Apr. 11, 2012
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I Believe in One God

Each Sunday, we recite the Creed at Mass. The new English translation, introduced last year, caused many Catholics to take a second look at the Creed, as familiar words were replaced by more complex phrases such as "consubstantial with the Father" and "incarnate by the Holy Spirit."

The words of the Nicene Creed, which express our Catholic faith, come to us from Christians who lived in the distant past. That Creed was born in fierce debates about what we should believe. I like to think of it as a kind of "handshake" across the centuries! The ancient words invite us to say "Amen" to the faith forged by early believers, many of whom gave their lives for these words.Here on ACR during this Easter season, we're taking a closer look at the words of the Creed.

When I pray the words of the Creed at Sunday Mass, I'm comforted to be with others who profess the same faith. I can't say the same when I'm meeting people on the street or at the mall. We live in a secular age. The media bends over backwards not to endorse belief in a power that controls "things visible and invisible."

Catholics offer the world something which is seems to be missing. I say "seems," for there's something curious which happens in our secular world. Have you noticed how often, when a disaster strikes, how people spontaneously ask about God's role in the tragedy? Even when they express doubts about a loving Creator, in the face of an earthquake or tsunami, their words betray a hunger for God.

Ancient peoples, living in a world as puzzling as ours, also were hungry to believe. They, too, tried to make sense of natural disasters, changing seasons, and mysterious diseases that could devastate a whole tribe. Into such a world came the revelation to ancient Israel. Abraham and his nomadic tribe came to know God One, loving, and willing to accompany them on their life-journeys. Theirs was a personal God, a God who invites people into relationship.

Each Sunday our Creed reminds us of those ancient hungers. It also assures us that, like Abraham, we've been invited into a relationship with God. Our God, creator, all-powerful, eternal, is nevertheless personal and loving. We know this, because of what our Creed professes about Jesus Christ, "the Only Begotten Son of God."

Join us all through the Easter Season, as we continue to explore the meaning behind the words of our Profession of Faith at Mass.


Father Greg Friedman, O.F.M.
American Catholic Radio: Upcoming Episodes (#12-17 , #12-18)
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 speaks with Patrick Carolan, Director of FAN, Francsican Action Network and Christy Elliott, Director of Care for Creation. As we celebrate Earth Day this week, Patrick and Christy remind us that all of us are called to care for creation, especially those of us with faith. Through its members, FAN educates and advocates on issues related to justice, peace, and care for creation.

Ask a Franciscan
Franciscan Father Dan Kroger answers two pastoral questions: Does the Church teach that we become the Body and Blood of Christ through reception of the Eucharist? How can a Saturday evening Mass fulfill our Sunday obligation?

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. Sister Rose will talk about the ways of nature and grace in Terrence Malick's Oscar-nominated film The Tree of Life.

Exploring Our Faith
John Feister's guest is Catholic author Mark P. Shea. Mark's one-minute presentations, "Words of Encouragement," on various Catholic faith issues, are heard on Catholic radio stations nationally. Mr. Shea is the author of numerous books on Catholic apologetics, most recently The Work of Mercy: Being the Hands and Heart of Christ, published in 2011 by Franciscan Media. In our Easter series, he will discuss various elements of the Creed.

Minute Meditations
Barbara Beckwith reads from "Ordinary Things, Sacred Meaning," by Jeanne Hunt. A Catholic Update article published by Franciscan Media.
Highlights from this episode include:

Living Faith
The Church in the U.S. is praying for vocations this week. Judy Zarick talks with Father Rich Dyer, who left a successful business career to join the priesthood. His story if full of surprises and miracles.

Ask a Franciscan
Each week, one of the Franciscan Friars answers questions sent by email to Letters@FranciscanMedia.org.

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. Sister Rose asks "A Questions of Habit," as do some documentary filmmakers about stereotyping nuns in popular culture.

Exploring Our Faith
John Feister speaks with Catholic author Mark P. Shea. Mark's one-minute presentations, "Words of Encouragement," on various Catholic faith issues, are heard on Catholic radio stations nationally. Mr. Shea is the author of numerous books on Catholic apologetics, most recently The Work of Mercy: Being the Hands and Heart of Christ, published in 2011 by Franciscan Media. In our Easter series, he will discuss various elements of the Creed.

Minute Meditations
Barbara Beckwith reads from Wake Up to God's Word: Exercises for Spiritual Transformation, written by Mary H. Reaman and published 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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