May 13, 2009
Upcoming Programs

Evangelizing ‘to All the Nations’

In the seminary we used to have a way of referring to lectures or coursework that touched on material that wasn’t all that challenging or that we—in our young ignorance—thought was so obvious. We’d describe the course or the talk as “everything you knew.” Evangelization in the Church sometimes strikes me that way. I’ve been in too many meetings around our publishing house in which almost everything we do gets described as “evangelization.” That makes me a little uncomfortable, because I know the really “heavy lifting” kind of evangelizing gets done by those annoying white-shirt-sleeved guys down on the public square who have a Bible in one hand and preach to lunch-hour crowds. Next to them, here at my computer, in the radio studio or even from the pulpit, I’m a very cautious evangelizer!

My sense of what Jesus asked of his disciples at the Resurrection and Ascension, and what the Holy Spirit empowered the Church to do at Pentecost, was to roll up the sleeves and get into the public square. I get a little sense of that when I walk around my inner-city neighborhood in my Franciscan habit. It’s a silent kind of evangelization. Sometimes it turns into a verbal exchange of witness. And sometimes, I’m the one being evangelized! Amazing!

On these episodes of ACR, you’ll hear from missionaries, activists, theologians and our own staff wrestling with the questions of what evangelization is and how the spirit can move us closer to a faithful response to Jesus’ command to “preach to all the nations.”

Father Greg Friedman, O.F.M.

American Catholic Radio: Upcoming Episodes (#09-21, #09-22)
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
St. Philip Neri, a 16th-century priest, is known for his gift to make people laugh—no joke! He understood that evangelizing isnít all serious business, that humor can win souls for Christ.

Living Faith
Teddy Ariniello works as a missionary for FOCUS (Fellowship of Catholic University Students) at the University of Maryland. Teddy made an initial two-year commitment starting with summer training to work for FOCUS. Its challenge is to bring college students into a life-changing relationship with Jesus Christ.

Ask a Franciscan
Father Dan Kroger responds to questions: How are bishops appointed in the U.S.? What is the history and significance of the Tau cross?

Portrait of Paul
Churches Dedicated to St. Paul
In observance of the Year of St. Paul, Father Norm Langenbrunner tells us today about two great churches named in honor of St. Paulóone in London, England, and the other in Rome.

Exploring Our Faith
C. Vanessa White is assistant professor of spirituality at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, where she also directs the Augustus Tolton Pastoral Ministry Program. Her research has focused on issues of ministry formation, lay spirituality, African American spirituality and ministry, and intercultural dialogue. She discusses the theme of evangelization.

Highlights from this episode include:

Saint of the Day
St. Joan of Arc is acclaimed as patron of France. This 15th-century woman broke with her cultureís expectations and led armies into battle.

Living Faith
Pamela Fischer felt an inspiration from the Holy Spirit to get together a Bible storybook for little children. She is the author of This Bible Talks!: A Child's First 'Press and Play' Bible. Pamela felt strongly that this was something she had to do even though she's never published anything like this before.

Ask a Franciscan
Father Don Miller responds to questions: Is heaven a real place? May a husband obtain a vasectomy to spare his wife from future caesarean deliveries?

Portrait of Paul
St. Paul in the Library of Congress
In observance of the Year of St. Paul, Father Norm Langenbrunner tells about the statue of St. Paul that graces the nationís greatest library in Washington, D.C.

Exploring Our Faith
Rev. George T. Montague, of the Society of Mary, teaches theology at St. Mary's University, San Antonio, Texas. His specialty is the Old and New Testament, and he is the author of 20 books, both scholarly and devotional. Father Montague has served as president of the Catholic Biblical Association of America and has lectured on six continents. He talks about Pentecost with producer John Feister.
 
 
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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