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Spring Mariathon 2015

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.
With a total pledged of $64,885 pledged, we certainly see your love of Our Lady’s radio network. While the pledges were short of the total we were hoping for, we know that God always provides and is never outdone in generosity.
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March 01, 2015

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.

January 10, 2015

During this program Deacon Bob discusses the tremendous emphasis Our Lady placed on praying the rosary every day, and our dependence on Our Lady of the Rosary for world peace.
In addition, he explains the “liturgical nature” of the rosary and offers some considerations for those who have abandoned it because they find it monotonous.

December 31, 2014 – The Nativity, Peace & the Glory of God

God came as a child, inviting us to draw close to him. St. Francis, whose joy over the Nativity of Our Lord, brought us the idea of re-creating that beautiful birth-scene in our homes and churches. Witnesses to Christ’s birth include: Mary & Joseph, Shepherds, Kings, angels and animals. But which witness might we be in this celebration? Also, what is the connection between the angel’s promise of peace and our world today? The Sacred Scriptures will be the basis for our reflection.

December 13, 2014

Why has the “peace on earth to men of good will” proclaimed by the host of heavenly angels as they announced the birth of the Savior 2000+ years ago not come to pass? Focusing on “to men of good will,” Deacon Bob offers an explanation and a surefire means of finally attaining it.

The Flame of Love Program to Start Dec. 4

flame of loveBeginning 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.

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.”

New Daily Meditations Section On Our Prayer Page

Please look for the new daily meditation section on the Prayer Page of our website:
It is titled: “A Light for Your Path for Today.”

November 10, 2014:
“For all, regenerated in Christ, are made kings by the sign of the cross; they are consecrated priests by the oil of the Holy Spirit, so that beyond the special service of our ministry as priests, all spiritual and mature Christians know that they are a royal race and are sharers in the office of the Priesthood.”
St. Leo the Great

“May your life be nothing but a continuous act of the Will of God.”
Luisa Piccarreta

Happy Feast of All Saints

Queen of Angels & SaintsWe wish all of you– Our Radio Maria Family of Saints — a most blessed and happy Feast of All Saints!
Let us pray for each other that we will share that title not only on earth but most of all in Heaven with Our Lady, Queen of Angels and Saints!

October 21, 2014 – Fr Daniel McCaffrey

The Extraordinary Synod on the Family is now closed. For the past two weeks we have seen a minor media frenzy over the Catholic Church’s Third Synod in modern times. Actually, this one is called “Extraordinary” because it is really preparation for the “Ordinary” Synod to take place in October 2015.

The Working Document to prepare for the Synod just completed had identified three main areas of concern:
How to better preach the Gospel of the Family;
How to pastorally address various situations caused by couples in irregular relationships; and,
How to encourage married couples to be more open to life.

I have not seen commentary on anything but the middle of these three areas of concern, and there has been an abundance of that, with the secular media concluding that cohabitation, same-sex “marriage” and receiving communion by the divorced and remarried were now going to be approved by the Church, or if not approved at least seen as adding something positive to the Catholic community.

In a recent Life Site News interview*, Fr Daniel McCaffrey asked if the Synod Fathers would be dealing with the the virtually universal absence of teaching and preaching on Humanae Vitae–God’s plan for marriage and procreation. For most of his over 50 year priesthood, Father has been preaching and teaching this great encyclical of now Beatified Pope Paul VI. Father McCaffrey has found the laity wonderfully receptive to this teaching, and they often ask, “Why have we not heard this before?”

The Extraordinary Synod is now formally complete, but the dust is anything but settled. What does Father McCaffrey think will be different because of this two week gathering in the Holy City?

Beatification of Pope Paul VI

Pope Paul VIThis Sunday, October 19, Pope Francis will preside over the Beatification of Pope Paul VI, who died in 1978. Pope Paul VI is best known for being the author of Humanae Vitae, the controversial Encyclical on contraception. He contributed greatly to the implementation of the documents of the Second Vatican Council and their directives. Radio Maria US will broadcast a recording of this Celebration at 10:30 AM CDT (11:30 AM EDT). Please join us!

