Jul. 21, 2010
Upcoming Programs
"Who Do You Say That I Am?"

Many years ago I was working with a team of Franciscan evangelizers at spring break in Daytona Beach, Florida. One evening on the street, we struck up a conversation with a pair of fundamentalist Christian students. Wanting to “speak their language,” I offered my own witness, saying that in the seminary I “accepted the Lord as my personal savior.”

The students immediately came back with: “The Lord who?”

“The Lord Jesus,” I replied, a bit puzzled at their question.

That little encounter has stayed with me. I was initially puzzled as to why those students were insistent on my confessing Jesus by name. I had thought it obvious! But over time, I’ve taken their insistent query as a challenge. Each of us must take seriously Jesus’ question in the Gospels: “Who do you say that I am?”

The longer I live as a Christian, and work in active ministry besides, I am convinced that my “fundamental” (if you will) choice—day in and day out, not just once in my life—is to accept Jesus into my life, and to reorder my life in response to his offer of personal conversion and call to discipleship, as found in the Gospels. I can’t simply presume that, as a priest, I have such a commitment locked away. I must renew it constantly. And so must you.

Part of our experience of Jesus comes in personal prayer—the silent times we spend listening for him. Another way we meet our Lord is in the liturgy and the sacraments. There, we meet the living Christ, and become his Body, the Church.

Finally, I hope that in some small way, our ministry at ACR will offer you the knowledge and the inspiration you will need to answer Jesus’ question for yourself: “Who do you say that I am?”

Father Greg Friedman, O.F.M.
American Catholic Radio: Upcoming Episodes (#10-31 , #10-32)
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Highlights from this episode include:

Living Faith
Producer Judy Zarick's guest is Leah Darrow, who appeared on "America's Next Top Model," and had a conversion experience, rediscovering her Catholic faith. Now she is helping young women as a role model in body image. She's a spokesperson for "Pure Fashion," an organization that helps young women with self-esteem and body image.

Ask a Franciscan
Producer Sharon Cross and Franciscan Father Hilarion Kistner, OFM, answers questions: Didn't Jesus care that the crowds couldn't understand his parables? Why was Jesus baptized? What does Jesus mean by saying the Sabbath was made for man? Why would a loving God require blood sacrifices?

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. Commentator Susan Hines-Brigger, Assistant Managing Editor of St. Anthony Messenger, writes the “Faith-Filled Family” column for the magazine. She and her husband Mark have been married almost 15 years, and are the parents of four children. Susan’s topic: "Rekindling the Romance."

Exploring Our Faith
To help listeners understand the theology of the body, Producer John Feister speaks with Marcel LeJeune, assistant director of campus ministry at St. Mary’s Catholic Center at Texas A & M University. He lectures at colleges and conferences around the country, including this week’s national Congress on the Theology of the Body, taking place near Philadelphia. He’s written Set Freed to Love: Lives Changed by the Theology of the Body, a Servant Book, to be published by St. Anthony Messenger Press in September 2010.
Highlights from this episode include:

Living Faith
Producer Judy Zarick talks with Mark Hart, affectionately known as the "Bible Geek." He's Executive Vice President of Life Teen International, and a popular speaker, award-winning author and weekly regular on Catholic radio programs. His Bible study series and weekly podcasts are helping hundreds of thousands of Catholics explore Scripture in a new way.

Ask a Franciscan
Producer Sharon Cross and Franciscan Fr. Greg Friedman, OFM, answer questions: What does the Church say will happen at the end of the world? What is the history of devotion to the Infant of Prague? Does a Sunday evening Mass count for Sunday or Monday?

Marriage Moment
Commentator Susan Hines-Brigger discusses "Celebrating Our Differences."

Exploring Our Faith
John Feister's guest is Father Virgilio Elizondo, Professor of Pastoral and Hispanic Theology and Fellow, Institute for Latino Studies and Kellogg Institute—both at the University of Notre Dame. He is founder of the Mexican American Cultural Center, and is a well-known speaker, a widely published author, and is considered a leading commentator on American-Latino religious experience. Father Elizondo draws on his 2003 book, A God of Incredible Surprises, Jesus of Galilee, to talk about the humanity of Jesus and the healing his life offers to us and our world today.
 
 
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American Catholic Radio
A weekly half-hour catechetical program, in the popular style of the Franciscans.
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