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Happy Feast of All Saints

Queen of Angels & SaintsWe wish all of you– Our Radio Maria Family of Saints — a most blessed and happy Feast of All Saints!
Let us pray for each other that we will share that title not only on earth but most of all in Heaven with Our Lady, Queen of Angels and Saints!

September 04, 2014 – Patricia Treece

Ken talks with Patricia Treece, author of “Nothing Short of a Miracle: God’s Healing Power in Modern Saints” (Sophia Institute Press). You’ll read vivid but sober accounts of the lives and of the miracles wrought by some of the greatest 19th and 20th century saints, with details of a host of authenticated healings by Andre Bessette, John Bosco, Frances Cabrini, Solanus Casey, John Paul II, Padre Pio, Elizabeth Seton, Francis Xavier Seelos, Fulton Sheen, Mother Teresa, and other good men and women blessed by God. The healings documented here are not hasty judgments made by gullible, overwrought believers; they’re instantaneous, complete, and permanent cures for which scientific medicine still has no explanations – cures that also meet the Vatican’s stringent seven-part test of authenticity. Patricia’s book can be purchased at:  shop.sophiainstitute.com

To learn more about Patricia Treece visit: www.patriciatreece.com

July 14, 2014 – Patricia Treece, Author “Nothing Short of A Miracle”

Host Kathleen Beckman dialogues with best-selling, prolific author Patrica Treece about her new book entitled, “Nothing Short of A Miracle: God’s Healing Power In Modern Saints” (Sophia Press). They discuss the many accounts of miraculous cures through the intercession of modern saints and the strengthening of our hope and trust in God’s infinite mercy that heals.

July 3, 2014 – Ralph Martin and Patricia Ann Kasten

Ken talks with Ralph Martin author of The Urgency of the New Evangelization: Answering the Call
(Our Sunday Visitor) and Patricia Ann Kasten author of Making Sense of Saints: Fascinating Facts about Relics, Patrons, Canonization and More. Ralph Martin, president of Renewal Ministries, an organization devoted to Catholic renewal and evangelization, gives the faithful a breakdown of what the New Evangelization is all about, how to engage in it, and why it is to crucial to every Christian right now. Ralph’s book is available at: www.osv.com To learn more about Ralph Martin and Renewal Ministries visit: www.renewalministries.net

With the recent canonizations of Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII, people worldwide saw the culmination of a lengthy process of proclaiming someone a “saint.” While most media covered the event, many people are still puzzled by the process, as well as the peripheral elements associated with saints such as relics, patronage, symbols, and more. Patricia Ann Kasten presents a thorough recap of the topic in a fresh, fun, and approachable way. Patricia’s book is available at: www.osv.com Visit Patricia’s “scripture based puzzle” website: www.tri-c-a-publications.com

April 15, 2014

Our Blessed King spoke seven “words” from the altar of the Holy Cross. Since His every breath was an agony, these words must have been of great importance. On this episode of Shield of Faith Matthew reveals why they have been the source of fruitful meditation for generations of Catholic Saints.

January 27, 2014 – Dr. Brian Kelly, Thomas Aquinas College Dean

Host Kathleen Beckman dialogues with Dr. Brian Kelly regarding his vantage point of educating Catholic university students; the difference they are making in transforming the culture by exemplifying Catholic values in the public square. Dr. Kelly also shares his personal journey that led to his involvement with one of the foremost, growing Catholic colleges in America. They discuss the great life and influence of the college’s patron, Saint Thomas Aquinas, doctor of the Church, whose feast day the Church celebrates January 28.

June 13, 2013 – Roy Wenzl and Barbara Hosbach

On June 13th Ken talks with guests Roy Wenzl author of The Miracle of Father Kapaun – Priest, Soldier, and Korean War Hero (Ignatius Press) and Barbara Hosbach author of Fools, Liars, Cheaters, and Other Bible Heroes (Franciscan Media) Wenzl’s book on Fr Emil Kapaun-priest, soldier and Korean War hero- is a rare man. He has been awarded the Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest military award, and is also being considered by the Vatican for canonization as a saint. His book is available at www.ignatius.com
Barbara Hosbach says that Fools, Liars, Cheaters and Other Bible Heroes is her response to the questions raised in her mind while reading Scripture. Each chapter describes a different character from the Bible, their unique combination of strengths, weakness, and circumstances. To learn more about Barbara visit her website: http://www.biblemeditations.net/ Her book is available at: catalog.franciscanmedia.org

May 13, 2013 – Fr. Jeff Droessler, STL

Host Kathleen Beckman and Fr. Jeffrey Droessler dialogue about his calling from a successful business to the priesthood, and how faith was necessary to make the transition. They discuss Father’s thesis on “St. Catherine of Genoa’s Mysticism of Purgatory in light of the teaching of the Doctrine of the Church, Doctors of the Church, other Saints and Popes”. Father shares about the type of suffering in Purgatory, God’s mercy, and what is meant by “Purgatory on earth” and more.

