Take 2

with Jerry & Debbie

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Why Do We Pray for Our Priests?

Some people pray that their parish priest will be better at homilies. Others that he will be more compassionate in the confessional. These are good reasons to pray for them. But the most important reason we should pray for them is because they are in the cross hairs of the devil and his demons. They are under major attack. They have special graces from God to endure in their vocation. But our prayers help them remain strong and faithful. Like in the Old Testament when the people held up Moses’ arms and the Israelites were winning the battle. When they grew weary and didn’t hold up his arms, they were losing the battle.  Share why you pray for priests and why others should as well.  1-800-585-9396

Hands of the priest prayer – https://www.ewtn.com/library/PRIESTS/POEMPRIE.TXT


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Is That Really True About The Church?


Many Catholic Church teachings are misunderstood. Not only by non-Catholics, but even by those who are practicing Catholics. Relics are sacramentals. Purgatory is not a “second chance” at salvation.” Women cannot be ordained as priests. The Vatican is recognized as an independent “state” that has diplomatic relations with almost all other nations of the world. The “devil’s advocate” is a real position within the Church. There are more than 1 billion Catholics in the world. What is a “little known fact” that you have recently learned about the Church? Should be a lively show if you call in at 1-800-585-9396.

Sacrament of Penance: Examination of Conscience

Steps for completing a canonical transfer of rites (and these are a mix of practical and canonical steps):


  1. Be active in an Eastern Catholic parish for at least 3-5 years. This will provide enough time to immerse yourself in the liturgical cycle of the Church, get to know the pastor, the customs, and the prayer life of the parish. This is probably the most important step. It’s one thing to be attracted to the Divine Liturgy, it’s quite another to live the daily life of a particular tradition.
  2. After much prayer and the approval of the pastor, what is required is to draft a letter to the local Eparch (bishop) of the particular Church you would like to transfer to. The letter should include the reasons for the request and a brief explanation of your experience in the Eastern Church. The reasons given should be genuine and legitimate. A request of transfer so a man can marry and apply for the seminary to avoid celibacy would be rejected. A transfer of rites is a serious step and one that can only be taken once, so discern, pray, and discern.
  3. The Eparch will review your letter, potentially talk to your pastor and if he judges positively, he will get in touch with the Latin rite bishop and request that you be transferred to his jurisdiction. If the Latin rite bishop has no objection, then you would be all set. You would be informed by the Eparch or your pastor of the acceptance.

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Which Comes First?


A person must have an encounter with Jesus before he or she is going to be open to catechesis, i.e. the teachings, the practices, the beliefs of the Church. There are many times when we try it the other way around, and it never really takes root in the lives of those we’re trying to bring to faith.  We are asking the question, which should come first, evangelization or catechesis? Keep in mind, that an encounter with Jesus simply can be the first time a person meets a Christian.  We are all called to be Christ in this world. Here is another question to ponder, is there too much instruction and not enough action when it comes to Christianity?  Lots to unpack on this Easter Monday and with your help this will be a fruitful discussion.  Call in to 1-800-585-9396 and help guide the show with your wisdom.

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Does a Particular Sin Weary or Discourage You?



It seems from human experience that God allows certain temptations and sin patterns to be especially difficult for people to overcome. For one person, it might be lying. For another, gossiping. Another person might struggle mightily to avoid pornography or other forms of sexual impurity. Someone else might display their anger, even though they know it’s not healthy and they want more than anything to move beyond it. Are there times when you cry out to God and ask, “Why won’t you remove this thorn from my flesh?” We have St. Paul as an example that there are instances where God says no, He won’t take away our particular weakness, but instead calls us to rely on His grace, which Scripture assures us is “sufficient” for dealing with it.

Let’s talk about this and more by calling, 1-800-585-9396.  Jerry is traveling on Tuesday so call in to keep Debbie company. 😉

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Was it really better left unsaid?


In all human relationships, we want to share what’s on our heart with others. Unfortunately, our own fears, uncertainties, etc., sometimes keep us from speaking our minds. Not necessarily to be mean to others. It can be at the bedside of a dying parent, with whom you want dearly to make peace about a certain situation. Or perhaps when a boss wants us to go in a direction we’d rather not go. Life is full of moments when we bite our tongues, only to later wish we had said what we were thinking at the time. Share if this has been your experience, by calling 1-800-585-9396.

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Extreme Couponing, is it too much?


Jerry is traveling on Monday to assist with a pledge drive, so I have decided to take on the topic of extreme couponing. You may be scratching your head right about now and asking, how does this relate to our faith? Well, it can certainly play a part in our faith journey.  See, on the surface extreme couponing sounds like what every Christian should do, to be good stewards of the gifts God has bestowed to us.  To save where we can, to go to great lengths to not overspend, so that we can use the savings to give to the poor, donate to charities, etc.  Let’s talk about this and more, because remember, Take 2 is about taking a second look at things, a fresh look!  It should be an interesting show if you call in to 1-800-585-9396.  Please don’t leave me all alone to cut out my coupons by myself. 😉


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Remembering Mother Angelica

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We can hardly believe it has been exactly one year since Mother Angelica left us to be with the Lord.  How has Mother Angelica touched your life?  How has EWTN been instrumental in your faith life?  We want to hear all about it.  Plus, we invited you to join us in remembering Mother each year on the day she died by wearing or displaying her favorite color, yellow, for the entire day.  Debbie will be placing a single yellow rose in her home and Jerry will be wearing the color yellow.  Many ways to show that we will always remember the impact Mother had on our lives and the great ministry work she did to make sure we all grew in holiness.  Call in and share your Mother moment, 1-800-585-9396.