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Spring Mariathon 2015

Radio Maria’s annual Spring Mariathon was held on May 18-22. The Mariathon is a week in which we ask you our listeners to call in and make a pledge to help support your Catholic radio. Radio Maria is funded 100% by listener donations and with through your generosity and the divine providence of God, we bring you Catholic programming 24 hours a day.
With a total pledged of $64,885 pledged, we certainly see your love of Our Lady’s radio network. While the pledges were short of the total we were hoping for, we know that God always provides and is never outdone in generosity.
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Act of Consecration to Jesus through Mary (St. Louis de Montfort)

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I, ______________, a faithless sinner,
renew and ratify today in thy hands the vows of my Baptism;
I renounce forever Satan, his pomps and works;
and I give myself entirely to Jesus Christ,
the Incarnate Wisdom, to carry my cross after Him all the days of my life,
and to be more faithful to Him than I have ever been before.
In the presence of all the heavenly court I choose thee this day for my Mother
and Mistress. I deliver and consecrate to thee, as thy slave, my body and soul,
my goods, both interior and exterior, and even the value of all my good actions,
past, present and future, leaving to thee the entire and full right of disposing of me,
and all that belongs to me, without exception, according to thy good pleasure,
for the greater glory of God in time and in eternity. Amen.

(With Ecclesiastical Approval)

March 01, 2015

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.

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, interview with Father James Loughran, Director of the Graymoor Ecumenical & Interreligious Institute (GEII)

On Friday the 23rd, Radio Maria NY hosted a special program on the annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Since 1898, traditionally observed in the northern hemisphere from the 18th to the 25th of January and formerly known as the Octave of Christian Unity, the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity involves ‎Christian communities and Churches across the world, including the Catholic ‎Church.

Launched over a century ago by Fr. Paul James Francis Wattson, SA (1863 – 1940) founder of the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement at Graymoor, Garrison, NY, since its inception the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity fostered reconciliation and healing through atonement — the unity of men and women with God and with one another. Fr. Paul was ordained an Episcopal priest in 1886. In 1908, he initiated the Church Unity Octave believing that a time set aside for prayer and seminars would hasten Christian unity. An advocate of corporate reunion between the Anglican and Roman Catholic churches, he finally embraced Roman Catholicism. In 1909, the Society of the Atonement became the first religious community of Christians to be received corporately into the Roman Catholic Church since the Reformation. Fr. Paul was ordained a Catholic priest by Archbishop John M. Farley in 1910.

(More on the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement and the Graymoor Ecumenical & Interreligious Institute (GEII), at: http://atonementfriars.org and http://geii.org/week_of_prayer_for_christian_unity/)

“Since 1968, the resource material for reflection, prayer and celebration on a ‎chosen theme for the Week of Prayer for Christain Unity is jointly issued by the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Promoting ‎Christian Unity and the Commission on Faith and Order of the World Council of Churches (WCC).  This year the theme was: “Jesus said to her: “Give me to drink“, taken from the ‎episode of the Samaritan woman at the well, in John’s Gospel.”

In his recent meeting with the men and women religious, the Pope spoke extensively about ecumenism suggesting the three main ingredients for a fruitful dialogue:

The Pope spoke of three conditions at the core of the search for Christian unity – firstly, there’s no unity without conversion of heart, which includes forgiving and asking for forgiveness. Secondly he said there is no unity without prayer and therefore men and women religious who pray for unity are like ‘an invisible monastery’ bringing together Christians of different denominations from different countries around the world.Thirdly, the Pope said, there is no unity without holiness of daily life. so the more we put our search for unity into practise in our relations with others, the more we will be modelling our lives on the message of the Gospel.

(Read full article: Pope concluding Week of Prayer for Christian Unity at: http://www.news.va

More insights available:Pope Francis: Religious who pray for Christian unity an “invisible monastery”at http://www.news.va

Resource material for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2015 is available at: http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/

loughran_picOur host of the day was Fr. James Loughran, S.A., Director of the Graymoor Ecumenical & Interreligious Institute (GEII), a ministry of the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement headquartered at Graymoor, New York. Today, this Roman Catholic religious community continue working and ministering to people of every race, religion, and walk of life in the United States, Canada, England, Italy, and Japan.

December 15, 2014 – Healing Through the Gift of Jesus in the Incarnation

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.

Honoring Our Veterans

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.”

