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Lent – a time of growth … a deepening of our relationship with Christ

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This Wednesday we began the season of Lent.  It is a time when the Christian Church reflects on the experience of Christ’s Forty days in the Desert, which for us will end with the Passion and the death and eventually the resurrection of our Lord.  But first we must each have our own desert experience.

The analogy of the desert can bring out many different images for us, especially in these days.  Just a cursory review of the daily news from the Middle East focuses our attention on the daily violence and cruelty of the demonic forces in that region, so populated by deserts. The solitude of the desert and its barrenness strike many of us here in the west as a very inhospitable place.  But despite all of this, Christ does, by His own example, beckon us to overcome our reservations and journey with Him into the desert.

For many of us this season will evoke childhood memories of having to give up something we enjoy; we may remember being asked by our parents to make some sacrifice, to deny ourselves for a time, but with the expectation that we would later enjoy an abundance of whatever little sacrifice we might make.  It was good training for us as children, but as adults the lesson must go a little deeper.

As our spiritual life matures we come to understand this season not only as a time of sacrifice but also as a time of growth, a deepening of our relationship with Christ, not just because we agree to follow Him out into the desert of sacrifice, but more importantly because we are also invited into the desert that resides within our own hearts.  We must come face to face with the question of whether God is really at the center of our lives or whether we are dependent on some other form of consolation from this material world. (the very thing that hopefully we are willing to give up).

What Christ is really asking of us through these little sacrifices is whether God is enough for us. “Are the consolations of God too small for you?  Even the word spoken gently to you?” (Job 15:11)  What the desert experience of this season really reveals is the all-too often barrenness of our interior lives.  Is Christ really the source of our strength, or are we actually more dependent on something else.  Are we willing to face this barrenness of our own interior desert and rely only Christ as our consolation?  This barrenness can be experienced as nothing more than day-to-day life. Every day we face some challenge, some struggle, especially as we get older and come to understand how fleeting are the exterior comforts of all those things we strove so earnestly for when we were young.  In those moments are we really willing to abandon our reliance on some temporal and material consolation and accept Christ’s promise:

“That he would grant (us), according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might by His Spirit in the inner man.” (Ephesians 3:16)

Mark Danis

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December 15, 2014 – Healing Through the Gift of Jesus in the Incarnation

Host Kathleen Beckman speaks about God’s intentional healing of humanity through the Gift of Jesus in the Incarnation. She leads a rosary of intercessory prayer for all listeners and includes prayers for healing of families, spouses and children. In the rosary she prays for people who may be feeling spiritual vexation or oppression asking the Eternal Father to set free them free as preparation for the imminent coming of the Christ Child at Christmas. She gives a teaching on how the storms in our lives can bring us closer to God if we persevere in faith, hope and love.

December 09, 2014

Father Loya invites as to pull back the veil and see God as He manifests Himself in the Incarnation, where the invisible God is made visible through the physical. This is the world of Catholicity.

Father Loya talks about the loss of family members this past year and reflects that through faith it allowed God to permeate his existence and that God can hold the departed in Eternal Memory with perfect love. We further discuss the pillars of Advent or as called in the Eastern Catholic Churches, Phillip’s Fast as we are called to prayer, fasting and charity as this time is not only a time for joy but for penance as well. We should live Christmas as it was meant to be lived!

November 13, 2014 – Matthew Leonard and Stephen Binz

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

Honoring Our Veterans

As we honor our veterans today, please join us at Radio Maria as we thank God for all who have served our country, living and deceased. Our prayers and grateful thoughts are especially with those who live with deep physical and emotional scars because of their generous service. To all the heroes—sung and unsung—of the USA military, we extend our heart-felt “Thank you” and “May God bless, protect and reward you.”

November, 6, 2014 – Fr. John Bartunek

Ken talks with Fr John Bartunek author of “Seeking First the Kingdom: 30 Meditations on How to Love God with All Your Heart, Soul, Mind, and Strength” and “The Better Part: A Christ-Centered Resource for Personal Prayer” (both available from Catholic Word) “Seeking First the Kingdom” was written to help those pursuing Christ to take the next step in spiritual maturity. By identifying four core areas of your relationship with God (heart, soul, mind, and strength) Fr. John Bartunek helps determine what areas you’re stuck in.