October 14, 2014 – Our Lady of the Rosary & Catholic Marriage (Part 1)

Joe provided a little background on the Feast Day of Our Lady of the Rosary and shared why it is so important and indispensable for us today. Joe also initiated Part 1 of a discussion highlighting Catholic Teaching and the detailed nature, beauty and glory of a Catholic Marriage.

October 11, 2014

Deacon Bob describes the 3 apparitions of the Angel of Peace in 1916 which prepared the shepherd children for the apparitions of Our Lady which would follow the next year.

October 9, 2014 – David Scott and Sherry Boas

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

Mariathon Update

Radio Maria’s Mariathon is into it’s fourth day and we still need your help! Please call 1-888-408-0201 with your pledge or make a donation online on our Donate page. Volunteers are standing by Friday till 7:30pm and on Saturday from 9am-4pm central.
Our heartfelt thanks goes out to all of you that have given already and thank you in advance to all of you who will donate.

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September 11, 2014 – Ambassador Michael Novak interview

We discuss Ambassador Michael Novak’s Catholic faith and his new book, Writing from Left to Right: My Journey from Liberal to Conservative

September 10, 2014 – Finding Your Soulmate – Regina and Paul Bailey

Christine Watkins interviews Regina and Paul Bailey who met each other through the internet. Find out how to discern who is right for you in God’s will. The Baileys can help you find the way. See a video of them on Catholic Match’s youtube page.

September 9, 2014 – Catholicism’s Rise, Fall, and Future – Russell Shaw

Russell Shaw is working on book number 22. His writing spans 50 years of focusing on the Catholic Church, primarily in the United States. American Church:The Remarkable Rise, Meteoric Fall, and Uncertain Future of Catholicism in America is his mini-history of the immediate past Century of Catholicism.

He hypothesizes about the benefits that accrued to Catholics as they were gradually melded into the predominantly Protestant American scenery. Did Catholics retain their identity or absorb a Protestant one? What was the “Elephant in the Living Room” that tipped the scales away from Catholics being a “sign of contradiction” to being a common secular American.

“Russell Shaw has lived his own life of Christian witness with uncommon integrity, humility, and keen intelligence. His skill animates every page of American Church. He has captured the story of the Church in the United States with honesty and love, and it’s a privilege to call him my friend.” + Charles J. Chaput, O. F. M. Cap. Archbishop of Philadelphia.

September 04, 2014 – He Leadeth Me and Anecdotes of Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen

Picking up from last week, to the point of Accepting God’s Ways, I want to share with you the amazing story of a Jesuit priest, Servant of God, Fr. Walter J. Ciszek. I have read and re-read both of his books, With God in Russia and He Leadeth Me. I highly recommend both. He Leadeth Me is much about discovering the will of God and His amazing Providence especially in adversity which I happen to speak and write a lot about.

Now you are in for a treat. I will share some stories of my hero and mentor in heaven Ven. Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen…

September 03, 2014 – History & Science Support the Holy Shroud

Did you know that there are 145 points of congruence between the Shroud of Turin and the image of Our Lord engraved on the 7th century Roman coin known as the Solidus of Justinian II? Are you aware that at the Monastery of St. Catherine in Sinai that there is an 6th century image of King Abgar V of Edessa holding a cloth on which is imprinted the face of Jesus? Remarkably, two centuries earlier, Church historian St. Eusebius recorded that King Abgar had been healed of leprosy when he touched this cloth! Is this evidence that the Shroud of Turin could have existed from the earliest centuries? It may be, but there is still more. There is also scientific evidence that defies explanation and it pertains to the image on the Shroud itself!

Information presented here is based on the 2014 exposition “La Sabana Santa”, Diocesan Museum, Zaragoza, Spain.

September 01, 2014 – Monsignor John Esseff, exorcist, spiritual son of Padre Pio, Sp. Dir. for Mother Teresa

Host Kathleen Beckman dialogues with Monsignor John Esseff, priest of the diocese of Scranton, PA on the subjects of prayer, priesthood, spiritual warfare, spiritual motherhood and fatherhood. Father speaks about healing the “father wound” and being set free for love and service.

August 13, 2014 – The Miracles of Mary–Stephen Ryan, author of The Madonna Files

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.

August 5, 2014

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.

