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Praying to Find Rest and Consolation

mark danisEven 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
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The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, interview with Father James Loughran, Director of the Graymoor Ecumenical & Interreligious Institute (GEII)

On Friday the 23rd, Radio Maria NY hosted a special program on the annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Since 1898, traditionally observed in the northern hemisphere from the 18th to the 25th of January and formerly known as the Octave of Christian Unity, the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity involves ‚ÄéChristian communities and Churches across the world, including the Catholic ‚ÄéChurch.

Launched over a century ago by Fr. Paul James Francis Wattson, SA (1863 ‚Äď 1940) founder of the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement at Graymoor, Garrison, NY, since its inception the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity fostered reconciliation and healing through atonement ‚ÄĒ the unity of men and women with God and with one another. Fr. Paul was ordained an Episcopal priest in 1886. In 1908, he initiated the Church Unity Octave believing that a time set aside for prayer and seminars would hasten Christian unity. An advocate of corporate reunion between the Anglican and Roman Catholic churches, he finally embraced Roman Catholicism. In 1909, the Society of the Atonement became the first religious community of Christians to be received corporately into the Roman Catholic Church since the Reformation. Fr. Paul was ordained a Catholic priest by Archbishop John M. Farley in 1910.

(More on the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement and the Graymoor Ecumenical & Interreligious Institute (GEII), at: http://atonementfriars.org and http://geii.org/week_of_prayer_for_christian_unity/)

“Since 1968, the resource material for reflection, prayer and celebration on a ‚Äéchosen theme for the Week of Prayer for Christain Unity is jointly issued by the Vatican‚Äôs Pontifical Council for Promoting ‚ÄéChristian Unity and the Commission on Faith and Order of the World Council of Churches (WCC).¬† This year the theme was: ‚ÄúJesus said to her: “Give me to drink“, taken from the ‚Äéepisode of the Samaritan woman at the well, in John‚Äôs Gospel.”

In his recent meeting with the men and women religious, the Pope spoke extensively about ecumenism suggesting the three main ingredients for a fruitful dialogue:

The Pope spoke of three conditions at the core of the search for Christian unity ‚Äď firstly, there‚Äôs no unity without conversion of heart, which includes forgiving and asking for forgiveness. Secondly he said there is no unity without prayer and therefore men and women religious who pray for unity are like ‚Äėan invisible monastery‚Äô bringing together Christians of different denominations from different countries around the world.Thirdly, the Pope said, there is no unity without holiness of daily life. so the more we put our search for unity into practise in our relations with others, the more we will be modelling our lives on the message of the Gospel.

(Read full article: Pope concluding Week of Prayer for Christian Unity at: http://www.news.va

More insights available:Pope Francis: Religious who pray for Christian unity an “invisible monastery”at http://www.news.va

Resource material for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2015 is available at: http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/

loughran_picOur host of the day was Fr. James Loughran, S.A., Director of the Graymoor Ecumenical & Interreligious Institute (GEII), a ministry of the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement headquartered at Graymoor, New York. Today, this Roman Catholic religious community continue working and ministering to people of every race, religion, and walk of life in the United States, Canada, England, Italy, and Japan.

Exhibit on St. Francis Coming to Brooklyn

“A historic exhibit of medieval manuscripts and papal documents associated with St. Francis of Assisi will be on display at Brooklyn Borough Hall from Dec. 2 to Jan. 14.

It was on view this past week at the U.N. Speakers at the opening in Manhattan affirmed the saint’s association with the world body’s peaceful aims and hoped his namesake pope would pay a visit next September.

‚ÄúFriar Francis: Traces, Words, Images‚ÄĚ is a collection of 19 manuscripts and artifacts from the Sacred Convent of St. Francis of Assisi in Italy.

The artifacts date from the 13th and 14th centuries and are outside Italy for the first time in 700 years.

Archbishop Bernardito Auza, Vatican nuncio to the U.N., said the difficult and costly process to bring the ‚Äúpriceless documents‚ÄĚ to New York is ‚Äúworth the effort, because we believe that the values practiced and preached by St. Francis are also the fundamental values of the United Nations, namely peace, the harmonious development of peoples in brotherhood and love for nature.

‚ÄúWithout these values, we have wars and conflicts, injustices and all forms of slavery, environmental crises and disasters,‚ÄĚ he said.

One of the most striking pieces in the exhibit is Codex 338, which contains the oldest existing copies of St. Francis‚Äô writings, including the Rule of the Friars Minor and the original draft of ‚ÄúThe Canticle of the Creatures,‚ÄĚ dictated by St. Francis. The ‚ÄúCanticle‚ÄĚ is considered the oldest poetic text of Italian literature.

