April 1, 2009
Upcoming Programs
Finding time for reflection during Holy Week’s busyness
The conclusion of Lent and the celebration of Holy Week/Easter bring my life into high gear. Because I am also a pastor—in addition to hosting a weekly radio program—I am busy during this time: arranging liturgies, preparing many homilies and, in general, immersing myself in the mystery of Christ’s dying and rising in a way unique to priests.

Finding time for prayer and reflection, bringing my own Lenten observances to an end—well, that’s often difficult! I try to relate that pastoral experience as a backdrop to my radio scripts. I am hopeful that our listeners hear the voice of a pastor, someone wrestling with the issues of life and death, pain and suffering, the hope of new life—as they are. Whether preparing my contributions for American Catholic Radio or my homilies for church communities, both activities flow from the same spiritual longing for God’s presence in my own life so that I may be more helpful to those whose pastoral care has been entrusted to me. That “flock” includes your radio audience and mine, as well as my parishioners. 

May we all find in this year’s Holy Week, Triduum and Easter season an abundance of grace that touches our lives in ways we most need!

Father Greg Friedman, O.F.M.

American Catholic Radio: Upcoming Episodes (#09-15, #09-16)
Use the links below to preview the shows or download them in MP3 format for broadcast.

#9-15 (Ideal airdates: April 06-12, 2009)

Highlights from this episode include:

Saint of the Day
Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus
In keeping with our “works of mercy" theme, as well as the celebrations of Holy Week, we welcome two characters who appear in the Good Friday story of the burial of Jesus.

Living Faith
Patrick Dean is the director of Grief Education Services for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee Catholic Cemeteries and the founder and director of the Wisconsin Grief Education Center. He has assisted countless individuals and families in their grief journeys.

Ask a Franciscan
Father Hilarion Kistner responds to questions: Were Jewish men required to keep their heads covered? Does the Bible mention Veronica, who wiped Jesus' face? What is the meaning of Matthew 11:17? Why did God call Ezekiel "son of man"?

Portrait of Paul
The Significance of Paul in History
In observance of the Year of St. Paul, Father Norm Langenbrunner looks at how history views the saint. We know his place in the scriptures, but Father Norm gives us a brief look at how St. Paul is viewed by various commentators through the ages.

Exploring Our Faith
Our guest on “Exploring Our Faith” today is Franciscan Father Tom Richstatter, professor of liturgy at St. Meinrad Seminary in St. Meinrad, Indiana. He talks about the prayer of Holy Week and the Triduum, and about "praying for the living and the dead."

#9-16 (Ideal airdates: April 13 - 19, 2009)

Highlights from this episode include:

Saint of the Day
Faustina Kowalska
This 20th-century woman religious led a quiet, hidden life and was blessed with special revelations from God, which, in turn, led her to become the first Polish woman canonized a saint.

Living Faith
Morgan Atkinson, documentary filmmaker, has worked as a communications professional since 1975. His latest documentary is on the life of Thomas Merton, who was instrumental in Morgan's conversion to the Catholic Church.

Ask a Franciscan
Father Greg Friedman answers a question about how often we should receive the sacrament of reconciliation.  

Portrait of Paul
The Acts of Paul, Part I
In observance of the Year of St. Paul, Father Norm Langenbrunner focuses on the “Acts of Paul,” one of the books that did not make the official list of inspired New Testament writings. Father Norm offers us some details of Paul’s life contained in this interesting book, dating a century after Paul lived.

Exploring Our Faith
Our guest on "Exploring Our Faith" today is Father Kazimier Chwalek. He is a member of the Marians of the Immaculate Conception in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, where he serves as director of development. Father Kaz speaks with producer John Feister about the observance of Divine Mercy Sunday.
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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