July 24, 2014 – Emily Strand

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

July 7, 2014 – Elizabeth Kindelmann and the Flame of Love (#2 in the series)

Want to blind Satan? Fight fire with fire! Put out the fire of hatred with the fire of love. The Blessed Mother told Elizabeth Kindelmann: “My Flame of Love will be lit first in Carmel.” She also said that the flames which spring from her love (Flame of Love) will quench the fire of hell and blind Satan. Listen in to find out how. Guest Marika Zimmerman returns to the program to discuss with host, Frances Harry, the newly published English translation of Elizabeth Kindelmann’s “Spiritual Diary” on the “Flame of Love of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.” What is in the diary? What inspires you in this diary? We talk about the many ways and means of participating in this devotion which has come about thru the Blessed Virgin Mary’s intercession and desire to blind Satan for the salvation of souls. Through this devotion, our Blessed Mother said, “Evil will diminish gradually, the burning flame of hatred will be put out, and the splendor of my Flame of Love will fill all regions of the earth.” Many special graces are promised.

July 1, 2014 – Professor Ray Noble

I have asked Prof Ray Noble to help us understand the Hobby Lobby decision and its ramifications for lower court cases that have been looking to this case for guidance. Did the Court strike a significant blow to the Affordable Care Act, or is the decision too narrow to be of great significance?

May 07, 2014 – Fr. John McDonald

Christine Watkins interviews Fr. John McDonald, director of Catholic education at the Roman Catholic Diocese of Birmingham, president of John Carroll Catholic High School, and associate pastor at Saint Francis Xavier Catholic Church–ie. busy! Fr. John speaks of the immeasurable value of the inner life and how to cultivate it in both adults and in the youth. In April of 2005, while Fr. John was still in the seminary, he was called upon to read the second reading during the funeral mass of Pope John Paul II. It was at this moment when the whole world heard his special South Alabama accent.

April 15, 2014

Our Blessed King spoke seven “words” from the altar of the Holy Cross. Since His every breath was an agony, these words must have been of great importance. On this episode of Shield of Faith Matthew reveals why they have been the source of fruitful meditation for generations of Catholic Saints.

April 14, 2014 – Fr. Titus Brandsma Part 3

“This program is the third and final in a series on the life and death of Blessed Titus Brandsma. In this program Frances and Mark discuss the last months of Titus’ life spent in a Nazi concentration camp. They explore both Titus great lows, his moments of near despair and loss of hope, and also his ultimately victory in overcoming his own will. Titus’ life is an example that few of us will ever have to experience; he was called to a particularly high degree of sanctity. But at the same time, it can serve as a model for what all of us must go through on some level, the overcoming of our individual desires and our self will. We see again the importance of the individual cell for a place of refuge in the interior life, but in Titus’ case even that cell must ultimately be abandoned to the will of the Father. Titus must go to his own Cross by completely abandoning himself to the mercy of the Father. His ultimate death, at the hands of his captors, is a testament to the struggle with evil, lived out in the most horrible circumstances of deprivation and cruelty. His life is truly a Witness to Hope.”

April 08, 2014

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).

April 01, 2014

Matthew shares of the gospel readings of both the Ordinary and Extraordinay forms for this Latare Sunday – the Healing of the Man Born Blind and the Miracle of the Loaves and Fishes – and how they relate to our lives today.

March 26, 2014 – Our Lady of Sorrows

The Church has honored Our Lady of Sorrows since the 13th century. What may we learn from this devotion? In short, not only may we come to understand that the Mother of God suffered during her life, but that our own suffering can have great merit. We become more like Christ and draw closer to his embrace when we “deny ourselves and take up our crosses” (Luke 9: 23). My guest, Deacon Dominic Peloso from the Archdiocese of San Francisco, shares the origin of this devotion, insights into Our Lady’s life, and the opportunities suffering can bring each of us. He also makes a connection with Our Lady’s apparitions in Kibeho, Rwanda in the 1980s. There, as in Fatima, Our Lady encourages us to pray the holy Rosary for the graces we need during our trials.

March 24, 2014 – Kitty Cleveland Testimony to Divine Mercy

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.

March 18, 2014 – Dan Lynch

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.

