“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
A Blessed Feast of Corpus Christi,
the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ
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.”
“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.
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
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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!
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.
Host Kathleen Beckman will dialogue with Fr. Charles Cortinovis, Founding Team member of the Foundation of Prayer for Priests, on the power of intercessory prayer and the call to spiritual motherhood and fatherhood. They discuss the mission of intercession for the internal renewal of the priesthood in relationship to what Saint John Paul II said, “for the future evangelization of humanity.” They share how The Virgin Mary and the Eucharistic life help form us into pray-ers according to the Heart of the Eternal High Priest. Father speaks about the urgency of the call to intercession for priests who are on the front lines of a great spiritual battle.
What will we do with this golden opportunity to help secure eternal salvation? Today Joe talked about how we ought to prepare for Mass as well as how we ought to attend Mass. Recognizing that the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is the holiest act of worship we can perform, we must give it nothing less than our best!
Host Kathleen Beckman dialogues with Fr. Nick Schneider, S.L.D. on the subject of God’s truth and beauty revealed in the sacred liturgy of the Church. Father unpacks the mystical events of the holy sacrifice of the Mass and helps us to develop a deeper awareness of the True Presence of Jesus. They dialogue about the healing power of the Eucharist through worship and encounter, the Trinitarian presence in the liturgy, the espousal love of the Divine Bridegroom for His Bride (the Church). Emphasis is on the Eucharist as source and summit of faith and how to experience the Mass more deeply.
Was the Miracle of the loaves and fishes really a miracle? Matthew shares the importance of this Gospel event on our understanding of the Holy Eucharist. Plus – how to love our enemies.
In the final installment of his series on the Holy Eucharist, Matthew offers a comparison of some of the main features of the two expressions (ordinary and extraordinary) of the Roman rite; highlighting both what has changed, and what has remained the same, in the celebration of the Holy Mass today.
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
Continuing his presentation of the Holy Eucharist, Matthew unpacks what every lay Catholic needs to know about the connection between the Last Supper and the Holy Mass.
Joe discussed the beautiful feast day the Church celebrates this coming Sunday. The transformational seven gifts of the Holy Spirit are available to all of us.Through daily prayer and living in a state of grace, we can use these gifts to defeat the devil, do Our Lord’s most holy will and grow in holiness.
In keeping with the Easter Season, Matthew examines the Catholic Church’s beliefs and practices regarding the reception of Holy Communion.
Although St. Teresa of Avila said she was NOT a writer, she has a compilation of writings that would dwarf many an author today. Special guest, Lisa LaRosa, tells us about St. Teresa’s writing starting with an early novel as well as her four most famous major works. Additionally, St. Teresa’s minor works cover a vast terrain from biblical commentary to post-communion reflections and meditations, to spiritual challenges, satire, poems, instructional works, and more. Her personal letters, of which 468 were found, covered the years 1546-1582. We get a candid look at St. Teresa’s personal thoughts and expressions and concerns as well as gems of wisdom that are very applicable to our lives today. We begin with some of the early letters and will continue the series throughout the year highlighting some of the letters with the most notable points. St. Teresa, pray for us!
In the wake of the 2008 recession, States were offered $53 billion in “Stimulus” money if they would commit to “Four Assurances”. One of these included adopting what is now called Common Core (CCSI), a privately developed standard. According to sources noted, it comes to us without input from teachers and parents, and distances children from the good, the true and the beautiful. Missouri, one of the states using CCSI since 2009, already shows a decline in math and English language arts readiness (http://missourieducationwatchdog.com/). Daunting? Yes! But what can we do? First, consider examples in Sacred Scripture. We have seen how our plans unravel when God is not included. Second, consider the encouragements coming from Our Lady. Mary invites us to Pray. To receive the Eucharist. To go to confession. To read Scripture and to Fast. How beautiful!
