Power and Witness
"But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be my witnesses... to the end of the earth." Acts 1:8. This blog is about the witness of faith through the power of the Holy Spirit in the world today.
St. Faustina's Incredible Journey (Guest: Donna-Marie Cooper O'Boyle)
Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle is a well-known Catholic author of more than thirty books, international speaker, EWTN television host, and retreat leader. She is passionate about sharing the Faith and has taught it for almost thirty years. In her most recent book, “Diary of a Future Saint,” Donna-Marie presents the life of St. Faustina in a page-turning novel for all ages.
The Relationship Between Faith and Literature (Guest: Dr. Christine Schintgen)
Dr. Christine Schintgen is the president of Our Lady Seat of Wisdom College where she also teaches literature. Her current interests include Dickens, Dante, and the relationship between faith and literature. She also writes poetry. Christine and her husband Michael live in Barry's Bay with their three children.
Joy, Silence, and Truth (Guest: Fr. Augustine Wetta, OSB)
Fr. Augustine Wetta is the author of Pray. Think. Act. , The Eighth Arrow and Humility Rules. He is a monk of Saint Louis Abbey in Saint Louis, Missouri, where he teaches high school and coaches rugby. He has degrees from Oxford University, Rice University, and Middlebury College. Father Augustine grew up on a tropical island, where he learned to surf and was nearly eaten by a shark. He has also worked as a professional juggler, beach patrol lifeguard and archaeologist. During his spare time, he raises carnivorous plants, carpenter ants, and makes armor.
Mary and the Saints (Guest: Ruthie Dellasega)
After a life changing encounter with Jesus after an ordinary daily mass 10 years ago, Ruthie has continually sought ways to grow deeper in her relationship with Him. The best way she’s found is through relationship with His mother, Mary.
The Art of Crafting Uplifting Music (Guest: Corrinne May)
Corrinne May is one of Singapore’s most celebrated singer-songwriters. Her best-selling album, 2007’s ‘Beautiful Seed’ was certified platinum in Singapore and her newest album, 2012’s ‘Crooked Lines’ topped the charts in Singapore and attained gold certification within its first month of release. Corrinne has built her career on writing “uplifting songs of hope”. She travels the world for her music, frequently jetting between her two homes of Singapore and Los Angeles, with her musician husband Kavin and 7-year old daughter, Claire.
Evangelizing the Online Gaming Community (Guest: Jonathan Blevins)
Jonathan Blevins is a popular online gamer who incorporates the Gospel into his Twitch channel BeardedBlevins, a new media endeavor that seeks to find the good in gaming.
EWTN Ireland (Guest: Aidan Gallagher)
Aidan Gallagher, director of EWTN Ireland, discusses Irish Catholic spirituality and how the network unites and inspires countless souls through engaging programming and a dedicated team.
Reflections on Edith Stein (Guest: Dr. Donald Wallenfang, OCDS)
Dr. Donald Wallenfang, OCDS, is a Secular Discalced Carmelite, author, and Professor of Theology and Philosophy at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit, Michigan. He specializes in phenomenology, hermeneutics, metaphysics and philosophical theology. His research concentrates on the work of Edith Stein (St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross), Emmanuel Levinas, Paul Ricoeur, Jean-Luc Marion, and Carmelite Spirituality.
Why Be Catholic? (Guest: Fr. Ken Geraci, CPM)
Fr. Ken Geraci, CPM, lived the life of the prodigal son for most of his young adult life. Raised in a nominally Catholic family, who only lived the externals of the faith, Fr. Ken left the Catholic Church for many years. Focused on money, fitness, and success, he made little room for God; but God did not give up on him. Through a series of conversions, years of struggle, study and questioning, Fr. Ken found his way from agnosticism, to non-denominational Christianity, and ultimately back to the Catholic Church. Fr. Ken joined the Fathers of Mercy in 2006 and was ordained in 2012.
God Has a Plan for Your Life (Guest: Mother Clare, CFR)
Mother Clare, CFR is the General Servant (Superior) of the Franciscan Sisters of the Renewal. Father Mark and Mother engage in a conversation about her personal vocation story.