The exhibit includes a fragment of a biography of St. Francis by Thomas of Celano, his contemporary, and several papal bulls that refer to the saint and his religious order. The oldest papal document displayed is from 1220.

Steven Acunto told Catholic News Service the manuscripts are ‚Äúcompletely irreplaceable and precious.‚ÄĚ Acunto is president of the Italian Academy Foundation, an institute of cultural diplomacy that is one of the sponsors of the exhibit.”

Beth Griffin (2014, November 2014). Exhibit on St. Francis Coming to Brooklyn. The Tablet. Retrieved from http://thetablet.org/exhibit-on-st-francis-coming-to-brooklyn/

October 29, 2014 – FRANCESCA AND FRIENDS WED. OCT. 29: VOCATIONS HOLY HOUR NOV 5 LOCALES WAYNE TOPP, VOCATION OFFICE FR ED BURNS WRIGHT STATE U MARY PYPER GUEST

Francesca Franchina MS Ed. and Mary Pyper speak with Wayne Topp of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati Vocation Office and Fr. Ed. Burns of the Wright State University Campus Ministry about their ministries working with youth and the upcoming Archdiocese of Cincinnati Vocations Holy Hour and why it is being held at various parishes throughout the Archdiocese on Wednesday November 5th from 7:00-8:00 PM. Fr. Ed and Wayne discuss the state of religious vocations for men and women, reasons for the increase and what is being done to encourage strong, positive vocations of all kinds including marriage, the single life and the common vocation of all: the vocation of Holiness and Evangelization.
Learn what the Archdiocese of Cincinnati and the universal Church is doing to encourage vocations and what we all can do to encourage vocations. Fr. Ed discusses the range of campus ministry today and how college students explore their vocational call, honing in on the upcoming Year of Consecrated Life in 2015.

October 22, 2014 – What are my gifts from the Holy Spirit? — Fr. Michael Fones, OP

Christine Watkins interviews Dominican priest, Fr. Michael Fones, formerly the co-Director of the Catherine of Siena Institute, www.siena.org, which helps disciples learn of the gifts given to them by the Holy Spirit. God has spread His charisms among His people, gifts such as spiritual discernment, administration, encouragement, etc., for the building up of the Kingdom. Listen and find out what your charisms might be! Knowing one’s charisms is a helpful tool for discerning God’s will in this life.

September 25, 2014 – Steve Ray Interview

James Littleton interviews Steve Ray on Raising Daughters and Sons.
Steve has given seminars and talks all over the world ‚Äď Rome, Jerusalem, India, Dubai, England, Philippines, Japan, Australia, Israel, Canada, Guam, and many more).
He has worked extensively with EWTN, St. Joseph Communications, Lighthouse Catholic Media, Catholic Answers, Franciscan University of Steubenville, Legatus, Fullness of Truth, Catholic Scripture Study International, Defensores Fidei Foundation, Ignatius Press, Regina Apostolorum University in Rome, Dr. Scott Hahn’s St. Paul Center, Catholics Come Home, Lighthouse Ministries, Family of Faith in Bombay and the Arab Emirates, and many others.
He has appeared on Fox News, Canadian TV and is a regular guest on EWTN, Relevant Radio, Ave Maria Radio, Catholic Answers Live, Guadalupe Radio, and many other TV and radio programs…and of course now on Forming Faithful families on Radio Maria.
Steve Ray would love to come to your parish or conference to share the truth and beauty of the Catholic Faith. From his conversion story to his adventures overseas, from his talks on St. Paul to raising a Catholic family, from teaching the Bible to explaining the Eucharist ‚Äď he is excited and ready to speak to your group!

September 24, 2014 – Caught up in co-dependence and a cycle of violence–Robyn McLean

Christine Watkins interviews Robyn McLean, who fell into and finally escaped from an abusive relationship and views her young son, the product of rape, as the greatest gift God has ever given to her. “Where sin increased, grace overflowed all the more (Romans 5:20b).” See www.robynmclean.net

September 10, 2014 – Finding Your Soulmate – Regina and Paul Bailey

Christine Watkins interviews Regina and Paul Bailey who met each other through the internet. Find out how to discern who is right for you in God’s will. The Baileys can help you find the way. See a video of them on Catholic Match’s youtube page.

September 03, 2014 – Sharing the Catholic Faith without Fear–Richard Lane, Catholic Evangelist

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.