November, 6, 2014 – Fr. John Bartunek

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
To learn more about Fr John visit:
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Dependable Catholic Formation: www.RCSpiritualDirection.com
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On Twitter twitter.com/FrBartune

September 10, 2014 – Lisa Donigian and Immaculee Ilibagiza

Francesca Franchina MS Ed. speaks with Lisa Donigian of St. Luke the Evangelist Parish in Dayton, Ohio and Immaculee Ilibagiza of New York, survivor of the 1994 Rwandan Genocide that she recounted in her first book “Left To Tell” regarding her personal experience twenty years ago when this holocaust occurred in Africa. The conversation focuses on Immaculee and her family’s fate and deep faith walk, their deep spiritual formation, the need today for familial conversion of heart, metanoia, reconciliation, and personal/communal healing prayer. Immaculee speaks about her ministry that revolves around her deep commitment to Jesus and Our Lady, her numerous books, talks and retreats that focus on “Forgiveness, Healing and Hope” to be addressed in her weekend retreat held at St. Luke the Evangelist Church in Beavercreek, Ohio on Friday and Saturday, October 17th & 18th. Imaculee now travels extensively throughout the world. Lisa joined her in Belgium for a retreat this summer which brings her to Dayton in October. Immaculee’s ministry focuses on leading Marian pilgrimages and continuing to encourage all age groups to turn away from sin, be renewed, evangelize and pray, pray, pray. The approved Marian Apparitions at Kibeho warned of the gravity that occurred in the genocide twenty years ago. Our Lady’s words are startling and need to be taken to heart and invoke her in deep personal and communal prayer. Information can be found on the internet with the prophecies and spiritual instructions given to the world by our Blessed Mother at Kibeho. Also see the approved Marian apparitions at Akita. For more information on Imaculee’s ministry & retreat info see www.Immaculee.com

August 18, 2014 – Guest: Fr. Charles Cortinovis, S.T.L., J.D., Archdiocese of Washington, D.C.

Host Kathleen Beckman will dialogue with Fr. Charles Cortinovis, Founding Team member of the Foundation of Prayer for Priests, on the power of intercessory prayer and the call to spiritual motherhood and fatherhood. They discuss the mission of intercession for the internal renewal of the priesthood in relationship to what Saint John Paul II said, “for the future evangelization of humanity.” They share how The Virgin Mary and the Eucharistic life help form us into pray-ers according to the Heart of the Eternal High Priest. Father speaks about the urgency of the call to intercession for priests who are on the front lines of a great spiritual battle.

August 16, 2014 – St. Alberto Hurtado, S.J.

Fr. Kubicki reflects on the life of this Chilean Jesuit and his devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

August 07, 2014 – Susan Conroy

August 7th, Ken talks with author Susan Conroy. Susan is responsible for getting an English translation published of Father Charles Arminjon’s classic “The End of the Present World and the Mysteries of the Future Life” (Sophia Institute Press). St. Therese of Lisieux was so taken by this book that it spurred her entry into the convent. “Reading this book was one of the greatest graces of my life,” she says in her autobiography. “The impression I received from it is too sweet to express. All the great truths of religion and the mysteries of eternity plunged into my soul a happiness not of this earth.”

The book is available at shop.sophiainstitute.com

Visit Susan’s website: www.susanconroy.com

July 14, 2014 – The Feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel

This week all Carmelite celebrate one of the most significant feasts in our calendar year, the Feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel. In this conversation Mark and Frances discuss briefly the history of this great feast, but then go on to discuss its relevance for the Church today. They discuss the importance of Mary’s Patronage to the Order of Carmel, and then they take their listeners through a full nine day novena in Honor of Our Lady of Mt.Carmel. The novena presents nine different titles by which Mary is known, and then offers specific reflections and prayers associated with those titles. This is a very important conversation for anyone who has a special devotion to the Blessed Mother.

July 10, 2014 – Fr. Peter Cameron

Ken talks with Fr. Peter Cameron, author of “Novenas for the Church Year” (Our Sunday Visitor). The book provides readers with over 60 new novenas in preparation for milestones throughout the Catholic calendar. Each novena includes an explanation of the feast day’s significance, then the prayer, which is to be read and prayed during the nine days leading up to the feast or solemnity. “Novenas for the Church Year” is available at:

https://www.osv.com/Shop

Fr. Cameron is editor-in-chief of Magnificat. To learn more visit: www.magnificat.net

July 7, 2014 – Elizabeth Kindelmann and the Flame of Love (#2 in the series)

Want to blind Satan? Fight fire with fire! Put out the fire of hatred with the fire of love. The Blessed Mother told Elizabeth Kindelmann: “My Flame of Love will be lit first in Carmel.” She also said that the flames which spring from her love (Flame of Love) will quench the fire of hell and blind Satan. Listen in to find out how. Guest Marika Zimmerman returns to the program to discuss with host, Frances Harry, the newly published English translation of Elizabeth Kindelmann’s “Spiritual Diary” on the “Flame of Love of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.” What is in the diary? What inspires you in this diary? We talk about the many ways and means of participating in this devotion which has come about thru the Blessed Virgin Mary’s intercession and desire to blind Satan for the salvation of souls. Through this devotion, our Blessed Mother said, “Evil will diminish gradually, the burning flame of hatred will be put out, and the splendor of my Flame of Love will fill all regions of the earth.” Many special graces are promised.

July 7, 2014 – Leila Lawler, Author “The Little Oratory”

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?

