Feb. 16, 2011
Upcoming Programs
Living Your Faith in Difficult TImes

Have you ever wanted to live in a time other than the present? Some years back, a sci-fi movie called Timeline, based on a novel by Michael Crichton, featured modern-day archeologists traveling back to the Middle Ages. The story ends with one of the heroes choosing to remain there.

I've often imagined such "time leaps," wondering what obstacles I'd have to face, had I lived during the Great Depression, World War II or perhaps in the time of the apostles. None of us can really know what life was like in another era, unless we've lived there. Our older family members and friends can tell us about the world 50 or 75 years ago, but the more ancient past is truly lost to us.

As they study our Bible, Scripture scholars face the difficult task of imagining and re-creating another time and culture. The more we can know about the time of Jesus, for instance, the more the words of the Gospels come alive. Each of the four Gospels speaks from a unique time in the life of the Church. People thought, spoke and wrote differently than we do. But we share one thing with them: We have the same basic faith in Jesus, which helps us to face the obstacles of living in "the now."

In the brief time we have left before Lent, our ACR offerings help us to face obstacles along the path of our Christian spirituality. In this liturgical year as we hear from the Gospel of Matthew at Sunday Mass, we will meet the writings of one Christian pastor and hear his approach to the life of Jesus, based on the obstacles his audience faced near the end of the first Christians century. Our faith-formation guests will address both issues.

Our other "timely" radio resources, such as Sharing the Word and Sunday Soundbites, will help you relate your daily life to other parts of the Lectionary, the rich treasury of Scripture proclaimed at Sunday Mass.

You have a partner in facing life's obstacles, here at Franciscan Media.

Father Greg Friedman, O.F.M.
American Catholic Radio: Upcoming Episodes (#11-09 , #11-10)
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 Fr. Peter Mary Rookey, founder of Compassion International Ministry (ICM). Although Fr. Peter first began his healing ministry in Northern Ireland in 1948, since 1987 he has been doing this ministry from the Basilica of Our Lady of Sorrows in Chicago, IL. The ICM is a ministry of prayer and compassion.

Ask a Franciscan
Father Dan Kroger, O.F.M., answers these pastoral questions: 1) Were months and years counted the same way in Jesus' time as we count them today?; 2) Why are Catholics now permitted to be cremated after death?; and 3) Do Franciscans have Spiritual Exercises such as those used by the Jesuits?

Marriage Moment
Responding to the U.S. bishops' multi-year initiative on marriage, we present Jim and Susan Vogt, who've been doing marriage preparation with couples for over 30 years. They answer the question "How do you nurture marital spirituality?"

Exploring Our Faith
Our guest on “Exploring Our Faith” today is Franciscan Brother John Barker. He is currently pursuing a doctorate in biblical studies at Boston College, and wrote the January 2011 issue of Catholic Update, entitled “Matthew’s Gospel and the Christian Community.” Brother John was a segment for producer here on ACR some years back, responsible for our “Bible Break” feature. He spoke with Producer John Feister about the major themes of Matthew’s Gospel, which we are hearing at Sunday Mass this year.
Highlights from this episode include:

Living Faith
Producer Judy Zarick interviews Louise Pennartz from Phoenix, Arizona. In spite of her battle with multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, the aftereffects of several strokes and a visual impairment that has rendered her legally blind, Louise works tirelessly with Wings of Peace. This ministry feeds the poor with the respect and dignity that they deserve.

Ask a Franciscan
Father Don Miller, O.F.M., answers the following ethical questions: 1) How can someone control his or her anger?; and 2) Do suffering and death come from God?

Marriage Moment
Responding to the U.S. bishops' multi-year initiative on marriage, we present Greg and Jennifer Willits, hosts of the talk radio show The Catholics Next Door. Their topic is, "How can couples negotiate conflicts in marriage?"

Exploring Our Faith
John Feister's guest today is Chris Benguhe. He’s a writer, editor, speaker and columnist for The Catholic Sun, the diocesan newspaper of Phoenix, Arizona. As a journalist, Mr. Benughe wrote about entertainment and lifestyle for People magazine and as a reporter for The National Enquirer. Following the Columbine, Colorado, tragedy of 1999, his career took a different course. Two students there took the lives of 12 classmates and one teacher, injuring 21 others before they committed suicide. This event convinced Mr. Benughe to make a difference with his words, and he began writing stories of faith and spirituality. His most recent book is Overcoming Life’s 7 Common Tragedies: Opportunities for Discovering God, published by Paulist Press. He spoke with John about overcoming life’s obstacles.
 
 
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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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