With “The Better Part” Fr. Bartunek has created an extensive, Christ-centered resource to serve as a daily meditation companion. If we desire to become saints, we must spend time daily in meditation. The resource is a Bible study on the four Gospels, a survey of saints’ writings, a guide to prayer that enables us to read, meditate, absorb and apply the Gospels to our lives, and it serves as a catalyst to personalize times of prayer, enabling us to follow the Holy Spirit’s lead along the path of holiness.
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September 05, 2014 – Part I: Medjugorje, controversy and Bishop’s statements – Part II:Community Cenacolo, Born from Baptism

Part I: Medjugorje, controversy and Bishop’s statements
Part II:Community Cenacolo, Born from Baptism

August 20, 2014 – History Supports the Holy Shroud, Part 1

In 1350, the French knight, Geoffroi de Charny from Lirey, claimed to be in possession of the shroud that wrapped Jesus’ body after his death. This is a fascinating fact, but is there information that supports this claim? One of the most amazing pieces is found in the discovery of 1898: the image on the Shroud is actually a giant negative! The Shroud appears to have acted as photographic film for some mysterious light source! In addition, the history of religious art and iconography portraying the face of Jesus also positively refutes the already questionable Carbon 14 dating test conducted in 1988. This is the first part in a series of talks based on the 2014 exposition, “La Sabana Santa” in the Diocesan Museum, Zaragoza, Spain.

August 12, 2014 – JD Author of Drafted To Serve

I was in Chicago for the Catholic Marketing Network Trade Show. By coincidence, directly across the aisle from my One More Soul display was author “JD” giving away free copies of his new book Drafted To Serve. Drafted . . . is a book about miracles–not the typical physical healing miracles that drive the canonization process. No, these”miracles” COULD be degraded to mere “coincidences” were they not so astonishing and so common. They are a result of JD being financially strapped and desperate to capitalize on Pope John Paul II’s World Youth Day VIII visit to Denver 21 years ago. JD was quite regularly in hopeless situations, praying for JP II for help–and getting it.

I was at WYD VIII with my friend Jim Vititow and 7 young people. It was an incredible “pilgrimage” that Drafted To Serve gave me an opportunity to relive . John Paul II coined the phrases “Culture of Life” and “Culture of Death” and popularized their use (as in this program’s title “The Quest for a Culture of Life in America”). Who would deny JPII’s impact in leading us to a Culture of Life–a still elusive fact, but a victory guaranteed by a faithful God. I’m thinking especially of his Gospel of Life and Theology of the Body.

JD is a Colorado native, married with two sons, a service disabled Vietnam War veteran, having served five tours on swift boats. He graduated from the University of Denver with a dual degree in finance and real estate and currently owns a nationwide business in Denver. Drafted To Serve is his first book, written during three years of nearly full-time effort, which he felt compelled to complete in order to tell the world what happened when Pope John Paul II came to Denver in 1993.

JD and his buddy TP originally agreed to tell no one but the Catholic Church of the events that had taken place. They felt that due to the incredible nature of the story neither wished to step into the spotlight and have their lives turned upside down by the attention the story was certain to generate.

August 6, 2014 – a profound conversion: Marty Troiani

Christine Watkins interviews Marty Troiani, a well-to do business man, whose sights were on success, until unexpected visions led him through an accounting of his entire life–the good, the bad, and the ugly–and ultimately into a burning desire to know and share the Catholic faith.

August 5, 2014

Joe hit on a variety of topics today. He discussed our duty to step us as Godparents to talk, pray and sacrifice for the souls of the Godchildren entrusted to our care. He also shared a story about how he had to speak with the father of one of his Godchildren to address a major issue and the challenge that lied therein. He also read and commented upon an article written by Archbishop Lori entitled “Who Matters Most”. It stated that God should matter most in our Lives. Why? Because a life of union (prayer & sacraments) with God is what brings us true peace and joy! Rounding it all out, Joe read a catechetical instruction by St. John Vianney entitled “The glorious duty of man: to pray and to love.” ……….“If you pray and love, that is where a man’s happiness lies!”

July 29, 2014 – Robert Reilly

Not very long ago, virtually all people and religions considered same-sex attraction as “disordered” and same-gender sexual activity as disgusting, unlawful, and intrinsically evil. But today, numerous polls indicate that most Americans, including many Catholics, now support same-sex “marriage”.

Where has the “gay rights” movement come from, and how has it so easily (and successfully) conquered America? Robert Reilly believes the answers are in the dynamics of rationalizing sexual misbehavior. He makes his case in Making Gay Okay, How Rationalizing Homosexual Behavior is Changing Everything.

Rationalization or justification, or making to appear normal, is not new to our culture. Consider the rationalization of birth control, abortion, divorce, and co-habitation, to name but a few behaviors now considered normal, but not long ago were shameful.

American institutions–courts, armed forces, schools, Boy Scouts, foreign policy–have fallen in line to accept homosexuality as normal and the behavior as acceptable. What more can we expect? What can be done to stop this assault on decency and common sense. I pray that Robert has some answers for us.

July 7, 2014 – Leila Lawler, Author “The Little Oratory”

Host Kathleen Beckman dialogues with Leila Lawler about her new book by Sophia Press, “The Little Oratory: A Beginner’s Guide to Praying In The Home.” They discuss the primacy of prayer within the context of the domestic church, how to foster family prayer and sharing of the faith, the role of sacred art to strengthen our prayer life and the importance of creating a little oratory in every home where God can honored and the family can gather. Leila shares practical ways to engage children in the prayer life of the family and what to do when only one parent takes the spiritual life seriously?

