Stories from the Heart – June 2, 2010

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    First Topic – Edith Stein and Companions On the Way to Auschwitz

    On the same summer day in 1942, Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein) and hundreds of other Catholic Jews were arrested in Holland by the occupying Nazis. One hundred thirteen of those taken into custody, several of them priests and nuns, perished at Auschwitz and other concentration camps. They were murdered in retaliation for the anti-Nazi pastoral letter written by the Dutch Catholic bishops. While Saint Teresa Benedicta is the most famous member of this group, having been canonized by Pope John Paul II in 1998, all of them deserve the title of martyr, for they were killed not only because they were Jews but also because of the faith of the Church, which had compelled the Dutch bishops to protest the Nazi regime. Now, Fr. Paul Hamans has compiled these martyrs’ biographies, several of them detailed and accompanied by photographs. He joins us.

    Second Topic – June 11 – Feast of Bl. Ignatius Maloyan / 39 New Saints You Should Know

    Pope John Paul II canonized or beatified such a staggering number of people—well over fifteen hundred—that many of them remain as obscure after receiving their new title as they were before. If you have never heard of Bartolo Longo, the former satanic priest, you are not alone. And what about Enrico Rebuschini, who battled depression? Or the happily married Luigi and Maria Beltrame-Quattrocchi? Brian O'Neel is here to tell some of the stories of ordinary human beings who demonstrate that holiness is not another word for boring, but a defining characteristic of those who threw themselves wholeheartedly into the adventure of life.

    Third Topic – 80s Nostalgia as New A-Team and Karate Kid Hit Theaters

    There was a time during Steven Greydanus’ high school years when his family’s weekly rituals included two TV shows: “Knight Rider” and “The A-Team.” Twice a week they gathered on the sunroom couch around the box (yes, kids, TVs used to be shaped like boxes!) to see justice dispensed by a leather-jacketed David Hasselhoff and his talking Trans Am, and by four former Special Forces guys hiding out in the “Los Angeles underground.” We have some 80’s nostalgia today with the release of the new “A-Team” and “Karate Kid.”

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