Worth Revisiting: Oscar Romero-Prophet of Hope

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As a witness to the ever growing unrest, poverty and violence in San Salvador, Oscar Romero heard and responded to his calling with holiness and unbelievable fortitude. This biography by Roberto Morozzo della Rocca is extremely well researched and informative on the recently beatified and hopefully soon-to-be saint. So much so, that its author was invited as an expert to the consideration of the cause of sainthood for this passionate shepherd and martyr for the faith. The following are quotes taken from this biography that poignantly speak of the soul of the man who will be forever remembered in the heart of the people. I highly recommend this work as a valuable resource and primer on the life and witness of Blessed Archbishop Oscar Romero.

On Being a Jesuit: 

“The Exercises of St. Ignatius [of Loyola] are a personal effort to put Christianity into practice. They are not the great principles of revelation or the magisterium, but the personal conversation with God. ‘I have seen God’ Jacob said. This must be my yearning, ‘Speak to me Lord’”. (p.6)

File:MOAR 3.jpgOn Being a Priest:

Perhaps it may surprise you but as Morozzo della Rocca affirms- Blessed Oscar Romero was at his core a traditionalist. He proudly wore a cassock, was committed to the Rosary, fasting, examinations of conscience, deep prayer life, supported Opus Dei and had a profound love for the people he served.

On Being a Bishop:

Rather than a supervisory or administrative role Oscar Romero saw the role of a bishop as one who “is essentially a pastor, a father, a brother, a friend. He journeys with other people, sows hope along their path, urges them to seek peace, in justice and love, and teaches them to be brothers and sisters.” (p. 49)

Still accused by some to be a supporter of socialism, he was ardent in his opposition to the separation of the inherent connection between God and man that Communism and Marxism advocated..

On Communism:

“The serious decisive reason why Christianity will always be anti-Communist is above all that Communism denies God and Christianity affirms God” p. 15

File:Óscar Arnulfo Romero with Pope John Paul.jpgOn Vatican II:

“‘Renewal’ the Church has cried, and no one will be able to stop this renewal because the Holy Spirit is blowing… It is not just a restoration of the Church’s prestige, which convinces no one, but a firm and open minded renewal that makes the church appear simpler and more biblical.” (p.22)

“The best thing is to live today more than ever according to the classic axiom: think with the church” (p.23)

“Tradition and progress go together”… “it is not uncommon to come across people who would like a clear decisive break with the past and to meet others who with systematic resistance oppose any form of renewal or adaptation…The conciliar position is a position of integration which brings about a vital synthesis of these two forces, Tradition and liberty.” (pp. 37-38)

Conversion or Fortitude?

What some have called a conversion others close to the bishop described more as a growing awareness to the socio-historical conditions and strength or fortitude to respond to these circumstances out of a deep faith. “Because the Church was faithful to her mission of evangelizing by fostering the conscience of society and by denouncing the injustices and abuses of authority, all these things made the Church the object of persecution…I believed in conscience that God was calling me and giving me a special pastoral fortitude that contrasted with my temperament and my conservative inclinations. I thought that it was my duty to take a positive stand to defend my Church, and on behalf of my Church to stand with my greatly oppressed people.” (p.81)

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A commemoration of those killed in the Civil war in San Salvador, El Salvador

On Violence:

Romero, as della Rocca observes, was a man of non-violence, of forgiveness not hatred ..and yet equally noted is that at the time.. “neutrality was nearly impossible”. In one of his last homilies he speaks that “ It is time for reconciliation..how irreconcilable they seem the Left’s denunciation of the right and the right’s hatred of the left..those in the middle say let violence come from wherever it may, it is cruel in either case. So we live in polarized groups”. (p. 92)

On Being a Church of the Poor:

