Talking about the “Things That Matter Most” on November 15, 2017
4:00 – Fun Facts about Solanus Casey: A Saint-to-be in our Backyard
Fr. Solanus Casey spent more than twenty years serving the poor and sick of Detroit and took great joy in saying Mass for them. As we continue our preparations for his beatification on Saturday, we’ll talk with Pete Burak about who Fr. Casey was why he’s a perfect witness for reaching today’s youth.
4:20 – A Forgotten Story of Treachery, Tragedy and Extraordinary Heroism
On December 1,1917 the French freighter Mont-Blanc set sail from Brooklyn laden with American troops and munitions en route to the trenches of France. It carried 3,000 tons of explosives, prompting its captain to take unprecedented safety measures. All went well until it slipped into Halifax Harbor, Nova Scotia. A collision with another ship started a fire, and at 9:04 am the ship erupted, instantly killing 2,000 people and turning more than two square miles into rubble. It was history’s largest manmade blast until the A-bomb. From this tragedy emerged an incredible story of heroism and sacrifice. John U. Bacon joins us with the tale.
5:00 – The Forgotten Persecution of Colonial Catholics
Most mainstream studies of American history neglect to tell the story of Catholics in the early days of America, especially the persecution they faced from other Americans. Catholics first came to Maryland in 1634 in search of religious freedom and their story continues through the post-Revolutionary period and the beginning of the new nation, when the constitutions of nine of the 13 states contained harsh anti-Catholic provisions. Fr Charles Connor joins us with a look at the story of these Catholics and the contributions they made in the pre- and post- Revolutionary period.