June 23, 2014 – Fr. Marc Foley

Mark welcomes Carmelite Friar and scholar Fr. Marc Foley into the studio for a conversation on the works of St. John of the Cross. Many people have attempted to read the works of this truly great Carmelite Saint and mystic, St. John of the Cross. Unfortunately, many have also struggled with this effort. St. John is not easy to grasp on a first reading, but there is so much he has to offer us that it is well worth the time and effort to gain a deeper understanding of his teaching. Thankfully, the Carmelite Order has a number of knowledgeable individuals who can easily explain St. John’s writings. Fr. Marc Foley is a nationally recognized expert on the teachings of St. John of the Cross, and also has done undergraduate work in psychology and graduate work in the area of pastoral counseling. This combination provides Fr. Marc with a unique perspective not only on St. John of the Cross’ teaching, but also on how they so appropriately apply to the spiritual struggles we face in our modern world. This is an extremely informative program and a mini course in Spiritual Direction.

June 20, 2014 – Attachments

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.

June 02, 2014 – the Indwelling Trinity

In this program Mark and Frances discuss one of the greatest mysteries of the Catholic faith, what is theologically described as the Indwelling Trinity, or the Dogmatic teaching on how the three persons of the Trinity truly reside in the hearts of the faithful. This great mystery was the entire spirituality of a well known Carmelite Nun who went by the name of Elizabeth of the Trinity, currently Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity, though her cause for Sainthood is being examined. Elizabeth is perhaps best known for a prayer she wrote to the Trinity that reflects both her belief in this great blessing, and her petition to each member of the Trinity for the unique gifts they each offer. This prayer is very powerful in providing believers consolation in the midst of trials, and it helps individuals conform their hearts and minds to the will of the Father. For those who pray it consistently, it allows Blessed Elizabeth to fulfill her mission: “I think that in Heaven my mission will be to draw souls by helping them to go out of themselves in order to cling to God by a wholly simple and loving movement, and to keep them in this great silence within which will allow God to communicate Himself to them and to transform them into Himself.”

May 07, 2014 – Marika Zimmerman

Francesca Franchina MS Ed. talks with Marika Zimmerman about the attack on Christianity and what we can do about it personally and corporately. “When I return will I find anyone watching?” What did Jesus mean by this statement….and also in the Garden….”Could you not watch one hour with Me?” Jesus is calling on us to stay awake, to watch and respond In this time: THE TIME OF MERCY and This Time of Visitation. We have been given instruction from on high from The Blessed Trinity, God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit and by Our Blessed Mother! IS ANYONE LISTENING AND DOING WHAT WE HAVE BEEN ASKED AND TOLD TO DO OR ARE WE ALL SLUMBERING THINKING WE CAN DO NOTHING OF IMPORT, WHILE THE WORLD IS CAVING IN TO EVIL AND THE DARKNESS through distraction, drugging of the physical, mental and spiritual parts of our beings? The Fatima Message of our Lady from May-October 1917 still stands and most Catholics do not even know about it. THE MESSAGE OF FATIMA is THE PEACE PLAN FROM HEAVEN! The MERCY MESSAGE given to St. Faustina by Jesus Himself in 1930’s still stands! Messages to St. Catherinee of Siena, St. Teresa of Avila, Sr. Josefa Menendez, Sr. Consolata Bertrone, Bl. Wm. Joseph Chaminade, St. Padre Pio, St. John Paul II, St. John XXIII in our own time cry out for souls to Repent, Repair, Renew and be counted among the saints personally and communally. Call in, ask a question, add a comment to be a part of this Spirit filled program of concern and compassion for the Hearts of Jesus and Mary which are so much ignored and set aside in neglect and abuse. Do you console the Heart of Jesus? Consoling the Heart of Jesus by Fr.Michael Gaitley, MIC (Marian Helper; Marians of The Immaculate Conception priest of The Divine Mercy Shrine in Stockbridge, MA will be discussed along with the works of St. Faustina and the others mentioned above and beyond.

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 21, 2014 – “The Church of Mercy”

“The Holy Father just released a book entitled “The Church of Mercy.” In this particular conversation, Mark and Frances begin a series of discussions on the importance of the message of Mercy in the Church today. They begin by focusing on the upcoming event of Divine Mercy Sunday, and then move forward in time to both Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II and what they both had to say about the gift of Mercy that we receive from God. They then discuss our current Holy Father’s book about Mercy, and one of the sources of his inspiration for this book, a certain German Theologian and Cardinal named Walter Kasper, who himself wrote a book simply titled “Mercy.” It is a book that our Holy Father Francis strongly endorsed and from which he drew a great deal of insight for his own book. Mark and Frances go on to discuss a number of Saints, including St. Therese of Lisieux, and Saint Faustina, and what they had to say about God’s great Mercy. This is a message which is so important for us to hear today, especially in light of a world that so often struggles with the loss of Hope and the onslaught of despair. Mark and Frances will continue this important message through the Easter Season.”

