2nd segment Ken talks with Anthony Ryan (Marketing Director at Ignatius Press) “Could You Not Watch with Me One Hour: How to Cultivate a Deeper Relationship with the Lord through Eucharist Adoration” by Fr. Florian Racine (Ignatius Press) www.ignatius.com
Ken talks with Ignatius Press founder Fr Joseph Fessio on St Pope Paul VI’s encyclical “On Human Life” (Ignatius Press) and Regina Doman about the 10th anniversary edition of “Angel in the Waters” (Sophia Institute Press) The papal encyclical Humanae Vitae (On Human Life) made headlines worldwide. Many talked about the encyclical when it was issued in 1968, but few actually read it. Why is it perhaps the most controversial document in modern Church history?
This Ignatius Press edition combines Humanae Vitae with commentary by popular and respected Catholic authors Mary Eberstadt, James Hitchcock, and Jennifer Fulwiler in order to address this question and to shed light on the document’s enduring wisdom. On Human Life is available at: www.ignatius.com
Since its first release in 2004, “Angel in the Waters” has been a best-selling, life-transforming children’s book. It has been carried in countless hospital gift shops, pro-life centers, and Catholic book stores. In just ten years, over 130,000 copies have been sold. The 10th Anniversary, hardcover edition is a simple, non-confrontational book that makes young children decidedly pro-life long before they ever hear the word “abortion.” In its mother’s womb, a tiny baby grows, explores the waters, and talks with the angel who is there. A story that will delight all young children, because the journey from conception to birth is their story, too. “Angel in the Waters” is available at: shop.sophiainstitute.com Visit Regina at: www.reginadoman.com
James Littleton interviews Steve Ray on Raising Daughters and Sons.
Steve has given seminars and talks all over the world – Rome, Jerusalem, India, Dubai, England, Philippines, Japan, Australia, Israel, Canada, Guam, and many more).
He has worked extensively with EWTN, St. Joseph Communications, Lighthouse Catholic Media, Catholic Answers, Franciscan University of Steubenville, Legatus, Fullness of Truth, Catholic Scripture Study International, Defensores Fidei Foundation, Ignatius Press, Regina Apostolorum University in Rome, Dr. Scott Hahn’s St. Paul Center, Catholics Come Home, Lighthouse Ministries, Family of Faith in Bombay and the Arab Emirates, and many others.
He has appeared on Fox News, Canadian TV and is a regular guest on EWTN, Relevant Radio, Ave Maria Radio, Catholic Answers Live, Guadalupe Radio, and many other TV and radio programs…and of course now on Forming Faithful families on Radio Maria.
Steve Ray would love to come to your parish or conference to share the truth and beauty of the Catholic Faith. From his conversion story to his adventures overseas, from his talks on St. Paul to raising a Catholic family, from teaching the Bible to explaining the Eucharist – he is excited and ready to speak to your group!
Ken talks with William Kilpatrick author of Christianity, Islam, and Atheism (Ignatius Press) For many Americans the attack on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, was the first time they had considered Islam. Were the terrorists motivated by the true dictates of their religion, or had they hijacked Islam as well as the planes in a political cause unrelated to the teachings of Muhammad? Dr Kilpatrick makes the case that Islam is a religion of conquest and subjugation and that in spite of 9/11, and thousands of other terrorist attacks throughout the world, many in the West still do not know or admit this because it conflicts with their multiculturalism and their belief in the equivalence of all cultures and religions. Dr Kilpatrick’s book can be purchased at: www.ignatius.com.
Ken talks with Sheila Liaugminas author of Non-Negotiable: Essential Principles of a Just Society and Human Culture (Ignatius Press) and Patti Maguire Armstrong author of “Dear God” series (Liguori) Sheila’s book goes beyond the politics of pragmatism and cultural relativism to reacquaint the reader with first principles. It demonstrates what the Church has to say about the most important issues of our time and why. It anticipates the questions readers will ask and provides the answers they will need in the struggle to restore respect for human dignity.