File:Oleo em tela.jpg
Pedro  Casaldaliga, cc. Carolina Batista

“Let us not look for Christ in the opulence of the world, amid the idolatry of wealth amid the desire for power, amid the intrigue of the great. Let us seek God among the undernourished children who have gone to bed tonight with nothing to eat..among the poor newsboys who will sleep tonight in doorways covered in newspapers..The God of the poor has assumed all that and is teaching [us] the redemptive value of human pain- the value that poverty, suffering and the cross have to redeem the world” (p. 114)

Finally, as della Roca observes, Blessed Oscar Romero could have fled but didn’t. Instead, Romero remained “faithful to God and the mission” in the face of certain persecution and death.Signature

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Worth Revisiting-The Story of St. John Paul II: A Boy Who Became Pope

Available through Pauline Press and Amazon

As a backdrop, I would be remiss if I also did not share the infinitely amusing ways God continues to make his presence known in my life and how I obtained my current copy of this book.  To my delightful surprise one Sunday, the Pauline sisters visited my home parish of St. Peter’s in Plymouth. After mass, I hurriedly ran downstairs to peruse the numerous collections to be had.

Let’s be honest, the gracious invitation of our sisters and my passion for books are two areas in my life that I find great difficulty saying “no” to.

Having spied this book, my husband saw the gleam in my eyes and knew he would not be leaving church empty handed. However, having only had it in my possession for less than a day, I felt compelled to share it with a friend and her daughter.

Oh yes it had found a home and the then 8 year old girl, who was to make her First Communion soon, was reading it every night!   So, while I explained to my hubby where our newly acquired copy went, I knew God had a plan of replacing the book one day.  Skip forward 10 months, and I now have my own copy again courtesy of A Seeking Heart radio show with Allison Gingras  and Pauline Books & Media along with an invitation to write a review. This I do joyfully, with a desire to share what I feel will become a treasure in the hearts of your family as well.


            In this story is woven the early childhood of Karol Wojtyla and his response to the burning question of God’s calling in his life to answer who he truly loves most of all. Though each loss of those dear to him left his heart aching, there was also joy in a growing awareness of the great things God was beckoning him to do and to be. Each of us, within our own vocations as single, married or religious is also asked to reply to God’s great gift of love in our own lives. Beautifully this story underscores that a profound love of God does not mean that our love for others is diminished, but magnifies our ability to love and express that love more fully. Captivating and exquisitely illustrated,  A Boy Who Would Become Pope is a stirring glimpse into the young inner life of John Paul II and a challenging proposal to seek God’s love in all that we do.

Peace,

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An Engaging Faith: 1/18-1/22

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Journey of Our Love The Letters of St. Gianna Beretta and Pietro Molla by Elio Guerriero (Pauline Books & Media)

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Breaking into your ordinary
with the extraordinary …

We start off our week with The Enduring Truths of Fulton Sheen , then Peggy Frezon joins us to discuss the Faithfully Yours, Cathy Knipper with Journey of Our Love by Elio Guerriero…

And  Margaret Felice with our Catholic roundtable

 

Monday: Encore-The Enduring Truths of Fulton Sheen– Dr. Mark J. Zia Author, Associate Professor of Theology and Director for Academic Enrichment Programs at Benedictine College, shares his wisdom on the teachings of Archbishop Fulton Sheen in his latest book, The Enduring and Timeless Truths of Fulton Sheen. Zia has a doctorate in dogmatic theology
from the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome, and an undergraduate degree from the Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio. Married and the father of seven children, he still finds time to travel around the country instructing candidates for ordination to the permanent diaconate.

Tuesday: Encore-When Francis Saved the ChurchJon M. Sweeney, author and editorial director at Franciscan Media,whose 11 books have sold more than 150,000 copies. The Pope Who Quit, sold more than 35,000 copies in the trade edition, was a selection of History Book Club, received a starred review in Booklist, and was excerpted by Reader’s Digest for its iPad subscribers. His books have become History Book Club, Book-of-the-Month Club, Crossings Book Club, and Quality Paperback Book Club selections. Sweeney has been interviewed on CBS Saturday Morning, Fox News, CBS-TV Chicago, Religion and Ethics Newsweekly, and on the popular nightly program Chicago Tonight. He is married, the father of three, and lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Today we will be talking about his book, by Ave Maria Press, entitled When Francis Saved the Church: How a Converted Medieval Troubadour Created a Spiritual Vision for the Ages.

