Aug. 31, 2011
Upcoming Programs
The Beatitudes: An Inexhaustible Source of Inspiration

Near the beginning of this year, our ACR team decided to spend the summer with the Beatitudes. Well, actually it was the spring and part of the summer since we script and record parts of these programs well in advance–to help your radio station's programming.

With these two programs, we conclude our series of programs on Jesus' Beatitudes. As we are finishing this long stretch of reflections, I gave some thought to what I have learned over the course of pondering these important texts. I've preached on them many times in my 35 years as a priest, but I'm struck at how new and how challenging they are each time I encounter them. For me, that reality shows the power of the Scriptures and the work of the Holy Spirit in inspiring these Gospel texts.

In the course of preparing these programs, our team found a variety of people who are putting Jesus' words into practice 2,000 years later. Our theological experts and the witnesses in our "Living Faith" segments have discovered ways to live out the Beatitudes in settings that Jesus' first listeners could not have imagined. And that very fact tells me that the Gospel challenge remains as fresh and as great as it was when Jesus first gave it to people.

For now, we'll give the Beatitudes a rest as a radio theme and turn to new topics as we move into the fall. But I suspect we could start all over again, and never exhaust their meaning and their call to encounter the Kingdom of God.

Father Greg Friedman, O.F.M.
American Catholic Radio: Upcoming Episodes (#11-37 , #11-38)
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 interviews Jordan Denari from Indianapolis, Indiana. Jordan, a young college student active in Muslim/Christian dialogue, is working to break down misconceptions and provide new insights into this issue–one relationship at a time.

Ask a Franciscan
Franciscan Father Dan Kroger answers three pastoral questions: 1) Does a nurse working a 12-hour weekend shift sin by missing Sunday Mass?; 2) Why do we honor Mary as Our Lady of Mount Carmel?; 3) Do any of the cardinals represent the Eastern Catholic Churches?

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 TV program Fairly Legal and how to negotiate.

Exploring Our Faith
As a reflection on the Beatitude, "Blessed are the peacemakers," John Feister's guest is Father John Heagle. Since 1985 he has served as licensed psychotherapist and co-director of Therapy and Renewal Associates (TARA), a counseling and consultation resource in the Pacific Northwest. He also teaches courses in the graduate School of Theology and Ministry at Seattle University. A frequent presenter at conferences and retreats, he is also engaged in renewal ministry among clergy, career ministers and other religious groups. He have written seven books on spirituality, ministry and human relationships, most recently, Justice Rising: The Emerging Biblical Vision, published in 2010 by Orbis. He spoke with John about Jesus' challenge to peacemaking.

Minute Meditations
Barbara Beckwith reads from "Longing for Peace," by Pat Fanning. This Catholic Update article was published by St. Anthony Messenger Press.
Highlights from this episode include:

Living Faith
Judy Zarick speaks with Vicki Wells Bedard, who has spent her entire career working for the Church in communications positions. Vicku now suffers from frontotemporal dementia, which hinders her ability to communicate effectively. Throughout all her difficulties, she still finds God's grace and goodness in her life.

Ask a Franciscan
Franciscan Father Donald Miller answers several questions sent 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 Way, a film starring Martin Sheen about a father's pilgrimage from France to Spain.

Exploring Our Faith


John Feister's special guests are actors Martin Sheen and his son Emilio Estevez. In his career of over 40 years, Martin Sheen has played all types of characters from killers to world leaders. He's been nominated for the Tony award, for an Emmy six times and in 2001 received the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor for his work on The West Wing TV series. Sheen has campaigned against nuclear weapons and for workers' rights, as well as many other causes.

An actor, director and writer, Emilio in recent years has spent more time behind the camera, directing for television and film. In 2006 Emilio wrote, directed, and produced the film Bobby, a look at the assassination of Robert Kennedy, in which he and Martin appeared. They met with John Feister in California earlier this summer to talk about Emilio's latest film The Way, in which he again stars with Martin, about a man's experiences as a pilgrim to Santiago de Compostela.


Minute Meditations

Barbara Beckwith reads from Beatitudes: Eight Steps to Happiness, by Capuchin Franciscan Father Raniero Cantalamessa. This Servant Book was published by St. Anthony Messenger Press.
 
 
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