Today Deacon Robert Ovies joined us. He is the author of the novel, The Rising, which is an amazing page-turner in which a nine-year-old boy has the ability to resurrect people. You will stay awake a few nights while reading this utterly Catholic story. You can find study questions for the book on the-rising.homestead.com. We also spoke about the Couple’s Prayer Series, which teaches married couples to pray with each other. After listening to the show, you can find out more information at www.coupleprayer.org.
Host Kathleen Beckman speaks about God’s intentional healing of humanity through the Gift of Jesus in the Incarnation. She leads a rosary of intercessory prayer for all listeners and includes prayers for healing of families, spouses and children. In the rosary she prays for people who may be feeling spiritual vexation or oppression asking the Eternal Father to set free them free as preparation for the imminent coming of the Christ Child at Christmas. She gives a teaching on how the storms in our lives can bring us closer to God if we persevere in faith, hope and love.
Ken talks with Matthew Leonard author of “Prayer Works! Getting a Grip on Catholic Spirituality” and Stephen Binz author of “Scripture: God’s Handbook for Evangelizing Catholics” (both available from Our Sunday Visitor) Matthew uses Catholic tradition, clear theology, and humorous stories from his own life to bring the concepts and actual practice of prayer into sharper focus for readers. He leads readers through prayer from the beginning – what it is, why to pray, how prayer works – then into the classic stages of the spiritual life that lead to a deeper relationship with God, the ultimate aim of prayer. Matthew’s book is available at: www.osv.com More information about Matthew can be found at www.MatthewSLeonard.com
Stephen’s book examines how Catholics are recovering the missionary dimension of their faith, how evangelization is at the heart of sacred Scripture, and how the Church and the world can be renewed through Scripture. He was inspired by Pope Saint John Paul II, as well as by Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict, and in the book, he shows the connection between their collective call for a New Evangelization and learning Scripture as the powerful basis for succeeding in this outreach. His book is available at: www.osv.com To learn more about Stephen visit: www.bridge-b.com
As we honor our veterans today, please join us at Radio Maria as we thank God for all who have served our country, living and deceased. Our prayers and grateful thoughts are especially with those who live with deep physical and emotional scars because of their generous service. To all the heroes—sung and unsung—of the USA military, we extend our heart-felt “Thank you” and “May God bless, protect and reward you.”
Ken talks with Fr John Bartunek author of “Seeking First the Kingdom: 30 Meditations on How to Love God with All Your Heart, Soul, Mind, and Strength” and “The Better Part: A Christ-Centered Resource for Personal Prayer” (both available from Catholic Word) “Seeking First the Kingdom” was written to help those pursuing Christ to take the next step in spiritual maturity. By identifying four core areas of your relationship with God (heart, soul, mind, and strength) Fr. John Bartunek helps determine what areas you’re stuck in.
With “The Better Part” Fr. Bartunek has created an extensive, Christ-centered resource to serve as a daily meditation companion. If we desire to become saints, we must spend time daily in meditation. The resource is a Bible study on the four Gospels, a survey of saints’ writings, a guide to prayer that enables us to read, meditate, absorb and apply the Gospels to our lives, and it serves as a catalyst to personalize times of prayer, enabling us to follow the Holy Spirit’s lead along the path of holiness.
The books are available at: www.catholicword.com
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Host Kathleen Beckman dialogues with Leila Lawler about her new book by Sophia Press, “The Little Oratory: A Beginner’s Guide to Praying In The Home.” They discuss the primacy of prayer within the context of the domestic church, how to foster family prayer and sharing of the faith, the role of sacred art to strengthen our prayer life and the importance of creating a little oratory in every home where God can honored and the family can gather. Leila shares practical ways to engage children in the prayer life of the family and what to do when only one parent takes the spiritual life seriously?
Joe discussed the trappings of attachments. A common problem we see in the world today. It is through mortification and prayer that this modern form of slavery is overcome and the path to holiness is achieved.