1. St. Joseph Radio Presents, “Common Core Panel”, Catholic Home School Conference, 04/11/14. saintjosephradio.net.
2. Univ of Notre Dame’s Law Professor, plus 132 scholars’ letter to Catholic Bishops.
3. EWTN’s Barbara McGuigon & guest Mary Jo Anderson, Mar 29, ’14. www.ewtn.com.
4. Documentary on the Common Core: “Building the Machine”. commoncoremovie.com.
5. Summary of 10 major concerns. maryjoanderson.net.
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
Host Kathleen Beckman dialogues with Fr. Ben Tran on the subject of inner healing and holiness especially through the sacramental life of the Church. Father Ben also shares about his journey to priesthood, his family experiences of escaping from Vietnam War, his personal experience of inner healing and his priestly ministry of healing. He’s facilitated many Eucharistic healing services and shares the power of Eucharistic healing and miracles!
Host Kathleen Beckman dialogues with Kitty Cleveland, singer, songwriter, international speaker, regarding her family’s trial, the imprisonment of her deacon & attorney father, his vindication after years in prison, and his death to cancer. Kitty shares how she was upheld by daily Eucharistic Holy Hours, how the family chose to forgive their persecutors, and how God brought great good out of the suffering. Through Marian Consecration, her wounds were healed when she opened herself up to communion of life with Mary.
Joe started the show by discussing Eucharistic Adoration and the benefits contained therein. In a ramp up to Lent, Joe read a passage (“The way of nothing”) from the book “Divine Intimacy” highlighting our need for detachment. He expanded on this need in the identification of and rooting out that which is displeasing to God, namely sin. In doing so, we embark upon the path to holiness, which is to say, Union with God!
Francesca Franchina converses with California Carmelite Priest and Exorcist, Fr. Tom Alkire, O. Carm about the means Our Lady uses to recruit soldiers for her army; Scripture passages alluding to Our Blessed Mother in Song of Songs, Revelation and St. Paul’s letter to the Ephesians. What is the source of the power of The Precious Blood of Jesus in the Holy Eucharist and Eucharistic Heart of Jesus which Mary received at the foot of the Cross? How did she receive it and why? How does she help us put on the armor of God? How does Mary protect and empower her children to fight the demonic forces? (Rev. 12, l8ff.; Psalm 116.) “Can you drink of the chalice of My Blood?” the Lord asks us. Our response is Psalm ll6 How does our Lady help us deal with grief on the passing of a loved one?
Pope Francis has asked all Catholics around the world to unite in an hour of Adoration this Sunday.
Radio Maria will be joining in this time of prayer and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament by broadcasting the Pope’s hour of adoration live from the Basilica of St. Peter in Rome.
We will celebrate Holy Mass at 9am central/10am eastern then go live to Rome for this unique time of prayer with Our Holy Father at 10am central/11am eastern.
Host Kathleen Beckman dialogues with Annette Hills of Anawim Melody regarding her ministry of music in the Church. Annette shares how Catholic bible study ignited her heart for God, the joy of singing for convalescent hospitals, how God healed her miraculously from diabetes, her Marian devotion and why Eucharistic Adoration is at the center of her heart in the service of the Lord.
Host Kathleen Beckman dialogues with Fr. Al Baca, Director of Ecumenical & Inter Religious Affairs for the diocese of Orange and Pastor of St. Cecilia’s Parish, on how the communion of saints help us on our journey of faith, hope and love. They discuss the communion of the Church of heaven and earth. They share how the saints have helped in their respective spiritual lives; and the communion of the three states of the Church (CCC 954).
