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We are proud to introduce the newest member of our Radio Maria family of inspiring presenters – Kelly Pease. Kelly is a mother of 3 children under the age of 6. She has traveled both nationally and internationally as a worship leader and speaker, doing the work of the Catholic Church. Her ministries include Lifeteen, Dirty Vagabond, Adore, and Franciscan University. She has appeared as a guest on EWTN’s Life on the Rock and The Choices We Face. Kelly is also a musician, with two albums of original music to her credit, in fact, an original song she wrote was used as the theme song for EWTN’s The Pure Life.
We invite you to tune in for this new program, entitled simply, Motherhood, on Wednesdays, at 1:00 p.m. Central/2:00 p.m. Eastern.
Let Kelly help mothers find God’s grace in the daily work of caring for children and home, and experiencing His love as He calls for deeper conversion through the beautiful gift of Motherhood.
Chris Stefanick is the author of The Chosen confirmation series. He speaks to more than 50,000 , young adults and parents every year. Chris is also founder and president of Real Life Catholic, a nonprofit organization based in Denver, CO dedicated to reengaging a generation. Additionally, Chris is a syndicated columnist, author, and regular on Catholic TV and radio. Mark Hart is a man on a mission: spreading the gospel. Affectionately known as the Bible Geek, Mark serves as executive vice president for Life Teen International. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame and the author of seven books, Mark’s creative work on videos and in written sources is known internationally.
Radio Maria’s annual Spring Mariathon was held on May 18-22. The Mariathon is a week in which we ask you our listeners to call in and make a pledge to help support your Catholic radio. Radio Maria is funded 100% by listener donations and with through your generosity and the divine providence of God, we bring you Catholic programming 24 hours a day.
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On Wednesday, April 15, 2015, at 5:00 p.m. Central/6:00 p.m. Eastern, we will introduce a new program to Radio Maria, hosted by Mr. Matthew Leonard. Matthew is the Executive Director of the St. Paul Center in Steubenville, Ohio. An internationally known speaker and author, he travels far and wide speaking to Catholic audiences, and has authored several books, among which are, “Louder Than Words: The Art of Living as a Catholic” and Prayer Works! Getting a Grip on Catholic Spirituality, published through Our Sunday Visitor. Prior to his conversion to Catholicism in 1998, Matthew served as a missionary in Latin America. After entering the Church, he obtained a Master’s degree in Theology from the Franciscan University of Steubenville before becoming vice president and guest theology instructor at Ave Maria College. He has been heard and seen in places like “Deep in Scripture with Marcus Grodi”, Sirius Radio, and Our Sunday Visitor. Before entering the non-profit world, Matthew was partner and president of a Chicago-based real estate development firm. The father of five, he and his wife Veronica now make their home in Ohio. Please tune in on Wednesday, April 15, 2015, at 5:00 p.m. Central/6:00 p.m. Eastern, and begin enjoying The Art of Catholic, hosted by Matthew Leonard. You will be blessed by it.
Sr. Mary Lea Hill is a Massachusetts native who has served as a Daughter of Saint Paul for past 50 years. Roxane Salonen Roxane B. Salonen is an awarding-winning children’s author, freelance writer and newspaper columnist and the writer of “Redeemed by Grace.”
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.
We 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
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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
We had the honor of having Patty Schneier join us. She is wife, mother, Catholic speaker, and author. She is a cradle Catholic who had a deep conversion upon hearing of Theology of the Body. Her book is Love Letters from Mom, which is a collection of beautiful letters that every mom wants her children to hear! Patty will be in speaking at the W.I.N.E: Women in the New Evangelization Conference, and she gave us a preview of her talk, “Come and Go.” You may find out more about Patty at www.pattyschneier.com.
Meet the Author
with Ken Huck every Thursday at 2pm Central / 3pm Eastern
I love being a Radio Maria volunteer! Hosting Meet the Author for nearly four years and I still can’t believe it because each week I have the privilege of talking with the best Catholic authors. What is my favorite book of 2014? How can I possibly choose among so many wonderful books!! Here are my thoughts on my favorites for 2014.