March 12, 2014 – God in prison—Brian Kemper

So popular that he’s back again. . .Brian Kemper (see above) shares his experiences of God in prison, during his arrests for pro-life work.

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.

February 19, 2014 – Peak Performance is Within Our Reach Too

When we see athletes compete at the Olympic games, we can be amazed by the height of their achievement. But, we also know that not every athlete achieves the heights they are capable of. Furthermore, it is not simply the outcome of every sporting contest that matters, where there are winners and losers. It is a question of whether the athletes, and also you and I, bring forward all the talent that is within us, independent of our walk in life. C. S. Lewis proposes a source for greater strength and courage. We see this exhibited in the story of David’s remarkable contest with Goliath. Listeners are invited to consider the source of their talents and to solicit God’s aid for their “contests” and life.

September 8, 2013 – “Magnificat – The Canticle of Our Lady throughout the Ages”

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.

August 26, 2013 – Catholics for the Sanctification of Priests

Kathleen presents the Congregation for the Clergy’s initiative on “Eucharistic Adoration for Priests and Spiritual Maternity”. She announces that in accord with the wishes and encouragement of the Holy See, she is on the founding team of a new apostolate, “Catholics for the Sanctification of Priests”. This is a global Eucharistic Movement of intercessory prayer and catechesis to serve the personal holiness of priests for the “future of the evangelization of humanity” (PDV).

August 23, 2013 – Richard Sempala, CEO of the Africa Life Youth Foundation

Richard Sempala, CEO of the Africa Life Youth Foundation, discusses his work to bring the culture of life to Uganda and the problems caused by the funding of anti-life activities by the United States’ USAID and by Marie Stopes International.

August 11, 2013 – “Music for the Solemnity of the Assumption”

August 15th, the Solemnity of the Assumption, is a Holy Day of Obligation, and one of the most important feasts in the Church year. In this program Susan features a variety of music, both from the Vigil of the Assumption and the Solemnity itself, in honor of Our Blessed Lady and her Assumption.

August 6, 2013 – Bishop Thomas John Paprocki

I am always especially excited to be able to interview one of Christs’ Vicars here on Earth. Bishop Paprocki is the “Ordinary” for the Diocese of Springfield, the capital of Illinois, and by no means is he”ordinary”. He is probably in the best physical condition of all the US bishops. He runs marathons (18 and counting) and still plays ice hockey (goalie) on an amateur team.

He has written a book–Holy Goals for Body and Soul–that extols the virtues and demands of athletics and their application to life. It is loaded with interesting stories from sports and their practical lessons for everyday life. I highly recommend it as a gift for any athlete or sports enthusiast.

The goalie is the last line of defense, and courage is essential. So it is with a bishop, as he is the final authority for his diocese and when something is wrong, he has the responsibility to address the problem. Bishop Paprocki has taken the heat for his 2012 pastoral letter on a Catholic’s responsibility to take his/er faith into the voting booth, and he has spoken clearly in defense of marriage.

Bishop Paprocki is also a lawyer and quite willing to offer guidance to the Illinois State legislature and other state officials in Springfield. Illinois does not have a strong pro-life/family reputation [ranked 36th by Americans United for Life–www.aul.org/states/illinois], so some recent decisions are surprising. Does he see “evolving”? Is he a stimulant for evolution in Illinois?

July 19, 2013 – Conjugal Love, Children, Marriage

Joe reflected upon the relationship between Marriage, Conjugal Love, and Children. He read from an excerpt from “Christ in the Home” by Fr. Raoul Plus, SJ to shed further light on this topic.

July 19, 2013 – Rey Flores

Rey Flores, who is in the process of establishing a National Latino Pro-Life Network, talking about the purpose of the network and the need to spread the word to the culturally-diverse Latino populations.

July 16, 2013 – Kevin Burke

The abortion debate and focus is typically on the baby and mother. But what about fathers of children who mom wants to abort? They may be encouraging the abortion, discouraging, or neutral. And how do they feel after the dastardly deed?

