Ken talks with Marcellino D’Ambrosio author of When the Church was Young: Voices of the Early Fathers (Servant Books) If the Bible can be interpreted in many ways, how do we know what to make of it? And who decides what should be in the Bible anyway? The Church Fathers provide the answers. These brilliant, embattled, and sometimes eccentric men defined the biblical canon, hammered out the Creed, and gave us our understanding of sacraments and salvation. It is they who preserved for us the rich legacy of the early Church. Marcellion dusts off the dry theology and brings you the exciting stories and great heroes such as Ambrose, Augustine, Athanasius, and Jerome. This page-turner will inspire and challenge you with the lives and insights of these seminal teachers from when the Church was young. Marcellino’s book can be purchased at: www.franciscanmedia.org Visit his website: www.dritaly.com
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.
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.
During this conversation Frances Harry interviews Mark Olson, a member of the Dayton community of the Secular Order of Discaled Carmelites. This program in a continuation of the conversation on the article written by respected scholar and Carmelite Priest, Father Ernest Larkin, on St. Teresa of Avila on Prayer. Here Frances and Mark explore the goal of union with God (spiritual marriage, transforming union). The conversation focuses on “The Way” to the “Goal” via the mansions. Several points about the first 3 ascetical mansions are made which then reaches a transition point or bridge of the 4th mansion to the mystical mansions of the 5th, 6th and 7th mansions.
In this program Mark and Frances begin a series on the writings of Carmelite Priest and scholar Ernest Larkin. Father Larkin was a highly respected scholar in the field of contemplative prayer, the interior life, and most especially Carmelite spirituality. This particular conversation is a review of a very important article Fr. Larkin wrote about St. Teresa of Avila on prayer. The article loosely follows St. Teresa’s model of the Interior Castles, perhaps her greatest work. But here Fr. Larkin provides new insights and perspectives on how these various stages of development in prayer may be experienced, and what one can do to prepare themselves for this work that ultimately God must do in us.
During this program Mark and Frances complete the series of conversations on a work about the last months of the life of St. Therese of Lisieux, entitled, “Last Conversations.” This remarkable work, a true gift to the whole Church, is not as well known as St. Therese’s autobiography “Story of a Soul,” but none-the-less, offers very deep insights into what is most important in our life and our relationship with God. These are literally the last thoughts and commentary of a person who will go on to become one of the most loved and Saints in the history of the Church.
This is the second in a series of 3 that focuses on the Holy Face.
On this program, Mark and Frances cover a list of their favorite Carmelite Books. This is a list of the less well known, but none-the-less very useful books on a whole range of Carmelite topics; including Carmelite spirituality, contemplative prayer, Mystical Theology and outlines of some of the key figures in the history of the Order. Each of the books presented have been read by one or both of the presenters, and Mark and Frances are able to offer their insights on how the texts can contribute to your own spiritual journey.
In this program, Kathie speaks with Fr. Robert Young about his faith journey and his role with Radio Maria. She also talks with Fr. John Baptist Wang, a Chinese priest with two Doctorates and various degrees. He talks about his experiences fleeing from communism and discusses the Church and family life in China as he travels to evangelize and educate. Katie speaks with Fr. Chrysostom Baer of St. Michael’s Abbey in this program as well. He talks of the beauty of the old traditions of the Church and how to use the good new gifts of the Church.
This program focuses on St Therese of Lisieux. We explore the major events of her childhood, the events that led to her entry into Carmel and the significant contribution she made in her short life. We focus primarily on her most famous work, The Story of a Soul. From this work we will explore the teaching of Spiritual Childhood. We seek to understand our relationship to the Father through the eyes of this beloved French Carmelite. We also explore her teaching on prayer and suffering. Finally, we explore Therese’s mission to the rest of the Church and see how the life of Carmel can be so beneficial to those who are looking for spiritual assistance in their journey to the Lord.
Francesca Franchina speaks with Father John Fletcher CC and Father Carlos Martin, CC regarding Father Martin’s very special ministry teaching about the Sacred Relics of The Saints: Treasures of the Church and the program to be presented Wednesday April 6 at St. Anthony of Padua Parish in Dayton, OH after the Stations of the Cross beginning at 7:00 PM. Following his talk, Fr. Carlos will exhibit over 150 relics some of which are believed to be very very old. Among the 150 relics will be those of St. Anthony of Padua, St. Therese of Lisieux, St. Maria Goretti, St. Francis of Assisi, St. Thomas Acquinas, St. Faustina, and one of the largest remaining pieces of the True Cross and what is believed to be a piece of the veil of Our Lady.
Francesca Franchina, OCDS speaks with Frances Harry, OCDS, President of the Dayton Discalced Third Order Carmelite Mother of Good Counsel Community and others, about The Blessed Mother and Her Birthday Celebrated Carmelite Style; Mystical Theology and The Spiritual Foundations of the Discalced Carmelite Founders St. Teresa of Avila and St. John of the Cross and what it all means for today’s faith filled people and the world in general.