 4th at NOON ET.

Fr Andrew is the author of Fatima For Today, The Urgent Marian Message of Hope. We will be mostly talking about this book. I must confess that I was really skeptical about what Our Lady of Fatima could say that might be relevant to today. But once I started reading Fatima for Today, I could not put it down. I certainly was familiar with much of the Fatima account of Mary appearing to three Portuguese young children, Lucia, Francisco and Jacinta in 1917, but Fr Apostoli puts it all together in one place and adds MANY details that I was not aware of. His introductory chapter contrasting Mary the New Eve with the original Eve is by itself worth the modest price of this book, which I downloaded from Ignatius Press and am reading on my computer.

Questions I have for Fr Andrew: Has the consecration of Russia to Mary’s Immaculate Heart been accomplished? Why has it taken so long? Is there evidence of Russia’s promised conversion? What about Crimea and the Ukraine? How did the children suffer? Why pray the Rosary?

Father Apostoli is a founding member of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, and he has been teaching and preaching retreats and parish missions for several decades. He is considered one of the world’s foremost experts on the apparitions at Fatima and he has authored numerous books, including Following Mary to Jesus and Walk Humbly With Your God. Fr. Apostoli is the vice-postulator for the cause for the canonization of Archbishop Fulton Sheen, and a frequent host on EWTN television, where he hosted the TV special “Our Lady of Fatima and the First Saturday Devotion”.

Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC, Author of No Turning Back: A Witness to Mercy says this: “Learn, live, and spread the message of Fatima! This is the express desire of Pope Benedict XVI. And Pope John Paul II once stated that the message of Fatima was more important now than in 1917!” That is why this wonderful book on Fatima is so important. Fr. Apostoli has recaptured this heavenly message of urgency and hope for a new generation. Our world needs the message of Fatima more than ever, and I pray that many people are brought back to Jesus, Mary, and the Church through these pages.

February 19, 2014 – CATHOLIC EVANGELIZATION IN OUR TIME Part VI

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.
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August 27, 2013 – Sr. Candice Fier

I am on a pilgrimage this week-a pilgrimage visiting Schoenstatt Shrines in Wisconsin and Minnesota, and meeting the religious and laity who are the Schoenstatt Family. Sister Candice Fier is a Schoenstatt Movement Religious Sister. I was surprised to know of their large numbers and the variety of their ministries. Sister lives at the Sleepy Eye MN Shrine and Retreat Center, and serves the Diocese of New Ulm as Family Life Director. She is a Registered Nurse and Fertility Care Practitioner with an MS in Marriage and Family Life from the John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family in WDC.
Today we will learn about Sr Candice-her origins, call to religious life, and the three prongs of her ministry:
Promotion of NFP and Natural Procreative Technology for healthy marriages and healthy women,
Marriage and Family Life projects in a large rural Midwestern diocese, and the
Schoenstatt movement mission and charisma based on a deep love of Mary.

August 25, 2013 – “Ordinary Sundays in Ordinary Time”

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 23, 2013 – Interior Struggle

On today’s show, Joe reflected upon the writings of Opus Dei founder, St. Josemaria Escriva. In his book, “The Way”, St. Josemaria shares his wisdom, insight, and experience on how to manage our Interior Struggles and reign victorious in these daily battles.

August 22, 2013 – Anthony Ryan & Joyce Coronel

Ken talks with his guests Anthony Ryan and Joyce Coronel. Anthony Ryan, Ignatius Press Marketing Director, discusses the book Bakhita- From Slave to Saint by Roberto Italo Zanini. At age 9, St Bakhita was kidnapped near Darfur, Sudan, by Arab slave traders. For several years she was subjected to brutal and humiliating treatment until she was ransomed and taken to Italy, where she became a Catholic and a nun. Joyfully and serenely Bakhita served with the Canossian sisters in a small, obscure town in northern Italy until her death in 1947. Then something even more remarkable than her redemption happened. The book can be purchased at: www.ignatius.com Joyce Coronel’s novel A Martyr’s Crown reads like today’s headlines regarding the attacks on Christian’s in the Middle East. American journalist, Sarah Castillo has a life-changing encounter with a Catholic priest who survived torture at the hands of jihadists. Sarah learns what forgiveness, faith and love really mean. To learn more about Joyce and to purchase her book visit: http://joycecoronel.com/