September 02, 2014 – Catholic Pro-Life Committee

Today Joe interviewed Karen Garnett, the Executive Director of the Catholic Pro Life Committee (CPLC). Joe and Karen discussed the huge momentum and victories being realized by the pro-life movement in our Country and especially Texas in particular. The tide has truly turned. Tune in to hear all the exciting success stories. www.prolifedallas.org

August 6, 2014 – a profound conversion: Marty Troiani

Christine Watkins interviews Marty Troiani, a well-to do business man, whose sights were on success, until unexpected visions led him through an accounting of his entire life–the good, the bad, and the ugly–and ultimately into a burning desire to know and share the Catholic faith.

July 30, 2014 – Life-saving miracle in Medjugorje–Arthur P. Boyle

Christine Watkins interviews Arthur P. Boyle, father of 13, who was expected to die at age 44 from kidney cancer, which had spread to his lung. In desperation, he traveled to Medjugorje, where he experienced a medically documented miracle. Artie Boyle’s story is in his new book: Six Months to Live: Three Guys on the Ultimate Quest for a Miracle.

July 7, 2014 – Elizabeth Kindelmann and the Flame of Love (#2 in the series)

Want to blind Satan? Fight fire with fire! Put out the fire of hatred with the fire of love. The Blessed Mother told Elizabeth Kindelmann: ‚ÄúMy Flame of Love will be lit first in Carmel.‚ÄĚ She also said that the flames which spring from her love (Flame of Love) will quench the fire of hell and blind Satan. Listen in to find out how. Guest Marika Zimmerman returns to the program to discuss with host, Frances Harry, the newly published English translation of Elizabeth Kindelmann‚Äôs ‚ÄúSpiritual Diary‚ÄĚ on the ‚ÄúFlame of Love of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.‚ÄĚ What is in the diary? What inspires you in this diary? We talk about the many ways and means of participating in this devotion which has come about thru the Blessed Virgin Mary‚Äôs intercession and desire to blind Satan for the salvation of souls. Through this devotion, our Blessed Mother said, ‚ÄúEvil will diminish gradually, the burning flame of hatred will be put out, and the splendor of my Flame of Love will fill all regions of the earth.‚ÄĚ Many special graces are promised.

July 2, 2014 – Acclaimed international expert on China’s One Child Policy–Mrs. Reggie Littlejohn

Christine Watkins interviews Reggie Littlejohn, who, in sharing her own compelling story from atheist to Catholic activist, exposes how girls are being targeted for death, just because they’re girls. Mrs. Littlejohn is a leading voice, battling forced abortion, gendercide (the sex-selective abortion of baby girls) and sexual slavery in China. Her organization, Women‚Äôs Rights Without Frontiers, is also saving lives through its ‚ÄúSave a Girl‚ÄĚ campaign, which finds women in China, who are about to abort or abandon their baby girls, and convinces them to keep their daughters. (See: www.womensrightswithoutfrontiers.org)

June 26, 2014 – Timothy Gabrielli

Guest host Spencer Hargadon talks with Timothy Gabrielli author of Confirmation: How a Sacrament of God’s Grace Became All about Us (Liturgical Press) What are we doing when we confirm teenagers? Why is the religious education of teenagers so perplexing? Why is confirmation often a moment of graduation” out of parish life? Confirmation, more than any other sacrament, has interacted with secular culture to give rise to these kinds of pastoral challenges. At the same time, confirmation has, over the course of the twentieth century, become a sacramental stamp of approval for various Catholic renewal movements. The cultural shifts of the last century have led to various theological themes for confirmation, creating a crisis of meaning today. Is confirmation a personal choice for faith, or is it the deepening of an ongoing relationship with the Divine? Timothy Gabrielli gives us a fresh approach for addressing these pressing questions. Tim‚Äôs book is available at: www.litpress.org

June 25, 2014 – Caught in the pornography trap–Bruce Hanneman

Christine Watkins interviews Bruce Hanneman, co-founder with his wife of Elizabeth Ministry International, which helps people recover from pornography addiction. Pornography almost ruined his life and his marriage, and Bruce shares his own recovery story with humility, wit, and candor. His understanding of Theology of the Body, combined with training in brain science and the bio-chemistry of sex has put an end to the mystery of lust and given him a way to share God’s plan for sexuality with proven answers for healing. See www.reclaimsexualhealth.com

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.

June 11, 2014 – God’s Will Versus My Will – Fr. Tony Vallecillo

Christine Watkins interviews newly ordained priest, Tony Vallecillo, whose vocation story is a great lesson in how God can move through us in ways contrary to our own will!