July 3, 2014 – Ralph Martin and Patricia Ann Kasten

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

June 20, 2014 – Attachments

Joe discussed the trappings of attachments. A common problem we see in the world today. It is through mortification and prayer that this modern form of slavery is overcome and the path to holiness is achieved.

May 27, 2014 – Father Habiger

Father Habiger is a Benedictine priest in residence at Benedictine College in Atchison Kansas. Since 2003 he has been a full-time member of NFP Outreach where his focus is primarily upon promoting God’s Plan for Marriage and Spousal Love, which includes counter acting the contraceptive and sterilization culture. He does this through parish missions, NFP parish weekends, Theology of the Body seminars, and consultations with priests and bishops during “clergy days”. Father Matthew has his PhD in Moral Theology from the Catholic University of America. He is very well qualified to address the challenging topic of “conscience”.

If you want to do some homework for today’s program, you can read about conscience in the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) beginning with: http://www.usccb.org

1776 “Deep within his conscience man discovers a law which he has not laid upon himself but which he must obey. Its voice, ever calling him to love and to do what is good and to avoid evil, sounds in his heart at the right moment…. For man has in his heart a law inscribed by God…. His conscience is man’s most secret core and his sanctuary. There he is alone with God whose voice echoes in his depths.”

For many people–and clergy are no exception, conscience poses a difficult subject. The CCC says that we must obey our conscience. BUT, we must have a “well-formed” conscience (CCC, 1783), or we will be led astray by the evil one as a consequence of Original Sin.

Conscience poses a very serious challenge for many Catholics in their discernment about sexual morality, particularly in addressing contraception, sterilization, artificial reproductive technologies, and Natural Family Planning.

April 08, 2014 – Peter LaBarbera

Peter will be our Guest on “The Quest for a Culture of Life in America” Tuesday NOON ET. He is President of Americans For Truth about Homosexuality (AFTAH), a non-partisan, non-profit group dedicated to exposing the homosexual-bisexual-transgender activist agendas. AFTAH is a counter to over a dozen national American “gay” groups with annual budgets ranging from just under $1 million to over $30 million working to advance an agenda which threatens to criminalize Christian opposition to behavior that most Americans believe is wrong.
LaBarbera has debated the top homosexual advocates while appearing on hundreds of TV and radio news programs, including FOX’s Hannity and Colmes, CNN’s “The Larry King Show” and CNN’s “Crossfire,” C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal,” National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered,” and Bill O’Reilly’s and Alan Colmes’ nationally syndicated radio programs. He has been quoted on homosexuality-related issues in newspapers across the nation, including The New York Times,Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Wall Street Journal, Washington Times, Chicago Sun-Times, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, as well as by Associated Press and Reuters.
Peter will address Health Issues associated with homosexual behaviors and the question of whether same-sex-attraction (SSA) is a condition/disorder that people are born with or acquired. He will also examine the motives behind efforts to normalize SSA in our schools and culture. Are these often extreme tactics creating a back lash that will eventually bring these efforts down?

March 17, 2014 – Clayton C. Barbeau, Author: The Father of the Family

Host Kathleen Beckman dialogues with Clayton Barbeau on the topic of his book: The Father of the Family: A Christian Perspective. Clayton is a father of eight children and a licensed marriage and family therapist who seeks to convey the secret of happy homes: good fathers! They discuss practical ways to transform your vision of a happy family into daily reality. They discuss the Father as creator, lover, another Christ, priest, teacher, breadwinner and saint.

March 05, 2014 – Prayer, Fasting and Alms Giving; Sacrifice as Source of Renewal & Strength

Strength when we most need it can sometimes be elusive. We have seen how great athletes overcome great adversity by holding in their hearts a reward that goes beyond any accolade or gold medal. Common to them and to us this Lent is an opportunity to offer our efforts for a greater good, to sacrifice something we prefer for someone else. Through prayer, fasting and alms giving, we have an opportunity to draw closer to God. The result is the renewal of our strength and vitality. The champion David, in his fight against Goliath, shows us the way to do this.

February 26, 2014 – The Olympics, Peak Performance and Grace…

In considering how some athletes go beyond many people’s expectations, we can discover a motivation greater than personal recognition or even a gold medal. Fr. Greg Haake and I discuss how these special athletes and their incredible results are often lifted by a higher good. In this lies the key. We discuss how to perform at our best under pressure, whether an athlete or worker or as one friend to another. We consider a reference in Scripture and many other practical examples to show that in selflessness lies the power to perform with greatness.

June 10, 2013 – Andy La Vallee, “Live the Fast”

Radio Maria presenter Kathleen Beckman interviews Andy Lavallee, Founder of “Live the Fast” on the spirituality of “fasting for God”. They discuss what Blessed Pope John Paul II said, “One of the meanings of penitential fasting is to help us recover an interior life”. How can fasting and prayer “stop wars and (one can) suspend the natural laws of nature”? Andy gives his testimony on how he began “Fasting Breads”.