I love conversion stories and we had several wonderful examples this year. Here are my favorites:
- “Something Other Than God” by Jennifer Fulwiler May 8, 2014
- “A Voice UnDefeated” by country music superstar Collin Raye May 29, 2014
- “Not God’s Type” by Holly Ordway. Holly’s conversion is about as improbable as St Paul’s! October 16, 2014
- A book that has had a great impact on my prayer life is “The Better Part” by Fr. John Bartunek November 6, 2014
- “St Peter’s Bones”by Thomas Craughwell. Because of this book I was able to arrange a visit to the excavation under the Vatican this summer and venerate the bones of St Peter! February 20, 2014
- For pure fun Simcha Fisher’s “The Sinner’s Guide to Natural Family Planning” March 13, 2014
- But if you really, really, really pressed me, my favorite book discussed in 2014 was “Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist” by Dr. Brant Pitre April 3, 2014
I know 2015 will be another great year of insightful interviews with top authors of great books. Listen live every Thursday 2pm central/3pm eastern – rebroadcast Saturday midnight central/1 am eastern and again Tuesday 5am central/6am eastern.
Larry comes to us with 20+ years of radio experience. He deals with everything connected with the smooth running of our broadcasts by overseeing soundboard operations, assisting in updating and maintaining music selections, and most specially, assisting the presenters and their guests in preparing for their weekly programs. Larry was originally recruited as a volunteer to help air Masses over Radio Maria on the weekends. Once he became involved with the Mass broadcasts, he recognized how important Radio Maria’s ministry was, especially to shut in’s and those who could not go to Mass themselves. Soon, he felt led to continue and expand his work for the ministry, and joined Radio Maria as a staff member in August, 2012. As an extra blessing to us, when he’s not working, he volunteers extra hours to Radio Maria in his free time. Prior to coming onboard with Radio Maria, Larry was the Finance Director for an area car dealership, and is a well-known personality through-out the Alexandria, Louisiana area.
Beginning 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.
As one of our Production Assistants, Julie-Clare is an immense asset to the Radio Maria family. She graduated from a local Alexandria college with honors and a Bachelor’s Degree of Arts in Communications in 2010. She was introduced to Radio Maria through Kathie Duggan (host of Sacred Treasures) in the very early days of the station, and at the age of 13, she was behind the scenes volunteering on the audio board, helping to air live prayers and programs. Ever since those early days of Radio Maria, she had a fascination with radio and media. While in the final semesters of college, she was given two radio programs on campus, and co-hosted a news show at another station. Julie-Clare believes God led her back to Radio Maria in 2012. Since her return, she has expertly handled the many components of producing a seamless radio program. Radio Maria is blessed to have Julie-Clare in the family.
Ken talks with Matthew Leonard author of “Prayer Works! Getting a Grip on Catholic Spirituality” and Stephen Binz author of “Scripture: God’s Handbook for Evangelizing Catholics” (both available from Our Sunday Visitor) Matthew uses Catholic tradition, clear theology, and humorous stories from his own life to bring the concepts and actual practice of prayer into sharper focus for readers. He leads readers through prayer from the beginning – what it is, why to pray, how prayer works – then into the classic stages of the spiritual life that lead to a deeper relationship with God, the ultimate aim of prayer. Matthew’s book is available at: www.osv.com More information about Matthew can be found at www.MatthewSLeonard.com
Stephen’s book examines how Catholics are recovering the missionary dimension of their faith, how evangelization is at the heart of sacred Scripture, and how the Church and the world can be renewed through Scripture. He was inspired by Pope Saint John Paul II, as well as by Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict, and in the book, he shows the connection between their collective call for a New Evangelization and learning Scripture as the powerful basis for succeeding in this outreach. His book is available at: www.osv.com To learn more about Stephen visit: www.bridge-b.com
Fr. Kubicki interviews Friar John Clote, OFM Conv. about the movie he produced—“Purgatory: the Forgotten Church.”