Wednesday: Peggy Frezonis the award-winning author of Pawprints on my Heart, the popular Guideposts magazine blog about the human-animal bond. She is a regular contributor to Guideposts and author of Heart to Heart, Hand in Paw, and The Dieting faithfully yours cover 1with My Dog Guide to Weight Loss and Maintenance. Her stories also appear in dozens of Chicken Soup for the
Soul™ books.
Peggy and her husband live in New York and enjoy a laid-back lifestyle with the senior dogs they rescue. Peggy joins us to discuss 
Faithfully Yours:The amazing bond between us and the animals we love.

Thursday: Cathy Knipperpublicist at Pauline Books and Media joins us to share her thoughts and passion for  Journey of Our Love: The Letters of St. Gianna Beretta and Pietro Molla  by Elio Guerriero. As a publicist at Pauline Books & Media, she finds The Journey of Our Loveherself, “surrounded by books…blessed to work with many talented authors. Sometimes, however, God reaches out with his grace and touches me with the words of an author I will never have the opportunity to meet”. This book on Gianna and Pietro Molla is such an instance.

Felice Fridays!: Margaret Felice, Boston College alumnae and faculty member of Religion and Performing Arts at BC High in Boston MA, Opera Singer and blogger joins us for a fun an engaging talk about all things Catholic! 

Margaret Felice has been praised for her dynamic stage presence, artistic versatility, and “drop-dead gorgeous voice” (Boston Musical Intelligencer). Her repertoire ranges from classical opera to modern musical theater, from early music to the Great American Songbook, but all of her performances have one thing in common: a commitment to entertaining her audience with musical integrity and creative presentation.

Review-Oscar Romero:Prophet of Hope

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As a witness to the ever growing unrest, poverty and violence in San Salvador, Oscar Romero heard and responded to his calling with holiness and unbelievable fortitude. This biography by Roberto Morozzo della Rocca is extremely well researched and informative on the recently beatified and hopefully soon-to-be saint. So much so, that its author was invited as an expert to the consideration of the cause of sainthood for this passionate shepherd and martyr for the faith. The following are quotes taken from this biography that poignantly speak of the soul of the man who will be forever remembered in the heart of the people. I highly recommend this work as a valuable resource and primer on the life and witness of Blessed Archbishop Oscar Romero.

On Being a Jesuit: 

“The Exercises of St. Ignatius [of Loyola] are a personal effort to put Christianity into practice. They are not the great principles of revelation or the magisterium, but the personal conversation with God. ‘I have seen God’ Jacob said. This must be my yearning, ‘Speak to me Lord’”. (p.6)

File:MOAR 3.jpgOn Being a Priest:

Perhaps it may surprise you but as Morozzo della Rocca affirms- Blessed Oscar Romero was at his core a traditionalist. He proudly wore a cassock, was committed to the Rosary, fasting, examinations of conscience, deep prayer life, supported Opus Dei and had a profound love for the people he served.

On Being a Bishop:

Rather than a supervisory or administrative role Oscar Romero saw the role of a bishop as one who “is essentially a pastor, a father, a brother, a friend. He journeys with other people, sows hope along their path, urges them to seek peace, in justice and love, and teaches them to be brothers and sisters.” (p. 49)

Still accused by some to be a supporter of socialism, he was ardent in his opposition to the separation of the inherent connection between God and man that Communism and Marxism advocated..

