Sep. 29, 2010
Upcoming Programs
Reflecting on Death with Francis of Assisi

Around the world at this time of year, we Franciscans celebrate the Feast of Saint Francis (October 4). One part of our annual observance is a service on the evening of October 3rd, known as the “Transitus,” or “passing” of St. Francis. It’s a simple time of storytelling and prayers that recall how, at the moment of his death, Francis called out “Welcome, Sister Death!”

The death of St. Francis gives us all a model to follow in reflecting on death—our own, and that of loved ones. This past June 2010, Franciscan scholars gathered for a forum at Denver’s Regis University, on the topic of “Bereavement and Rituals of Mourning.” We’re borrowing from their theme for one of this month's ACR programs to explore how St. Francis of Assisi’s approach to death can help us.

One version of Francis' passing, which we read from frequently at the annual "Transitus," was written by Francis’ first biographer, Thomas of Celano. He tells us that Francis, when he knew he was dying, “exhorted death—terrible and hateful to all—to praise God.”

I’ve always thought that phrase captured eloquently how most of us feel about death: It is “terrible and hateful.” Death ends—in one way at least—our day-to-day relationships. Having lost my mother just a year ago, I’ve experienced this many times in these past months. It’s truly “terrible and hateful” not to be able to visit with my mom, enjoy watching the ballgame on TV with her, sharing a meal, taking her out for a drive to enjoy nature, just talking. I still miss her very much.

But at the same time, with St. Francis, I strive to praise God that my mother’s death was her passage to a new life with God. Her long sufferings are ended, I trust, in the joy of knowing God’s love fully. I have to thank my spiritual father, St. Francis, for the gift of a different way of looking at death—“Sister Death,” he called her—and finding a way to praise God as we welcome her.

Reflection on death is just one part of being a Christian, baptized into Jesus' Resurrection. And, such reflections are also part of our ministry at Franciscan Media. We hope your spiritual journey will find support here as well!

Father Greg Friedman, O.F.M.
American Catholic Radio: Upcoming Episodes (#10-41 , #10-42)
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 Bradley Hahn, from Mesa, Arizona, who is an estate planning attorney and author. He helps his fellow Catholics prepare for end-of-life issues.

Ask a Franciscan
Franciscan Father Dan Kroger, O.F.M., answers questions: Does the Church permit a Catholic to marry an unbaptized person? What's the significance of scapulars and how are they worn? What is the role of a diocesan chancellor or vice chancellor?

Marriage Moment
The Catholic Church in the United States is making marriage a priority, with a multi-year initiative to support sacramental married life in our society. Here at American Catholic Radio we’re contributing to that effort with our weekly “Marriage Moment,” featuring Commentator Roy Petitfils. Roy is a counselor in Broussard, Louisiana, at Pax Renewal Center for Individual, Marriage and Family Therapy. He writes an internationally syndicated column, “Our Young Church” and is a sought-after consultant, facilitator and retreat leader. He’s the 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. His topic today is: "In-Laws: Setting Boundaries and Expectations."

Exploring Our Faith
John Feister's guest is Mr. Thomas Lynch. Since 1974, he has been the funeral director at Lynch and Sons Funeral Home in Milford, Michigan. In his capacity as an award-winning author, Mr. Lynch has read and lectured at universities and literary centers around the world and is a regular presenter to professional conferences of funeral directors, hospice and medical ethics professionals, clergy, educators and business leaders. In June 2010 Mr. Lynch addressed the Ninth Franciscan Forum, held at Denver’s Regis University, on the topic of “Bereavement and Rituals of Mourning.” He shares with ACR how St. Francis of Assisi’s approach to death can help us in the bereavement process.
Highlights from this episode include:

Living Faith
Producer Judy Zarick talks to Greg and Sean Marie Long from Ventura County, California. They turned what would normally be a devastating time in their lives—both lost their jobs while Sean Marie was pregnant—into a ministry that focuses on Faith, Family and Fun. Greg wrote a children's book and together they have formed a ministry called "Laugh-A-Long Books."

Ask a Franciscan
Franciscan Father Don Miller, O.F.M., answers questions: Could a person be denied the Eucharist for believing that the death penalty is appropriate? Must a young person give up an interest in music in order to become a priest or brother?

Marriage Moment
The Catholic Church in the United States is making marriage a priority, with a multi-year initiative to support sacramental married life in our society. Here at American Catholic Radio we’re contributing to that effort with our weekly “Marriage Moment,” featuring Commentator Roy Petitfils. Roy is a counselor in Broussard, Louisiana, at Pax Renewal Center for Individual, Marriage and Family Therapy. He writes an internationally syndicated column, “Our Young Church” and is a sought-after consultant, facilitator and retreat leader. He’s the 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. His topic today is: "In Sickness and in Health."

Exploring Our Faith
John Feister's guest is Joel Schorn, a Chicago-based editor and writer, who currently facilitates online courses for adults for the University of Notre Dame’s Satellite Theological Education Program. He is the author of God’s Doorkeepers: Padre Pio, Solanus Casey, and André Bessette, and Holy Simplicity: The Little Way of Mother Teresa, Dorothy Day and Thérèse of Lisieux. Both are Servant Books published by St. Anthony Messenger Press. He shares what we can learn from the life of Canada’s Brother Andre Bessette, being canonized this month by Pope Benedict.
 
 
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