Jesus said to His Disciples:
“You have heard that it was said,
You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.
But I say to you, love your enemies
and pray for those who persecute you,
that you may be children of your heavenly Father,
for he makes his sun rise on the bad and the good,
and causes rain to fall on the just and the unjust.
For if you love those who love you, what recompense will you have?
Do not the tax collectors do the same?
And if you greet your brothers only,
what is unusual about that?
Do not the pagans do the same?
So be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect.” — Gospel MT 5:43-48
God seeks our highest good and teaches us to seek the greatest good of others, even those who hate and abuse us. Our love for others, even those who are ungrateful and selfish towards us, must be marked by the same kindness and mercy which God has shown to us. It is easier to show kindness and mercy when we can expect to benefit from doing so. How much harder when we can expect nothing in return. Our prayer for those who do us ill both breaks the power of revenge and releases the power of love to do good in the face of evil.
How can we possibly love those who cause us harm or ill-will? With God all things are possible. He gives power and grace to those who believe and accept the gift of the Holy Spirit. His love conquers all, even our hurts, fears, prejudices and griefs. Only the cross of Jesus Christ can free us from the tyranny of malice, hatred, revenge, and resentment and gives us the courage to return evil with good. Such love and grace has power to heal and to save from destruction. Do you know the power of Christ’s redeeming love and mercy?
God gives us every good gift in Jesus Christ so that we may not lack anything we need to do his will and to live as his sons and daughters (2 Peter 1:3). He knows our weakness and sinfulness better than we do. And he assures us of his love, mercy, and grace to follow in his ways. Do you want to grow in your love for God and for your neighbor? Ask the Holy Spirit to change and transform you in the image of the Father that you may walk in the joy and freedom of the Gospel.
“Lord Jesus, your love brings freedom and pardon. Fill me with your Holy Spirit and set my heart ablaze with your love that nothing may make me lose my temper, ruffle my peace, take away my joy, nor make me bitter towards anyone.”
“Every time I hear anyone speak of the Sacred Heart of Jesus or of the Blessed Sacrament I feel an indescribable joy. It is as if a wave of precious memories, sweet affection and joyful hope swept over my poor person, making me tremble with happiness and filling my soul with tenderness. These are loving appeals from Jesus who wants me wholeheartedly there, at the source of all goodness, his Sacred Heart, throbbing mysteriously behind the Eucharistic veils… I love to repeat today ‘Sweet Heart of my Jesus, make me love you more and more.”’ –Pope Saint John XXIII
Join us as we begin the Novena and offering to the Sacred Heart of Jesus in preparation for the feast on Friday, June 12. The Novena will begin on Wednesday, June 3rd to Thursday, June 11th.
Divine Jesus, You have said, “Ask and you shall receive; seek and you shall find; knock and it shall be opened to you.” Behold me kneeling at Your feet, filled with a lively faith and confidence in the promises dictated by Your Sacred Heart to Saint Margaret Mary. I come to ask this favor: (Mention your request).
To whom can I turn if not to You, Whose Heart is the source of all graces and merits? Where should I seek if not in the treasure which contains all the riches of Your kindness and mercy? Where should I knock if not at the door through which God gives Himself to us and through which we go to God? I have recourse to You, Heart of Jesus. In You I find consolation when afflicted, protection when persecuted, strength when burdened with trials, and light in doubt and darkness.
Dear Jesus, I firmly believe that You can grant me the grace I implore, even though it should require a miracle. You have only to will it and my prayer will be granted. I admit that I am most unworthy of Your favors, but this is not a reason for me to be discouraged. You are the God of mercy, and You will not refuse a contrite heart. Cast upon me a look of mercy, I beg of You, and Your kind Heart will find in my miseries and weakness a reason for granting my prayer.
Sacred Heart, whatever may be Your decision with regard to my request, I will never stop adoring, loving, praising, and serving You. My Jesus, be pleased to accept this my act of perfect resignation to the decrees of Your adorable Heart, which I sincerely desire may be fulfilled in and by me and all Your creatures forever.
Grant me the grace for which I humbly implore You through the Immaculate Heart of Your most sorrowful Mother. You entrusted me to her as her child, and her prayers are all-powerful with You. Amen.
My God, I offer You all my prayers, works, joys, and sufferings in union with the Sacred Heart of Jesus,for the intentions for which He pleads and offers Himself in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, in thanksgiving for Your favors, in reparation for my sins, and in humble supplication for my temporal and eternal welfare, for the needs of our holy Mother the Church, for the conversion of sinners, and for the relief of the poor souls in purgatory.
I, ______________, a faithless sinner,
renew and ratify today in thy hands the vows of my Baptism;
I renounce forever Satan, his pomps and works;
and I give myself entirely to Jesus Christ,
the Incarnate Wisdom, to carry my cross after Him all the days of my life,
and to be more faithful to Him than I have ever been before.
In the presence of all the heavenly court I choose thee this day for my Mother
and Mistress. I deliver and consecrate to thee, as thy slave, my body and soul,
my goods, both interior and exterior, and even the value of all my good actions,
past, present and future, leaving to thee the entire and full right of disposing of me,
and all that belongs to me, without exception, according to thy good pleasure,
for the greater glory of God in time and in eternity. Amen.
(With Ecclesiastical Approval)
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Even a cursory review of the daily news can lead one to a sense of anxiety or fear or even despair. These are challenging times. It is important to know how to respond in difficult circumstances. The best models we have for this response are always the Saints. In the most difficult times of our lives it is very important for us to take some time and allow our prayer life to provide us rest and consolation.
This is what John the Beloved Apostle did even as he struggled to respond to the most difficult news he had ever heard. On the evening of the last supper, when our Lord told the Apostles what was about to happen, John could have chosen to react in a number of ways.