April 29, 2013

During this program Mark and Frances conclude the series on the book entitled “Upon this Mountain.’ This particular book, written by a cloistered Carmelite Nun is the fruit of forty years of prayer and reflection. Mark and Frances explore some of the deeper meanings of our universal call to holiness, and how we are not called to this for ourselves but for the entire body of Christ. They discuss some of the more challenging aspects of the use of the imagination in prayer, and what is meant by our needing to empty ourselves of formal images. They also discuss the deeper meaning of silence in prayer.

April 2, 2013 – Fr John Harvey

Courage is an international organization founded by Fr John Harvey to provide support for men and women who strive for chastity while experiencing sexual attraction to members of the same gender. Fr Klee is the leader of such a group and so we will be learning about homosexuality and the current push for redefining marriage to accommodate homosexual relationships. Where does homosexuality come from? Can parents reduce the risk of their children claiming a homosexual orientation? What about the “equality” and “compassion” arguments that fuel the popularity of support for redefining marriage? Are these legitimate reasons? How can one respond with generosity, kindness, and respect for the dignity of all human beings? What is it about marriage that makes it exclusive to one man and one woman–other restrictions do apply?

February 28, 2013 – Daniel Burke

Ken talks with his guest Daniel Burke, author of Navigating the Interior Life-Spiritual Direction and the Journey to God (published by Emmaus Road) What is spiritual direction? What are my “blind spots” and how can I uncover them? What keeps me from all the spiritual riches Christ has for me? How can I better understand where I am in my spiritual progress? Daniel Burke’s book will give you the tools you need to understand how and why we grow and die in the spiritual life and what we can do about it. Visit his popular spiritual direction website: www.RCSpiritualDirection.com All the funds raised through books purchased at www.NavigatingtheInteriorLife.com go towards providing spiritual resources to the faithful poor and those who have taken a vow of poverty.

February 27, 2013 – Dr. Douglas Schoeninger, Ph.D.

Francesca Franchina, MS Ed. and Christian Psychotherapist Dr. Douglas Schoeninger, Ph.D., West Chester, PA, discuss Healing the Whole Person, Importance of Prayer, Intercessory and Reparative Prayer; The importance of faith and evangelization citing Scripture and the work of The Holy Spirit and The International Association of Christian Therapists. Using Scripture; Psalms, Words of Jesus etc. for Inner Healing; and Generational Healing are part of the inner healing of ones soul; (Romans 8: 26 – 28)
Dr. Schoeninger, Ph.D. is Past President of The International Association of Christian Therapists (ACT) and Editor of The Journal of Christian Healing (www.actheals.org)

February 6, 2013 – Jeff Cavins

Francesca Franchina, MS Ed. speaks with Jeff Cavins noted Catholic TV and radio personality, author and family man about his recent pilgrimage to the Holy Land, his return to Catholicism and blessedly effective seminars and writings presented personally and through media presentations in your parish. (e.g. Psalms: The School of Prayer; The Bible Timeline: The Story of Salvation and the new series :Walking Toward Eternity and Galatians). Jeff will be in Sunbury, OH (Columbus) Friday, February 8th . Open Seating discussing his witness/book and CD I’m Not Being Fed at St. John Neumann Church, 9633 E. State Route 37, Sunbury, OH 43074 (7:00 PM ) Psalms:The School of Prayer Presentation Sat. Feb 9th (SOLDOUT). The Bible Timeline Seminar will be presented Saturday, March 16, 2013; 9:00 AM-3:00 PM at St. Margaret of York Parish; 9483 Columbia Rd., Loveland, OH 45140 (Friday night talk open seating “Making Sense of Suffering” 7:45-9:15 PM;) For More Info: Pilgrimages, Seminar Presentations; Dates and Places: www.jeffcavins.com and Media Programs www.biblestudyforcatholics.com

January 30, 2013 – Dr. Douglas Schoeninger, Ph.D.

Francesca Franchina, MS Ed. and Christian Psychotherapist Dr. Douglas Schoeninger, Ph.D., West Chester, PA, discuss Intercessory Prayer, Reparative Prayer, Redemptive Suffering and Healing and the importance of faith in all situations citing Scripture and the work of The International Association of Christian Therapists. Using Scripture; Psalms, Words of Jesus etc. for Inner Healing; and Generational Healing are part of the inner healing of ones soul; (Romans 8: 26 – 28)
Dr. Schoeninger, Ph.D. is Past President of The International Association of Christian Therapists (ACT) and Editor of The Journal of Christian Healing (www.actheals.org)

January 16, 2013 – OPEN MIC

Francesca Franchina MS Ed. talks with callers, OPEN MIC TODAY! What are your suggestions and ideas about supporting and strengthening families, education,parenting, anger developing and rebuilding relationships, communications and whatever the Holy Spirit puts on your heart to talk about, ask and/or discuss.. What do you do to manage anger and conflict, difficult situations, vent and forgive and reconcile with others? Have you experienced bullying, been bullied or been the one who bullies? How did you handle it? How do you regulate TV watching, movies attended and games played by your children? What is the reaction and the results in your children now or in the past when you did this? How does Jesus play into this mix and what place does faith, hope and charity hold within you, your family and those you work with and encounter? What does food, diet and exercise have to do with all these things? Balance? OPEN MIC, Your choice!