August 14, 2013 – Fr. Tom Alkire, O. CARM

Francesca Franchina MS Ed. continuous her talks with Fr. Tom Alkire, O. CARM of Los Angeles, CA about the Blessed Mother and her Assumption into Heaven; Crowned Queen of Heaven and Earth discussing the encyclicals of Pope Pius XII, “Munificentissimus Deus” (November 1, 1950 on the Assumption) and “Ad Caelum Regnum” (l954) on Our Lady’s Queenship. How do we get in communion with her as Queen via the angels and the saints? How do we approach The Blessed Mother’s Queenship in our own lives? Mary’s Queenship is based on her Divine Motherhood, and he explains how The Queen Mother participates in our rebirth in The Holy Spirit on a daily basis. Mary’s Queenship (Part I) flows from the Motherhood of God. Hear how the Queen of Angels and her host of angels help us in our spiritual battles assuming our humility and simplicity in asking for their help. Why and how do we receive her armor of Protection via her Brown Scapular and the Holy Rosary. (Wisdom: 5:l7-20; Echo of Ephesians 6;13-16.) The Sword/ EPH:6: 17 depicts the Word of God used by the Spirit: Mary guarded that Word in her heart. St. Padre Pio and The October 13th Marian appearance at Fatima in 1917 gave deeper evidence and understanding of the need of the Brown Scapular and Rosary in our time.

August 11, 2013 – “Music for the Solemnity of the Assumption”

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.

August 8, 2013 – Fr. Donald Calloway & Vinny Flynn

Ken talks with his guests Fr. Donald Calloway and Vinny Flynn. In his new book Under the Mantle – Marian Thoughts from a 21st Century Priest (Marian Press) Fr. Calloway, MIC, deftly shares his personal insights on topics including Divine Mercy, the Eucharist, the papacy, the Church, confession, prayer, the cross, masculinity, and femininity. The Blessed Virgin Mary is the central thread weaving a tapestry throughout with quotes about Our Lady from saints, blessed, and popes. Fr. Calloway’s book can be purchased at: www.catholicword.com Visit his website: www.fathercalloway.com In 7 Secrets of Confession (MercySong), best-selling author Vinny Flynn explores the “hidden” truths of this encounter with Jesus, presenting what to many will be a whole new way of going to confession, and inviting you to begin an exciting personal journey to healing and holiness. Mr. Flynn’s books is available at www.catholicword.com To learn more about Vinny Flynn visit: www.vinnyflynn.com

July 22, 2013 – Joan and David Maroney, Mother of Mercy Messengers

Guest Host, Annie Karto, dialogues with Joan and David Maroney, Directors of “Mother of Mercy Messengers”, about “Divine Mercy for America”, an outreach program of the Marians of the Immaculate Conception wherein people of faith engage in praying for mercy upon our country as did St. Faustina for her country, Poland.

July 16, 2013

Matthew welcomes Fr. Shane Tharp to discuss the Pope Francis’ first encyclical, Lumen Fidei.

July 11, 2013 – Al Kresta and Fr. Brian McMaster

Ken talks with his guests Al Kresta (Dangers to the Faith – Recognizing Catholicism’s 21st-Century Opponents) and Fr. Brian McMaster (Totus Tuus – A Consecration to Jesus through Mary with Blessed John Paul II) Both book are published by Our Sunday Visitor. No one is more qualified to pull back the curtain on the challenges the Catholic Church faces today than Al Kresta, popular Catholic author, speaker, and radio show host. Mr Kresta blogs at http://krestaintheafternoon.blogspot.com and his book is available at http://catalog.osv.com

Fr. Brian McMaster takes St de Montfort’s classic work and recasts it in a contemporary version using the writings and example of Pope John Paul II. Visit Fr McMasters Facebook page and his book is available at http://catalog.osv.com

July 1, 2013 – John Flynn, J.D., St. Thomas More Society

Kathleen Beckman dialogues with John Flynn, Esq., a member and writer for the St. Thomas More Society about how St. Joan of Arc’s trial transcripts affected his faith and brought about a conversion of heart. John shares how Saint Joan of Arc and Saint Therese of Lisieux have impacted his spiritual journey of faith and how the saints truly befriend us.

