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  • Catholic Connection – May 27, 2016 – Hour 1

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    Day by Day for the Holy Souls in Purgatory: 365 Reflections

    • Description: "Every day we have another opportunity to pray for the holy souls in purgatory - author, speaker, and purgatory expert Susan Tassone gives you a unique tool to do just that. Day by Day for the Holy Souls includes prayers, teachings about purgatory, real-life stories, Susan's own wisdom, meditations, quotes from the saints, and more. You can use this book however you like - as a daily devotional, as a year round novena, to follow the liturgical seasons - or, just pick it up and read as the Spirit leads you." (Originally aired December 26, 2014)
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      • Susan Tassone

        Susan Tassone has long been a passionate champion for the holy souls in purgatory and is recognized as leading the “purgatory movement” in the United States. She is a best-selling author whose first work, The Way of the Cross for the Holy Souls in Purgatory, has sold more than 75,000 copies. In addition to her many writings on behalf of those in purgatory, she is a popular speaker and frequent guest on radio and TV shows.

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  • Catholic Connection – May 27, 2016 – Hour 2

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    Barely a Crime: A Novel

    • Description: "In this gripping thriller, two men from the Northern Irish underworld are recruited by an enigmatic stranger for a shadowy operation. Promising to make them very rich without involving them in theft or murder, the job seems too good to be true; in fact, it seems to be barely a crime. When Crawl and Kieran discover the identity of the man who has hired them for the break-in of the century, they realize they might be involving themselves in a high-stakes technological breakthrough. And they devise a scheme for demanding a bigger payout. As the law of unintended consequences kicks in, so do life-and-death consequences, not only for themselves, not only for many others, but for the whole world." (Originally aired April 5, 2016)
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      • Deacon Bob Ovies

        Robert Ovies is a former Director of Chevrolet's U.S. advertising, an ordained Deacon, an MSW Counselor, and with his wife he was a mission worker on Arizona's Navajo Reservation. For ten years he was a live-in Director of a communal Halfway House in Detroit offering support to broken families, the homeless, runaways and abused women. He and his wife created a widely used marriage support program called "Together with Jesus Couple Prayer Series."

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    Campus Speakers: Why They Matter

    • Description: "Bill Clinton. Cecile Richards. Joe Biden. Wendy Davis. What do they have in common? For us, it’s this: Catholic colleges this spring have invited these public figures to enjoy prominent campus platforms and public honors, despite their public opposition to Catholic teaching on abortion and marriage. Why does this matter? Because it’s a betrayal of the mission of Catholic education and a scandal." (Originally aired May 12, 2016)
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    Ministering in Today's Catholic Church

    • Description: Originally aired May 12, 2016
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      • Jared Dees

        Jared Dees is the creator of the popular website The Religion Teacher, which receives more than a million visits each year, and the author of 31 Days to Becoming a Better Religious Educator. He has volunteered and worked in a variety of Catholic ministries, including Catholic schools, parish religious education, youth ministry, campus ministry, RCIA, and adult faith formation.

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          • To Heal, Proclaim, and Teach: The Essential Guide to Ministry in Today's Catholic Church
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  • Catholic Connection – May 26, 2016 – Hour 1

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    Teresa's Two Cents

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    Suicide Rates Up in the United States

    • Description: Originally aired May 19, 2016
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      • Dr. Ray Guarendi

        Dr. Ray Guarendi is the father of 10, clinical psychologist, author, public speaker and nationally syndicated radio host. His radio show― “The Doctor Is In” ― can be heard weekdays. Dr. Ray also hosts his own national television show, “Living Right With Dr. Ray." His experience includes school districts, Head Start programs, mental health centers, substance abuse programs, inpatient psychiatric centers, juvenile courts, and a private practice. Dr. Ray wants it known that he is a former winner, but non-recipient, of the Humility Award.

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    Follow Me: Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of John

    • Description: Presented by popular author and speaker Dr. Edward Sri, Follow Me takes a unique approach to Bible study and invites participants to encounter Christ through the eyes of those he meets in the Gospel. Follow Me guides participants through the Gospel of John, examining the words of Jesus and the experience of those who met him face-to-face. Throughout the study, Sri shows how Jesus gently but persistently calls everyone to a deeper and more intimate relationship with him. (Originally aired May 19, 2016)
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      • Dr. Edward Sri

        Dr. Edward Sri is a founding leader with Curtis Martin of FOCUS (Fellowship of Catholic University Students), and he currently serves as the provost and professor of theology and Scripture at the Augustine Institute in Denver, Colorado. Dr. Sri holds a doctorate from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas. A nationally known Catholic speaker, he appears regularly on EWTN.