Kevin Burke is Pastoral Associate of Priests for Life focused on ministry to fathers. This is what he says about what he does:
One of the saddest correspondences or phone calls I deal with, is a father who is devastated because his partner, girlfriend, fiancé or wife had an abortion…without ever telling him about the procedure…until it is too late. It is heart breaking, and with what we know about how this impacts men, its also a really serious mental health and spiritual crisis that requires immediate help if the man is open to that. I wanted to share how I respond to these situations. Each one is unique so there is no set formula. You are just trying with the Lord’s help, to reach out and connect man to man (woman to man) with his heart and soul and keep the momentum of reaching out for help…to keep that momentum moving forward. Isolation with this kind of pain, is very bad.

June 25, 2013

You are gifted! Matthew shares how to discover and balance your spiritual gifts according to the 12th chapter of St. Paul’s Letter to the Romans.

June 13, 2013 – Roy Wenzl and Barbara Hosbach

On June 13th Ken talks with guests Roy Wenzl author of The Miracle of Father Kapaun – Priest, Soldier, and Korean War Hero (Ignatius Press) and Barbara Hosbach author of Fools, Liars, Cheaters, and Other Bible Heroes (Franciscan Media) Wenzl’s book on Fr Emil Kapaun-priest, soldier and Korean War hero- is a rare man. He has been awarded the Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest military award, and is also being considered by the Vatican for canonization as a saint. His book is available at www.ignatius.com
Barbara Hosbach says that Fools, Liars, Cheaters and Other Bible Heroes is her response to the questions raised in her mind while reading Scripture. Each chapter describes a different character from the Bible, their unique combination of strengths, weakness, and circumstances. To learn more about Barbara visit her website: http://www.biblemeditations.net/ Her book is available at: catalog.franciscanmedia.org

June 12, 2013 – An Introduction to Medjugorje

In our world today, there can be found considerable skepticism, doubt and even disbelief that supernatural things, things from heaven, can occur here on earth. This also can be our reaction when we hear reports of Our Lady’s visit to Medjugorje. However, I invite listeners to consider the background to these events, and other facts, with an open mind and heart, before coming to their own conclusion. In this program I discuss when the apparitions began and what the vililage of Medjugorje was like at the time. You will also hear a little about the visionaries and the reason Our Lady is coming to us. I excerpt from a report given, at Our Lady’s request, by Fr. Tomislav Vlasic to the Pope John Paul II in 1983 or 1984. Finally, I conclude with some facts about today, for example the graciousness of the villagers despite their community being inundated with pilgrms. The villagers themselves give powerful witness to appearance of Our Lady their.

June 07, 2013 – Christopher Reilly

Author Christopher Reilly discusses his book “Estate Planning for Catholics.” In a lively discussion, he gets into not only estate planning, but the unique aspects of Catholic charitable giving.

May 13, 2013 – Fr. Jeff Droessler, STL

Host Kathleen Beckman and Fr. Jeffrey Droessler dialogue about his calling from a successful business to the priesthood, and how faith was necessary to make the transition. They discuss Father’s thesis on “St. Catherine of Genoa’s Mysticism of Purgatory in light of the teaching of the Doctrine of the Church, Doctors of the Church, other Saints and Popes”. Father shares about the type of suffering in Purgatory, God’s mercy, and what is meant by “Purgatory on earth” and more.

March 18, 2013 – Bradley James

Host Kathleen Beckman dialogues with Bradley James regarding his friendship and commissioning by Mother Teresa; and how life-changing it was for him. In one letter to Bradley, Mother Teresa wrote, “I give you my permission to write melodies to my words and prayers. That would indeed be something beautiful for God – your gift of love to the Missionaries of Charity. Let us thank God for the desire he has kindled in your heart to use the gifts he has given you for his glory!” Grammy-award winning producer John Andrew Schreiner co-produced it with James who said it’s become the best selling independently produced CD’s in the world.

March 11, 2013 – Aaron Kheriaty, M.D.

Host Kathleen Beckman interviews Dr. Aaron Kheriaty on the genesis of his new book (written with Fr. John Cihak, STD) on how the saints, sacraments, and psychiatry can help you break the grip of depression and find happiness again. They discuss Blessed JPII’s teaching on the complimentary work of psychiatry/psychology with philosophy/theology, and how the physician and the confessor can offer God’s healing love.