On Wednesday, November 12, 2014, we will introduce a new program, Joyful Desperation, hosted by Chris Padgett. Chris identifies himself as a “very zealous” convert to Catholicism, who, along with his family, entered the Church in 1999. He is an author (Not Ready for Marriage, Not Ready for Sex: One Couple’s Return to Chastity), songwriter, musician (he has four solo albums to his credit), speaker, and worship leader. One of the most effective champions of family life in the church today, Chris can speak from experience. He and his family take the call to “make disciples” very seriously. Among other ministries, Chris is involved with Steubenville youth conferences and expertly speaks to young people about maintaining chastity in the midst of a culture that encourages otherwise. Join Chris on Wednesdays, at 2:00 p.m. Central/3:00 p.m. Eastern as he helps us face our sometimes desperate moments joyfully.
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
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.
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
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
Ken talks with Christian Smith author of “Young Catholic America: Emerging Adults In, Out of, and Gone From the Church” (Oxford University Press) There is a growing crisis among young Catholics in the Church because young Catholics today are not looking to the Church as they form their identities, and fewer of them can even explain what it means to be Catholic and why it matters. Christian Smith offers insight into the religious practices and beliefs among young Catholics today, the early influences and events that lead them to embrace the Church or abandon it, and how being Catholic affects them as they become full-fledged adults. Dr. Smith’s book can be purchased at: www.amazon.com
Visit his website: http://www.nd.edu/~csmith22/books.htm
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We discuss Ambassador Michael Novak’s Catholic faith and his new book, Writing from Left to Right: My Journey from Liberal to Conservative
“Oscar-winning actor and comedian Robin Williams apparently took his own life, law enforcement officials said.”
The world of entertainment was shocked by this posting three weeks ago. Interest in suicide quickly became super high. It seemed that every news program and talk show was talking about Robin Williams, his acting career, his personal life, and how/why he committed suicide.
Debbie is a personal friend, but I did not know of this part of her life. I know her as a wife, mother, and grandmother who is totally committed to life–living her own to the max, deeply in love with her family, and completely dedicated to ending abortion and creating a Culture of Life, especially in southwestern Ohio.
So, I was taken aback when she called and offered to tell her story on Radio Maria’s “The Quest for a Culture of Life in America”. I had to ask myself if this was a good topic for this program. I believe it is, if for no other reason than on average over 100 people kill themselves every day in the USA. There are Suicide Prevention Resources like the Hotline—> 800-273-8255 and web sites with stories and educational resources.
Another reason this topic is timely is the steady push for “assisted suicide” legislation and the sanctioning of medical insurance coverage for “end-of-life counseling”.
Host Kathleen Beckman dialogues with best-selling author, David Scott on his book, The Love That Made Mother Teresa. They discuss her secret visions, dark nights, service and sanctity. David shares about the example Mother Teresa gave to the world to remind us of the universal call to holiness. Mother Teresa who conquered death’s stronghold on the poor of Calcutta shows us how to conquer the sin and darkness in what she called the “slums of the hearts of modern men.”
Ken talks with Randy Hain Journey to Heaven: A Road Map for Catholic Men (Emmaus Road). Each hour of each day you are forming habits that shape your character and will determine where you will spend eternity. When your earthly life ends, it will be too late to change your destiny. In the midst of the hectic demands, busy schedules, and countless interruptions of every day, this book gives you the surefire, divinely instituted “apps” for becoming the man God wants you to be. Use them! Your family is counting on you. Randy’s book is available at www.emmausroad.org
To learn more about Randy visit his website: www.RandyHain.com
Stephen returned to faith through the miraculous. Listen to his story and how Mary’s apparitions on earth have enhanced his faith dramatically. Now he shares with the world how she is “The Star of the New Evangelization,” shining so brightly as to help transform lives.
