John Thavis: The Rome bureau chief for Catholic News Service told us about the latest from the Vatican. Rumors have been swirling about a move to pre-Vatican II, but John said those rumors are false. He also told us about the Pope’s upcoming schedule. Keep up with the latest in Catholic news at www.catholicnews.com.
Max Lucado: The best-selling author came on to tell us about his latest book, Fearless: Imagine Your Life Without Fear. Max talked about the things that we fear most, and how to overcome them through trust in God. Highly recommended reading for all! Get a copy of the book below.
A group of filmmakers have recently filmed a documentary that aims to expose the terrible reality of abortion, focusing on the financial aspect of the multimillion dollar abortion industry. Producer John Zipp joined me today to talk about the importance of this movie. To support the documentary “Blood Money,” go to Â www.bloodmoneyfilm.com.
Bishop Arthur Serratelli, Chairman, USCCB Committee on Divine Worship talked to us about the new translation of the Roman Missal. For examples and more information go to www.usccb.org/romanmissal.
The mission of service to the recovery community begins with Intervention 911 founder and guest Ken Seeley. Certified by the National Association of Drug and Alcohol Interventionists, Ken has been professionally and personally involved in the recovery community for over 16 years and his experience and enthusiasm is reflected throughout Intervention 911. Go to http://intervention911.com/ for contact information and helpful recourses.
Kim Wadas, Associate Director of Education and Health Care at the Wisconsin Catholic Conference, joined me today to talk about the issued statement to the stateâ€™s Catholic faithful expressing their â€œdeep concernâ€ about a state provision that requires providers of health insurance include contraceptive services. The rule will force Catholic dioceses and other agencies to pay for a â€œgravely immoralâ€ service, Kim Wadas says. For more information go to www.wisconsincatholic.org.
A seventeen year old girl from Columbus, OH who converted to Christianity is claiming that she fled to Orlando, FL because her devout Muslim parents have threatened to kill her. Guest Walid Shoebat knows all about the culture Bthe girl has lived in. He has no doubt that she is telling the truth because he was once very much a part of that culture. Until 1993, Shoebat was a devout Muslim who believed that Islam should one day dominate the world by any means possible. In 1993, his Roman Catholic wife challenged him to read the Bible. Upon doing so, he had been converted in very much the same way that Fathima Rifqa Bary was converted by fellow students. Find out more at www.shoebat.com.
Deacon Don Sparling: The Associate Director of the Cooperative Wildlife Research Laboratory at Southern Illinois University talked about how science and religion can be complementary.Â A Ph.D., Don is involved with the Institute of Theological Encounter with Science and Technology (ITEST). They are currently assembling online programs for elementary students that integrate science and religion. To find out more, go to www.creationlens.org.
John Salza: The author of Why Catholics Cannot be Masons talked about freemasonry as a religion, and its incompatibility with Catholicism. John was at one time aÂ 32nd degree mason. If you or someone you know is a Catholic involved with masonry, this is a must read book. You can get a copy of it below.
Allison O’Kelly: The CEO of MomCorps told us about how she returned to the work force a few years ago after a stint as a stay-at-home mom. She found that her skills were in much demand, and started finding work for some of her mom friends. Thus began her staffing company, MomCorps. Allison also gave moms some great tips for preparing to return to the work force. Find out more at www.momcorps.com
Dr. Grattan Brown was on the program today to speak about the conscience clause in the health care reform bill to force doctors, pharmacists, etc to provide abortion services.Â Dr. Grattan Brown is the Assistant Professor of Theology at Belmont Abbey College, and is an expert in the issues of bio-ethics through a Catholic perspective.
Dave Salmoni from the new show on Discovery was on the program today.Â Dave must help a pride of â€œproblem lionsâ€ learn to accept humans and support the growing eco-tourism in the area. The show gives him Â Â the ultimate opportunity to immerse himself totally within a pride of lions — smack in the middle of a mind-blowing African landscape.Â To learn more about Dave and the show visit http://animal.discovery.com/tv/into-the-pride/.
Today in our Everyday Hero segment Kris Kuester told his story.Â For the past 14 years, Kris Kuester–an ordained pastor and gifted worship leader–has lived with an incurable, neurodegenerative illness called syringomyelia. Kris has found a way to thrive despite his illness; he is now committed to helping others through a new ministry called Living With It.Â For more information visit http://www.livingwithit.net/.
Father Leo A. Walsh, the first Alaskan to work at the U.S. bishops’ headquarters in Washington, was on the program today.Â Father Walsh brings a variety of skills to his new post as associate director of the Secretariat of Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, specializing in Catholic-Muslim relations.
Dr. Steve Schloeder was on the program to discuss Liturgical Architecture and the Laityâ€™s call to renew the temporal order.Â To learn more about Dr. Schloederâ€™s projects and publications visit his website at www.LiturgicalEnvirons.com.
Americaâ€™s toughest trainer, Jillian Michaels, was on the program today. The New York Times bestselling author, motivational speaker, trainer and life coach on the NBC hit series The Biggest Loser, has created a household name through helping people achieve healthier and happier lives.Â She has recently created a line of weight loss supplements.Â To learn more about Jillian and her products visit www.jillianmichaels.com
Today, Candi Cushman from Focus on the family was on the program to discuss how to respond to the promotion of homosexuality in your school.Â To learn more visit www.truetolerance.org or www.focusonthefamily.com
Today in our everyday heroes segment we spoke with Todd Lemieux.Â Lemieux is a Catholic author, youth minister, missionary and evangelist who recently underwent successful kidney transplant surgery, giving his brother new hope for a normal life. The transplant is one of the concrete decisions Lemieux made as a participant in The Sainthood Project.Â To learn more about the sainthood project visit http://www.sainthoodandsurrender.com/
Father Jay Toborowsky was on the program today.Â He was a convert from Judaism and is currently the Parochial Vicar of St. Mary’s Church in Alpha, N.J. He has hosted Proclaim the Good News since 2003.Â To learn more visit www.avemariaradio.net
Off duty firefighter Joel Rechlitz joined us as our Everyday Hero. Joel was involved in the rescue of a 4-year-old boy pulled from his mother’s burning vehicle Joel and his brother. He suffered serious and deep burns to 20% of his body and will require months of treatment and rehabilitation, according to a pediatric surgeon caring for the boy. To help DJ and his family go to www.helpingdavid.com.
As the Catholic chaplain for the Green Bay Packers, Father James Baraniak says a half-hour Mass in the defense lecture hall at Lambeau Field 4 1/2 hours before each home game. About 25 people attend – a few players, most of the Packers’ executive committee members and others, he said. To find out more about Father James go to http://baraniak.blogspot.com/.