Gus is back from his pilgrimage to the Holy Land and, after giving a preview of the trip and how his home was affected by Hurricane Ian, he plays a clip from yesterday's Conversation w/Cardinal Dolan where Cardinal Dolan talked with Bishop Frank Dewane of the Diocese of Venice, Florida, which was hit hardest by Hurricane Ian. Bishop Dewane gives an update of the death toll and the destruction and let's listeners know how they can help if they feel so moved.
Later, Fr. Robert Altier calls in to talk about his new book, "God's Plan for Your Marriage: An Exploration of Holy Matrimony from Genesis to the Wedding Feast of the Lamb." In addition to talking about the Catholic teaching on marriage in light of Sacred Scripture, Fr. Altier also shares his vocation story.
Also, Gus shares some Holy Land stories and shares how he was in the Holy Land when Hurricane Ian struck Florida last Thursday and only got back yesterday. Fortunately, his and Michelle's home sustained no damage. He talks about how, on the one hand, he feels blessed and, on the other, he has a bit of survivor's guilt because many homes in neighboring homes got severely damaged or destroyed.
And two saints share a feast today, St. Faustina Kowalska and Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos. Gus tells both of their stories and reflects on the legacies they left the Catholic Church.
The Catholic Channel has been my favorite channel ever since I traded vehicles and the new one had Sirius . I listen to you as I drive to mass at St Stephens before our Legion of Mary meeting every Tuesday. Then our group will get the host and head out to two assistant living facilities and one rehab center bringing Jesus to the residents. It is our “work” for Mother Mary’s Legion.
I dearly love all the programs and learn so much about our faith. Thank you Gus
Joyce Brokaw, Tennessee also president of Mary Queen of The Universe Legion of Mary
I heard a few minutes of your program today when you were speaking about survivor’s guilt. My heart goes out to all the victims of Ian. It brought back memories of a monster storm called Sandy.
When it hit southern Jersey, the center passed over my home, but the worst of the winds separated from the center of the storm and traveled up the coast. That is where the worst damage occurred. We were spared the damage. This is the only time in my 70 years that I recall seeing a major storm do this.
About 5 decades ago, my father gave us a copy of the PIETA PRAYER BOOK. The hermit of Loreto actually helped write the book. Inside is: “The prayer or blessing against storms, which originated in a convent and church in Lisbon, Portugal. Pope innocent III, 1198-1216, ordered it published.”
I don’t remember how many times I prayed the prayer. I’m sure many people were praying. I remember survivor’s guilt, the images, and the pain expressed by the victims.
All things are possible with prayer, trust, hope, love, faith, and surrender to His Holy Will.