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.
In our busy preparations for Christmas, even our spiritual preparations, we can sometimes forget the most significant theological aspect of Christ’s birth, the Incarnation of God into our human lives. During this conversation Frances and Mark discuss some interesting historical facts regarding the use of the term ‘Incarnation’ in the history of the Carmelite Order. They then go on to speak about an interesting phrase in a Prayer by Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity, which she wrote to the Trinity. In that well know prayer she asks: “Consuming Fire! Spirit of Love! Descend within me and reproduce in me, as it were, another incarnation of the Word that I may be to Him another humanity wherein He may renew His mystery.” This is a prayer very rich in meaning, especially as each of us is called to become another Christ and to Incarnate His life into our own. In this pre-Christmas conversation, Mark and Frances discuss how we can work to prepare ourselves to receive this ‘Incarnation’ in our own souls.
During this program Mark and Frances conclude the series on the book entitled “Upon this Mountain.’ This particular book, written by a cloistered Carmelite Nun is the fruit of forty years of prayer and reflection. Mark and Frances explore some of the deeper meanings of our universal call to holiness, and how we are not called to this for ourselves but for the entire body of Christ. They discuss some of the more challenging aspects of the use of the imagination in prayer, and what is meant by our needing to empty ourselves of formal images. They also discuss the deeper meaning of silence in prayer.
Francesca Franchina, MS Ed. and Christian Psychotherapist Dr. Douglas Schoeninger, Ph.D., West Chester, PA, discuss Healing the Whole Person, Importance of Prayer, Intercessory and Reparative Prayer; The importance of faith and evangelization citing Scripture and the work of The Holy Spirit and The International Association of Christian Therapists. Using Scripture; Psalms, Words of Jesus etc. for Inner Healing; and Generational Healing are part of the inner healing of ones soul; (Romans 8: 26 – 28)
Dr. Schoeninger, Ph.D. is Past President of The International Association of Christian Therapists (ACT) and Editor of The Journal of Christian Healing (www.actheals.org)
Host Kathleen Beckman dialogues with Cindy Hunt, M.D., a psychiatrist who works in healing and deliverance ministry. They discuss the battlefield of the mind and heart of the disciple of Christ. Dr. Cindy, a Third Order Carmelite, talks about how she incorporates her medical profession in psychiatry into helping people, including priests and bishops, with a Catholic approach to health of body, mind, and spirit. They offer prayers for the mental, physical, and spiritual needs of all in need of healing.
Francesca Franchina, MS Ed. and Christian Psychotherapist Dr. Douglas Schoeninger, Ph.D., West Chester, PA, discuss Intercessory Prayer, Reparative Prayer, Redemptive Suffering and Healing and the importance of faith in all situations citing Scripture and the work of The International Association of Christian Therapists. Using Scripture; Psalms, Words of Jesus etc. for Inner Healing; and Generational Healing are part of the inner healing of ones soul; (Romans 8: 26 – 28)
Dr. Schoeninger, Ph.D. is Past President of The International Association of Christian Therapists (ACT) and Editor of The Journal of Christian Healing (www.actheals.org)
Ken talks with his guest Julie Dortch Cragon, Jesus at my side – 365 Reflections on His Words (Our Sunday Visitor). A Tennessee Catholic bookstore owner and mother of six, Julie has written a great daily reflection book. Each day you will find a scripture meditation and prayer challenge. Julie has a website and blogs at www.juliecragon.com To order from her family run Catholic bookstore, St Mary’s Bookstore, visit www.stmarysbookstore.com Her books can be purchased at www.catalog.osv.com
In this program, Mark and Frances discuss the prayer fo the Church, or the Liturgy of the Hours. They discuss a little about the history of the prayer, the different elements of the prayer, how it is prayed by the entire Church and some of the benefits of praying this prayer. They cover some of the differnet options for getting copies of the prayers, including sources on-line, and they also talk about the differences of praying this prayer in community or privately. This is a wonderful introduction to this most import form of “praying without ceasing.”