Sheila’s book is available at: www.ignatius.com Visit Sheila’s blog at www.inforumblog.com In the Dear God series Patti Armstrong, addresses questions that young children face when prayers aren’t answered in a time of adversity – and more importantly, the timeless question of: “Is He even listening?” – Patti’s books are available at: www.liguori.org Visit Patti’s website at: www.pattimaguirearmstrong.com
Ken talks with Dena Hunt Treason: A Catholic Novel of Elizabethan England (Sophia Institute Press) and Jason Evert Saint John Paul the Great: His Five Loves (Ignatius Press) Joseph Pearce says this about Dena Hunt’s novel
“Treason is one of the most powerful historical novels I’ve ever read. It brings to vivid and shocking life the age in which Shakespeare lived and in which the English martyrs died.” This novel won the Gold medal in the Religious Fiction category of the 2014 Independent Publisher Book Awards. Dena’s book is available at: shop.sophiainstitute.com
In Jason’s new book discover the five great loves of St. John Paul II through remarkable unpublished stories on him from bishops, priests, students, Swiss Guards, and others. Jason has uncovered these many gems, offering a treasure chest brimming with the jewels of the saint’s life. After a brief overview of John Paul’s life, Evert explores in depth his five great loves: Young People, Human Love, The Eucharist, Our Lady, The Cross. Jason’s book is available at: www.ignatius.com To learn more about Jason visit: www.chastityproject.com
Ken talks with Collin Raye – A Voice UnDefeated and Michael Nicholas Richard – Tobit’s Dog (both by Ignatius Press)
Collin Raye is one of America’s best-loved country singers. He produced twenty-four Top Ten singles, sixteen were Number One hits, and a total of five straight platinum and two gold albums. Collins autobiography gives readers an account of his personal and professional life. From his childhood in Arkansas and Texas, his conversion to Catholicism, his rise to stardom, this book is both a journey to the top of the music world and an intimate diary of a soul that has suffered great professional and personal losses. Collin’s book is available at: www.ignatius.com Visit his website: www.collinraye.com
Tobit’s Dog is a retelling of the biblical story of Tobit. Set in North Carolina during the Depression, it brings to life in surprising ways the beloved Old Testament characters including the important but often overlooked family dog. A humble man named Tobit Messenger who, despite the ever-present oppression of the Jim Crow South, becomes a prosperous and well-respected man. One day forces beyond his control start a cascade of misfortune that leaves him blind and nearly destitute. Michael’s book is available at: www.ignatius.com To learn more about Michael visit: michaelnicholasrichard.wordpress.com
Ken talks with Devin Schadt, author of Joseph’s Way: The Call to Fatherly Greatness – Prayer of Faith: 80 Days to Unlocking Your Power As a Father (Ignatius Press) Society goes by way of the family and the family goes by way of the father. If you want to change the world, change the human father. Joseph’s Way: Prayer of Faith is the first release of a two-volume series, which transmits the biblical vision of fatherhood, its necessity, its glory, and its irreplaceable effect on families and society. It is a tough, bold, game-changing challenge to men of our age to pursue fatherly greatness. By comparing St. Joseph with the great patriarchs of old, Joseph’s Way provides fathers with invaluable practical tools and profound spiritual insights to help them become the great father that God has created them to be. Devin’s book is available at: www.ignatius.com To learn more about Devin Schadt visit: josephswaybook.com and fathersofstjoseph.org
Ken talks with Robert Reilly Making Gay Okay: How Rationalizing Homosexual Behavior is Changing Everything (Ignatius Press) and Bert Ghezzi The Heart of Catholicism: Practicing the Everyday Habits that Shape Us
(Ave Maria Press) In his book, Robert Reilly asks: Why are Americans being forced to consider homosexual acts as morally acceptable? Why has the US Supreme Court accepted the validity of same-sex “marriage”, which, until a decade ago, was unheard of in the history of Western or any other civilization? Where has the “gay rights” movement come from, and how has it so easily conquered America? Bert Ghezzi, bestselling author and popular speaker, invites readers into his deep love for the Church. With great warmth and authenticity, he shows how foundational habits such as praying, studying scripture, serving others, celebrating sacraments, and learning from the saints remind us who we are as followers of Christ. Robert’s book is available at www.ignatius.com Bert’s book is available at: www.avemariapress.com Visit Bert’s website: bertghezzi.com In Bert Ghezzi’s book he has a link to a Spiritual Gifts Inventory check it out: sgi.churchdb.com
Ken talks with Jennifer Fulwiler author of Something Other Than God: How I Passionately Sought Happiness and Accidently Found It and Robert Ovies author of The Rising (both by Ignatius Press) Raised in a happy, atheist home, Jennifer had the freedom to think for herself and play by her own rules. Asking the unflinching questions about life and death, good and evil, led Jennifer to Christianity, the religion she had reviled since she was an awkward, skeptical child growing up in the Bible Belt. In The Rising – When nine-year-old C.J. Walker touches the arm of his mother’s dead friend at her wake service and whispers the wish that she wouldn’t be dead, he’s just trying to do the right thing. But when the undertaker sees the woman’s rosary sliding off her outstretched fingers and tumbling down her raised left arm, the firestorm can’t be held in check.