Mary: Co-Redemptrix, Mediatrix and Advocate (Guest: Msgr. Arthur B. Calkins)
Monsignor Arthur B. Calkins is a native of Erie, Pennsylvania and was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of New Orleans. His articles on Mariology and spirituality have appeared in both popular and scholarly publications as well as in the acts of congresses and symposia.
Becoming a Man of Virtue (Guest: Paul George)
Paul George is a renowned Catholic speaker, author, podcaster and retreat leader. He talks to Fr. Mark about tough issues facing men today—struggles in marriage, parenting, suffering, and finding purpose.
Guiding Women to Overcome Spiritual Obstacles (Guest: Crystalina Evert)
Crystalina Evert, Catholic author and speaker, joins Fr. Mark to talk about her new initiative, “Women Made New.” Every week, in a new EWTN Series, Crystalina delves into the raw and challenging topics that women grapple with in their spiritual journey. She and her guests remind everyone healing is possible and that it’s never too late to start over.
The Evangelical Catholic (Guest: Jason Simon)
During his conversation with Fr. Mark, Jason Simon, the President of The Evangelical Catholic, shared about his personal journey to Catholicism and his mission to empower and assist leaders in launching impactful evangelization movements within their own communities. Through his work with The Evangelical Catholic, Jason is equipping laypeople to lead on the front lines of evangelization, bringing the light of the Gospel to the world.
Preserving Marriage (Guest: Ivonne Ream)
Ivonne Ream is an experienced and certified life and marriage coach. She also serves as the Spanish Director of the Alexander House, a renowned center for fostering hope and healing in marriages and relationships.
Empowering Women to Embrace Their Real Selves (Guest: Cameron Fradd)
Cameron Fradd is the founder of Among the Lilies, a podcast for woman “who are tired of pretending and ready to be real!” She speaks weekly to a growing community of women about being authentic and real. She spends most of her time raising and homeschooling her four beautiful, energetic children in Ohio, where she lives with her husband, Matt Fradd.
Renewal in the Church through the Interior Life (Guest: Keven Roerty)
Souls are leaving the Church. What is the one most crucial thing to provide deeper roots in the next generation of Catholics? Kevin Roerty, director of Souls of the Christian Apostolate, discusses his organization’s efforts to form lay apostles, promote mental prayer and foster renewal in the next generation of the Church.
A Musical Journey of Healing and Love in Marriage (Guest: Tony Manfredonia)
Tony Manfredonia is a Michigan-based singer-songwriter and composer. After receiving funding on Kickstarter in just 48 hours, his latest concept album-in-progress, ANCHORED, delves into the true story of a miraculous redemption in his marriage after he and his wife experienced a near-fallout.
The Byzantine Monastic Tradition (Guest: Abbot Moses)
Prepare to be inspired as Abbot Moses takes us on a journey from his beginnings as a chef to his current role as a newly elected Byzantine abbot at Holy Resurrection Monastery in Wisconsin. In a fascinating conversation with Fr. Mark, he shares insights into the spirituality of Eastern Catholic Monasticism. Through their discussion, you'll discover the unique practices that guide the daily lives of these devoted monks and gain a deeper appreciation for the richness and wisdom of the Byzantine tradition.
Mission Possible: Empowering the Catholic Community in Ethiopia (Guest: Mother Clare, CFR)
Mother Clare, CFR is the General Servant (Superior) of the Franciscan Sisters of the Renewal. Father Mark and Mother engage in a conversation on their return journey from Ethiopia, which was one of several mission trips organized by her to the country.
Catholicism in Ethiopia (Guest: Abba Michael Tekeste)
Abba Michael is an Ethiopian Franciscan Priest (Capuchin) Serving in diocese of Harare.
EWTN Norway (Guest: Paul Johannes Niz)
Paul Johannes Niz talk to us about his conversion, his work in Norway with EWTN, and reflecting on modern society.
Ignatian Discernment & Prayer (Guest: Fr. Timothy Gallagher, OMV)
Fr. Timothy Gallagher helps us understand St. Ignatius of Loyola’s Rules for Discernment and how their insights are invaluable for our spiritual growth today. He also discusses the Exam Prayer as well as Spiritual Consolation/Desolation.
Prayer and Action (Guest: Fr. Gale Hammerschmidt)
Fr. Gale Hammerschmidt is a priest for the Salina Diocese and currently serving as the Chaplain for St. Isidore's Catholic Student Center at Kansas State University. He is also the founder of Prayer & Action, a ministry that inspires teens to encounter Christ and serve those in need.
