Easter Sunday

"There is no tale ever told," author J.R.R. Tolkien once wrote in an essay on storytelling, that people "would rather find was true." Hello, I’m Franciscan Father Greg Friedman, with the "Sunday Soundbite" for Easter Sunday. The Catholic

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Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion

"Father, forgive them, they know not what they do." These words of Jesus from Luke's account of Christ's Passion and death reveal the compassion of the Suffering Servant. Hello, I’m Franciscan Father Greg Friedman, and this is the "Sunday Soundbite" for Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion. Each of the evangelists has a distinctive

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American Catholic Radio

3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Hello, I’m Franciscan Father Greg Friedman, with the "Sunday Soundbite" for the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time. Each Sunday at Mass in my parish, I honor the Gospel book by holding it high before the assembly and carrying it slowly to the ambo, the place where I proclaim the Gospel. In our first reading today,

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American Catholic Radio

The Baptism of the Lord

It's a cliché, but true, that to finish well depends on making a "good beginning." Hello, I’m Father Greg Friedman, and this is the "Sunday Soundbite" for the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord. A month or so ago we heard "the beginning of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of

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American Catholic Radio

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. Hello, I’m Franciscan Father Greg Friedman, and this is the "Sunday Soundbite" for the Feast of the Epiphany. I sat at a computer to write this short

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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 that we've dubbed him "Father Christmas." Tim credits

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American Catholic Radio

Fourth Sunday of Advent

Hello, I’m Franciscan Father Greg Friedman, with the "Sunday Soundbite" for the Fourth Sunday of Advent. Christmas is often a time for different generations in a family to come together. Grandparents delight in sharing Christmas memories with the youngest family members. On our Christmas tree we hang both new and old ornaments. Our celebrations

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American Catholic Radio

Third Sunday of Advent

Hello, I’m Franciscan Father Greg Friedman, with the "Sunday Soundbite" for the Third Sunday of Advent. A friend of mine refers to Advent as a season of "joyful expectation." Older Catholics remember this Third Sunday as "Gaudete Sunday" from the Latin word for joy. In times past, rose-colored vestments were worn in church today.

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American Catholic Radio

Second Sunday of Advent

Hello, I’m Franciscan Father Greg Friedman, with the "Sunday Soundbite" for the Second Sunday of Advent. Imagine what the Old Testament prophets or John the Baptist would have made of our modern ability literally to "move mountains"! When I read today's Scriptures, with their descriptions of filling valleys, leveling mountains and road-building, I picture

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American Catholic Radio

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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American Catholic Radio