16th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Hello, I’m Franciscan Father Greg Friedman, with the "Sunday Soundbite" for the Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time. Adventure writer Jon Krakauer wrote Into Thin Air, a first-person account of the 1996 disaster on Mt. Everest, when eight people lost their lives in one day. Fierce storms, exhaustion and human limitations in Everest’s

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15th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Being a prophet is not the "ideal job." Hello, I’m Franciscan Father Greg Friedman, with the "Sunday Soundbite" for the Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time. If you ever had any doubt, today's first reading makes it clear that prophets usually didn’t seek out their role. Amos is confronted by the priest Amaziah at the shrine

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14th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Hello, I’m Franciscan Father Greg Friedman, with the "Sunday Soundbite" for the Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time. Today's second reading is perhaps some of the most personal testimony in all of the Christian Scriptures. St. Paul tells us how he had a "thorn in the flesh," something—and we don’t know exactly what this was—which

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Feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

Hello, I’m Franciscan Father Greg Friedman, with the "Sunday Soundbite" for the Feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ. Some years ago I was privileged to attend a Passover Seder with a Jewish family. It was a truly special night, since

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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 how welcomed she felt in the Catholic family. The sense of openness and tolerance she

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American Catholic Radio

Seventh Sunday of Easter

What’s in a name? As Christians, we are. Hello, I’m Father Greg Friedman with the “Sunday Soundbite” for the Seventh Sunday of Easter. In today’s Gospel, Jesus prays at the Last Supper for his disciples: “Holy Father, keep them in your name that you have given me.” In Chapter 8 of

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Feast of the Ascension

Being a missionary is a tough job, especially when your message is rejected. Hello, I’m Father Greg Friedman with the “Sunday Soundbite” for the Feast of the Ascension. As a child I was very interested in the stories told by and about missionaries who took the Gospel to other lands. I tried

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American Catholic Radio

Sixth Sunday of Easter

Hello, I’m Father Greg Friedman, with the “Sunday Soundbite” for the Sixth Sunday of Easter. Many years ago I was reminiscing with a married couple who are close friends about how our relationship began. I recalled that they had invited me to dinner after Mass one Sunday at our parish. Their version: I

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Fifth Sunday of Easter

Imagine yourself in the early Jerusalem Christian community, gathered for Sunday Eucharist—and in walks Saul, well-known for his persecution of the Church. What would your reaction be? Hello, I’m Father Greg Friedman, and this with the “Sunday Soundbite” for the Fifth Sunday of Easter. Saul’s friends must have had a time convincing

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Fourth Sunday of Easter

One of my seminary classmates has always reacted when the story of the Good Shepherd was read. “I don’t like being compared to sheep!” he said. “They’re dumb, and smelly, too!” Hello, I’m Father Greg Friedman with the “Sunday Soundbite” for the Fourth Sunday of Easter. I grew up in the city, so my experience

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