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”.
Francesca Franchina visits with Fr. Rapheal, a Missionary Herald of Good News and his missionary work with the order founded in India to assist priests, parishes, universities, seminaries and hospitals anywhere in the world where there is a need, Father Rapheal has been a priest for twelve years and is a pastor of a parish of 700 families, has taught in the seminary and traveled to Africa as well as Italy to assist where needed, A charismatic prayerful priest, Fr, Rapheal shares his experiences in healing prayer even among Non Christians who return to thank him and share their healing stories with him, Father was in the United States for six weeks visiting various areas and parishes to share the Good News about the Heralds of Good News.
Francesca revs up her campaign for peace in the person, family, USA and world through prayer and healing the brokenness and wounds of America and the world situation by promoting and accepting healing through receiving God’s Mercy, Concern, Compassion and All Encompassing Healing Love?
Francesca Franchina, MS Ed. engages listeners and caller Caroline Adams astutely comments on the value of Prayer, The Psalms, The Feast of Corpus Christi, and The Signs of The Times. What is the significance and importance of The Holy Eucharist, Prayer and The Psalms listening to God Our Father, and acting on His Divine Will especially at this time in the world?
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)
Francesca Franchina, MS Ed. focuses on Lent, Reparation, Reconciliation, Healing of the Heart, Body, Mind and Spirit; Josefa Menendez’ Way of Divine Love, and the fantastic blessed Miracle Day of Prayer held at St. Luke the Evangelist Church Saturday, February 18, 2011 with Fr. Gregory Bramlage (www.missionariesofthenewevangelization.us) who taught and ministered “In The Footsteps of The Lamb,” hosted by The CREDO Apostolate; Many Healings occurred. For more information on the CREDO Apostolate Healing Retreat and Miracle Day of Prayer see www.credoapostolate.us. Francesca’s Recipe Today: Heart Healthy Lenten Food, Sicilian Pasta with Broccoli and Meatless Taco Soup.
Francesca Franchina MS Ed. talks with Dr. Doug Schoeniniger, Ph.D. Psychotherapist, Past President of The Association of Christian Therapists (www.actheals.org) about the 2011 ACT International Conference held in Philadelphia, PA regarding the keynote speakers, topics of the conference, and his workshops on research being done regarding the effects of prayer and changes in the brain due to prayer, and “The Native American and William Penn Covenant.” Also discussed: Benefits and resources of ACT Membership, School and Curriculum; ACT SEW Groups, and how prayer and ecumenism is integrated personally and communally within ACT, various denominations and healthcare disciplines, through sharing The Word of God, and It’s Proclamation, His Love and Healing With The Heart of Jesus. This program will be archived on www.radiomaria.us and www.actheals.org . Francesca and Dr. Schoeninger share family Thanksgiving traditions/foods and Francesca shares her recipe for traditional celery/onion dressing and Frito Misto… Italian Fried Broccoli and Cauliflower. Write for recipes and share your ideas, recipes and questions. Through the Tummy to the Heart: P.O, Box 3238; Dayton, OH.
November 10, 2011 Jim Beckman God, Help Me – How to Grow in Prayer Ken talks with Jim Beckman about his book God, Help Me – How to Grow in Prayer (published by Servant Books)
You don’t pray, at least not regularly, and you don’t really know how. On the other hand, if God is who he says he is, and if he communicates with us through prayer, then clearly you’re missing out on something huge. Jim Beckman will not only introduce you to the wisdom and teaching of the Church regarding prayer, he will also provide tools that will help you achieve real intimacy with God. To find out more about Jim and his work, please visit www.ydiscipleleader.org His book can be purchased at http://catalog.americancatholic.org/Product.aspx?ProductCode=T16890
Francesca Franchina, MS Ed. talks with Gaylene Baier, RN, spiritual director and past President of ACT (Association of Christian Therapists) an international Christian organization for medical and mental health professionals, allied health fields, clergy and those in healing ministry focusing on the power of Christian prayer in healing about the gift of healing, Marian apparitions and the world situation with droughts in TX, hurricanes, floods tsunamis, her experiences in Betania Venezuela. Tune in for lots of spiritually healthy health information; call in to ask questions or share your experiences of health related Christian prayer and healing ministries. For more information: See the ACT web site at www.actheals.org . Find out how you can become an ACT member or find a Christian health care giver in your area.