St. Maximilian Kolbe (Guest: Sr. Annamarie Mix)
Fr. Mark talks to Sr. Annamarie Mix at the Museum of St. Maximilian Kolbe located in Niepokalanów monastery in central Poland. Tour this fascinating museum and and discuss the life of St. Maximilian Kolbe. (Due to technical difficulties the first 35 minutes of audio is poor quality)
Pro-Life Advocacy on Campus (Guest: Emily Albrecht)
Emily Albrecht from the pro-life organization Equal Rights Institute speaks about the ministry of reaching young people and changing hearts about abortion.
The Rome Boys (Guests: Tony Frasco, Chris Martin, & Joe Matthiesen)
Rome Boys is a Catholic Show with Tony the Theologian (Cradle Catholic), Chris the Entrepreneur (Convert) and Joe the Farmer (Revert) as your hosts. They take a topic and discuss it from three different perspectives.
Vocation Ministry (Guest: Rhonda Gruenewald)
Rhonda Gruenewald is the founder of Vocation Ministry. She has trained thousands of priests and laity, representing over 4,000 parishes and 50 schools in over 50 dioceses on how to create a culture of vocations so that men and women can more easily answer God’s call.
Philosophy through Film (Guest: John Paul Gutschke)
An in depth conversation with Catholic filmmaker and Christendom College student, John Paul Gutschke. Fr. Mark asks about his latest work and his philosophy of communication through film.
Scripture and the Eucharist (Guest: Fr. Barry Braum, MSE)
Fr. Barry Braum recently served as retreat master for the MFVA friars annual community retreat. He talks about the relationship between Scripture and the Eucharist, the subject matter of the retreat.
Humility (Guest: Sr. Mary Anthony, SSeW)
Sr. Mary Anthony of the Sister Servants of the Eternal Word talks to us about humility and Jesus, the model of humility.
Encountering the God through the Beauty of Creation (Guest: Ashley Piche)
Ashley Piche is the executive director of of Creatio, an organization that helps people encounter the beauty of creation and the Creator through service to the poor, mission trips, outdoor adventure and care for creation.
A Deacon’s Life of Service (Guest: Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers)
Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers, international speaker and bestselling author, talks to Fr. Mark about his new book, “Our Life of Service: The Handbook for Catholic Deacons,” providing the spiritual and practical support for Catholic Deacons in the world today.
Intercession for Priests (Guest: Sr. Briege McKenna, OSC)
Sr. Briege ministered to priests in collaboration with Fr. Kevin Scallon, CM for over forty-two years until his death in June 2018. She now continues with this ministry.
Father Stu (Guests: Fr. Bart Tollenson & Amy Trisdale)
Fr. Stu Long, is the boxer-turned-priest, portrayed in the new film starring Mark Wahlberg and Mel Gibson. Fr. Mark speaks with Fr. Bart Tollenson, a brother priest of Fr. Stu in the Diocese of Helena, MT, and Fr. Stu’s younger sister, Amy Tisdale.
What is Communion & Liberation? (Guest: Marco Saccaggi)
Marco Saccaggi is the Southeast Coordinator for Communion & Liberation, an ecclesial movement in the Catholic Church founded by Fr. Luigi Giussani.
Helping the Homeless (Guest: Deacon Jim Vargas)
Deacon Jim Vargas is president and CEO of Father Joe’s Villages, the largest homeless services provider in San Diego.
The Ukrainian Crisis from a Polish Perspective (Guest: Iwo Bender)
Iwo Bender is a journalist, historian, and EWTN's Regional Manager of Central and Eastern Europe. He talks to us about the Ukrainian Crisis from a Polish Perspective.
Serving the Youth in the Slums of Haiti (Guest: Sr. Paesie)
Sr. Paesie, a French nun, founded the Kizito Family (a community of Catholic nuns) after 30 years as a Missionary of Charity. She lives in Cite Soleil in Port-au-Prince, Haiti running orphanages, schools, and Catechism centers serving about 2,000 children who live in extreme poverty in the largest slum area of the northern hemisphere.