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July 24th Ken talks with Emily Strand author of Mass 101 Liturgy and Life (Liguori) Do you wonder why incense is used at Mass, the Alleluia disappears during certain seasons, or how the construct for the Liturgy of the Word was developed? Why do Catholics sing in Latin from time to time? Why all this ritual? Emily Strand takes Catholics through the basics of the Mass taking us step-by-step through our worship, and reminding us of the central mystery of our faith—the Paschal Mystery. Emily’s book is available at: www.liguori.org
FAMILY MATTERS, a new program promoting the message of Fatima and sanctification of family life, will debut on Radio Maria, Friday, July 25 at 1:00 pm Central/2:00 pm Eastern. John Preiss – host of this hour-long program, is President of the Fatima Family Apostolate International and Editor of the Immaculate Heart Messenger magazine. This new program is filled with practical information on our Catholic faith, family life, and the message of Fatima. The goal of FAMILY MATTERS is to educate listeners with the help of the show’s guests on interesting aspects that we face in our everyday lives as Catholic Christians.
The first show’s topic is “Catholic Grandparents,” with guest Michael LaCorte. Mr. LaCorte is with the Catholic Grandparents Association.
Love is being used today as an excuse to justify behaviors that are contrary to the Catholic Faith. Matthew explores the true meaning of Love as found in the Great Commandment.
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
Joe and Daniel discussed his upbringing, and his journey to a deeper faith through the most Holy Rosary. After obtaining a degree in Theology, Daniel felt called to start a Catholic Rock Band. It is here, in this ministry, that he brings glory to God using the special gifts and talents he was given. Joe highlighted and played two songs, “Ocean of Mercy” from their first album “Companions of the Lamb” and “Stepping in to the Day” from their second album, “Universal Youth”. The authentic Catholic theology represented in the lyrics is prayerful, introspective, and exciting. Their musical style and sound is reminiscent of many of the bigger mainstream bands over the last twenty years. It is energetic and highly entertaining! They can be found at www.thethirstingcatholic.com.
Jesus said, “He who has ears, let him hear.” On this Shield of Faith broadcast, Matthew unpacks the meaning of this verse and other important words from the Parable of the Sower in light of yet another media misrepresentation of Pope Francis.
Ken talks with Ralph Martin author of The Urgency of the New Evangelization: Answering the Call
(Our Sunday Visitor) and Patricia Ann Kasten author of Making Sense of Saints: Fascinating Facts about Relics, Patrons, Canonization and More. Ralph Martin, president of Renewal Ministries, an organization devoted to Catholic renewal and evangelization, gives the faithful a breakdown of what the New Evangelization is all about, how to engage in it, and why it is to crucial to every Christian right now. Ralph’s book is available at: www.osv.com To learn more about Ralph Martin and Renewal Ministries visit: www.renewalministries.net
With the recent canonizations of Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII, people worldwide saw the culmination of a lengthy process of proclaiming someone a “saint.” While most media covered the event, many people are still puzzled by the process, as well as the peripheral elements associated with saints such as relics, patronage, symbols, and more. Patricia Ann Kasten presents a thorough recap of the topic in a fresh, fun, and approachable way. Patricia’s book is available at: www.osv.com Visit Patricia’s “scripture based puzzle” website: www.tri-c-a-publications.com
Christine Watkins interviews Reggie Littlejohn, who, in sharing her own compelling story from atheist to Catholic activist, exposes how girls are being targeted for death, just because they’re girls. Mrs. Littlejohn is a leading voice, battling forced abortion, gendercide (the sex-selective abortion of baby girls) and sexual slavery in China. Her organization, Women’s Rights Without Frontiers, is also saving lives through its “Save a Girl” campaign, which finds women in China, who are about to abort or abandon their baby girls, and convinces them to keep their daughters. (See: www.womensrightswithoutfrontiers.org)
Joe interviewed Curtis Powell, the founder of Holy Family Press. Holy Family Press produces world class Catholic CD’s that dramatize true stories of Eucharistic Miracles and the love and protection of our Blessed Mother and of our Guardian Angels. During today’s broadcast, we aired one of those true stories, “The Maiden of Creteil”, which recounts a miraculous healing of a young girl. These graces and miracles are still available to us today if only we have the faith that is made manifest in absolute trust in our loving Lord and His omnipotent power. Please visit them online. www.holyfamilypress.com