May 21, 2014 – Marika Zimmerman

Francesca Franchina, MS Ed. talks with Marika Zimmerman of St. Luke the Evangelist Parish, Beavercreek, OH and Carmine Marotta, Director of the St. Padre Pio Shrine at St. John the Baptist Church 210 West 31st Street, New York, New York, 10001 (212-564-9070) about the spirituality of Padre Pio, OFM Capuchin, his charitable works building a hospital, The House for the Relief of Suffering on a side of a mountain, the American socialite Mary Pyle who became the only English speaking contact at San Giovanni Rotunda after coming to visit Padre Pio with Maria Montessori and their own experiences with Padre Pio. Learn of the many great works associated to and with Padre Pio. Padre Pio and America, the new book documenting St. Padre Pio and the experience of his American spiritual children. Participate in the program sharing your experiences with St. Padre Pio. Learn how his father came to America to earn money for Padre Pio to attend seminary, how Carmine’s dad met and served Mass for Padre Pio during WWII when he was stationed in Italy. (Foggia, Italy is located at the foot of Mount Gargano and was the site of a US Air Force Base and the home and workshop of Count Caproni who developed planes for the USA during the war and trained pilots. ) Call 1-866-333.6279 to join in the program.

May 14, 2014 – How do we discern our vocation? –Seminarian Michael Liliedahl

Christine Watkins interviews Michael Liliedahl, who e us on a tour of his personal calling in life, using the acronym G.O.D: looking at one’s Gifts, the comments of Others, and one’s innermost Desires. Michael, who was born in central Louisiana and raised in the wilds of Alaska, now finds himself studying with the goal of being a priest of Jesus Christ in service to the Archdiocese of San Francisco.

April 9, 2014 – Endow Groups for Women – Eileen Love

Christine Watkins interviews Eileen Love, a writer and speaker, teacher and facilitator trainer at Endow (Educating on the Nature and Dignity of Women), an educational program of prayer and study for Catholic women. Eileen travels around the country speaking to groups about the ‚Äúnew feminism‚ÄĚ of John Paul II and training women to lead their own Endow study groups, which are sweeping the nation. www.EndowGroups.org

March 26, 2014 – If you’ve got it, don’t flaunt it – Brenda Sharman

Christine Watkins interviews Brenda Sharman, who was crowned Miss Georgia USA and pursued a career in scantily-clad modeling. Over time and after a conversion to Catholicism, she realized that she was working in an oversexualized fashion industry and needed to do something about it. She has been featured on several television shows, radio shows, and magazines, and started Pure Fashion to help girls and young women regain their dignity in Christ.
www.brendasharman.com

March 19, 2014 – Prophecies of the future of our world– Dr. Kelly Bowring

Christine Watkins interviews Dr. Kelly Bowring, author, speaker, and theologian, who speaks on the Catholic prophesies regarding the end times. In this interview, his second with What Next God? on Radio Maria, Dr. Bowring gives us great insight into authentic prophesies and apparitions concerning our immediate future and the world to come. See www.twoheartspress.com

June 10, 2013 – Andy La Vallee, ‚ÄúLive the Fast‚ÄĚ

Radio Maria presenter Kathleen Beckman interviews Andy Lavallee, Founder of ‚ÄúLive the Fast‚ÄĚ on the spirituality of ‚Äúfasting for God‚ÄĚ. They discuss what Blessed Pope John Paul II said, ‚ÄúOne of the meanings of penitential fasting is to help us recover an interior life‚ÄĚ. How can fasting and prayer ‚Äústop wars and (one can) suspend the natural laws of nature‚ÄĚ? Andy gives his testimony on how he began ‚ÄúFasting Breads‚ÄĚ.

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.

March 1, 2013 – Leonardo Defilippis, St. Luke Productions

Joe interviewed Leonardo Defilippis, the president of St. Luke Productions. Joe and Leonardo talked about their amazing 30+ years of touching souls through their ‚ÄúOne Man Plays‚ÄĚ and the feature film ‚Äú Therese‚ÄĚ. Leonardo offered solid guidance and insight to his ministry and the gifts that await all of us when we ‚ÄúTrust God and do His most Holy Will.‚ÄĚ

January 21, 2013

During this conversation Frances Harry interviews Mark Olson, a member of the Dayton community of the Secular Order of Discaled Carmelites. This program in a continuation of the conversation on the article written by respected scholar and Carmelite Priest, Father Ernest Larkin, on St. Teresa of Avila on Prayer. Here Frances and Mark explore the goal of union with God (spiritual marriage, transforming union). The conversation focuses on “The Way” to the “Goal” via the mansions. Several points about the first 3 ascetical mansions are made which then reaches a transition point or bridge of the 4th mansion to the mystical mansions of the 5th, 6th and 7th mansions.