June 24, 2013 – Devotion to the Sacred Heart

“During this conversation Mark and Frances discuss the unique Devotion that Carmelites have to the Sacred Heart. They begin by reading and discussing comments made by the Holy Father, Francis, regarding the role of the heart in our journey to Christ. Pope Francis speaks about the need to conform our heart to the heart of Christ, and to be transformed by that very act. Mark and Frances then go on to explore St. Therese of Lisieux’s perspective on devotion to the Sacred Heart. For St. Therese, Christ’s heart is always a heart of love. She does not focus, as so many others do, on the suffering of the piercing thorns which wounded our Lord, for St. Therese the central idea of Christ’s heart is an all-purifying love. She understands that suffering is part of the process, but she emphasizes that this is not an end in itself. The only reason for this devotion, in the mind of Therese, is to help us conform our own hearts to the buring heart of love, which is the heart of Jesus.”

June 17, 2013 – Devotion to the Sacred Heart

In this particular program Mark and Frances discuss Devotion to the Sacred Heart, and the unique role this this devotion plays in Carmelite Spirituality. The Church is being called in a special way today to rededicate and consecrate herself to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, but what does this mean to us individually. This conversation will explore the history of the Devotion to the Sacred Heart, and then address how this powerful devotion can contribute to our personal growth in holiness. We will hear about how we, like St John the Beloved, can begin to get our own heart in rhythm with the heart beat of the Lord. This conversations explores the deeper and spiritual meaning of the ‘heart,’ and what it means to strive, as our Blessed Mother did, to become pure of heart.

June 6, 2013 – Russell Shaw and David Calvillo

On June 6th Ken talks with guests Russell Shaw American Church – the Remarkable Rise, Meteoric Fall, and Uncertain Future of Catholicism in America (Ignatius Press) and David Calvillo Real Men Pray the Rosary – A Practical Guide to a Powerful Prayer (Ave Maria Press) Russell Shaw asks if the “Americanization” of American Catholics-their cultural assimilation, has been a blessing or a curse for the Church in the United States? Or has it been a bit of both? Cultural assimilation has undoubtedly conferred many benefits on Catholics. Their absorption into the secular culture of America, however, now threatens the Catholic identity of millions of faithful and of their institutions, such as schools, universities, and hospitals. His book is available at: www.ignatius.com
Ken’s second guest David N. Calvillo says that the Rosary isn’t just for “old ladies and funerals,” that it’s a powerful tool for men as well. Praying the Rosary “enables one to see our Lord and experience our Christian faith through Mary’s eyes.” David’s book is available at: www.avemariapress.com To find out more about his organization visit: http://realmenpraytherosary.org/

June 5, 2013 – Fr.Tom Alkire, O.C.

Francesca Franchina converses with California Carmelite Priest and Exorcist, Fr. Tom Alkire, O. Carm about healing hearts, physically, emotionally and spiritually with Our Lady of the Holy Eucharist and the “French Connection.” Hear how saints of the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries were primed with information underpinning the devotion and theology of the Holy Eucharist and the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Learn how this info dove tails with the Fatima Apparitions and the connect with Pope Francis’ request for Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament on the Feast of Corpus Christi and the upcoming Eucharistic Procession at the Vatican. Hear what Jesus said to St. John Eudes, St. Margaret Mary, St. Catherine Laboure of the Miraculous Medal, St.Louis de Montfort and St. Peter Julian Eymard. THE THE SIGNS AND WONDERS FIT TOGETHER WITH THE HOLY EUCHARIST, THE TWO HEARTS; ST. THERESE, ST. JOSEPH AND THE CHILD JESUS…WHY DID THEY ALL APPEAR ON OCTOBER 13, 1917 DURING THE MIRACLE OF THE SUN? Don’t miss this one!

This program continues in the series archived on Radio Maria; First Wednesday of each month with Fr. Tom Alkire, O Carm. Learn how The Blessed Mother protects us and how we can help her fight her battle for The Triumph; Assist in The New Evangelization,and The Year of Faith in bringing souls to her Son Jesus. Fr. Tom is a seasoned Carmelite priest affiliated with the Marian Movement of Priests, The Association of The Precious Blood/Tallahassee, FL. Fr. Tom is Associate Pastor of St. Raphael’s Parish in Los Angeles, CA, a former member of ACT and has been a Home Missionary in Northern and Southern California for many years.

