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The Medal and Cross of St. Benedict

St. Benedict

The Power and Effects of the Medal & Cross of St. Benedict

The Medal and Cross of St. Benedict are powerful to ward off all dangers of body and soul coming from the evil spirit. We are exposed to the wicked assaults of the devil day and night. St. Peter says, “Your adversary the devil, as roaring lion, go about seeking whom he may devour.” (1 Peter 5:8). In the life of St. Benedict we see how the devil tried to do harm to his soul and body, and also to his spiritual children. Father Paul of Moll, saintly Flemish Benedictine wonder-worker (1824-1896), frustrated the evil doings of the spirit of darkness chiefly through the use of the Medal of St. Benedict, which has proved a most powerful protection against the snares and delusions of the old enemy. Missionaries in pagan lands use this Medal with so great effect that it has been given the remarkable name, “The devil-chasing Medal.”

 

 

Consecration to the Blood of Jesus Christ

Consecration to the Blood of Jesus Christ


 

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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.

Message from the Director: Month of July Dedicated of the Most Precious Blood of Jesus Christ

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The month of July is traditionally dedicated to the Most Precious Blood of Jesus Christ. The feast of the Most Precious Blood of our Lord was instituted in 1849 by Pope Pius IX. We are reminded that by the shedding of His Precious Blood, Christ saved mankind from our sins. “For this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured for many, for the forgiveness of sins.” Mt. 26:28. The Precious Blood of Jesus cleanses us from our sins. In the Sacrament of Penance, we are forgiven of our sins through the absolution of the priest. How powerful it is that we are restored to the supernatural life of grace.

The early Fathers say that the Church was born from the pierced side of Christ, and that the sacraments were brought forth through His Blood. “But one of the soldiers pierced his side with a spear, and at once, there came out blood and water.” Mt. Jn. 19:34. The Blood from the pierced side of Christ symbolizes the Precious Blood in the Most Holy Eucharist.

We wish to invoke the Blood of Jesus on ourselves, the sick and suffering, and the whole family of Radio Maria. We ask the Lord to protect us from all evil. The Blood of Jesus has the power to protect us, and lead us to the life of grace in Christ, in particular through the Sacraments. We ask the Lord to wash us clean in our mission of Radio Maria. We want to be faithful to our calling as a family, to our identity of a Radio that brings prayer, Christian and Human formation, News and Music in the lives of people.

It is Our Lady’s Radio and she wants to continue to lead us to Her Son Jesus who has poured out his Precious Blood for us.

Prayer in Honor of St. John the Baptist

Today, on the feast day of St. John the Baptist, let us pray in his honor.

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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.

Prayer Written by St. John Paul II for Radio Maria

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“Mary, guide us in our major decisions
and give us strength in times of trial
so that we may, with humble courage,
follow the hidden ways of Heaven,
keeping faith with God and mankind
so that we can bring the joyful message
of Christ, the Savior,
to the hearts and minds of all.

Mary, guiding star of evangelization,
be with us. Be with Radio Maria
as guide and be its protector.”

Jesus Said to His Disciples…Love Your Enemies

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Jesus said to His Disciples:

“You have heard that it was said,
You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.
But I say to you, love your enemies
and pray for those who persecute you,
that you may be children of your heavenly Father,
for he makes his sun rise on the bad and the good,
and causes rain to fall on the just and the unjust.
For if you love those who love you, what recompense will you have?
Do not the tax collectors do the same?
And if you greet your brothers only,
what is unusual about that?
Do not the pagans do the same?
So be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect.” — Gospel MT 5:43-48

God seeks our highest good and teaches us to seek the greatest good of others, even those who hate and abuse us. Our love for others, even those who are ungrateful and selfish towards us, must be marked by the same kindness and mercy which God has shown to us. It is easier to show kindness and mercy when we can expect to benefit from doing so. How much harder when we can expect nothing in return. Our prayer for those who do us ill both breaks the power of revenge and releases the power of love to do good in the face of evil.

How can we possibly love those who cause us harm or ill-will? With God all things are possible. He gives power and grace to those who believe and accept the gift of the Holy Spirit. His love conquers all, even our hurts, fears, prejudices and griefs. Only the cross of Jesus Christ can free us from the tyranny of malice, hatred, revenge, and resentment and gives us the courage to return evil with good. Such love and grace has power to heal and to save from destruction. Do you know the power of Christ’s redeeming love and mercy?

God gives us every good gift in Jesus Christ so that we may not lack anything we need to do his will and to live as his sons and daughters (2 Peter 1:3). He knows our weakness and sinfulness better than we do. And he assures us of his love, mercy, and grace to follow in his ways. Do you want to grow in your love for God and for your neighbor? Ask the Holy Spirit to change and transform you in the image of the Father that you may walk in the joy and freedom of the Gospel.

“Lord Jesus, your love brings freedom and pardon. Fill me with your Holy Spirit and set my heart ablaze with your love that nothing may make me lose my temper, ruffle my peace, take away my joy, nor make me bitter towards anyone.”

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.

Blessed Feast of Corpus Christi

A Blessed Feast of Corpus Christi,
the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ

EUCHARISTIC ADORATION

REMEMBER: AT HOLY MASS, THE BREAD AND WINE BECOME
THE BODY AND BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST.