January 10, 2013 – Judy Zarick

Ken talks with his guest Judy Zarick, author of Moved by Faith ‚Äď Stories from American Catholic Radio (published by Franciscan Media). Judy is the producer of the ‚ÄúSharing Faith” segment on American Catholic Radio ‚Äď which can be heard here on Radio Maria. She has interviewed over 300 people about their inspirational stories. In her book you will find dozens of short stories of people living out their faith life. To learn more about the American Catholic Radio program visit www.franciscanmedia.org. Her book can be purchased at www.catalog.franciscanmedia.org

January 7, 2013 – Lisa Flood

Host Kathleen Beckman interviews Lisa Flood, Catholic wife, mother, attorney and host of Focus International TV. They discuss Lisa’s conversion story, the importance of the sacramental life, especially Reconciliation and Eucharistic Life. They comment on the role of Catholic radio and TV for the Church’s “New Evangelization”. They share how the Catholic faith is meant to transform family life; and the necessity of ongoing catechesis and commitment to prayer.

January 3, 2013 – Jason Evert

Ken talks with his guest Jason Evert, co-author with his wife Crystalina, of How to Find Your Soulmate without Losing your Soul ‚Äď 21 Secrets for Women (published by Totus Tuus Publishing). Jason has spoken internationally to more than one million people about the virtue of chastity. He is a best-selling author of a dozen books, including Theology of the Body for Teens, If you Really Loved Me, Pure Love, and Raising Pure Teens. Visit Jason‚Äôs website: www.jasonevert.com His books can be purchased at www.howtofindyoursoulmate.com

December 17, 2012 – Dr. Margarett Schlientz

Host Kathleen Beckman interviews Dr. Margarett Schlientz, Director of the Healing and Deliverance Conference at Mundelein Seminary, Assistant Director of the Institute for Priestly Formation at Creighton, doctor in psychiatric nursing. They discuss the spiritual battle, discernment of spirits, and what is being done to catechize bishops, priests and laity about spiritual warfare. They share why the sacramental life is so necessary as spiritual armor, and how to pray against diabolical attacks.

December 3, 2012 – Fr. Raymond Skonezny, STL, SSL

Host Kathleen Beckman interviews Fr. Skonezny, a priest of the diocese of Orange, CA who spent 17 years of his life as a Trappist Monk at Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity Monastery and who served as the diocesan director of Cursillo for 26 years. Father Ray shares many personal stories about the power of prayer and how to grow in the interior life of union with God. They dialogue about various forms of prayer according to the CCC. Father offers prayers for all.

November 05, 2012

This program is a conversation between Frances Harry and Lynn Bete. Lynn is a member of the Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites in Dayton OH. Lynn and Frances share their perspectives in insights on a wonderful work about the life of St. Therese of Lisieux, in a book entitled “Last Conversations.” This work, which is a collection of discussions and writings taken from the last months of St. Therese’s life, provide remarkable insight on the spiritual life and our complete dependence on God as Father. There is great consolation here for those struggling with trying to gain confidence in the belief that our Father will always watch out for us, especially in our darkest moments.

October 23, 2012 – Peter Breen

This week Steve Koob talks with Peter Breen, the Executive Director of the Thomas More Society defending life, marriage and religious freedom. Peter is involved in all three of these areas and can enlighten us on the federal court cases involving Catholic institutions suing Health and Human Services over government denial of our religious freedom.

October 23, 2012 – Hank & Lil Deneski

Mark Newman talks with Hank and Lil Deneski as they share their story of faith and God’s healing power.

August 16, 2012 – Bishop Cirilo Flores

Kathleen Beckman interviews San Diego Diocese Coadjutor Bishop Cirilo Flores on how the Church is built up by the Eucharist (article 26 of JPII’s Ecclesia de Eucharistia). They will discuss the connection between the Eucharistic life of the Church and the upcoming “Year of Faith”; the “new evangelization” and the universal call to holiness. The bishop shares his personal experiences of Eucharistic devotion.

August 14, 2012 – Sr Catherine Marie & Brother Ignatius Perkins

Steve Koob speaks with two representatives of Aquinas College in Nashville TN, Sr Catherine Marie–Executive Director and Brother Ignatius Perkins–Dean. They talked about the Nashville Dominican order, their rapid growth, distinctive charisms, and vocations. They also discussed Aquinas College, its programs (especially their nursing school), and how the HHS mandate may effect programs and health insurance.

August 13, 2012 – Jerry Morin

Talented singer, composer, author and public speaker Jerry Morin speaks of his witness for the Queen of Peace around the world.