He could have fallen victim to fear and anxiety, he could have decided to run to the leaders of Israel and beg for them to spare our Lord, he could have stood on a street corner bearing a sign which described the injustice of it all – St. John the Beloved did none of these things.
He chose instead to simply rest in the Bosom of the Lord. “Now there was leaning on Jesus’ bosom one of his disciples, whom Jesus loved.” (John 13:23)
Of course, scripture tells us that this is also what our Lord does. “No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him” (John 1:18)
St. Mary Magdalene de Pazzi was an Italian Carmelite Mystic who lived from the mid 1500’s to the early 1600’s. She is reported to have had a number of conversations, while in ecstasy, with God the Father and the Lord Jesus.
During one of these conversations God the Father revealed to her the nature of the relationship between the Father and the Son. The Father shared that the Son actually rests within the Father’s bosom, and the Son Contemplates the Father. This might seem strange on first hearing it. It is helpful to have some sense of what this word Contemplation means: “to admire something and think about it.”
Of course it is not difficult to imagine admiring the image we may have created of God the Father, but do we spend enough time just thinking about God, about His beauty, His nature, His Blessings?
God the Father told Mary Magdalene de Pazzi that when Jesus, His Son contemplated the Father He looked at Him with an admiring contemplation. He said that this was a “contemplation of admiration, of love, of God’s purity, of the Father’s generosity, of His mercy, of His justice, of His goodness, of His wisdom, of might, of truth of union and of eternity.”
Do we ever think about prayer this way, as a simple contemplation, a simple look, a simple resting in the Bosom of the Father. Any one of these attributes of God the Father would be worthy of a great deal of our admiration and worth thinking about for some time.
Of course these attributes were true of Jesus as well, but in order to pray effectively or rest in the Bosom of our Lord, we do not have to even think about these aspects of God’s nature.
The model of prayer John the Beloved provides us is the same one that our Lord Himself employed, simply to rest in the Bosom of the Father.
The next time you set aside time for prayer, see if you can just try resting in the Bosom of the Lord, or contemplating the Love which God the Father has for us. A good way to do this is to simply rest in the bosom of the Lord, try to practice silence, try to be so silent in fact that you can hear the Lord’s heartbeat. -Mark Danis
Host of Carmelite Conversations
Mondays 7-8pm Eastern
What is your favorite phrase to refer to Jesus: Son of God, the Christ, the King, or perhaps Lord. For St. Mary Magdalene de Pazzi, a Carmelite Mystic who lived from the late 1500’s to the early 1600’s, the favorite way of referring to Jesus was simply the Word. For her ‘the Word’ described Jesus, and for her the Word was simply Love. Jesus represented the Word spoken by Father, and that Word was Love. In this conversation Mark and Frances explore the details of the life of St. Mary Magdalene de Pazzi. During her lifetime she had a number of encounters with God the Father and with the Lord Jesus. During these ecstatic encounters Mary Magdalene de Pazzi received a number of profound insights about the nature of our relationship with God the Father and the depth of the sacrifice made by our Lord. Most importantly, St. Mary Magdalene de Pazzi’s entire life was a model of what she heard from the voice of the Father and witnessed in the life of the Son our Lord and Savior.
Happy New Year!!! We are so excited about this coming year for you, our Radio Maria Family, and for Radio Maria USA and all that God has planned for 2015! Did you know that Radio Maria is the largest Catholic radio in the world? We are in over 70 countries on all continents and GROWING! This would not be possible without YOU!!! So many conversions are happening through Radio Maria and we invite you to grow deeper in your faith and love of Jesus through Our Blessed Mother’s special instrument…Radio Maria. Tell all those you know and love about Radio Maria and spread the JOY!!!
Dear friends, we are now at the beginning of a new year, a blank page of the human history to be written, but also and especially of our own life. Faith invites us to look at the future through the light of hope for the world was saved and Jesus is alive among us, with the invincible power of his love. The presence of the Risen Christ makes us certain that evil will not win and that the last word is the one of good, life and truth.
The time given us by God is a precious gift to be well spent and not wasted. Every passing moment will never come back. It’s up to us, through daily fidelity, to write words of eternity. The first word to be printed in our hearts with indelible characters is “conversion“. Time is given us to let us know, love and serve God. This is the only real purpose and goal of our lives.
To be converted means to put God first. Jesus must be our Love, our Teacher, and our Guide. Let us fix our sight towards the goal of eternity and, day by day, let us advance on the path of salvation and joy. Let us walk together with Jesus and Mary and the whole Church, in earth and in heaven.
Radio Maria is a voice calling for conversion. So many of you could bear witness. This is its identity and its reason for existing. It’s a voice sounding like a new Pentecost, in a concert made of peoples and languages, thanks to the missionary spirit animating it. Let us proceed together with confidence in this wonderful path.
Yours Father Livio – Priest Director of World Family of Radio Maria
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.
New year’s greetings to all of you, our Radio Maria family! As a new year dawns, please be assured, once again, of our grateful prayers for all of you as members of the Radio Maria family spread throughout the world. It has been an eventful year for us here with many changes in our programming. We look forward to an even better year ahead, striving to bring you the Good News of Our Savior under the mantle of Mary, Mother of God and our Mother. On behalf of all the staff and volunteers: We wish you and yours a most happy, healthy, and holy new year in the Lord!
Fr. Robert Young
Radio Maria US
Beginning 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.
Christine Watkins interviews Richard Lane, a dynamic, full-time Catholic evangelist, whose entertaining, humorous and charismatic energy is contagious. Listen and learn how to effectively share the Catholic faith with others and fulfill Jesus command to share the Good News with joy. See. www.CatholicEvangelist.net.
Fr. Kubicki reflects on the life of this Chilean Jesuit and his devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
Jesus remains at peace despite his trial and pending death. When we face our trials, what is our state of mind? If we lose, say, some of our ability to think clearly or our confidence, we can draw strength from Jesus’ example. In the trial before Pilate, Jesus is mindful of his mission (Jn 18: 37). This provides meaning, and from meaning, strength. During our trials, we can invite Our Lord to be with us, to help us carry our crosses to make them redemptive. Pilate recognizes this inner strength in Jesus when he presents him to the crowd, saying “Behold, the man!”.
