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Seeking The Face of Christ

“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.

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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

Mark Danis
Host of Carmelite Conversations
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September 08, 2014 – Sr. Aurora Lopez-Ornelas, Director, Office for Vocations, Diocese of San Diego

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.

February 21, 2014 – Adoration & Detachment

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!

Pope Francis Calls All Catholics To Adoration

Corpus-DominiPope 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.

May 20, 2013 – Annette Hills

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.

March 14, 2013 – Monsignor Charles Murphy and Brian Kennelly

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

March 6, 2013 – Fr.Tom Alkire, O.C.

Francesca Franchina, MS Ed.; OCDS, and Carmelite priest Fr.Tom Alkire, O.C. Associate Pastor of St. Raphael’s Parish in Los Angeles CA discuss The Precious Blood of Jesus and Our Lady of The Precious Blood; The Spirituality of the Precious Blood; Healing and the Precious Blood of Jesus, Eucharistic Adoration; Experiences and Messages of Jesus and Mary to Saints and Mystics regarding the Precious Blood of Jesus, , e.g. St. Faustina, St. Gertrude the Great, Josefa Menendez and the relationship of the Precious Blood and The Two Hearts of Jesus and Mary.

August 9, 2012 – Fr. Charles Cortinovis, STL, JD

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.

Fr. Bob Hogan – July 25 2012

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!

Steubenville’s Youth Conference – July 18, 2012

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. 

 

2010 Rosary Rally Broadcast

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.

Answer The Call Men’s Conference – March 20, 2010

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.