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Do You Sometimes Believe You’re Not a Good Person?

As durable as the human psyche can be, it can also be very fragile in certain instances. We’re all formed to one degree or another by the things we experience in life, things that are said to us, the way we are treated by others, etc. It doesn’t take long to realize that some of us have a much higher self-image than others. The key to remember, however, is that no one is “better” or “worse” than anyone else when it comes to our intrinsic dignity and worth. Do you sometimes think things about yourself like:

  • God couldn’t possibly have a special purpose for my life
  • I know I won’t be able to finish what I’ve set out to do
  • There’s no way I measure up to (name of someone you admire)
  • All I do is fail whenever I try to accomplish something
  • I’m just not a good person, that’s all
  • I wish I were never born
  • I’m never going to amount to anything

These and countless other thoughts run through many of our minds. How do we defeat them and discover our true self-worth? Reframing who we are, and whose we are, can go a long way toward doing just that. Inside of you is a person made just the way you are by a God who has from all eternity had a purpose that only you can fulfill. No one else! Let’s talk about the very rewarding exercise of learning to think of ourselves and act accordingly.


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Do You See the U.S. As Mission Territory?

The United States was built upon the foundation of God and His ways. When questioned, many people would still say that we are a “Christian” nation. In many ways we are. But in some very important ways we are not. As you look out over our land, how do you see this?

  • Are you hopeful that God is still woven into the fabric of our nation?
  • Has your belief in that notion waned over the years?
  • How do you evangelize in your own family, neighborhood and workplace?
  • Do you see a trend in any particular direction?
  • What is the typical response when you share your faith with others?
  • Do most people even want to hear what you have to say about God and faith?

This will be another lively conversation. Please join us!


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What Has Love Compelled You to Do?

Authentic love involves willing the good of another. We’re all faced with opportunities each day to manifest this kind of love. Call in and share an instance when you acted selflessly out of love for another. This isn’t about bragging, it’s about inspiring and teaching the world that coming out of ourselves and putting our own needs on hold, and that we are all capable of doing this. Examples abound:

  • Getting out of bed at all hours of the night to tend to the needs of your children
  • Stopping to help at the scene of a traffic accident
  • Running out into the rain to help your elderly neighbor carry in her groceries
  • Saving up to pay for a child’s education, while putting off some dreams of your own
  • Jumped in the water to save someone who was struggling or drowning
  • Donating blood or an organ to someone in need
  • etc.

This should be another inspiring episode of the program.


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Have You Rescued an Animal (or Vice Versa)?

Our lives are often made happier and more fulfilled when we have pets. Sometimes, we do a kind deed and “rescue” an animal from a shelter or elsewhere. Many will even say that their animal “rescued” them (you’ve seen the bumper stickers). On Monday, let’s talk about this.

  • Have you taken in a pet that may have faced a dire future?
  • How has that gone for you and/or your family?
  • What made you choose the animal you did?
  • Do you have more than one rescue animal?
  • Tell us how they have brought joy to your life.

Above is Debbie and Marty’s dog, Gracie.

Above is Jerry’s dog, Duc (pronounced like Duke)


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Has Your Faith Deepened During the Pandemic?

What a wave of things to be hit with. An “invisible enemy” known as the coronavirus. Debate over where it originated. How many people will be infected by the virus? Is it easily spread from person-to-person? Is there anything that can “treat” those with the virus? What about a vaccine? On top of all that, we have more or less shut down our lives, and that includes our participation in public religious services. While we’ve been asked to do our best to keep the faith alive at home:

  • How has your faith life been doing?
  • Has the pandemic deepened your faith?
  • Has the shutdown of our churches caused a hiccup in your otherwise devout faith?
  • How have you gone deeper into the Bible?
  • Have you spent time studying the Catechism of the Catholic Church?
  • Are you praying more, including the Rosary, the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, and other powerful prayers?
  • Does your faith tell you that we’re going to get through this and come out stronger for having been through this experience?

Join Jerry and Debbie on Thursday and join the conversation on this subject.


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Have You Made a Joyful Return to the Catholic Faith?

Easter is a normally a time when countless people come into full communion with the Catholic Church. (God-willing, this year’s converts won’t have to wait much longer). All year round people return to a practice of their Catholic faith after some time away. These people are often referred to as reverts.

  • Have you come back to the Catholic Church following a period of time away?
  • What was it like to return and receive the sacraments again?
  • What were the main reasons you felt it necessary to leave the Church in the first place?
  • Did you embrace another Christian tradition?
  • Or did you leave Christianity altogether?
  • Was there anyone who was instrumental in your return to Catholicism?
  • How joyful are you now that you have “come home?”

Call and share your personal lived experience on Thursday’s show.


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“God, I Need You Now!”

Twice a month, Jerry and Debbie invite you to call with your important prayer intentions. One of these shows is dedicated to taking your intentions that are urgent, and that need God’s attention right away. That’s what we have prepared for you on Wednesday. Please join us with your urgent intentions, and let’s all be united in prayer for one another’s important and timely needs.