On Communism:

“The serious decisive reason why Christianity will always be anti-Communist is above all that Communism denies God and Christianity affirms God” p. 15

File:Óscar Arnulfo Romero with Pope John Paul.jpgOn Vatican II:

“‘Renewal’ the Church has cried, and no one will be able to stop this renewal because the Holy Spirit is blowing… It is not just a restoration of the Church’s prestige, which convinces no one, but a firm and open minded renewal that makes the church appear simpler and more biblical.” (p.22)

“The best thing is to live today more than ever according to the classic axiom: think with the church” (p.23)

“Tradition and progress go together”… “it is not uncommon to come across people who would like a clear decisive break with the past and to meet others who with systematic resistance oppose any form of renewal or adaptation…The conciliar position is a position of integration which brings about a vital synthesis of these two forces, Tradition and liberty.” (pp. 37-38)

Conversion or Fortitude?

What some have called a conversion others close to the bishop described more as a growing awareness to the socio-historical conditions and strength or fortitude to respond to these circumstances out of a deep faith. “Because the Church was faithful to her mission of evangelizing by fostering the conscience of society and by denouncing the injustices and abuses of authority, all these things made the Church the object of persecution…I believed in conscience that God was calling me and giving me a special pastoral fortitude that contrasted with my temperament and my conservative inclinations. I thought that it was my duty to take a positive stand to defend my Church, and on behalf of my Church to stand with my greatly oppressed people.” (p.81)

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A commemoration of those killed in the Civil war in San Salvador, El Salvador

On Violence:

Romero, as della Rocca observes, was a man of non-violence, of forgiveness not hatred ..and yet equally noted is that at the time.. “neutrality was nearly impossible”. In one of his last homilies he speaks that “ It is time for reconciliation..how irreconcilable they seem the Left’s denunciation of the right and the right’s hatred of the left..those in the middle say let violence come from wherever it may, it is cruel in either case. So we live in polarized groups”. (p. 92)

On Being a Church of the Poor:

File:Oleo em tela.jpg
Pedro  Casaldaliga, cc. Carolina Batista

“Let us not look for Christ in the opulence of the world, amid the idolatry of wealth amid the desire for power, amid the intrigue of the great. Let us seek God among the undernourished children who have gone to bed tonight with nothing to eat..among the poor newsboys who will sleep tonight in doorways covered in newspapers..The God of the poor has assumed all that and is teaching [us] the redemptive value of human pain- the value that poverty, suffering and the cross have to redeem the world” (p. 114)

Finally, as della Roca observes, Blessed Oscar Romero could have fled but didn’t. Instead, Romero remained “faithful to God and the mission” in the face of certain persecution and death.Signature

An Engaging Faith: 12/28-1/1

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 Gifts of the Visitation by Denise Bossert (Ave Maria Press), & Rock-Bottom Blessings by Karen Beattie (Loyola Press)

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Getting ready for the New Year and counting our blessings!

Dr. Hosffman Ospino joins us to discuss Oscar Romero,  Jennifer Grant  with Wholehearted Living,  Karen Beattie with Rock-Bottom Blessings, 

And  Encores Jordan Denari and  Margaret Felice


Monday: Dr. Hosffman Ospino, 
is an Assistant Professor of Hispanic Ministry and Religious Education at Boston College, School of Theology and Ministry.  Besides publishing numerous essays, Dr. Ospino is the author several books, including Cultural Diversity and Paradigm Shifts in Catholic Congregations (Fordham University Press, forthcoming), Evangelization and Catechesis in the Context of Hispanic Ministry (Liguori, 2013, in Spanish), the editor of Hispanic Ministry in the Twenty-First Century: Present and Future (Convivium Press, 2010), and Oscar Romero Prophet Of Hopecoeditor of Hispanic Ministry in the Twenty-First Century: Urgent Matters(2015). He served as the Principal Investigator of the first ever National Study of Catholic Parishes with Hispanic Ministry and served as a Co-Principal Investigator for the National Survey of Catholic Schools Serving Hispanic Families (results to be released in October 2015).He joins us to discuss the newly released book on Oscar Romero by Roberto Morozzo della Rocca

Jennifer Grant

Tuesday: Jennifer Grant is the author of two previous works of nonfiction about family life: Love You More and MOMumental. A former health and parenting columnist for the Chicago Tribune and Sun Times Media newspapers, Grant contributes toWholehearted Living her.meneutics, Fullfill, and other publications. Grant graduated from Wheaton College and Southern Methodist University, and lives with her husband and four children in the suburbs of Chicago. Find her online atjennifergrant.com.