June 5, 2013 – “Is Devotion to Our Lady Mis-placed or an Affront to Our Lord?”

“A brother in Christ and a concerned listener to Radio Maria, recently asked me whether devotion to Our Lady was an act of worship. He wanted to understand whether attention or prayers given to Mary was an affront to Our Lord. Many people share this question, arguing that Jesus alone intercedes on our behalf with the Father. Fortunately, we have many examples in Sacred Scripture, and from the saints, that a reveal a great precedent and merit in being devoted to Mary. This program looks at Our Lady’s role in bringing her Son to us and us to her Son. We also consider here the Church’s teaching and Scripture which inform us that Mary is sinless. The Joy of Discovery here suggests how “taking Mary into our own home” (John 19: 27-29) may be a beautiful boost to loving Our Lord ever more deeply.”

June 03, 2013 – Fr. Daniel Chowing

In today’s conversation, Frances interviews Fr. Daniel Chowing, a Carmelite Friar from Wisconsin. Fr. Chowing has been a guest before, and is an internationally recognized speaker in the areas of Spiritual Theology, Carmelite Spirituality and specifically St. John of the Cross. During this conversation Fr. Chowing will use examples from the writings of St. John of the Cross to explain how this gifted mystic is relevent for us today. Fr. Choning will demonstrate how the works of St. John are ideally suited to dealing with some of the most difficult challenges faced by our modern society. He will also describe St. John of the Cross’ model for the journey of faith and how to make progress in the spiritual life.

May 22, 2013

Francesca Franchina, MS Ed. talks with Director of Development Sister Mary Ann Barnhorn, SN DeNamur of Cincinnati, Ohio about St. Julie Billiart Foundress of the Sisters of Notre Dame deNamur founded in 1804 and the ministries of the 1400 Sisters in 11 countries and 34 areas throughout the United States since 1840. Founded in Belgium, as educators of young children in the faith discussion will focus on their growing service in mission. The ongoing vision and purpose of The Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in education, and the fruitful ministries that have developed under the mantle of St. Julie in helping men, women and children throughout the world is amazing. Hear about the effects of the martyrdom of Sister Dorothy Stang, SNdeNamur in Brazil in the Amazon which have had a great ripple effect. The Sisters are alive and well, growing and dwelling among the poor throughout the USA and the world. Hear about The Emmaus House in Saginaw, MI, serving women who have no place to go after being released from prison or addiction rehab and other great ministries. Sisters are still adding to their numbers, teaching in grade schools, high schools and Trinity University in Washington, DC and doing God’s work under the mantle of the Blessed Mother in various areas of service and ministry.

May 13, 2013

In this particualry program Mark invites Chris Cotter, a Secular Carmelite from the Community of Dayton Ohio, to discuss the Carmelite aspects of the Feast of Fatima. On 13 May 2013, Pope Francis consecrated his Papacy to Our Lady of Fatima. Mark and Chris explore both the significance of this event, and what Fatima means to each of us individually. Using both the Vatican Document, from The Congreagation for the Doctrine of the Faith, on the meaning of Fatima, and the writings of Sister Lucia, one of the Fatima visionaries and a Carmelite Nun, they discuss what the messages of Fatima are still communicating to all Christians today. This is a very interesting and very timely topic, and the Order of Carmel plays a significant role in helping to communicate the continual call from Our Lady of Fatima.

May 08, 2013 – Fr.Tom Alkire, O.C.

Francesca Franchina, MS Ed.; OCDS, and Carmelite priest Fr.Tom Alkire, O.C. Associate Pastor of St. Raphael’s Parish in Los Angeles CA discuss THE APPARITIONS AT FATIMA and the relevance for today and through the years. St.Padre Pio and Bl. Pope John Paul II and Our Lady of Fatima; Why the Rosary, Why the Brown Scapular and Five First Saturdays requested for the Triumph of Her Immaculate Heart? Why is it important for her Immaculate Heart to Triumph? Why did she request the Consecration of the world to Her Immaculate Heart and what was happening in the world in 1917 and continues to this day? What Is their a healing dimension of Fatima? Call in with your comments and questions.

