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Published: Fri, 08 Jul 2016 11:33:51 +0000

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Practicing Catholicism in America: A Fragile Freedom

Fri, 08 Jul 2016 11:33:51 +0000

We return to Aquinas College to review with Dr. John Pinheiro some of the difficulties Catholics have faced in practicing their faith throughout the history of the colonization and development of the United States.

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Pursuing Morality in Legality: Catholic Lawyers

Fri, 08 Jul 2016 11:14:16 +0000

Representatives of the Catholic Lawyers Association of West Michigan discuss the mission of their organization and discuss the unique challenges of navigating current legal trends when holding a Catholic world view.

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Working Out Faith through Works: A Series of Close Calls Leads to a Closer Calling

Thu, 23 Jun 2016 04:00:00 +0000

Our guest discusses how survival of a series of life-threatening incidents convinced him that his life had a purpose and how he has since pursued that purpose through service within and and outside of the Catholic Church.

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Heeding a Father's Call: An Ecumenical Return to the Church

Thu, 16 Jun 2016 04:00:00 +0000

Our guest recounts how he drifted away from the Catholicism of his youth and how his father's concern for him eventually called him back.

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Embracing the "N" in NFP

Fri, 10 Jun 2016 11:38:37 +0000

A young couple explains how they came to embrace the principles which the Church applies to birth control and procreation, becoming practitioners and then instructors of the methods of Natural Family Planning and facing reproductive challenges of their own.

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Absent No Longer

Sun, 15 May 2016 04:00:00 +0000

As he was growing up, our guest came to think of God as an "absentee landlord". He describes how after 20 years of addiction, he became aware of God's presence and personal care and forgiveness.


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The Development of Liturgical Music

Sun, 15 May 2016 01:38:09 +0000

We're joined by Dr. Daniel Page, who helps us consider the use of song in the Mass throughout the history of the Church.

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Ex Corde Ecclessiae: Calling Catholic Colleges Back to the Heart of the Church

Sun, 24 Apr 2016 04:00:00 +0000

While some Catholic universities continue to create scandal and controversy by extending honors and speaking invitations to pro-abortion politicians and such, we visited Aquinas College and spoke with President Dr. Juan Olivarez and professors Dr. John Pinheiro and Dr. Robert Marko about the quiet majority of Catholic colleges finding renewal in their Catholic identity through Pope John Paul II's exhortation, Ex Corde Ecclessiae.

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Rebuilding the Foundations of Catechesis

Sat, 23 Apr 2016 21:06:25 +0000

The founders of Catechetical Foundations discuss their desire to minister to the Church and, through it, to the world, by strengthening the skills and understanding of catechists and the general laity.


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The Limits of Omnipotence

Thu, 31 Mar 2016 10:48:37 +0000

With our guest, theology professor Dr. Dennis Marshall, we explore the characteristic of God known as omnipotence and consider the role of human free will within its context.

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The Concept of Conscience

Sun, 20 Mar 2016 16:28:51 +0000

Dr. Dennis Marshall reprises his earlier presentation on the conscience (episode #426), this time focusing on the fundamental concepts and understanding of the conscience.

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The Treasure that is FORMED

Sun, 20 Mar 2016 04:00:00 +0000

Our guests join us to discuss FORMED, a phenomenal web site assembled by a collective of Catholic media companies and being made available to parishes and individuals as a resource for Catholic education, evangelization, encouragement and entertainment.

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Getting Better, Drawing Closer: The Sacrament of Confession

Sun, 13 Mar 2016 05:00:00 +0000

We welcome back Fr. Peter Damian to discuss the importance of the much misunderstood and much underutilized sacrament of Reconciliation, or Confession - call it what you will. If it's been a while, we hope that our conversation will be an invitation for you to seek out the graces of this sacrament in this season of Lent.

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Mr LaPrise's Opus: Laboring as Unto the Lord

Fri, 11 Mar 2016 03:31:06 +0000

Celebrating 20 years as the band director at West Catholic High School, Darren LaPrise reflects on some of the highlights of his teaching career.

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Families Coming Together As Family

Thu, 18 Feb 2016 05:00:00 +0000

Our guests share their experiences at the recent World Meeting of Families, which included workshops fellowship and Mass with the Holy Father.

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A Reason To Be: Living With Purpose

Thu, 11 Feb 2016 05:00:00 +0000

Dr. Dennis Marshall joins us to to consider the lesson of so many created objects - that they reflect the purpose of their creator. We consider how this reality can lead us toward humility and service.

