Our last live show before the Thanksgiving break is about how we can all keep the stress and pressure of the holidays at a manageable level, while still enjoy them – God-willing – with family and friends. On Wednesday, call and share your “recipe” for keeping calm and enjoying the holidays. It will be a sort of hybrid show, as we invited those who didn’t get on the air on Tuesday (when we talk all about relationships) to feel free to call and discuss their relationship on Wednesday. Please join us!
Jerry and Debbie kick off Thanksgiving week with our monthly In the News show. It’s your opportunity to comment on anything that has grabbed your attention in the news, even if it didn’t go beyond your local area. Get set to join us on Monday.
Once a month, normally on the last Friday of the month, we give you the opportunity to call in and talk about anything you wish. Since the last Friday of this month is the day after Thanksgiving, we’ve moved our Unscripted show up a week. Spend a little time today and tonight thinking of what you’d like to discuss or share, and we’ll talk with you on Friday!
In John 18:38 we read Pontius Pilate’s famous question to Jesus: What is truth? He may have been genuinely uncertain or confused, or perhaps he was simply mocking Jesus. At any rate, countless people in today’s world regularly ask the question, “What is sin?” Not necessarily by their words, but more by their actions. So many people in our nation, around the world, and, sadly, even in the Church don’t really know what is sin, and what is not sin. This is due in large measure to bad catechesis over the last several decades. On Thursday, join Jerry and Debbie, and help shed some light on this very crucial subject – one that will determine the eternal fate of every human being. We’ll offer some catechesis, get your insights, and also talk about how seriously each of us takes the reality of sin and tries to avoid it at all cost.
We’ve all had moments in our lives when we needed God’s favor in a big way – and right away. It’s often at those times when we try to strike a little bargain with Him. “God, if you will do such-and-such, I promise to (insert issue here). Some saints have been known to ask God for a healing of some sort, with the promise to God that they will become priests or religious. Have you ever made a promise to God that you’ll do something for him if he will hear and answer your important prayer intention? Let’s talk about this on Tuesday’s show.
We all need material things in order to live. But is it possible to cross a certain line and have too much “stuff?” There’s a Hoarding Disorder which the Mayo Clinic describes this way:
Hoarding disorder is a persistent difficulty discarding or parting with possessions because of a perceived need to save them. A person with hoarding disorder experiences distress at the thought of getting rid of the items. Excessive accumulation of items, regardless of actual value, occurs.
Now, before we all start thinking we’re somehow off our rockers, let’s have a real conversation about this. One need not be a hoarder – or suffer from hoarding disorder – to have a few too many possessions. The beautiful thing is, we can always eliminate some of the clutter in our lives created by the “stuff” we own. In fact, it can be an occasion of great generosity when we donate those things to others in need. Join us Friday for a discussion about this.
One of the most popular categories of books is autobiographies. We all admire people whom we’d like to know more about, either while they’re living, or after they are deceased. These are usually celebrities, sports stars, politicians, and so forth. The rest of us will likely never even consider writing our autobiography. But, for the sake of conversation and inspiration, let’s talk on Thursday about what the essence of your life story would be. Imagine it like this: you’re in an elevator with someone else for about twenty seconds. How would you describe your autobiography to them in that amount of time? Should be a fun edifying show on Thursday.
On Wednesday, Jerry and Debbie will welcome your contributions to a conversation about the single life. Some are single because they have chosen to live their lives that way. Others are single because they haven’t yet found the spouse they can spend their lives with. If you’re single, how do you feel about it? Are you searching for a mate? Have you made an intentional decision to remain single to devote your life to serving the Lord in whatever way He would have you do it? Do you believe the Church has an adequate outreach to you and your peers? Let’s have another lively discussion and grow closer to God in the process.
Several months ago – in fact, before the coronavirus pandemic broke out – a listener named Bryan in Georgia suggested that we do a program on starting and sustaining a Catholic business. It can be very difficult and stressful even in the best of times. But throw in the lockdowns and restrictions we’ve experienced over the past several months, and it is likely even harder to keep a business going now. That’s what we’ll talk about on Tuesday. If you operate, or have operated, a Catholic business, let us know how it’s going.
Now that we’re well into fall, and the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays are straight ahead, let’s talk Monday about how we deal with the changes in seasons. Some love all four of them. Others may have different preferences. For a lot of people, it can be difficult to navigate the seasonal changes due to various factors, including depression. Please join us to kick off the new week as we discuss all of this.