April 16, 2014 – Jack Davis

Francesca Franchina, MS Ed. continues discussion with Jack Davis, retired communications executive, focusing on The Passion, Crucifixion and Death of Jesus,The Seven Last Words Spoken by Him on the Cross and the Attendance of His Sorrowful Mother at His Suffering on Mount Calvary as recorded by Mary of Agreda. in Mystical City of God. The Blessed Mother Mary, Mother of Jesus, St. John the Evangelist and the three Marys were at the foot of the Cross on Good Friday. Chapter XXII is discussed found in THE TRANSFIXION Volume dictated by the Blessed Virgin Mary and communicated to and written by a Spanish nun, Sr. Mary of Agreda in The Mystical City of God: The Divine History and Life of The Virgin Mother of God. This classic four volumes of the Blessed Mother’s personal testimonyof her life and teaching received the Imprimatur and is translated from the original Spanish by Fiscar Marison (Rev. Geo J. Blatter). It is still in print, contact any Catholic Book Store like Veritas in Dayton, OH area or order on line. This is part of a continuing series on the four volumes of The Mystical City of God with Jack Davis. The several other programs that have been aired on The Blessed Mother’s life, conversations, and teachings can be found on the Radio Maria Program Archives, linked on the Home Page, scrolling down to Francesca and Friends to find the various years and program descriptions. If you have the book follow along with us, if not listen and learn so much; call in if you have questions or comments. We love to hear from you when we are airing live, and your letters are very much appreciated too.

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.

December 16, 2013 – Incarnation and Carmelite

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.

July 29, 2013 – What Is Faith?

We all use the word faith quite often and believe we understand what it means, but do we really understand the deeper meaning of faith as it relates to journey toward God. In this informative conversation, Frances speaks with Deacon Tracy Jamison of the Diocese of Cincinnati. Dr. Jamison is both a Deacon and a professor at the seminary in the Diocese of Cincinnati, and has published articles on the issues of faith and prayer, and more specifically how prayer serves as a means to nurture and strengthen out faith. Finally, drawing on specific Carmelite texts, Deacon Jamison demonstrates how prayer and faith play a vital role in our spiritual journey. This is both a very informative discussion, and very timely as we move toward the end of the “Year of Faith” in the Church.

July 17, 2013 – Wayne Weible: Perspectives on Medjugojre

Wayne speaks about his introduction to Medjugorje. He was moved by this event from disbelief, to believing and acceptance. Amazingly, following this curious encounter, he completely changed his life. No longer would he be in the newspaper/printing business, but would be working for Our Lady, spreading her messages from Medjugorje. Today, Wayne has published 8 books on Medjugorje with copies in the many millions distributed throughout the world. Wayne also shares that his latest book, “Medjugorje: The Last Apparition”, underscores the spiritual motherhood that Our Lord offers us through Mary. We discuss the Biblical support for this in Rev 12: 1-17, John 19: 26-27, and Luke 1 1: 46-55. To draw close to Mary is to be strengthened in our love for her Son. She is also our heavenly aid at the times of greatest need. Mary, Wayne notes, has been offering encouragements and guidance through Medjugorje for 32 years, a totally unique phenomenon in the history of the Church. This is so because children, including spiritual children, grow and mature over time and not simply after only one instruction. Even Our Lord was in her care for 30 years! Reference is also made to Wayne’s remarkable work introducing the faithful to Medjugorje titled: “Medjugorje: The Message”.

June 19, 2013 – The First Few Days of Medjugorje: An Interview With 3 Young Pilgrims

This program offers a perspective on Medjugorje. What was it like before the apparitions began, and what happened during the first few days? Several children in Medjugorje began, quite unexpectedly, to see Our Lady. She had come, she said, “to tell us that God exists, and that he loves us.” Their own families, however, did not believe them. Nevertheless, what began with 6 children has grown to touch millions. Our Lady, through this village of 400 families, has today hosted over 40 million pilgrims from around the world since 1981! Millions of hearts have been re-kindled in their faith. Three young guests on this program share their experience from a recent pilgrimmage to Medjguroje. They also encourage other young people to go to Medjugorje to renew their own faith!

June 17, 2013 – Charlie McKinney, Sophia Institute Press

Host Kathleen Beckman dialogues with Charlie McKinney, President of Sophia Institute Press, Crisis Magazine and Catholic Exchange about his vision for the New Evangelization. Charlie shares his personal conversion from a Southern Baptist to Catholicism, and how his family is involved in the work of the apostolates. They discuss some of the most popular releases by Sophia Institute Press.

June 03, 2013 – Fr. Daniel Chowing

In today’s conversation, Frances interviews Fr. Daniel Chowing, a Carmelite Friar from Wisconsin. Fr. Chowing has been a guest before, and is an internationally recognized speaker in the areas of Spiritual Theology, Carmelite Spirituality and specifically St. John of the Cross. During this conversation Fr. Chowing will use examples from the writings of St. John of the Cross to explain how this gifted mystic is relevent for us today. Fr. Choning will demonstrate how the works of St. John are ideally suited to dealing with some of the most difficult challenges faced by our modern society. He will also describe St. John of the Cross’ model for the journey of faith and how to make progress in the spiritual life.