Jennifer’s book is available at http://www.ignatius.com. Visit Jennifer’s website: www.ConversionDiary.com
Robert’s book is available at www.ignatius.com To learn more about Robert’s program “Together with Jesus Couple Prayer Series” visit www.coupleprayer.com
Ken talks with Dr Aaron Kheriaty editor of True or False Possession: How to Distinguish the Demonic from the Demented (by Jean Lhermitte and published by Sophia Institute Press) and Dr. Christopher Kaczor author of The Seven Big Myths About Marriage: What Science, Faith, and Philosophy Teach Us about Love and Happiness (Ignatius Press). Genuine demonic possessions, admits Lhermitte, evade the explanations and exceed the competence of even the wisest physicians. Skilled physicians and trained clergy must discern whether they’re dealing with real possession, or only pathology, mental or physical. You can purchase Dr Kheriaty’s book at: shop.sophiainstitute.com Dr Kaczor explores the nature of marriage, and the love they promise to each other, which is agape, a selfgiving love that is the choice to do good for the other. He also examines alternatives to covenant marriage, such as polygamy and samesex marriage, as well as cohabitation. Finally the book explores the value of children. To make sense of Catholic teaching on contraception, he says that we must first reconsider the value of fertility and having children. Kaczor’s book is available at www.ignatius.com
We are very blessed to have Fr. Andrew Apostoli, C.F.R., as our Guest on “The Quest for a Culture of Life in America” this Tuesday March 4th at NOON ET.
Fr Andrew is the author of Fatima For Today, The Urgent Marian Message of Hope. We will be mostly talking about this book. I must confess that I was really skeptical about what Our Lady of Fatima could say that might be relevant to today. But once I started reading Fatima for Today, I could not put it down. I certainly was familiar with much of the Fatima account of Mary appearing to three Portuguese young children, Lucia, Francisco and Jacinta in 1917, but Fr Apostoli puts it all together in one place and adds MANY details that I was not aware of. His introductory chapter contrasting Mary the New Eve with the original Eve is by itself worth the modest price of this book, which I downloaded from Ignatius Press and am reading on my computer.
Questions I have for Fr Andrew: Has the consecration of Russia to Mary’s Immaculate Heart been accomplished? Why has it taken so long? Is there evidence of Russia’s promised conversion? What about Crimea and the Ukraine? How did the children suffer? Why pray the Rosary?
Father Apostoli is a founding member of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, and he has been teaching and preaching retreats and parish missions for several decades. He is considered one of the world’s foremost experts on the apparitions at Fatima and he has authored numerous books, including Following Mary to Jesus and Walk Humbly With Your God. Fr. Apostoli is the vice-postulator for the cause for the canonization of Archbishop Fulton Sheen, and a frequent host on EWTN television, where he hosted the TV special “Our Lady of Fatima and the First Saturday Devotion”.
Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC, Author of No Turning Back: A Witness to Mercy says this: “Learn, live, and spread the message of Fatima! This is the express desire of Pope Benedict XVI. And Pope John Paul II once stated that the message of Fatima was more important now than in 1917!” That is why this wonderful book on Fatima is so important. Fr. Apostoli has recaptured this heavenly message of urgency and hope for a new generation. Our world needs the message of Fatima more than ever, and I pray that many people are brought back to Jesus, Mary, and the Church through these pages.
