God came as a child, inviting us to draw close to him. St. Francis, whose joy over the Nativity of Our Lord, brought us the idea of re-creating that beautiful birth-scene in our homes and churches. Witnesses to Christ’s birth include: Mary & Joseph, Shepherds, Kings, angels and animals. But which witness might we be in this celebration? Also, what is the connection between the angel’s promise of peace and our world today? The Sacred Scriptures will be the basis for our reflection.
Ken talks with Devin Rose The Protestant’s Dilemma: How the Reformation’s Shocking Consequences Point to the Truth of Catholicism (Catholic Answers) Devin shows with solid evidence, compelling reason, and gentle humor how the major tenets of Protestantism – if honestly pursued to their furthest extent – wind up in dead ends. The only escape? Catholic truth. Rose patiently unpacks each instance, and shows how Catholicism solves the Protestant s dilemma through the witness of Scripture, Christian history, and the authority with which Christ himself undeniably vested his Church. The Protestant s Dilemma is the perfect book for non-Catholics trying to work through their own nagging doubts, or for Catholics looking for a fresh way to deepen their understanding of the Faith You can purchase Devin’s book at: shop.catholic.com Devin blogs at www.devinrose.heroicvirtuecreations.com
Host Kathleen Beckman dialogues with Clayton Barbeau on the topic of his book: The Father of the Family: A Christian Perspective. Clayton is a father of eight children and a licensed marriage and family therapist who seeks to convey the secret of happy homes: good fathers! They discuss practical ways to transform your vision of a happy family into daily reality. They discuss the Father as creator, lover, another Christ, priest, teacher, breadwinner and saint.
In our busy preparations for Christmas, even our spiritual preparations, we can sometimes forget the most significant theological aspect of Christ’s birth, the Incarnation of God into our human lives. During this conversation Frances and Mark discuss some interesting historical facts regarding the use of the term ‘Incarnation’ in the history of the Carmelite Order. They then go on to speak about an interesting phrase in a Prayer by Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity, which she wrote to the Trinity. In that well know prayer she asks: “Consuming Fire! Spirit of Love! Descend within me and reproduce in me, as it were, another incarnation of the Word that I may be to Him another humanity wherein He may renew His mystery.” This is a prayer very rich in meaning, especially as each of us is called to become another Christ and to Incarnate His life into our own. In this pre-Christmas conversation, Mark and Frances discuss how we can work to prepare ourselves to receive this ‘Incarnation’ in our own souls.
Richard Doerflinger has had many titles during his 33 year employment by the USCCB (US Conference of Catholic Bishops). Currently he is Associate Director of the Pro-Life Secretariat, advising the bishops on pro-life federal legislation and strategy. He has an especially challenging assignment having to deal with a Senate and White House that are unsupportive of Catholic teaching on life and marriage. Please join us as Richard shares his experience and challenges.
I’ll also be asking him about the role of the USCCB and potential conflict between that body and the role of the individual bishop as the Vicar of Christ for his diocese.
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.
Ken talks with his guest Bruce Sullivan, author of Christ In His Fullness – A Protestant Minister Discovers the Fullness of Christ in the Catholic Church (published by Coming Home Resources) Christ In His Fullness details the journey of Bruce Sullivan into the Catholic Church. This book presents a full-length treatment of the primary issue that propelled Bruce on his journey, namely that of authority. But perhaps more importantly, it emphasizes in a positive way the great gift awaiting all who will embrace the Catholic faith, the gift of having Christ in all of His fullness. To purchase a copy of his book visit www.chnetwork.org
Living with Mary Today is a program on Thursday and Friday afternoons from 1:30-2:00 central time focusing on the various dogmas and teachings of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The program is hosted by the staff and factuality of the Maria Library at the University of Dayton in Dayton Ohio. Tune in for this encouraging and informative program on the Mother of Christ and Mother of the Church.