Ken talks with Dena Hunt Treason: A Catholic Novel of Elizabethan England (Sophia Institute Press) and Jason Evert Saint John Paul the Great: His Five Loves (Ignatius Press) Joseph Pearce says this about Dena Hunt’s novel
“Treason is one of the most powerful historical novels I’ve ever read. It brings to vivid and shocking life the age in which Shakespeare lived and in which the English martyrs died.” This novel won the Gold medal in the Religious Fiction category of the 2014 Independent Publisher Book Awards. Dena’s book is available at: shop.sophiainstitute.com
In Jason’s new book discover the five great loves of St. John Paul II through remarkable unpublished stories on him from bishops, priests, students, Swiss Guards, and others. Jason has uncovered these many gems, offering a treasure chest brimming with the jewels of the saint’s life. After a brief overview of John Paul’s life, Evert explores in depth his five great loves: Young People, Human Love, The Eucharist, Our Lady, The Cross. Jason’s book is available at: www.ignatius.com To learn more about Jason visit: www.chastityproject.com
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Ken talks with Collin Raye – A Voice UnDefeated and Michael Nicholas Richard – Tobit’s Dog (both by Ignatius Press)
Collin Raye is one of America’s best-loved country singers. He produced twenty-four Top Ten singles, sixteen were Number One hits, and a total of five straight platinum and two gold albums. Collins autobiography gives readers an account of his personal and professional life. From his childhood in Arkansas and Texas, his conversion to Catholicism, his rise to stardom, this book is both a journey to the top of the music world and an intimate diary of a soul that has suffered great professional and personal losses. Collin’s book is available at: www.ignatius.com Visit his website: www.collinraye.com
Tobit’s Dog is a retelling of the biblical story of Tobit. Set in North Carolina during the Depression, it brings to life in surprising ways the beloved Old Testament characters including the important but often overlooked family dog. A humble man named Tobit Messenger who, despite the ever-present oppression of the Jim Crow South, becomes a prosperous and well-respected man. One day forces beyond his control start a cascade of misfortune that leaves him blind and nearly destitute. Michael’s book is available at: www.ignatius.com To learn more about Michael visit: michaelnicholasrichard.wordpress.com
Ken talks with Robert Reilly Making Gay Okay: How Rationalizing Homosexual Behavior is Changing Everything (Ignatius Press) and Bert Ghezzi The Heart of Catholicism: Practicing the Everyday Habits that Shape Us
(Ave Maria Press) In his book, Robert Reilly asks: Why are Americans being forced to consider homosexual acts as morally acceptable? Why has the US Supreme Court accepted the validity of same-sex “marriage”, which, until a decade ago, was unheard of in the history of Western or any other civilization? Where has the “gay rights” movement come from, and how has it so easily conquered America? Bert Ghezzi, bestselling author and popular speaker, invites readers into his deep love for the Church. With great warmth and authenticity, he shows how foundational habits such as praying, studying scripture, serving others, celebrating sacraments, and learning from the saints remind us who we are as followers of Christ. Robert’s book is available at www.ignatius.com Bert’s book is available at: www.avemariapress.com Visit Bert’s website: bertghezzi.com In Bert Ghezzi’s book he has a link to a Spiritual Gifts Inventory check it out: sgi.churchdb.com
Ken talks with Jennifer Fulwiler author of Something Other Than God: How I Passionately Sought Happiness and Accidently Found It and Robert Ovies author of The Rising (both by Ignatius Press) Raised in a happy, atheist home, Jennifer had the freedom to think for herself and play by her own rules. Asking the unflinching questions about life and death, good and evil, led Jennifer to Christianity, the religion she had reviled since she was an awkward, skeptical child growing up in the Bible Belt. In The Rising – When nine-year-old C.J. Walker touches the arm of his mother’s dead friend at her wake service and whispers the wish that she wouldn’t be dead, he’s just trying to do the right thing. But when the undertaker sees the woman’s rosary sliding off her outstretched fingers and tumbling down her raised left arm, the firestorm can’t be held in check.
