Ken talks and David Lapp. David and his wife Amber wrote the chapter “Marrying Young” in “Catholic and Married: Leaning Into Love” (Our Sunday Visitor). The book is available at www.osv.com David and Amber blog at: http://family-studies.org and www.ibelieveinlove.com
This Wednesday we began the season of Lent. It is a time when the Christian Church reflects on the experience of Christ’s Forty days in the Desert, which for us will end with the Passion and the death and eventually the resurrection of our Lord. But first we must each have our own desert experience.
The analogy of the desert can bring out many different images for us, especially in these days. Just a cursory review of the daily news from the Middle East focuses our attention on the daily violence and cruelty of the demonic forces in that region, so populated by deserts. The solitude of the desert and its barrenness strike many of us here in the west as a very inhospitable place. But despite all of this, Christ does, by His own example, beckon us to overcome our reservations and journey with Him into the desert.
For many of us this season will evoke childhood memories of having to give up something we enjoy; we may remember being asked by our parents to make some sacrifice, to deny ourselves for a time, but with the expectation that we would later enjoy an abundance of whatever little sacrifice we might make. It was good training for us as children, but as adults the lesson must go a little deeper.
As our spiritual life matures we come to understand this season not only as a time of sacrifice but also as a time of growth, a deepening of our relationship with Christ, not just because we agree to follow Him out into the desert of sacrifice, but more importantly because we are also invited into the desert that resides within our own hearts. We must come face to face with the question of whether God is really at the center of our lives or whether we are dependent on some other form of consolation from this material world. (the very thing that hopefully we are willing to give up).
What Christ is really asking of us through these little sacrifices is whether God is enough for us. “Are the consolations of God too small for you? Even the word spoken gently to you?” (Job 15:11) What the desert experience of this season really reveals is the all-too often barrenness of our interior lives. Is Christ really the source of our strength, or are we actually more dependent on something else. Are we willing to face this barrenness of our own interior desert and rely only Christ as our consolation? This barrenness can be experienced as nothing more than day-to-day life. Every day we face some challenge, some struggle, especially as we get older and come to understand how fleeting are the exterior comforts of all those things we strove so earnestly for when we were young. In those moments are we really willing to abandon our reliance on some temporal and material consolation and accept Christ’s promise:
“That he would grant (us), according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might by His Spirit in the inner man.” (Ephesians 3:16)
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In 1350, the French knight, Geoffroi de Charny from Lirey, claimed to be in possession of the shroud that wrapped Jesus’ body after his death. This is a fascinating fact, but is there information that supports this claim? One of the most amazing pieces is found in the discovery of 1898: the image on the Shroud is actually a giant negative! The Shroud appears to have acted as photographic film for some mysterious light source! In addition, the history of religious art and iconography portraying the face of Jesus also positively refutes the already questionable Carbon 14 dating test conducted in 1988. This is the first part in a series of talks based on the 2014 exposition, “La Sabana Santa” in the Diocesan Museum, Zaragoza, Spain.
Ken talks with Sheila Liaugminas author of Non-Negotiable: Essential Principles of a Just Society and Human Culture (Ignatius Press) and Patti Maguire Armstrong author of “Dear God” series (Liguori) Sheila’s book goes beyond the politics of pragmatism and cultural relativism to reacquaint the reader with first principles. It demonstrates what the Church has to say about the most important issues of our time and why. It anticipates the questions readers will ask and provides the answers they will need in the struggle to restore respect for human dignity.
Sheila’s book is available at: www.ignatius.com Visit Sheila’s blog at www.inforumblog.com In the Dear God series Patti Armstrong, addresses questions that young children face when prayers aren’t answered in a time of adversity – and more importantly, the timeless question of: “Is He even listening?” – Patti’s books are available at: www.liguori.org Visit Patti’s website at: www.pattimaguirearmstrong.com
Ken talks with Dr Aaron Kheriaty editor of True or False Possession: How to Distinguish the Demonic from the Demented (by Jean Lhermitte and published by Sophia Institute Press) and Dr. Christopher Kaczor author of The Seven Big Myths About Marriage: What Science, Faith, and Philosophy Teach Us about Love and Happiness (Ignatius Press). Genuine demonic possessions, admits Lhermitte, evade the explanations and exceed the competence of even the wisest physicians. Skilled physicians and trained clergy must discern whether they’re dealing with real possession, or only pathology, mental or physical. You can purchase Dr Kheriaty’s book at: shop.sophiainstitute.com Dr Kaczor explores the nature of marriage, and the love they promise to each other, which is agape, a selfgiving love that is the choice to do good for the other. He also examines alternatives to covenant marriage, such as polygamy and samesex marriage, as well as cohabitation. Finally the book explores the value of children. To make sense of Catholic teaching on contraception, he says that we must first reconsider the value of fertility and having children. Kaczor’s book is available at www.ignatius.com
Ken talks with Simcha Fisher author of The Sinner’s Guide to Natural Family Planning (Our Sunday Visitor) and Michelle Buckman author of Death Panels: A Novel of Life, Liberty, and Faith (St Benedict Press) Simcha lightens the sobriety of NFP with smart-alecky, comic descriptions of real situations, and presents information on how couples struggle with common issues – sexual, communication, even spiritual — and navigate them. Michelle’s novel Death Panels is an exciting and disturbing story of a not-too-distant future in which our current political battles over life and freedom have reached an explosive crossroads and a clarion call to all Christians and lovers of liberty. You can purchase Simcha’s book at: www.osv.com You can purchase Michelle’s book at: www.michellebuckman.com/ Simcha blogs at (I have to sit down): www.patheos.com
This program will explore sacred music by living Catholic composers such as Frank La Rocca, Kevin Allen, and others. We will be listening to recent works composed within the last ten years.
