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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.

September 12, 2014 – Part I: MMP and Medjugorje – Part II: Community Cenacolo, Poverty and Mother Elvira’s Story

Part I: MMP and Medjugorje
Part II: Community Cenacolo, Poverty and Mother Elvira’s Story

September 05, 2014 – Part I: Medjugorje, controversy and Bishop’s statements – Part II:Community Cenacolo, Born from Baptism

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

June 18, 2014 – Turning setbacks into glory through prayer– Anna Maria Mendieta

Christine Watkins interviews Anna Maria Mendieta, an aficionado concerto harpist, who tells her story of her pilgrimage to World Youth Day in Madrid and then to Lourdes, in 2011. Her amazing true tale is near proof of the spiritual battle we are all undergoing and of a sovereign God who can bring victory, healing, and glory from any trial or setback.

April 40, 2014 – Julie Dortch Cragon about the importance of The Theotokos

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‚Äôs groups. She runs St. Mary‚Äôs 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, ‚ÄúHand Me Down Heaven” at www.juliecragon.blogspot.com and hosts a web site at www.juliecragon.com and www.stmarysbookstore.com.

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.

July 17, 2013 – Wayne Weible: Perspectives on Medjugojre

Wayne speaks about his introduction to Medjugorje. He was moved by this event from disbelief, to believing and acceptance. Amazingly, following this curious encounter, he completely changed his life. No longer would he be in the newspaper/printing business, but would be working for Our Lady, spreading her messages from Medjugorje. Today, Wayne has published 8 books on Medjugorje with copies in the many millions distributed throughout the world. Wayne also shares that his latest book, “Medjugorje: The Last Apparition”, underscores the spiritual motherhood that Our Lord offers us through Mary. We discuss the Biblical support for this in Rev 12: 1-17, John 19: 26-27, and Luke 1 1: 46-55. To draw close to Mary is to be strengthened in our love for her Son. She is also our heavenly aid at the times of greatest need. Mary, Wayne notes, has been offering encouragements and guidance through Medjugorje for 32 years, a totally unique phenomenon in the history of the Church. This is so because children, including spiritual children, grow and mature over time and not simply after only one instruction. Even Our Lord was in her care for 30 years! Reference is also made to Wayne’s remarkable work introducing the faithful to Medjugorje titled: “Medjugorje: The Message”.

June 19, 2013 – Sr. Leanne Jablonski, FMI

Francesca Franchina, MS Ed. converses with Sr. Leanne Jablonski, FMI (Daughters of Mary Immaculate) about THE MARIANIST ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION CENTER (MEEC) an educational ministry in the Catholic tradition, stewarding the 100 acre Mount St. John natural areas, committed to sharing and interpreting the gift of the land with others in Mary’s hope-filled spirit. MEEC advocates environmental justice as integral to sustainable living and achieves its mission through land restoration, ecological research, service, learning and educational programs. Mount St. John is a 150 acre property owned by the Society of Mary (Marianists) a Catholic community of Brothers and priests founded by Bl. Wm. Joseph Chaminade. The first people to care for this land were hunters, ancestors of the later Indian nations, for whom this was part of the sacred hunting grounds between the Miamis. Among the first Euro-Americans to arrive in this area were John Patterson, National Cash Register (NCR) Industrialist and Inventor of the cash register and the electric starter) and his family who provided the land on which The Watervliet Shaker Community was founded in 1806. The original 80 acres of Mount St. John formed part of the East Farm of the Shakers, and was purchased by the Marianists in 1910. Learn about The Wetlands, Prairie, Fields, Meadows; the more than 140 unique horticultural tree specimens including The Kentucky Coffee Tree, Japanese Pagoda Tree, Kousa Dogwood, GoldenTrain, Hardy Rubber Tree and Smoke Tree. A list of the arboretum trees is available from MEEC; also hear about the Sacred Embrace Earthwork designed by local artist Carrie Pate; Chaminade Park, The Native Plant Labyrinth with various trees and hundreds of native flowers and Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto modeled after the Lourdes Grotto in Massabielle, France constructed with 230 tons of tufa rock from the Great Lakes. Learn how you can experience the Field Education Areas and Programs available through and your family or group can experience this magnificent facility and beautiful landscape at Mount St. John in Dayton, Ohio. See the MEEC “TOUCHING EARTH” Art and Educational Exhibit at Gallery St. John on the property through June 30th. MEEC Headquarters is located in St. Joseph Hall at Mount St. John; 4435 E. Patterson Road, Dayton, OH 45430. For more information, learning & volunteering opportunities see: www.meec.udayton.edu.

June 19, 2013 – The First Few Days of Medjugorje: An Interview With 3 Young Pilgrims

This program offers a perspective on Medjugorje. What was it like before the apparitions began, and what happened during the first few days? Several children in Medjugorje began, quite unexpectedly, to see Our Lady. She had come, she said, “to tell us that God exists, and that he loves us.” Their own families, however, did not believe them. Nevertheless, what began with 6 children has grown to touch millions. Our Lady, through this village of 400 families, has today hosted over 40 million pilgrims from around the world since 1981! Millions of hearts have been re-kindled in their faith. Three young guests on this program share their experience from a recent pilgrimmage to Medjguroje. They also encourage other young people to go to Medjugorje to renew their own faith!

