On December the 4th 2014, Radio Maria NY started broadcasting the 9 am Holy Mass live from St Mary’s Church in Manhattan, Lower East Side. We are glad to confirm our commitment to bring such a beautiful celebration to all of our listeners and wish to thank once again the congregation of St. Mary’s and its Pastor, Andrew O’Connor, for welcoming Radio Maria into their parish.
Besides being the third oldest Catholic parish in the Archdiocese of New York, St Mary’s Church is also headquartering Father O’Connor’s Goods of Conscience project:”an apparel line employing local craftspeople and importing wild cotton produced by Mayan Indian weavers who are paid a living wage, that fosters the “cycle of charity”, a process that includes becoming involved in the lives of the poor in a manner that respects and enhances the dignity of all parties involved in the transaction. As O’Connor explains on the Goods of Conscience website, it’s about fulfilling a vision of “a global network of interconnected, interdependent local, self-sustaining businesses—a global social fabric.”
Christine Watkins interviews Marty Troiani, a well-to do business man, whose sights were on success, until unexpected visions led him through an accounting of his entire life–the good, the bad, and the ugly–and ultimately into a burning desire to know and share the Catholic faith.
Father Habiger is a Benedictine priest in residence at Benedictine College in Atchison Kansas. Since 2003 he has been a full-time member of NFP Outreach where his focus is primarily upon promoting God’s Plan for Marriage and Spousal Love, which includes counter acting the contraceptive and sterilization culture. He does this through parish missions, NFP parish weekends, Theology of the Body seminars, and consultations with priests and bishops during “clergy days”. Father Matthew has his PhD in Moral Theology from the Catholic University of America. He is very well qualified to address the challenging topic of “conscience”.
If you want to do some homework for today’s program, you can read about conscience in the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) beginning with: http://www.usccb.org
1776 “Deep within his conscience man discovers a law which he has not laid upon himself but which he must obey. Its voice, ever calling him to love and to do what is good and to avoid evil, sounds in his heart at the right moment…. For man has in his heart a law inscribed by God…. His conscience is man’s most secret core and his sanctuary. There he is alone with God whose voice echoes in his depths.”
For many people–and clergy are no exception, conscience poses a difficult subject. The CCC says that we must obey our conscience. BUT, we must have a “well-formed” conscience (CCC, 1783), or we will be led astray by the evil one as a consequence of Original Sin.
Conscience poses a very serious challenge for many Catholics in their discernment about sexual morality, particularly in addressing contraception, sterilization, artificial reproductive technologies, and Natural Family Planning.
Joe and Joseph discussed his exciting new book, (coauthored with Andrew V. Abela, Ph.D.). The main contribution of this book was to organize in one volume Church teaching of relevance to business and economics by topic and specific question. The unbiased nature of letting the documents speak for themselves is powerful!
Joe and Joseph’s enthusiastic discussion hit several high points such as: integration of our faith with our work, developing our conscience, just wage, finding happiness in business, and church’s role in business and economic theory.
The book is an indispensable tool for business men and women who desire to reach the next level of business and personal satisfaction.
Our society has different understandings of what the conscience is and what it means to have a properly formed conscience. EWTN’s Authentically Free at Last host Gloria Purvis and Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers discuss the importance of the conscience, how we can form our consciences properly and how a properly formed conscience leads to authentic human freedom.
One More Soul has created a “newspaper” response to the HHS mandate titled “Obey Mandate or Scripture”. You can read it, print it, or order it at http://onemoresoul.com/news-commentary/obey-mandate-or-scripture.html#Order. The newspaper addresses the following 7 concerns: Religious Freedom, Right of Conscience, Assault on Catholic Church Teachings, Philosophical, Medical, Sociological, and Economic Concerns. Because it addresses the contraception, sterilization and abortion issues that are foundational to the HHS mandate, it will be a valuable teaching tool even if the mandate is not enforced. Please consider it as a resource for study in whatever group you may be part of.
Christendom College Professor of Economics William (Bill) Luckey wrote two articles on page 20 of the newspaper. He will by my Guest on the Quest for a Culture of Life in America on Today, at Noon Eastern Time. We will be talking about the Catholic Church view of economics, including private ownership, living wage, economic justice, and the economics of health care–winners and losers.
The Natural Moral Law in Bioethics
Guest: Dr. Robert Fastiggi
Points to Make: How God has endowed all humans with universal reason to be employed as a source of His Will in how we live our moral lives.
Steve Koob talks with Dr. John Bruchalski, founder of the Tepeyac Family Center, about the Tepeyac Family Center and its history, challenges for Catholics in the medical industry, and God’s plan in our lives. Among the challenges faced in the medical industry that Dr. John Bruchalski discusses are conscience rights and Obamacare.