Both in the Garden of Gethsemane and again while being interrogated by Caiaphas and Pilot, Jesus remains the master of his circumstances. By grace, we too can overcome our feelings that may rush upon us during important moments, or may have plagued us for years. Our feelings can prevent us from giving better witness to Christ with our lives. At times, we are not unlike Peter, both for better and for worse. However, we can see how in John 18 Jesus and Peter respond to their difficult circumstances. We can learn from this and draw the grace we need from Our Lord.
Another important feast associated with the Order of Carmel, and dedicated to Our Blessed Mother, is the Feast of Our Lady, Mother of Divine Grace. This week Mark and Frances discuss the brief history of this important Feast, and the unique role that Our Blessed Mother plays in dispensing grace to the Church. They also discuss a very unique image of Our Blessed Mother known as the Lady of the Bowed Head. This image has its own unique story, which they discuss, and they also touch on an important Carmelite Venerable who is directly associated with this image. Again, for anyone who wishes to learn more about the Blessed Mother’s role as dispenser of grace, this is an important conversation.
In a most beautiful and insightful interview, one that people have said has changed their lives,
Fr. Sweeney, President of the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology at Berkeley, shares how to truly listen to Jesus and Jesus in others–a must for those in the helping professions, and those wishing to have close and loving relationships.
Francesca Franchina, MS Ed talks with visiting missionary priest Fr. Fortunatus from Uganda, who attended four years of seminary in New York. He has had his first priestly assignment ministering at St. Rose of Lima Parish in Massapequa, NY on Long Island and will be in the USA for another year . Father’s Archdiocese ministers to the many orphans left behind on the streets due to the aids epidemic who they find, feed and care for until they become of age, finish school and can look out for themselves. Foster homes are found and the children are given hope, love and food to sustain them as they continue to be educated to be able to get jobs to sustain themselves, usually in farming. Francesca and Fr. Fortunatus discuss the demographic domain of the Ugandan Diocese, Villages, Eucharistic Centers, Catechists, Small Church Communities, and the outlook of Catholicism in Uganda, which is strong in family ministry, special events and ministries offered and taken up by youth and young adults. Considering the mountainous terrain in the Diocese, lack of roads, dependable transportation and even availability of water, we get a look into the life of our Brothers and Sisters in Uganda and how Our Lord provides for all His Children through caring for us all and exhorting us to compassion and helping each other. “You shall be My Witnesses” said the Lord Jesus, ” They will know you are my disciples by your love.” Father Fortunatus shares his personal story and witness of how he was drawn to his priestly vocation and how h e is sustained daily through prayer and the ability and availability he has to help others find and grown in the knowledge and love of Our Lord Jesus.
Jesus said, “He who has ears, let him hear.” On this Shield of Faith broadcast, Matthew unpacks the meaning of this verse and other important words from the Parable of the Sower in light of yet another media misrepresentation of Pope Francis.
In the month of June the Church celebrates the wonderful feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. This is a very special feast and a very powerful devotion. In this particular program, Mark and Frances build on a series they did previously on the Sacred Heart, but discussing the more practical aspects of practicing the devotion. They discuss how we can actually go about conforming our hearts to the Heart of Christ. Drawing from two historical and comprehensive texts on the devotion, they describe how the activities of prayer, detachment, the sacraments and even our trials can all assist us in entering into the many Blessings of the Sacred Heart. They also explore Christ’s own words on the need to enter by the Narrow Gate as an analogy for how we must allow Christ to increase His presence within us. Much like St. John the Baptist, we must decrease and we must allow Christ to increase within us. Drawing on numerous scripture verses, Mark and Frances describe just how we can apply ourselves to this most powerful devotion to the Sacred Heart.
Francesca Franchina MS Ed. talks with Marika Zimmerman about the attack on Christianity and what we can do about it personally and corporately. “When I return will I find anyone watching?” What did Jesus mean by this statement….and also in the Garden….”Could you not watch one hour with Me?” Jesus is calling on us to stay awake, to watch and respond In this time: THE TIME OF MERCY and This Time of Visitation. We have been given instruction from on high from The Blessed Trinity, God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit and by Our Blessed Mother! IS ANYONE LISTENING AND DOING WHAT WE HAVE BEEN ASKED AND TOLD TO DO OR ARE WE ALL SLUMBERING THINKING WE CAN DO NOTHING OF IMPORT, WHILE THE WORLD IS CAVING IN TO EVIL AND THE DARKNESS through distraction, drugging of the physical, mental and spiritual parts of our beings? The Fatima Message of our Lady from May-October 1917 still stands and most Catholics do not even know about it. THE MESSAGE OF FATIMA is THE PEACE PLAN FROM HEAVEN! The MERCY MESSAGE given to St. Faustina by Jesus Himself in 1930’s still stands! Messages to St. Catherinee of Siena, St. Teresa of Avila, Sr. Josefa Menendez, Sr. Consolata Bertrone, Bl. Wm. Joseph Chaminade, St. Padre Pio, St. John Paul II, St. John XXIII in our own time cry out for souls to Repent, Repair, Renew and be counted among the saints personally and communally. Call in, ask a question, add a comment to be a part of this Spirit filled program of concern and compassion for the Hearts of Jesus and Mary which are so much ignored and set aside in neglect and abuse. Do you console the Heart of Jesus? Consoling the Heart of Jesus by Fr.Michael Gaitley, MIC (Marian Helper; Marians of The Immaculate Conception priest of The Divine Mercy Shrine in Stockbridge, MA will be discussed along with the works of St. Faustina and the others mentioned above and beyond.
