April 15, 2009
Upcoming Programs
Are You Ready for Resurrection?
How was your Lent? Are you ready for resurrection? My Lenten journey took some unexpected turns. I discovered that, besides the fasting I had decided upon, daily life presented me with some "giving up" I hadn’t anticipated. I found myself confronting some personal attitudes that needed changing. Unable to root them out—or even wanting to do so!—I found myself redefining what "the mystery of the cross" was all about in my life. Something within me had to die—and joining my cross to that of Jesus was the Lenten challenge I did not expect. As we enter the Easter season, I am still "a work in progress." I seem to have a further journey to make with Jesus.

At the end of Mark’s Gospel (from which we’re reading in this liturgical year), the women at the tomb are told to bring Jesus’ disciples the message that he has gone before them into Galilee. For me, "Galilee" is the studio where I record our weekly ACR programs, the inner-city parish where I minister and my Franciscan community of brothers. In these and other places, I look forward to meeting the risen Lord. My hope in this Easter season is a renewed sense of mission.

Our "Saint of the Day" feature brings us Mary Magdalene. In the garden, she met the risen Jesus and received the commission to proclaim that "good news" to the other disciples. She had a mission! We’ll meet a host of other characters on these programs who’ll help us understand the Church’s mission in today’s world.

Here at Franciscan Radio, our mission, like yours, is to spread the word that is Jesus Christ. May you be renewed bythe Easter celebrations in your "commission" to tell the world that he is risen!

Father Greg Friedman, O.F.M.

American Catholic Radio: Upcoming Episodes (#09-17, #09-18)
Use the links below to preview the shows or download them in MP3 format for broadcast.

#9-17 (Ideal airdates: April 20-26, 2009)

Highlights from this episode include:

Saint of the Day
Mary Magdalene was among the first to meet the risen Christ and became a witness of his resurrection to the other disciples.

Living Faith
We will meet Justin Fatica, co-founder of "Hard as Nails" Ministry. The subject of an HBO documentary, Justin mixes an emotional style reminiscent of old-school preachers with a 21st-century flair for drama that has proved remarkably successful in inspiring young Catholics and other Christians.

Ask a Franciscan
Father Dan Kroger answers questions: Is self-flagellation considered a good penance? Why is Mary called Our Lady of Mount Carmel? What is a High Mass?

Portrait of Paul
The Acts of Paul, Part II
In observance of the Year of St. Paul, Father Norm Langenbrunner explores Church writings that did not make the official list of inspired New Testament Scriptures. Drawing from “The Acts of Paul,” Father Norm tells us the story of Thecla, a woman influenced by Paul’s teachings, who risked death for her beliefs.

Exploring Our Faith
We hear from Jesuit Father James Keenan, who teaches moral theology and ethics at Boston College, and has written many books and articles, among them, The Works of Mercy: The Heart of Catholicism. Following up on our Lenten series on the works of mercy, Father Keenan shares insights from his book.

#9-18 (Ideal airdates: April 27 - May 3, 2009)

Highlights from this episode include:

Saint of the Day
Blessed Junipero Serra came from Spain to North America to help establish the Church in Mexico and in the territories that would later become California. He is best known for establishing the chain of Franciscan missions, which pilgrims still visit to this day.

Living Faith
We will meet Adriana Trigiani, a best-selling author and product of a Glenmary Missionary Appalachian parish in southwest Virginia. She grew up as a minority in a small Appalachian town. Her experience with Glenmary helped to shape who she is today.

Ask a Franciscan
Father Don Miller answers questions: Is cohabitation before marriage a mortal sin? Can I be refused a Church wedding because of cohabitation?

Portrait of Paul
The Acts of Paul, Part III
In observance of the Year of St. Paul, Father Norm Langenbrunner continues to explore "The Acts of Paul," an early Church writing that did not make the official list of inspired New Testament Scriptures. Father Norm tells us the strange story of an encounter between St. Paul and a talking lion!

Exploring Our Faith
We visit with Msgr. William H. Shannon, professor emeritus in the religious studies department at Nazareth College. He’s a priest of the Diocese of Rochester, New York, the founding president of the International Thomas Merton Society and a prolific author. On today’s program, he discusses the Resurrection of Jesus.
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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