March 18, 2009
Upcoming Programs
Helping Your Listeners 'Keep' Lent
This Lent, American Catholic Radio offers your listeners a way to focus on this holy season by spotlighting the traditional Catholic practices of the corporal and spiritual works of mercy. These are drawn from gospel teachings of Jesus and centuries of Christian living. What makes them appropriate for Lenten reflection is our renewed Catholic understanding of Lent as a time when we bring new members to Christ and renew our baptismal commitment in penitential living. The corporal and spiritual works of mercy can reinvigorate our Christian commitment.  

In each ACR episode, our “Living Faith” interviews cover the corporal works—assisting the needy with things to hold body and soul together; in “Exploring Our Faith,” we probe the spiritual works—teaching, comforting, forgiving.

At the end of Lent, it is the goal of Catholics to have come closer to Christ through God’s grace offered us in and through the liturgies and practices of this season. That’s our ministry as well here at Franciscan Radio: with God’s help, to invite your listeners into a deeper relationship with Jesus.

Father Greg Friedman, O.F.M.

American Catholic Radio: Upcoming Episodes (#09-13, #09-14)
Use the links below to preview the shows or download them in MP3 format for broadcast.

#9-13 (Ideal airdates: March 23-29, 2009)

Highlights from this episode include:

Saint of the Day
Rose Hawthorne Lathrop
To help us focus on the corporal works of mercy, we visit today with a character featured in the United States Catholic Catechism for Adults. She was a 20th-century American foundress of the Servants of Relief for Incurable Cancer. She devoted 33 years of her life to that corporal work of mercy.

Living Faith
Mary Diane Steltenkamp had been working as a nurse for years when she had the chance to bring her faith into her profession. She began serving as a parish nurse and helped to begin a parish nursing program and resource center at Catholic Charities in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Ask a Franciscan
Father Dan Kroger responds to questions: How should I deal with an adult child who is abusive and disrespectful? How do I regain my Catholic status following instructions in, but not conversion to, Judaism?

Portrait of Paul
St. Paul and Sexuality
In observance of the Year of St. Paul, we bring you another “Portrait of Paul” from Father Norman Langenbrunner. What does St. Paul have to say about marriage, sex and celibacy? According to Father Norm, modern scholars have difficulty interpreting what the apostle had in mind. 

Exploring Our Faith
Author Antoinette Bosco writes from the experiences and events that have shaped her life. She is the author of more than 250 magazine articles and nine books. She has also been a syndicated columnist for Catholic News Service since 1974. Two tragedies have marked her life in recent years: the suicide of her son, Peter, and the murder of another son, John, and his wife Nancy.  “These events,” she writes, “have challenged me deeply to confront who I am, what kind of faith in life can I still hold on to, who is my God and can I rise from these ashes and still love life.” She focuses on forgiveness, one of the spiritual works of mercy.

#9-14 (Ideal airdates: March 30 - April 5, 2009)

Highlights from this episode include:

Saint of the Day
St. Joseph Cafasso
This 19th-century Italian saint taught at a seminary in Turin, where one of his students—John Bosco—would also become a saint. There, St. Joseph Cafasso worked to counteract the extreme rigorism of the heretical movement known as Jansenism. He was also a popular preacher and ministered to those in prison, a corporal work of mercy.

Living Faith
Linda Fjeldsjo has served for more than 18 years as coordinator of the prison ministry at Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She and her volunteers have been in every prison in the diocese. They seek to bring light and hope into the hearts of incarcerated people.

Ask a Franciscan
Father Don Miller answers questions: How can I resist gossiping? What birth control methods are accepted by the Church?

Portrait of Paul
Was Paul Married?
In observance of the Year of St. Paul, we bring you another “Portrait of Paul” from Father Norman Langenbrunner. Popular Catholic opinion sometimes gives St. Paul a “bad rap” when it comes to his writing about women. This begs the question: Was Paul married? 

Exploring Our Faith
Jesuit Father James Keenan teaches moral theology and ethics at Boston College and has written many articles and books, among them, The Works of Mercy: The Heart of Catholicism. He discusses one of the spiritual works of mercy: to bear wrongs patiently.
Franciscan Radio
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American Catholic Radio
A weekly half-hour catechetical program, in the popular style of the Franciscans.
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