Do You Struggle to Trust in Jesus? (Guest: Sr. Faustina Maria Pia, SV)
Have you encountered a particularly difficult situation and struggled to trust Jesus? Sister Faustina Maria Pia of the Sisters of Life talks to us about this very situation, from discerning her religious vocation to growing in her spiritual life. She composed the Litany of Trust, a powerful prayer for clarity and open dialogue with Jesus.
Magnificat, a Spiritual Companion (Guest: Fr. Sebastian White, O.P.)
Fr. Sebastian White, O.P., currently serves as editor-in-chief of Magnificat magazine. He talks to us about this monthly publication that is a spiritual companion and guide to so many. He also talks to us about his conversion to Roman Catholicism, his vocation as a Dominican Friar, and much more!
Inspiring the Next Generation of Female Leaders (Guest: Rachel Ullmann)
Rachel Ullmann is the executive director of the Given Institute, an organization dedicated to activating the gifts of young adult women for the Catholic Church and the world. She talks to us about her background as well as inspiring and equipping the next generation of female leaders.
Fully Known, a Short Film about Identity in Christ (Guest: Joelle Maryn)
Joelle Maryn is an award-winning, actress, speaker, and TV host. Her new short film, “Fully Known,” tackles one of the greatest worldwide crises of our time - spiritual amnesia. Inspired by actual events, a woman challenged by life choices discovers her true calling and identity in a story of faith and redemption.
A Modern History of Radical Islam in the Middle East (Guest: Patrick Flanagan)
Patrick Flanagan is a retired military officer and current government contractor with the Department of Defense who has also done charity work in Afghanistan. He gives us an overview and brief modern history of radical Islam in the Middle East and superpower involvement.
Uncompromising Purity (Guest: Kelsey Skoch)
For far too long women have been silenced in their struggle to overcome an addiction to pornography or masturbation. While the world might say these are helpful, or even “necessary” activities for women’s empowerment, empirical data and human experience are sharing a much different story.
From Conversion to Catholic Media (Guest: Sissel Anderson)
Sissel Anderson shares the story of how her parents returned to the Catholic Church with all their children converting. Sissel now works for the Guadalupe Radio Network hosting a pair of radio programs. She and Fr. Mark discuss a range of topics including conversion, discipleship, and even film & media.
Early Christianity in a Pagan World (Guest: Mike Aquilina)
Mike Aquilina is the award-winning author of more than fifty books on Catholic history, doctrine, and devotion. He has hosted eleven television series and several documentary films and is a frequent guest on EWTN.
A Hobo for Christ (Guest: Meg Hunter-Kilmer)
After 5 years as a full time religion teacher, Meg Hunter-Kilmer quit her job and packed everything into the trunk of my car to drive around the country and fly around the world as a hobo missionary. (We apologize for a few segments of bad audio)
What is Subordination in Marriage? (Guest: Fr. Michael Zimmerman)
Fr. Michael Zimmerman was ordained to the priesthood in 2017 and currently serves as assistant Vocation Director for the Archdiocese of Boston and adjunct Scripture Professor at St. John’s Seminary.
The Shalom Catholic Community (Guest: Barbara Tavares)
Barbara Tavares de Melo Freitas tells us about her missionary work with the Shalom Catholic Community.
From Jail Cell to Jesus (Guest: John Edwards)
John Edwards is the founder of Pew Ministries and the popular podcast, “Just a Guy in the Pew.” Like so many men, he vowed to be a better person, husband and father time and time again. It wasn’t until he felt the presence of Jesus as he walked out of a jail cell that he realized how much he wanted to change and how he could only do that with His help.
The Pursuit of Wisdom on the Secular College Campus (Guest: Patrick Callahan)
The Newman Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture is an educational program that offers accredited humanities courses at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Fr. Mark speaks with new director, Patrick Callahan.
Power and Witness - 07/13/2021 - The Power of Sacred Art & Iconography (Guest: Elizabeth Zelasko)
Elizabeth Zelasko works with Catholic publishers and institutions, creating commissioned pieces. She gives talks on the theological aspects and material processes of writing a traditional icon. Elizabeth also creates privately commissioned icons, paintings, and drawings.