Ken’s guests are Fr Michael White and Tom Corcoran the authors of Rebuilt – Awakening the Faithful Reaching the Lost Making Church Matter (Ave Maria Press) Drawing on the wisdom gleaned from thriving mega-churches and innovative business leaders while anchoring their vision in the Eucharistic center of Catholic faith, Fr. Michael White and lay associate Tom Corcoran present the compelling and inspiring story to how they brought their parish back to life. When their parish reached a breaking point, Fr. Michael White and lay associate Tom Corcoran asked themselves how they could make the Church matter to Catholics, and they realized the answer was at the heart of the Gospel. Their faithful response not only tripled their weekend mass attendance, but also yielded increased giving, flourishing ministries, and a vibrant, solidly Catholic spiritual revival. They offer a wealth of guidance for anyone with the courage to hear them. For additional information visit www.rebuiltparish.com You can purchase their book at: www.avemariapress.com
With only two weeks left in Lent, Joe hit it hard exhorting the faithful to stay in the game and keep up the good fight. Frequent prayer, Confession, and the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass are indispensible! Now is the time to grow in our Spiritual life and bring honor to God! He also gave a short biography of Pope Francis I and commented on his first homily….Embrace the Cross, it is the only way to follow Christ!
Ken’s first guest Monsignor Charles Murphy author of Eucharistic Adoration – Holy Hour Meditations on the Seven Last Words of Christ (Ave Maria Press) This creative prayer compendium invites readers to spend an hour in Eucharistic adoration while meditating on the seven last words of Jesus and shows them how to do it. Charles Murphy also profiles seven contemporary Catholics–like Edith Stein and John Paul II–who are inspiring models of Eucharistic devotion. You can purchase his book at http://www.avemariapress.com
Ken’s second guest, Brian Kennelly discusses his novel Two Statues (Saint Benedict Press) Follow two heart warming friendships: Two unlikely retired neighbors and two priests who have know each other since seminary. You can purchase his book at https://books.benedictpress.com
Host Kathleen Beckman interviews Lisa Flood, Catholic wife, mother, attorney and host of Focus International TV. They discuss Lisa’s conversion story, the importance of the sacramental life, especially Reconciliation and Eucharistic Life. They comment on the role of Catholic radio and TV for the Church’s “New Evangelization”. They share how the Catholic faith is meant to transform family life; and the necessity of ongoing catechesis and commitment to prayer.
Mike and Shirley share their powerful faith journey, love of Christ, devotion to Mary and the Eucharist.
Host Kathleen Beckman interviews award winning Catholic singer/songwriter and retreat leader, Mrs. Annie Karto who is seen and heard on EWTN. They will discuss Annie’s personal testimony to the power of Eucharistic life and the profound healing she experienced by the grace of Divine Mercy. They will dialogue about the sacramental life, marriage, and motherhood, coupled with servanthood; and share how “rekindling Eucharistic amazement” is relevant to the Year of Faith. Annie will tell about the new mission of “Divine Mercy for America” sponsored by Marians of the Immaculate Conception of Stockbridge, MA.
Host Kathleen Beckman discusses the distinction between Adoration and contemplation according to reflections by Fr. Raniero Cantelmessa, O.F.M.. She reflects on the precise meaning of Eucharistic contemplation and makes suggestions on how and why to make a “holy hour” according to the recommendations of Archbishop Fulton Sheen. She gives a personal testimony as to why she has made daily Mass and holy hour the center of her life for 22 years.
Host, Kathleen Beckman will discuss why the Mass is a distinct occasion of sacramental grace because in the Eucharist we have direct physical contact with Jesus. This is the most important distinction from other forms of healing prayers. At the bottom of the hour, she will offer insights from George Weigel’s reflection on “What Voting Means” given at the OC Catholic Prayer Breakfast; and then share insights from Magnificat’s “Day of Faith” where Fr. Peter Cameron, O.P., Editor-in-Chief of Magnificat gave a keynote address on “Your Faith Has Saved You!”
Kathleen Beckman and Dr. Mary Healy discuss article# 17 in JPII’s encyclical “Ecclesia de Eucahristia” that states, “By the gift of his body and blood Christ increases within us the gift of his Spirit. They dialogue about the the grace called “baptism in the Holy Spirit” and how, in the words of Saint Ephrem, “He who eats his living body, he who eats it with faith, eats Fire and Spirit!” With each worthy reception of Holy Communion, we receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. How are we changed by this gift of God?