Jennifer’s book is available at http://www.ignatius.com. Visit Jennifer’s website: www.ConversionDiary.com
Robert’s book is available at www.ignatius.com To learn more about Robert’s program “Together with Jesus Couple Prayer Series” visit www.coupleprayer.com
Host Kathleen Beckman dialogues with 3 Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles CA (Sr. Timothy Marie, Sr. Mary Scholastica, Sr. Marie Estelle) regarding the mission of the Carmelite Sisters, bringing spiritual things into everyday life, defining “union with God”, the exercise of daily prayer, and putting their Carmelite mission to music in their new musical album release, “Lean into the Wind”.
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Francesca Franchina MS Ed. talks with prolific Catholic author Julie Dortch Cragon about the importance of The Theotokos, Mother of Jesus, Our Blessed Mother of all humanity and her special role in family life. As a wife and mother of six children ranging from six to twenty five years old, a Catholic business woman, author of numerous Catholic books and holy cards for children, Julie speaks to adult Catholic formation and Mother’s groups. She runs St. Mary’s Bookstore and Church Supply with her husband Allen, their six children and other family members in Nashville, Tennessee. Julie shares her family’s vacation experiences visiting Marian Shrines throughout the USA and how she turned her family ‘s fun vacations into her newly released book, Visiting Mary: Her U.S. Shrines and their Graces (Servant Books) and gives tips for adding pilgrimages into the travel plans for family vacations throughout the USA. Julie is one of the original board members of the Catholic Booksellers Association, a member of The Catholic Marketing Network and the National Church Goods Association. She writes a weekly blog, “Hand Me Down Heaven” at www.juliecragon.blogspot.com and hosts a web site at www.juliecragon.com and www.stmarysbookstore.com.
Ken talks with Elizabeth Ficocelli author of Thérèse, Faustina, and Bernadette: Three Saints Who Challenged My Faith, Gave Me Hope, and Taught Me How to Love (Ave Maria Press) Author, speaker, and retreat leader Elizabeth Ficocelli introduces her readers to three remarkable women saints who became not only her role models, but also her life-changing friends. Thérèse, Faustina, and Bernadette taught Ficocelli about faith, hope, and love, and showed her what true Catholic womanhood looks like as she journeyed from a successful career as a marketing executive to what she found was a more authentic, even counter-cultural Catholic womanhood. Ficocelli offers women the wisdom of these saints for their own spiritual journeys. Elizabeth’s book is available at www.avemariapress.com Visit her website: http://elizabethficocelli.com
Christine Watkins continues her interview with popular speaker, author, and Biblical scholar, Fr. Jim Sullivan regarding aspects of how “Bible Christianity” is Catholic Christianity. The early Church, as it develops in the Bible, is actually very Catholic, explains Fr. Sullivan.
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
Matthew unpacks the deep meaning of Christ’s example of how to stand up for teh honor of God found in the traditional readings for Passion Sunday (aka Judiac Sunday).
Ken talks with Dr. Brant Pitre author of Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist: Unlocking the Secrets of the Last Supper and Jesus the Bridegroom: The Greatest Love Story Ever Told (both by Random House) In his bestselling Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist Brant shines fresh light on the Last Supper by looking at it through Jewish eyes. This book has been out a couple of years and continues to be a best seller. Christians are familiar with the Apostle Paul’s teaching that Christ is the ‘Bridegroom’ and the Church is the ‘Bride’. But what does this really mean? And what would ever possess Paul to compare the death of Christ to the love of a husband for his wife? You will find answers to these questions and more in Jesus the Bridegroom. You can purchase Brant’s book at: www.imagecatholicbooks.com Visit Brant’s website: http://brantpitre.com
Christine Watkins interviews Fr. Jim Sullivan, popular speaker, author, and Biblical scholar, who with humor, great insight and fascinating Biblical facts, tells us how the Catholic Church and its hierarchical foundations are found in the Bible.
For this conversation Mark and Frances welcomed into the studio one of the new Aspirants in the local Carmelite Community in Dayton, Ohio, Tim Bete. Tim is actually married to one of the long time members of the Secular Carmelite Order, so Mark and Frances wanted to explore what it was like to have be a ‘couple in Carmel.’ They also asked Tim what it was that drew him personally to Carmelite Spirituality. In addition to their own journey in Carmel, Tim and his wife are also the parents of a daughter who is pursuing a vocation as a Dominican Sister. This led to an interesting discussion on what it takes to raise and keep our children Catholic in our modern culture. Not surprisingly the main points focused on prayer, witness and continued exposure to things spiritual.