Francesca Franchina MS Ed. talks with prolific Catholic author Julie Dortch Cragon about the importance of The Theotokos, Mother of Jesus, Our Blessed Mother of all humanity and her special role in family life. As a wife and mother of six children ranging from six to twenty five years old, a Catholic business woman, author of numerous Catholic books and holy cards for children, Julie speaks to adult Catholic formation and Mother’s groups. She runs St. Mary’s Bookstore and Church Supply with her husband Allen, their six children and other family members in Nashville, Tennessee. Julie shares her family’s vacation experiences visiting Marian Shrines throughout the USA and how she turned her family ‘s fun vacations into her newly released book, Visiting Mary: Her U.S. Shrines and their Graces (Servant Books) and gives tips for adding pilgrimages into the travel plans for family vacations throughout the USA. Julie is one of the original board members of the Catholic Booksellers Association, a member of The Catholic Marketing Network and the National Church Goods Association. She writes a weekly blog, “Hand Me Down Heaven” at www.juliecragon.blogspot.com and hosts a web site at www.juliecragon.com and www.stmarysbookstore.com.
Quintus, a Roman Tribune and Legate of Emperor Tiberius, is ordered to investigate the recent events in Judea. The Emperor has received confusing, conflicting, and disturbing reports from this most Eastern outpost of the Roman Empire. A supposed criminal–a carpenter from Nazareth–has been executed by order of Pro Counsel Pontius Pilate. This carpenter Jesus had a large following that believes he is god and that after his crucifixion, his body was sealed in a tomb, he rose from the dead. The claim is that he has been seen by hundreds.
Quintus is given all the resources and support he could possibly need to conduct his investigation, including the authority to root out Christ-followers and execute all of them if they pose a threat to Pax Romano. Quintus is ordered to determine who is this Jesus, did he really die, was he buried, did he rise from the dead, was his body stolen, by whom, and where is it??????? To get answers to these serious and perplexing questions, Quintus will interview the Roman authorities, Jewish leaders, the apostles, and two Marys–the criminal’s mother and another who may have been his lover.
Dr Rocco Leonard Martino, PhD, is a rocket scientist, inventor and entrepreneur turned novelist.
Francesca Franchina, MS Ed. Radio Maria Ohio Programming and program presenter, continues discussion with Jack Davis, retired expert communications executive, focusing on the happenings and remarks by the Council who decided to turn Jesus over to Pilate to die on the Cross by Crucifixion accusing Him of blasphemy. Hear the conversations and steps leading up to Jesus being condemned to death, and what the Blessed Mother Mary, Mother of Jesus, St. John the Evangelist and the three Marys were doing,seeing and saying at this time. Early on Good Friday Jesus was in a dungeon at Caiphas’ house being tortured and taunted by the soldiers. Jesus was pummeled and spat upon, fettered and roped, described and dictated by Jesus’ Mother, the Blessed Virgin Mary and communicated to and written by a Spanish nun, Sr. Mary of Agreda in The Mystical City of God: The Divine History and Life of The Virgin Mother of God. This classic four volumes of the Blessed Mother’s personal testimonyof her life and teaching received the Imprimatur and is translated from the original Spanish by Fiscar Marison (Rev. Geo J. Blatter). It is still in print, contact any Catholic Book Store like Veritas in Dayton, OH area or order on line. This is part of a continuing series on the four volumes of The Mystical City of God with Jack Davis. The several other programs that have been aired on The Blessed Mother’s life, conversations, and teachings can be found on the Radio Maria Program Archives, linked on the Home Page, scrolling down to Francesca and Friends to find the various years and program descriptions. The fascinating conversation and discussion today highlights information from the Volume titled: “THE TRANSFIXION.” If you have the book follow along with us, if not listen and learn so much; call in if you have questions or comments. We love to hear from you when we are airing live, and your letters are very much appreciated too.
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).
Ken talks with Dr. Brant Pitre author of Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist: Unlocking the Secrets of the Last Supper and Jesus the Bridegroom: The Greatest Love Story Ever Told (both by Random House) In his bestselling Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist Brant shines fresh light on the Last Supper by looking at it through Jewish eyes. This book has been out a couple of years and continues to be a best seller. Christians are familiar with the Apostle Paul’s teaching that Christ is the ‘Bridegroom’ and the Church is the ‘Bride’. But what does this really mean? And what would ever possess Paul to compare the death of Christ to the love of a husband for his wife? You will find answers to these questions and more in Jesus the Bridegroom. You can purchase Brant’s book at: www.imagecatholicbooks.com Visit Brant’s website: http://brantpitre.com
Kevin McCarthy will be our Guest on “The Quest for a Culture of Life in America” on Tuesday the 25th. Kevin was our Guest on January 7th speaking about Our Lady of America, the Immaculate Virgin. That talk is archived at radiomaria.us. The Federal Court trial he spoke of back then is finished with a very favorable outcome that still awaits some final statements by Judge William Lawrence.
Kevin is a secular lawyer and canon lawyer with a Licentiate in Sacred Theology from the Angelicum in Rome. He will be speaking with us on Tuesday at Noon ET about the Annunciation and Incarnation of Jesus–the most awesome event in human history. The Annunciation event is not given much attention in the USA, but is a Holyday of Obligation in some countries.
Whenever we say the Hail Mary, and as part of the Angelus, we repeat the words of the Angel Gabriel’s Announcement to Mary that she would bear the Savior in her womb. Did she realize then that she would nurse Him as an infant/toddler, and then nurture and accompany Him through the 33 years of His earthly life? She was Jesus’ most faithful disciple, even with Him at his cruel death on a cross, and burial. She surely understood that her
Son would rise from the dead on the third day. I wonder if she was waiting at the tomb with new garments and some food. Scripture does not say.
Please join us in celebrating the Annunciation and Incarnation of Jesus, at your local parish and on Radio Maria’s “The Quest for a culture of Life in America”. If you are near Dayton, meet us at St Anthony Church or Emmanuel Church–see the accompanying flier.
INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS ON A CATHOLIC CAMPUS
CATHOLIC EVANGELIZATION IN OUR TIME Part VI: How are International Students received on a Marian Catholic Campus? How should they be received? Francesca Franchina, MS Ed. talks with Sr. Celia Chua, MIC, STL; STD, (Missionary Sister of The Immaculate Conception who holds a Licentiate and Doctorate in Sacred Theology) a member of the faculty at the Pontifical International Marian Research Institute (IMRI) at the University of Dayton Marian Library, about helping and ministering to and with International Students on a Marian Catholic Campus. Sr. Celia travels extensively and teaches in Canada and China where she also ministers as a nurse. Sr. Celia addresses faculty members as well as Chinese students providing a familiar face and native language to students from China and other Asian countries. Call in. What would you like to ask Sister Celia about international students, students of different faiths who attend Catholic schools, not only on the university level but as students in elementary and secondary school? What does our Catholic Faith call forth in being a friend and a Christian? How do we talk with people at any age who are different, have different belief systems and ideologies? Are we threatened or encouraged to know people outside our milieu? What witness do we present as Christians and Catholics about Jesus, Mary and our beliefs? Do we offer a challenge or an invitation? What would Jesus and Mary do? Does Mary have any part in talking with international students and students who are not Catholic, or who have no religious or faith dimension or are of the New Age? What does Marian Spirituality have to offer an International Student.
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In our busy preparations for Christmas, even our spiritual preparations, we can sometimes forget the most significant theological aspect of Christ’s birth, the Incarnation of God into our human lives. During this conversation Frances and Mark discuss some interesting historical facts regarding the use of the term ‘Incarnation’ in the history of the Carmelite Order. They then go on to speak about an interesting phrase in a Prayer by Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity, which she wrote to the Trinity. In that well know prayer she asks: “Consuming Fire! Spirit of Love! Descend within me and reproduce in me, as it were, another incarnation of the Word that I may be to Him another humanity wherein He may renew His mystery.” This is a prayer very rich in meaning, especially as each of us is called to become another Christ and to Incarnate His life into our own. In this pre-Christmas conversation, Mark and Frances discuss how we can work to prepare ourselves to receive this ‘Incarnation’ in our own souls.
Francesca Franchina MS Ed. talks with Brother Don Neff, SM. an everyday missionary serving in the Marianist Family (Marianists) Founded by Bl. Wm. Joseph Chaminade. A world traveler, educator, evangelizer, Bro. Neff is truly a missionary, a man with a purpose serving Jesus and Mary through a charism given to the Founder while exiled in Saragossa, Spain during the French Revolution. “Rebuild the Church in France!” Today that mission continues throughout the world. What can we learn about evangelization from Bl. Chaminade’s experience and the history of the Marianist Family that we can practice today? Learn how things are happening that carry out the Year of Faith and New Evangelization here in the USA, Africa, India, Europe, South America through Blessed Chaminade: Taste and see the goodness of the Lord….”Evangelization through education!”
We know how babies are born. We know too that we came from a mother and father. However, have we ever wondered how our spiritual lives came to be? Where do our spiritual lives come from and how do they grow? Yet, if we were so inclined to look, would we know where to find for our spiritual mother and father, or even whom to look for? In Sacred Scripture we see important imagery that gives us clues. We consider how Moses acted as a father for Israel, delivering material good for them to survive in the worst of circumstances. We look too at the parallels between Moses and Jesus and the establishment of the priesthood. Finally, this program considers the Scriptures that assure us of having a Spiritual Mother. These assure us of all the good that a Spiritual Mother brings to our spiritual growth and development.
Who is being tempted and Jesus Christ was not? (Matt.4:1-10). Jesus passed through all forms of tests and trials. “Tempted in every was like us but did not sin” (Heb.4:15). Heaven watched the drama of the devil trying to entice Jesus Christ with everything that any human could have desired. Finally, Jesus won victory and angels came and ministered to him. Every battle we win on earth against the devil causes hosts of heaven to rejoice in us.
Jesus’ Father is God. Therefore, He teaches that every child os God, teenagers included, must be close to the heart and house of God and do what God wants us to do.
The birth of Jesus Christ, bringing great joy, countered all the bad and depressing news past and present and opened us to the joy that will be for all the people.
In this particular program Mark and Frances discuss Devotion to the Sacred Heart, and the unique role this this devotion plays in Carmelite Spirituality. The Church is being called in a special way today to rededicate and consecrate herself to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, but what does this mean to us individually. This conversation will explore the history of the Devotion to the Sacred Heart, and then address how this powerful devotion can contribute to our personal growth in holiness. We will hear about how we, like St John the Beloved, can begin to get our own heart in rhythm with the heart beat of the Lord. This conversations explores the deeper and spiritual meaning of the ‘heart,’ and what it means to strive, as our Blessed Mother did, to become pure of heart.
Why Mary? Why honor Mary? Why go to Mary? Why pray to her, asking her to intercede for us? To answer these questions we must understand who Mary is and what her place is in God’s loving plan of redemption and salvation. In explaining who Mary is and her singular role, I will discuss basic teachings on Our Lady; e.g., the four Marian dogmas, Mary’s spiritual Motherhood in the order of grace, her Queenship, etc, and discuss what our response should be to these truths about her.
“A brother in Christ and a concerned listener to Radio Maria, recently asked me whether devotion to Our Lady was an act of worship. He wanted to understand whether attention or prayers given to Mary was an affront to Our Lord. Many people share this question, arguing that Jesus alone intercedes on our behalf with the Father. Fortunately, we have many examples in Sacred Scripture, and from the saints, that a reveal a great precedent and merit in being devoted to Mary. This program looks at Our Lady’s role in bringing her Son to us and us to her Son. We also consider here the Church’s teaching and Scripture which inform us that Mary is sinless. The Joy of Discovery here suggests how “taking Mary into our own home” (John 19: 27-29) may be a beautiful boost to loving Our Lord ever more deeply.”
