Category Archives: Seize the Day

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Gus resumes yesterday’s extremely hot topic of how we dress at mass. After the show, Gus was inundated with emails about the topic and opinions were pretty well mixed. Gus again takes it to the listeners and gets their thoughts on dressing up or dressing down for mass.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Gus talks about dress codes at mass and whether or not it’s an invitation to get dressed up or we should just be happy people are coming and not be mindful of what they wear. If you feel that there should be a dress standard, are you being judgmental? Gus takes it to listeners and gets their thoughts.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Gus reads the controversial report on U.S. Catholicism, written by Jesuit priest Fr. Antonio Spadaro (pictured below) and Marcello Figueroa for the Italian Jesuit publication La Civiltà Cattolica, entitled “A Suprising Ecumenism.” Afterwards, Gus gives his take on the article and then gets listener reaction.

Later, Gus talks about mass and how people can, at times, struggle with it and then have that “a-ha” moment where it all clicks. He talks with listeners who’ve experience a mass “a-ha” moment.

Note: When clicking the link for “A Surprising Ecumenism,” you’ll notice it’s in Italian. If you right click your mouse, you’ll see the option to “Translate to English.” Simply click that prompt and you’ll be able to read it.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Based on today’s Gospel reading from Matthew, where Jesus tells his apostles that he has not come to bring peace, but the sword, Gus talks about the division following Jesus has caused him. Jesus is warning them that following his word will cause division among family, friends and neighbors. Gus talks about his religious conversion experience and how it affected his parents and siblings. Gus confesses that some family members read it as him thinking he was better than them and took it personally. He asks listeners to share their stories.

And Gus kicks the show off today with an extended round of Tell Me Something Good.

Friday, July 14, 2017

The Catholic Church has faced political, social and philosophical threat since its beginning so Gus talks with listeners about some of the greatest threats to the Catholic faith today.

Later, Bryan Mercier (pictured below) Catholic speaker and writer, sits down with Gus in the Conversion Corner. Bryan is a Catholic revert. Check out his conversion story here.

Also, Gus plays a couple rounds of “Get to Know Me” with listeners and those who get on the air win a crucifix or a St. Benedict medal, and it wouldn’t be a Seize the Day Friday without a little Prayer Time.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Fr. Doug Grandon calls in, from the Netherlands, to sit down with Gus in the Conversion Corner and share his conversion and vocation story. Fr. Grandon is in the Netherlands with 13 FOCUS students, and some nuns from the Nashville Dominicans, on a missionary trip.

Also, Gus talks about a recent opinion piece written by Rhode Island Bishop Thomas Tobin, for his diocesan newspaper, where he talks about the vocations shortage in the country and the world, and some proposed causes and solutions. Gus takes it to the listeners and asks what they think is a cure all for the vocation shortage.

And, Gus gives an update on baby Charlie Gard, the British infant, born with a rare disease, who’s parents are fighting against the UK government to keep him alive. They were back in court today to present new evidence in hopes of getting Charlie to a U.S. or Vatican hospital.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Gus talks about how infidelity in a marriage doesn’t have to be a deal breaker. There can be healing. Gus talks about finding healing in a troubled marriage and invites listeners to call in and share their stories. There are many Catholic programs and retreats that assist troubled marriages, including Retrouvaille, which you can learn more about here.

Also, Gus gives an update on a recent joint study on the Shroud of Turin conducted by the Instito Officina dei Materiali in Trieste, Italy and the Department of Engineering at the University of Turin. The study concluded that the man wrapped in the shroud suffered significant trauma, concurrent with victims of torture, and that the image could not have been painted. Afterwards, Gus talks with listeners who have a religious relic in their possession.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

In honor of St. Benedict’s feast day, Gus gives a Benedictine twist to Bible Roulette where he gives out each of St. Benedict’s 12 Steps of Humility, from his Rule of St. Benedict, to callers.

Also, in keeping with the feast day, Gus talks with listeners about their favorite religious order, since St. Benedict is considered the father of Western monastacism.

St. Benedict, pray for us.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Gus talks about a real-life conundrum he heard about recently. A man’s wife passed away and wanted to be cremated with her ashes scattered over the ocean. Not long after her death, the widower had a conversion experience and became Catholic. The Catholic Church condones cremation but the ashes may not be scattered Now, he’s in a bit of a quandary. Does he scatter her final wishes or Church teaching, even though his wife wasn’t not a practicing Catholic. Gus takes it to the listeners.

And, it’s Friday so that means we engage in a little Prayer Time.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Today Gus shared Pope Francis’ prayer intention for the month of June – to pray for those who are distant from the faith. Click here to watch the video from the Vatican on this.

In light of that, Gus asked listeners to share the story of how they found the Catholic Channel and where they were in their faith journey at the time. Many shared stories of how The Catholic Channel has helped them to evangelize to others.

Finally, in today’s first reading was the story of God testing Abraham by asking him to offer up his son, Isaac. Gus asked listeners to share the stories of they have been tested and how God saw them through.