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.
We live in a moment of history where our society is facing a crisis of faith, where according to Pope Benedict XVI, “God is disappearing from the human horizon… with increasingly evident destructive effects” (Letter of March 10, 2009). Catholics are falling away. Youth in particular are questioning their faith. Newspaper headlines attack core Christian beliefs.
During this Year of Faith, it’s time to get equipped with Reasons to Believe so that you can share the truth of the Catholic faith in a charitable and convincing manner. You will learn…
– Arguments for God’s existence from philosophy, human experience and modern day miracles.
– How to respond to common objections from relativism, atheism and non-Christian religions.
– How to reconcile the Biblical account of Creation with modern discoveries of science such as the Big Bang and evolutionary biology.
– How to defend the reliability of Scripture, the Resurrection of Jesus, and the extraordinary claims of Christ to be Messiah and Son of God.
Tune in each week and get “prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that is in you” (1 Pet 3:15).
Ken talks with Mary Eberstadt about her two most recent books. In Adam and Eve after the Pill – Paradoxes of the Sexual Revolution, Mary challenges widespread attitudes about the benefits of contraceptives and the sexual revolution – especially the impact on women. In her book The Loser Letters – A Comic Tale of Life, Death, and Atheism she challenges “the new atheists” in an effective humorous manner. This book has been compared favorably with C. S. Lewis’s famous The Screwtap Letters. Her books (both published by Ignatius Press) are available at http://www.ignatius.com/Products/AEAP-H/adam-and-eve-after-the-pill.aspx and http://www.ignatius.com/Products/LOSLET-P/the-loser-letters.aspx
Ken talks with Marcel LeJeune about his book Set Free to Love – Lives Changed by the Theology of the Body (published by Servant Books) Marcel tells you the stories of lives transformed by Pope John Paul II’s teaching on the Theology of the Body. Here you will find stories from Catholics in all walks of life – college students, married persons, and clergy. Each reveals how following teachings of the Theology of the Body brought about extraordinary change. If you are interested in writing to Marcel, find out more about his speaking engagements, or if you want to contact him to speak to your group, please visit www.TheCatholicEvangelist.com His book can be purchased at http://catalog.americancatholic.org/Product.aspx?ProductCode=T16940
This program focuses on the Love of the Church and the Queen through Kathie’s guest, Michelle Mesa. She began her unique journey of faith by asking Heaven’s help in her life. She experienced life changing moments in a Communist country.
Ken talks with Rebecca Vitz Cherico the editor of Atheist to Catholic: Stories of Conversion. This book is a collection of eleven conversion stories by former atheists who found their way to the Catholic Church. Each story is an improbably, amazing journey. Rebecca Vitz Cherico, a native New Yorker, received her B.A. from Yale University and her Ph.D. in Spanish literature from New York University. She is a member of the ecclesial movement Communion and Liberation, and is an adjunct professor at Villanova University. She lives outside Philadelphia with her husband, Colin, and their four children.
I’ll discuss the importance of thinking different as a catholic; making everything we do move towards Christ and accepting the CHANGES that make a difference. We all have a right to change if you’re not on the right track. Will Rogers once said, “Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.” In other words, you need to stay ahead and be a good example of a catholic in your work and actions. God meant for us to stay busy with our heart set on Heaven.
Fr. Johann Roten, S.M. speaks about Mary and the Trinity in this second program of a two part series.