Healing Prayer – July 10, 2012


 Francesca Franchina visits with Fr. Rapheal, a Missionary Herald of Good News and his missionary work with the order founded in India to assist priests, parishes, universities, seminaries and hospitals anywhere in the world where there is a need. Father Rapheal has been a priest for twelve years and is a pastor of a parish of 700 families, has taught in the seminary and traveled to Africa as well as Italy to assist where needed.  A charismatic prayerful priest, Fr. Rapheal shares his experiences in healing prayer even among Non Christians who return to thank him and share their healing stories with him,  Father was in the United States for six weeks visiting various areas and parishes to share the Good News about the Heralds of Good News.

Fr. Rapheal – July 3, 2012

 Francesca Franchina visits with Fr. Rapheal, a Missionary Herald of Good News and his missionary work with the order founded in India to assist priests, parishes, universities, seminaries and hospitals anywhere in the world where there is a need, Father Rapheal has been a priest for twelve years and is a pastor of a parish of 700 families, has taught in the seminary and traveled to Africa as well as Italy to assist where needed,  A charismatic prayerful priest, Fr, Rapheal shares his experiences in healing prayer even among Non Christians who return to thank him and share their healing stories with him,  Father was in the United States for six weeks visiting various areas and parishes to share the Good News about the Heralds of Good News.

Cross Roads… A Journey To Conversion

Cross Roads is a weekly program hosted by Mark Newman featuring testimonies of conversion to Jesus Christ and His Church. We are all on a journey and sometimes we come to a crossroads in our lives.  The journey to conversion is a road that leads directly to Cross of Jesus, his mercy and his love for us!  By bringing the Gospel message of the Cross through personal conversion stories, listeners will hear the first-hand accounts of how Jesus has changed their lives.

Cross Roads………….a Journey to Conversion.

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Tune in each Tuesday evening at 7:00pm (6:00 central) for this inspiring program.

 

HEALING IN THE NAME OF JESUS (Part II) – April 24, 2012

Francesca¬†Franchina speaks with Dr. ¬†Doug¬† Schoeninger, Ph.D.;¬† Psychotherapist,¬† Past¬† President¬† of the International Association of Christian Therapists (ACT)¬† about the importance of taking responsibility for ones healing: moving from blaming others to owning ones experience as ones own and caring for¬† self. Francesca and Dr. Doug discuss¬†¬†healing attitudes and beliefs: God loves me; I am marvelously made (Psalm 139); The Holy Spirit lives in me (Romans 8:26-28); Meditation¬† on your own healing (Phillipians 4: 6-9); The importance of safety and an Attitude of ¬†Gratitude.¬† Part I (March 27, 2012 ) dealt with healing and ¬†how you ¬†can become your own friend and¬† relate to yourself¬† in a way that promotes healing for self and receiving God’s healing love.

T5H¬† Recipe from Francesca’s¬†Italian ¬†Kitchen:Frittelle de Mella (Italian Orange or¬†Apple¬†Fritters)

Dr. Doug Schoeninger – March 27, 2012

Do You consider yourself a friend to yourself?  Can you  become your own friend?

Francesca¬†Franchina speaks with Dr. ¬†Doug¬† Schoeninger, Ph.D.;¬† Psychotherapist,¬† Past¬† President¬† of the International Association of Christian Therapists (ACT)¬†¬†practicing in the Delaware Region (Philadelphia, PA)¬† about healing attitudes; how you ¬†can become your own friend and¬† relate to yourself¬† in a way that promotes healing for self and receiving God’s healing love.The Dialogue focuses on¬† Healing Attitudes; Woundedness, Forgiveness, & Reconciliation.

T5H¬† Recipe from Francesca’s¬†Sicilian Kitchen: ¬†Easter Ricotta Pie¬†and Easter Bread

January 26, 2011- Jacqui Rapp

Ken talks with canon lawyer Jacqui Rapp, author of Annulment ‚Äď 100 Questions and Answers for Catholics (published by Servant Books) Jacqui is an independent canonical consultant and has acted in many different capacities for several dioceses. Listen is as Ken and Jacqui talk about the annulment process, and some of the most common questions and misconceptions regarding marriage annulment. Jacqui is the author of numerous articles and gives talks on marriage, and works with engaged couple in her parish.¬† Her website is kycanonist.com Her book can be purchases at: http://catalog.franciscanmedia.org/Product.aspx?ProductCode=T16873

January 23, 2012 – John Rex, Jonathon Dupuy, and Steve Scaffidi

In this episode, Kathie speaks with John Rex. Rex discusses his journey from being a Non-Catholic to being an Ordained Church Deacon in the Archdiocese of Chicago. She then talks with Jonathon Dupuy about his part in the refreshing and beautiful movie, Sojourners. Special Guest, Steve Scaffidi also calls in. He discusses his experience as the producer of Sojourners.

