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We all dream of it; the perfect family Christmas. Everyone sitting around the table ready to enjoy a beautiful and peaceful meal as we celebrate the season. But given the baggage that most families have; baggage that often spills over into some sort of disagreement or perhaps a feud during the holidays, are these visions of Norman Rockwell like settings even remotely possible to achieve? Where does Jesus fit it to all of this and how is a faithful Catholic to prepare for what can be challenging times with loved ones? Guest: Steve Ray, Founder of Footprints of God Pilgrimages, author, and international speaker.
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Reclaiming the Joy: Making the Most of Advent During Troubling Times. Are you feeling a bit overwhelmed given all the bad news that continues to make headlines in the Church, across our nation and around the world? How can Christians reclaim their joy and eager anticipation during Advent for the coming the Lord—to make the most out of this important season leading into the Christmas holiday. Guest: Fr. Mike Schmitz, Chaplain for Newman Catholic Campus Ministries at the University of Minnesota Duluth and Director of the Office of Youth Ministry for the Diocese of Duluth. 67 minutes.
Speaking Up, Getting Heard, And What Comes Next in the Church Crisis. Continued discussion on the current Church crisis. Learn how to speak up when you see a problem – and be heard, and what we should expect from the Bishop’s meeting this November. Guests: Fr. John Riccardo, Pastor of Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church in Plymouth, MI, & Al Kresta, President and CEO of Ave Maria Radio and host of “Kresta in the Afternoon.” 71 minutes.
Part II of the webcast helping lay Catholics understand and address the current crisis in the Church. Teresa Tomeo continues the discussion with an update on the current investigations as well as lay efforts that are drawing national and international attention. Teresa also examines how the crisis might be addressed by our Church leaders. Guests: Msgr. Charles Pope & Al Kresta. 65 minutes.
Part I of the webcast helping lay Catholics understand and address the current crisis in the Church. Still reeling from the shocking revelations regarding Archbishop Theodore McCarrick, just weeks later the faithful were dealt another massive blow through the release of a lengthy and horrific Grand Jury report dealing with decades of abuse cases in several Pennsylvania dioceses. Teresa Tomeo provides an update on this developing story including an examination of the Grand Jury report. Also discussed is the importance of lay involvement including guidelines for writing local and national Church leaders, suggestions for ways to raise awareness at the parish and diocesan level, and why the role of the laity must be a top priority in promoting permanent change. Guests: Dr. Janet Smith professor, & Faith Hakesley Johnston, priest abuse survivor. 72 minutes.
The word “love” is continually tossed around in our conversations today but taken much too lightly–perhaps because of its real meaning. Teresa is joined by Theology of the Body expert and international speaker Damon Owens as they explain how true love: love of God, love of neighbor, and, yes, even love of self, is the driving force behind all of Church teaching including what’s considered to be one of the most controversial encyclicals ever written, Humanae Vitae. What does love have to do with it? Well, as you’ll hear—everything! Guest: Damon Owens. 59 minutes.
Teresa and her guest, renowned Catholic theologian and historian Matthew Bunson, will help sift through what the media is reporting and help you clearly understand the Church’s teachings on immigration. Learn how to separate fact from fiction on this very important issue for our times, and learn our responsibilities and what our response should be as Catholics? Guest: Dr. Matthew Bunson. 60 minutes.
Teresa and Kelly Wahlquist, founder of Women in the New Evangelization (WINE) will discuss Pope Francis’s recent teachings on women and their indispensable contribution to the Church and to society. They address what the distinctive skill set is that women tend to possess that makes them indispensable, and why we need women in the evangelization effort in the church. Learn ways women can grow spiritually and in their knowledge of the Catholic faith, and how they can be both disciples of Jesus while also being mentors to other women. Guest: Kelly Wahlquist. 61 minutes.
Countless Catholics settle for a faith that doesn’t go farther than the Sunday Mass. While essential, dedicating one hour of our lives to Sunday Mass alone won’t satisfy our deep longing for more. In Beyond Sunday: Becoming a 24/7 Catholic, radio host Teresa Tomeo gets real about what it takes to live a distinctly Catholic way of life. Learn how to live a rewarding life and grow in your relationship with Christ. With personal stories and research, this book offers practical tips for seekers in any stage of faith. Guest: Gail Coniglio. 65 Minutes.
Since the Second Vatican Council, the Church in the U.S. has been leading the way in the formation and ordination of deacons. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the diaconate and the Church celebrated with a major gathering in New Orleans. Teresa Tomeo looks at the gift of the diaconate, highlights the congress, and also helps those considering the diaconate call. Guests: Deacon Thomas Dubois & Deacon Digest Editor Grechen Crowe. 61 Minutes.
After the recent shootings in Las Vegas and Florida, atheists and others used the tragedies as a means to attack those promising to pray for the victims and their families with a hashtag campaign #thoughtsandprayersdonothing. Why the attack in a country that is still predominantly Christian? What does the research actually say about the positive power of prayer in our lives? What should the Christian response be to the continued acts of violence in our world? And what is the Catholic Church doing to address the issues that continue to plague our world. Guests: Steve Angrisano & Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J. 73 minutes.
What are the root causes of the current sexual scandals that continue to make headlines? What real impact will the “Times Up” and “#metoo” campaigns have in changing the overly sexualized culture? What does the Catholic Church have to say about the cure for these societal ailments? Teresa and her guest Bill Donaghy from the Theology of the Body Institute look at the current crisis and explain how the Church in Her prophetic wisdom predicted this type of crisis years ago during the sexual revolution while providing the solutions — solutions that are still being ignored today. Guest: Bill Donaghy. 61 minutes.