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Why Do You Call Me Good?: Living With Morality

Thu, 04 Feb 2016 05:00:00 +0000

This week we talk with Dr. Dennis Marshall about the concept of morality as understood from religious and philosophical perspectives.

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Creating Beauty: Art as Reflection and Evidence of God

Thu, 28 Jan 2016 05:00:00 +0000

Social media and the Internet have introduced us to several talented artists who demonstrate that creating beauty is no mean feat. In the light of this, we invited the Cathedral Square curator for last year's Art Prize exhibit to discuss with us how the beauty of Creation may be speaking to us about its Creator.

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The Scrupulous Mind

Thu, 21 Jan 2016 05:00:00 +0000

Our guest shares about his struggles through scrupulosity to finding peace in the Father's mercy.

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The Troops of St. George: Nurturing Virtue in a Secular Culture

Thu, 14 Jan 2016 05:00:00 +0000

Our guest shares information about a relatively new apostolate similar to scouting, called the Troops of St. George, and its mission to nurture faith in young men and to raise fathers as spiritual mentors to their sons.

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Lord, I Believe; Help My Unbelief: Embracing the Real Presence

Thu, 07 Jan 2016 17:00:00 +0000

Our guest, Fr. Peter Damian, joins us to discuss concerns regarding the relatively poor understanding and belief of Catholics in the fundamental doctrine of the Church - the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist.

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Embracing the Catholic Intellectual Tradition: Tackling Big Questions with Faith and Reason

Thu, 17 Dec 2015 05:00:00 +0000

Members of a local  informal collective of gentlemen, known as The Inquisitors, share about how their meetings challenge and nurture each other with thoughtful presentations regarding various historic, economic, ethical and political propositions,  usually in the light of Catholic tradition.

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Nurturing Sacramental Marriage: Considering Canon 1063 (Part 1)

Thu, 10 Dec 2015 05:00:00 +0000

Mentoring couples discuss Church Canon 1063, which outlines the obligation and responsibility of the local pastor to nuture a sacramental marriage through thorough preparation, liturgical teaching and post-nuptial support. This segment focuses on the preparations for marriage.

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Moving Beyond Stereotypes and Misconceptions to Catholic Truth

Thu, 03 Dec 2015 05:00:00 +0000

Musician, author and speaker Chris Padgett describes how his contact with Catholics animated by their faith, as well as thought-provoking Catholic authors, led him beyond negative preconceptions he harbored as a Protestant to an appreciation of Catholic teachings on sacraments, authority, etc.

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Doing Business in Good Conscience

Thu, 19 Nov 2015 05:00:00 +0000

Independent pharmacist describes the ethical and professional journey he undertook after learning about the abortifacient properties of some contraceptives.

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Growing as Brothers, Growing in Holiness

Thu, 12 Nov 2015 05:00:00 +0000

Gentlemen from a number of men's prayer groups in the Grand Rapids, MI area share their experiences regarding the faith formation and spiritual support that these fellowships have provided them.

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Human Trafficking: An Affront to Our Dignity

Mon, 09 Nov 2015 12:02:40 +0000

We were fortunate to have the opportunity to continue our conversation with Gaby Schoepflin and dig deeper into a consideration of the woundedness of humanity that is evidenced by the myriad forms of human trafficking that are taking place all around the world.

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Finding One's Calling in the Dignity of Others

Sun, 01 Nov 2015 04:00:00 +0000

This week's guest shares her story of finding her way to an exciting job and comfortable lifestyle, only to realize that there remained an emptiness that has led her to pursue a mission to expose and combat human trafficking.

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Revisiting the Garden

Thu, 29 Oct 2015 04:17:22 +0000

The last time we visited the St. Francis Sculpture Garden for Prayer and Meditation, it was early November of last year; it was cold, foggy and headed for the dormancy of winter. We got the chance to take our cameras back out to the site to enjoy the new growth - full foliage and new sculpture sites - and we had Mic Carlson in the climate-controlled studio to tell us about the latest developments at the Garden.

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Living in the Shadow of the Enlightenment

Sun, 11 Oct 2015 04:00:00 +0000

Dr. Dennis Marshall discusses the history of the Enlightenment and its influence on our contemporary culture.

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Reinforcing the Faith of Catholic Teens

Sun, 04 Oct 2015 04:00:00 +0000

Amongst the responsibilities the Fr. Scott Nolan juggles is that of Chaplain at West Catholic High School. Fr. Nolan discusses that role with us this week.