December 20, 2011 – Catholic Art and the Culture of Life

Steve Koob talks with Mary Popp, the founder of the Society for the Preservation of Roman Catholic Heritage (SPORCH), about the work done by SPORCH to preserve Catholic artwork, the return of many traditions and traditional artwork in the Church, and the Extraordinary–or Latin–Form of the Mass.¬† Mary Popp also talks about why it is most reverent to receive the Holy Eucharist kneeling down, on the tongue.

November 29, 2011- Brian Gibson

Steve Koob talks with Brian Gibson, executive director of Pro-Life Action Ministries, about the recent victory of the shutdown of a  hospital abortion wing, other recent happenings in regards to the abortion industry and Planned Parenthood in Minnesota, and the dangerous practice that is chemical abortion.

November 8, 2011 – Dr. Paul Byrne

Steve Koob talks with Dr. Paul Byrne, Director of Neonatology and of Pediatrics at the St. Charles Mercy Hospital, about “brain death”, what defines life, and what defines death.¬† Dr. Paul also reveals the shocking truth behind “dead” organ donors and why they are not truly dead at the time of donation.

November 1, 2011 – Dr. Damon Cudihy

Steve Koob talks with Dr. Damon Cudihy, MD, obstetrician and gynecologist with Holy Spirit Hospital and Healthcare, about his experiences in the military health care system, the Sisters of Charity Hospital, and the Obamacare mandate.  Dr. Damon Cudihy also talks about the usefulness of robots in fertility-related surgeries.

October 18, 2011 – Anne Zink, Amy Sauer, and Bernadette Sacksteder

In this program, Mark Newman speaks with Anne Zink, Amy Sauer, and Bernadette Sacksteder about their personal conversions and exciting ministry.

October 18, 2011 – Bonnie Borel-Donahue

Steve Koob talks with Bonnie Borel-Donahue, president of the Traditional Values Club at Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio, about the Traditional Values Club, the often disparaged virtue chastity and how it applies to everyone, and marriage and God’s Plan for it.

October 17, 2011 – Max Tenny and Reggie Dauzat

In this program, Kathie speaks to the talented musician, Max Tenny. Tenney talks of his music background and work with the revised Order of the Mass.

In the second half of the program, she speaks with Reggie Dauzat about his faith and healing which enabled him to overcome a terminal illness and regain his sight to continue his work for the Lord.

October 11, 2011 – Steven Mosher

Steve Koob talks with Steven Mosher, president of the Population Research Institute, about the horrific One-Child Policy in China, the world population and the myths surrounding population growth, and the population crises in Russia and other countries.  Additional guest Debbie Nieport briefly talks about two upcoming (at the time) talks from Steven Mosher in the Dayton area.

September 27, 2011 – Dr. John Brehany

Steve Koob talks with Dr. John Brehany, Ph.D, Executive Director and ethicist for the Catholic Medical Association, about the state of Catholic hospitals today, and the Catholic Medical Association, its work, structure, and what it does for its members.  Dr. John Brehany also discusses the ethics of difficult pregnancies and what can be done about them within the realm of Catholic teaching.

September 20, 2011 – Dr. Laura Archuleta

Steve Koob talks with Dr. Laura Archuleta, family physician at the Clinics of St. Alexius in Bismarck, North Dakota, about Natural Procreative–or NaPro–Technology, end of life care according to ethics and the Church’s teachings, and some of the challenges of working according to Catholic teaching within the modern medical community.

September 06, 2011 – Ryan and Rachel Mahle

In this program, Mark Newman speaks with Ryan and Rachel Mahle about conversion, relationships, marriage, and youth ministry.

September 06, 2011 – Emily Sederstrand

Steve Koob talks with Emily Sederstrand, freelance lecturer and fertility educator, about her experience coming into the pro-life movement, the conversion of doctors from prescribing contraception, and the education of young women about their fertility. Emily Sederstrand also talks about the dangerous effects of the Pill and the reaction people have when they learn of these effects.

August 23, 2011 – Susan Wills

Steve Koob talks with Susan Wills, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’s Assistant Director for Education and Outreach of the Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities, about Planned Parenthood’s business agenda, infection rates and dangers of sexually transmitted diseases, and the government’s influence of and attitude toward sexual activity.¬† Susan Wills also talks about the surprising side effects and statistics of the failure rates of different types of contraception.

August 16, 2011 – Brian Gibson

Steve Koob talks with Brian Gibson, executive director of Pro-Life Action Ministries, about abortion due to birth defects, the pro-life movement and Catholic Church in Minnesota, and the role contraception plays in regard to abortion. Brian Gibson also talks about the elements necessary to successful sidewalk abortion counseling.

