First Sunday of Advent

How good are you at waiting? Hello, I’m Franciscan Father Greg Friedman, with the "Sunday Soundbite" for the First Sunday of Advent. I once worked with a secretary who could not wait patiently for a birthday or Christmas. She wanted to know what gifts she might receive and didn't really care about being surprised.

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Christ the King

Hello, I’m Franciscan Father Greg Friedman, with the "Sunday Soundbite" for the feast of Christ the King. The classic religious rock opera, "Jesus Christ Superstar," continues to be performed on stages around the country. During Holy Week, many

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American Catholic Radio

33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

There's an old Chinese blessing—or is it a curse: "May you live in interesting times!" Hello, I’m Franciscan Father Greg Friedman, with the "Sunday Soundbite" for the Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time. We live in times marked with the

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American Catholic Radio

32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Hello, I’m Franciscan Father Greg Friedman, with the "Sunday Soundbite" for the Feast of the Dedication of the Basilica of St. John Lateran. Today's feast commemorates the cathedral church of the diocese of Rome—not St. Peter's, but the Church of St.

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American Catholic Radio

31st Sunday in Ordinary Time

Hello, I’m Franciscan Father Greg Friedman, with the "Sunday Soundbite" for the observance of All Souls Day. Today I am recalling a recent trip to Italy around this same time of the year. I was present in my grandparents' village, as

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American Catholic Radio

30th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Hello, I’m Franciscan Father Greg Friedman, with the "Sunday Soundbite" for the Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time. Today's Gospel story of Blind Bartimaeus, the man who receives his sight from Jesus, brings back memories. In grade school I read a

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American Catholic Radio

29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Hello, I’m Franciscan Father Greg Friedman, with the "Sunday Soundbite" for the Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time. I've worked in Church communications for many years. Over that time I've met many public relations professionals—talented people who work hard to put out the positive stories about their companies or organizations.Most are devoted to the

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American Catholic Radio

28th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Hello, I’m Franciscan Father Greg Friedman, with the "Sunday Soundbite" for the Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time. You've heard the expression, "How hard can that be?" We usually employ it to point out the obvious ease or simplicity of some task. But in today's Gospel, Jesus shocks his disciples by saying-not

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American Catholic Radio

27th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Hello, I’m Franciscan Father Greg Friedman, with the "Sunday Soundbite" for the Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time. Many years ago I had the privilege of working with a number of married couples, presenting weekends for engaged couples. Our programs always included lots of personal storytelling, and I got to hear the

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American Catholic Radio

26th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Hello, I’m Franciscan Father Greg Friedman, with the "Sunday Soundbite" for the Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time. Our Catholic Church today has been shaken over and over again by the sexual abuse scandal. Reading today's Gospel reminds us that scandal is nothing new in the Christian community, as we hear

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