Kathleen Beckman interviews Vinny Flynn, best selling author of “7 Seven Secrets of the Eucharist” and “21 Ways to Worship” on developing the art of worship before the Blessed Sacrament. They will discuss how the Adoration chapel is a “classroom of silence” where we find answers, peace, and divine friendship. They will review article #25 of Blessed John Paul II’s “Ecclesia de Eucharistia” on the worship of the Eucharist outside of Mass.
Kathleen Beckman interviews San Diego Diocese Coadjutor Bishop Cirilo Flores on how the Church is built up by the Eucharist (article 26 of JPII’s Ecclesia de Eucharistia). They will discuss the connection between the Eucharistic life of the Church and the upcoming “Year of Faith”; the “new evangelization” and the universal call to holiness. The bishop shares his personal experiences of Eucharistic devotion.
Kathleen interviews Fr. Charles on Eucharistic Miracles, and progressing in praying through Eucharistic devotion. Fr. Charles offers prayers for healing and insights into he sacrament of confession as aid to deeper communion with the Lord.
Kathleen’s Guest: Fr. Stephen Doktorczyk, JCL, Official at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith
Title: The Life and Times of Blessed John John Paul II, model of Eucharistic Sacrificial Love
Description: Kathleen interviews Fr. Stephen Doktorczyk on his personal Roman experiences during the “Year of the Eucharist”; how his priesthood was influenced by Blessed John Paul II; and how the encyclical “Eccelsia de Eucharistia” has depth of meaning for the Church in this “hour”, the dawn of the Year of Faith and for the New Evangelization.
Francesca Franchina, MS speaks with Fr. Bob Hogan, BBD Founder of the Brothers of the Beloved Disciple of San Antonio TX, about his parish and community, his talks at Presentation Ministry last weekend held at Xavier University, The Spirit- filled Marian Experience, Metanoia , Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, The New Evangelization, over the top Joy, and his take on what is going on in the world today, good, bad and indifferent!
Francesca Franchina, MS speaks with students, youth directors, priests and parents who recently returned from Franciscan University of Steubenville’s Youth Conference about their Spirit- filled/experience, Metanoia , Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, The New Evangelization and over the top Joy.
IN THIS PROGRAM KATHLEEN INTERVIEWS FR. NICK SCHNEIDER, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF LITURGY FOR BISMARCK DIOCESE, ND.
THEY EXPLORE THE COSMIC REALITY OF EVERY HOLY MASS AND THE POWER OF ADORATION FOR CONVERSION OF HEART.
Kathleen explores the lives of Eucharistic Saints like Cure of Ars, St. Catherine of Siena.
In this program, Kathleen speaks about what JPII meant when he said that he hoped to “rekindle Eucharistic amazement.”
Living Eucharist is a series on Radio Maria that will explore the many facets of Eucharistic life toward healing and holiness. Taking from Blessed Pope John Paul II’s “Ecclesia de Eucharistia”, Kathleen will emphasize the transformative power of the Sacrament of Divine Love to “rekindle Eucharistic amazement”.
Tune in on Mondays at 6pm Eastern, 5pm Central journey deeper into a life centered on the Eucharist.
Author and international speaker, Kathleen Beckman, will be hosting a weekly summer series on Thursday afternoons starting June 14th. The program, Living Eucharist, is a look into living a Eucharistic life and the healing and transformation that comes from it.
Tune in on Thursday afternoons at 6pm Eastern, 5pm Central, for this new program and visit the Living Eucharist web page to listen to past shows any time.
Francesca Franchina, MS Ed. engages listeners and caller Caroline Adams astutely comments on the value of Prayer, The Psalms, The Feast of Corpus Christi, and The Signs of The Times. What is the significance and importance of The Holy Eucharist, Prayer and The Psalms listening to God Our Father, and acting on His Divine Will especially at this time in the world?