Ken talks with Milton Walsh author of Into All Truth : What Catholics Believe and Why (Ignatius Press) Karl Keating, Founder, Catholic Answers, said it best: “Decades of turmoil have left many Catholics in a state of suspension. They aren´t sure what the Church teaches and what they are to believe. They will not find a better resource than Milton Walsh’s latest book, written precisely with these ‘suspended’ Catholics in mind.” You can purchase Milton’s book at: www.ignatius.com The study guide for this book is at: www.intoalltruthbook.com
Ken talks with his guests Anthony Ryan and Joyce Coronel. Anthony Ryan, Ignatius Press Marketing Director, discusses the book Bakhita- From Slave to Saint by Roberto Italo Zanini. At age 9, St Bakhita was kidnapped near Darfur, Sudan, by Arab slave traders. For several years she was subjected to brutal and humiliating treatment until she was ransomed and taken to Italy, where she became a Catholic and a nun. Joyfully and serenely Bakhita served with the Canossian sisters in a small, obscure town in northern Italy until her death in 1947. Then something even more remarkable than her redemption happened. The book can be purchased at: www.ignatius.com Joyce Coronel’s novel A Martyr’s Crown reads like today’s headlines regarding the attacks on Christian’s in the Middle East. American journalist, Sarah Castillo has a life-changing encounter with a Catholic priest who survived torture at the hands of jihadists. Sarah learns what forgiveness, faith and love really mean. To learn more about Joyce and to purchase her book visit: http://joycecoronel.com/
Ken talks with his guest Joseph Pearce about three of his most recent books: Candles in the Dark – The Authorized Biography of Fr. Richard Ho Lung and the Missionaries of the Poor (St Benedict Press), Shakespeare on Love- Seeing the Catholic Presence in Romeo and Juliet (Ignatius Press), and Bilbo’s Journey- Discovering the Hidden Meaning of the Hobbit (St Benedict Press). The Fr Ho Lung and Bilbo’s Journey books are available at St Benedict Press www.saintbenedictpress.com Shakespeare on Love is available at Ignatius Press www.ignatius.com
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
On June 6th Ken talks with guests Russell Shaw American Church – the Remarkable Rise, Meteoric Fall, and Uncertain Future of Catholicism in America (Ignatius Press) and David Calvillo Real Men Pray the Rosary – A Practical Guide to a Powerful Prayer (Ave Maria Press) Russell Shaw asks if the “Americanization” of American Catholics-their cultural assimilation, has been a blessing or a curse for the Church in the United States? Or has it been a bit of both? Cultural assimilation has undoubtedly conferred many benefits on Catholics. Their absorption into the secular culture of America, however, now threatens the Catholic identity of millions of faithful and of their institutions, such as schools, universities, and hospitals. His book is available at: www.ignatius.com
Ken’s second guest David N. Calvillo says that the Rosary isn’t just for “old ladies and funerals,” that it’s a powerful tool for men as well. Praying the Rosary “enables one to see our Lord and experience our Christian faith through Mary’s eyes.” David’s book is available at: www.avemariapress.com To find out more about his organization visit: http://realmenpraytherosary.org/
Ken talks with Mary Eberstadt about her two most recent books. In Adam and Eve after the Pill – Paradoxes of the Sexual Revolution, Mary challenges widespread attitudes about the benefits of contraceptives and the sexual revolution – especially the impact on women. In her book The Loser Letters – A Comic Tale of Life, Death, and Atheism she challenges “the new atheists” in an effective humorous manner. This book has been compared favorably with C. S. Lewis’s famous The Screwtap Letters. Her books (both published by Ignatius Press) are available at http://www.ignatius.com/Products/AEAP-H/adam-and-eve-after-the-pill.aspx and http://www.ignatius.com/Products/LOSLET-P/the-loser-letters.aspx
Indivisible – Restoring Faith, Family, and Freedom Before It’s Too Late
Ken talks with Dr Jay Richards about the book he coauthored with James Robinson: Indivisible – Restoring Faith, Family, and Freedom Before It’s Too Late (published by Ignatius Press) This book offers a fresh diagnosis of our cultural disease, how we contracted it, and what we must do to cure it. It examines politics, faith, and culture from a Christian perspective. The authors tackle some of the tough moral, political, and economic issues that all Americans face. The book is available at http://www.ignatius.com/Products/INDV-H/indivisible.aspx