Jesus said to them,
“Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood,
you have no life in yourselves.”
“He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.”
“For My flesh is true food, and My blood is true drink.”
“He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him.”
“As the living Father sent Me, and I live because of the Father, so he who eats Me,
he also will live because of Me.”
“This is the bread which came down out of heaven; not as the fathers ate and died;
he who eats this bread will live forever.”
John 6:53-58

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)

New Program with Fr. Scott McCaig

We are re-introducing a host to Radio Maria – Fr. Scott McCaig, C.C. Fr. McCaig is a member of the Companions of the Cross, and resides in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Some of you may remember Father McCaig’s previous program, Keys to Spiritual Growth, which ran from 2012 to 2013. Father is a wonderful and inspiring preacher, and we are quite happy that he was able to return to Radio Maria. In his new program, Seized by the Spirit, he will discuss the theology and dynamic spiritual practices of being a missionary disciple of Jesus in this Era of the New Evangelization. We invite you to tune in at 10:00 a.m. Central/11:00 a.m. Eastern, every other Friday, starting May 8, 2015, for Seized by the Spirit.

Seeking The Face of Christ

“Such is the generation of those who seek Him, who seek the face of the God of Jacob” (Psalm 24:6 – RSV)

There are a number of different devotions we might focus on as we enter this most Holy Week of the Church calendar, but it might be good for us to reverently reconsider the very image our Savior chose to leave us, that of His own Beautiful Face yet Sorrowful Face.

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It is good for us to recall the sacrifice of great Love that our Lord made for us.  It has been said that too much familiarity with this Holy Season can tend to diminish our appreciation of the measure of Christ’s love reflected in own His Holy Countenance.  It is good for us to recall that it was at the beginning of His passion that our Lord experienced one of the more painful events He would endure; it ,was not simply the betrayal of one of His own disciples, but that fact that Judas Iscariot chose to betray our Lord by placing a kiss on His cheek.

The Church has a long history of devotion to the Holy Face going all the way back to Veronica’s singular act of courage and compassion, when she wiped the bloodied face of Jesus, forever preserving for us the painful image of His sacrifice and love.  What similar act of compassion and even courage might we offer to our Eucharistic Lord, an act that can help to console our Lord in our own time, when we still witness so much blasphemy and so many offenses against His Church, His Mystical Body, and by consequence, His Holy Face.

In his Encyclical Ecclesia de Eucharistia, (The Eucharist) Saint John Paul II drew the eyes of the Church to the Face of Christ in the sacrament of the Eucharist. 

“To contemplate Christ involves being able to recognize him wherever he manifests himself, in His many forms of presence, but above all in the living sacrament of his Body and Blood. The Church draws her life from Christ in the Eucharist; by Him she is fed and by Him she is enlightened. The Eucharist is both a mystery of faith and a “mystery of light.” Whenever the Church celebrates the Eucharist, the faithful can in some way relive the experience of the two disciples on the road to Emmaus: “their eyes were opened and they recognized him” (Lk 24:31). . . . I cannot let this Holy Thursday (2003) pass without halting before the “Eucharistic face” of Christ and pointing out with new force to the Church the centrality of the Eucharist.

Perhaps we could make our own act of courage and compassion this week and find an hour to visit our Church and just spend some time contemplating the Face of Christ in the Eucharist.  This is also a wonderful time to begin, if you have not already, to develop a continual devotion to the Holy Face of Jesus Christ.  For information please visit: www.holyface.com

Mark Danis
Host of Carmelite Conversations
Mondays  7 pm eastern / 6 pm central

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.

New Host For Thursday’s Catechism Hour

Fr. Richard BretoneWe’d like to announce a new priest who has joined the Radio Maria family. On Thursday, March 12, 2015, Fr. Richard Bretone will come onboard, hosting Thursday’s Catechism program. Fr. Bretone has been a Roman Catholic priest of the Brooklyn Diocese for 25 years. He is the Founder and Spiritual Director of Eternal Flame of Hope Ministries; part-time associate pastor of St. Patrick’s Church in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn; part-time Chaplain at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York; and, Director of Heaven’s Embrace (a 46 acre retreat property of the Eternal Flame of Hope Ministries). Fr. Bretone has diverse interests, including teaching courses for The Diocesan Pastoral Institute on Vatican II, and the New Catechism of the Roman Catholic Church. An artist, his art work has been featured in articles in The Tablet, and he participated in the inaugural art show of A.S.A.P. in Soho, New York. He has given Days of Recollection and Retreats for Religious, Deacons and the Laity throughout his local and surrounding dioceses, and has also conducted Healing Masses. Please tune in on Thursday, March 12, 2015, at 9:00 a.m. Central/10:00 a.m. Eastern, and meet Fr. Bretone, as he instructs us on the faith.

March 7, 2015 – Papal Intentions for March

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

March 02, 2015 – John Michael Talbot

Gail Buckley and John Michael Talbot discussed his newest book that he did with Mike Aquilina on the Early Church Fathers.

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March 01, 2015

Today Deacon Robert Ovies joined us. He is the author of the novel, The Rising, which is an amazing page-turner in which a nine-year-old boy has the ability to resurrect people. You will stay awake a few nights while reading this utterly Catholic story. You can find study questions for the book on the-rising.homestead.com. We also spoke about the Couple’s Prayer Series, which teaches married couples to pray with each other. After listening to the show, you can find out more information at www.coupleprayer.org.

It’s Still Cold Outside – Keep Your Heart Warm

Even if springtime is around the corner, it is still cold outside, and Radio Maria is still experiencing its own cold winter. Our “Heartwarming” campaign began two weeks ago, and as of today, we have reached about 25 % of our goal: $100,000.00.