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Learn To Discern: Is It Christian or New Age?

Fri, 02 Oct 2015 15:19:17 +0000

In this special Catholic Forum Presents... edition, we offer excerpts from a recent presentation by Susan Brinkmann, best known for her contributions to EWTN's Women of Grace program and blog, as she addresses the influences of New Age spirituality in American culture. In this segment, Susan describes the defining characteristics of New Age Spirituality and the nuances that separate it from Christian practice in the area of prayer.

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The New Evangelization

Sun, 06 Sep 2015 04:00:00 +0000

Three Catholic Forum hosts discuss re-evangelizing lost and lukewarm Catholics.

 

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Living in the Fatherhood of God

Sun, 30 Aug 2015 04:00:00 +0000

Influence of a father's daily prayerful example & God's love leads youngest of seven children into the priesthood.

 

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Tying the Knot with the Untier of Nots

Thu, 27 Aug 2015 04:00:00 +0000

A "cradle Catholic" describes his experienced of being estranged from the Church, only to find himself wooed back by the sacraments, the Blessed Mother and the witness of strong Catholics in his life.

 

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A Look into the History and Heart of the Dominicans

Tue, 25 Aug 2015 04:00:00 +0000

A Dominican priest shares with us about the history, structure and charism of the Dominican order.

 

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Nurturing the Mind and Spirit Through Classical Education

Sat, 22 Aug 2015 13:11:29 +0000

Administrators from Sacred Heart of Jesus Academy return to discuss with us their first year after having converted from a "traditional" educational curriculum to an even more traditional model, the so-called "Classical" educational model.

 

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The Economy of Humility: To Serve and Be Served

Thu, 06 Aug 2015 04:00:00 +0000

Our guests share about their experiences while on a missionary trip to be of service to a community in Nicaruagua.

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A Faithful Evangelical Returns Home to Catholic Truth

Thu, 30 Jul 2015 04:00:00 +0000

Our guest describes his journey from cradle Catholicism to Evangelical Protestantism and  back again.

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Call to the Priesthood

Sun, 19 Jul 2015 04:00:00 +0000

Influence of a father's daily prayerful example & God's love leads youngest of seven children into the priesthood.

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The Message of Divine Mercy

Thu, 16 Jul 2015 11:40:47 +0000

Our guests join us for a discussion of the history, scope and application of the message of Divine Mercy, as revealed to St. Faustina Kowalska.

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From Lukewarm Catholic to Digital Missionary

Thu, 09 Jul 2015 04:00:00 +0000

Catholic blogger TJ Burdick describes how circumstances changed his dreams from playing professional basketball to sharing his faith through his family, his profession (teaching) and his writing.

TJ has also contributed to youcatholic.com, freetheology.com, catholicsnacks.com, ignitum.com and, most recently, epicpew.com. His own website is tjburdick.com.

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Playing Faustina: The Role of a Lifetime

Fri, 03 Jul 2015 10:07:46 +0000

In her powerful and moving personal story, actress Maria Vargo describes how she came to know God's abundant mercy, which in turn made her uniquely qualified to portray St. Sr. Faustina Kowalska in St. Luke Productions' latest touring production, Faustina: Messenger of Divine Mercy. 

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My Talents, God's Work

Thu, 25 Jun 2015 04:00:00 +0000

Our guest Morgan Anding helps us discuss the stewardship we are entrusted with regarding our skills and abilities - the "talents" we are given to use on behalf of the Master. 

Morgan is preparing for a year of voluntary missionary work with NET Ministries. If you are interested in helping to support her during this year of service, you can contribute at www.gofundme.com/morgansnetyear.

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The Hardest Decision, but the Best Decision

Thu, 18 Jun 2015 16:00:00 +0000

Guest Janet Gedris shares how her impending marriage led to a difficult decision to adopt the Catholic faith, and how this decision has led to an ever-deepening relationship with God through Christ and His Church.

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Confraternities, Sodalities and Guilds - Oh My!

Tue, 16 Jun 2015 11:17:31 +0000

While it is common to think of "church" as a community, one may forget the role that smaller collectives can have in deepening one's spirituality.  As early as the 12th century, the laity have gathered in associations focused on particular devotions or service activities in order to nurture habits of piety, humility and service. Our guests this week describe their involvement in three such organizations.

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Sharing Reasons For Faith

Sun, 07 Jun 2015 04:00:00 +0000

Guest Dr. John Pinheiro discusses various ways in which he has found opportunities, both professionally and personally, to share the love of his faith with others.

