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April 28, 2014 – Themes for Pope Francis

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.

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.

July 19, 2012 – Mary and Eucharistic Devotion

Host: Fr. Nick Schneider, Director of Liturgy, Bismarck Diocese, hosts (replacing vacationing Kathleen Beckman).

Fr. Nick’s guest is Fr. Brian Gross, Parochial Vicar at The Cathedral of the Holy Spirit, Bismarck ND. The two priests discuss the Eucharistic life of Mary as model for “rekindling Eucharistic amazement”.

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)