Worth Revisiting: CatholicTV Appearance

Today, perhaps you might have been expecting a lengthier post? Well, I hope that I am forgiven by sharing with you the fruits of a graced invitation.. to be a guest on CatholicTV’s “This is the Day”!

With a cup of coffee and toast in hand, I headed out the door expecting a flurry of brake lights and delays as customary with Fridays in Boston. Yet, instead God seemed almost to clear the roads giving way to time and a very relaxing ride into the city. So much so, in fact, my hubby and I arrived well in time to also make morning Mass at the station.

Every day that begins with Mass, for me,  is an intentional one in that as the 1st reading from Deuteronomy spoke:
“you must now know, and fix in your heart, that the LORD is God in the heavens above and on earth below, and that there is no other. ”

Once God is given priority, then comes trust in His will. Father Helfrich’s homily on Matthew 16:24-28 was so on point. Much courage is needed to be a disciple, trusting in the plan that our Lord has for us,  leaving the security of the known to embrace unknown opportunities ahead. Still having difficulties doing this? You are not alone, but oh what joy lies in “giving it a try”!

If you were unable to tune in for the live show on August 11 2017..here is the podcast from the show! What a great time I had with Jay and Kevin. The time just flew by! There was even a shout out to Loyola Chicago!

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Pope Francis: “Wake Up!” Album Review


Winner: Sara Babbs

In Wake Up!, a soon to be released Vatican approved pop-rock Latin  infused compilation, we encounter Pope Francis’ words in a new but charismatic way. With songs produced and directed by Father Giulio Neroni, we are beckoned to listen attentively to Francis’ homilies and prayers spoken in Italian, English, Spanish and Portuguese. Quite often conveyed in his native tongue, we are awakened to the concerns of poverty, the environment and peace then called to action, accompaniment and communion.

How refreshing it is to hear the ease and the passion in which Pope Francis speaks of these essential principles of Catholic social justice. His personality and conviction truly shine in this CD, amid the joyful cheers of those gathered.  No doubt his message is challenging, but I believe it has and will continue to inspire countless faithful, young and old alike, to reassess the need to witness and serve.

This CD in partnership with Believe Digital features a booklet with song lyrics and translated prayers and homilies to better enable the listener to follow along.  My personal favorites are 5. “Non Lasciatevi Rubare La Speranza!” (Do not Be Stealing the Hope)  5. “La Iglesia No Puede Ser Una Ong!” (The Church is Not an NGO) 8. “La Fa Es Entera, No Se Licua!”  (The Faith is whole, not watered down) It was my definite pleasure to review this album and I hope that it will be a blessing to you as well.
Wake Up! Tracks  To Preorder CD: Believe Digital

1. “Annuntio Vobis Gadium Mangum” Vatican City on 13 March 2013
2. “Salve Regina” De Janiero, Brazil July 25 and Cagliari Italy on 22 September 2013
3. “Cuidar el Planeda (Laudato Si)  Rome, Italy on 20 November 2014
4. “Poe Que’ Sufren Los Ninos” Manila, Philippines, on 18 January 2015
5. “Non Lasciatevi Rubare La Speranza!” Vatican City on 7 June 2013
6. “La Iglesia No Puede Ser Una Ong!” Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on 25 July 2013
7. “Wake Up! Go! Go! Forward!” Asian Youth Day South Korea 17 August 2014
8. “La Fa Es Entera, No Se Licua!” Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on 25 July 2013
9. “Pace! Fratelli!” Vatican City on 8 June 2014
10. “Per La Famiglia” Vatican City on 27 October 2013
11. “Fazei O Que Ele Vos Disser” Vatican City on 31 May 2013