Nov. 24, 2010
Upcoming Programs
In Search of the "Lost Christmas"

The approach of the holiday season usually finds me in search of what I like to call the “lost Christmas,” a fantasy combination of childhood memories. A treasured ornament, a worn, shabby Santa figure, an heirloom nativity scene—all these can evoke powerful recollections of how I remember Christmas as a child, when life was less complicated. It’s probably closer to fantasy than reality, since I can easily “edit out” unpleasant memories.

It’s easy to get caught up in Christmas nostalgia, and forget the central truth of the season: The birth of Jesus Christ means God is breaking into our troubled world. In Advent, the season of preparation,Christians turn to the pages of the Bible, where the sacred texts urge them to wake up to what is happening here and now. This is the hour of salvation. We must be prepared, focused on making our hearts ready to receive God—at every moment of our lives.

Our American Catholic Radio programs in this season will focus on Mary, the prophet Isaiah, and a series of reflections which I'll be doing on the Sunday readings each week. These and other offerings on ACR, are designed to bring you closer to the mystery of Jesus' birth.

Without letting go of fond memories, it’s my hope this year to focus more on the good news, which the season celebrates, the birth of hope into our midst. It might make a difference in how I relate to all the frantic preparations for the externals of Christmas; a true change of heart might open me to the peace promised by Isaiah the prophet whose words echo through this season. That would make for some new memories of this season, to carry into the future.

Father Greg Friedman, O.F.M.
American Catholic Radio: Upcoming Episodes (#10-49 , #10-50)
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 Karen Edmisten, author of Through the Year With Mary: 365 Reflections, a Servant book, published by St. Anthony Messenger Press. Karen is a convert to Catholicism who is excited to share her love for Mary and her faith through her new book as well as her very active blog on the Web.

Ask a Franciscan
Franciscan Father Dan Kroger, O.F.M., answers questions: When traveling in another country should we observe a Holy Day of Obligation not celebrated in our homeland? What is exposition of the Blessed Sacrament?

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. Commentator Roy Petitfils 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: "Miscarriage and Infertility."

Exploring Our Faith
John Feister interviews Father Timothy Schehr, Professor of Biblical Studies at the Athenaeum of Ohio since 1978. Father Schehr was ordained for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati in 1973 followed by graduate studies at the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome. He holds a Ph.D. from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, in Cincinnati, Ohio. He’s the author of The Bible Made Easy: A Book-by-Book Introduction and Finding Your Bible: A Catholic’s Guide (2005) both published by St. Anthony Messenger Press, and has written Old Testament background for our sermon preparation service, Homily Helps, for many years. Father Schehr spoke with John about the Advent readings from the Book of Isaiah.
Highlights from this episode include:

Living Faith
Producer Judy Zarick interviews Jill Rauh, Issue Outreach Coordinator at the Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development for the United States bishops. She talks about the new Web site for campus ministers and students that promotes Catholic social teaching in a fun, engaging manner.

Ask a Franciscan
Franciscan Father Don Miller, O.F.M., answers questions: How can a non-practicing Catholic make amends to her family for receiving the Eucharist at a family funeral Mass? How can parents warn their teenage son against forming relationships online?

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. Commentator Roy Petitfils 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: "Merging Your Spirituality with Your Spouse."

Exploring Our Faith
John Feister interviews Robert J. McCarty, Executive Director of the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry. Since accepting the post in 1997, he has worked on behalf of a comprehensive youth ministry to the broader Church and society. Mr. McCarty previously worked in youth ministry in the Archdioceses of Philadelphia and Baltimore. His recent books for Saint Mary's Press are Thriving in Youth Ministry,The Vision of Catholic Youth Ministry: Fundamentals, Theory and Practice and Be A Champion for Youth: Standing With, By and For Young People, co-authored with his wife, Maggie. Mr. McCarty talks about the work of the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry and some of the anticipated highlights of its annual Conference taking place in New Orleans next week.
 
 
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American Catholic Radio
A weekly half-hour catechetical program, in the popular style of the Franciscans.
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