Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion

Holy Week begins today. For me, it’s always a time filled with rich memories and dramatic stories. Hello, I’m Father Greg Friedman, with the “Sunday Soundbite” for Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion. During this week, the dramatic story of Jesus’ death and resurrection is linked with the human stories of

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American Catholic Radio

Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

Hello, I’m Franciscan Father Greg Friedman, with the "Sunday Soundbite" for the Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time. We live in a skeptical age. When something is advertised as "new" we want proof. So today's first reading is challenging: God says, "See, I’m doing something new!" If you

Christopher Heffron

American Catholic Radio

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Hello, I’m Franciscan Father Greg Friedman, with the "Sunday Soundbite" for the Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time. A common experience of human illness—no matter how serious—is isolation. A simple cold or the flu can cut us off from other people. A common experience of healing comes when

Christopher Heffron

American Catholic Radio

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

When disasters—personal or communal—occur in our world, it's likely that religious people will be asked: What does God have to do with this? Hello, I’m Franciscan Father Greg Friedman, with the "Sunday Soundbite" for the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time. This 90-second soundbite can't hope to answer that question, but perhaps

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American Catholic Radio

Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Hello, I’m Franciscan Father Greg Friedman, with the "Sunday Soundbite" for the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord. Celebrating today's feast is a little like finding a leftover Christmas present we forgot to open. This year, it's celebrated on a Sunday, so the usual "Ordinary Time" readings give way

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American Catholic Radio

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

How about a real "fish story" from today's Sunday Scriptures? Hello, I’m Franciscan Father Greg Friedman, with the "Sunday Soundbite" for the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time. A fish story is usually an outlandish, exaggerated tale. Our first reading fits the bill—part of the story of Jonah. Besides

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American Catholic Radio

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Hello, I’m Franciscan Father Greg Friedman, with the "Sunday Soundbite" for the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time. Despite all the slick, hi-tech forms of advertising around today, "word of mouth" is still an effective way to find out about things. Take movies, for example. If people are talking about

Christopher Heffron

American Catholic Radio

The Baptism of the Lord

It’s a cliché, but true, that to finish well depends on making a “good beginning.” A month or so ago we heard “the beginning of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God,” proclaimed on the Second Sunday of Advent. Those words sound like a title—and, in a way, they

Christopher Heffron

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. 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