Power and Witness - 07/02/2021 - The Catholic Man Show (Guests: Adam Minihan & David Niles)
Fr. Mark talks to Adam Minihan and David Niles of The Catholic Man Show. Real, relatable, and often comical, Adam and David have a conversation promoting the lost art of living virtuously.
Power and Witness - 06/15/2021 - Challenging Radical Feminism in the Modern World
Kimberly Cook was drawn into radical feminism and even traveled the world with an all-girl punk band. After many years of darkness, anger, and hopelessness, her life took a new course as she was brought back into the fold of the Catholic faith.
Power and Witness - 06/02/2021 - Overcoming Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder & Scrupulosity
Colin Nykaza is the Director of Youth Outreach for the Archdiocese of New York. He talks to us about his spiritual journey through obsessive-compulsive disorder and devotion to the Divine Mercy of Jesus.
Power and Witness - 04/26/2021 - An Extraordinary Near-Death Experience
Paul Zucarelli was a successful businessman however on Pentecost Sunday, he died unexpectedly of sudden cardiac death. During the two hours that he was clinically dead, Paul had an out-of-body experience where a glorious white light brought him to Heaven and he experienced an illumination of conscience.
Power and Witness - 03/31/2021 - How to Avoid False Faith
Fr. Jeffrey Kirby, STD, is a Senior Contributor to the Crux news site. He is an author with Our Sunday Visitor, Ave Maria Press, Catholic Answers Press, and Saint Benedict Press/TAN Books. He is a Papal Missionary of Mercy and is the Pastor of Our Lady of Grace Parish in Indian Land, South Carolina.
Power and Witness - 03/26/2020 - Saints of Failure
Fr. Augustine Wetta, OSB speaks to us about saints who were considered failures in life. It is liberating to hear how the saints did not live by the standards of this world. Very moving!
Power and Witness - 03/24/2020 - The Daily Examen
Fr. William Blazek, a Jesuit Priest, talks to us about the Daily Examen, a technique of prayerful reflection on the events of the day as described by St. Ignatius Loyola.
Power and Witness - 03/17/2020 - Discernment - Do’s and Don'ts
Fr. John Paul Mary, MFVA interviews Fr. George Elliott, a priest from the Diocese of Tyler in Texas and Co-founder and Director of Catholic CAST Media. They discuss Fr. Elliott’s new book— Discernment - Do’s and Don'ts.
Power and Witness - 03/06/2020 - Walking through Holy Week
Karen May, a Catholic writer and inspirational speaker, talks to us about her book, “Walking through Holy Week,” an in-depth guide to the stories and events that open up a deeply meaningful experience of Easter.
Power and Witness - 03/03/2020 - Helping those in Crisis Pregnancy
Debbie Capen is the Executive Director of MiraVia, a pregnancy care center on the campus of Belmont Abbey College.
Power and Witness - 02/27/2020 - Only Approved Marian Apparition in USA
Fr. Edward Looney talks to us about the only approved Marian apparition in the United States.
Power and Witness - 02/25/2020 - Hallow, a Catholic Meditation App
Alex Jones, an engineering graduate from the University of Notre Dame, is the CEO and co-founder of Hallow, an audio-guided Catholic meditation and prayer app. Hallow aims to help people to combine the peace and stillness of meditation with the spiritual growth of prayer. The app is comparable to the popular mindfulness meditation apps trending today, but was built with a lens of Christian faith. It offers a variety of prayer techniques, a choice in audio guides, sessions organized by theme, and options for session length. In 1993 he entered the U.S. Province of the Missionaries of the Company of Mary, a small community founded by Louis de Montfort himself. The years since have included thirteen mission trips to central Nicaragua, service as the parochial vicar at a bilingual parish, campus ministry, and mission and retreat preaching across the United States and in Mexico. Recently he also had the opportunity to offer a course on devotion to Our Lady and the spirituality of St. Louis de Montfort to clergy in India and to offer a series of programs on devotion to Our Lady to Catholics at several parishes in the United Arab Emirates. Presently Father is serving as the managing editor for Montfort Publications and as the acting director of the Shrine of Our Lady of the Island in addition to his itinerant preaching commitments in the service of promoting the spirituality of St. Louis de Montfort.