Among all the fun of Halloween, there are occult themes that pervaded what once was preparation for a holy day and have infiltrated into our culture all year round. Occult books, movies, games like Ouija boards, and magic spells are aimed specifically at young people. What can parents do to educate their children about the occult so that they are not so easily captivated by this darkness? How did we get to this point where we have lost the true meaning of the All Saints Day eve celebration and children are more excited about representations of evil than faith? How much is too much and when to say no to movies and shows with gore, ghosts and goblins? Guest: Women of Grace author Susan Brinkmann, OCDS. 62 Minutes.
In the wake of the recent disasters, as well as those who are out of work, coping with a terminal illness, going through divorce or in an abusive relationship, many are suffering. Learn how to understand and embrace the cross of suffering, what God expects of us, and how suffering calls forth love. This webcast will help you gain knowledge, healing, and peace if you are seeking meaning in the mystery of suffering. Teresa and Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J. will also look at St. John Paul II’s Apostolic Letter, Salvifici Doloris, on the Christian Meaning of Human Suffering. Guest: EWTN host and Jesuit scripture scholar, Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J. 66 Minutes.
Many find the conflict between sexual desires and the teachings of the Catholic Church too difficult. The Church’s teachings are clear. Join Teresa Tomeo and guest Daniel C. Mattson, who once identified himself as gay, as they examine the Church’s teachings on same-sex attraction and what the Catholic response is to those dealing with gender dysphoria. Learn also what to do when your child says they like the same sex and how we can walk the journey with those struggling with same-sex attraction. Guest: Author Daniel C. Mattson. 62 minutes.
Our culture is now promoting transgenderism as if it is not just acceptable, but good for our society, even for children, and even when children suffer from harmful “therapies” to permanently alter their young bodies. Teresa Tomeo continues the discussion on the transgender agenda. In the second webinar on this topic, Teresa and her guest answer questions and give Catholics and other concerned Christians guidance in offering loving responses to those who are accepting and promoting the continuing attacks on the dignity of the human person. Guest: Dr. Michelle A. Cretella, M.D., President of the American College of Pediatricians. 59 Minutes.
Preaching the truth with love, Teresa Tomeo, along with medical experts, examine the facts versus fiction when it comes to the transgender agenda. Teresa and her guest will take a look at the actual numbers and expose the reality, the “Fake News,” and the spin attached to this hot button issue that continues to make daily headlines. Audience questions are then answered. Guest: Dr. Richard P. Fitzgibbons, M.D., P.C., Catholic psychiatrist. 63 Minutes.
Why Couples Who Pray Together, Stay Together: Learn How to Make Your Marriage Stronger Through Prayer
You’ve heard the saying “the family that prays together, stays together.” Well, the same holds true for married couples. Join Teresa Tomeo and Ken & Signe Castel of the Couple Prayer movement as they provide great suggestions to jump start your prayer life. Guests: Ken & Signe Castel. 58 Minutes.
There is no doubt devout Catholics take the purification period of Lent seriously by making sacrifices and taking on more faith-filled activities, but how about taking the same approach with your spouse? Greg and Julie Alexander of the Alexander House marriage ministry join Teresa as they explore ideas and exercises that will help bring couples closer together by growing closer to God. Guests: Greg & Julie Alexander. 63 Minutes
Learn why the March for Life is an important witness to family, friends, & even foes, and how it can jump-start your faith life & understanding of Church teaching regarding the dignity of the human person. Discover how one person can make a difference in the fight for life. Guest: Jeannie Monahan, President of the March for Life. 61 minutes.
Teresa will take a close look at how emulating the Blessed Mother can help bring us closer to Christ during the Advent season and beyond. She will look at the importance of the three R’s: reflecting, rejoicing, and responding. Learn how to dial down the activities and the noise in your life and develop some good habits that will serve you well during the hectic holiday season and well into the new year. 54 Minutes.
Teresa Tomeo, along with theologian, ethicist, and cultural analyst Dr. Pia de Solenni, will explore the reasons why citizens need to vote, the connection between voting and spirituality, how to evaluate the issues and the candidates, and how you can do even more than vote by also mobilizing others to do the same. Guest: Dr. Pia de Solenni, Chancellor of the Diocese of Orange in California. 62 Minutes.
Learn why citizens need to vote, how to evaluate issues beyond just the candidates, and what you can do beyond voting. Guest: Fr. Frank Pavone, President of Priests for Life. 61 Minutes.
How to Use the Media Wisely to Prepare for Voting. Whom should we trust as sources of solid information? How do we as Catholics make faithful decisions at the polls? How has the desensitization that has occurred through the media directly impact our life in the Church? What does it mean to have a well-formed conscience? And how do we go about properly discerning media messages? 60 Minutes.
Teresa will discuss how young people are influenced in the media, how to counteract the mass media messaging in our culture, and how influential the higher educational system really is when it comes to particular agendas – even at some so called “Catholic Colleges.” Teresa will give examples of how students are affected and ways they can cope, and instructions for parents on how to help their kids without being too overbearing. Learn how to keep a good balance between protecting your kids from the culture and them keeping their independence. She has great ideas of ways your college student can keep the faith as well as make a difference. 62 Minutes.
Teresa discusses how the most dominant force in the lives of almost all Americans is the media—the Internet, TV, radio, Facebook, Instagram, SnapChat and iPhones. Although incredibly intoxicating, the media all too often distracts us from that which is most important. Learn how to stop the excessive use of media which is stealing precious time away from us. 62 Minutes.