December 20, 2012 – Julie Cragon

Ken talks with his guest Julie Dortch Cragon, Jesus at my side – 365 Reflections on His Words (Our Sunday Visitor). A Tennessee Catholic bookstore owner and mother of six, Julie has written a great daily reflection book. Each day you will find a scripture meditation and prayer challenge. Julie has a website and blogs at www.juliecragon.com To order from her family run Catholic bookstore, St Mary’s Bookstore, visit www.stmarysbookstore.com Her books can be purchased at www.catalog.osv.com

December 6, 2012 – Lisa Hendey

Ken talks with his guest Lisa Hendey, author of The Handbook for Catholic Moms – Nurturing Your Heart, Mind, Body, and Soul and O Radiant Dawn: 5-Minute Prayers Around the Advent Wreath. Lisa is the founder and editor of www.catholicmom.com a website focusing on the Catholic faith, Catholic parenting, and Catholic cultural topics. In the “handbook” you will find advice and resources for the Catholic mom. In her new book for Advent you will find prayers that a family can use to establish a family tradition of praying during Advent. For more information visit Lisa’s website is www.lisahendey.com She blogs at www.patheos.com/blogs/lisahendey Her books can be purchased at www.avemariapress.com.

December 3, 2012 – Fr. Raymond Skonezny, STL, SSL

Host Kathleen Beckman interviews Fr. Skonezny, a priest of the diocese of Orange, CA who spent 17 years of his life as a Trappist Monk at Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity Monastery and who served as the diocesan director of Cursillo for 26 years. Father Ray shares many personal stories about the power of prayer and how to grow in the interior life of union with God. They dialogue about various forms of prayer according to the CCC. Father offers prayers for all.

September 25, 2012 – Melissa Stewart, DNP, RN

Guest- Melissa Stewart, DNP, RN, author of Practical Patient Literacy, a book on health teaching and learning published by McGraw Hill in 22 languages.

September 12, 2012 – Fr Joe Kempf

Ken talks with Fr Joe Kempf about two of his books, “No One Cries the Wrong Way: Seeing God Through Tears” and “Sometimes Life Is Just Not Fair: Hope for Kids through Grief and Loss” (both published by Our Sunday Visitor) Fr Joe has written twin strategies for coping with grief and loss – one for adults, the other for children – that coach the broken-hearted and vulnerable thought the toughest times in their lives.  To learn more about Fr Joe visit http://welovebigal.com/ His books are available at www.osv.com.

September 3, 2012 – Praying without Ceasing

In this program, Mark and Frances discuss the prayer fo the Church, or the Liturgy of the Hours. They discuss a little about the history of the prayer, the different elements of the prayer, how it is prayed by the entire Church and some of the benefits of praying this prayer. They cover some of the differnet options for getting copies of the prayers, including sources on-line, and they also talk about the differences of praying this prayer in community or privately. This is a wonderful introduction to this most import form of “praying without ceasing.”

August 9, 2012 – Fr James Kubicki

Ken talks with Fr James Kubicki about A Heart on Fire: Rediscovering Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus (Published by Ave Maria Press) Fr Kubicki explains one of the oldest, but also often misunderstood, Catholic devotions. Learn more about Fr Kubicki and the Apostleship of Prayer and order his book at www.apostleshipofprayer.org His book is also available at www.avemariapress.com Learn more about Fr Kubicki and the Apostleship of Prayer. If you order his book from his website he will inscribe it for you: www.apostleshipofprayer.org

Campaign for Peace – June 26, 2012

Francesca revs up her campaign for peace in the person, family, USA and world through prayer and healing the brokenness and  wounds of  America and  the  world situation by  promoting and accepting  healing through  receiving God’s Mercy, Concern, Compassion and All Encompassing  Healing Love?

HEALING IN THE NAME OF JESUS (Part II) – April 24, 2012

Francesca Franchina speaks with Dr.  Doug  Schoeninger, Ph.D.;  Psychotherapist,  Past  President  of the International Association of Christian Therapists (ACT)  about the importance of taking responsibility for ones healing: moving from blaming others to owning ones experience as ones own and caring for  self. Francesca and Dr. Doug discuss  healing attitudes and beliefs: God loves me; I am marvelously made (Psalm 139); The Holy Spirit lives in me (Romans 8:26-28); Meditation  on your own healing (Phillipians 4: 6-9); The importance of safety and an Attitude of  Gratitude.  Part I (March 27, 2012 ) dealt with healing and  how you  can become your own friend and  relate to yourself  in a way that promotes healing for self and receiving God’s healing love.

