Aug. 18, 2010
Upcoming Programs
Mother Teresa--My Personal Take

I’ve shared previously with our American Catholic Radio audience my own experience of seeing Mother Teresa of Calcutta in person. She visited my hometown, Cincinnati, on June 7, 1981, to help our Franciscan family celebrate the 800th anniversary of the birth of St. Francis of Assisi. I didn’t get to meet her personally, but helped provide music for the Mass she attended. I felt blessed just to be contributing to her visit and her prayer with us.

That day remains a powerful memory for those of us who were there. Little did we know that this saintly woman had, for many years, walked a path of inner darkness.

Several years ago, Father Brian Kolodiejchuk, promoting her cause for sainthood, edited a book called Mother Teresa: Come Be My Light. He recalls the years she endured a “dark nights of the soul,” despite her great love for God and certain that God had called her to special work with the poor.

Father Kolodiejchuk says that “the paradoxical and totally unsuspected cost of her mission was that she herself would live in ‘terrible darkness.’” She wrote her spiritual director in 1961, of “this terrible sense of loss—this untold darkness—this loneliness—this continual longing for God—which gives me that pain deep down in my heart….The place of God in my soul is blank.”

Mother Teresa’s appeal to me today—beyond all of the good work she did—was the fact that she never gave up her longing, her search for God, even in the “terrible darkness.” It’s not perfection in what we do that makes us saints, but allowing God to work with who and what we are.

Father Greg Friedman, O.F.M.
American Catholic Radio: Upcoming Episodes (#10-35 , #10-36)
Use the links below to preview the shows or download them in MP3 format for broadcast.
Highlights from this episode include:

Living Faith
Producer Judy Zarick's guest is Karen Bussey, Founder and Director of the Mother Teresa House in Lansing, Michigan. Mother Teresa House provides a home and care for people with terminal illness, and serves as a living witness to the community of the dignity of each human person, especially the most vulnerable.

Ask a Franciscan
Franciscan Father Hilarion Kistner, O.F.M., answers questions: Are we saved by grace or by faith with works? Is it wrong to call God 'Mother'? What did John the Baptist mean by a baptism with the Holy Spirit and fire? How can the Church teach about Purgatory when it's not mentioned in the Bible? Did Jesus have siblings?

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. American Catholic Radio's contribution is our weekly “Marriage Moment,” featuring Commentator Susan Hines-Brigger, Assistant Managing Editor of St. Anthony Messenger. Susan has a BA in Communication Arts from the College of Mount St. Joseph in Cincinnati, Ohio, and writes the “Faith-Filled Family” column for the magazine. She and her husband, Mark, have been married 15 years, and have four children. Susan’s topic is "Establishing a Support System."

Exploring Our Faith
John Feister's guest is theologian Phyllis Zagano. Dr. Zagano is Senior Research Associate-in-Residence at Hofstra University. She’s taught at Yale Divinity School, as well as Fordham and Boston Universities. She is author or editor of many books and hundreds of articles. She is editor of the series, "Spirituality in History" from The Liturgical Press, which collects writings in the Benedictine, Carmelite, Dominican, Franciscan and Ignatian Traditions. Her current works-in-progress include a comparative study of monastic rules, a book on women in the Church today, and an article for St. Anthony Messenger Press about Mother Teresa’s “dark night of the soul.” She speaks about Mother Teresa’s legacy today, as we observe the centenary of her birth.
Highlights from this episode include:

Living Faith
Producer Judy Zarick's guest is Mark Friedman, who is highly regarded throughout the United States as a religious educator, author, composer and speaker. He works currently in pastoral ministry at two parishes in Cincinnati, Ohio. He reflects on how the new English translation of the Roman Missal changes will affect the music we sing at Mass.

Ask a Franciscan
Franciscan Father Greg Friedman, O.F.M., answers questions: How can a person married outside the Church and now divorced return to the practice of Catholicism? Is the Holy Spirit or the Magisterium the authoritative teacher of the Church?

Marriage Moment
Susan Hines-Brigger's topic is "Trip Down Memory Lane."

Exploring Our Faith
Producer John Feister's guest is Monsignor Anthony F. Sherman, Executive Director of the U.S. Bishops’ “Secretariat for Divine Worship.” Located in Washington, D.C., the Secretariat carries out the work of the bishops’ Committee on Divine Worship, and oversees publication of liturgical books and texts, provides leadership in liturgical training and sacramental instruction, and serves as a resource on the liturgy for bishops and others in Church leadership. Monsignor Sherman has a doctorate in sacred theology from the University of Innsbruck, Austria, and has written on the subjects of death and dying, and Baptism preparation. He is currently involved in leading workshops around the United States to prepare for priests and other liturgical leaders to implement the Third Edition of the Roman Missal, containing the official prayers for Mass, which have been newly translated.
 
 
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