May 06, 2013

This particular program discusses the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker, which is celebrated each year on 1 May. Mark and Frances explore the history of this important devotion, and how it was designed to counter the negative affects of atheistic Communism. They draw from Pope John Paul II’s encyclical ‘On Human Work,’ in order to explain the inherent dignity of work and the way in which it allows us to both participate in our own salvation and participate in the act of creation along with God. They also discuss the details of our most important work, the work of prayer. Not only can our daily work, whether in home or factory, itself become prayer, but we must also do the work of prayer through, with and in God.

April 22, 2013

In this particular program Mark and Frances discuss the reflections of a Carmelite Nun from England, Sister Mary McCormack. Sister McCormack has been a nun for forty years, and during that time she has served in a number of important positions, but none more important that that of Novice Mistress, where is was her responsibility to assist young postulants in learning the Carmelite way of life, especially prayer. She has written a wonderful book entitled “Upon this Mountain,” where she reflects on the most simple and yet most profound elements of what she has learned about prayer. She draws extensively on her own experience, but also on the writings of the two Masters of Carmelite prayer, St. Teresa of Avila and St. John of the Cross.

April 15, 2013

During this program Mark and Frances review the Carmelite Promise. This is the promise made by all Carmelites, after a specific period of formation, and relates to their commitment to both the Order, their brothers and sisters in Carmel and the Blessed Mother.
Mark and Frances discuss how important the need for both commitment and fidelity are in our modern society. At a time when we are seeing an increasing rate of divorce, broken families, and even departures from the priesthood and religious life, it is very important to understand the significance of making a commitment to others, and then fulfilling those responsibilities. The Carmelite Promise is just such a commtiment.

April 5, 2013 – Divine Mercy Sunday – St. Faustina

Joe talked about St. Faustina, Divine Mercy Sunday and the Plenary Indulgence that is attached to it.

April 1, 2013 – Dr. Sony Sakhrani

Host Kathleen Beckman dialogues with Dr. Sony Sakhrani who was born into Hinduism in India and converted to the Catholic faith at 15 years of age while living in the Philippines. Her parents were both Hindus but her father had a devotion to the Mother of Perpetual Help and St. Jude Thaddeus. Sony’s conversion comes by the way of the cross. She serves Christ in her pediatric psychiatric practice, and Magnificat, A Ministry to Catholic Women, Archdiocese of St. Louis Chapter.

March 18, 2013 – Bradley James

Host Kathleen Beckman dialogues with Bradley James regarding his friendship and commissioning by Mother Teresa; and how life-changing it was for him. In one letter to Bradley, Mother Teresa wrote, “I give you my permission to write melodies to my words and prayers. That would indeed be something beautiful for God – your gift of love to the Missionaries of Charity. Let us thank God for the desire he has kindled in your heart to use the gifts he has given you for his glory!” Grammy-award winning producer John Andrew Schreiner co-produced it with James who said it’s become the best selling independently produced CD’s in the world.

March 18, 2013

During this conversation Mark and Frances discuss the March 19 Feast of St. Joseph and the devotion to him, which has grown so much in the past 100 years in the Church. St. Joseph is a great role model for husbands, and this Feast in his honor has a special significance for Carmelites. A little known fact is that St. Teresa of Avila is credited a good deal with helping to spread devotion to this great Saint. In fact, St. Joseph is the Patron of the Discalced Carmelite Order formed by St. Teresa and St. John of the Cross. St. Teresa recommended in her writings that everyone should turn to St. Joseph, as she herself often did, to help them overcome the difficulties of our earthly life. Since St. Joseph was put at that head of the Holy Family, and provided for all their earthly needs, we should all feel comfortable turning to him to assist us in our daily needs. Just as importantly, as St. Joseph is also the Patron of the Universal Church, and we should feel comfortable turning to him for all of our spiritual needs as well.

March 13, 2013 – Fr.Tom Alkire, O.C.