We want to thank all who have contributed so generously to this extraordinary appeal. And to ask anyone who has not had the opportunity, to please help us with an “alms” this Lenten Season. It’s a wonderful way to fulfill your Lenten duty and contribute to the Spiritual Works of Mercy through Radio Maria.

We want to continue to warm the hearts of many– and even more– listeners whose hearts need warming this time of year– YOURS TOO!

Many thanks and God bless you all this Holy Season of Lent!

Fr. Robert Young
Director
Radio Maria US

February 23, 2015 – Judy Klein and Thomas Awiapo

Judy Klein is a Catholic theologian and founder of Memorare Ministries, a ministry dedicated to bringing a hope to those who are suffering. A “revert” to Catholicism, Judy is a public speaker, blogger, and author. Her newest book, Miracle Man, chronicles her late husband Bernie’s near death experience and deathbed conversion. Visit Judy Klein at www.memorareministries.com

Thomas Awiapo was orphaned before the age of 10 in Ghana. His search for food led him to a school where CRS Rice Bowl funds were providing lunch.Thomas survived and continued school, earning a master’s degree. Today, Thomas works for Catholic Relief Services and trains community leaders throughout Ghana. Learn more about Rice Bowl at www.crsricebowl.org

February 13, 2015 – Brother Craig Digmann

Evangelization and Ecumenism in the Glenmary Mission Fields of the United States – Brother Craig’s labors of love and practical suggestions – demonstrates the crucial importance of personal contact and relationships – from our E. TN Missions

Friday Night With The Capuchin Friars To Begin This Friday

capuchin logoWe are proud to introduce a new program to our listeners. Starting Friday, February 13, 2015, at 8:30 p.m. Central/9:30 p.m. Eastern, we will present Friday Night with the Capuchin Friars. Fr. Matt Janeczko OFM Capuchin will spearhead this program, presenting a broad range of topics relevant to the Church today. Initially focusing on the “consecrated life” and its importance in the life of the Church, he will then concentrate on the Church’s liturgical season of Lent as we journey towards Easter. The various charisms of religious life will be featured, and we will hear from various Friars and young men in formation as they share their experiences and hopes for religious life in the future. Please tune in for Friday Nights with the Capuchin Friars at 8:30 p.m. Central/9:30 p.m. Eastern, beginning Friday, February 13, 2015, and get to know the Capuchin Franciscans.

February 09, 2015 – Fr. Robert Reed and Donna Marie-Cooper O’Boyle

Fr. Robert Reed joins us to offer advice on use of media in the New Evangelization and to discuss his new book Renewed: Ten Ways to Rediscover the Saints, Embrace Your Gifts, and Revive Your Catholic Faith. Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle helps us to prepare for Lent by sharing about her new book “Bringing Lent Home with Saint John Paul II”.

Visit Fr. Robert Reed at www.catholictv.com.
Visit Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle at www.donnacooperoboyle.com.

Praying to Find Rest and Consolation

mark danisEven a cursory review of the daily news can lead one to a sense of anxiety or fear or even despair.  These are challenging times.  It is important to know how to respond in difficult circumstances.  The best models we have for this response are always the Saints. In the most difficult times of our lives it is very important for us to take some time and allow our prayer life to provide us rest and consolation.

This is what John the Beloved Apostle did even as he struggled to respond to the most difficult news he had ever heard.  On the evening of the last supper, when our Lord told the Apostles what was about to happen, John could have chosen to react in a number of ways.

He could have fallen victim to fear and anxiety, he could have decided to run to the leaders of Israel and beg for them to spare our Lord, he could have stood on a street corner bearing a sign which described the injustice of it all – St. John the Beloved did none of these things.

He chose instead to simply rest in the Bosom of the Lord. “Now there was leaning on Jesus’ bosom one of his disciples, whom Jesus loved.” (John 13:23)

Of course, scripture tells us that this is also what our Lord does. “No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him” (John 1:18)

St. Mary Magdalene de Pazzi was an Italian Carmelite Mystic who lived from the mid 1500’s to the early 1600’s.  She is reported to have had a number of conversations, while in ecstasy, with God the Father and the Lord Jesus.

During one of these conversations God the Father revealed to her the nature of the relationship between the Father and the Son.  The Father shared that the Son actually rests within the Father’s bosom, and the Son Contemplates the Father. This might seem strange on first hearing it.  It is helpful to have some sense of what this word Contemplation means: “to admire something and think about it.”

Of course it is not difficult to imagine admiring the image we may have created of God the Father, but do we spend enough time just thinking about God, about His beauty, His nature, His Blessings?

God the Father told Mary Magdalene de Pazzi that when Jesus, His Son contemplated the Father He looked at Him with an admiring contemplation.  He said that this was a “contemplation of admiration, of love, of God’s purity, of the Father’s generosity, of His mercy, of His justice, of His goodness, of His wisdom, of might, of truth of union and of eternity.”

Do we ever think about prayer this way, as a simple contemplation, a simple look, a simple resting in the Bosom of the Father.  Any one of these attributes of God the Father would be worthy of a great deal of our admiration and worth thinking about for some time.

Of course these attributes were true of Jesus as well, but in order to pray effectively or rest in the Bosom of our Lord, we do not have to even think about these aspects of God’s nature.

The model of prayer John the Beloved provides us is the same one that our Lord Himself employed, simply to rest in the Bosom of the Father.

