Mar. 2, 2011
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What are You Doing for Lent?

March has begun, and by this time of the year, we’re usually well into the Lenten season. But, thanks to a later Easter in 2011, we’re just beginning Lent this coming Wednesday. As always, we have a special Lenten theme on ACR.

Centuries ago, Lent was like a “40-day retreat,” imitating the 40 days that Jesus spent in the desert before his public ministry. Lent was a time of intense preparation for those becoming Christians at Easter. The Second Vatican Council refocused Lent on that ancient purpose: During Lent, we pray and prepare with those to be welcomed into the Church at Easter--either through Baptism or through a reception into full communion with the Catholic Church for those who are already Christian.

But what if you’re already Catholic? Well then, the Lenten season is a time of penance to renew your Baptism. The word conversion neatly sums it all up: converting to Christ through Baptism and renewing that conversion each year at Easter, after our Lenten time of prayer, fasting and almsgiving.

For this year’s Lenten theme, our ACR team is taking its cue from the Holy Father's 2010 Lenten message. Pope Benedict said: “Conversion to Christ, believing in the Gospel, ultimately means this: to exit the illusion of self-sufficiency in order to discover and accept one’s own need – the need of others and God, the need of His forgiveness and His friendship.”

Because we experience God’s love in Jesus, the pope went on to say, “the Christian is moved to contribute to creating just societies, where all receive what is necessary to live according to the dignity proper to the human person and where justice is enlivened by love.”

In Lent 2011, American Catholic Radio will link this season's conversion to how Christians can shape a just world. Stay tuned for great guests and inspiration to help you “know your faith so you can grow in your faith” this Lent.

Father Greg Friedman, O.F.M.
American Catholic Radio: Upcoming Episodes (#11-11 , #11-12)
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 Paul Sofranko. In 2007 he began working on a blog website that focuses on alcoholism and sobriety/recovery from a Catholic perspective. Paul explains how the teachings, devotions, prayers and sacramental life of the Catholic Church can help individuals maintain their sobriety.

Ask a Franciscan
Father Hilarion Kistner, O.F.M., answers two scripturally-based questions: 1) How can we pray without ceasing, as St. Paul directs us to do?, and 2) What is the symbolism of Jonah's being swallowed by a whale? What does this mean for us?

Marriage Moment
Catholic psychotherapist and author Dr. Gregory Popcak and his wife, Lisa Popcak, a professional educator and life coach, focus on the question, "Why does Jesus make permanence in marriage one of his few moral statements in the gospel?"


Exploring Our Faith
John Feister interviews Father Tom Richstatter, O.F.M., professor of liturgy and sacramental theology at Saint Meinrad School of Theology in Indiana. Father Tom has written over 100 books and articles, mostly recently “Simple Facts, Deep Truths: The Liturgical Year,” the December 2010 issue of Catholic Update. He speaks about Ash Wednesday and the beginning of the Lenten season.
Highlights from this episode include:

Living Faith
Judy Zarick speaks with Jon McKamey, a convert to Catholicism. Jon talks about growing up in the Church of Christ and how the Holy Spirit eventually led him to the Catholic Church.

Ask a Franciscan
Father Greg Friedman, O.F.M., assisted by catechist Jeanne Hunt, responds to the pastoral question, "How can parents supplement the lessons that their children receive in CCD classes or in a Catholic school?"

Marriage Moment
Roy Petitfils, a counselor in Broussard, Louisiana, at Pax Renewal Center for Individual, Marriage and Family Therapy, addresses the issue of pornography. He writes an internationally syndicated column, "Our Young Church" and is a sought-after consultant, facilitator and retreat leader. Author of What I Wish Someone Had Told Me About the First Five Years of Marriage, published by St. Anthony Messenger Press, Roy lives with his wife, Mindi, and two sons in Youngsville, Louisiana.

Exploring Our Faith
Tom Price, who has served since 2007 as the senior communications manager for Catholic Relief Services, speaks about Lenten practices. Prior to joining CRS, Tom was a freelance journalist specializing in international news. Last fall he wrote an article, “The Other Haiti,” for the Catholic weekly America.
 
 
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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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