Aug. 17, 2011
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During Easter week of this year, on a rainy morning, I was stepping out of the office at the auto repair place, when I misjudged the step down to the street, twisted to the left, felt a crack, and ended up face down on my hands and knees. From the feel of things, it was serious. A couple of hours later, in the ER, my fears were confirmed: I had a hairline fracture of the bone in my ankle. Next step: a cast from my toes to my knees, for six weeks.

My time on crutches, followed by four weeks or so in a Velcro boot, forced a huge change in my routine. Suddenly, things seemed farther away, obstacles were everywhere, and stuff was always falling someplace I couldn’t reach. I lumbered along, unable to do some of the things which I normally perform with speed. I was dependent on others to a greater degree than usual. I had to ask for help—something I do not like to do!

Many times throughout these past couple of months, I found myself wondering: What would it be like to have a permanent disability? My brief time with cast and crutches, slowed down and burdened, can in no way be compared to those who must face some permanent, major obstacle to movement, speech, hearing or sight. But this period did immediately change my awareness. I began to see handicapped signs, to be frustrated with doors, sidewalks, bathrooms, and other things in the physical environment which can present barriers to those working with a disability.

Our ACR series on the Beatitudes, particularly this month, is intended to raise awareness about those who face various challenges physically, socially, economically, as a way of understanding Jesus’ Beatitudes a little better. My own brief time with a minor physical challenge did that for me. I’d like to hope the learning that came with it will remain. I am inspired by the people we interview on the program--they have plunged into work and ministries which others may avoid. For me, they are models in living the Beatitudes. We're honored to bring you their stories.

Father Greg Friedman, O.F.M.
American Catholic Radio: Upcoming Episodes (#11-35 , #11-36)
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 interviews Ellen Marti who works with The Apostolate to the Handicapped in Monroe, Wisconsin. The apostolate believes we are challenged to minister as Christ ministered: seeing beyond disabilitiy to ability and advocating on behalf of all the disabled so they are allowed full access to all of life in church, country and community

Ask a Franciscan
Franciscan Father Hilarion Kistner responds to these scriptural questions: How could Jesus assure the "good" thief that he would be in Paradise with the Lord on the same day as their crucifixion? Did men live longer during the time of Genesis? Does the Church accept the validity of so-called "Bible codes"?

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. Sr. Rose talks this week about "The Last Mountain" documentary and other films that inform us about the world's needs.

Exploring Our Faith
John Feister's guest is Franciscan Father John Quigley, an artist and human rights advocate. For over 20 years Fr. Quigley was director of the non-governmental organization (NGO) Franciscans International, which promotes the rights of developing nations at the United Nations. They spoke about the Beatitude, "Blessed are they who are persecuted for righteousness' sake," and about who the persecuted are in our world.

Minute Meditations
Barbara Beckwith reads from Real Women, Real Saints: Friends for Your Spiritual Journey, by Gina Loehr; a Servant Book, published by St. Anthony Messenger Press.
Highlights from this episode include:

Living Faith
Producer Judy Zarick talks with Dale Recinella about his amazing journey from his "success" on Wall Street to ministering on death row as a lay chaplain. It's a story of a rich man who gave up everything to follow Christ.

Ask a Franciscan
Franciscan Father Greg Friedman answers pastoral questions emailed 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. Sr. Rose talks this week about the fillm, A Better Life, dealing with the issues of illegal immigration.

Exploring Our Faith
John's guest is Missionary of Charity Father Brian Kolodiejchuk, a long-time associate of the late Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta, and postulator for her sainthood cause. They speak about Mother Teresa's legacy in light of the Beatitude "Blessed are the merciful."

Minute Meditations
Mike Aquilina reads from his audiobook, Angels of God: The Bible, the Church, and the Heavenly Hosts, published by St. Anthony Messenger Press.
 
 
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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