Sacred Liturgy / Sacred Music features a lively commentary and discussion, but the centerpiece is music from the sacred liturgy both vocal and instrumental. The program is designed to help listeners to grow in the spiritual life and in appreciation of our heritage of Catholic sacred music.
Ken talks Regina Doman about her latest novel Rapunzel Let Down: A Fairy Tale Retold (Chesterton Press). Regina’s book is the latest in her Fairy Tale Retold series. This one is for an older audience who has grown up with her novels. It tackles very challenging issues facing teens and young adults. Her book is available at: www.chestertonpress.com
Guest: Fr. Joseph Howard, STL, Doctoral Candidate in Moral Theology & Bioethics, Catholic University
Points to Make: Why and on what authority the Church proclaims that each marital act must be open to the possibility of new life
Sister Jean Frisk finishes up the discussion about what it is like to be a Marian Library Volunteer.
Ken speaks with Regina Doman and husband, Andrew In this special St Valentine’s Day program, Ken talks with authors Regina Doman and her husband Andrew (Schmiedicke) about his book Our Fairy Tale Romance- How I met a Princess in Disguise and Convinced Her to Marry Me (Chesterton Press) Regina is the author of the popular Fairy Tale Novels, and Andrew tells the story of their meeting, courtship and marriage in his book. Later in the discussion Regina talks about the John Paul II High series (by Christian M. Frank) that she edits. This series (three and, soon to be four books) is also published by Chesterton Press – visit www.johnpaul2high.com All book can be purchases at: www.chestertonpress.com
“This conversation will address Elizabeth of the Trinity’s Last Retreat, offered not long before her death. The conversation focuses on Elizabeth’s sublime theology of how we must learn to rise above everything in our life that is not God, and how all that happens to us can truly be used to help us to enter into the center of our soul. Finally, we address the last stages of Elizabeth’s earthly journey and her passage to eternity.” cinnamon
Francesca Franchina MS Ed. talks with Fr. Dan Wilder full time missionary priest from Peoria, IL about the New Evangelization, promoting the reading and acting upon the Word of God, Praying with Expectant Faith and Baptism in the Holy Spirit and the many highlights of the recent healing and prayer mission to Venezuela and Kenya with Fr. Gregory Bramlage and team members, sharing God’s love with brothers and sisters through proclamation of the Word-Repentance, Renunciation of Evil, Forgiveness and surrendering to the Father’s Will.
FRANCESCA FRANCHINA, MS Ed. focuses on Halloween… All Hallows Eve; All Saints Day, All Souls Day and the climate that sets the tone for the FEAST of ALL SAINTS and All Souls Day and how parents and grandparents can make a difference in the spiritual lives of their young through the liturgical feasts and seasons of the Church. So what’s a purgatory cake? Tune in and find out and share your stories and tried and true ideas.