SHARING FAITH AND FOODS: Francesca’s recipe of the week: Fast, deliciously filling and EZ Mediterranean Risotto ala Antonio: Boiled or steamed rice with oven roasted cubed eggplant and sliced celery drizzled with olive oil and browned ground chuck dressed with freshly grated Parmesan cheese; Italian black olives and sliced pepperoncini (if desired). See Through the Tummy to the Heart Archivesfor past programs on www.radiomaria.us . Send a SASE to Francesca; P O Box 3238, Dayton, OH 45401 for the St. Michael The Archangel and Precious Blood of Jesus Novena and Prayer and name/s of sought recipe/s. Francesca Franchina stirs up good things in her kitchen sharing faith, inviting others to partake in the goodness of the Lord and sharing recipes for living life’s lessons as given to us in the Word of God and promulgated by Good Pope John Paul II in The New Evangelization. “Taste and See the Goodness of the Lord ” in Francesca’s kitchen as she shares everyday down to earth conversation about sharing faith, easy ways to evangelization and her family’s favorite Italian recipes from Termini Imerese, Sicilia
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Francesca Franchina, MS Ed. talks with Dr. Douglas Schoeninger,Ph.D past President of ACT (Association of Christian Therapists) an international Christian organization for medical and mental health professionals, allied health fields, clergy and those in healing ministry focusing on the power of Christian prayer in healing and the upcoming International ACT Conference to be held in Philadelphia October 6-9, 2011. Tune in for lots of spiritually healthy health information; call in to ask questions or share your experiences of health related Christian prayer and healing ministries. For more information: See the ACT web site at www.actheals.org . Find out how you can become an ACT member or find a Christian health care giver in your area. SHARING FAITH AND FOODS: Francesca’s recipe of the week: Fast, deliciously filling and EZ Mediterranean Risotto ala Antonio: Boiled or steamed rice with oven roasted cubed eggplant and sliced celery drizzled with olive oil and browned ground chuck dressed with freshly grated Parmesan cheese; Italian black olives and sliced pepperoncini (if desired). See Through the Tummy to the Heart Archives for past programs on www.radiomaria.us . Send a SASE to Francesca; P O Box 3238, Dayton, OH 45401 for the St. Michael The Archangel and Precious Blood of Jesus Novena and Prayer and name/s of sought recipe/s. Francesca Franchina stirs up good things in her kitchen sharing faith, inviting others to partake in the goodness of the Lord and sharing recipes for living life’s lessons as given to us in the Word of God and promulgated by Good Pope John Paul II in The New Evangelization. “Taste and See the Goodness of the Lord ” in Francesca’s kitchen as she shares everyday down to earth conversation about sharing faith, easy ways to evangelization and her family’s favorite Italian recipes from Termini Imerese, Sicilia
This program deals with the last and most difficult of St John of the Cross’ four stages of the spiritual journey, the Passive Night of Sense. Here the Lord takes us through the later stages of interior prayer. This is where God takes us through the very painful experiences necessary to teach us that He will not be limited by our all too small perception of him.
Francesca Franchina speaks with Marlene Sommer about making time for Jesus and Mary in a busy family life, professional endeavors, volunteer work and ministry regarding personal and communal faith formation, prayer and devotions, amid crisis, catastrophic situations, joys, trials and traumas in every day life.
Fr. Bertrand Buby, S.M. explores Acts 1:12-14 and discusses Maryas the Church at Prayer.