April 29, 2013

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.

April 25, 2013 – Stephen Binz

Ken’s guest is Stephen Binz, author of the Lectio Divina Bible Study Series: Learning to Pray in Scripture, The Mass in Scripture, The Sacraments in Scripture, and the latest volume The Creed in Scripture (Series published by Our Sunday Visitor) Lectio Divina, the time-tested practice of scripture immersion, is at the heart of this series. Each chapter leads you through the five steps: Listening, Understanding, Reflecting, Praying, and Acting. For example in his latest volume on the Creed, the scriptural origins of each part of the Creed are examined in scripture so Catholics can understand and live it better. Visit Stephen Binz’s website : www.Bridge-B.com His books are available at: www.osv.com

April 17, 2013 – Marika Zimmerman and Fr.Tom Alkire, OC.

Francesca Franchina, MS Ed.; OCDS, Marika Zimmerman and Carmelite priest Fr.Tom Alkire, OC. Associate Pastor of St. Raphael’s Parish, Los Angeles CA ,discuss the Boston Bombing and other recent US and world tragedies and their relationship in spiritual warfare, warranting generational healing of nations and personal healing, through the Mercy of God the Father, Jesus of Mercy,The Precious Blood of Jesus;The Counsel and Intercession of the Blessed Mother,The messages of approved Marian Apparitions at Fatima, Akita, Rwanda and the message given by Mother Teresa when in Washington DC and the relationship of The Messages of Jesus of Mercy to St. Faustina in our own time. “JESUS I TRUST IN YOU!” Call in with your comments and questions. (www.healingfamilies.com, www.spiritdaily.com, www.actheals.org and www.preciousbloodinternational.com)
This program continues in the series archived on Radio Maria; First Wednesday of each month with Fr. Tom Alkire, O Carm. Learn how The Blessed Mother protects us and how we can help her fight her battle for The Triumph; Assist in The New Evangelization,and The Year of Faith in bringing souls to her Son Jesus. Fr. Tom is a seasoned Carmelite priest affiliated with the Marian Movement of Priests, The Association of The Precious Blood/Tallahassee, FL. Fr. Tom is Associate Pastor of St. Raphael’s Parish in Los Angeles, CA and has been a Home Missionary in Northern and Southern California for many years.

April 15, 2013

During this program Mark and Frances review the Carmelite Promise. This is the promise made by all Carmelites, after a specific period of formation, and relates to their commitment to both the Order, their brothers and sisters in Carmel and the Blessed Mother.
Mark and Frances discuss how important the need for both commitment and fidelity are in our modern society. At a time when we are seeing an increasing rate of divorce, broken families, and even departures from the priesthood and religious life, it is very important to understand the significance of making a commitment to others, and then fulfilling those responsibilities. The Carmelite Promise is just such a commtiment.

April 5, 2013 – Divine Mercy Sunday – St. Faustina

Joe talked about St. Faustina, Divine Mercy Sunday and the Plenary Indulgence that is attached to it.

February 28, 2013 – Daniel Burke

Ken talks with his guest Daniel Burke, author of Navigating the Interior Life-Spiritual Direction and the Journey to God (published by Emmaus Road) What is spiritual direction? What are my “blind spots” and how can I uncover them? What keeps me from all the spiritual riches Christ has for me? How can I better understand where I am in my spiritual progress? Daniel Burke’s book will give you the tools you need to understand how and why we grow and die in the spiritual life and what we can do about it. Visit his popular spiritual direction website: www.RCSpiritualDirection.com All the funds raised through books purchased at www.NavigatingtheInteriorLife.com go towards providing spiritual resources to the faithful poor and those who have taken a vow of poverty.

February 27, 2013 – Dr. Douglas Schoeninger, Ph.D.

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)

February 25, 2013 – Dr. Cindy Hunt

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.

February 20, 2013 – Gordon Deery

Francesca Franchina MS Ed. talks with Gordon Deery of Montreal, Canada, about founding and directing The International Holy Face Association; The Shroud of Turin, The Devotion to The Holy Face of Jesus, and the meaning and importance of Pope Benedict XVI designating 2013 as The Year of Faith. Discussion focuses on how we need to continue to grow spiritually, living and sharing the meaning and importance of the Year of Faith, and The Holy Face Promises given to Bl. Maria Pierina de Micheli of The Daughters of the Immaculate Conception of Milan, Italy and Buenos Aires; the blessings being realized through devotion and wearing The Holy Face Medal and devotion of St. Therese of Lisieux to The Holy Face of Jesus. We are called upon in this time to share the knowledge, love and; increasing prayers of reparation and reconciliation as disciples of Jesus under the Mantle of Our Lady of The Holy Face equipping us with WISDOM and spiritual weapons of prayer and sacramentals in the Year of Faith and The New Evangelization. For more information, newsletter, books, etc, see www.holyface.com.

January 30, 2013 – Dr. Douglas Schoeninger, Ph.D.