Power and Witness - 02/21/2020 - The Spirituality of St Louis de Montfort
Fr. Hugh Gillespie, SMM is originally from the town of Jim Thorpe, a small mining and railroad town in the Pennsylvania Coal Region. Following his time at MIT to purse a degree in Physics, he moved to the Midwest to pursue PhD studies at the University of Wisconsin in the field of Materials Science. It was during this time of graduate studies that he was introduced to St. Louis de Montfort’s book, “The True Devotion to Mary.” This came at a time when he was seeking the ultimate direction of his life. Fr. Gillespie laid aside his doctoral studies after 5 years in the program to test the waters of a missionary vocation at the service of the Church. In 1993 he entered the U.S. Province of the Missionaries of the Company of Mary, a small community founded by Louis de Montfort himself. The years since have included thirteen mission trips to central Nicaragua, service as the parochial vicar at a bilingual parish, campus ministry, and mission and retreat preaching across the United States and in Mexico. Recently he also had the opportunity to offer a course on devotion to Our Lady and the spirituality of St. Louis de Montfort to clergy in India and to offer a series of programs on devotion to Our Lady to Catholics at several parishes in the United Arab Emirates. Presently Father is serving as the managing editor for Montfort Publications and as the acting director of the Shrine of Our Lady of the Island in addition to his itinerant preaching commitments in the service of promoting the spirituality of St. Louis de Montfort.
Power and Witness - 02/18/2020 - Entrusting Ourselves to St. Joseph
Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC, is the vicar provincial and vocation director for the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of Mercy Province of the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception, as well as the author of a number of books. In the midst of crisis, confusion, and a world at war with the Church, it's time to come home again to our spiritual father, St. Joseph. Drawing on the wealth of the Church's living tradition, Fr. Calloway calls on all of us to turn to St. Joseph, entrust ourselves, our Church, and our world to our spiritual father's loving care, and then watch for wonders when the Universal Patron of the Church opens the floodgates of Heaven to pour out graces into our lives today.
Power and Witness - 02/11/2020 - The Missionary of Wall Street
Long standing Wall Street executive , frequent guest on CNBC, Fox Business News, and Bloomberg TV, and a chartered financial analyst (CFA), Auth went from managing money to saving souls on the streets of New York City. For the last 10 years Auth has led missions trips to Wall Street and has written a book about the experience.
Power and Witness - 02/10/2020 - From Model to Messenger of God’s Love
Joelle Maryn is a Catholic Speaker and Evangelist who has been featured on various Christian TV and radio shows. Her message of God's healing love has radiated hope and purpose in life to many around the world. In her past, she has modeled for well known brands such as Jergens, was on a billboard in Times Square, appeared on numerous book covers, films and news interviews and is the former Host of Trend TV. In 2012, she hit a spiritual rock bottom and realized she was completely empty despite these worldly accomplishments. She had a major encounter with Jesus and in His mercy, was given another chance to love and lead others to Him. After years in ministry, she now speaks full time and works with youth and adults to cultivate spiritual growth in their lives and to have a personal relationship with Jesus through her talks and the healing power of prayer, music and the sacraments.
Power and Witness - 01/21/2020 - Choosing Joy
Joe Sikorra has a broad and diverse background as a former police officer and stuntman, actor, musician, singer-songwriter, and licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. In addition to hosting The Joe Sikorra Show, Joe is currently a Marriage and Family Therapist at Stillpoint Family Resources in Southern California. Joe and his wife dealt with the revelation that their two young children were diagnosed with a rare, neurological and fatal disease Initially seeming they had been given a death sentence, they chose joy and found hope, love and laughter in the midst of incredible struggle. He helps all families or individuals facing difficult and unexpected challenges see how they can deepen their faith and connection with what really matters.
Power and Witness - 12/17/2019 - Renewal, Exorcism, & Spiritual Direction
Fr. Glenn is one of the eight founding members of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, founded in the spring of 1987. The apostolic mission of the Community is to save the materially poor, especially the destitute and homeless. Presently, the Community has over 120 members and 15 friaries around the world. Father Glenn Sudano is from Brooklyn, and briefly pursued a career in television before entering the Capuchins in 1978 with the encouragement of Father Benedict Groeschel.
Power and Witness - 12/13/2019 - Issues Facing Women Athletes Today
Samatha Kelley, the president of Fierce Athlete (fierceathlete.org), and one of her board members, Angela Schnieders, spoke about the challenges of being a female athlete today, and how to deal with those issues. They are both former athletes and have appeared on EWTN's Women of Grace.