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.

May 22, 2013 – Practical Considerations for The Question of Medjugorje

For those who have heard the reports about Our Lady appearing in Medjugorje, Bosnia-Hercegovina since 1981, they may wonder how to respond to this. After all, though the Church is currently investigating these reports, it has not yet made a judgment. We are therefore left to determine whether to read the messages or go there on pilgrimmage based on other criteria, not least of which is compliance with Church teachings. But what are these criteria? This program looks to Scripture for guidance. Matthew 7: 15-20 reminds us that “a good tree produces good fruit”. We also find encouragement in the same decisions faced by the Apostles when deciding whether to follow Jesus (John 1: 35 – 37). Many others as well have faced similar questions. For example, what did the people do when they first heard about the reported apparitions of Our Lady at Guadalupe, Rue de Bac, Lourdes, Fatima or elsewhere? The Church, in these cases, only makes a judgement after very careful examination, and this may take many years to complete.

February 13, 2013 – Fr. Tom Alkire, OC

Francesca Franchina MS Ed. talks with Fr. Tom Alkire, OC of Los Angeles, CA about Ash Wednesday,Lent 2013, The Blessed Mother: Seat of Wisdom and what believers of Jesus Christ are called to do about the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI and other world situations. Discussion focuses on how we need to continue to grow spiritually, living and sharing their LOVE with discernment and prudence; increasing prayers of reparation and reconciliation as disciples of Jesus under the Mantle of our Blessed Mother who is equipping us with WISDOM and spiritual weapons as the Fatima Peace Plan From Heaven and the message of Medjugorje continue to unfold and become known in this the Year of Faith and The New Evangelization. Fr. Tom Alkire OC, is a seasoned Carmelite priest affiliated with the Marian Movement of Priests, The Association of The Precious Blood/Tallahassee, FL, 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.

January 2, 2013 – Fr. Tom Alkire, OC

Francesca Franchina MS Ed. talks with Fr. Tom Alkire, OC of Los Angeles, CA about The Blessed Mother, the Queen of Peace, the alleged 2012 Christmas Medugorje Message from Jesus and The Blessed Mother and what we the believers of Jesus Christ are called to do about the world situation. Father Tom traveled to Medjugorje four times and lived with the family of Mirjana Soldo, one of the visionaries and will share his experience and Scriptural references to the signs and symbols of Fatima and Medugorje. Jesus and Our Lady are equippings us with spiritual weapons and the Fatima Peace Plan From Heaven continues to unravel and become known in this the Year of Faith and The New Evangelization. Fr. Tom Alkire OC, is a seasoned Carmelite priest affiliated with the Marian Movement of Priests, The Association of The Precious Blood/Tallahassee, FL, 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.

October 10, 2012

Francesca Franchina MS Ed. talks with Dave Corolla, Director of the World Apostolate of Our Lady of Fatima in¬† Washington, NJ. about the¬† six monthlyMarian Apparitions at Fatima, Portugal, the Angelic Eucharistic Apparition, the meaning of the messages for us today and¬†¬†The 95th Anniversary of the Miracle of the Sun on October 13, 1917. Ed Lekson of West Chester/Liberty, OH will discuss¬† the 13th Festival of Praise¬†to be held Saturday, October 13, 2012 hosted by the¬†University of Dayton Marian Library, the Pontifical¬†International Marian Research Institute (IMRI) and CREDO Apostolate ¬†at the University of Dayton Immaculate Conception Chapel from 7:00-9:30 PM beginning with the Rosary led by the UD Rosary Clubs.¬†“Rain”¬† will provide music for¬†adoration, worship, reflection ¬†and praise.¬†Fr. Tom Thompson, SM will preside.

June 25, 2012 – Sr. Emmanuel Millard

The Queen of Peace messages to the world and the conversion stories from Sr. Emmanuel Millard testify to the fruits of conversion in this 31st anniversary talk from Medjugorje.

March 5, 2012 – Mark Hawk

With a business degree from Notre Dame and 11th hour conversion, Mark Hawk’s heart was captured by Our Lady of Medjugorje to begin his new faith journey including founding  St. Gabriel Radio Station in Ohio.

Sr. Celia Chua – February 15, 2012

Francesca Franchina, MS Ed. speaks  with Sr. Celia Chua, MIC (Missionaries of The Immaculate Conception)  of Montreal,  Canada,  IMRI Faculty Member (Pontifical  International Marian Research  Institute) at the University of Dayton Marian Library about the Annual  World Day of the Sick and its three  consistent themes celebrated  every year on the Feast of The Immaculate Conception at Lourdes, France, on  February  11 since  1992; the  pertinent Vatican Message of Pope Benedict XVI; Sacraments of Healing and the Scriptures;  the importance of the Catholic Sacraments of the Sick; the writings of St. Augustine  and the Spirituality of Lourdes celebrated  February 11 based on  Sr. Celia’s writings and experiences with the sick citing passages from   Fr. Henri Nouewen’s book relating his pilgrimage to Lourdes!      

