Oct. 12, 2011
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Praying for Peace in Assisi
With these two epidoes of American Catholic Radio, we conclude our series on the inspiration that Francis of Assisi offers us even today. On October 27, Pope Benedict XVI will share the Franciscan spirit with Christian and Non-Christian religious leaders as they visit Assisi. The purpose of the meeting is to pray and dialogue about peace.

If you have visited Assisi or seen pictures of the town, you might understand how it was built in a society that was far from peaceful. The city is walled, with large gates which could be closed and barred. The houses are stone, stacked one upon another, with the lower floors being easy to fortify, so that the inhabitants could defend themselves from the upper floors if necessary. Over the whole town stands a partially ruined castle, where the city’s last defense might be made if all else failed.

Growing up in that town, Francis dreamedf joining the wars that his city waged against its opponents. Although he hoped to win glory as a knight, God had other plans for Francis. He and his followers—including St. Clare—found themselves leaving the security of their walled, fortified city.

They went to live in the marshy plains below the town, exposed to robbers, unprotected by the defenses of Assisi. There, they met the poor and the outcasts, for example, the lepers who lived cut off from their families in the town.

Such vulnerability taught Francis about Jesus’ own vulnerability as God Incarnate, taking on our humanity and confronting suffering and death, rejected by the world.

It’s hard for 21st-century folks to imagine the world of Francis and its wars. But perhaps it’s not too difficult for us to understand his path to peace—by following Jesus and embracing the cross as he did. May we join our prayers for peace with those of Pope Benedict and the other religious leaders who will gather with him in Assisi!

Father Greg Friedman, O.F.M.
American Catholic Radio: Upcoming Episodes (#11-43 , #11-44)
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 talks with Dr. Lisa-Marie Calderone-Stewart, who is the founder and former director of Tomorrow's Present, a project of The Leadership Center of Cardinal Stritch University. Lisa-Marie was diagnosed with bile-duct and liver cancer in 2009, and given 6 months to live. She's still here today in 2011.

Ask a Franciscan
Franciscan Father Hilarion Kistner answers three scriptural questions: Did the same author write the Gospel of John and the Letters of John? What is a good resource for learning the history of the Bible? Does Genesis 3:15 refer to the Virgin Mary?

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 movie Rio and Catholic social teaching.

Exploring Our Faith
John Feister interviews Most Rev. Charles H. Dufour, Archbishop of Kingston, Jamaica. A native of Jamaica, the archbishop served previously as bishop of Montego Bay, Jamaica. He is founder and patron of the Good Shepherd Foundation, a non-denominational, non-governmental and non-profit charity, which serves the community through clinics, children's homes for the abandoned and mentally challenged, childrein's education assistance, school feeding programs and a Hospice for the dying, especially those afflicted with HIV/AIDS. Archbishop Dufour spoke with John about the Franciscan charisms of simplicity and humility that he has seen displayed in Montego Bay, where the friars "preach the gospel, sometimes using words."

Minute Meditations
Barbara Beckwith reads from Spirituality You Can Live With: Stronger Faith in 30 Days, by Chris Padgett, a Servant Book published by St. Anthony Messenger Press.
Highlights from this episode include:

Living Faith
Judy Zarick interviews Father Robert Hutmacher, O.F.M. , the founder and director of Chiesa Nuova, a Franciscan ministry for the performing arts in Chicago. Franciscan spirituality has always been a part of his musical compositions and performances.

Ask a Franciscan
Franciscan Father Greg Friedman answers two pastoral questions: How is the Sacrament of Marriage received when one of the spouses is not Catholic? May a Catholic marry an unbaptized person in the Church?

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 book The Alligator and the Toothache, which touches on having empathy for others.

Exploring Our Faith
John Feister speaks with George Dardess, a permanent deacon at Blessed Sacrament Parish in Rochester, New York. Besides giving retreats, lectures and courses on Islam throughout the U.S., Deacon Dardess is a member of both the Muslim-Catholic Alliance and the Commission on Muslim-Christian Relations in Rochester. With Marvin Mich, he co-authored In the Spirit of St. Francis and the Sultan: Muslims and Catholics Working Together for the Common Good, (published by Orbis in 2011). For St. Anthony Messenger Press, he has written Do We Worship the Same God? Comparing the Bible and the Qur’an (2006) and has an article in the September 2011 issue of St. Anthony Messenger. He spoke with John about the current prospects for interfaith peace.

Minute Meditations
Jesuit Father James Martin reads from his book My Life With the Saints, published in audiobook form 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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