Francesca Franchina MS Ed. speaks with Roy Schoeman, Ph. D. of Boston, MA, convert to Catholicism from Judaism about his life growing up in a faithful Jewish home, his turn to atheism, his conversion process and how he was drawn to Catholicism focusing on Judaism, the Messiah Jesus and Catholicism; The Holy Eucharist in his life and the life of all Catholics, The Feast of Corpus Christi and The New Evangelization. Caller Stephanie Schutte shares information about the 11th Annual Corpus Christi Celebration (The Solemnity of The Body and Blood of Christ) at Emmanuel Parish on Franklin Street in Downtown Dayton about the Mass, decoration of Franklin Street with sidewalk pictures depicting symbols of the Holy Eucharist with dyed wood chips lovingly created by Emmanuel parishioners followed by 5:15 PM Mass, Procession and Dinner on Saturday June 9, 2012. All are invited! Today’s Recipes from Francesca’s Italian Kitchen: Pizza Fritte and Italian Dolce (Sugared Bread Dough Treats)
Francesca Franchina, MS Ed. and Dr. Douglas Schoeninger, Ph.D. Editor of the Journal of Christian Healing and Past President of The International Association of Christian Therapists (ACT) about Pentecost, The Power of the Holy Spirit and Generational Healing focusing on: The sins of the parents to the 3rd and 4th generation (Exodus 20: 4-6; The common experience of the patterns and wounds of one generation passing to the next and subsequent generations; How we carry the memories of our patents and ancestors ; How God is present to all history and wants to heal us; Bringing our family tree to Jesus for healing; and The Power of the Holy Eucharist for generational healing.
Father Johann G. Roten, S.M. enlightens listeners with his knowledge of Mary and the Eucharist.
In this program, Kathie talks to Fr. Ed Sousa, Jr. Fr. Sousa discusses how Medjugorje and the Rosary inspired him in discovering the depth of his vocation to serve God and man as a hospital chaplain.
Kathie also speaks with Michael Madere, Co-Owner of Catholic Producitons. He talks about the Professor of Sacred Scripture at Notre Dame Seminary, Dr. Brandt Pitre. Dr. Pitre is an author, CD and DVD producer, and renown public speaker. They discuss his latest book: Jesus and His Jewish Roots of the Eucharist.
Steve Koob talks with Mary Popp, the founder of the Society for the Preservation of Roman Catholic Heritage (SPORCH), about the work done by SPORCH to preserve Catholic artwork, the return of many traditions and traditional artwork in the Church, and the Extraordinary–or Latin–Form of the Mass. Mary Popp also talks about why it is most reverent to receive the Holy Eucharist kneeling down, on the tongue.
Francesca Franchina MS Ed. talks with Nick Cardilino:Liturgical , Conference and UPBEAT Musician, Husband and Dad about composing music, his work with the National Catholic Youth Conference and the University of Dayton Campus Ministry; The theme song he composed for NCYC “Called to Glory;” Nick’s new Christmas CD; his new Communion song “Hungry and Thirsty;” recordings; the New Roman Missal implementation and the theme of HOPE, resonating with him this year! Francesca shares her YUMMY recipe for fast EZ Stuffed Pizza Sandwiches. Send a SASE for recipes and share your ideas, recipes and questions: Francesca Franchina; P.O. Box 3238; Dayton, OH 45401-3238.
This list was inspired by a listener who asked if I had a Top 10 Summer Reading List. We often think of summer reading as light, enjoyable books that we take on vacation or read while sitting on the patio. With that in mind, this list is heavy on fiction and uplifting personal stories. The list is in no particular order.
1. Surprised by Truth by Patrick Madrid. This is a collection of eleven conversion stories, and is a favorite book to give to anyone who may be interested in the Catholic Church. If you like this book, there are two additional volumes – Surprised by Truth 2 and Surprised by Truth 3
2.Rediscover Catholicism by Matthew Kelly. This is the new 2011 edition with a slightly different title, and an additional 30,000 words, of Rediscovering Catholicism that was published in 2002. If you would like an inexpensive copy of this book go to www.DynamicCatholic.com
3. Father Elijah by Michael D. O’Brien I have enjoyed all of O’Brien’s novels, and this is my favorite; however, if you like happy, storybook endings then O’Brien may not be for you.