March 4, 2013 – Fr. John Hampsch, CMF

Host Kathleen Beckman interviews Fr. John Hampsch, CMF world renown preacher and teacher on the mystery of divine Providence in his personal life, the meaning and value of suffering that can become co-redemptive, and the six levels of faith related to suffering. They dialogue about Father’s experience of the grace of “baptism in the Spirit” that resulted in the miraculous cure of his speech difficulties. Father also teaches about “healing the family tree”; why we have ancestral problems and how they can be cured. Visit www.catholicbooks.com for Father Hampsch’s vast library of materials.

March 1, 2013 – Leonardo Defilippis, St. Luke Productions

Joe interviewed Leonardo Defilippis, the president of St. Luke Productions. Joe and Leonardo talked about their amazing 30+ years of touching souls through their “One Man Plays” and the feature film “ Therese”. Leonardo offered solid guidance and insight to his ministry and the gifts that await all of us when we “Trust God and do His most Holy Will.”

February 14, 2013 – Amy Bonaccorso

Ken talks with his guest Amy Bonaccorso, How to Get to “I Do” A Dating Guide for Catholic Women (Servant Books) Ten years of eye-opening experiences on the Christian dating scene equipped Amy Bonaccorso to offer hard-hitting advice that will help you get real, get practical, and get married. As a happily married woman, she knows what works, what doesn’t, and gives you the confidence to date strategically with an eye toward marriage. This practical and realistic guide for single Catholic women offers you an opportunity for self-assessment, and takes seriously the importance of marriage as a vocation to be pursued with as much energy as a call to the religious life. Visit her websites: www.newmountaincoaching.com and amybonaccorso.com Purchased her book at: catalog.franciscanmedia.org

Keys to Spiritual Growth with Fr. Scott McCaig

Keys to Spiritual Growth is a weekly program that examines the keys to developing a vibrant and rich personal spiritual life. Through this program you will discover how to properly relate to God, how to pray effectively and how to answer the Lord’s call to perfection while overcoming obstacles and enemies to spiritual growth. It will provide solid theological foundations and useful practices to unlock a deeper union with the Lord in your life.

January 14, 2013 – Deacon Bob and Paullette Brotherton

Host Kathleen Beckman interviews Deacon Bob and Paullette Brotherton of the Diocese of Las Cruces, New Mexico. They discuss the “Living in Love” marriage program that Deacon and Paullette have been teaching in their diocese. The discussion includes how to approach marriage as a proactive “vocation”, how to love “smarter”, being “spiritually naked” in prayer, relating rather than debating, anger, being a couple “first” and being a “living” sign. Pope John Paul II’s Theology of the Body provides the inspiration and motivation to live a life of total mutual self-donation. Conjugal spirituality is a sacramental couple’s way of loving.

January 9, 2013 – Madonna Spaeth,MS, LSW

Francesca Franchina MS Ed. talks with Madonna Spaeth,MS, LSW; Director of Caring Families, Dayton, OH about supporting and strengthening families, education classes in parenting, anger management, mentoring, developing and rebuilding relationships, communications and much much more. New 2013 Classes starting on Anger Management, Parenting Classes, Mars & Venus; Four Steps of Grieving After Loss of A Love Relationship; Bullying and Trauma Survival. (See Call 937-643-4000 to REGISTER FOR CLASSES)

January 8, 2013 – Catherine England

Catherine shares her experiences as a missionary to Romania and plans for a new orphanage.

January 8, 2013 – Michael Duricy

Michael Duricy teaches and serves as the webmaster for “The Mary Page” at the International Marian Research Institute located at the U of Dayton in Dayton, OH. We are fortunate to have him translate Mary’s words and actions into a Culture of Life language for us today.

December 24, 2012 – Robert Ramirez

St. Patrick’s Church, one of the art treasures of New Orleans, LA with museum quality frescoes in the sanctuary as told by Robert Ramirez, parishioner.