Ken talks with Fr. Robert Hater author of Common Sense Catechesis: Lessons from the Past, Road Map for the Future (Our Sunday Visitor) Fr. Hater develops his common sense approach within a historical perspective that follows the lines of his own journey of faith. He traces his catechetical story from the 1950’s to the present time. As he tells his story, he takes the best from the memorization approach of the early 20th century, the use of the Baltimore Catechism, the insights of Vatican II, the chaotic period of the late 60s and 70s, the experiential approach of the 80s and 90s, including the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, the systematic approach of the 90s until today, and finally, The Catechism of the Catholic Church. You can purchase Fr. Robert’s book at: www.osv.com
Ken talks with Devin Rose The Protestant’s Dilemma: How the Reformation’s Shocking Consequences Point to the Truth of Catholicism (Catholic Answers) Devin shows with solid evidence, compelling reason, and gentle humor how the major tenets of Protestantism – if honestly pursued to their furthest extent – wind up in dead ends. The only escape? Catholic truth. Rose patiently unpacks each instance, and shows how Catholicism solves the Protestant s dilemma through the witness of Scripture, Christian history, and the authority with which Christ himself undeniably vested his Church. The Protestant s Dilemma is the perfect book for non-Catholics trying to work through their own nagging doubts, or for Catholics looking for a fresh way to deepen their understanding of the Faith You can purchase Devin’s book at: shop.catholic.com Devin blogs at www.devinrose.heroicvirtuecreations.com
Christine Watkins interviews Dr. Kelly Bowring, author, speaker, and theologian, who speaks on the Catholic prophesies regarding the end times. In this interview, his second with What Next God? on Radio Maria, Dr. Bowring gives us great insight into authentic prophesies and apparitions concerning our immediate future and the world to come. See www.twoheartspress.com
Our study of Marian apparitions continues with this week’s Guest, Dan Lynch, founder of Dan Lynch Apostolates, promoting devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe, Our Lady of America, Jesus King of All Nations, and Blessed John Paul II. Dan travels throughout the states presenting missions, promoting and conducting Image Visitations of Our Lady of Guadalupe and Our Lady of America. He and Sue live in Vermont; they have nine children and 20 grandchildren.
Today, we want primarily to learn more about Our Lady of America, the Immaculate Virgin. Dan’s book, Our Lady of America, Hope for the States is an excellent summary of information about Our Lady of America, the seer Sister Mary Ephrem (later Mildred Neuzil), Our Lady’s statue, medal, requests, and promises–including that more graces will be bestowed on the United States than all the graces from Lourdes and Fatima IF her wishes are granted!
Major ownership issues have slowed promotion of Our Lady of America. These legal issues have to do with copyright and trademarking of Our Lady of America devotional materials that resulted in an Indianapolis Federal Court trial from January 21st until the jury decision last week. The Final Judgment by Judge William T. Lawrence is expected any day. Kevin McCarthy is one of the plaintiffs (with Al Langsenkamp) in that case. Kevin was our Guest on January 7th (http://radiomaria.us/questforlife).
Please join us Tuesday the 18th at NOON ET to learn more about Our Lady of America–one of only two approved Marian apparitions in the United States: Our Lady of America in Ohio, and Our Lady of Good Help near Green Bay Wisconsin. You can listen on air or on line at radiomaria.us .
Blessings to you and your families as we are only one week away from the Solemnity of the Annunciation and Incarnation of Jesus on March 25th. Please plan special celebrations of this most awesome event in all human history–God becoming Man. Take the family to Mass and dinner. Take a day off from your usual activities to pray, do Eucharistic Adoration, participate in 40 Days for Life, and meditate on the significance of the divination of humanity and the humanizing of divinity.