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)

January 10, 2013 – Judy Zarick

Ken talks with his guest Judy Zarick, author of Moved by Faith – Stories from American Catholic Radio (published by Franciscan Media). Judy is the producer of the “Sharing Faith” segment on American Catholic Radio – which can be heard here on Radio Maria. She has interviewed over 300 people about their inspirational stories. In her book you will find dozens of short stories of people living out their faith life. To learn more about the American Catholic Radio program visit www.franciscanmedia.org. Her book can be purchased at www.catalog.franciscanmedia.org

January 3, 2013 – Jason Evert

Ken talks with his guest Jason Evert, co-author with his wife Crystalina, of How to Find Your Soulmate without Losing your Soul – 21 Secrets for Women (published by Totus Tuus Publishing). Jason has spoken internationally to more than one million people about the virtue of chastity. He is a best-selling author of a dozen books, including Theology of the Body for Teens, If you Really Loved Me, Pure Love, and Raising Pure Teens. Visit Jason’s website: www.jasonevert.com His books can be purchased at www.howtofindyoursoulmate.com

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 20, 2012 – Julie Cragon

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

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!

December 3, 2012 – Fr. Raymond Skonezny, STL, SSL

Host Kathleen Beckman interviews Fr. Skonezny, a priest of the diocese of Orange, CA who spent 17 years of his life as a Trappist Monk at Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity Monastery and who served as the diocesan director of Cursillo for 26 years. Father Ray shares many personal stories about the power of prayer and how to grow in the interior life of union with God. They dialogue about various forms of prayer according to the CCC. Father offers prayers for all.

November 30, 2012 – Bright Spots and Shadows for the Family Today

In this program, Nick and Maria discuss the situation of the family today and how the Holy Spirit works with families to find solutions.

November 19, 2012

During this program Mark and Frances complete the series of conversations on a work about the last months of the life of St. Therese of Lisieux, entitled, “Last Conversations.” This remarkable work, a true gift to the whole Church, is not as well known as St. Therese’s autobiography “Story of a Soul,” but none-the-less, offers very deep insights into what is most important in our life and our relationship with God. These are literally the last thoughts and commentary of a person who will go on to become one of the most loved and Saints in the history of the Church.

November 12, 2012

In this program Frances Harry continues a discussion on St. Therese of Lisieux’s “Last Conversations.” This particular week she is joined by Colleen Sollinger, who is a member of the Dayton Community of the Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites. Colleen, who herself has a great devotion to St. Therese, and has visited her childhood home, offers both an historical and a very personal perspective on these most important teachings from the last few months of St. Therese’s life.

November 05, 2012

This program is a conversation between Frances Harry and Lynn Bete. Lynn is a member of the Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites in Dayton OH. Lynn and Frances share their perspectives in insights on a wonderful work about the life of St. Therese of Lisieux, in a book entitled “Last Conversations.” This work, which is a collection of discussions and writings taken from the last months of St. Therese’s life, provide remarkable insight on the spiritual life and our complete dependence on God as Father. There is great consolation here for those struggling with trying to gain confidence in the belief that our Father will always watch out for us, especially in our darkest moments.

October 28, 2012 – Discerning the Elements of One’s Personal Vocation/ The Year of Faith and the New Evangelization

Discerning the Elements of One’s Personal Vocation/ The Year of Faith and the New Evangelization

October 22, 2012 – the “Last Conversations” of St Therese of Lisieux

In this program, Mark and Frances will begin a series on the “Last Conversations” of St Therese of Lisieux. This is a collection of the statements and brief writings from her last months on earth. These reflections are very rich in spiritual depth and insight. St Therese seemed to want to impart the most important elements of her understanding of how God works with us, and how each and every soul might respond in order to pursue a genuine life of holiness. It is always so important to read the writings of the Saints, but perhaps never as important as reading and reflecting on what they have to share in the months and days before they are raised to Glory.

October 21, 2012 – Can God’s Plan Include Failure (Part 3); The Year of Faith

This week we wrapped up our discussion, “Can God’s Plan Include Failure” and moved on to apply the truths we have been learning to the all-important mission of evangelization. We also discussed the Year of Faith and the New Evangelization, a chance for the Church to implement the wonderful teachings of Vatican II as the Council Fathers intended. We challenged our listeners to step out in faith by sharing the faith with people they meet this week. We also invited them to “call in” this Sunday to report back on how the Lord worked through them to reach people with the Good News! Today week we will conclude our discussion of “Can God’s Plan Include Failure” and dive into the Year of Faith and the New Evangelization!