The next time you set aside time for prayer, see if you can just try resting in the Bosom of the Lord, or contemplating the Love which God the Father has for us.  A good way to do this is to simply rest in the bosom of the Lord, try to practice silence, try to be so silent in fact that you can hear the Lord’s heartbeat. -Mark Danis

Host of Carmelite Conversations
Mondays  7-8pm Eastern

A New Program with Lisa Hendey to Start Monday Feb 9

lisa hendeyWe 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

February 5, 2015 – John Michael Talbot and Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle

1st segment February 5 Ken talks with John Michael Talbot author of “The Ancient Path: Old Lessons from the Church Fathers for a New Life Today” (Image Books) www.imagecatholicbooks.com
John Michael Talbot website: johnmichaeltalbot.com

2nd segment February 5 Ken talks with Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle author of “Bringing Lent Home with St. John Paul II: Prayers, Reflections, and Activities for Families” (Ave Maria Press) www.avemariapress.com
Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle website: www.donnacooperoboyle.com

January 29, 2015 – Fr. Joseph Fessio and Regina Doman

Ken talks with Ignatius Press founder Fr Joseph Fessio on St Pope Paul VI’s encyclical “On Human Life” (Ignatius Press) and Regina Doman about the 10th anniversary edition of “Angel in the Waters” (Sophia Institute Press) The papal encyclical Humanae Vitae (On Human Life) made headlines worldwide. Many talked about the encyclical when it was issued in 1968, but few actually read it. Why is it perhaps the most controversial document in modern Church history?

This Ignatius Press edition combines Humanae Vitae with commentary by popular and respected Catholic authors Mary Eberstadt, James Hitchcock, and Jennifer Fulwiler in order to address this question and to shed light on the document’s enduring wisdom. On Human Life is available at: www.ignatius.com

Since its first release in 2004, “Angel in the Waters” has been a best-selling, life-transforming children’s book. It has been carried in countless hospital gift shops, pro-life centers, and Catholic book stores. In just ten years, over 130,000 copies have been sold. The 10th Anniversary, hardcover edition is a simple, non-confrontational book that makes young children decidedly pro-life long before they ever hear the word “abortion.” In its mother’s womb, a tiny baby grows, explores the waters, and talks with the angel who is there. A story that will delight all young children, because the journey from conception to birth is their story, too. “Angel in the Waters” is available at: shop.sophiainstitute.com Visit Regina at: www.reginadoman.com

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, interview with Father James Loughran, Director of the Graymoor Ecumenical & Interreligious Institute (GEII)

On Friday the 23rd, Radio Maria NY hosted a special program on the annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Since 1898, traditionally observed in the northern hemisphere from the 18th to the 25th of January and formerly known as the Octave of Christian Unity, the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity involves ‎Christian communities and Churches across the world, including the Catholic ‎Church.

Launched over a century ago by Fr. Paul James Francis Wattson, SA (1863 – 1940) founder of the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement at Graymoor, Garrison, NY, since its inception the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity fostered reconciliation and healing through atonement — the unity of men and women with God and with one another. Fr. Paul was ordained an Episcopal priest in 1886. In 1908, he initiated the Church Unity Octave believing that a time set aside for prayer and seminars would hasten Christian unity. An advocate of corporate reunion between the Anglican and Roman Catholic churches, he finally embraced Roman Catholicism. In 1909, the Society of the Atonement became the first religious community of Christians to be received corporately into the Roman Catholic Church since the Reformation. Fr. Paul was ordained a Catholic priest by Archbishop John M. Farley in 1910.

(More on the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement and the Graymoor Ecumenical & Interreligious Institute (GEII), at: http://atonementfriars.org and http://geii.org/week_of_prayer_for_christian_unity/)

“Since 1968, the resource material for reflection, prayer and celebration on a ‎chosen theme for the Week of Prayer for Christain Unity is jointly issued by the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Promoting ‎Christian Unity and the Commission on Faith and Order of the World Council of Churches (WCC).  This year the theme was: “Jesus said to her: “Give me to drink“, taken from the ‎episode of the Samaritan woman at the well, in John’s Gospel.”

In his recent meeting with the men and women religious, the Pope spoke extensively about ecumenism suggesting the three main ingredients for a fruitful dialogue:

The Pope spoke of three conditions at the core of the search for Christian unity – firstly, there’s no unity without conversion of heart, which includes forgiving and asking for forgiveness. Secondly he said there is no unity without prayer and therefore men and women religious who pray for unity are like ‘an invisible monastery’ bringing together Christians of different denominations from different countries around the world.Thirdly, the Pope said, there is no unity without holiness of daily life. so the more we put our search for unity into practise in our relations with others, the more we will be modelling our lives on the message of the Gospel.

(Read full article: Pope concluding Week of Prayer for Christian Unity at: http://www.news.va

More insights available:Pope Francis: Religious who pray for Christian unity an “invisible monastery”at http://www.news.va

Resource material for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2015 is available at: http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/

loughran_picOur host of the day was Fr. James Loughran, S.A., Director of the Graymoor Ecumenical & Interreligious Institute (GEII), a ministry of the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement headquartered at Graymoor, New York. Today, this Roman Catholic religious community continue working and ministering to people of every race, religion, and walk of life in the United States, Canada, England, Italy, and Japan.

