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Message from the Director: Month of July Dedicated of the Most Precious Blood of Jesus Christ

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The month of July is traditionally dedicated to the Most Precious Blood of Jesus Christ. The feast of the Most Precious Blood of our Lord was instituted in 1849 by Pope Pius IX. We are reminded that by the shedding of His Precious Blood, Christ saved mankind from our sins. “For this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured for many, for the forgiveness of sins.” Mt. 26:28. The Precious Blood of Jesus cleanses us from our sins. In the Sacrament of Penance, we are forgiven of our sins through the absolution of the priest. How powerful it is that we are restored to the supernatural life of grace.

The early Fathers say that the Church was born from the pierced side of Christ, and that the sacraments were brought forth through His Blood. “But one of the soldiers pierced his side with a spear, and at once, there came out blood and water.” Mt. Jn. 19:34. The Blood from the pierced side of Christ symbolizes the Precious Blood in the Most Holy Eucharist.

We wish to invoke the Blood of Jesus on ourselves, the sick and suffering, and the whole family of Radio Maria. We ask the Lord to protect us from all evil. The Blood of Jesus has the power to protect us, and lead us to the life of grace in Christ, in particular through the Sacraments. We ask the Lord to wash us clean in our mission of Radio Maria. We want to be faithful to our calling as a family, to our identity of a Radio that brings prayer, Christian and Human formation, News and Music in the lives of people.

It is Our Lady’s Radio and she wants to continue to lead us to Her Son Jesus who has poured out his Precious Blood for us.

Seeking The Face of Christ

“Such is the generation of those who seek Him, who seek the face of the God of Jacob” (Psalm 24:6 – RSV)

There are a number of different devotions we might focus on as we enter this most Holy Week of the Church calendar, but it might be good for us to reverently reconsider the very image our Savior chose to leave us, that of His own Beautiful Face yet Sorrowful Face.

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It is good for us to recall the sacrifice of great Love that our Lord made for us.  It has been said that too much familiarity with this Holy Season can tend to diminish our appreciation of the measure of Christ’s love reflected in own His Holy Countenance.  It is good for us to recall that it was at the beginning of His passion that our Lord experienced one of the more painful events He would endure; it ,was not simply the betrayal of one of His own disciples, but that fact that Judas Iscariot chose to betray our Lord by placing a kiss on His cheek.

The Church has a long history of devotion to the Holy Face going all the way back to Veronica’s singular act of courage and compassion, when she wiped the bloodied face of Jesus, forever preserving for us the painful image of His sacrifice and love.  What similar act of compassion and even courage might we offer to our Eucharistic Lord, an act that can help to console our Lord in our own time, when we still witness so much blasphemy and so many offenses against His Church, His Mystical Body, and by consequence, His Holy Face.

In his Encyclical Ecclesia de Eucharistia, (The Eucharist) Saint John Paul II drew the eyes of the Church to the Face of Christ in the sacrament of the Eucharist. 

“To contemplate Christ involves being able to recognize him wherever he manifests himself, in His many forms of presence, but above all in the living sacrament of his Body and Blood. The Church draws her life from Christ in the Eucharist; by Him she is fed and by Him she is enlightened. The Eucharist is both a mystery of faith and a “mystery of light.” Whenever the Church celebrates the Eucharist, the faithful can in some way relive the experience of the two disciples on the road to Emmaus: “their eyes were opened and they recognized him” (Lk 24:31). . . . I cannot let this Holy Thursday (2003) pass without halting before the “Eucharistic face” of Christ and pointing out with new force to the Church the centrality of the Eucharist.

Perhaps we could make our own act of courage and compassion this week and find an hour to visit our Church and just spend some time contemplating the Face of Christ in the Eucharist.  This is also a wonderful time to begin, if you have not already, to develop a continual devotion to the Holy Face of Jesus Christ.  For information please visit: www.holyface.com

Mark Danis
Host of Carmelite Conversations
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October 18, 2014

Deacon Bob explains why the story and message of Fatima are such exceptional tools for the New Evangelization.

August 13, 2014 – Father Brian Phelps

Francesca Franchina, MS Ed. talks with Father Brian Phelps, formerly a teacher, coach and warehousing worker who is now Parochial Vicar at The Church of The Incarnation, Centerville, Ohio about his life and every involving and revolving ministry as a young recently ordained priest. What is life in the seminary, as an intern and deacon, call to the priesthood all about? Hear how the concrete prayerful influence of his family’s Catholic focus in parish and family life in Cincinnati and his life experiences in faith and challenging questions led him to answer The Call….and all it involves.

August 5, 2014

Joe hit on a variety of topics today. He discussed our duty to step us as Godparents to talk, pray and sacrifice for the souls of the Godchildren entrusted to our care. He also shared a story about how he had to speak with the father of one of his Godchildren to address a major issue and the challenge that lied therein. He also read and commented upon an article written by Archbishop Lori entitled “Who Matters Most”. It stated that God should matter most in our Lives. Why? Because a life of union (prayer & sacraments) with God is what brings us true peace and joy! Rounding it all out, Joe read a catechetical instruction by St. John Vianney entitled “The glorious duty of man: to pray and to love.” ……….“If you pray and love, that is where a man’s happiness lies!”

