Yesterday, Gus was forced to take a day off because his bride, Michelle, had to be taken to the emergency room. Although it wasn't a dire emergency, it was enough for her to have to be admitted to the hospital and stay overnight. In this era of COVID, where most hosptials and medical facilities won't allow visitors, Gus was pleasantly surprised that he was able to go into the ER and to her hospital room. He asks listeners who've had COVID-era medical experiences to call in and share them.
Also, Gus melds together honoring Catholic Schools Week and our Conversion Corner segment by welcoming Ali Ghaffari to the show. Ali is the founder of Divine Mercy Academy, a Catholic school in Pasadena, Maryland that offers a classical education. Although raised in a somewhat Christian household, Ali eventually drifted into agnosticism and atheism, which included a stint as a Navy fighter pilot. He shares his fascinating conversion story with Gus and his listeners.
Also, Gus talks about today's Feast of St. Blaise, a fourth century bishop who was martyred for the faith. Because of his curing of a young man who was choking on a fish bone, he's become known as the patron saint of throat ailments. Traditionally, around the world, Catholics have their throats blessed on this day. Unfortunately, like so many wonderful things, this is another casualty of COVID. Although it is most efficacious to have a priest bless your throat, Gus does tell listeners that you can bless your own.
St. Blaise, pray for us!