Jun. 23, 2010
Upcoming Programs
Celebrating the Saints

In our Catholic Liturgy of the Eucharist, on saints' feast days, the priest can introduce the Eucharistic Prayer—the central prayer of the Mass—with these words: "You renew the Church in every age by raising up men and women outstanding in holiness, living witnesses of Your unchanging love. They inspire us by their heroic lives, and help us by their constant prayers to be the living sign of Your saving power.

I love to pray those words, because they sum up our Catholic attraction to the saints. As the prayer says, there have been holy men and women "in every age." Their lives inspire us, but more, their union with us in the "communion of saints" is a source of help. That Catholic teaching is recalled each Sunday in our Creed. We believe that because we're part of a "communion" of holy men and women, we can count on the saints for intercession. At my inner-city grade school, I celebrate a prayer service each Friday morning during the school year. Because the majority of our students are not Catholic, we try to craft a service which will combine elements of our Catholic tradition, with values which will guide these young people, many of whom struggle with the difficulties of growing up in a culture of poverty and with special needs.

Some years ago, the faculty and I designed a year-long series of services which we called "Heroes of Faith." Our goal was to inspire the students to research and proclaim the stories of traditional saints, biblical figures, as well as recent figures from African-American history. I enjoyed seeing our students act out the lives of the saints and learn about these holy men and women.

Our "Heroes" series recalled my own love, growing up, for the lives of the saints. As a grade-school student in my parish church 50 years ago, I used to look up and marvel at the paintings of the saints which adorned the walls of the church. Each was unique, each represented a story which I read in my treasured "Lives of the Saints" compilation, or in books from the school library.

On American Catholic Radio, we constantly refer to the witness and inspiration of the saints. Let us celebrate them in our prayer, and share their stories with the next generation!

Father Greg Friedman, O.F.M.
American Catholic Radio: Upcoming Episodes (#10-27 , #10-28)
Use the links below to preview the shows or download them in MP3 format for broadcast.
Highlights from this episode include:

Living Faith
Judy Zarick interviews Fr. Mark Ivony, a young parish priest who is preparing to become a military chaplain. He comes from a military family and wanted to continue the tradition by serving those men and women who put their lives on the line for their country.

Ask a Franciscan
Franciscan Fr. Hilarion Kistner, OFM, answers questions: Why does God call Ezechiel "Son of Man"? What is the meaning of John 12:25? Is John the Evangelist also the "Beloved Disciple"? What does Israel mean in the Old Testament? Why is God sometimes called Yahweh or Jehovah?

Marriage Moment
The Catholic Church in the United States is making marriage a priority, with a multi-year Pastoral Initiative to explore what sacramental married life means for the Church and for society. We here at American Catholic Radio are doing our part. Commentator Susan Hines-Brigger is Assistant Managing Editor of St. Anthony Messenger magazine, where she writes the "Faith-Filled Family" column. She and her husband, Mark, have been married almost 15 years. They have three children and are expecting their fourth in August. Susan's topic: "Show Them the Love"

Exploring Our Faith
John Feister interviews Dr. Jay Dolan, who served on the faculty at the University of Notre Dame for 33 years, where his field of specialty was American Catholic history. While at Notre Dame Dr. Dolan founded the Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism in 1975 and was the director of the Center until 1993. He is author of a number of books, most recently, In Search of an American Catholicism: A History of Religion and Culture in Tension, published by Oxford University Press in 2002. He talks with John about the role of Catholics in American history.
Highlights from this episode include:

Living Faith
Judy Zarick visits with Steve and Joni Abdulla, who created "Wee Believers" with a mission to enkindle the fire of faith in families. They offer a range of playful, innovative and high-quality products that are authentically Catholic and which will inspire both child and adult to know, love and serve God. The line includes a plush toy called "My Mass Kit." They have recently released "Sister Mary Clara" and "Fr. Juan Pablo," 13" plush "vocation dolls."

Ask a Franciscan
ACR host, Franciscan Father Greg Friedman, OFM, answers questions: How can we keep the Mysteries in mind as we pray the rosary? What is the meaning of the Sacrament of Confirmation?

Marriage Moment
Commentator Susan Hines-Brigger's topic: "Growing in Love."

Exploring Our Faith
John Feister's guest on "Exploring Our Faith" is Jesuit author Father James Martin, SJ. He's associate editor of the Jesuit-run America magazine and is a frequent commentator on CNN, NPR—and Comedy Central's The Colbert Report. His best-seller, My Life With the Saints, is now out in audiobook form from St. Anthony Messenger Press. John talks with Father Martin about one of his favorite topics—the saints!
 
 
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