T5H  Recipe from Francesca’s Italian  Kitchen:Frittelle de Mella (Italian Orange or Apple Fritters)

Divine Mercy in My Soul – April 11, 2012

Francesca reviews  Divine Mercy in My Soul   chronicling daily entries in the Diary by  St. Faustina Kowalska who Jesus revealed His plan to offer His Mercy to individuals  and the world, through the Chaplet and Novena of Divine Mercy and establishing  Divine Mercy Sunday on the Sunday after Easter. Why is this Mercy Devotion so important for our time and all time?  Call in to discuss the Diary and your experience with the Mercy Devotion. Great graces flow from the Mercy Devotion.

LIVING IN THE TIME OF MERCY – April 10, 2012

LIVING IN THE TIME OF MERCY 
 Francesca   focuses on St. FAUSTINA Kowalska, The Mercy Message from Jesus related  to St. Faustina Kowalska of Poland;  A professed Sister of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy;  The Diary of St. Faustina; What Jesus  wanted of her;  her messages from Jesus, and prayers given to her, her thoughts, doubts and joys and what they mean for us.  What about the  Mercy Novena and Chaplet and its importance for our time?  What is happening in your area for Mercy Sunday and what will be happening at The  Mercy Shrine in Stockbridge, MA.  Why Mercy? What  are you doing to remember and  share in the  Passion of Jesus?

April 9, 2012 – Paul Snatchko and Linda Santo

In this program, Kathie speaks with Paul Snatchko, Manager of Marketing and Communications at Magnificat Magazine. Paul talks about how the magazine, published books, and children’s media enriches the faith.

Linda Santo, mother of little Audrey Santo updates Kathie on little Audrey’s beatification and canonization.

Dr. Doug Schoeninger – March 27, 2012

Do You consider yourself a friend to yourself?  Can you  become your own friend?

Francesca Franchina speaks with Dr.  Doug  Schoeninger, Ph.D.;  Psychotherapist,  Past  President  of the International Association of Christian Therapists (ACT)  practicing in the Delaware Region (Philadelphia, PA)  about healing attitudes; how you  can become your own friend and  relate to yourself  in a way that promotes healing for self and receiving God’s healing love.The Dialogue focuses on  Healing Attitudes; Woundedness, Forgiveness, & Reconciliation.

T5H  Recipe from Francesca’s Sicilian Kitchen:  Easter Ricotta Pie and Easter Bread

40 DAYS FOR LIFE – March 13, 2012

 Francesca Franchina, MS Ed. talks with Mary Britt and Jenny Belokony of Dayton, OH about 40 DAYS FOR LIFE a focused pro-life campaign with a vision to access God’s power through prayer, fasting, and peaceful vigil to end abortion. The mission of the campaign is to bring together the Body of Christ in a spirit of unity during a focused 40 days of prayer, fasting, and peaceful activism, with the purpose of repentance, seeking God’s favor to turn hearts and minds from a culture of death to a culture of life to end tune in to see how you can participate in this great movement and the vigil to be held on abortion.

Doug Schoeninger – Feb. 28, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI calls the laity to have occasions of healing which are centered on the Word of God to heal our lives: “Scripture contains countless pages that speak of the healing which God brings.” Verbum Domini (Word of The Lord) December, 2010. Reconciliation, Forgiveness; Healing of the Heart, Body, Mind and Spirit Francesca Franchina, MS Ed. talks with Doug Schoeninger, Ph. D. Past President of the International Association of Christian Therapists practicing in the Delaware Region (Philadelphia, PA) focusing on Lent, Woundedness, Forgiveness, & Reconciliation: How to use anger well in the process of forgiving; Letting go and healing in the process of healing; The relationship of forgiveness and trust; and Forgiveness in generational healing: Forgiving those who wounded those who wounded us. Francesca shares her recipes for heart healthy Lenten dishes. Meatless Veggie Dish: Pesedi Con Ova (Peas with Eggs in Marinara Sauce) and Francesca’s Favorite Muffaletta; (Homemade Little Italian Breads Dressed with Olive Oil, Italian Cheese and Fresh Black Pepper). MUSIC: Refiner’s Fire; Bread of Life…

Lent – February 21, 2012

Francesca Franchina, MS Ed. focuses  on Lent, Reparation,  Reconciliation,  Healing of  the Heart, Body, Mind and Spirit;  Josefa  Menendez’ Way of Divine Love,  and  the fantastic blessed Miracle Day of Prayer held  at St. Luke the Evangelist Church Saturday, February 18, 2011  with   Fr.  Gregory Bramlage (www.missionariesofthenewevangelization.us) who  taught and ministered “In The Footsteps of The Lamb,” hosted by The CREDO Apostolate; Many Healings  occurred.  For more information on the CREDO Apostolate Healing Retreat and Miracle Day of Prayer see www.credoapostolate.us.  Francesca’s Recipe Today: Heart Healthy  Lenten Food, Sicilian Pasta with  Broccoli and Meatless Taco Soup.