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Ministering on the Catholic Campus

Thu, 04 Jun 2015 04:00:00 +0000

The campus ministry team of Aquinas College (Grand Rapids, MI) describes their mission in sharing the faith with a diverse student population. 

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Dressing For the Banquet

Sat, 30 May 2015 14:57:05 +0000

Surveying the writings of Matthew, martyrs and mystics, we delve into the importance and spiritual consequences of receiving the Eucharist "worthily".

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What Catholics Do on Their Summer Vacation

Fri, 08 May 2015 02:03:53 +0000

Our guests describe their participation in presenting annual Vacation Bible School sessions with a Catholic twist at their local parish.

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Enhancing the Home Schooling Experience

Wed, 29 Apr 2015 10:46:51 +0000

Our guests discuss how their decision to home school their seven children blossomed into their helping to create a local teaching resource for other home-schoolers.

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The Meaning of the Mass

Wed, 22 Apr 2015 04:00:00 +0000

Our guest joins us to consider the various aspects of the liturgy known as the Mass, reflecting on its roots in both Scripture and Heaven.

 

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Challenged Into the Church

Thu, 16 Apr 2015 04:04:33 +0000

Our guest recounts his journey into the Catholic Church, describing how his assumptions were challenged by his wife and mother-in-law and his faith and understanding were deepened through his participation in the RCIA process both before and after he joined the Church.

 

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Exploring Servant Leadership with Legatus

Thu, 09 Apr 2015 04:30:00 +0000

Local Catholic business executives discuss history and mission of Legatus, an organization created to help nurture the faith of people in leadership positions.

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From Egypt to Heaven: The Development of Liturgy

Thu, 02 Apr 2015 04:00:00 +0000

On this week's episode, we discuss the origins and development of the liturgy of the Church, known as the Mass.

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Living With the Dignity of God's Children in a Secular Culture

Sun, 29 Mar 2015 03:11:06 +0000

On this special "Catholic Forum Presents..." edition, We're honored to present excerpts from a keynote address given by Teresa Tomeo to the national conference of the National Conference of Catholic Women. In it, Teresa gives examples of the snares and pitfalls that the secular culture, and media in particular, present to families striving to live godly lives, as well as offering simple suggestions that will help them to do so.

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Connecting with One's Catholic Faith

Thu, 26 Mar 2015 04:00:00 +0000

Members of CatholicConnect - a group focused on building community and spirituality within its young adult membership within the west Michigan area - discuss the origins, mission and fruits of the ministry.

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Mary - Our Model of Hope

Sun, 22 Mar 2015 04:30:00 +0000

Deacon Jim and guest Kathryn Mulderink discuss the evidence of intentionality of purpose in the parallels between Mary's role as new Ark of the Covenant and Old Testament understanding of that term, and reflect on the implications for our own understanding of mission and submission as disciples.

 

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Finding Philosophy, Living in Truth

Thu, 19 Mar 2015 04:30:00 +0000

Guest Dr. Dennis Marshall discusses the fundamental role that philosophy plays in each person's life - though they are sometimes unaware of it - and its purpose of calling each person to Truth, and so to God.

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Grace at Your Convenience

Sun, 15 Mar 2015 04:30:00 +0000

It has never been more necessary, more vital or more convenient to take one's faith formation in one's own hands. Our guest Tom Carpenter tells us about the mission of Lighthouse Catholic Media and the resources they make available to Catholics who wish to go deeper in their understanding of the faith.

 

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Building a Prayerful Path

Thu, 12 Mar 2015 04:30:00 +0000

Mic Carlson and Mark Siegrist of Instruments of Hope discuss the new meditative garden they are building in Grand Rapids, Michigan, leveraging Mic's skills as a sculptor and the profound influence that St. Francis has had upon him. 

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Being Secular and Religious in the Modern World

Sun, 01 Mar 2015 05:30:00 +0000

While the term "lay religious" may seem like an oxymoron, it is one of several means of referencing men and women who, while not being consecrated religious, seek greater holiness through the  spiritual tradition of communities founded by great saints. Our guests introduce us to the benefits and practices of incorporating the Franciscan, Domincan and Carmelite traditions into their secular lives.

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Saints: Our Heroes and Role Models

Sun, 22 Feb 2015 05:30:00 +0000

Our guests discuss the valuable role saints play in inspiring later generations toward a holy life, regardless of the wounds or failures of one's personal history.

