Jan. 4, 2012
Upcoming Programs
Being "Faithful Citizens" in This Election Year

American Catholic Radio is planning to give your listeners the tools in this election year to exercise your responsibility in the serious business of making political choices as people of faith. Our exploration of the dignity of human life begins with today's program, and we'll revisit the topic again later in the year.

There's much to be said in our Church documents about the right to life, but what impresses me in my reading of the U.S. bishops' guide to political responsibility, Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, is the statement: "The right to life implies and is linked to other human rights—to the basic goods that every human person needs to live and thrive. All the life issues are connected, for erosion of respect for the life of any individual or group in society necessarily diminishes respect for all life (no. 25)." With these words, the bishops spell out how this basic human right is the foundation for our faith-filled response to the needs of our fellow human beings.

As Blessed John Paul II stated, "Above all, the common outcry, which is justly made on behalf of human rights—for example, the right to health, to home, to work, to family, to culture—is false and illusory if the right to life, the most basic and fundamental right and the condition for all other personal rights, is not defended with maximum determination." (Christifideles Laici, no. 38).

The Holy Father's words are a good way to start this election year of 2012, and offer us a direction which we here at American Catholic Radio will follow with you in the months ahead.

Father Greg Friedman, O.F.M.
American Catholic Radio: Upcoming Episodes (#12-03 , #12-04)
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 takes a look at the vocation of motherhood with Donna-Marie Cooper O'Boyle. A mother herself, Donna-Marie's new book, Embracing Motherhood, encourages women to understand fully that wonderful vocation.

Ask a Franciscan
Franciscan Father Hilarion Kistner answers these scriptural questions: Do the numbers seven and four have a special significance in the Book of Revelation? Does St. Paul tell us that once we are saved we cannot lose our salvation? What are the limits to Jesus' promise that God would give us whatever we ask in Jesus' name?

On Faith & Media
Direct from Hollywood, ACR presents Sister Rose Pacatte from the Daughters of St. Paul. Her mission is to help people of faith understand what we're seeing and hearing all around us. She's an educator, author, movie reviewer for the Catholic press, and she's won numerous awards for her passion to illuminate what's good in today's popular culture. This week Sr. Rose takes a look at moms in today's media: Are they as good as they used to be?

Exploring Our Faith
John Feister's guest is Franciscan Brother John Barker, who is pursuing a doctorate in biblical studies at Boston College. He wrote the January 2011 Catholic Update, "Matthew's Gospel and the Christian Community." Brother John was an ACR segment producer some years back, responsible for our "Bible Break" feature. He speaks with John Feister about the major themes of Mark's Gospel, which we'll hear at Sunday Mass this year. You can also read his article, "Jesus' Mighty Deeds," in the January issue of St. Anthony Messenger.

Minute Meditations
Barbara Beckwith reads from Your Spiritual Garden: Tending to the Presence of God, written by Pegge Bernecker and published by Franciscan Media.
Highlights from this episode include:

Living Faith
Judy Zarick sits down with contemporary country star Collin Raye. Besides putting out a new CD of hymns, Collin has been asked to be the national spokesperson for the Terry Schiavo Life and Hope Network. It seeks to raise awareness about euthanasia and the care of persons with disabilities.

Ask a Franciscan
Franciscan Father Greg Friedman answers these pastoral questions: Is it necessary to believe in the Marian apparitions? Is it wrong to omit the Fatima prayer after each decade of the rosary?

On Faith & Media
Direct from Hollywood, ACR presents Sister Rose Pacatte from the Daughters of St. Paul. Her mission is to help people of faith understand what we're seeing and hearing all around us. She's an educator, author, movie reviewer for the Catholic press, and she's won numerous awards for her passion to illuminate what's good in today's popular culture. This week Sr. Rose will highlight movies about how much people who are different can impact our lives.

Exploring Our Faith
John Feister's guest is Richard M. Doerflinger, currently the associate director of the USCCB's Secretariat of Pro-life Activities and a leader in the pro-life movement for more than 30 years. At the federal and state levels, Mr. Doerflinger has been involved in every life issue, including embryo research, abortion, physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia. An adjunct fellow in bioethics and public policy at the National Catholic Bioethics Center, he frequently writes and speaks on euthanasia, assisted suicide, embryo experimentation and reproductive technologies. He speaks with John about pro-life issues that Catholics should be aware of in this election year.

Minute Meditations
Jonathan Montaldo reads from Contemplative Prayer, by Thomas Merton, published in audiobook form by Franciscan Media.
 
 
Franciscan Radio
Link to audio features Saint of the Day, Sunday Soundbites, Sharing the Word and American Catholic Radio.
American Catholic Radio
A weekly half-hour catechetical program, in the popular style of the Franciscans.
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