Four Witnesses – The Early Church In Her Own Words
Ken talks with Rod Bennett about his book; Four Witnesses – The Early Church In Her Own Words (published by Ignatius Press) What was the early Church like? Rod shows that there is a reliable way to know – the writings of the Early Church Fathers. The four Early Fathers in Rod’s book actually knew the Apostles, and their writings survive to this day. What you will find in the pages of his book is a window into the earliest days of a Church that was very Catholic! His book is available at http://www.ignatius.com/Products/FWEC-P/four-witnesses.aspx
Ken talks with Canadian author/painter Michael D. O’Brien about his two latest novels, The Father’s Tale and Theophilos (both published by Ignatius Press) Kevin is the CEO of the Coming Home Network International. The Father’s Tale is the epic tale of a father who travels to the end of the earth to save his son. St Luke addresses his gospel and Acts to a mysterious “Theophilos.” Who is Theophilos? Scripture scholars don’t know, but Michael O’Brien creates a fictional account of this mystery man. Visit Michael’s website www.studiobrien.com to see examples of his artwork along with a variety of information about his books. His books are available at www.ignatius.com
Ken talks with Abby Johnson, author of the bestseller UnPLANNED (published by Ignatius Press), and Shawn Carney who plays a significant role in Abby’s move from abortion clinic director to one of the most powerful voices in the ProLife movement. Abby worked for an abortion clinic for eight years, from 2001 to 2009, progressing from volunteer to clinic director. In October of 2009, after watching the witness and compassion of ProLife volunteers for those eight years, Abby literally “crossed over the fence” to join the ProLife movement. This is an amazing story of God’s grace and mercy. To learn more about 40 Days for Life visit www.40daysforlife.com To read Abby’s blog and see her speaking schedule visit www.abbyjohnson.org and her book can be purchased at http://www.ignatius.com/Products/UNP-P/unplanned.aspx
Ken talks with Ignatius Press editor Vivian Dudro about two classic novels: Ida Elizabeth by Sigrid Undset and The Song at the Scaffold by Gertrud von Le Fort. Both of these classic novels were published in the early 1930’s by authors who are converts to the Church. Sigrid Undset is a Nobel Prize winning author who was forced to escape from Norway to the US because her books were banned by the Nazis. Gertrud von Le Fort’s book is based on the true story of nuns who were martyred during the French Revolution. Both novels are available at Ignatius Press www.ignatius.com
Ken talks with popular Catholic radio & TV host, and author Teresa Tomeo. Teresa’s new book is titled Extreme Makeover – Women Transformed by Christ Not Conformed to the Culture (Ignatius Press) Tomeo pulls together the latest research on social behavior and trends in order to demonstrate that women are harming themselves and their chances for true happiness by adopting the lifestyle portrayed in magazines and movies. She also explains how secular news is biased and not telling the full story of important women’s’ issues. Teresa uses her own life and the testimonials of other women to show the power of Christ to transform lives. The book can be purchased at Teresa’s website www.teresatomeo.com or http://www.ignatius.com/Products/EM-H/extreme-makeover.aspx
The Appalling Strangeness of the Mercy of God. The Story of Ruth Pakaluk, Convert, Mother, Pro-Life Activist.
Ken talks with Dr Michael Pakaluk the editor of The Appalling Strangeness of the Mercy of God. The Story of Ruth Pakaluk, Convert, Mother, Pro-Life Activist published by Ignatius Press. In today’s anti-life society, the world needs the example of women who are beacons for the culture of life. Well know author Peter Kreeft knew Ruth and has said that Ruth was the most effective and inspiring pro-life speaker he had ever heard. She was such a compelling, articulate pro-life debater that eventually Planned Parenthood spokeswomen refuse to spar with her in public. Kreeft goes on to say, “In this book you will meet a truly wonderful person.” Dr Pakaluk’s book can be purchased at: http://www.ignatius.com/Products/ASMG-P/the-appalling-strangeness-of-the-mercy-of-god.aspx