October 14, 2012 – Can God’s Plan Include Failure (Part 2)

In Part I of our discussion, “Can God’s Plan Include Failure?” we talked about how, when we repent and cooperate fully with the Lord, He overcomes any moral failures in our lives. This week we talked about other kinds of failures. For example, sometimes we think we have discerned God’s will, try our best to do it, but find that things are not working out very well. To solve this dilemma, we discussed at length an important principle of discernment that initially sounds a bit strange: God does not call us to discern what to do, but only to discern what to try. We also discussed the Year of Faith and the New Evangelization, a chance for the Church to implement the wonderful teachings of Vatican II as the Council Fathers intended. We challenged our listeners to step out in faith by sharing the faith with people they meet this week; We invited them to “call in” next Sunday to report back on how the Lord worked through them to reach people with the Good News! Next week we will conclude “Can God’s Plan Include Failure” and dive into the Year of Faith and the New Evangelization with our first call-in show!

October 03, 2012

Francesca Franchina MS Ed. continues her talk with Fr. Tom Alkire, OC from Los Angeles, CA   about The Titles of the Blessed Mother as Queen: Queen of  Angels, Martyrs, Saints, relative to her Son Jesus, King of Kings; Our Lady of the Holy Eucharist and Precious Blood  and Our Lady of Mount Carmel and how she equips us with  spiritual weapons; making the five First Saturdays;  The Holy Mass, Reconciliation, wearing a blessed  Brown Carmelite Scapular and fulfilling her requests at Fatima and other apparition sites.  Learn how   she protect us in battle and how we can help her fight her battle for The Triumph  and assist her  in The New Evangelization,  and The Year of Faith. Fr. Tom Alkire, OC  is a seasoned Carmelite priest  affiliated with the Marian Movement of Priests, The Association  of The Precious Blood/Tallahassee, FL.

September 23, 2012 – What about my plan?

This week on “Give God Permission” we answer the question, “What About My Plan?” by considering four simple points. First, we must be radically detached from everything other than God’s plan. Second, God will give us the desire to embrace His plan even if at first it doesn’t appeal to us. Third, to discover God’s plan, we need to see how the gifts He has given us can best meet people’s needs. Fourth, we should seek first God’s kingdom, bearing in mind that His plan leads us to the deep joy that awaits us there and makes every sacrifice well worth it. Fr. Peter and Janis discuss different facets of that incredible joy, which can begin to penetrate our lives even now as we submit our own plans to the Lord and embrace His plan with radical detachment and trust. Janis shares an experience of detachment and trust that opened a whole new way of using her gifts in service of the unborn, including her hauntingly beautiful song, “Small Voices Cry Mercy.” Fr. Peter and Janis invite everyone to Give God Permission at a deeper level in the context of today’s teaching, particularly in response to the need of the “little ones.” John Paul II referred to the plight of the unborn as the social injustice in contemporary society that most cries out to the the Christian conscience. Join us next week as we consider, “Can God’s Plan Include Failure?”

September 10, 2012 – St. Teresa of the Andes

This particular program is a conversation on one of the lesser known, but very important Carmelite Saints, St. Teresa of the Andes. In this conversation Mark and Frances discuss the earthly life of this wonderful Saint. St. Teresa of the Andes, who died in 1919 at the age of 19, is a model for young people. Her remarkable, although short, life, is a testament to how our young people today can begin to develop an intimate relationship with our Lord. Though she came from wealth, and had the benefit of a good Catholic family and education, St. Teresa’s life was not without pain and trial. Her dark times, however, only served to deepen both her relationship and love for the Lord. John Paul II said of her, “The secret of her perfection could be none other than love, a great love for Christ, and a filial love for the Virgin Mary.” She is truely a Saint for our time.

September 9, 2012 – Does God Have a Plan for My Life?

In today’s show, Janis and Fr. Peter discuss in more detail the good news that God has a beautiful and unique plan for each person’s life. Discerning God’s plan is not only possible; it is an essential part of the Christian life. This discernment process is more than discovering and choosing one’s vocation. It is at the very heart of an ongoing, intimate personal relationship with Jesus. It’s about inviting Him into the many choices we face every day. And the more we enter into God’s plan for our lives, the more effective instruments we will be for the New Evangelization which the world so desperately needs at this critical juncture. Please join us next Sunday as we discuss the theme, “Will God’s Plan Make Me Happy”.

September 3, 2012 – Praying without Ceasing

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.”

August 9, 2012 – Fr James Kubicki

Ken talks with Fr James Kubicki about A Heart on Fire: Rediscovering Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus (Published by Ave Maria Press) Fr Kubicki explains one of the oldest, but also often misunderstood, Catholic devotions. Learn more about Fr Kubicki and the Apostleship of Prayer and order his book at www.apostleshipofprayer.org His book is also available at www.avemariapress.com Learn more about Fr Kubicki and the Apostleship of Prayer. If you order his book from his website he will inscribe it for you: www.apostleshipofprayer.org

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”.

Fr. Rapheal – July 3, 2012

 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.

Campaign for Peace – June 26, 2012

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?

June 14, 2012 – Kevin Lowry

 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

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)

Divine Mercy in My Soul – April 11, 2012

Francesca reviews  Divine Mercy in My Soul   chronicling daily entries in the Diary by  St. Faustina Kowalska who Jesus revealed His plan to offer His Mercy to individuals  and the world, through the Chaplet and Novena of Divine Mercy and establishing  Divine Mercy Sunday on the Sunday after Easter. Why is this Mercy Devotion so important for our time and all time?  Call in to discuss the Diary and your experience with the Mercy Devotion. Great graces flow from the Mercy Devotion.