Power and Witness - 12/10/2019 - The Life of Ven. Patrick Peyton
Fr. Willy Raymond, C.S.C. is President of Holy Cross Family Ministries. He entered Holy Cross Fathers in 1964. He earned a Bachelors in Philosophy from Stonehill College in 1967 and a Masters in Theology from the University of Notre Dame in 1971. In addition to English, Father Willy is conversant in French and Spanish. He's a native of Old Town, Maine and one of 12 children. He remains a diehard fan of the Boston Red Sox, even though he has served as Chaplain for the Los Angeles Dodgers. He talks to us about Venerable Patrick Peyton.
Power and Witness - 11/21/2019 - The Catholic Gentleman
Sam Guzman is the founder and editor of the Catholic Gentleman. He is the husband of a beautiful woman and the father of four precious children. He lives in the Tulsa, Oklahoma area. He is an author, blogger, and occasional poet, and my work has appeared in such publications as Catholic Exchange, Aleteia, Truth and Charity Forum, Jesus the Imagination, and The Christian Science Monitor. Sam is a frequent guest on EWTN, Magnificat Radio, Radio Maria and other media outlets. He is currently pursuing a Masters in Mental Health Counseling from Divine Mercy University. His first book, also titled The Catholic Gentleman, is forthcoming from Ignatius Press. Above all, He is a Catholic, and I strive to be a faithful son of the Church. Sam also happen to: shave with an old fashioned safety razor, smoke a pipe, love a good stout, have been known to write poetisry, an amateur bibliophile, loves leather, owns three antique typewriters, occasionally collect fountain pens, and attend the Latin mass.
Power and Witness - 11/20/2019 - Rethinking Pauline Theology
Michael Patrick Barber is Associate Professor of Scripture and Theology at the Augustine Institute Graduate School of Theology (Denver, CO). In addition to teaching, academic research, publishing, and participating in scholarly conferences (Society of Biblical Literature, Catholic Biblical Association), he also gives popular-level presentations at Catholic conferences and parish events around the United States. He lives in Aurora, CO, with his wife Kimberly and their six children.
Power and Witness - 11/12/2019 - "Hope" - Our Lady of Knock
Campbell Miller, the talented director and film maker behind, “Hope”, the very first docudrama about the apparitions of Our Lady of Knock in Ireland. Campbell currently works for EWTN in Ireland.
Power and Witness - 11/11/2019 - Basic Foundations of Virtue & Manhood
Fr. Carter Griffin is the Rector of Saint John Paul II Seminary in Washington, DC. He is a graduate of Princeton University, a former Naval Officer, and author of the new book Why Celibacy? Reclaiming the Fatherhood of the Priest published by Emmaus Road.
Power and Witness - 11/07/2019 - Christ Figures in Science Fiction
When cultures such as ours toss Jesus out one door, He comes in albeit disguised through another. That's why author Jim Papandrea turned to Star Wars, Star Trek, The Matrix, Terminator, Spider-Man, Batman, Dr. Who, and half-a-dozen other modern shows, discovering in each one powerful images of Christ and salvation.
Power and Witness - 10/28/2019 - Experiencing Same-Sex Attraction
Avera Maria Santo speaks and writes on homosexuality and Catholicism at the young age of 22. She travels the country sharing her story, giving a tangible and joyful witness to the goodness, truth, and beauty of the Church’s teachings. Avera blogs at Inside My Holy of Holies: http://couragegulfcoast.wixsite.com/blog
Power and Witness - 10/16/2019 - Are you happy?
Are you happy? Dr. Jennifer Frey discusses the connection between virtue and happiness according to Aristotle and St. Thomas Aquinas. Dr. Frey also discusses the importance of literature in teaching the virtues. We also discuss the role of the theological virtues and happiness. Dr. Frey is currently an assistant professor in the philosophy department at the University of South Carolina. Her research lies at the intersection of philosophy of action, ethics, and meta-ethics. Dr. Frey co-edited a book titled, Self-Transcendence and Virtue, which was part of the work she did as co-principal investigator on a major three year research project, titled "Virtue, Happiness, and Meaning of Life."