April 30, 2008
Upcoming Programs
The Faith of Mothers
Mother’s Day will soon be upon us. The Church’s Book of Blessings provides a prayer that asks God, in part, to let our mothers’ “example of…faith and love shine forth” and reminds us that we should “honor them always with a spirit of profound respect.” As one who cares for an 88-year-old mother living in a Catholic nursing home, I often reflect on how the tables have turned in my life! I now am giving to my mother a small share of the care she lavished on me and my brothers for many devoted years. We’ll help your listeners connect to the spirituality of Mother’s Day in an interview with St. Anthony Messenger Press’s faith-formation expert, Jeanne Hunt.
I am taking a break from the American Catholic Radio (ACR) microphone for a few weeks to travel to the Middle East! I am helping produce an upcoming documentary for public television, which explores ways Christians and Muslims can enter into dialogue. My Franciscan Radio colleague, Judy Zarick, will host ACR during my absence.
Father Greg Friedman, O.F.M.
American Catholic Radio: Upcoming Episodes (#08-19, #08-20)
Use the links below to preview the shows or download them in MP3 format for broadcast.
Highlights from this episode include:
Saint of the Day
John Henry Newman’s cause for canonization is still in process, but he has earned a place in our series of those who came to faith later in life. In fact, his conversion was big news at the time it occurred.  
Living Faith
Mary Peterson is one of the co-founders of Maggie’s Place in Phoenix, Arizona, an intentional community of volunteers that serves expectant women in need of a loving atmosphere during their pregnancy and up to nine months after giving birth.
Ask a Franciscan
Franciscan scripture scholar Father Hilarion Kistner responds to e-mailed questions: Why did God wait so many centuries to send Jesus to us? Why didn’t God allow Moses to enter the Promised Land? Why did Jesus send demons into a herd of swine? In Jesus’ time were months and years counted the same way as they are now? Does the Bible oblige us to obey all civil authority?
Bible Break
At the Easter Vigil, we hear the familiar story of creation proclaimed in the Liturgy of the Word. Using the pattern of seven days, the scriptures show God working carefully to create an orderly array of the heavens and the earth, and the creatures of the earth—including man and woman. Then, Genesis tells us, God rested. From this simple description comes the Jewish concept of the Sabbath, something we Catholics have kept in our tradition as well—a day of rest and worship. Author Kimberly Hahn explores the meaning behind the Sabbath.
Exploring Our Faith
Jeanne Hunt is a veteran religious educator on the parish and diocesan level. She also has preached parish missions with Isaiah Ministries throughout the world, eventually serving as its executive director. Jeanne currently serves as catechetical consultant for us here at St. Anthony Messenger Press, and her part-time work as a parish director of religious education keeps her in close touch with what real-life Catholics are thinking. She joins producer John Feister to talk about Mother’s Day and how it relates to our faith.
Highlights from this episode include:
Saint of the Day
Bishop John Francis Noll is highlighted in the pages of the United States Catholic Catechism for Adults. Readers of the national Catholic newspaper, Our Sunday Visitor, benefit from the legacy of this prominent figure in 20th-century American Catholicism. He was the bishop who founded that newspaper and did much more to teach and defend our faith.
Living Faith
This week we celebrate Pentecost. Cross International President and co-founder Jim Cavnar began his journey in the Catholic Church in a charismatic renewal group. He continues his ministry with Cross International, the 82nd largest charity in the United States.
Ask a Franciscan
ACR host Father Greg Friedman answers e-mailed questions: What are the vows taken by a bishop? Why isn’t Moses considered a saint? Are the sins that I accidentally forgot to mention in confession forgiven?
Bible Break
For many Catholics, the biblical phenomenon known as “praying in tongues” remains a mystery. On today’s “Bible Break,” Father Ronald Witherup, S.S., explains what the New Testament says —St. Paul in particular—about this spiritual gift.
Exploring Our Faith
Franciscan theologian Father Kenan Osborne joins John Feister to help fit the feast of Pentecost into its history as part of the Church’s liturgy, as well as understand its meaning for our faith. Father Osborne is professor emeritus of systematic theology at the Franciscan School of Theology, part of the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California, and the author of 13 books.
 
 
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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