Karen Beattie

Wednesday:Karen Beattie has been a writer for more Rock-Bottom Blessings than 20 years and been published in several publications including Moody, Christianity Today, and
Midwest Living. She recently became a Catholic, and she and her husband are members who attend Old St. Patrick’s in Chicago, Illinois.

Thursday:Jordan Denari, is a writer, speaker, and Research Fellow for the Bridge Initiative, a project of the Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University. A voice on interfaith issues, Jordan writes about Islam, Christianity, the Middle East, and Islamophobia. Jordan has published articles in TIME, America, Commonweal, Sojourners, Huffington Post, On Faith, Busted Halo, and other outlets.

Felice Fridays!:Margaret Felice, Boston College alumnae and faculty member of Religion and Performing Arts at BC High in Boston MA, Opera Singer and blogger joins us for a fun an engaging talk about all things Catholic!

 

An Engaging Faith: 10/19-10/23

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Enter To Win a Copy of When Francis Saved the Church by Jon Sweeney(Ave Maria Press) , Advent with Pope Francis by Sr. Marianne Trouvé (Pauline Books & Media), or Sanctuary by Terry Hershey (Loyola Press).
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Carving out time for sacred space, conversation and silence amidst our daily lives-

William Barry, SJ joins us with A Friendship Like No Other, also Jon Sweeney of When Francis Saved the Church, Sr. Marianne Trouvé’s Advent with Francis, and Terry Hershey with Sanctuary 

And Tony Agnesi with Finding God’s Grace in the Everyday

Monday: William Barry, SJ., is a veteran spiritual director and author who is currently serving as tertian director for the New England Province of the Society of Jesus at the Campion Center in Weston, MA. A native of Worcester, MA, Fr. Barry entered the Society in 1950 and was ordained to the priesthood in 1962. After earning a  Ph.D. in clinical psychology, he taught at the University of Michigan, Weston Jesuit School of Theology, and Boston College.  Fr. Barry served the New England Province in a variety of leadership roles including provincial.  Fr. Barry is the author and co-author 15 books. He currently resides at Campion Center where he continues to write and direct retreats. His many works include Letting God Come Close, A Friendship Like No Other, Here’s My Heart, Here’s My Hand, Seek My Face, and God’s Passionate Desire (Loyola Press), and God and You.

Tuesday: Jon M. Sweeneyauthor and editorial director at Franciscan Media, whose 11 books have sold more than 150,000 copies. The Pope Who Quit, sold more than 35,000 copies in the trade edition, was a selection of History Book Club, received a starred review in Booklist, and was excerpted by Reader’s Digest for its iPad subscribers. His books have become History Book Club, Book-of-the-Month Club, Crossings Book Club, and Quality Paperback Book Club selections. Sweeney has been interviewed on CBS Saturday Morning, Fox News, CBS-TV Chicago, Religion and Ethics Newsweekly, and on the popular nightly program Chicago Tonight. He is married, the father of three, and lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Today we will be talking about his book, by Ave Maria Press, entitled When Francis Saved the Church: How a Converted Medieval Troubadour Created a Spiritual Vision for the Ages.

Wednesday: Since 1976, Sr. Marianne Lorraine Trouvé, FSP, has been a member of the Daughters of St. Paul, an international congregation of women religious. She has an M.A. in theology from the University of Dayton. Since 1994 she has served on the editorial staff of Pauline Books & Media publishing house in Boston, Massachusetts. Author/editor of Mary: Help For Hard Times, St. Clare of Assisi, Angels, The Rosary with Pope Francis and Advent with Pope Francis. In addition to her numerous books Sr. Marianne blogs over at Thomas For Today.