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  • Catholic Connection – May 26, 2016 – Hour 2

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    Pentecost: The Birth of the Catholic Church

    • Description: This Sunday is the Church’s celebration of Pentecost. Christ commanded his disciples not to leave Jerusalem until they were baptized with the Holy Spirit. He told them that they would receive power when the Holy Spirit came upon them, and would be witnesses to all the ends of the earth. We’ll talk about it with Steve Ray. (Originally aired May 13, 2016)
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      • Steve Ray

        Steve is a convert to the Catholic faith and a popular author, speaker, and pilgrimage leader. He has been to the Holy Land over 100 times exploring, filming, and leading thousands of pilgrims. Steve is a regular guest on Catholic radio and TV including Catholic Answers, Ave Maria Radio, and EWTN. He writes Bible Studies for Catholic Scripture Study International.

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    College Kids Say the Darndest Things: On Identity

    • Description: VIDEO: College Kids Say the Darndest Things: On Identity - from the Family Policy Institute of Washington (Originally aired May 19, 2016)
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    Talking to God: Prayers for Catholic Women

    • Description: "St. Paul directs us to: “pray without ceasing” (1 Thes 5:17). From the moment we wake until our eyes close at the end of a long day, God is always desired to connect with each of us. And it’s much simpler than you might think. Carry a copy of “Talking to God: Prayers for Catholic Women” by Julie Cragon with you as you go about your day to help you bring all your concerns to the heart of God." (Originally aired May 16, 2016)
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      • Julie Cragon

        Julie Cragon is the manager, buyer, and part owner of St. Mary’s Bookstore and Church Supply in Nashville, TN. She has authored many other books including Bless My Child: A Catholic Mother’s Prayerbook, Jesus at My Side: 365 Reflections on His Words, Visiting Mary: Her U.S. Shrines and their Graces, Amazing Graces: the Blessings of Sacramentals. She has also illustrated many books, including Lives of the Saints for Catholic Children, Illustrated Book of Mary, Illustrated Book of Jesus and Illustrated Lives of the Saints.

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  • Catholic Connection – May 25, 2016 – Hour 1

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    After the Natural Law: How the Classical Worldview Supports Our Modern Moral and Political Views

    • Description: "The "natural law" worldview developed over the course of almost two thousand years beginning with Plato and Aristotle and culminating with St. Thomas Aquinas in the thirteenth century. This tradition holds that the world is ordered, intelligible and good, that there are objective moral truths which we can know and that human beings can achieve true happiness only by following our inborn nature, which draws us toward our own perfection. Most accounts of the natural law are based on a God-centered understanding of the world. After the Natural Law traces this tradition from Plato and Aristotle to Thomas Aquinas and then describes how and why modern philosophers such as Descartes, Locke and Hobbes began to chip away at this foundation. The book argues that natural law is a necessary foundation for our most important moral and political values – freedom, human rights, equality, responsibility and human dignity, among others. Without a theory of natural law, these values lose their coherence: we literally cannot make sense of them given the assumptions of modern philosophy." (Originally aired April 21, 2016)
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      • John Lawrence Hill

        John Lawrence Hill is a law professor at Indiana University, Robert H. McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis, where he teaches constitutional law, torts, civil procedure and legal philosophy courses. Formerly an atheist, Hill came into communion with the Catholic Church in 2009. He holds a Ph.D. in philosophy and a law degree both from Georgetown University.

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          • After the Natural Law: How the Classical Worldview Supports Our Modern Moral and Political Views
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    The Walls Are Talking: Former Abortion Clinic Workers Tell Their Stories

    • Description: "This book narrates the harrowing and life-changing experiences of former abortion clinic workers, including those of the author, who once directed abortion services at a large Planned Parenthood clinic in Texas. These individuals, whose names have been changed to protect their identities, left their jobs in the abortion industry after experiencing a change of heart. They have come forward with their stories, not for fame or notoriety, but to shed light on the reality of abortion. They want their stories to change the lives of others for the better." (Originally aired April 26, 2016)
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      • Abby Johnson

        Abby Johnson holds a B.S. in psychology from Texas A&M University and an M.A. in counseling from Sam Houston State University. She was hired by Planned Parenthood in 2005 and progressed to the position of community services director and health educator, where she served as liaison between the community and Planned Parenthood as media correspondent. Later promoted to heath center director, Johnson ran both the family planning and abortion programs. In 2009 she left Planned Parenthood and joined the pro-life movement.