Francesca Franchina, MS Ed.; OCDS, Marika Zimmerman and Carmelite priest Fr.Tom Alkire, OC. Associate Pastor of St. Raphael’s Parish, Los Angeles CA ,discuss the Boston Bombing and other recent US and world tragedies and their relationship in spiritual warfare, warranting generational healing of nations and personal healing, through the Mercy of God the Father, Jesus of Mercy,The Precious Blood of Jesus;The Counsel and Intercession of the Blessed Mother,The messages of approved Marian Apparitions at Fatima, Akita, Rwanda and the message given by Mother Teresa when in Washington DC and the relationship of The Messages of Jesus of Mercy to St. Faustina in our own time. “JESUS I TRUST IN YOU!” Call in with your comments and questions. (www.healingfamilies.com, www.spiritdaily.com, www.actheals.org and www.preciousbloodinternational.com)
This program continues in the series archived on Radio Maria; First Wednesday of each month with Fr. Tom Alkire, O Carm. Learn how The Blessed Mother protects us and how we can help her fight her battle for The Triumph; Assist in The New Evangelization,and The Year of Faith in bringing souls to her Son Jesus. Fr. Tom is a seasoned Carmelite priest affiliated with the Marian Movement of Priests, The Association of The Precious Blood/Tallahassee, FL. Fr. Tom is Associate Pastor of St. Raphael’s Parish in Los Angeles, CA and has been a Home Missionary in Northern and Southern California for many years.
Host Kathleen Beckman dialogues with best selling author, Patricia Treece on her latest book, “God Will Provide”, “How God’s Bounty Opened to Saints and 9 Ways It Can Open for You, Too” (Paraclete Press). Looking at God’s providence through the lens of saints such as Father Solanus Casey, Chiara Lubich (d. 2008), Blessed John Paul II, St. Padre Pio, Dorothy Day, and Blessed Mother Teresa, they discuss the life long process of letting go and letting God provide. Patricia has written extensively about the lives of the saints and how surrendering to God, fully and without reservation, is the path to a life without worries.
Francesca Franchina, MS Ed.; OCDS, and Carmelite priest Fr.Tom Alkire, O.C. Associate Pastor of St. Raphael’s Parish in Los Angeles CA discuss his participation in the healing retreat held last week in Kansas and The Healing of Families, the book based on the work and ministry of psychologist Father Yosefu B. Sseonakula of Uganda and Washington DC sealing off curses, generational sin, disease and addictions through the Mercy of God the Father, Jesus of Mercy, Forgiveness, The Precious Blood of Jesus and the work and intercession of the Blessed Mother: Mary Undoer of Knots. Learn how generational family lines are healed and the importance of The Messages of Jesus of Mercy to St.Faustina in our own time. “JESUS I TRUST IN YOU!” Call in with your comments and questions. (www.healingfamilies.com, www.spiritdaily.com, www.actheals.org and www.preciousbloodinternational.com/)
This program continues in the series archived on Radio Maria; First Wednesday of each month with Fr. Tom Alkire, O Carm.Learn how The Blessed Mother protects us and how we can help her fight her battle for The Triumph; Assist in The New Evangelization,and The Year of Faith in bringing souls to her Son Jesus. Fr. Tom is a seasoned Carmelite priest affiliated with the Marian Movement of Priests, The Association of The Precious Blood/Tallahassee, FL. Fr. Tom is Associate Pastor of St. Raphael’s Parish in Los Angeles, CA and has been a Home Missionary in Northern and Southern California for many years.
Matthew offers a defense of the person of the historical person of Jesus and His Resurrection in response to the mainstream media’s annual assault on Easter.
Francesca Franchina MS Ed. talks with Gordon Deery of Montreal, Canada, about founding and directing The International Holy Face Association; The Shroud of Turin, The Devotion to The Holy Face of Jesus, and the meaning and importance of Pope Benedict XVI designating 2013 as The Year of Faith. Discussion focuses on how we need to continue to grow spiritually, living and sharing the meaning and importance of the Year of Faith, and The Holy Face Promises given to Bl. Maria Pierina de Micheli of The Daughters of the Immaculate Conception of Milan, Italy and Buenos Aires; the blessings being realized through devotion and wearing The Holy Face Medal and devotion of St. Therese of Lisieux to The Holy Face of Jesus. We are called upon in this time to share the knowledge, love and; increasing prayers of reparation and reconciliation as disciples of Jesus under the Mantle of Our Lady of The Holy Face equipping us with WISDOM and spiritual weapons of prayer and sacramentals in the Year of Faith and The New Evangelization. For more information, newsletter, books, etc, see www.holyface.com.
This episode will address the following questions: “Why should I listen to a Church that makes all of these rules that inhibit my freedom to do what I want?” and “What’s the big deal about being Catholic and why does it matter?” After examining the truth and beauty of Divine Revelation, Deacon Harold and Catholic evangelist Hector Molina will show how we unite ourselves to Jesus in an intimate and personal way through the sacraments and how we can spread the Gospel by the witness of our lives.
All Christians are called to evangelize and give witness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. This is a most basic and fundamental duty of the entire People of God. Yet how exactly are we to go about it? What does it mean to “give witness” to the Gospel? Is it about “words” or “deeds”? In this episode we will be exploring the Church’s teaching regarding the type of witness that all Christians are called to give.