Thursday: Terry Hershey, author, inspirational speaker, ordained minister, self admitted golf addict, and gardener. Terry lives on Vashon Island, near Seattle, WA.  His work has been featured on The Hallmark Channel, PBS, and NPR and he is the author of The Power of Pause (Loyola Press) which encourages us to slow down, Soul Gardening and his latest book Sanctuary: Creating a Space for Grace in Your Life .  He “divides his time between designing sanctuary gardens and sharing his practice of “pausing”and “sanctuary,” to help us do less and live more”.

Friday: Tony Agnesi, who is Finding God’s Grace in Everyday Life is the Senior Vice President of Rubber City Radio Group, WQMX, WONE, and WAKR in Akron and WNWV in Cleveland and member of Radio and Television Hall of Fame. A relentless storyteller, his Sunday blog and Wednesday podcast have an International audience in over 70 counties and has been translated in over 40 languages. Tony and his wife Diane have two adult sons and are members of the Sacred Heart of Jesus parish in Wadsworth, Ohio.

An Engaging Faith: August 17-21

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Enter To Win 1 of 3 books:

  A Book of Uncommon Prayer by Brian Doyle (Ave Maria Press) I’m Not Being Fed by Jeff Cavins (Ascension Press) , or Prayer and You: Wit and Wisdom from a Crabby Mystic  (Pauline Books & Media)

Incredible week with noted authors and speakers …

With Brian DoyleJason Evert , and Jeff Cavins.

As well as.. Fridays with Margaret Felice. 


Monday: 
Brian Doyle is an award-winning author of 14 books of essays, poems, stories, nonfiction and fiction, including “Mink River” and “The Plover.” His work has been featured in prominent national magazines and several anthologies. Doyle also is the editor of Portland, the University of Portland magazine that Newsweek has called “the best university magazine in America.” Doyle has been featured in Atlantic Monthly, Harper’s, Orion, the American Scholar, the Sun, Georgia Review, and in newspapers and magazines around the world, including the New York Times, the Times of London, and the Age in Australia. He is a recipient of the Christopher Medal, a Catholic Book Award, the University of Notre Dame’s Griffin Award in literature, three Pushcart Prizes, the John Burroughs Award for Nature Essays, the Foreword Reviews Novel of the Year award, and the Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. 

Tuesday: Jason Evert and and his wife Crystalina Evert have spoken on six continents to more than one million people about the virtue of chastity. They are the best selling authors of a dozen books, including Theology of His/Her BodyHow to Find Your Soulmate without Loosing Your Soul  and Theology of the Body for Teens. Jason earned a master’s degree in Theology, and undergraduate degrees in Counseling and Theology, with a minor in Philosophy at Franciscan University of Steubenville. He is a frequent guest on radio programs throughout the country, and his television appearances include Fox News, MSNBC, the BBC, and EWTN.

Wednesday: Jeff Cavins  is the director of evangelization and catechesis for the Archdiocese of St. Paul–Minneapolis. Jeff has been a leading figure in Catholic media for more than two decades. He hosted EWTN’s Life on the Rock for six years, and he also hosted Relevant Radio’s Morning Air show. He received his master’s degree in theology from Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio. Not only a very engaging speaker, Jeff has authored quite a number of books, including I’m Not Being Fed and several Bible Study Programs the latest of which is Unlocking the Mystery of the Bible.

Thursday: Sr. Lea Hill from the Daughters of St. Paul has been sharing her dry wit and wisdom with the Daughters of St. Paul since 1964. An experienced writer and editor, Sr. Lea has written Prayer and You: Wit and Wisdom from a Crabby Mystic  as well as the introduction to the anniversary edition of Imitation of Christ. As director of audiovisual productions and animations of Pauline Books and Media in the early years, Sr. Lea now uses these skills through her blog Crabby Mystic and in the world of social media.


