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Wednesday May 23, 2017

Gus and Fr. Leo are in Avila, Spain and they start off discussing the meeting earlier today between President Donald Trump and Pope Francis.

Later, Gus does a Conversion Corner segment with pilgrims Dave and Holly Benefield and the experience of being in Madrid when the Real Madrid soccer team won the La Liga title and how they gathered together the next day, as a team, and offered their title up to the Blessed Virgin Mary. Afterward, Gus gets to know pilgrims Gerard and Janet DeGuzman.

Gus in Avila

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

It’s Day 1 of the Spain & Portugal pilgrimage and Gus talks about meeting the pilgrims at the airport in Madrid. Gus talks at length with several of them about their respective faith journeys, including Tom and Gale Flynn. Tom had a miracle healing in 2008 and he also shares that inspirational story. Later, Gus talks to pilgrims Deacon Bill Remmer and his wife Patty as well as Chrissy Hajovsky.

Also, Gus talks about attending mass with the pilgrims at Our Lady of the Walls in Madrid (pictured below).

Our Lady of the Walls

Monday, May 22, 2017

It’s Day 0 of the Spain & Portugal and Pilgrimage. Gus and Michelle arrive a day ahead of the pilgrims. They talk about why they chose this location and what they’re expecting on this pilgrimage.

Later, Gus’s tour companion Fr. Leo Patalinghug arrives and talks with Gus about Spain and Portugal’s deep Catholic heritage and, together, they go over the travel itinerary.

Also, Gus talks with two of their Select International tour guides, Susan Pendergast and Fulvio Bracciali.

Gus in Spain

Friday, May 19, 2017

After a friend of Gus’s family experienced a medical miracle, Gus asks listeners to call in who’ve experienced a medical miracle of their own.

And, John Knutsen sits down with Gus in the Conversion Corner. John, a convert from atheism, grew up the youngest child in a Catholic family but his faith waned after his parents didn’t require he attend Sunday mass with them at a young age. By the time his oldest brother died of complications from AIDS, John was a full blow atheist. He tells Gus what ultimately led him back. Find out by clicking here.

Also, we engage in a little Friday Prayer Time right off the bat.

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Building off of yesterday’s caller segment where Gus talked with listeners about following a priest to a parish after he’s been moved, Gus asks listeners how long they think a priest or pastor should stay at a parish.

And, Gus talks again about how women are coming off oral contraception because of health reasons and takes calls from women who were, at one time, on the pill. Gus also hears from a man who had a vasectomy 15 years ago and the struggles with guilt he’s endured.

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Fr. Andrew Small, national director of the Pontifical Mission Societies, calls in to talk about MISSIO, a unique new Catholic crowdfunding platform designed to make a difference for the poor and forgotten around the world.

Also, Gus takes on a couple hot topics. First, it’s that time of the year where priests are transitioned to another church within their diocese, or sometimes elsewhere. Gus asks listeners if they’ve ever followed their pastor to a new parish.

Second, Gus read a recent article on Catholic News Agency that talked about how women are getting off oral contraceptives because of negative effects on their health. Gus talks with listeners who’ve gotten off the pill and why.

Oral contraceptives

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Gus went to a different parish this past weekend because he was out of town and he noticed that the guy sitting in front of him had about three different prayer postures for his hands, so he asks listeners how they fold their hands at mass and if they hold hands during the Our Father or not.

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Monday, May 15, 2017

Gus talks about a particular incident that took place over the weekend. He was in Myrtle Beach, helping his son Patrick move into his new apartment when Gus told him about a struggle he’s having with a friend. Gus said something out of character and Patrick called him out, spiritually. Gus asks listeners about a time in their life when one of their kids called them out or evangelized them.

Also, Eric Sammons calls in to talk about his conversion to the Catholic faith and about his new book “The Old Evangelization: How To Spread The Faith Like Jesus Did.”

And, we do a little Tell Me Something Good with listeners.

Old Evangelization

Friday, May 12, 2017

It’s Mothers Day on Seize the Day so Gus opens the phone lines to mothers, or those who wish to honor their mothers. Callers who get on the air get a Seize the Day prize which they can either keep for themselves or give to their mothers. At the end of the program, Gus pays tribute to all the moms in his life, including his mother, his wife and his daughter Emily for Mother’s Day.

And, it’s Friday so that means Prayer Time.

Happy Mothers Day

Thursday, May 12, 2017

Catholic News Agency  recently ran an article with the headline “France’s new president is a “zombie Catholic,” which means that, although raised Catholic, its teachings play a very minor in his life, although he still identifies himself as such. The term was coined by two French sociologists, Emmanuel Todd and Hervé Le Bras, and Gus asks listeners what they think a “zombie Catholic” is and if they ever were one.

Later, a former executive from a major corporation that was exposed in the early 2000s for major fraud, named Rick, calls into the program to talk about what that experience was like for him. Not only did Rick lose his job but was also sent to prison for five years for his role. Afterwards, Gus talks with listeners about a tragedy in their life that was later revealed to be a blessing.

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