LIVING IN THE TIME OF MERCY – April 10, 2012

LIVING IN THE TIME OF MERCY 
 Francesca   focuses on St. FAUSTINA Kowalska, The Mercy Message from Jesus related  to St. Faustina Kowalska of Poland;  A professed Sister of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy;  The Diary of St. Faustina; What Jesus  wanted of her;  her messages from Jesus, and prayers given to her, her thoughts, doubts and joys and what they mean for us.  What about the  Mercy Novena and Chaplet and its importance for our time?  What is happening in your area for Mercy Sunday and what will be happening at The  Mercy Shrine in Stockbridge, MA.  Why Mercy? What  are you doing to remember and  share in the  Passion of Jesus?

April 9, 2012 – Devotion to the Holy Face – Part 1

This program began a four part series on the Devotion to the Holy Face.  This remarkably powerful devotion was actually instituted by Veronica when she wiped the face of Jesus as He climbed to His crucifixion on Calvary.  The program goes on to discuss four other instances in the history of the Church where this Devotion either gained great popularity or was actually re-instituted by Christ.  The first was in the early 1840’s through the revelations to a Carmelite Sister named Mary of St Peter.  The promises and the power of this devotion were offered to combat both blasphemy and the sins against the holy day of Sunday.  The devotion was then reintroduced by St Therese of Lisieux around the late 1800’s, again in the mid 1940’s through an Italian Mother Pierina of the Immaculate Conception, and finally, in our own time through a man name Gordon Deery in Montreal, who carries on this world-wide ministry even today.

April 02, 2012 – Dr. Paul Vitz

In this program, Kathie talks to Dr. Paul Vitz, Associat Professor and Senior Scholar at the Institue for the Psychological Sciences, a public speaker and writer. He focuses on the psychology of hatred and forgiveness and the importance of fathers and the role of faith.

Dr. Doug Schoeninger – March 27, 2012

Do You consider yourself a friend to yourself?  Can you  become your own friend?

Francesca Franchina speaks with Dr.  Doug  Schoeninger, Ph.D.;  Psychotherapist,  Past  President  of the International Association of Christian Therapists (ACT)  practicing in the Delaware Region (Philadelphia, PA)  about healing attitudes; 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.The Dialogue focuses on  Healing Attitudes; Woundedness, Forgiveness, & Reconciliation.

T5H  Recipe from Francesca’s Sicilian Kitchen:  Easter Ricotta Pie and Easter Bread

Doug Schoeninger – Feb. 28, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI calls the laity to have occasions of healing which are centered on the Word of God to heal our lives: “Scripture contains countless pages that speak of the healing which God brings.” Verbum Domini (Word of The Lord) December, 2010. Reconciliation, Forgiveness; Healing of the Heart, Body, Mind and Spirit Francesca Franchina, MS Ed. talks with Doug Schoeninger, Ph. D. Past President of the International Association of Christian Therapists practicing in the Delaware Region (Philadelphia, PA) focusing on Lent, Woundedness, Forgiveness, & Reconciliation: How to use anger well in the process of forgiving; Letting go and healing in the process of healing; The relationship of forgiveness and trust; and Forgiveness in generational healing: Forgiving those who wounded those who wounded us. Francesca shares her recipes for heart healthy Lenten dishes. Meatless Veggie Dish: Pesedi Con Ova (Peas with Eggs in Marinara Sauce) and Francesca’s Favorite Muffaletta; (Homemade Little Italian Breads Dressed with Olive Oil, Italian Cheese and Fresh Black Pepper). MUSIC: Refiner’s Fire; Bread of Life…

Lent – February 21, 2012

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.

February 9, 2012 – Our Lady of Lourdes

In this edition of Living with Mary Today, Father Johann G. Roten, S.M. etells listeners about Our Lady of Lourdes.

February 7, 2012 – Robin Brun

In this program, Mark talks with fellow Radio Maria presenter, Robin Brun. Robin shares her faith and discusses her new program, Putting Faith and Hope in Your Job Search.

February 6, 2012 – Introduction to Brother Lawrence

This program is the introduction to Brother Lawrence of the Resurrection’s life and biographical sketch. It details his early military experience and his failed effort to become a hermit. It ends with his entry into the Carmel in Paris where he spent the rest of his life.

Mystical City of God Part II – December 21, 2011

Francesca Franchina, MS Ed. dialogues with Jack Davis about  Mary and  The Incarnation  focusing on  The Blessed Mother’s personal preparation, what she did to prepare for the Birth of the Messiah in her personal devotion and interaction with the Word in her womb,  as written in the Mystical City of God, the  auto-biographical volumes dictated by the Blessed Mother to Sister  Mary of Jesus of Agreda, Spain (Imprimatur 1902/1949)