January 22, 2014 – Dr. Vincent Ryan and Julie Dortch Cragon

Ken talks with Vincent Ryan about “The Maid of Orleans: The Life & Mysticism of Joan of Arc” by Sven Stolpe and Julie Dortch Cragon author of “Visiting Mary: Her U.S. Shrines and Their Graces.” Stolpe sees Joan of Arc as primarily a mystic, and her supreme achievement and lasting significance not so much in a mission to deliver France – though important – but in her sharing in the Passion of Christ. The Stolpe book is available at: www.ignatius.com

Julie Cragon and her family have visited many Marian shrines throughout North America. She has discovered that at each site there is a special grace connected to the particular devotion associated with each individual shrine. In this book Julie captures the experience of visiting these shrines, giving us a personal glimpse into each place. Julie’s book is available at: catalog.franciscanmedia.org Visit Julie’s website: www.juliecragon.com

January 12, 2015 – St. Mary Magdalene de Pazzi

What is your favorite phrase to refer to Jesus: Son of God, the Christ, the King, or perhaps Lord. For St. Mary Magdalene de Pazzi, a Carmelite Mystic who lived from the late 1500’s to the early 1600’s, the favorite way of referring to Jesus was simply the Word. For her ‘the Word’ described Jesus, and for her the Word was simply Love. Jesus represented the Word spoken by Father, and that Word was Love. In this conversation Mark and Frances explore the details of the life of St. Mary Magdalene de Pazzi. During her lifetime she had a number of encounters with God the Father and with the Lord Jesus. During these ecstatic encounters Mary Magdalene de Pazzi received a number of profound insights about the nature of our relationship with God the Father and the depth of the sacrifice made by our Lord. Most importantly, St. Mary Magdalene de Pazzi’s entire life was a model of what she heard from the voice of the Father and witnessed in the life of the Son our Lord and Savior.

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.

January 10, 2014 – Mike Wick

The Institute on Religious Life. Fr. Kubicki interviews the executive director of an organization that promotes vocations to consecrated life.

January 8, 2015 – Anne Hendershott

Ken talks with Dr. Anne Hendershott about “Renewal: How a New Generation of Faithful Priests and Bishops is Revitalizing the Catholic Church” (Encounter Books) In the wake of the clergy abuse scandal of the last decade, many media commentators predicted the “end” of the Catholic priesthood. Demands for an end to celibacy, coupled with calls for women’s ordination, dominated discussions on the effectiveness of the Catholic Church in America. “Renewal” argues that the aging generation of progressives that continues to lobby Church leaders to change Catholic teachings on reproductive rights, same-sex marriage, and women’s ordination is being replaced by younger men and women who are attracted to the Church because of the very timelessness of its teachings. Anne’s book is available at: www.encounterbooks.com To learn more about Anne visit: http://www.franciscan.edu

Put God First. Jesus must be our Love, our Teacher, and our Guide.

Happy New Year!!!    We are so excited about this coming year for you, our Radio Maria Family, and for Radio Maria USA and all that God has planned for 2015!  Did you know that Radio Maria is the largest Catholic radio in the world?  We are in over 70 countries on all continents and GROWING!  This would not be possible without YOU!!!  So many conversions are happening through Radio Maria and we invite you to grow deeper in your faith and love of Jesus through Our Blessed Mother’s special instrument…Radio Maria. Tell all those you know and love about Radio Maria and spread the JOY!!!

PadreLivioDear friends, we are now at the beginning of a new year, a blank page of the human history to be written, but also and especially of our own life. Faith invites us to look at the future through the light of hope for the world was saved and Jesus is alive among us, with the invincible power  of his love. The presence of the Risen Christ makes us certain that evil will not win and that the last word is the one of good, life and truth.

The time given us by God is a precious gift to be well spent and not wasted. Every passing moment will never come back. It’s up to us, through daily fidelity, to write words of eternity. The first word to be printed in our hearts with indelible characters is “conversion“.  Time is given us to let us know, love and serve God. This is the only real purpose and goal of our lives.

To be converted means to put God first. Jesus must be our Love, our Teacher, and our Guide. Let us fix our sight towards the goal of eternity and,  day by day, let us advance on the path of salvation and joy. Let us walk together with Jesus and Mary and the whole Church,  in earth and in heaven.

Radio Maria is a voice calling for conversion. So many of you could bear witness. This is its identity and its reason for existing. It’s a voice sounding like a new Pentecost, in a concert made of peoples and languages, thanks to the missionary spirit animating it. Let us  proceed together with confidence in this wonderful path.

Yours Father Livio  – Priest Director of World Family of Radio Maria

December 31, 2014 – The Nativity, Peace & the Glory of God

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.

Happy New Year

New year’s greetings to all of you, our Radio Maria family! As a new year dawns, please be assured, once again, of our grateful prayers for all of you as members of the Radio Maria family spread throughout the world. It has been an eventful year for us here with many changes in our programming. We look forward to an even better year ahead, striving to bring you the Good News of Our Savior under the mantle of Mary, Mother of God and our Mother. On behalf of all the staff and volunteers: We wish you and yours a most happy, healthy, and holy new year in the Lord!

Fr. Robert Young
Director
Radio Maria US

Radio Maria Christmas Mass Schedule

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We invite you to join us in celebrating the birth of our Lord. We will be bringing you broadcasts of the Holy Mass on Christmas eve and Christmas day.

On Christmas Eve we will broadcast live the daily Mass of Advent from the Radio Maria studios at our normal Mass time (8am central/9am eastern). We will then broadcast the Christmas Vigil Mass from St. Francis Xavier Cathedral at 4pm central/5pm eastern.

Our Christmas Day celebrations will begin at midnight central/1am eastern with the broadcast of the Midnight Mass from St Peter’s Basilica in Rome celebrated by Pope Francis. We will then bring you Christmas Day Mass from St. Francis Xavier Cathedral in Alexandria, LA at 9am central/10am eastern.

