Joe and Daniel discussed his upbringing, and his journey to a deeper faith through the most Holy Rosary. After obtaining a degree in Theology, Daniel felt called to start a Catholic Rock Band. It is here, in this ministry, that he brings glory to God using the special gifts and talents he was given. Joe highlighted and played two songs, “Ocean of Mercy” from their first album “Companions of the Lamb” and “Stepping in to the Day” from their second album, “Universal Youth”. The authentic Catholic theology represented in the lyrics is prayerful, introspective, and exciting. Their musical style and sound is reminiscent of many of the bigger mainstream bands over the last twenty years. It is energetic and highly entertaining! They can be found at www.thethirstingcatholic.com.
Have you wondered what some of the key themes are for Pope Francis? Well he is certainly interested in the needs of the poor, and we know that he has some very specific ideas about economics and the need to pursue peace in the midst of political conflicts. However, if there is one consistent theme that Pope Francis has continued to focus on, it is the Mercy of God. In this particular conversation, Mark and Frances explore Carmelite perspectives on Mercy, largely through the writings of St Therese of Lisieux and also Pope France’s new book, entitled “The Church of Mercy.” Pope Francis himself stresses that we must remember that beyond the simple reality of God’s omnipotence, omnipresence and transcendence, God should first and foremost be known for His Mercy. Mercy is understood as compassion, kindness and forgiveness, and despite our too often view of God as judgmental, He greatest attribute is Mercy.
Francesca Franchina MS Ed. continues her riveting talks with Fr. Tom Alkire, OC from Los Angeles, California about his travels and seminars focusing on The Divine Mercy Message given to St. Faustina by Jesus concerning Mercy for all souls and the world today. Divine Mercy Sunday 2014 is April 27th and the Day of Canonization for two recent Popes: Bl. John Paul II (The Great) and Bl. John XXIII elevating them to sainthood by Pope Francis on this significant Mercy Sunday 2014! Why is the message given to St. Faustina Kowalsko of Poland in1938 so important for today? Read and pray The Diary of St. Faustina the approved teaching messages including the The Divine Mercy Novena and The Mercy Chaplet. Hear about the Importance of Divine Mercy and what the Mercy Message of Jesus to St. Faustina mean to us today. How are you collaborating in The Time of Mercy and The Harvest? Are we living in times of trial, travail and tribulation and what are we or should be doing about it? Fr. Tom Alkire, OC is a seasoned Carmelite priest and exorcist 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.
“The Holy Father just released a book entitled “The Church of Mercy.” In this particular conversation, Mark and Frances begin a series of discussions on the importance of the message of Mercy in the Church today. They begin by focusing on the upcoming event of Divine Mercy Sunday, and then move forward in time to both Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II and what they both had to say about the gift of Mercy that we receive from God. They then discuss our current Holy Father’s book about Mercy, and one of the sources of his inspiration for this book, a certain German Theologian and Cardinal named Walter Kasper, who himself wrote a book simply titled “Mercy.” It is a book that our Holy Father Francis strongly endorsed and from which he drew a great deal of insight for his own book. Mark and Frances go on to discuss a number of Saints, including St. Therese of Lisieux, and Saint Faustina, and what they had to say about God’s great Mercy. This is a message which is so important for us to hear today, especially in light of a world that so often struggles with the loss of Hope and the onslaught of despair. Mark and Frances will continue this important message through the Easter Season.”
Guest Host, Annie Karto, dialogues with Joan and David Maroney, Directors of “Mother of Mercy Messengers”, about “Divine Mercy for America”, an outreach program of the Marians of the Immaculate Conception wherein people of faith engage in praying for mercy upon our country as did St. Faustina for her country, Poland.
Visiting Host Annie Karto interviews guests, Dave and Joan Maroney about the apostolate of the Mother of Mercy Messengers and their initiative called “Divine Mercy for America” an outreach of the Marian’s of the Immaculate Conception in Stockbridge, Mass. The discuss the urgent spiritual needs of America and how Divine Mercy for America can address those needs.