Apr. 14, 2010
Upcoming Programs
Walking With You on the Emmaus Road

The Easter story of the two disciples on the road to Emmaus is among my favorite Gospel stories. I think we can all identify with these followers of Jesus, devastated by his crucifixion, still unable to accept the challenge to believe the story told by the women at the tomb that he has been raised.

The great spiritual writer Frederick Buechner writes, "Emmaus is whatever we do or wherever we go to make ourselves forget...that even the wisest and bravest, and loveliest decay and die; that even the noblest ideas—ideas about love and freedom and justice—have always in time been twisted out of shape by selfish people for selfish ends. Emmaus is where we go, where these two went, to try to forget about Jesus and the great failure of his life."

And yet, Emmaus is also where we find ourselves so often!

Everyday life is touched by death, by the forces of selfishness and evil which assault noble ideas and goals. We may lose sight of the message that he has been raised. We may not always be up to the challenge to believe in the resurrection. And it is there, "on the road," in the midst of life, that Jesus meets us.

The Church's plan for the initiation of adults in faith calls this time of Easter the mystagogia, a time to go deeper into our Christian faith. Where better to do that than in the journey each week from the Sunday Scriptures into daily life, and back again?

Our ACR programs are designed to accompany your time spent on the Emmaus road. We offer the information and inspiration to prepare you to meet Jesus!

Father Greg Friedman, O.F.M.
American Catholic Radio: Upcoming Episodes (#10-17 , #10-18)
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 interviews Jason Jones, founder of the Human Rights Education and Relief Organization, or HERO, a group that's distributed the movie Bella. HERO has recently launched a new Web site for its "I AM Whole-Life Initiative." To be truly whole life is to value the human over the economic and recognize the worth of the entire human life from womb to death.

Ask a Franciscan
Fr. Dan Kroger, OFM, answers questions: Does the Anointing of the Sick forgive sins when it's received right before death? What does the Church teach about Satan? If other Christians can be saved, why should anyone remain Catholic?

Marriage Moment
The bishops of the United States are currently sponsoring a multi-year Pastoral Initiative for Marriage. Last November, they issued a pastoral letter, Marriage: Love and Life in the Divine Plan. They hope 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." Our weekly "Marriage Moment" helps that effort. Jim and Susan Vogt, who have been doing marriage preparation with couples for over 30 years, tackle some "gender questions" in marriage, including, "Whose job is it to clean the bathroom?"

Exploring Our Faith
Producer John Feister interviews Karen Kane, Director of the Worship Office for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati since June of 2003. She has lectured nationally on liturgy and the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. Before coming to Cincinnati, she lived in Albuquerque, New Mexico where she was a parish musician and liturgist, and later served as a Catholic high school teacher, where she taught sacramental theology and directed the choir. Karen talks about how the Easter season is the time for mystagogia, the process of "going deeper" into the mysteries of our faith.
Highlights from this episode include:

Living Faith
Producer Judy Zarick interviews Dan Kidd, President and CEO of Guest House, a rehabilitation facility that treats priests and religious with addictions. He talks about why this program started and how it has been helping people throughout its history.

Ask a Franciscan
Fr. Don Miller, OFM, answers email questions sent to Letters@FranciscanRadio.org.

Marriage Moment
Andrew and Terri Lyke answer the question: Is it important to be in a marriage support group?

Exploring Our Faith
Producer John Feister interviews Norbertine Father Alfred McBride, renowned teacher, speaker and author of many books, including—most recently—A Priest Forever: Nine Signs of Renewal and Hope, published by St. Anthony Messenger Press, in honor of the "Year for Priests."
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