Last Friday, Gus talked about the Boy Scouts of America’s decision to allow girls who identify as boys to join, to which Gus is opposed. He asked listeners to call in and give their thoughts and the very first caller accused Gus of driving people away from the Catholic Church with viewpoints like that. Today, inspired by that caller, Gus asks listeners why they feel people leave the Catholic faith.
Also, Gus engages in some Tell Me Something Good and gives away copies of his new booklet “A Minute in the Church: Life in Christ.”
Fr. Leo Patalinghug joins Gus in studio to visit his old friend and talk about the Table Foundation, an apostolic movement to strengthen relationships through the family meal.
Also, Gus gives an update on the de-funding of Planned Parenthood, spearheaded by Rep. Diane Black (R-TN), and her resolution to overturn a December 2016 Obama Administration rule forcing states to provide Title X funding to abortion providers like Planned Parenthood.
And, Gus talks about the Boys Scouts of America’s decision to allow girls who identify as boys to be admitted and gets listener feedback.
We also engage in some Friday Prayer Time.
After briefly going over today’s first reading, which deals with Noah and his family repopulating the earth after the Great Flood, Gus talks about Biblical literalism and asks listeners whether or not they believe that all the events in the Bible, particularly in the Old Testament, are true or not.
Later, Gus talks about getting sick on the God Bless Ya Brothers 2 Pilgrimage earlier this month and how he missed daily mass twice. He asks listeners whether or not they’ll drink from the chalice if they’re battling sickness or getting over being sick.
After witnessing a rousing applause after a homily this past Sunday, Gus talks with listeners about applauding at mass and whether or not it’s appropriate, sometimes appropriate, or never at all.
Also, Gus gives away copies of his new booklet, “A Minute in the Church: Life in Christ” provided those who get one give a copy to their pastor after they’re done reading it.
It’s Valentine’s Day on Seize the Day! Gus spends a little time trying to dust away some of the myths and legends that surround the saint and martyr and get down to who he exactly was, although no one has been able to pinpoint it with any degree of certainty. To read more about him, click here.
Later, Gus talks with listeners about what significance St. Valentine’s Day holds for them and we resume a Seize the Day tradition, asking listeners how they met their spouse, all while Gus’ producer, Scooterman, spins some of the sappiest love songs you’ll ever hear.
Also, we’re joined by author Lisa Cotter who talks about her new book “Dating Detox: 40 Days of Perfecting Love in an Imperfect World,” cowritten with her husband Kevin. Lisa and Kevin currently engage thousands of youth and young adults each year on the topics of chastity and living life with excellence through her national speaking ministry and blogging for FOCUS.
St. Valentine, pray for us.
Scott Weeman (pictured below) joins Gus in the Conversion Corner. Scott was raised Catholic, but his family were far from steadfast churchgoers. Around the time he was confirmed (age 17), he took his first drink, which led him down a dark path of alcoholism and drug addiction. Scott continued to struggle until his religious epiphany. His story gives hope to anybody struggling with addiction. Check out his blog here.
Also, after witnessing a priest rap a homily about church collection, Gus asks listeners their thoughts about “entertainment-based” homilies.
And, it’s Monday, so we set up some time for Tell Me Something Good.
Gus talks about the #ProtestPP Defund Planned Parenthood rallies going on nationwide this week and asks listeners to call in who’ve ever been a part of a protest or demonstration. One of the rally organizers, Eric Scheidler, executive director of the Pro-Life Action League, calls in to give background and details.
Later, Gus’ new bishop, Bishop Gregory Parkes (pictured below) of the Diocese of St. Petersburg, Florida, calls in to share his vocation story.
And, Gus gives away copies of “A Minute in the Church: Life in Christ” and engages in some Friday Prayer Time.
Gus is back from the Holy Land and he talks about getting the flu abroad, which was a nightmare, particularly because it spread among his fellow pilgrims. In light of this, Gus talks with callers who’ve also had travel nightmares.
Also, Steve Hemler, president of the Catholic Apologetics Institute of North America, calls in to talk about several apolgetics seminars CAINA is offering throughout the year.
Gus and Lino spend some time around the Sea of Galilee today and talk about what they imagined it would look like before seeing it versus their first impressions and how they see it now. Then, it’s on to their first stop today, Caesarea Philippi, an ancient Roman city located at the southwestern base of Mount Hermon, where Jesus asked his closest disciples who they thought He was; to which St. Peter replied, “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
Later, they journey to Nazareth and visit the Church of the Annunciation and, afterwards, journey to Cana where Jesus performed his first public miracle at the Wedding Feast at Cana. Gus and Michelle renew their wedding vows for the sixth time in their 36-year marriage, and the second time at Cana.
Above: Gus and Lino at Caesarea Philippi
Gus begins his God Bless Ya Brothers Pilgrimage 2 with Lino Rulli. The two arrive in Israel ahead of their pilgrims . Together, they give the listener a walking tour of the Old City of Jerusalem as they embark for the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.