Thérèse of Lisieux

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.

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.

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

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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.

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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)

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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