Dec. 23, 2009
Upcoming Programs
Treasuring the Season and its Stories

The days right after Christmas always bring back for me those wonderful childhood memories of unwrapped presents, new toys, and the time off from school to enjoy the gifts. I can especially remember the pleasure of reading the new books which were always a part of my collection of Christmas presents.

While the world moves on from the feasts we've just celebrated—through New Year’s with its parties and bowl games, the Church still lingers in the Christmas season, and tells more of the stories surrounding the birth of Jesus and celebrates the saints associated with this time of year.

In the same spirit, I suggest that you treat these liturgical days of Christmas which remain as a time to savor the stories of Christmas. Perhaps you’ve not had a chance during the rush of the season to sit down with the Scriptures which tell the stories of Jesus' birth and the events which Matthew and Luke describe so poetically. At our Web site, AmericanCatholic.org, we've been offering short video selections which discuss these "infancy narratives." You can still find them daily through January 11th.

American Catholic Radio
also continues a look at the Christmas story through the eyes of St. Francis, with our interview with Franciscan Sister Kathy Warren, in the first program of 2010.

At the conclusion of his stories about Jesus' birth and the events following, Luke tells us that Mary "treasured all these things in her heart." Let's imitate her and use these days after Christmas to do the same.

Father Greg Friedman, O.F.M.
American Catholic Radio: Upcoming Episodes (#10-01 , #10-02)
Use the links below to preview the shows or download them in MP3 format for broadcast.
Highlights from this episode include:

Living Faith
The "Joyful Again!" widowed ministry weekend is a program for men and women of all ages who have lost a spouse through death. Producer Judy Zarick talks with Rose Wilkes about her experience, first as a participant and then as one of the leaders of the program.

Ask a Franciscan
Father Dan Kroger answers questions sent to our "Ask a Franciscan" email feature: Why do some people suffer and others have an easy life? Why isn't God fair? May a sacristan who isn't a Eucharistic Minister clean the Eucharistic vessels after Mass?

Marriage Moment
Last November, the U.S. Bishops approved their pastoral letter, Marriage: Love and Life in the Divine Plan. They hope that their multi-year Pastoral Initiative for Marriage will "communicate from the riches of our Catholic faith the meaning and value of marriage and to offer support and practical assistance for it to flourish both in society and in the Church." In our weekly "Marriage Moment," Jim and Susan Vogt answer the question, How do you blend personalities in a marriage?

Exploring Our Faith
Franciscan Sister Kathy Warren is a specialist in interreligious dialogue, particularly Muslim-Christian dialogue, from a Franciscan perspective. She has also led pilgrimages to the shrines and holy places in Italy connected with St. Francis and St. Clare of Assisi. We offer Part Two of an interview producer John Feister had with Sister Kathy about St. Francis and the custom of the Christmas crib.
Highlights from this episode include:

Living Faith
Patricia Oetting is a nurse from Florida who spends many weeks in Haiti helping a priest friend bury the dead. Families who cannot afford to bury their loved ones send the bodies to the morgue. Producer Judy Zarick tells how Patricia helps give these deceased family members dignity in death

Ask a Franciscan
Father Don Miller answers questions: If God has predestined those who will be saved or damned doesn't that contradict God's loving nature? and What amount is appropriate to contribute to my parish each month?

Marriage Moment
Last November, the U.S. Bishops approved their pastoral letter, Marriage: Love and Life in the Divine Plan. It's their hope that their multi-year Pastoral Initiative for Marriage will "communicate from the riches of our Catholic faith the meaning and value of marriage and to offer support and practical assistance for it to flourish both in society and in the Church." Our weekly "Marriage Moment," presents Andrew and Terri Lyke who answer the question, What does it mean that "marriage is a process"?

Exploring Our Faith
Have you considered a "spiritual makeover" for the new year? Meet author Gina Loehr, who wrote Choosing Beauty: A 30-Day Spiritual Makeover for Women. Gina's book comes out of her experience as a teacher, youth minister, wife and mom—and it's all about letting one's "true beauty" emerge.
 
 
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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