Francesca Franchina, MS Ed.; OCDS, and Carmelite priest Fr.Tom Alkire, O.C. Associate Pastor of St. Raphael’s Parish in Los Angeles CA discuss The Precious Blood of Jesus and information given to Barnabbas a young Nigerian man for the Adorers of the Precious Blood and all who wish to know what to do to win souls, protect families and pray for the salvation of souls. This program continues in the series archived on Radio Maria; First Wednesday of each month with Fr. Tom Alkire, O Carm. and other Wednesdays. This program will focus on the Association of the Precious Blood International, and information given to Barnabbas from Nigeria, a young man who was given direction,prayers and instructions on teaching of the benefits, promises and help of Jesus and His Precious Blood now to prepare for times of great trial and tribulation happening now and to to come upon the world in the purification and chastisement as revealed to us in Scripture. (This is approved by his Bishop and has received the Nihil Obstat; Rev. Fr. Stephen Obiukwu, Archdiocese of Onitsha, Anambra State, Nigeria) Learn how The Precious Blood of Jesus and His promises and great words protect us and how we can help fight battle for souls with the Precious Blood of Jesus through Daily Mass, Prayers, Devotions, Eucharistic Adoration and Prayers and Consecration to the Precious Blood and the Hearts of Jesus and Mary. Fatima, The Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary,St. Faustina, St.Margaret Mary and other great saints have received messages on how to win souls, increase Faith and be an evangelizer. Be a part of The New Evangelization ! Fr. Tom is a seasoned Carmelite priest affiliated with the Marian Movement of Priests, The Association of The Precious Blood/Tallahassee, FL. www.preciousbloodinternational.com Fr. Tom is Associate Pastor of St. Raphael’s Parish in Los Angeles, CA and has been a Home Missionary in Northern and Southern California for many years.

March 6, 2013 – Fr.Tom Alkire, O.C.

Francesca Franchina, MS Ed.; OCDS, and Carmelite priest Fr.Tom Alkire, O.C. Associate Pastor of St. Raphael’s Parish in Los Angeles CA discuss The Precious Blood of Jesus and Our Lady of The Precious Blood; The Spirituality of the Precious Blood; Healing and the Precious Blood of Jesus, Eucharistic Adoration; Experiences and Messages of Jesus and Mary to Saints and Mystics regarding the Precious Blood of Jesus, , e.g. St. Faustina, St. Gertrude the Great, Josefa Menendez and the relationship of the Precious Blood and The Two Hearts of Jesus and Mary.

February 26, 2013

Debut Broadcast: Farewell to Pope Benedict XI and what it means to “put on the armor of God.”

February 20, 2013 – Gordon Deery

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.

February 13, 2013 – Fr. Tom Alkire, OC

Francesca Franchina MS Ed. talks with Fr. Tom Alkire, OC of Los Angeles, CA about Ash Wednesday,Lent 2013, The Blessed Mother: Seat of Wisdom and what believers of Jesus Christ are called to do about the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI and other world situations. Discussion focuses on how we need to continue to grow spiritually, living and sharing their LOVE with discernment and prudence; increasing prayers of reparation and reconciliation as disciples of Jesus under the Mantle of our Blessed Mother who is equipping us with WISDOM and spiritual weapons as the Fatima Peace Plan From Heaven and the message of Medjugorje continue to unfold and become known in this the Year of Faith and The New Evangelization. Fr. Tom Alkire OC, is a seasoned Carmelite priest affiliated with the Marian Movement of Priests, The Association of The Precious Blood/Tallahassee, FL, is Associate Pastor of St. Raphael’s Parish in Los Angeles, CA and has been a Home Missionary in Northern and Southern California for many years.

January 17, 2013 – Dave Armstrong

On January 17th Ken talks with his guest Dave Armstrong, author of more than thirty books, about The Quotable Newman – A Definitive Guide to His Central Thoughts and Ideas and The Catholic Verses (both published by Sophia Institute Press). John Cardinal Newman — the 19th century British Cardinal recently pronounced “Blessed” by Pope Benedict XVI preached thousands of sermons, wrote scores of books, and published countless articles explaining our Catholic faith. Dave Armstrong, himself drawn forth from Protestantism by the power of Cardinal Newman’s words, shares Newman’s wisdom with others.In The Catholic Verses Armstrong shows that a fair-minded reading of these Bible passages supports the Catholic position on key issues that divide Protestants from Catholics. To learn more about Dave Armstrong visit www.biblicalcatholic.com His book can be purchased at http://shop.sophiainstitute.com