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Ken talks with Fr Mitch Pacwa about “Growing In Faith: A Bible Study Guide for Catholics” (Our Sunday Visitor) and James Tonkowich “The Liberty Threat: The Attack on Religious Freedom In America Today” (Saint Benedict Press) Fr. Pacwa’s book is the latest volume of his Bible study series, and gives readers the insightful addition of Pope Francis’ views and teachings. The study, ideal for parish group or individual use, includes an easy-to-understand overview of each faith topic, background information, inspiring quotes from saints and others, and the option to personalize a topic through individualized study. The original publication of this study, “The Year of Faith: A Bible Study Guide for Catholics”, released in late 2012 for Pope Benedict XVI’s Year of Faith (2013), was one of the most popular Bible studies ever introduced by the prolific Jesuit priest and Biblical scholar. Fr Pacwa’s book can be purchased at: www.osv.com To learn more about Fr Pacwa visit: www.FatherMitchPacwa.org
James Tonkowich explores the history of Christian philosophy from the Church’s infancy through the birth of America and how it influenced religious liberty. Americans are losing what are supposed to be constitutionally promised rights at an alarming pace. The Founding Fathers understood the overriding essentiality of religious practice unimpeded by governmental authority, but time and vast cultural change has eroded this from the consciences of modern politicians. As we watch America teeter ever closer to the brink of moral collapse and prejudice towards religion become ever more institutionalized, one question always surfaces: How can we stop this? James’s book is available at: books.benedictpress.com Visit James’s website: www.jimtonkowich.com
In difficult circumstances, do we ask enough questions of Our Lord? In John 14, three of his Apostles ask for greater clarification. We also may do this in our challenging circumstances. However, the peace that Our Lord wishes to bring to our hearts may more substantially come from our belief in God. To better encourage us, Jesus in John 14 gives us several assurances. He reminds us that “in my Father’s house there are many rooms”, that “I will come again and will take you to myself”, and that “if you ask anything in my name, I will do it”. This is all in the same chapter that begins “Do not let your hearts be troubled”. By believing ever more firmly in God, we may find that when things do not work out the way we want them to, we can count on God to bring some greater good.
Coming Soon: Beginning Friday, October 17, 2014, our daily program, The Catechism Hour, will be presented by Fr. Blake Deshautelle. Father Deshautelle comes to us from Colfax, Louisiana, where he is pastor of St. Joseph Church. Fr. Blake will continue our daily study of catechism by taking us through the Ten Commandments, using his easy teaching style. Please tune in for The Catechism Hour on Fridays, at 9:00 a.m. Central/10:00 a.m. Eastern.
Grace is a free gift from God that is necessary for our salvation. Are we responding to it? Grace enlightens the Mind and strengthens the Will. It also makes us friends of God. The amount and frequency of Grace we receive is up to us in how we do or not respond to the promptings of the Holy Spirit. We must always remember that mortal sin (our souls are separated entirely from God) and Sanctifying Grace are incompatible! Living a life in a state of Grace is indispensable for growth in holiness! These are huge stakes, and eternity is on the line. Now is the time to seek the paths of Grace and reap the gifts Our loving Lord has waiting for us.
With mounting concern over the Common Core State Standards, what are parents and teachers to do? Consider God’s providence. God founded his Church on Peter (Mt 16: 18) to aid our journey through life to heaven. In the 12th Century, the Church was instrumental in fostering education, and through its essential support, the university system was developed from what began as “Cathedral schools” (1). Paris and Bologna were the first two. Today, there are great alternatives to Common Core. These include a classical curriculum and a [non-Common Core] Christian education. What comprises a classical curriculum? How is this curriculum in harmony with Christian formation? These questions are discussed and draw from “What is a Classical Education”, by Peter Kreeft, and published in “The Classical Teacher” magazine, Spring 2009. For the complete article, see: www.memoriapress.com.
(1) “How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization”, Thomas E. Wood, Jr., Chptr 4.
Christine Watkins interviews Fr. Michael Augustine Amabisco, a Dominican priest and pastor with a keen sense of humor, who shares profound insight into how to discern God’s voice in day-to-day life and in callings such as one’s vocation and mission.
In this particular program Mark and Frances discuss the simply yet remarkable life of a Secular Carmelite from Spain named Josefa Naval Girbes who lived from 1820 – 1893. Blessed Josefa lived a perfectly simple life, opening her home as a school for embroidery. She used the quiet hours of labor to instruct her young female students about the Catholic faith. She was well known for instructing her girls that their primary mission in life should be to “sanctify yourself and sanctify others.” Despite her remarkable simplicity, she had a very disciplined approach to her pursuit of holiness, and is also remembered for her rather direct counsel to “Reach holiness, no matter what the Cost.” This simple woman, who chose to live in the world, perfectly fulfilled God’s will by living a life of holiness, but also by bearing remarkable fruit in helping so many others to pursue a life in Union with God.
Faith at Work – Finding Purpose Beyond the Paycheck
Ken talks with Kevin Lowry about his book; Faith at Work – Finding Purpose Beyond the Paycheck (published by Our Sunday Visitor) Kevin is the CEO of the Coming Home Network International. How do your motivations, actions, and example at work differ from your motivations, actions, and example at Church? Explore the benefits of applying the basic tenets of faith — teamwork, perseverance, trust, and goodwill. An inspiring exploration of this common and continuous struggle of finding our balance of faith and work. Kevin blogs at http://gratefulconvert.com/ His book is available at https://catalog.osv.com/Catalog.aspx?SimpleDisplay=true&ProductCode=T1178
“This program picks up on the biographical sketch of Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity after her entry into Carmel. It then goes on to explore some of her major writings, both her individual retreats and her letters. Blessed Elizabeth understood very clearly the need to dispense with anything that did not lead her to God, but she did not attempt to achieve this by simply leaving the world. Rather, she shows, through her writings, how the real objective must be to bring everything in a persons life under the submission of Christ. She speaks of the need to see with the “single eye” and practice the principles of silence, simplicity and solitude.”
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
Ken talks with editor and author Robert Lockwood about his bookA Faith for Grown-Ups: A Midlife Conversation about What Really Matters (Loyola Press). Returning Catholics—those who drifted away from the faith but are now interested in coming back—are sure to find A Faith for Grown-Ups a most helpful resource as they try to reconnect with the faith as adults. With great wit and keen understanding, author Robert Lockwood explores the common experience of growing up Catholic from the 1950s through the 1970s and invites fallen-away Catholics to return to the Catholic faith and experience an adult spirituality, rich in meaning. His book can be purchased at http://www.loyolapress.com/faith-for-grown-ups-a-midlife-conversation.htm
Francesca Franchina, MS Ed. speaks with Laura Jordan Roesch, Executive Director of Catholic Social Services Miami Valley, Regina Estep, Kim Custenborder and others about the Mission and Vision of Catholic Social Services, current happenings, issues, key means of making a difference, changes in response due to the economic situation, programs for clients of all ages, funding, communications, upcoming events and how the community can become involved and share in social ministry and its graces through practicing the spiritual and corporal works of mercy.