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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
Mondays  7 pm eastern / 6 pm central

September 08, 2014 – Sr. Aurora Lopez-Ornelas, Director, Office for Vocations, Diocese of San Diego

Host Kathleen Beckman dialogues with Sr. Aurora Lopez-Ornelas, director of vocations, and religious of the Sister Servants of the Blessed Sacrament. They discuss how to listen and hear God’s voice for discerning your vocation, spiritual motherhood, praying for priests and vocations, family prayer and the healing power of Eucharistic adoration. Sr. shares her vocation story and encourages young people to consider vocations to the priesthood or consecrated religious life.

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’s book is available at: www.litpress.org

March 31, 2014 – Fr. Ben Tran, Diocese of Orange

Host Kathleen Beckman dialogues with Fr. Ben Tran on the subject of inner healing and holiness especially through the sacramental life of the Church. Father Ben also shares about his journey to priesthood, his family experiences of escaping from Vietnam War, his personal experience of inner healing and his priestly ministry of healing. He’s facilitated many Eucharistic healing services and shares the power of Eucharistic healing and miracles!

February 22, 2013 – Lent 2013 – Week #2

Joe kicked off today’s show challenging everyone to keep the faith and make this Lent count, bringing honor and glory to God! He went on to explain the Church’s teaching & definition on Fasting & Abstinence. He rounded out the show reflecting upon the gift we have of in the grace of Sacramental Confession, that it not only provides absolution for our sins, but also strengthens our souls beforehand against relapses, offers fortitude to resist future temptations, and helps carry out good resolutions.

January 21, 2013 – Fr. Quan Tran

Host Kathleen Beckman interviews Fr. Quan Tran about his journey from the District Attorney’s office to Priesthood, how God used various people to awaken his vocation. They discuss the spirituality of diocesan priesthood including the priest’s personal bond to Christ, and how “the sacrament of Holy Orders communicates a “sacred power” which is none other that that of Christ (CCC).” Father discusses prayer also.

January 14, 2013 – Deacon Bob and Paullette Brotherton

Host Kathleen Beckman interviews Deacon Bob and Paullette Brotherton of the Diocese of Las Cruces, New Mexico. They discuss the “Living in Love” marriage program that Deacon and Paullette have been teaching in their diocese. The discussion includes how to approach marriage as a proactive “vocation”, how to love “smarter”, being “spiritually naked” in prayer, relating rather than debating, anger, being a couple “first” and being a “living” sign. Pope John Paul II’s Theology of the Body provides the inspiration and motivation to live a life of total mutual self-donation. Conjugal spirituality is a sacramental couple’s way of loving.

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.

November 19, 2012 – Mrs. Annie Karto

Host Kathleen Beckman interviews award winning Catholic singer/songwriter and retreat leader, Mrs. Annie Karto who is seen and heard on EWTN. They will discuss Annie’s personal testimony to the power of Eucharistic life and the profound healing she experienced by the grace of Divine Mercy. They will dialogue about the sacramental life, marriage, and motherhood, coupled with servanthood; and share how “rekindling Eucharistic amazement” is relevant to the Year of Faith. Annie will tell about the new mission of “Divine Mercy for America” sponsored by Marians of the Immaculate Conception of Stockbridge, MA.

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 9, 2012 – Fr. Charles Cortinovis, STL, JD

Kathleen interviews Fr. Charles on Eucharistic Miracles, and progressing in praying through Eucharistic devotion. Fr. Charles offers prayers for healing and insights into he sacrament of confession as aid to deeper communion with the Lord.

Living Eucharist with Kathleen Beckman

Living Eucharist is a series on Radio Maria that will explore the many facets of Eucharistic life toward healing and holiness. Taking from Blessed Pope John Paul II’s “Ecclesia de Eucharistia”, Kathleen will emphasize the transformative power of the Sacrament of Divine Love to “rekindle Eucharistic amazement”.

Tune in on Mondays at 6pm Eastern, 5pm Central journey deeper into a life centered on the Eucharist.

Answer The Call Men’s Conference – March 20, 2010

Francesca Franchina MS Ed. speaks with Jim Gruden, LPM and Senior Design Engineer; Family Man and Youth Minister and Fr. Ken Sommers, SM about the Archdiocese of Cincinnati’s Annual Answer the Call Men’s Conference theme OVERCOMING OBSTACLES IN RELATIONSHIPS to be held Saturday March 20 at the Music Hall in Cincinnati, OH. Fr. Sommers key role in Answer The Call’s beginnings and Jim’s talk at the conference focusing on the transforming power of the Holy Eucharist and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in a person’s life are highlighted.

Music for the Sacrament of Marriage – Program 018

This week, with Valentine’s Day around the corner, Lynn presents music appropriate for the Sacrament of Marriage. He tried to find music that you would not usually hear but would still fit well in the celebration of the sacrament.

You can view the full transcript by clicking here.