Feb. 3, 2010
Upcoming Programs
Getting Ready for Lent

The Lenten season seems to catch us unawares each year! We've just gotten the Christmas decorations packed away and are taking a breather. Perhaps you're catching up on college basketball or waiting for baseball's spring training. Kids are in school, and there's a routine to life again.

That's when we need Lent most, perhaps!

Our lives as Christians are meant to be an ongoing process of conversion. While some may consider themselves "saved"—in the sense that we're "over and done" with our faith—our Catholic tradition takes a more careful approach. While we believe that Jesus has indeed redeemed us, and opened for us the way to life with God, and while we also believe that relationship is made real for us in Baptism, we know about the need for daily conversion.

Lent is a time to recall where our faith began: in Baptism. As we welcome new members into the Church at this time in the liturgical year, we also walk with those candidates on our parallel journey of renewal. Conversion can also mean a day-to-day choice for God. ent on ACR, Judy Zarick's "Living Faith" will highlight stories of individual conversion, as the inspiration for continuing renewal. Other program aids during this season: experts in Lenten spirituality and liturgy on "Exploring our Faith" and a weekly preview of the Sunday Scriptures with Fr. Daniel J. Harrington, S.J., of Boston College, author of Daily Reflections for Lent 2010, available at www.AmericanCatholic.org, where you can find other Lenten features.

"Turn away from sin and believe in the Good News!" (Ash Wednesday liturgy)

Father Greg Friedman, O.F.M.
American Catholic Radio: Upcoming Episodes (#10-07 , #10-08)
Use the links below to preview the shows or download them in MP3 format for broadcast.
Highlights from this episode include:

Living Faith
Producer Judy Zarick speaks with Kim Mazyck from Catholic Relief Services about the "Water for Life" program. In collaboration with with the National Council of Catholic Women, the program brings the gift of clean water, basic hygiene and food distribution to poor countries.

Ask a Franciscan
Father Hilarion Kistner answers questions: What do we learn from the story of Noah's drunkenness and cursing his son Ham? Could God command other parents to take their children's lives as he did with Abraham and Isaac?

Marriage Moment
The U.S. Bishops' pastoral letter, Marriage: Love and Life in the Divine Plan, seeks to "communicate from the riches of our Catholic faith the meaning and value of marriage and to offer support and practical assistance for it to flourish both in society and in the Church." We at ACR offer our weekly "Marriage Moment," where we ask a husband and wife to answer a question about the challenge of living their special sacrament. Catholic radio hosts Greg and Jennifer Willits answer the question: What are some creative ideas for dates or ways to encourage and demonstrate love to your spouse?

Exploring Our Faith
We might ignore the physical world around us until a time of natural disasters. But it's important for us to understand our environment. Sister of Charity Paula Gonzalez is a former professor of biology, now working as an environmentalist, presenting workshops and retreats on how to live in better harmony with creation. Last November she wrote an article in St. Anthony Messenger about Charles Darwin, the theory of evolution and how it relates to our Catholic faith. Producer John Feister talks with Sr. Paula about this controversial topic.
Highlights from this episode include:

Living Faith
Throughout Lent, Producer Judy Zarick will have a special guest telling a personal story of conversion. Today, she visits with Donna Steichen, a longtime investigative journalist and author of Chosen: How Christ Sent Twenty-three Surprised Converts to Replant His Vineyard. She tells their conversion stories and why they were drawn to the Catholic Church.

Ask a Franciscan
Father Greg Friedman answers questions: How can a priest be returned to the lay state? May a laicized priest be married in the Church? How are saints' feast days chosen? Why do Catholics have objects like rosaries blessed?

Marriage Moment
Counselor and life coach, Greg and Lisa Popcak, discuss: What steps are needed to improve how anger is expressed toward my spouse? Why is it important to communicate with one another how anger was handled in our own homes growing up?

Exploring Our Faith
Author, religious educator and retreat leader, Alice Camille has taught ministry formation, preaching and proclamation; worked in parishes and campus ministry; supervised a shelter program for homeless women, and been active in ecumenical settings. She is an award-winning writer who contributes regularly to a number of Catholic magazines and homily services. She wrote this year's Lenten Catholic Update, "Lessons of the Heart: Lent, Day by Day." Alice speaks with Producer John Feister in the first of a two-part interview about Lent.
 
 
Franciscan Radio
Link to audio features Saint of the Day, Sunday Soundbites, and American Catholic Radio.
American Catholic Radio
A weekly half-hour catechetical program, in the popular style of the Franciscans.
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