In today’s show Janis and Fr. Peter discuss the topic of “Can God’s Plan Include Failure?” with a particular focus on a very specific failure—the terrible scourge of pornography that is devastating marriages and families. Nancy, our guest, tells us of the awful suffering in her own family from her father’s addiction to pornography, and how that contributed to the sexual abuse of his own daughter. Nancy shares the glorious story of how the Lord healed her and empowered her to forgive her father, and how doing so set her free and enabled her to snatch victory out of the jaws of failure through the power of the Cross. Our culture tells us in many different ways that pornography is OK. That it’s normal and natural to get wrapped up in it. But Nancy’s experience tells quite a different story. Janis and Fr. Peter draw from the wisdom of the Church as they discuss this topic and offer help to those who are struggling with an addiction to pornography and other immoral sexual activities. It really is possible to be set free! Failure is not the final word! Like Nancy, we are all called to snatch victory from the jaws of failure. No matter what our failures may have been, God still has a plan, and he’ll work it out if only we turn to him, open our hearts to the healing power of the Holy Spirit, and ask for Mary’s intercession! Join us next week for part two of “Can God’s Plan Include Failure?”
“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.
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.
As Christians we know that Jesus was sent by the Father in the power of the Holy Spirit to evangelize a fallen world with the Gospel of salvation. During his earthly ministry Jesus called and formed his disciples to join him in carrying out that very mission of making disciples of all nations. This holy obligation and sacred duty was not limited to the apostles but was intended for all believers and followers of Jesus Christ, regardless of their state in life. Sadly, not all Catholics recognize that by virtue of their baptism and Confirmation, they have been anointed and appointed to evangelize. Unfortunately for many, the “Great Commission” has become “The Great Omission”. In this episode of “Making Disciples” we will outline a basic theology of evangelization and begin to explore the reasons why so many Catholics fail to recognize their call to share Christ with others.
“Making Disciples” is a weekly evangelization and apologetics program that seeks to inform, inspire and equip its listeners to more effectively share, explain and defend the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the teachings of the Catholic Church.
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
Francesca Franchina, MS Ed continues conversation of reparative prayer to the Hearts of Jesus, the means of evangelization in the spoken word, media, education and socialization while consoling the Heart of Jesus.
Francesca Franchina, MS Ed. talks with Chris Jasek of Our Lady of Good Hope Parish, Miamisburg, OH about Presentation Ministries (Cincinnati, OH) and the July 2012 Bible Institute (Our Lady of Guadalupe Bible College) founded by Father Al Lauer, nationally known radio host and creator of the daily inspirational One Bread, One Body and it’s theme “Mary, The Pathway to Living in The Power of The Holy Spirit!” presented by this year’s keynote speaker Fr. Bob Hogan BBD, Founder of the . of the Brothers of The Beloved Disciple (San Antonio,TX). Discussion focuses on Presentation Ministries Mission and its great accomplishments including this Annual Bible Institute at Xavier University that includes so many noted liturgical celebrants and speakers including M.Rev. Joseph R.Binzer (Cincinnati), Father Christ Clay andFr. Rob Back and the music ministry of Bill Richart and so many excellent presenters. Deacon Ralph Poyo Founder of New Evangelization Ministries (Steubenville, OH) will present the teen program on Authentic Discipleship. Learn about the week long chock full of good stuff for all ages including the St. John Bosco Youth Theater Presentation on ” ESTHER,” The Life in the Spirit Seminar,Intercessory Prayer, Healing, Spiritual Gifts; Mary Mother of the Church and Our Mother, Christian Community and so much more! For information and registration see: www.presentationministries.com or call 513-922-0923.
In this program we focus on Mary as Virgin, Mother, and Spouse. As Virgin, we are with her at the Annunciation and see anew her great purity of heart and her receptivity to the great news from St. Gabriel. Mary, with her “Fiat,” clearly emphasizes “Thy will be done.” Then, she “ponders” all these things in her heart. As Mother, we see Mary’s fruitful love. Her pure prayer leads to an abundance of graces poured out to all. As Spouse of the Holy Spirit, she is the perfect model for all who pray as we grow in our love relationship with Christ and become the Bride of Christ. Finally, we, in imitation of Mary, with Mary, through Mary, and in union with Mary, we may grow closer to Christ as we live a life of prayer.
This particular program picks up on the series of Devotion to the Holy Face. Mark and Frances trace the history of this devotion within the Church, and then outline some of the key events which led to its reinstitution on a number of occasions. They also provide specific details on the lives of Sr. Mary of St. Peter, the Carmelite nun of Tours who received revelations from the Lord on this devotion, and also, Leo Dupont, who actively practiced the devotion for years, after Sr. Mary’s death, and long before it received official Papal recognition.
In this program, Kathie talks to Dr. Kelly Bowring about his book, The Secrets Chastisement, and Triimph of the Two hearts of Jesus and Mary.
Kathie also speaks with Robert Hale about the free Catholic concert series sponsored by the MIR group in cooperation with the New Orleans Archdiocese.
In this program, Father Thomas A. Thompson, S.M. speaks about the Blessed Virgin Mary and Resurrection of the Lord.
This program began a four part series on the Devotion to the Holy Face. This remarkably powerful devotion was actually instituted by Veronica when she wiped the face of Jesus as He climbed to His crucifixion on Calvary. The program goes on to discuss four other instances in the history of the Church where this Devotion either gained great popularity or was actually re-instituted by Christ. The first was in the early 1840’s through the revelations to a Carmelite Sister named Mary of St Peter. The promises and the power of this devotion were offered to combat both blasphemy and the sins against the holy day of Sunday. The devotion was then reintroduced by St Therese of Lisieux around the late 1800’s, again in the mid 1940’s through an Italian Mother Pierina of the Immaculate Conception, and finally, in our own time through a man name Gordon Deery in Montreal, who carries on this world-wide ministry even today.
In this program, Sister Celia Chua, MIC speakes about The Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of Reconciliation.