February 17, 2012 – Ash Wednesday and the Season of Lent

In this episode of Living  With Mary Today,  Father John Fletcher discusses Ash Wednesday and the Season of Lent.

February 6, 2012 – Introduction to Brother Lawrence

This program is the introduction to Brother Lawrence of the Resurrection’s life and biographical sketch. It details his early military experience and his failed effort to become a hermit. It ends with his entry into the Carmel in Paris where he spent the rest of his life.

ACT International Conference – November 22, 2011

Francesca Franchina MS Ed. talks with Dr. Doug Schoeniniger, Ph.D. Psychotherapist, Past President of The Association of Christian Therapists (www.actheals.org) about the 2011 ACT International Conference held in Philadelphia, PA regarding the keynote speakers, topics of the conference, and his workshops on research being done regarding the effects of prayer and changes in the brain due to prayer, and “The Native American and William Penn Covenant.” Also discussed: Benefits and resources of ACT Membership, School and Curriculum; ACT SEW Groups, and how prayer and ecumenism is integrated personally and communally within ACT, various denominations and healthcare disciplines, through sharing The Word of God, and It’s Proclamation, His Love and Healing With The Heart of Jesus. This program will be archived on www.radiomaria.us and www.actheals.org . Francesca and Dr. Schoeninger share family Thanksgiving traditions/foods and Francesca shares her recipe for traditional celery/onion dressing and Frito Misto… Italian Fried Broccoli and Cauliflower. Write for recipes and share your ideas, recipes and questions. Through the Tummy to the Heart: P.O, Box 3238; Dayton, OH.

Fr. Dan Wilder – November 15, 2011

 Francesca Franchina MS Ed. talks with  Fr. Dan Wilder full time missionary priest from  Peoria, IL about the New Evangelization, promoting the reading and acting upon the Word of God, Praying with Expectant Faith and Baptism in the Holy  Spirit and the many highlights of the recent healing and prayer mission to Venezuela and Kenya with Fr. Gregory Bramlage and team members, sharing God’s love with brothers and sisters  through  proclamation of the Word-Repentance, Renunciation of Evil, Forgiveness and surrendering to the Father’s Will.

November 10, 2011 – Jim Beckman

November 10, 2011 Jim Beckman God, Help Me – How to Grow in Prayer Ken talks with Jim Beckman about his book God, Help Me – How to Grow in Prayer (published by Servant Books)

 You don’t pray, at least not regularly, and you don’t really know how. On the other hand, if God is who he says he is, and if he communicates with us through prayer, then clearly you’re missing out on something huge. Jim Beckman will not only introduce you to the wisdom and teaching of the Church regarding prayer, he will also provide tools that will help you achieve real intimacy with God. To find out more about Jim and his work, please visit www.ydiscipleleader.org His book can be purchased at http://catalog.americancatholic.org/Product.aspx?ProductCode=T16890

The Necessity of Solitude – November 8, 2011

Francesca Franchina MS Ed. talks with listeners about retreats and the necessity of solitude and silence in every day life and how you can help yourself to a quiet day of reflection and recollection in a familiar surrounding,  by making time to spend it with Jesus and Our Lady depending on what you are being drawn to in meditation your prayer life and  the books you are reading.   Specifically, Consoling the Heart of Jesus; A Do It Yourself Retreat, inspired by the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius written by Fr. Michael E. Gaitley, MIC, Director of the Association of The A (Marian Press; Stockbridge, MA  (Marian Helpers Center, Stockbridge, MA 01263

Immaculee Ilibagiza – September 14, 2011

WHAT IN THE WORLD IS GOING ON IN THE WORLDS OF WAR, PEACE, FORGIVENESS AND HEALING?

FRANCESCA FRANCHINA, MS Ed. speaks with Immaculee Ilibagiza, author, motivational speaker  and the recipient of the 2007 Mahatma Gandhi Reconciliation and Peace Award about her experiences during the genocide in Rwanda, Africa; her books Left To Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust; Led by Faith:Rising From The Ashes of the Rwandan Genocide and Our Lady of Kibeho: Mary Speaks to The World from The Heart of Africa and the upcoming Freedom & Healing Through Forgiveness” Conference featuring Immaculee to be held Saturday October 15, 2011 in St. Leon, IN.  (812-623-8007) hosted by Fr. Gregory Bramlage and the Word of God Prayer Ministry an outreach of Missionaries  of the New Evangelization.  www.healingthroughthepowerofjesuschrist.org  Link on to www.radiomaria.us to hear the program live and for Francesca and Friends Program Archives . 

September 06, 2011 – Ryan and Rachel Mahle

In this program, Mark Newman speaks with Ryan and Rachel Mahle about conversion, relationships, marriage, and youth ministry.