May 6, 2013 – Fr. Al Baca

Host Kathleen Beckman dialogues with Fr. Al Baca, Director of Ecumenical & Inter Religious Affairs for the diocese of Orange and Pastor of St. Cecilia’s Parish, on how the communion of saints help us on our journey of faith, hope and love. They discuss the communion of the Church of heaven and earth. They share how the saints have helped in their respective spiritual lives; and the communion of the three states of the Church (CCC 954).

December 27, 2012 – Brian O’Neel

Ken talks with his guest Brian O’Neel author of two recent books: 39 New Saints You Should Know & Saint Who? – 39 Holy Unknows (both published by Servant Books). We all know about “famous” saints such as St Francis, St Therese, or even St Peter; however, Brian O’Neel tells us about lesser known saints and why we should get to know them. Some are 20th century contemporary saints, and others date from the earliest days of our faith. Visit Brian’s website: www.my39saintsguy.com His books can be purchased at catalog.franciscanmedia.org.

December 7, 2012 – Advent 2012

Joe discussed the beauty of Advent and the opportunity it provides for us to grow in holiness. At the beginning of our Liturgical year, during this time of penance and mortification, now is the time to make our resolutions and elevate our spiritual game! We are called to be Saints, let’s get after it!

February 20, 2012 – Thomas Craughwell

Kathie speaks with Professor Thomas Craughwell, noted book author, journalist and public speaker about the Saints, Catholic history and his newest book, Patron Saints.

October 26, 2011 – Halloween

 FRANCESCA FRANCHINA, MS Ed. focuses on Halloween… All Hallows Eve; All Saints Day, All Souls Day and the climate that sets the tone for the FEAST of ALL SAINTS and All Souls Day  and how parents and grandparents can make a difference in the spiritual lives of their young through the liturgical feasts and seasons of the Church. So what’s a purgatory cake? Tune in and find out and share your stories and tried and true ideas.

October 6, 2011 – Father James Martin

 October 6, 2011 Father James Martin My Life with the Saints

Ken talks with best selling author Father James Martin about his best seller My Life with the Saints (published by Loyola Press) This best-selling memoir of spiritual self-discovery is an homage to the Catholic saints who have accompanied Fr. Martin throughout his life. From his lukewarm childhood Catholicism to the executive fast track to the Jesuits and a life dedicated to God. His book can be purchased at http://www.loyolapress.com/my-life-with-the-saints-by-james-martin-sj-pb.htm

Top 10 Summer Reading List

This list was inspired by a listener who asked if I had a Top 10 Summer Reading List. We often think of summer reading as light, enjoyable books that we take on vacation or read while sitting on the patio. With that in mind, this list is heavy on fiction and uplifting personal stories. The list is in no particular order.

1. Surprised by Truth by Patrick Madrid. This is a collection of eleven conversion stories, and is a favorite book to give to anyone who may be interested in the Catholic Church. If you like this book, there are two additional volumes – Surprised by Truth 2 and Surprised by Truth 3

2.Rediscover Catholicism by Matthew Kelly. This is the new 2011 edition with a slightly different title, and an additional 30,000 words, of Rediscovering Catholicism that was published in 2002. If you would like an inexpensive copy of this book go to www.DynamicCatholic.com

3. Father Elijah by Michael D. O’Brien I have enjoyed all of O’Brien’s novels, and this is my favorite; however, if you like happy, storybook endings then O’Brien may not be for you.

4. Rome Sweet Rome – Our Journey to Catholicism by Scott & Kimberly Hahn This is probably the most popular conversion story around.

5. How Firm a Foundation by Marcus Grodi This is a fictional account of a protestant pastor’s path to the Catholic Church. An engaging story and you will learn a lot about your faith.

6. Four Witnesses: the Early Church in Her Own Words by Rod Bennett This is an excellent, very readable introduction to four of the Early Church Fathers. If you are interested in examining the Church Fathers this is a good place to start. The lives of Clement of Rome, Ignatius of Antioch, Justin Martyr and Irenaeus of Lyons are written in novel form.

7. No Wonder They Call It The Real Presence: Lives Changed by Christ in Eucharist Adoration by David Pearson This is a collection of stories about the power of Eucharistic Adoration.

8. A Faith for Grown-Ups by Robert P. Lockwood. This book will be a walk down memory lane for Catholics “of a certain age” who grew up thinking everyone in the world was Catholic. This is an amusing reflection by Lockwood as he discusses his early life in the Church, falling away, and return.

9. My Life with the Saints by Fr. James Martin, SJ Father Martin has written an engaging book that examines how nearly 20 saints, and near-saints, have impacted his life, along with a short review the saints’ lives.

10. Priest: Portraits of Ten Good Men Serving the Church Today by Michael S. Rose These are uplifting stories of ten very good priests. The opening story of the late Father Albert Lauer is worth the purchase price.

Beatification of Pope John Paul II

Radio Maria will be broadcasting the Beatification of Pope John Paul II on Divine Mercy Sunday (May 1) at 12pm central (1pm eastern) and overnight on Monday, May 2 at 11pm central (12am eastern).

Join us in celebrating this momentous events as our late pontiff is elevated to position of Blessed, the final step before Sainthood.

Spread the word and tune in for the very special event.

All Saints Day – Program 010

In this program Lynn Bauman presents music of Saints and music from the Mass of All Saints Day.

View the transcript here.