Ken talks with author Brian Gail about his two best-selling Catholic novels: Fatherless, Motherless, and the soon to be published Childless. (Emmaus Road Publishing) This trilogy follows the decades long journey of Father John Sweeny and his parishioners as they struggle with ethical and moral dilemmas common in American culture. His books can be purchased at www.emmausroad.org
Conversion of Heart; Circumcision of Heart : How can you change your outlook on life and experience a change of heart? Francesca Franchina, MS Ed. talks with callers focusing on making the most of where you are and what you have. Personal transformation through growing in Holy Spirit Wisdom and Knowledge and how this is all related to baking her delicious Italian bread…puffed up, punched down and baked to perfection. Spiritual growth and formation; determining God’s Will in your life through purifying stress, overcoming problems and challenges through pruning and discernment. Francesca’s Recipe of the Week: Francesca’s Italian Bread and Green Bean Italian Salad with Pepperoni and Mozzarella. See Through the Tummy to the Heart Archives for past programs on www.radiomaria.us . ) Send a SASE to Francesca; P O Box 3238, Dayton, OH 45401 for the St. Michael The Archangel and Precious Blood of Jesus Novena and Prayer and SHARING FAITH AND FOODS: Francesca Franchina stirs up good things in her kitchen sharing faith, inviting others to partake in the goodness of the Lord and sharing recipes for living life’s lessons as given to us in the Word of God and promulgated by Good Pope John Paul II in The New Evangelization. “Taste and See the Goodness of the Lord ” in Francesca’s kitchen as she shares everyday down to earth conversation about sharing faith, easy ways to evangelization and her family’s favorite Italian recipes from Termini Imerese, Sicilia
Part III of an Ongoing Series
Francesca Franchina, MS ED talks with callers about St. Michael the Archangel, Angels in their lives, Angel Books, Discernment its necessity, Angelic Prayer/ Chaplet and The Nine Choirs of Angels. Send a SASE to Francesca; P O Box 3238, Dayton, OH 45401 for the St. Michael The Archangel Novena and Prayer and Francesca’s Italian Recipe of the Week: Today’s Recipe: Granita, Italian Lemon Ice and Gelato, Italian Ice Cream. See www.radiomaria.us Through the Tummy to the Heart Archives for past programs listening pleasure. Call in to share your angel stories, how you have been helped by angels, your devotion to Angels
SHARING FAITH AND FOODS: Francesca Franchina stirs up good things in her kitchen sharing faith, inviting others to partake in the goodness of the Lord and sharing recipes for living life’s lessons as given to us in the Word of God and promulgated by Good Pope John Paul II in The New Evangelization. “Taste and See the Goodness of the Lord ” in Francesca’s kitchen as she shares everyday down to earth conversation about sharing faith, easy ways to evangelization and her family’s favorite Italian recipes from Termini Imerese, Sicilia
Francesca Franchina, MS Ed. talks with Mary Rose Kelly, John Kelly and Mary Knipfer about their ethnic heritage and Irish homeland, its history, traditions, culture, faith formation, spirituality and traditional Irish fare for holidays. Today Francesca shares Mary Rose and Mary’s favorite recipes for Soda Bread, and their traditional St. Patrick Day fare Some in the USA eat Corned Beef and Cabbage on St. Patrick’s Day (March 17) but in Ireland they eat Leg of Lamb, Rutabaga, Parsnips and Carrots .
Steve Koob talks with Marie Hilliard, Director of Bioethics and Public Policy and ethicist for the National Catholic Bioethics Center, and Sr. Renee Mirkes, Director for the Center of NaPro Ethics for the Pope Paul VI Institute, about the rights of conscience in American healthcare and ethics in reproductive medicine.
In this edition of Living with Mary Today, Sr. M. Jean Frisk speaks about Marianist Art.
Francesca Franchina focuses on Forgiveness, Reconciliation, Communications As a Means of Healing. Waiting for Jesus becomes a hassle when you have static in relationships and family gatherings…What can you do to help smooth relationships, assuage your own anger, and help others to get along with each other…What does Scripture say about forgiveness? Francesca shares her favorite recipe for Eggplant Rollatini, all good stuff rolled up together…makes for congenial togetherness!
Francesca Franchina and Friends Talk About Thanksgiving; Our Prayer, Our Hope and Our Love of the Blessed Trinity and Country and all of the graces that flow out of “Giving Thanks and Giving Thanks With a Grateful Heart!” Callers are encouraged to call in and share their Thanksgiving stories, traditions and favorite foods/recipes. Francesca will share her family’s Thank menu and recipes for Antipasto; Fritto Misto (Italian Breaded Broccoli and Cauliflower); Sweet Potato Souffle, Baked Corn Casserole, Celery Bread Dressing; Mamma Longo’s Crescent Rolls and Heavenly Hash.
Steve Koob talks with Austin Ruse, president of the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute, about C-FAM and the United Nations, UN delegations, and the youth of the world.
Francesca Franchina, MS Ed. speaks with Dr. Cheryl Reichel, Principal of Incarnation School, (Centerville, OH); School Counselor Mary Pierce, Leanne Seguin, Parent/Event Planner and Marybeth Hicks, top selling author of Bringing Up Geeks (Genuine, Enthusiastic, Empowered Kids): How to protect your kid’s childhood in a grow-up-too-fast world. Marybeth Hicks, mother, radio personality and popular syndicated website writer will present the culminating event of the “GEEK’S Book Study” at Incarnation School Gymnasium, Centerville, OH on Thursday, October 28th at 7:00 PM.
Francesca Franchina, MS Ed. speaks with Bruce Murphy Liaison for the Catholic Charismatic Renewal for the Northern Archdiocese of Cincinnati about the upcoming Regional Prayer and Praise Fest as their team presents RUAH, ROOTS AND RADISHES: THE GOLD OF A PERFECT REPENTANCE on Wednesday October 13, 2010 at St. Luke the Evangelist Church; 1440 N. Fairfield Rd.; Beavercreek, OH. www.jesus-cares.org. Sharing Faith and Foods Francesca stirs up good things in the kitchen to think and pray about, sharing faith, inviting others to partake in the goodness of the Lord and sharing recipes for living life’s lessons as given to us in the Word of God and promulgated by Good Pope John Paul II in The New Evangelization. Today Francesca shares her easy to make Italian Potato, Onion and Green Pepper Casserole and EZ Baked Chicken. Green Peppers, Onions and Potatoes from family recipes hailing from Termini-Imerese, Sicilia.