May. 23, 2012
Upcoming Programs
Belonging to Jesus

I've been fortunate to celebrate the long life of Catholics in the funeral liturgy of the Church. So often, in the eulogy, or in informal storytelling, family and friends talk about the faith of their loved one. "Mom always prayed her rosary." "Dad made sure we went to Mass." "She was a faithful volunteer at the parish."

Expressions like these are ways of saying how much we belong to Jesus. And they also point to how much we "look forward" to the "life of the world to come." We live our lives here and now, knowing that there's more!

We may not be able to describe what the "resurrection of the dead" will be like, in terms we can comprehend. But we can recognize what awaits us, when we see Catholics who live their faith fully.

In the end, the Creed calls us back to its beginnings—in love. The God who "made heaven and earth" in love, who embraced it fully in Jesus Christ, who loved us even to the gift of his life, and who has sent the Spirit of love into the world—that God awaits us in the life of the world to come.

In the end, we say "Amen" to love!

Program 12-23, for broadcast the week of May 28, concludes our Easter series on the Creed. As we move into "Ordinary Time" in the Church, we'll present more topics to help you "know your faith, so you can grow in your faith." Stay tuned!

Father Greg Friedman, O.F.M.
American Catholic Radio: Upcoming Episodes (#12-23 , #12-24)
Use the links below to preview the shows or download them in MP3 format for broadcast.
Highlights from this episode include:

Living Faith
Producer Judy Zarick talks with Michael Nolte about his very close brush with death and how his life was changed forever. Michael's faith was tested in a way most of us never have to experience. He relates how his parish community, his family and friends and even total strangers prayed for his recovery throughout his long ordeal.

Ask a Franciscan
Franciscan Father Hilarion Kistner answers these scriptural questions: What does it mean when Jesus compares the kingdom of heaven to a mustard seed? Why does Jesus punish a herd of swine by sending demons into them? Why would Christ refer to himself as a stumbling block? Why does God test Abraham by telling him to kill his own son?

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 looks at the afterlife as imagined by media makers.

Exploring Our Faith
Here on ACR during this Easter season, we're taking a closer look at the words of the Nicene Creed, one of two ancient statements of faith used at Mass. We've invited Mark P. Shea, an award-winning author and speaker, as our special, season-long guest on "Exploring Our Faith." His one-minute presentations, "Words of Encouragement," on various Catholic faith issues, are heard on Catholic radio stations nationally. On this program, Mark and John Feister explore the life to come.

Minute Meditations
Barbara Beckwith reads from "Ordinary Things, Sacred Meaning," by Jeanne Hunt. This Catholic Update article was published by Franciscan Media.
Highlights from this episode include:

Living Faith
Judy Zarick speaks with Suzanne Neuhaus at the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress in Anaheim, California. Suzanne has been employed with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation for 23 years and is a huge proponent for restorative justice, a way of restoring hope and restoring lives for both the victims and the offenders.

Ask a Franciscan
Franciscan Father Greg Friedman answers two pastoral questions: What is meant by the term "the Church," especially when used in doctrinal statements? Does the Church consider lasped Catholics to be heretics?

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. This week Sister Rose talks about encountering the divine at the movies.

Exploring Our Faith
John Feister's guest is Father Ronald Rolheiser, a member of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate and since 2005 the president of the Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, Texas. An internationally known speaker, columnist and author, Fr. Rolheiser holds a doctorate in theology from the University of Louvain, Belgium. He is author of numerous books including Forgotten Among the Lilies, The Restless Heart, The Holy Longing, Against an Infinite Horizon, and Shattered Lantern, all available as audiobooks from Franciscan Media. His most recent publication is Our One Great Act of Fidelity: Waiting for Christ in the Eucharist (Doubleday Religion 2011). He discusses the significance of the Eucharist in Catholic life.

Minute Meditations
Franciscan Father John Quigley reads from the audiobook Breathing Under Water: Spirituality and the Twelve Steps, written by Richard Rohr and published by Franciscan 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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