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    Marching Orders: A Tactical Plan For Converting The World To Christ

    • Description: "In Marching Orders, Dr. McGuire gives you the virtue-building tools and resources—your weapons for the fight—you need to be a faithful disciple, and a battle-tested plan for turning your faith into evangelism. He shows you how to survey the field, how to assess your forces and the enemy’s, when to advance and when to retreat, how to overcome obstacles, ways to work with our field officers in the Church, and more." (Originally aired December 17, 2015)
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      • Dr. Dan McGuire

        Dan McGuire, Ph.D., is associate professor of theology and ministry at the University of Great Falls, Mont. Prior to becoming a theology professor, he served as an infantry officer in the Marines for twenty years. His special interest is fundamental theology—in particular, helping Catholics rediscover the philosophical underpinnings of the Faith.

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          • Marching Orders: A Tactical Plan For Converting The World To Christ
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  • Catholic Connection – May 25, 2016 – Hour 2

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    Catholic Street Evangelization: Stories of Conversion and Witness

    • Description: "This book begins with the inspiring story of Steve Dawson—his dramatic conversion to Catholicism as a young man and his founding of St. Paul Street Evangelization, an international apostolate that has grown to hundreds of teams in seven countries in just a few years. Also included are other moving stories of conversion and witness. The authors are ordinary Catholics who have come to love Christ so much that they now talk about Him with total strangers in public places—street corners, parks, and shopping areas. They aren't theologians, nor are they highly trained apologists with Ambrosian rhetorical skills or Dale Carnegie slickness, yet their simple missionary efforts have yielded amazing results."
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      • Steve Dawson

        After a powerful conversion to the Catholic faith in 2002, Steve has been active in various Catholic ministries and in leadership positions in the pro-life movement. Steve also spent time discerning religious life, spending 14 months with the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate, before discerning his call to work for the Church as a layman. As founder and National Director of St. Paul Street Evangelization, he has been featured on the EWTN Radio Network, Catholic Answers Live, Catholic Connection, the Radio Maria Network, Sirius Satellite Radio, Archangel Radio as well as in several Catholic news publications.

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    Roxy the Ritzy Camel

    • Description: "Bestselling author Anthony DeStefano brings the vain and possession-loving Roxy the camel to life to demonstrate the familiar Bible verse: It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God. Little ones ages three and older will learn that possessions are only things...and definitely NOT the most important things."
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      • Anthony DeStefano

        Anthony DeStefano is the bestselling author of the adult Christian books A Travel Guide to Heaven, Ten Prayers God Always Says Yes To, Angels All Around Us, as well as the gift book I Just Can't Take It Anymore! and the children’s books This Little Prayer of Mine and Little Star. He has received prestigious awards from religious organizations worldwide for his efforts to advance Christian beliefs in modern culture.

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  • Catholic Connection – May 24, 2016 – Hour 1

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    Suffering for the Kingdom’s Sake: A Reflection on Mother Angelica

    • Description: Mr. Tom Nash is speaking to the Heart to Heart Catholic Apostolate on May 18th regarding suffering and Mother Angelica. This will happen at 7:30pm in Lobby H at Domino's Farms in Ann Arbor. All are welcome. (Originally aired May 12, 2016)
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      • Tom Nash

        Tom has served the Catholic Church professionally for more than 25 years, including as Director of Special Projects for Catholics United for the Faith (CUF) and as a Theology Advisor for EWTN. He earned a master's degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and a master's degree in theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville.

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    The Latest from the Frontlines of the Pro-Life Movement

    • Description: Originally aired May 19, 2016
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      • Fr. Frank Pavone

        Fr. Frank Pavone is one of the most prominent pro-life leaders in the world. Originally from New York, he was ordained in 1988 by Cardinal John O’Connor. He is a priest of the Amarillo Diocese and serves full-time in pro-life leadership with his bishop’s permission. In 1993 he became National Director of Priests for Life. He is also the President of the National Pro-life Religious Council, and the National Pastoral Director of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign and of Rachel’s Vineyard, the world’s largest ministry of healing after abortion.

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    “Bathroom Bill” Is Not Hateful Bigotry

    • Description: "By now you’ve probably heard about celebrities and companies standing up to discrimination and human rights abuses taking place all over the world. Rock star Bryan Adams just canceled a show in the United Arab Emirates, where apostasy from Islam is punishable by death. Bruce Springsteen followed suit and refused to play in Egypt, where domestic violence is not a crime. The National Basketball Association refused to play exhibition games in China. Financial giant PayPal will move its headquarters from Singapore to a country that doesn’t flog people for littering. Oh, wait—the opposite has happened." Trent Horn explains. (Originally aired May 5, 2016)
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      • Trent Horn

        Trent Horn holds a Master’s degree in Theology from the Franciscan University of Steubenville and is currently an apologist and speaker for Catholic Answers. He specializes in training pro-lifers to intelligently and compassionately engage pro-choice advocates in genuine dialogue. Trent is also the author of "Answering Atheism: How to Make the Case for God with Logic and Charity."

