Epiphany

If one phenomenon marks our modern world, it’s instant communication. The message you’re listening to is just one way we interact at the speed of light. I sat at a computer to write this short reflection, and then someone took it—via the Internet—to edit and prepare so that it

Christopher Heffron

American Catholic Radio

Feast of the Holy Family

Although we usually are too polite to show it, let’s be honest—once in a while we receive a Christmas gift that is just the opposite of what we were expecting! Now, an unexpected Christmas gift may not be all that bad. Sometimes, years later, we may cherish such a gift

Christopher Heffron

American Catholic Radio

Christmas

Hello, I’m Franciscan Father Greg Friedman, with the "Sunday Soundbite" for the feast of Christmas. I want to tell you a true story that happened on a Christmas Eve many years ago. One of my Franciscan confreres, Brother Tim, enjoys celebrating this season so much we’ve dubbed him

Christopher Heffron

American Catholic Radio

Fourth Sunday of Advent

You are in on the greatest secret of all time! A mystery hidden for many ages! What is this secret, this mystery? According to St. Paul, writing to the Romans in today’s second reading, it’s the gospel Paul preaches, the revelation of Jesus Christ. The Romans, along with Paul’s

Christopher Heffron

American Catholic Radio

Third Sunday of Advent

Years ago I waited in line at a gathering of Catholic journalists to greet the then-Archbishop of Chicago, Cardinal Joseph Bernardin. Since he had ordained me to the priesthood some years before, I thought that my nametag and association with St. Anthony Messenger magazine would ring a bell. I wasn’t disappointed; in

Christopher Heffron

American Catholic Radio

Second Sunday of Advent

Living in our "information culture" makes us very dependent on those who craft the hundreds of media messages that bombard us daily. From the e-mail on our computers to the ads we see and hear to the news reports we digest—we're at the mercy of the messengers who craft them.

Christopher Heffron

American Catholic Radio

First Sunday of Advent

The box-office success of the film version of J.R.R. Tolkein’s The Lord of the Rings introduced thousands of moviegoers to the fantasy world of “Middle Earth.” The characters who inhabit this world move between despair and hope. Their hope comes in part because of prophecies in the story that promise

Christopher Heffron

American Catholic Radio

Pentecost

Hello, I’m Franciscan Father Greg Friedman, with the “Sunday Soundbite” for the Feast of Pentecost. Shortly after Easter one year, a woman in my parish who had been received into the Church at the Easter Vigil told me that how welcomed she

Christopher Heffron

American Catholic Radio

Seventh Sunday of Easter

Hello, I’m Franciscan Father Greg Friedman, with the “Sunday Soundbite” for the Seventh Sunday of Easter. How often do we promise to pray for someone we care about? Did you know there’s a special prayer for each of us, prayed by Christ himself?

Christopher Heffron

American Catholic Radio

Feast of the Ascension

Hello, I’m Father Greg Friedman, and this is the “Sunday Soundbite” for the Feast of the Ascension. It’s one thing to know you’ve got a big job to do. It’s another to know that you can actually do it! As we celebrate the feast

Christopher Heffron

American Catholic Radio