August 5, 2014

Was the Miracle of the loaves and fishes really a miracle? Matthew shares the importance of this Gospel event on our understanding of the Holy Eucharist. Plus – how to love our enemies.

April 3, 2014 – Dr. Brant Pitre

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

March 24, 2014 – Kitty Cleveland Testimony to Divine Mercy

Host Kathleen Beckman dialogues with Kitty Cleveland, singer, songwriter, international speaker, regarding her family’s trial, the imprisonment of her deacon & attorney father, his vindication after years in prison, and his death to cancer. Kitty shares how she was upheld by daily Eucharistic Holy Hours, how the family chose to forgive their persecutors, and how God brought great good out of the suffering. Through Marian Consecration, her wounds were healed when she opened herself up to communion of life with Mary.

March 11, 2013 – Aaron Kheriaty, M.D.

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

January 9, 2013 – Why Be Catholic? (Hector Molina, guest speaker)

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.

November 5, 2012 – The Sacramental Grace of the Mass

Host, Kathleen Beckman will discuss why the Mass is a distinct occasion of sacramental grace because in the Eucharist we have direct physical contact with Jesus. This is the most important distinction from other forms of healing prayers. At the bottom of the hour, she will offer insights from George Weigel’s reflection on “What Voting Means” given at the OC Catholic Prayer Breakfast; and then share insights from Magnificat’s “Day of Faith” where Fr. Peter Cameron, O.P., Editor-in-Chief of Magnificat gave a keynote address on “Your Faith Has Saved You!”

October 4, 2012 – Heidi Bratton

Ken talks with Heidi Bratton, author of Homegrown Faith – Nurturing Your Catholic Family (Servant Books) A series of insightful and often humorous weekly reflections on raising faithful Catholic families, Homegrown Faith, draws on familiar situations—sibling rivalry, fender-benders, lost shoes before Mass—to reveal unexpected sacramental riches. Visit Heidi’s website at http://www.heidibratton.com Her book is available at www.franciscanmedia.org

August 23, 2012 – Deacon John Green

Ken talks with Deacon John Green, author of Streetwalking with Jesus – Reaching Out in Justice and Mercy (published by Our Sunday Visitor). For over two decades John has been ministering to inter-city men on the margins of society. John shares the lessons he learned through the stories of men who struggle to escape poverty, addiction and sexual sin – while encounter Christ in the process. Learn more about Deacon Green’s ministry at www.streets.org and www.streetwalkingwithjesus.com John’s wife has a vital role in his ministry and is a singer/songwriter. To learn more, and listen to some of her music, visit www.greenchoby.com John’s book is available at www.osv.com

August 14, 2012 – Dcn. Ralph Poyo & Fr. Rick Martignetti

Mark Newman speaks with Deacon Ralph Poyo and Fr. Rick Martignetti, two powerful leaders as they share their faith, hope and vision for the Church today.

July 3, 2012 – Ray Noble

In this program, Steve speaks with Ray Noble.He is a deacon in the Catholic Church, a retired attorney and law professor with a very interesting background in the law and ministry. Our focus is on the current status of the PPFCA and what the country and the Church will be doing to continue fighting for religious liberty. Ray blogs at http://deusetpatria.com .

June 14, 2012 – The relevancy of JPII’s encyclical on the Eucharist

In this program, Kathleen speaks about what JPII meant when he said that he hoped to “rekindle Eucharistic amazement.”

April 16, 2012 – Fr. Sousa and Michael Madere

In this program, Kathie talks to Fr. Ed Sousa, Jr.  Fr. Sousa discusses how Medjugorje and the Rosary inspired him in discovering the depth of his vocation to serve God and man as a hospital chaplain.

Kathie also speaks with Michael Madere, Co-Owner of Catholic Producitons. He talks about the Professor of Sacred Scripture at Notre Dame Seminary, Dr. Brandt Pitre. Dr. Pitre is an author, CD and DVD producer, and renown public speaker. They discuss his latest book: Jesus and His Jewish Roots of the Eucharist.

March 15, 2012 – Allen Hunt

Ken talks with guest Allen Hunt, author of Confessions of a Mega Church Pastor – How I discovered the Hidden Treasures of the Catholic Church (Beacon Publishing) Allen is a well know talk radio personality – he is the host of the Allen Hunt Show in Atlanta.  Until 2007, he was the pastor of one of the largest Methodist congregations in the US.  He entered the Catholic Church in January 2008.  Visit his website at www.allenhuntshow.com  Allen works closely with Matthew Kelly and The Dynamic Catholic Institute, and his book can be obtained by just paying S&H at: http://www.dynamiccatholic.com/AllenHuntbooks

December 26, 2011 – Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers

In this episode of Sacred Treasures, Kathie talks to Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers. Deacon is a public speaker who shares the truths of the faith to bring souls closer to Christ in their daily lives.