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  • Catholic Connection – May 24, 2016 – Hour 2

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    Did Jesus Really Rise From The Dead?

    • Description: Using a popular question-and-answer format, this book examines the historical evidence concerning the fate of Jesus. Did Jesus really die on the cross? If so, what became of his body? Was it stolen? Misplaced? Is the resurrection a cleverly devised plot to found a new religion? Did the disciples of Jesus hallucinate? Is the Resurrection of Jesus a myth developed decades later, after the original disciples' experience of Jesus was distorted by a subsequent generation? Or did Jesus rise from the dead, as he promised and as his disciples came to believe and sacrifice their lives to proclaim?
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      • Carl Olson
        Editor, Catholic World Report

        Carl E. Olson is the editor of Catholic World Report and Ignatius Insight and moderator of the Insight Scoop blog, all operated by Ignatius Press. He is the author/co-author of two books (and contributor to several others) and of hundreds of articles, essays, columns, and reviews published in a wide range of magazines, newspapers, and websites. Carl has been a guest on numerous television and radio programs and has spoken at many conferences and parishes.

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    New Leaven Initiative

    • Description: Many Catholics yearn to live more deeply inside the Gospel by engaging in the courageous work of transformation that Jesus said would anchor them to withstand any storm. By addressing each of several topics from everyday life, New Leaven helps persons and couples close the gap between the Gospel and the way they actually live at home. This is done not just by human effort, but by seeking the guidance and power of the Holy Spirit while gathered with others as a small group of disciples. As the level of prayerful trust and courage grows, the group becomes more and more expectant for what God will do in their midst.
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      • Paco Gavrilides
        Homiletics Instructor, Sacred Heart Major Seminary

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  • Catholic Connection – May 23, 2016 – Hour 1

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    Beware of ‘trans movement’ as patriarchy in disguise

    • Description: "Until lately, if someone had mentioned patriarchy in the developed world, I would’ve thought we were about to embark on a somewhat archaic conversation. But recent events, crystallized by Target’s decision to open its sex-differentiated bathrooms and fitting rooms to the personal narrative of its customers, have me thinking that patriarchy is alive and well." (Originally aired May 17, 2016)
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      • Dr. Pia de Solenni

        Dr. Pia de Solenni is an ethicist and cultural analyst. She owns her own consulting company, Diotima Consulting. She is an expert in issues relating to women’s health, life issues, the new feminism, Catholicism, and culture. Her work has appeared in various publications including The Wall Street Journal Europe, The Washington Post, National Catholic Reporter, Our Sunday Visitor, and National Review Online.

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    Why Be Catholic?

    • Description: Suburban rock n’ roll gangster turned Jesus freak and gun toting chaplin, James Steelman, finds himself on his most peculiar and unplanned journey to date: into the Catholic Church. Come see and hear what miracles God does in the life of the most unlikely and “least of these." Wednesday May 25th at 7pm at St. Michael's School Cafeteria in Livonia, MI. (Originally aired May 18, 2016)
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    Find a Real Friend in Jesus: Ten Amazingly Easy Steps

    • Description: "Are you ready to invite Jesus more deeply into your life? If your answer is “Yes,” Find a Real Friend in Jesus will direct you on the greatest adventure of your life. In Zimak’s new book, you’ll explore lives in the Bible that were changed forever because of encounters with Jesus and discover ten amazingly easy steps that will help draw you closer to the Lord. After all, Jesus wants to be your best friend even more than you do. So while these steps require some effort on your part, you can rest assured that Jesus is ready and willing to hold up His end of the deal!" (Originally aired May 10, 2016)
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      • Gary Zimak

        Gary is a frequent speaker at parishes and conferences across the United States and Canada, has an international radio following and is recognized as the leading Catholic speaker on the topic of overcoming anxiety. In addition to hosting his own daily radio show on BlogTalkRadio, Gary hosts a monthly program on Holy Spirit Radio in Philadelphia and is a regular guest on EWTN television and radio.

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  • Catholic Connection – May 23, 2016 – Hour 2

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    Confronting the Public Health Crisis of Pornography

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    Conclusion

    • Description: Teresa wraps up this hour of "Catholic Connection."