August 9, 2011 – Sheila St. John

Steve Koob talks with Sheila St. John, co-founder of the California Association of Natural Family Planning, about her work educating others about Natural Family Planning, from her experiences with conferences and clergy to starting the organization.

August 2, 2011 – Vicki Thorn

Steve Koob talks with Vicki Thorn, founder of Project Rachel, about her work and experience with God’s WIll in the post-abortion care movement, how abortion affects both men and women, and the dangers of contraception.¬† Vicki Thorn also talks about the surprising effects of contraceptives on women, and pregnancy and sterilization on men.

August 1, 2011 – Kathy Wabick

In this program, Kathie Duggan speaks with Kathy Wabick, book author and Apostle of Mercy. Kathy tells the story of her dying mother’s glimpse of Heaven and the life-changing events that followed.

July 12, 2011 – John-Henry Westen

Steve Koob talks with John-Henry Westen, co-founder and editor-in-chief of Life-Site News, about North American culture and homosexuality, abortion, family, and news media.

July 5, 2011 – Karen Malek

Steve Koob talks with Karen Malek, president of the Coalition on Abortion Breast Cancer, about the link between abortion and breast cancer, and the research documenting the evidence.

June 28, 2011 – Tom Hoopes

Steve Koob talks with Tom Hoopes, vice president of college relations at Benedictine college, about large families, Benedictine college and higher education, and Catholic identity

Sacred Treasures with Kathie Duggan

Sacred Treasures is a weekly interview program on Radio Maria hosted by Kathie Duggan. Each week, Kathie interviews Catholics from around the world and all walks of life about their faith journey and work in building the Kingdom of God. Be sure to tune in each Monday at 3pm EST / 2pm CST for this live show.

June 21, 2011 – David Avignone

Steve Koob talks with David Avignone, associate director of Students for Life of Illinois, about the many efforts made by the youth in the pro-life movement, and the status culture of life on college campuses.¬† David Avignone also discusses the students’ recent endeavor to help spread awareness of a little-publicized cause of breast cancer.

June 14, 2011 – Dr. Dominic Pedulla

Steve Koob talks with Dr. Dominic Pedulla, executive director of the Edith Stein Foundation, about human sexuality and the Church’s teaching. They also talk about the many attacks in the medical industry against sexuality, including contraception and sterilization.

June 7, 2011 – Dr. Mary Martin

Steve Koob talks with Dr. Mary Martin, obstetrician and gynecologist at Billings Center for Fertility and Reproductive Medicine, about the work done at Billings Medical, the Billings Ovulation Method of Natural Family Planning, and fertility issues.  Dr. Mary Martin also talks about how to treat fertility problems without using contraception.

May 31, 2011 – Eric Scheidler

Steve Koob talks with Eric Scheidler, executive director of the Pro-Life Action League, about pro-life activism and the abortion industry in America.

May17, 2011 – Abortion Holocaust Survivors (Intro by Bonnie Burell-Donahue of Sinclair Community College)

Steve Koob talks with members of the Abortion Holocaust Survivors, an organization that spreads the pro-life message to our youth through activism, about their efforts to educate young people on college campuses and elsewhere about the importance of life.

Thankful Homes – May 11, 2011

Francesca Franchina speaks¬† with Tim Bete,¬†Communications Director for St. Mary’s Development Corporation¬† in Dayton, OH,¬† about¬† their¬† Housing Projects,¬† Homes For Our Troops¬† The effect¬† and results of the earlier competition focusing on¬†Thankful Homes;¬† The opportunity to help¬†people find¬† suitable housing in times of need and waning health¬† including SMDC¬† Residential Services, Independent Living Apartments and Homes¬† for Families;¬† Senior Housing¬† Health Care Services and Homeownership Assistance and Training Programs; and The Home Ownership Center.¬† ¬†¬†www.stmarydevelopment.org

May 10, 2011 – Kristan, Mike, Erik, Maggie

Steve Koob talks with four guests–Kristan Hawkins of Students for Life of America, Mike Schaefer of Biking for Babies, Erik Whittington of Rock for Life, and Maggie McKenna of Dayton Right to Life–all speaking about the youth movement for life, and what their organizations are doing to further the cause.

May 3, 2011 – Bryan Kemper

Steve Koob talks with Bryan Kemper, founder and president of Stand True Ministries, about his involvement with the pro-life youth movement, Christian attitudes toward abortion and contraception, and what can be done to eradicate abortion.

April 19, 2011 – David Wilson

Steve Koobs talks with David Wilson, president of Wilson Partners, about Catholic health care and how Faith-based treatment and insurance can make a difference in our lives.