Stories from the Heart – January 14, 2010

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    Topic One – U.S. Bishops Announce a Major Push for Immigration Reform in 2010

    The USCCB yesterday announced steps to push for the enactment of immigration reform legislation in 2010. Bishop John C. Wester, bishop of Salt Lake City, Utah, and chairman of the USCCB Committee on Migration, said “It is our view, and that of others, that the American public, including the Catholic and other faith communities, want a humane and comprehensive solution to the problems which beset our immigration system, and they want Congress to address this issue.” They are pushing a postcard campaign and have set up two websites to keep the issue in the forefront. We talk to Kevin Appleby, Director of the Office of Migration and Refugee Policy at the USCCB.


    Topic Two – Marriage: The Rock on Which the Family Is Built

    Is marriage the foundation of family life? Many people today would say, “No!” Others would say, “Yes!”, but they would define “family” and “marriage” in ways at odds with how the words have been used almost throughout human history. In this revised and expanded edition of Marriage: The Rock on Which the Family is Built, internationally-renowned theologian William May makes the case for marriage’s foundational role for family, with marriage defined as the union of one man and one woman. Drawing on Pope John Paul II’s “theology of the body”, he explains the person-affirming, love-enabling, life-giving, and sanctifying nature of marriage. He shows how marriage is necessarily a complementary union of man and woman and how this rules out the idea of “same-sex” marriage.

    Topic Three – Lourdes: Font of Faith, Hope, and Charity

    Today is the anniversary of the birth of St. Bernadette Soubirous, whose visions of the Blessed Virgin led to the establishment of the Shrine of Lourdes. We talk with Elizabeth Ficocelli, author of Lourdes: Font of Faith, Hope and Charity. We look at the different facets of the apparitions - personal experience, historical analysis, and spiritual reflection.


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