December 16, 2014 – “Falling in Love” biology by Vicky Thorn

Vicki Thorn is well known and highly respected for the 1984 start-up of Project Rachael, a ministry to women who have had an abortion. Project Rachael is now an official ministry of the USCCB and has active programs in over 140 of the 195 Catholic dioceses in the USA.

Vicki is also an authority and popular speaker on the Biology of the Theology of the Body–the biology and science of “falling in love” and the differences between men and women. Vicki gives a lot of credit to pheromones–whatever they are–she’ll explain that.

Over 40% of children born today do not have a Dad that is married to their mother. Consequently, most single adult families are headed by mothers. I hope that Vicki can enlighten us to the reasons for this unfortunate situation and teach us about the male hormone system that is somewhat similar to the female system. The male response to pregnancy, birth and subsequent parenting is also very interesting.

And, we want to give approximately equal treatment to the female body’s response system and how hormonal birth control may affect her attraction mechanism. Our last three popes have each had something to say about women. Pope Saint John Paul II even wrote a lengthy APOSTOLIC LETTER, MULIERIS DIGNITATEM, ON THE DIGNITY AND VOCATION OF WOMEN ON THE OCCASION OF THE MARIAN YEAR(1988). What is this “feminine genius” that the pope speaks of?

About a month after the Extraordinary Synod, the Vatican hosted a conference on male-female complimentarity. I hope Vicki can tell us what fruits to expect from it.

December 16, 2014

Father Loya addresses Christ’s genealogy, the 3 youths in the furnace and the death of the innocents in the Biblical past and sadly now. Father Loya notes that the Bible is not just a history lesson, it is about us and it is happening now. Special guest, Juliana Taimoorazy of the Iraqi Christian Relief Council talks about the middle eastern Christians being present day witnesses and martyrs for the faith and what her organization does to help those Christians and how you can help. Juliana also discusses what is being done and what is not being done to secure a safe haven for Assyrian Christians (evangelized by St. Thomas). To find out more about the Iraqi Christian Relief Council visit www.Iraqichristianrelief.org Also, to know more about our brothers and sisters in Christ visit www.picturechristians.org and www.restoreninevehnow.org

December 15, 2014 – Healing Through the Gift of Jesus in the Incarnation

Host Kathleen Beckman speaks about God’s intentional healing of humanity through the Gift of Jesus in the Incarnation. She leads a rosary of intercessory prayer for all listeners and includes prayers for healing of families, spouses and children. In the rosary she prays for people who may be feeling spiritual vexation or oppression asking the Eternal Father to set free them free as preparation for the imminent coming of the Christ Child at Christmas. She gives a teaching on how the storms in our lives can bring us closer to God if we persevere in faith, hope and love.

December 13, 2014

Why has the “peace on earth to men of good will” proclaimed by the host of heavenly angels as they announced the birth of the Savior 2000+ years ago not come to pass? Focusing on “to men of good will,” Deacon Bob offers an explanation and a surefire means of finally attaining it.

Exhibit on St. Francis Coming to Brooklyn

“A historic exhibit of medieval manuscripts and papal documents associated with St. Francis of Assisi will be on display at Brooklyn Borough Hall from Dec. 2 to Jan. 14.

It was on view this past week at the U.N. Speakers at the opening in Manhattan affirmed the saint’s association with the world body’s peaceful aims and hoped his namesake pope would pay a visit next September.

“Friar Francis: Traces, Words, Images” is a collection of 19 manuscripts and artifacts from the Sacred Convent of St. Francis of Assisi in Italy.

The artifacts date from the 13th and 14th centuries and are outside Italy for the first time in 700 years.

Archbishop Bernardito Auza, Vatican nuncio to the U.N., said the difficult and costly process to bring the “priceless documents” to New York is “worth the effort, because we believe that the values practiced and preached by St. Francis are also the fundamental values of the United Nations, namely peace, the harmonious development of peoples in brotherhood and love for nature.

“Without these values, we have wars and conflicts, injustices and all forms of slavery, environmental crises and disasters,” he said.

One of the most striking pieces in the exhibit is Codex 338, which contains the oldest existing copies of St. Francis’ writings, including the Rule of the Friars Minor and the original draft of “The Canticle of the Creatures,” dictated by St. Francis. The “Canticle” is considered the oldest poetic text of Italian literature.

The exhibit includes a fragment of a biography of St. Francis by Thomas of Celano, his contemporary, and several papal bulls that refer to the saint and his religious order. The oldest papal document displayed is from 1220.

Steven Acunto told Catholic News Service the manuscripts are “completely irreplaceable and precious.” Acunto is president of the Italian Academy Foundation, an institute of cultural diplomacy that is one of the sponsors of the exhibit.”

Beth Griffin (2014, November 2014). Exhibit on St. Francis Coming to Brooklyn. The Tablet. Retrieved from http://thetablet.org/exhibit-on-st-francis-coming-to-brooklyn/

December 09, 2014

Father Loya invites as to pull back the veil and see God as He manifests Himself in the Incarnation, where the invisible God is made visible through the physical. This is the world of Catholicity.

Father Loya talks about the loss of family members this past year and reflects that through faith it allowed God to permeate his existence and that God can hold the departed in Eternal Memory with perfect love. We further discuss the pillars of Advent or as called in the Eastern Catholic Churches, Phillip’s Fast as we are called to prayer, fasting and charity as this time is not only a time for joy but for penance as well. We should live Christmas as it was meant to be lived!

