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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

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.

February 27, 2014 – Fr. Dwight Longenecker and comments on three devotion books for Lent

Ken talks with Fr. Dwight Longenecker author of “The Romance of Religion: Fighting for Goodness, Truth, and Beauty” (Thomas Nelson) Former Anglican priest and now Catholic priest Fr. Dwight Longenecker argues that the Christian story is the greatest story ever told. Fr. Longenecker calls for the return of the romantic hero—the hero who knows his frailty and can fight the good fight with panache, humor, and courage. You can purchase Fr. Longenecker’s book at: www.thomasnelson.com If you would like an autographed copy of Fr. Longenecker’s book: dwightlongenecker.com. They should make sure they add a note in the comments section so Father can sign it for them. Fr. Dwight Longenecker blogs at: www.patheos.com Ken also reviews three books for Lent: “Bringing Lent Home with St. Therese of Lisieux” by Donna-Maria Cooper O’Boyle, “The Living Gospel” by Theresa Rickard, O.P. (both by Ave Maria Press), and “Meditations for Lent” by Jacques-Benigne Bossuet (Sophia Institute Press)

July 1, 2013 – John Flynn, J.D., St. Thomas More Society

Kathleen Beckman dialogues with John Flynn, Esq., a member and writer for the St. Thomas More Society about how St. Joan of Arc’s trial transcripts affected his faith and brought about a conversion of heart. John shares how Saint Joan of Arc and Saint Therese of Lisieux have impacted his spiritual journey of faith and how the saints truly befriend us.

June 24, 2013 – Devotion to the Sacred Heart

“During this conversation Mark and Frances discuss the unique Devotion that Carmelites have to the Sacred Heart. They begin by reading and discussing comments made by the Holy Father, Francis, regarding the role of the heart in our journey to Christ. Pope Francis speaks about the need to conform our heart to the heart of Christ, and to be transformed by that very act. Mark and Frances then go on to explore St. Therese of Lisieux’s perspective on devotion to the Sacred Heart. For St. Therese, Christ’s heart is always a heart of love. She does not focus, as so many others do, on the suffering of the piercing thorns which wounded our Lord, for St. Therese the central idea of Christ’s heart is an all-purifying love. She understands that suffering is part of the process, but she emphasizes that this is not an end in itself. The only reason for this devotion, in the mind of Therese, is to help us conform our own hearts to the buring heart of love, which is the heart of Jesus.”

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.

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.

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 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.

April 23, 2012 – Divine Mercy and the Carmelites, Part Two

“Carmelite Conversations” Host Frances Harry welcomes guest, Deacon Russell Baldwin back to the program to continue our conversation on “Divine Mercy and the Carmelites.”  We focused on the 5 Stages of the Mercy of God with examples from our Carmelite Saints followed by deeper insights on “Divine Mercy” by St. Therese of Lisieux, the little flower.  For her, confidence and trust in God’s divine and merciful love are foundational to her whole relationship with God and is evident in her practice of the “Little Way of Spiritual Childhood.”

April 16, 2012 – Divine Mercy and the Carmelites, Part One

“Carmelite Conversations” Host Frances Harry welcomes guest, Deacon Russell Baldwin to the program.  The topic for this program is the “Divine Mercy Devotion” and the Carmelites.  We discussed the 5 forms of Devotion to Divine Mercy as presented to St. Faustina from her Diary, now published and available to the public (“Divine Mercy in My Soul: the Diary of St. Maria Faustina Kowalska”).  Our conversation continued with a comparison of St. Faustina with the well-known Carmelite, St. Therese of Lisieux, who sang the mercies of the Lord in her manuscripts which were compiled and put into book form, known as “Story of a Soul” by St. Therse of Lisieux.

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.

October 10, 2011 – St. Therese – Suffering

 This program discusses the reality of suffering in the spiritual life.  More importantly, St Therese of Lisieux helps us understand the great value of accepting our everyday trials and sufferings, and how to transform them into a deeper experience of Love.  This is the science of the saints, to use everything in our life, good and bad, to deepen or love.

April 11, 2011 – St. Therese of Lisieux

This program focuses on St Therese of Lisieux.  We explore the major events of her childhood, the events that led to her entry into Carmel and the significant contribution she made in her short life.  We focus primarily on her most famous work, The Story of a Soul.  From this work we will explore the teaching of Spiritual Childhood.  We seek to understand our relationship to the Father through the eyes of this beloved French Carmelite.  We also explore her teaching on prayer and suffering.  Finally, we explore Therese’s mission to the rest of the Church and see how the life of Carmel can be so beneficial to those who are looking for spiritual assistance in their journey to the Lord.

Sacred Relics of The Saints – April 6, 2011

Francesca Franchina speaks with Father  John Fletcher CC  and Father Carlos Martin, CC regarding Father Martin’s  very special ministry  teaching  about the Sacred Relics of The Saints: Treasures of the Church and the program to be presented Wednesday April 6 at St. Anthony of Padua Parish in Dayton, OH  after the Stations of the Cross beginning at 7:00 PM. Following his talk, Fr. Carlos will exhibit over 150 relics some of which are believed to be very very old.  Among the 150 relics will be those of St. Anthony of Padua, St. Therese of Lisieux, St. Maria Goretti, St. Francis of Assisi, St. Thomas Acquinas, St. Faustina, and one of the largest remaining pieces of the True Cross and what is believed to be a piece of the veil of Our Lady.