Oct. 27, 2010
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Veteran's Day: A Time for Remembrance and Prayer

In celebration of Veteran’s Day, American Catholic Radio shares with our listeners the memories of Archbishop Philip Hannan, who served in World War II. The book by Peter Finney, Jr., and Nancy Collins, The Archbishop Wore Combat Boots, is fascinating reading. As a student of history, I enjoy reading about the war and talking to veterans—now few and far between.

In my family, I have a cousin who was a Marine at Guadalcanal; and I have the memories of my Dad, now deceased, who also served in the Pacific. A wartime portrait, now sitting on my desk, shows him somewhere in South Pacific, smiling for the camera, with a pipe clenched between his teeth.

I remember, though, from his stories, that his experience wasn’t always pleasant. He told me about jungle rot, which affected boots and clothing and tents, and something called “dengue fever,” which sounded pretty awful.

Dad’s stories, and the recollections of other veterans that I have heard, keep me from simply treating the history of any war as nostalgia. From my reading, too, I know that the reality of war was terrible indeed. While my Dad reminisced for us, I know that many veterans prefer to leave their personal stories in the past, which is their right. For them, it was real life, something they wanted to come home from as soon as they could.

I suspect we can say the same for our young men and women—some of whom I’ve met in my parish lately. We are thankful for the sacrifices of our veterans and those serving today. Let us make this Veteran’s Day a day of prayer for them, and time to pray for an end to war.

Father Greg Friedman, O.F.M.
American Catholic Radio: Upcoming Episodes (#10-45 , #10-46)
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 Jane Knuth, author of Thrift Store Saints: Meeting Jesus 25 Cents at a Time. While working as a volunteer at a St. Vincent de Paul thrift store Jane tells how the shop's customers and volunteers changed her life.

Ask a Franciscan
Franciscan Fr. Dan Kroger, O.F.M., answers questions: What are the corporal and spiritual works of mercy? Why did we formerly strike our breasts at certain times during Mass?

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. American Catholic Radio offers a 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 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 “Bumps in the Road.”

Exploring Our Faith
John Feister's guest is author, teacher and international presenter Kathy Coffey. She calls herself a wisdom figure for the Church. Ms. Coffey has won 13 writing awards from the Catholic Press Association. She is an editor for Living the Good News, and author of numerous articles for our sister publications, Catholic Update and Every Day Catholic. In the November issue of St. Anthony Messenger, she wrote about the holy people we all know, who might never make the Church’s official list of saints. She and John talk about these “Glorious Nobodies.”
Highlights from this episode include:

Living Faith
Producer Judy Zarick interviews Catholic radio host Cheri Lomonte about the MP3 players she is sending to soldiers. The players provide Catholic inspirational messages to servicemen and women around the world.

Ask a Franciscan
Franciscan Fr. Don Miller, O.F.M., answers questions: May a wife pray for a miraculous cure for her 70-year-old husband? How can we eliminate sins that seem to occur year after year?

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. American Catholic Radio offers a 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 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 "Pornography."

Exploring Our Faith
John Feister's guest is Peter Finney, Jr. A former award-winning sportswriter for the New York Post and the New York Daily News, Mr. Finney has served as Executive Editor and General Manager of the Clarion Herald, the official newspaper of the Archdiocese of New Orleans, since 1993. In 2001 and 2009, he was named by the Catholic Press Association of the United States and Canada as the national winner of the Individual Excellence Award for an Editor/Writer. With Nancy Collins, he is co-author of a recently published memoir, The Archbishop Wore Combat Boots. Available from published by Our Sunday Visitor, the book is an account of the extraordinary life of retired New Orleans Archbishop Philip Hannan. Producer John Feister invited Peter Finney to ACR to talk about the book and—in keeping with our observance of Veteran’s Day—to recall some of Archbishop Hannan’s experiences as a military chaplain.
 
 
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