The Flame of Love Program to Start Dec. 4

flame of loveBeginning on December 4 Radio Maria will bring you a new program entitled The Flame of Love. Chuck Webster will present the program focusing on the promotion, explanation and spread of the Flame of Love Devotion that Mary brings to her children through Elizabeth Kindlemann, a Hungarian mystic (1961-1981). Tune in on the 1st, 3rd, and 5th Thursdays of the month at 11am central (12pm eastern) to learn more about this devotion of Our Lady.

New Daily Meditations Section On Our Prayer Page

Please look for the new daily meditation section on the Prayer Page of our website:
It is titled: “A Light for Your Path for Today.”

November 10, 2014:
“For all, regenerated in Christ, are made kings by the sign of the cross; they are consecrated priests by the oil of the Holy Spirit, so that beyond the special service of our ministry as priests, all spiritual and mature Christians know that they are a royal race and are sharers in the office of the Priesthood.”
St. Leo the Great

“May your life be nothing but a continuous act of the Will of God.”
Luisa Piccarreta

November 8, 2014 – Purgatory

Fr. Kubicki interviews Friar John Clote, OFM Conv. about the movie he produced—“Purgatory: the Forgotten Church.”

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 30, 2014 – Fr Mitch Pacwa and James Tonkowich

Ken talks with Fr Mitch Pacwa about “Growing In Faith: A Bible Study Guide for Catholics” (Our Sunday Visitor) and James Tonkowich “The Liberty Threat: The Attack on Religious Freedom In America Today” (Saint Benedict Press) Fr. Pacwa’s book is the latest volume of his Bible study series, and gives readers the insightful addition of Pope Francis’ views and teachings. The study, ideal for parish group or individual use, includes an easy-to-understand overview of each faith topic, background information, inspiring quotes from saints and others, and the option to personalize a topic through individualized study. The original publication of this study, “The Year of Faith: A Bible Study Guide for Catholics”, released in late 2012 for Pope Benedict XVI’s Year of Faith (2013), was one of the most popular Bible studies ever introduced by the prolific Jesuit priest and Biblical scholar. Fr Pacwa’s book can be purchased at: www.osv.com To learn more about Fr Pacwa visit: www.FatherMitchPacwa.org

James Tonkowich explores the history of Christian philosophy from the Church’s infancy through the birth of America and how it influenced religious liberty. Americans are losing what are supposed to be constitutionally promised rights at an alarming pace. The Founding Fathers understood the overriding essentiality of religious practice unimpeded by governmental authority, but time and vast cultural change has eroded this from the consciences of modern politicians. As we watch America teeter ever closer to the brink of moral collapse and prejudice towards religion become ever more institutionalized, one question always surfaces: How can we stop this? James’s book is available at: books.benedictpress.com Visit James’s website: www.jimtonkowich.com

October 30, 2014 – Marriage and Assorted Gems

The world itself is in grave need of the witness of strong and beautiful marriages today. It is desperate for this light. We must create a culture that esteems marriage and family. These words should be whispered with reverence, marriage…family. They are sacred sacraments or signs of God’s inestimable love for the world.

October 29, 2014 – Do not let your hearts be troubled; believe in God

In difficult circumstances, do we ask enough questions of Our Lord? In John 14, three of his Apostles ask for greater clarification. We also may do this in our challenging circumstances. However, the peace that Our Lord wishes to bring to our hearts may more substantially come from our belief in God. To better encourage us, Jesus in John 14 gives us several assurances. He reminds us that “in my Father’s house there are many rooms”, that “I will come again and will take you to myself”, and that “if you ask anything in my name, I will do it”. This is all in the same chapter that begins “Do not let your hearts be troubled”. By believing ever more firmly in God, we may find that when things do not work out the way we want them to, we can count on God to bring some greater good.

October 29, 2014 – FRANCESCA AND FRIENDS WED. OCT. 29: VOCATIONS HOLY HOUR NOV 5 LOCALES WAYNE TOPP, VOCATION OFFICE FR ED BURNS WRIGHT STATE U MARY PYPER GUEST

Francesca Franchina MS Ed. and Mary Pyper speak with Wayne Topp of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati Vocation Office and Fr. Ed. Burns of the Wright State University Campus Ministry about their ministries working with youth and the upcoming Archdiocese of Cincinnati Vocations Holy Hour and why it is being held at various parishes throughout the Archdiocese on Wednesday November 5th from 7:00-8:00 PM. Fr. Ed and Wayne discuss the state of religious vocations for men and women, reasons for the increase and what is being done to encourage strong, positive vocations of all kinds including marriage, the single life and the common vocation of all: the vocation of Holiness and Evangelization.
Learn what the Archdiocese of Cincinnati and the universal Church is doing to encourage vocations and what we all can do to encourage vocations. Fr. Ed discusses the range of campus ministry today and how college students explore their vocational call, honing in on the upcoming Year of Consecrated Life in 2015.

Fr. Livio Fanzaga’s Summary of the Synod on the Family

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!

Ready Fr. Livio’s letter here.

October 23, 2014 – Mike Aquilina Interview

Catholics love to celebrate the feasts, but often these celebrations become routine.

In their latest collaboration, The Feasts: How the Church Year Forms Us as Catholics (Image, Sept. 16, 2014), Cardinal Donald Wuerl and Mike Aquilina remind us of the reasons for the seasons and celebrations of the Church and show us how to find true joy in the feasts of Christ.

The authors examine the history and traditions behind both favorite and forgotten holidays, from Christmas to Valentine’s Day to the Feast of the Sacred Heart. They demonstrate how through the feasts, ordinary Christians learn the life of Christ, share it, and come to imitate it.

