Deacon Larry Oney sits down with Gus in the Conversion Corner. Deacon Larry grew up without formal religion but was surrounded by members of the Black Southern Baptist church. He was one of 11 children born to a sharecropping family in rural Louisiana. It wasn't until after college that he had a profound religious experience as a traveling salesman. He'd been listening to religious talk radio when a random man walked up to him and told him, "God loves you." It started a snowball effect that ultimately led Deacon Oney to the Catholic Church. He tells Gus and the listeners the rest of his story, which you can also read about in his autobiography, "Amazed By Grace: Overcoming Racial Divides By the Power of the Holy Spirit." He also talks about his ministry, Hope & Purpose, and how they help people grow in faith.
Also, Dr. Matthew Bunson of EWTN News calls in to chat with Gus about some news topics of Catholic interest, including Walter Reed Hospital in Washington D.C. terminating its Catholic pastoral care contract during Holy Week, the Vatican's announcement that lay people, including women, will vote on certain things in the upcoming Synod on Synodality. Of course, nobody is sure exactly on what they'll be voting. They also talk about Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia's recent comment that physician-assisted suicide is "feasible." Paglia is the president of the Pontifical Academy for Life. And they wraps things up talking about Pope Francis' forthcoming visit to Hungary this weekend. Afterwards, Gus goes over this year's CARA survey of the 2023 priestly ordination class, which finds that 96% come from stable families, pray the Rosary regularly, had been altar services, etc. It reflects that most came from families who are active in parish life.