Catholic Connection – June 4, 2014 – Hour 1

+  Reclaiming Francis: How the Saint and the Pope are Renewing the Church

  • Description: "As Pope Francis continues to call for the rebuilding of the Church, Msgr. Charles M. Murphy, author of The Spirituality of Fasting and Eucharistic Adoration, offers a timely look at what today's Church can learn from St. Francis of Assisi about evangelization and renewal. When Archbishop Jorge Bergoglio chose the name Francis, a renewed sense of hope and energy swept through the Church. In this timely book, Msgr. Charles M. Murphy examines the correlations between the two Francises and shows why St. Francis is an ideal model for today. Just as in St. Francis's time, today's Church can only be rebuilt and reinforced by a spiritual renewal that comes from within itself, a vision that Pope Francis carries forward in the New Evangelization. Pope Paul VI, the first modern pope to focus on evangelization, once said, "People today listen more to witnesses than to teachers." Pope Francis knows that St. Francis is just such a witness and Murphy enlivens them both for his readers." (Originally aired April 1, 2014)
  • Segment Guests:
    • Msgr. Charles Murphy

      Msgr. Murphy is the director of the permanent diaconate for the Diocese of Portland, Maine. Previously he served his diocese as director of education and has pastored four different parishes. He is the author of several articles and books, including "Eucharistic Adoration and The Spirituality of Fasting."

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        • Reclaiming Francis: How the Saint and the Pope are Renewing the Church
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+  A Voice Undefeated

  • Description: Raye's autobiography, A Voice Undefeated, gives readers a down-to-earth account of the author's personal and professional life. From his childhood in Arkansas and Texas through his days with the Wray Brothers Band in Oregon and Reno to his rise to international stardom, this book is both a journey to the top of the music world and an intimate diary of a soul that has suffered great professional and personal losses. Many who love Collin Raye, the successful country music artist, don't know much about Collin Raye, the man, and the many trials he has endured with faith and courage. Most recently his beloved nine-year-old granddaughter, Haley, died in 2010 from an undiagnosed neurological disease. Since Haley's death, Collin has become an advocate for the sick and disabled and has established the Haley Bell Blesséd Chair Foundation to provide wheelchairs to families with special needs children. This is a remarkable, inspirational story told by the man who lived it. It is a story of faith, of struggle, of suffering, of profound love, and ultimately of triumph in the midst of tragedy. (Originally aired April 3, 2014)
  • Segment Guests:
    • Collin Raye

      Collin Raye is one of America's best-loved country singers. He produced twenty-four Top Ten singles, of which sixteen were Number One hits, and a total of five straight platinum and two gold albums, which is a record for the Epic label to this day. He is an advocate for sick and disabled persons and continues to perform live throughout the country.

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+  A Voice Undefeated

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+  Jesus the Bridegroom: The Greatest Love Story Ever Told

  • Description: "In Jesus the Bridegroom, Brant Pitre once again taps into the wells of Jewish Scripture and tradition, and unlocks the secrets of what is arguably the most well-known symbol of the Christian faith: the cross of Christ. In this thrilling exploration, Pitre shows how the suffering and death of Jesus was far more than a tragic Roman execution. Instead, the Passion of Christ was the fulfillment of ancient Jewish prophecies of a wedding, when the God of the universe would wed himself to humankind in an everlasting nuptial covenant." (Originally aired April 1, 2014)
  • Segment Guests:
    • Dr. Brant Pitre
      Professor of Sacred Scripture , Notre Dame Seminary

      Brant is the author of the bestselling book "Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist: Unlocking the Secrets of the Last Supper" (2011). Dr. Pitre is an extremely enthusiastic and highly sought-after speaker who lectures regularly across the United States. He has produced dozens of Bible studies on both CD and DVD, in which he explores the biblical roots of the Catholic faith. He has also appeared on a number of Catholic radio and television shows, such as Catholic Answers Live and EWTN.

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+  Jesus the Bridegroom: The Greatest Love Story Ever Told

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