Francesca Franchina, MS Ed. talks with listeners about “Listening to The Heart of Jesus and Consoling the Heart of Jesus” from Sr. Josefa Menendez and the writings dictated by Jesus in THE WAY OF DIVINE LOVE as a preparation for Lenten reading, personal spiritual growth and transformation. Francesca’s Recipe Today: PASTA BOLOGNESE Francesca Franchina, MS Ed stirs up good things in the kitchen 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. “Taste and See the Goodness of the Lord ” in Francesca’s kitchen as she shares everyday stories, with her friends, down to earth conversation about doing worthwhile things; easy ways to cook and bake through sharing her family’s favorite Italian recipes from Termini Imerese, Sicilia.
In this program, Dr. Virginia M. Kimball talks about the Feast of the Presentation in the Eastern Church.
In this program, Fr. Thomas Tompson talks about the Feast of the Presentation in the Western Church
Francesca Franchina, MS Ed. dialogues with Jack Davis about Mary and The Incarnation focusing on The Blessed Mother’s personal preparation, what she did to prepare for the Birth of the Messiah in her personal devotion and interaction with the Word in her womb, as written in the Mystical City of God, the auto-biographical volumes dictated by the Blessed Mother to Sister Mary of Jesus of Agreda, Spain (Imprimatur 1902/1949)
Francesca Franchina, MS Ed. dialogues with Jack Davis about Mary and The Incarnation focusing on The Blessed Mother¹s personal preparation, what she did to prepare for the Birth of the Messiah in her personal devotion and interaction with the Word in her womb, as written in the Mystical City of God, the auto-biographical volumes dictated by the Blessed Mother to Sister Mary of Jesus of Agreda, Spain (Imprimatur 1902/1949).
“This program offers a brief biographical sketch of Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity. Blessed Elizabeth was a Carmelite nun who lived in France and died in her early twenties, in 1906. Her remarkable writings are considered materpieces of spiritual insight, and they deal largely with the life of the Trinity dwelling within each of us. This program covers the major events of her life leading up to her entry into Carmel, and how the more significant events of her childhood served to form her and draw her into an intimate relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ.”
FRANCESCA FRANCHINA, MS Ed. talks with Sr. Celia Chua, MIC, STD of Montreal, Canada and Visiting Professor/ Faculty Member of the Pontifical International Marian Research Institute at the University of Dayton Marian Library about the Second Asia Oceania Mariological Conference, Mary and the New Evangelization: Perspectives for An Integral Human Development held September 8-12, 2011 in the Philippines at Liba, the site of the Marian Apparition Shrine of Our Lady of Grace in preparation for the 2012 Synod of Bishops to be held in Rome. Sr. Celia will discuss her presentation Mary, Woman of Gratuitousness for an Integral Human Development and the elements and challenges presented by Mary and The New Evangelization, and the connectors discussed in the conference that have a meaning for all of us.
Ken has a special hour long conversation with speaker and bestselling author Matthew Kelly. The first half hour is a discussion about his book Rediscover Catholicism – A Spiritual Guide to Living with Passion & Purpose. (Published by Beacon Publishing). Nearly four million copies of this book have been published. In the second half hour Matthew talks about the various programs and resources being developed at Dynamic Catholic including the very popular parish book program. His book can be purchased at www.dynamiccatholic.com
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
In this edition of Living with Mary Today, Fr. Johann G. Roten, S.M. speaks about Our Lady of Good Help.
WHAT IN THE WORLD IS GOING ON IN THE WORLD WITH MARY,OUR BLESSED MOTHER? THE IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY THE SACRED HEART OF JESUS and The World Apostolate of Fatima?: What do you know about Fatima and what are you doing about it? What did Mary say at Fatima in 1917 and is she still saying it or just whistling Dixie? Does the Fatima Message of 1917 still need to be discussed, disseminated, taught and promoted? Why? How does this affect you, yours, where you live and the world? Fatima and its effect on Bl. John Paul II, St. Padre Pio and Father Stefan Gobbi…Call in to share how you have been inspired, transformed, changed or helped by the Fatima Message; Developing Devotion to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary and the Precious Blood of Jesus. Reading the signs of the times is important, and intercessory prayer, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and Reconciliation are paramount…Find out what is needed and how you can help, what you can do from wherever you are.?
Francesca Franchina, MS Ed. talks with Fr. Dwight Campbell of Wisconsin, about The Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish and his work with Father Reese and their new association formed with other priests to teach about and promote devotion to the Two Hearts and why it is important for this time. Reading the signs of the times is important, and intercessory prayer, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and Reconciliation are paramount…Find out what is needed and how you can help, what you can do from wherever you are. What is going on across the world in the world of Marian Apparitions and how does devotion and intercessory prayer to the Two Hearts fit in? Why is Marian devotion so important and what keeps the Blessed Mother coming back to warn, cajole and guide her children to get back to God, to come to the Sacred Heart of her Son and to be under her mantle in her Immaculate Heart guided by the Holy Spirit. How can you change you outlook on life and experience a change of heart?
Father Bertrand Buby, S.M. duscusses the parents of the Virgin Mary and their feasts.
In this program, Kathie talks with Sr. Florestine Audette about the life of Blessed Dina Belanger. Canadian St. Florestine Audette, octogenarian Sister of Jesus and Mary, talks of the life of Bl. Dina Belanger who is buried in her convent.
Who Is Jesus Christ? Unlocking the Mystery in the Gospel of Matthew
Ken talks with author Eric Sammons about his book Who Is Jesus Christ? Unlocking the Mystery in the Gospel of Matthew, published by Our Sunday Visitor. Eric explores the many names for Jesus, e.g., rabbi, prophet, teacher etc., found in Matthew’s Gospel, while drawing on the Old Testament, Early Church Fathers, and historical sources to draw the reader into a fuller understanding of Jesus.
A convert to Catholicism from Evangelical Protestantism, Eric was received into the Catholic Church in 1993 and has received a Master’s Degree in Theology from the Franciscan University of Steubenville. He lives with his wife Suzan and five children in Maryland, but will soon be working in full time ministry in Florida.