September 1, 2011- Amy Welborn Prove It! series of books

Ken talks with author Amy Welborn about the six books in her Prove It! series.  The series is for teens and young adults and covers: God, Jesus, Church, Prayer, You and there is also a Prove It! Bible (all published by Our Sunday Visitor).  Amy uses her background as a Catholic high school religion teacher to address issues faced by young Catholics. Her books can be purchased at https://catalog.osv.com/Catalog.aspx?ProductCode=396

July 28, 2011 – Woman of Grace: A Bible Study for Married Women

Guest host Gail Lyman talks with Michaelann Martin about her book Woman of Grace: A Bible Study for Married Women published by Emmaus Road Publishing. This insightful and intimate Bible study offers nourishment and guidance for women seeking to improve their prayer life and find fulfillment in their vocation as wives and mothers. This book can be purchased at www.emmausroad.org

June 14, 2011 – Dr. Dominic Pedulla

Steve Koob talks with Dr. Dominic Pedulla, executive director of the Edith Stein Foundation, about human sexuality and the Church’s teaching. They also talk about the many attacks in the medical industry against sexuality, including contraception and sterilization.

The Polish – April 12, 2011

Francesca Franchina, MS ED  talks with Danuta Romanowski and Carol Svisco saluting Poland and Polish Americans, their faith and fortitude through tragedy and triumph, the good, the sad and the jubilation and how Catholicism and their deep abiding  faith  has brought them to the now. Discussion  about the history of Poland,  Catholic Church, traditions, foods, St. Faustina, the Mercy Devotion, Pope John Paul II Beatification on Mercy Sunday and the effect of all these on the world. Polish Lenten and Easter traditions, customs and foods are shared.

National Vocation Awareness Week

During the week of January 9-15, the Catholic Church is observing National Vocation Awareness Week. We invite you to join us in prayer for an increase in vocations to the religious life and the priesthood. Click on the link below to view and print a prayer for vocations.

Prayer for vocations

December 14, 2010 – Caregiving During the Holidays

Host Warren Hebert, RN, shares a variety of tips for family caregivers during the holiday season. Whether it’s Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter or another big holiday, the stress on a family caregiver often prevents one from enjoying the family. These tips offer practical solutions that will relieve the stress for you and the person receiving care.

Forgiveness, Reconciliation, and Communications – December 14, 2010

Francesca Franchina focuses on Forgiveness, Reconciliation, Communications As a Means of Healing. Waiting for Jesus becomes a hassle when you have static in relationships and family gatherings…What can you do to help smooth relationships, assuage your own anger, and help others to get along with each other…What does Scripture say about forgiveness? Francesca shares her favorite  recipe for  Eggplant Rollatini, all good stuff rolled up together…makes for congenial togetherness!

Marian Prayer – November 02, 2010

In this program, Francesca Franchina speaks about Mary and the power of praying for the intercession of the Blessed Mother.

October 29, 2010 – Why Pray the Rosary?

In this program, Br. Erik Otiende, S.M. explains why the Rosary is such and important prayer to say.

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.

RUAH, ROOTS, AND RADISHES: Part 2 – October 05, 2010

Francesca Franchina, MS Ed.  speaks with Bruce Murphy  Liaison for the Catholic Charismatic Renewal for the Northern Archdiocese of Cincinnati about the upcoming Regional Prayer and Praise Fest as their team presents   RUAH, ROOTS AND RADISHES: THE GOLD OF A PERFECT REPENTANCE  on Wednesday October 13, 2010  at St. Luke the Evangelist Church; 1440 N. Fairfield Rd.; Beavercreek, OH.  www.jesus-cares.org.  Sharing Faith and Foods Francesca stirs up good things  in the kitchen to think and pray about, sharing faith, inviting others to partake in the goodness  of the Lord and sharing recipes for living  life’s lessons as given to us in the Word of God and promulgated by Good Pope John Paul II in The New Evangelization. Today Francesca shares her easy to make Italian Potato, Onion and  Green Pepper Casserole and EZ Baked Chicken. Green Peppers, Onions and  Potatoes  from family recipes hailing from Termini-Imerese, Sicilia.

Labor Day – Program 028

We celebrate Labor Day in this episode of Cantate. Lynn Bauman takes a look at the history of the holiday and shares some music for and inspired by Labor Day.

Making time for Jesus and Mary – September 07, 2010

Francesca Franchina speaks with Marlene Sommer  about  making time for  Jesus and Mary in a busy family life, professional endeavors, volunteer work and ministry regarding personal and communal  faith formation, prayer and  devotions,  amid crisis, catastrophic situations, joys, trials and traumas in every day life.

The Holy Spirit and Healing Prayer – April 27, 2010

Francesca Franchina speaks about the Association of Christian Therapists, the Holy Spirit and Healing Prayer.

Fran shares recipes from her Italian kitchen for Cannoli and Manicotti.

March 25, 2010 – Annunciation of the Lord

In this program, Fr. Thomas Thompson, S.M. speaks about the Annunciation of the Lord.