Felice Fridays!: Margaret Felice
Boston College alumnae and faculty member of Religion and Performing Arts at BC High in Boston MA, Opera Singer and blogger joins us for a fun an engaging talk about all things Catholic

An Engaging Faith: August 10th-14th

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Enter To Win a Copy of Life Everlasting: The Mystery and the Promise by Msgr. J. Brian Bransfield (Courtesy Of Pauline Publishing)  Drawing runs 8/4-8/12

Looking at Marriage, Family, and Chastity …

With Karee Santos of  Can we Cana? , John and Claire Grabowski serving on the Pontifical Council for the Familyand Arleen Spenceley, of Chastity is For Lovers: Single, Happy, and (Still) a Virgin 

As well as – Jim Orcutt of My Brother’s Keeper  and Msgr. J. Brian Bransfield author of Life Everlasting: The Mystery and the Promise 


Monday: 
Karee Santos, and husband, Manuel P. Santos, M.D., a psychiatrist, began teaching marriage preparation and enrichment classes in New York City in 2003. Their Catholic marriage advice book The Four Keys to Everlasting Love will be published by Ave Maria Press in 2016. Karee has also authored numerous articles on marriage and family for Catholic Digest, the National Catholic Register, Catholic Match Institute, Aleteia, and others. She blogs in English at Can We Cana? a community to support Catholic Marriages.

Tuesday: Jim Orcutt co-founder, with his wife Terry, of My Brother’s Keeper  a Christian ministry which delivers food and furniture as well as the love of Christ to those in need in the Easton/ Dartmouth Massachusetts area. Its mission is “To bring the Love and Hope of Jesus Christ to those we serve.”

Wednesday: John and Claire Grabowskione of 10 couples from different countries named by Pope Benedict XVI to the Pontifical Council for the Family in 2009, who have recently spoken  at this year’s Spring Assembly of the USCCB in June of this year and who have been asked to be a part of  the WMOF in Philadelphia. John Grabowski is a professor of moral theology at The Catholic University of America in Washington. He has been published widely in the areas of moral theology, marriage, sexuality and bioethics. The professor has been a theological adviser to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Subcommittee on Marriage and Family for four years.

Thursday: Msgr. J. Brian Bransfield , recent author of Life Everlasting: The Mystery and the Promise serves as the Associate General Secretary at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in Washington, DC.  Msgr. Bransfield also serves as an adjunct professor of moral theology on the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception at the Dominican House of Studies and at the Canon Law School of the Catholic University of America, both located in Washington, D.C. Other books include, Meeting Jesus Christ:Meditations on the Word, 2013, and The Human Person: According to John Paul II, 2011.

Fridays: Arleen Spenceley, author of  Chastity is For Lovers: Single Happy and (Still) a Virgin is a staff writer for the Tampa Bay Times and blogger at arleenspenceley.com.  She is also a contributing writer at the Catholic Match Institute and the Chastity Project. Her writings center on love, chastity, and relationships all from a Roman Catholic perspective. 

An Engaging Faith- June 15-19th

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This week’s lineup is part of our Mission and Evangelization Week. A week where we discuss what it is to be a Church of mission, and evangelization engaged in the work of spreading the Gospel to the ends of the earth. 

Monday: Maureen Crowley Heil, Director of  Programs and Development for the Society for the Propagation of the Faith, in the Archdiocese of Boston speaks on World Mission. 

 

 

 

Tuesday: Maureen Crowley Heil, Director of  Programs and Development for the Society for the Propagation of the Faith, in the Archdiocese of Boston speaks on the work here in the US with the Missionary Childhood Association. 

 

Wednesday: Mary Margaret Kerry,FSP Daughter of St. Paul and current author of “Live Christ, Give Christ”, a collection of prayers for the New Evangelization

 
Thursday: Mission and Evangelization, Connections: ‎Looking at this idea of Mission and Evangelization within our local communities. Laura Chun, Loyola Chicago alum shares with us the beauty of living and serving within the Franciscan Mission of San Luis Rey Parish in Oceanside, California .

 

Friday: Weekly Recap Join me as discuss the past week’s news, events, tweets and posts! What does our Catholic Faith have to do the compassionate care and service to others, including those who are living around the world?