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 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.
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.