Feb. 15, 2012
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Joining Jesus in the Lenten Desert

On my recent trip to the Holy Land, our pilgrim bus traveled the length of Israel, from Jerusalem to the Galilee, through the valley of the Jordan River. On both sides of the Jordan, there are lush, irrigated areas. But to the west, the land rises in a vast wilderness—the Judean wilderness.

The view of this arid land, populated by shepherds, fueled my imagination for the biblical image of Jesus in the desert. Our Gospel on the First Sunday of Lent offers us the story of Christ, tempted in the desert by Satan. I could imagine Jesus, wandering these barren hills.

One evening, as the sun was setting, our bus wound through those hills to a vista where we could see in all directions. An old Roman aqueduct snaked around the hillside, carrying water for flocks. A Byzantine monastery clung to the cliffs like a wasp's nest. What a place to be alone with God!

Our call in Lent is to retreat to our own "wilderness." There, we find—if we seek it out—the solitude to allow God to speak directly to us. There may be distractions, which are normal in the life of prayer. There may even be temptations, since the devil likes to hit home when we are vulnerable. Our Lenten liturgy offers us the story of Jesus' temptations to reassure us that we can make our way in the wilderness, with the help of God.

"And angels came, to minister to him" (Matthew 4:11). May we allow God to care for us in the desert of this Lent!

Father Greg Friedman, O.F.M.
American Catholic Radio: Upcoming Episodes (#12-09 , #12-10)
Use the links below to preview the shows or download them in MP3 format for broadcast.
Highlights from this episode include:

Living Faith
Judy Zarick speaks with Franciscan Father Greg Friedman about his new book, Lent with the Saints: Daily Reflections. Father Greg mentions some of the saints in this book and tells us why they are such good companions during this season of Lent.

Ask a Franciscan
Franciscan Father Dan Kroger answers two pastoral questions: May the sacristan clean the vessels that have been used for the Eucharist? When is a genuflection required and when is it sufficient to bow?

On Faith & Media
Direct from Hollywood, ACR presents Sister Rose Pacatte from the Daughters of St. Paul. Her mission is to help people of faith understand what we're seeing and hearing all around us. She's an educator, author, movie reviewer for the Catholic press, and she's won numerous awards for her passion to illuminate what's good in today's popular culture. Sister Rose will speak about Pope Benedict's theme for the World Day of Communication: how to be silent, to hear and live God's Word in the world of media. Lent makes this topic especially important.

Exploring Our Faith
As Lent begins, Catholic parishes around the world welcome not only parishioners, but others interested in beginning this time of personal conversion, preparation for Baptism and the renewal of our Catholic identity. As the churches fill with folks interested in receiving ashes, we thought we'd talk with faith formation leader, Jeanne Hunt. She offers a perspective not only on this important date in the liturgical calendar but on the spritual journey of Lent.

Minute Meditations
Barbara Beckwith reads from Living a Spirituality of Action: A Woman's Perspective, written by Joan Mueller and published by Franciscan Media.
Highlights from this episode include:

Living Faith
Judy Zarick interviews Elaine Crosby, a former member of the LPGA professional golf tour. Since moving from Florida to Michigan in 2005, Crosby has been on a journey toward "a stewardhip way of life," thanks to an invitation from her pastor.

Ask a Franciscan
Franciscan Father Don Miller answers two ethical questions: What is relativism and why would it be sinful? Are God and heaven real, or is suffering in life followed by death all there is?

On Faith & Media
Direct from Hollywood, ACR presents Sister Rose Pacatte from the Daughters of St. Paul. Her mission is to help people of faith understand what we're seeing and hearing all around us. She's an educator, author, movie reviewer for the Catholic press, and she's won numerous awards for her passion to illuminate what's good in today's popular culture. Sister Rose will speak about the theme of temptation in our mediated, technological world.

Exploring Our Faith
Each year on the First Sunday of Lent, our Gospel reading gives an account of how Jesus was tempted in the desert by Satan. As we continue our Lenten journey of personal spirituality, American Catholic Radio decided to interview a real expert on temptation. He's known to readers of C. S. Lewis's classic books on the subject, his Lewis's volume, The Screwtape Letters and its 1959 sequel, Screwtape Proposes a Toast. Screwtape is an official in the hierarchy of hell, charged with the instruction of an apprentice devil in the art of temptation. We managed to get Screwtape himself here to talk with producer John Feister about temptation.

Minute Meditations
Barbara Beckwith reads from Lent With the Saints: Daily Reflections, written by FatherGreg Friedman, OFM and published by Francisan Media.
 
 
Franciscan Radio
Link to audio features Saint of the Day, Sunday Soundbites, Sharing the Word and American Catholic Radio.
American Catholic Radio
A weekly half-hour catechetical program, in the popular style of the Franciscans.
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