October 23, 2014 – Mike Aquilina and Karen Kelly Boyce

Ken talks with Mike Aquilina, coauthor with Cardinal Wuerl, “The Feasts: How the Church Year Forms Us as Catholics” (Image) and and Karen Kelly Boyce author of “Sisters of the Last Straw” series. Mike Aquilina and Cardinal Wuerl examine the history and traditions behind both favorite and forgotten holidays, from Christmas to Easter, from the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity to the Feast of the Holy Angels. Catholic faith is festive, and the Catholic faithful count their days by celebrating the mysteries of Jesus’ life. There is a message to be found in the passing of days, weeks, and seasons. Through the feasts, ordinary Christians learn the life of Christ, share it, and come to imitate it. Mike’s book can be purchased at: www.imagecatholicbooks.com To learn more about Mike visit www.mikeaquilina.com/

Karen Boyce’s “Sisters of the Last Straw” (Chesterton Press) series is for children ages 6-11 years old. There are currently three books in the series about a group of misfit nuns who all have “bad habits”. They are trying to overcome their faults while learning to tolerate each other and spread the love of Jesus. In a comical way, this book teaches simple Gospel lessons with fun and mystery! Karen’s books are available at: www.catholicword.com Visit Karen’s website: www.karenkellyboyce.com

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.

October 21, 2014 – Catholic Marriage (Part 2)

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.

October 21, 2014 – Fr Daniel McCaffrey

The Extraordinary Synod on the Family is now closed. For the past two weeks we have seen a minor media frenzy over the Catholic Church’s Third Synod in modern times. Actually, this one is called “Extraordinary” because it is really preparation for the “Ordinary” Synod to take place in October 2015.

The Working Document to prepare for the Synod just completed had identified three main areas of concern:
How to better preach the Gospel of the Family;
How to pastorally address various situations caused by couples in irregular relationships; and,
How to encourage married couples to be more open to life.

I have not seen commentary on anything but the middle of these three areas of concern, and there has been an abundance of that, with the secular media concluding that cohabitation, same-sex “marriage” and receiving communion by the divorced and remarried were now going to be approved by the Church, or if not approved at least seen as adding something positive to the Catholic community.

In a recent Life Site News interview*, Fr Daniel McCaffrey asked if the Synod Fathers would be dealing with the the virtually universal absence of teaching and preaching on Humanae Vitae–God’s plan for marriage and procreation. For most of his over 50 year priesthood, Father has been preaching and teaching this great encyclical of now Beatified Pope Paul VI. Father McCaffrey has found the laity wonderfully receptive to this teaching, and they often ask, “Why have we not heard this before?”

The Extraordinary Synod is now formally complete, but the dust is anything but settled. What does Father McCaffrey think will be different because of this two week gathering in the Holy City?

October 18, 2014

Deacon Bob explains why the story and message of Fatima are such exceptional tools for the New Evangelization.

October 18, 2014 – World Mission Day

Fr. Kubicki interviews Fr. Andrew Small, O.M.I., national director of the Pontifical Mission Societies, about World Mission 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!

New Presenter on the Catechism Hour

Coming Soon: Beginning Friday, October 17, 2014, our daily program, The Catechism Hour, will be presented by Fr. Blake Deshautelle. Father Deshautelle comes to us from Colfax, Louisiana, where he is pastor of St. Joseph Church. Fr. Blake will continue our daily study of catechism by taking us through the Ten Commandments, using his easy teaching style. Please tune in for The Catechism Hour on Fridays, at 9:00 a.m. Central/10:00 a.m. Eastern.

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 11, 2014

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.

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.

Sept 25, 2014 – Marcellino D’Ambrosio When the Church was Young: Voices of the Early Fathers

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

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 11, 2014 – Ambassador Michael Novak interview

We discuss Ambassador Michael Novak’s Catholic faith and his new book, Writing from Left to Right: My Journey from Liberal to Conservative

September 08, 2014 – Sr. Aurora Lopez-Ornelas, Director, Office for Vocations, Diocese of San Diego

Host Kathleen Beckman dialogues with Sr. Aurora Lopez-Ornelas, director of vocations, and religious of the Sister Servants of the Blessed Sacrament. They discuss how to listen and hear God’s voice for discerning your vocation, spiritual motherhood, praying for priests and vocations, family prayer and the healing power of Eucharistic adoration. Sr. shares her vocation story and encourages young people to consider vocations to the priesthood or consecrated religious life.

September 08, 2014 – 2014 OCDS Congress in Atlanta with Guest, Mrs. Lynn Bete, OCDS

Special Guest, Mrs. Lynn Bete, OCDS and President of the Dayton OCDS in Ohio, talks with host, Frances Harry, OCDS about the recent 2014 OCDS Congress in Atlanta, Georgia. What is a Congress? What happened there? Who was there? What was the theme? Why should one attend? What were some of the highlights: Fr. Alzinir Francisco Debastiani’s talk on the new additions to the OCDS Constitution and his challenge for our communities; Dr. Keith Egan, TOC, on St. Teresa of Avila: Hope is the Same as Remembering; the wonderful and prayerful John Michael Talbot Concert; Fr. Bonaventure Sauer’s talk on the poetry of St. Teresa; and much, much more. We discussed the workshops and the Provincial Council Forum that was so inspirational as well as what vendors were present and where we got to go sight-seeing!

September 05, 2014 – Part I: Medjugorje, controversy and Bishop’s statements – Part II:Community Cenacolo, Born from Baptism

Part I: Medjugorje, controversy and Bishop’s statements
Part II:Community Cenacolo, Born from Baptism

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