December 17, 2012 – Dr. Margarett Schlientz

Host Kathleen Beckman interviews Dr. Margarett Schlientz, Director of the Healing and Deliverance Conference at Mundelein Seminary, Assistant Director of the Institute for Priestly Formation at Creighton, doctor in psychiatric nursing. They discuss the spiritual battle, discernment of spirits, and what is being done to catechize bishops, priests and laity about spiritual warfare. They share why the sacramental life is so necessary as spiritual armor, and how to pray against diabolical attacks.

Faith and Today’s Youth with Deacon Mitch Chavez

Faith and Today’s youth is an interactive, call in Q & A program dealing with issues and topics relevant to today’ young people and their Faith as members of the Catholic Church.

November 27, 2012 – Fr. John Macquarrie

Mark Newman and Fr. John Macquarrie discuss Christ the King, The New Liturgical Year and Advent!

November 19, 2012 – Mrs. Annie Karto

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.

November 8, 2012 – Nancy Mayer-Whittington

Ken talks with his guest Nancy Mayer-Whittington author of For the Love of Angela (Saint Catherine of Siena Press) Her book is an inspirational memoir in which Nancy recounts her experience of carrying and delivering her daughter, Angela, who died shortly after birth. The author focuses on how her Catholic faith saved her in these circumstances and how her relationship with Angela has changed and enriched her life. To learn more about Nancy and her story read this article in “The Catholic World Report” magazine www.catholicworldreport.com To learn more about the support group Nancy cofounded visit www.isaiahspromise.net Her book can be purchased at www.saintcatherineofsienapress.com

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October 27, 2012 – For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also

Charitable Giving
Ways of giving through estate planning
Charitable Trusts
How you can help Radio Maria through charitable giving.

October 20, 2012 – The Twentieth Century and Today

Great Catholic Converts and Catholic literary revival: from Chesterton to the Royal Family (and the recent changes in Royal succession); Beatifications and Canonizations of Catholic Martyrs from 1535 to 1681 by Pope Paul VI and Pope John Paul II; Pope Benedict XVI and England–his outreach to “groups of Anglicans” with the Personal Ordinariate; his visit to England and the beatification of John Henry Newman

The Kerygma Enigma – October 17, 2012

The “Kerygma” is the initial and essential proclamation of the Gospel. As evangelizers we must know the “kerygma” if we are going to effectively communicate it to others. Unfortunately, for many Catholics the kerygma remains an enigma. In this episode we will explore the various elements of the kerygma and it’s meaning with a view to sharing it with others.

October 16, 2012

Emotional challenges for family caregivers and how to deal with them. Warren Hebert sharing from Barry Jacob’s Book, The Caregiver’s Emotional Survival Guide.

The Function of the Unction – October 3, 2012

“You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and to the ends of the earth.” These are the parting words of Jesus to his disciples before His glorious Ascension, words that describe the anointing that they would receive on Pentecost, which would embolden and empower them to evangelize the world. Every baptized and Confirmed Catholic receives this same outpouring of the Holy Spirit along with His spiritual gifts and charisms. These gifts are to be used for the building up of the Body of Christ and for the advancement of the Kingdom. Yet unfortunately for many believers these gifts remain largely dormant and undiscovered. In this episode we will explore the role of the Holy Spirit in evangelization and the importance of the spiritual gifts.

October 03, 2012

Francesca Franchina MS Ed. continues her talk with Fr. Tom Alkire, OC from Los Angeles, CA   about The Titles of the Blessed Mother as Queen: Queen of  Angels, Martyrs, Saints, relative to her Son Jesus, King of Kings; Our Lady of the Holy Eucharist and Precious Blood  and Our Lady of Mount Carmel and how she equips us with  spiritual weapons; making the five First Saturdays;  The Holy Mass, Reconciliation, wearing a blessed  Brown Carmelite Scapular and fulfilling her requests at Fatima and other apparition sites.  Learn how   she protect us in battle and how we can help her fight her battle for The Triumph  and assist her  in The New Evangelization,  and The Year of Faith. Fr. Tom Alkire, OC  is a seasoned Carmelite priest  affiliated with the Marian Movement of Priests, The Association  of The Precious Blood/Tallahassee, FL.

September 29, 2012 – Providing for the long-term–Trusts

What is a trust?
Two types of trust: Testamentary and Living
Revocable vs. Irrevocable Trusts
How does a trust work?
Advantages of a trust