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
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Ken talks with Fr. Dwight Longenecker author of “The Romance of Religion: Fighting for Goodness, Truth, and Beauty” (Thomas Nelson) Former Anglican priest and now Catholic priest Fr. Dwight Longenecker argues that the Christian story is the greatest story ever told. Fr. Longenecker calls for the return of the romantic hero—the hero who knows his frailty and can fight the good fight with panache, humor, and courage. You can purchase Fr. Longenecker’s book at: www.thomasnelson.com If you would like an autographed copy of Fr. Longenecker’s book: dwightlongenecker.com. They should make sure they add a note in the comments section so Father can sign it for them. Fr. Dwight Longenecker blogs at: www.patheos.com Ken also reviews three books for Lent: “Bringing Lent Home with St. Therese of Lisieux” by Donna-Maria Cooper O’Boyle, “The Living Gospel” by Theresa Rickard, O.P. (both by Ave Maria Press), and “Meditations for Lent” by Jacques-Benigne Bossuet (Sophia Institute Press)
Ken talks with Thomas Craughwell author of St Peter’s Bones: How the Relics of the First Pope Were Lost and Found and Then Lost and Found Again (Image Books) and Lawrence Cunningham author of The Seven Deadly Sins: A Visitor’s Guide Mr. Craughwell’s book is a fascinating account of the search for the remains of the world’s first pope, none other than Peter, the chief apostle of Jesus, he takes us on one of the most exciting archaeological finds of the twentieth century. You can purchase Thomas’s book at: www.imagecatholicbooks.com and visit his website: http://thomascraughwell.com
Renowned theologian Lawrence Cunningham traces the roots of the seven deadly sins to the mystic experiences of the desert fathers, who—in total solitude—experienced and identified these corrupt inner desires as forces that twist us away from God. He offers examples and insights from scripture, Christian tradition, and modern life, helping readers meet each of the seven deadly sins with a corresponding virtue. You can purchase Dr Cunningham’s book at: www.avemariapress.com
Host Kathleen Beckman dialogues with Rosario Rodriguez regarding her powerful story of miraculously surviving two violent crimes and her journey of discovering healing when running to the sacraments of the Catholic Church. Rosario shares about her personal brokenness, how she found joy in suffering united to Christ’s passion, and how peace was restored through forgiving her assailants. They dialogue about her ministry in Hollywood for Act One, The Hollywood Project, 40 Days for Life, volunteering at a Pregnancy Center and the ministry of Catholic Underground LA.
Ken talks with Anthony Buono author of Would You Date You? (Servant Books) Anthony Buono is a pioneer in Catholic Internet dating, founding Ave Maria Singles (www.avemariasingles.com) Would You Date You? asks a pointed question, and then goes on to provide honest answers. Many singles have an unrealistic approach to dating, feeling shock and dismay when someone to whom they are attracted is not interested in them. Sadly, it never dawns on them that they might be the problem. Anthony Buono challenges his readers to look closely at themselves to discover areas that might be preventing them from having successful relationships. He explains the importance of self-knowledge in becoming comfortable with who we are meant to be, because anything less cannot be sustained over a lifetime. You can purchase the Anthony’s book at: catalog.franciscanmedia.org Anthony blogs at: http://6stonejars.com/
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This program–airing on the feast of Saint Michael the Archangel–will feature sacred music that focuses on the role of the angels in our lives.
The music of the sixteenth-century Roman composer, Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, has often been held up as the pinnacle of Catholic sacred music. What is it about his music that is so spiritual, and that has caused the Church to mention Palestrina’s music as an ideal.
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.
Outside of the words of the Mass, few sacred texts have been set to music as often as the Magnificat, the Canticle of Mary. These beautiful words of Our Lady from the Gospel of Saint Luke have inspired composers for hundreds of years, right up to our own time. This program will feature different musical settings of the Magnificat in Latin and in English from different historical eras, all programmed to honor Our Lady on the Feast of her Nativity.
When Spanish missionaries traveled to the New World, they brought with them the Church’s music, which they taught to the native American peoples. This program will explore some of the music that the Church used as part of the “Old Evangelization” in the Americas.