23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

In the musical, "Man of LaMancha," Don Quixote sings about his quest for "the impossible dream." Hello, I’m Franciscan Father Greg Friedman, with the "Sunday Soundbite" for the Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time. That song became a hit, in part, I believe, because all of us have some kind of dream,

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22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Hello, I’m Franciscan Father Greg Friedman, with the "Sunday Soundbite" for the Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time. Many years ago I took part in a group dynamics exercise. We were told to stand in a circle, join hands, and prevent Joe, outside the group, from breaking into the circle. We did that task well.

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American Catholic Radio

21st Sunday in Ordinary Time

Hello, I’m Franciscan Father Greg Friedman, with the "Sunday Soundbite" for the Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time. Very few times in life do we get to make a definitive choice for our faith. At a celebration of Confirmation I once heard the bishop ask those being confirmed to answer a definite "Easter yes" to the renewal

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American Catholic Radio

20th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Hello, I’m Franciscan Father Greg Friedman, with the "Sunday Soundbite" for the Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time. The hectic pace of modern life often makes mealtimes a hurried event—lunch at one's desk or fast food eaten on the run, meals worked around the soccer games, with one or more family members absent. Only at big

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American Catholic Radio

19th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Hello, I’m Franciscan Father Greg Friedman, with the "Sunday Soundbite" for the Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time. Meals are more than a stop to refuel our bodies. They can be a real art, a time to deepen relationships. We prepare the food carefully, set the table, cultivate good manners and good conversation.

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American Catholic Radio

18th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Hello, I’m Franciscan Father Greg Friedman, with the "Sunday Soundbite" for the Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time. Broadway Danny Rose is a Woody Allen film that depicts a talent agent, whose struggling and hapless clients are the entertainment acts nobody wants to hire. But Danny cares for them like a family, and tries his best to

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American Catholic Radio

17th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Hello, I’m Franciscan Father Greg Friedman, with the "Sunday Soundbite" for the Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time. If you've traveled through an airport in another country, where a different language is spoken, you know the importance of signs—graphics that tell where to change money, catch a taxi or train, and of course, find the restroom!

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American Catholic Radio

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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American Catholic Radio

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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American Catholic Radio