4. Rome Sweet Rome – Our Journey to Catholicism by Scott & Kimberly Hahn This is probably the most popular conversion story around.
5. How Firm a Foundation by Marcus Grodi This is a fictional account of a protestant pastor’s path to the Catholic Church. An engaging story and you will learn a lot about your faith.
6. Four Witnesses: the Early Church in Her Own Words by Rod Bennett This is an excellent, very readable introduction to four of the Early Church Fathers. If you are interested in examining the Church Fathers this is a good place to start. The lives of Clement of Rome, Ignatius of Antioch, Justin Martyr and Irenaeus of Lyons are written in novel form.
7. No Wonder They Call It The Real Presence: Lives Changed by Christ in Eucharist Adoration by David Pearson This is a collection of stories about the power of Eucharistic Adoration.
8. A Faith for Grown-Ups by Robert P. Lockwood. This book will be a walk down memory lane for Catholics “of a certain age” who grew up thinking everyone in the world was Catholic. This is an amusing reflection by Lockwood as he discusses his early life in the Church, falling away, and return.
9. My Life with the Saints by Fr. James Martin, SJ Father Martin has written an engaging book that examines how nearly 20 saints, and near-saints, have impacted his life, along with a short review the saints’ lives.
10. Priest: Portraits of Ten Good Men Serving the Church Today by Michael S. Rose These are uplifting stories of ten very good priests. The opening story of the late Father Albert Lauer is worth the purchase price.
Radio Maria will be broadcasting live from the 2010 Family Rosary Rally this Sunday, October 10, starting at 1:30PM Central, 2:30PM Eastern. This 6th annual rally will be held at the U.D. Arena at the University of Dayton and will include Eucharistic Adoration and prayer for the intercession of Our Lady. Tune in and join us in prayer during this grace-filled event.
Francesca Franchina, MS Ed. speaks with Jane Bertke and Nan Mielke, CRE, of Holy Rosary Parish in St. Mary’s OH and Thomas Smith of Idaho on “Revelation In A Day” to be presented on Saturday November 6 at Holy Rosary Parish in St. Mary’s and “Bread From Heaven” a talk on the Holy Eucharist Thomas will present on Friday evening. A husband, father, farmer and popular teacher and communicator, Thomas is associated with The Great Adventure Bible Study from Ascension Press. Thomas converted to Catholicism from Mormonism and Evangelicalism. Hear how he promises to unpack the Book of Revelation, St. John’s vision on Patmos. www.gen215.org.
Francesca Franchina, MS talks with business man, Tim Francis of Dallas, TX, about “Science Tests Faith” and Reasons To Believe the DVD and book by Australian Attorney Ron Tessorio, and Australian renowned Investigative Journalist Mike Willis reporting and documenting miracles of the Holy Eucharist turning to living flesh and blood, bleeding statues, real tears and real blood and supernatural things going on all over the world being tested in noted world wide pathology labs to show how Heaven is speaking to humanity: “There is a God and Jesus became human for our salvation.” Tim an enthusiastic, powerful speaker and native of New Carlisle, OH grew up in Sacred Heart Parish. He travels extensively throughout the USA to arrange and conduct presentations of this investigative, highly documented study. Tim first conducted the program September 8, 2009 at Transfiguration Church in West Milton, OH where a new DVD was recorded and now available. See more of Tim and live footage filmed while the investigation and study of these phenomenon were occurring. www.youshallbelieve.com.
Francesca Franchina MS Ed. speaks with Jim Gruden, LPM and Senior Design Engineer; Family Man and Youth Minister and Fr. Ken Sommers, SM about the Archdiocese of Cincinnati’s Annual Answer the Call Men’s Conference theme OVERCOMING OBSTACLES IN RELATIONSHIPS to be held Saturday March 20 at the Music Hall in Cincinnati, OH. Fr. Sommers key role in Answer The Call’s beginnings and Jim’s talk at the conference focusing on the transforming power of the Holy Eucharist and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in a person’s life are highlighted.