February 9, 2012 – Our Lady of Lourdes

In this edition of Living with Mary Today, Father Johann G. Roten, S.M. etells listeners about Our Lady of Lourdes.

January 30, 2012 – Fr. John McFadden and Denis Nolan

In this program, Kathie speaks with Fr. McFadden about his service in radio media, education about post abortion trauma, healing and deliverence ministries, and Medjugorje.

She also speaks with Denis Nolan, President of Mary TV. The discuss the fact that Ivan, the seer of Medjugorje will be in Michigan for a talk and apparition which will be televised by Mary TV. Nolan tells of the graces in praying and watching the service on TV.

September 26, 2011 – Mary Cruz and Carolanne Kilichowski

Mother of six children, Mary Cruz from North Carolina, finds strength in Medjugorje pilgrimage and spiritual weapons to help in everyday life.

From New York, Carolanne Kilichowski, talks about the life-changing events Our Blessed Mother in Medjugorje inspired to help her begin a pilgrimage agency.

August 22, 2011 – Clair Schaefer

In this program, Kathie talks to Clair Schaefer, owner of Queenship Publishing Company from California. They discuss her conversion in Medjugorje with special messages from the Queen of Peace and founding of her company.

August 5, 2011 – Our Lady of the Snows

In this edition of Living with Mary Today, Michael Duricy speaks about Our Lady of the Snows.

WHAT IN THE WORLD IS GOING ON IN THE WORLD WITH MARY,OUR BLESSED MOTHER? Part VI – August 3, 2011

WHAT IN THE WORLD IS GOING ON IN THE WORLD WITH MARY,OUR BLESSED MOTHER? WHY, WHY, WHY? Part VI

Francesca Franchina, MS Ed. talks with Fr. John Fletcher CC about Marian Pilgrimages, what to expect on a pilgrimage, how to plan one, the benefits of a pilgrimage and what is going on across the world in the world of Marian Apparitions especially as the Blessed Mother appeared  in Guadalupe to St.Juan Diego,  Fatima, (Children:Francisco, Jacinta and Lucia Lourdes (St. Bernadette), Betania, Venezuela (Maria Esperanza) in Catania, Sicily with Rosario Toscano and even in our own Archdiocese of Cincinnati as Our Lady of America (Imprimatur and Nihil Obstat)  to Sr. Mildred Neufil a Precious Blood Sister. What is the power of the rosary,? Why Marian devotion is  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 her Son and to be guided by the Holy Spirit.   Why Marian spirituality? What  is going on in Medjugorje? Is it still  under discernment and are people still flocking to the area and changing their outlook on life and experiencing a change of heart?   

June 20, 2011 – Sr. Emmanuel

This week Kathy Duggan speaks with Sr. Emmanuel of the Community of Beatitudes¬† “live” from Medjugorje on this 30th Anniversary of the apparitions about the messages of the Queen of Peace.

Italian Wedding Soup

Francesca Franchina, MS Ed. speaks with Maureen Pierce and Tim Francis regarding The Sorrows of Our Blessed Mother, The Marian Apparitions in Rwanda/ Our Lady of Kibeho 1981-1990 and Our Lady of Fatima 1917 commenting on the Eucharistic Program at Transfiguration Parish on the Scientific Research, Eucharistic Miracles and Intercessory Prayer. Francesca shares her favorite family recipe for Italian Wedding Soup.

Recipe: Italian Wedding Soup

Ingredients

  • Soup: 6 Cups – Chicken Broth 1/2 Cup – Uncooked Soup Pasta 2 Cups – Thinly Sliced Escarole or Spinach Baby
  • Meat Balls: 1/2 lb – lean ground beef 1 egg 2T – Dry bread crumbs 1T – Grated Parmesan Cheese 1/2t – dry or fresh parsley 1/2t – garlic powder

Instructions

  1. Baby Meat Balls: In a medium bowl, mix together all ingredients and then hand roll into 3/4 inch balls.
  2. Soup: Strain 6 cups homemade chicken broth into another pan; reserve chicken to pull apart in small pieces to put into the soup or use for another recipe. You can also use canned chicken broth (46 ounce can) or powdered chicken soup starter which is very good in a hurry to make six cups!
  3. Bring broth to a boil, drop in formed meatballs, ¬Ĺ cup uncooked soup pasta and 2 cups thinly sliced escarole or spinach.
  4. Cook at slow boil about ten minutes till pasta is cooked (not drowned or mushy but al dente) Stir frequently with wooden spoon so pasta and meatballs don’t get beat up! Ladle into bowls, Serve as a prima piatta (first dish/ soup course) with grated cheese at the table or as a meal with crusty Italian bread/dipping oil and salada verde. Bon Pranzo!

Meal type: supper

Culinary tradition: Italian