Life can move quickly at times. Just about every one of us has felt like we woke up one morning and realized that years – maybe decades – had passed since some monumental thing happened in our lives. It could be your college graduation, when your first child was born, when you endured some illness or injury or anything else. Some life experiences are so vivid, so painful or joyful, so seared into our memories that when they come to mind it can seem like they just happened the day before. On Thursday, call and share an experience or event that fits this description in your life, and some of the ways it is tied to your faith journey.
He’s completely silent in Scripture. At least when it comes to words. But he is clearly one of the most important figures in salvation history, especially with regard to how he led the holy family and helped to raise Jesus in preparation for His ministry, passion and death. After the Virgin Mary, there is no saint more powerful when it comes to interceding for us and helping us. Joseph is the Patron of the Universal Church, Terror of Demons and much more. So, how often do you turn to him for help? Do you have a devotion to St. Joseph? Are you named after him? Why do you think he has always been more or less “hidden” in many people’s spiritual lives? Let’s talk about this on Tuesday – the Feast of St. Joseph!
A lot of EWTN radio shows have been all over this story in their reporting, which is why we don’t revisit it very often. But let’s have another conversation about how you think the Church, the pope, the bishops and the victims’ groups have been handling all of this in recent months, especially following the summit at the Vatican a few weeks ago. Has your faith in our clergy taken a hit? Have you undertaken initiatives to show support for the huge majority of faithful priests? Do you think the Church is now taking all of this seriously enough? There are countless angles to this sad story. Share your take on Monday’s show.
There are times in life when we just aren’t sure what to do. We have to make decisions all the time, some more important, some less. Prayer and discernment are important components in decision making. And then there are those times when you just have a hunch, an intuition, or what some call a “gut instinct.” Has there been a time (or times) in your life when you followed such a nudge and it turned out to be the right decision? Or maybe the wrong decision? Let’s have a conversation about this on Friday’s show.
Let’s talk about this special devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Immaculate Heart of Mary. How did this devotion come to be? What are the feast days associated with the twin hearts? We do know that the saint most commonly linked with the Sacred Heart is Margaret Mary Alacoque. This seventeenth century nun and mystic had many visions of Jesus, and was asked to spread this devotion. Today, we see countless Sacred Heart images in homes and Catholic institutions. The devotion to the Immaculate Heart can be traced back even further to the late 13th century. There is so much to learn and appreciate about venerating the Twin Hearts. Consecration to the Twin Hearts is especially powerful and can bring a wealth of spiritual graces. Let’s talk about this unique devotion on Thursday’s Take 2…Call us and share your love for the Twin Hearts. 1-833-288-3986.
It’s great to be surrounded by people of like mind, especially those who share our Catholic Christian faith. Our walk with the Lord is strengthened by the faith of family members, friends, co-workers, fellow parishioners, etc. And it can make a big difference when the area where we live is overall more Catholic. Of course, a higher percentage of Catholics in an area doesn’t necessarily equate to a more fervent faith in that area. On Wednesday, let’s talk about where you live, how Catholic it is, how fervent it is, and how much difference that makes for you in your personal faith journey.
The prayer by Fr. Pedro Arrupe that many listeners have requested (it was mentioned by one of our callers today):
Attributed to Fr. Pedro Arrupe, SJ (1907-1991)
Nothing is more practical than
finding God, than
falling in Love
in a quite absolute, final way.
What you are in love with,
what seizes your imagination, will affect everything.
It will decide
what will get you out of bed in the morning,
what you do with your evenings,
how you spend your weekends,
what you read, whom you know,
what breaks your heart,
and what amazes you with joy and gratitude.
Fall in Love, stay in love,
and it will decide everything.
Have you ever participated in character assassination? If so, were you aware that the sin of detraction is a serious matter? Intentionally exposing one’s real faults may seem like it is harmless because in fact it is true, but when that occurs a slow chipping away at one’s reputation transpires. The bible warns us against this scenario and yet the world treats this as a standard operating procedure. This topic was suggested by one of our loyal listeners in light of the priest scandal. This is what she asked… When can we mention names when discussing priestly abuse? What about credible accusations although not convicted? These issues are getting close to home for many of us. The CCC 2477 when mentioning the sin of detraction includes,”without objectively valid reason”. What constitutes a valid objective reason? How does a person commit the sin of detraction and I’m speaking of a catholic that is faithfully trying to live out their faith and not one that frequently gossips? So, let’s address the sin of detraction and see if we can come away with a better understanding of what to avoid. Call us, 1-833-288-3986