An Easter “Mystery”

As the Easter season begins to unfold before us, Catholics are challenged by mystagogy. This Greek term, used to describe the 50 days of Easter, means “going deeper into the mystery.” What’s the mystery? It’s not a “Sherlock Holmes” mystery story, with a clever detective trying to figure out a

Judy Zarick

American Catholic Radio

Conversion: Does It Ever End?

I don't know about you, but, to me, Lent seems to be the longest of the Church's liturgical seasons—probably because it's the only one that puts real demands on us. Catholics are working hard during Lent (more about "working Lent" in a moment)! We're helping to "make" new Christians. The

Judy Zarick

American Catholic Radio

In a “Lenten Rut”?

The third and fourth weeks of Lent might find us a bit weary of our Lenten routine. After all, conversion (our ACR theme) is an ongoing process, but changing long-time habits, getting out of our “ruts” can be difficult! In fact, it’s impossible without God. So, be honest:

Judy Zarick

American Catholic Radio

Let Us Walk With You on Your Lenten Journey!

Welcome to Lent! Each week during this season, our ACR shows will center on the theme of “conversion.” We’ve got a great line-up of guests to inspire you in the ongoing faith journey that helps us turn from sin and accept the Good News of Jesus Christ. Throughout Lent, Judy Zarick

Judy Zarick

American Catholic Radio

Getting Ready for Lent

The Lenten season seems to catch us unawares each year! We've just gotten the Christmas decorations packed away, and are taking a breather. Perhaps you're catching up on college basketball or waiting for baseball's spring training. Kids are in school, and there's a routine to life again. That's

Judy Zarick

American Catholic Radio

The Gifts of Women in the Church

Last year, a national exhibit on the work of Catholic women religious opened in my hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio, I was fascinated by the displays and stories about the legacy present in the Church through the gifts of members of women's religious communities. Their unique spirituality as women enriches us all,

Judy Zarick

American Catholic Radio

Praying for Vocations and Promoting the Culture of Life

If you were asked to name the biggest difference in the Catholic Church in the United States between this year, 2010, and a half-century ago, 1960—what would your answer be? Perhaps you’d think of the number of people entering the priesthood and religious life 50 years ago, compared to today.

Judy Zarick

American Catholic Radio

Treasuring the Season and its Stories

The days right after Christmas always bring back for me those wonderful childhood memories of unwrapped presents, new toys, and the time off from school to enjoy the gifts. I can especially remember the pleasure of reading the new books which were always a part of my collection of Christmas presents.

Judy Zarick

American Catholic Radio

Discovering Hope and Joy in Advent

American Catholic Radio is blessed with some great "go-to" people for the variety of topics we treat under the heading of "faith formation." That blessing comes in part through our relationship with the other product lines offered by St. Anthony Messenger Press. This year, the Press continued its popular series

Judy Zarick

American Catholic Radio

Advent Captures our Joyful Waiting

The Season of Advent is upon us! It’s time to prepare—liturgically—for Christmas. You already know Christmas is coming; since Thanksgiving, and even before, we’ve been hearing ads and being prompted to get ready commercially for the holiday. Here at ACR, we’re thinking about your spiritual preparation. To prepare for

Judy Zarick

American Catholic Radio