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Catholic Forum Presents: The New Evangelization - Why Bother?

Sun, 15 Feb 2015 05:30:00 +0000

In a special Catholic Forum Presents edition..., we present well-known author, teacher and speaker Dr. Ralph Martin, who delivered a keynote speech at the national conference of the National Council of Catholic Women in Grand Rapids in September of 2014.  In this excerpt (the second of two), Dr. Martin reflects on why the "new Evangelization is so critical to the Church and to the world.

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Catholic Forum Presents: What is the "New Evangelization"?

Thu, 12 Feb 2015 05:30:00 +0000

In a special Catholic Forum Presents edition..., we present well-known author, teacher and speaker Dr. Ralph Martin, who delivered a keynote speech at the national conference of the National Council of Catholic Women in Grand Rapids in September of 2014.  In this excerpt (the first of two), Dr. Martin clarifies what is meant by the term "New Evangelization".

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My Yoke Is Easy

Sun, 08 Feb 2015 05:30:00 +0000

Jim Albright shares his conversion inspired by his son, his experiences of faith and the spiritual companioning of fellow Christians.


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Catechesis: Being Formed in the Image of Christ

Thu, 05 Feb 2015 05:30:00 +0000

The diocesan Director of Faith Formation clarifies what catechesis is and describes its role throughout the life of a Catholic.

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Adoring the Lord With His Mother

Sun, 01 Feb 2015 05:30:00 +0000

Convert from protestantism explains how the Blessed Virgin Mary led him to the Catholic Faith and strengthed his faith in and love of Jesus.


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Catholic Forum Presents: Consience

Thu, 29 Jan 2015 05:30:00 +0000

In this special edition of Catholic Forum, we present excrepts from Consience, a talk by Dr. Dennis Marshal, Professor of Theology at Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, during its original presentation at Fortnight for Freedom, a pro-life event held from June to July of 2014 at St. Isidore Catholic Church, also in Grand Rapids, Michigan.


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424 - Knights of Columbus:Catholic Gentlemen Defending the Faith

Mon, 26 Jan 2015 05:30:00 +0000

State Deputy Bob Fox discusses the role of the Knights of Columbus fraternal organization in the Church


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Knights of Columbus: Catholic Gentlemen

Mon, 26 Jan 2015 05:14:09 +0000

Michigan State Deputy Bob Fox discusses the history and the role of the Knights of Columbus in the Catholic community and the community at large.


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Evangelization: Taking Our Faith to the Streets (Part 2)

Wed, 14 Jan 2015 05:30:00 +0000

Adam Janke shares more about his experiences with the St. Paul Street evangelization ministry.


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Evangelization: Taking Our Faith to the Streets

Wed, 31 Dec 2014 05:30:00 +0000

Adam Janke shares more about his experiences with the St. Paul Street evangelization ministry.




Evangelization: Taking Our Faith to the Streets (Part 1)

Wed, 17 Dec 2014 05:30:00 +0000

Adam Janke of the St. Paul Street Evangelization ministry talks about  his journey into his current work and discusses how Catholics can embrace this essential part of Christ's call wherever they are.


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Coming Together to Celebrate Family

Wed, 03 Dec 2014 05:30:00 +0000

The Diocese of Grand Rapids Coordinator of Youth, Young Adult and Family Ministries discusses the local and national preparations for the upcoming World Meeting of Families, which will be hosted in Philadelphia in September of 2015.

 

 

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Retrouvaille: Rediscovering Love

Wed, 19 Nov 2014 05:30:00 +0000

Former participants of Retrouvaille describe how the process saved their marriage and how they have continued to try to pass along the the benefits they experienced through their ongoing participation with the program as a mentor couple.


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The Sky Grows Darker Yet

Wed, 05 Nov 2014 05:30:00 +0000

In this special "Catholic Forum Presents..." episode, we present excerpts from an address given by Leonard Grotenrath as part of the Fortnight For Freedom evenings of prayer that took place at St. Isidore Catholic Church in Grand Rapids in June and July of 2014. Presented as part of St. Isidore Church's Fortnight For Freedom evenings of prayer in the summer of 2014, Leonard Grotenrath's address. The Night Grows Darker Yet offers an erudite and passionate plea to people of faith to fight for and make real the "myth" of religious freedom in America.


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A Youth Ministry Roundtable

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 04:30:00 +0000

Three youth ministers from the diocese of Grand Rapids, MI discuss their journeys to ministry and their roles in assisting young people in their spiritual journeys.


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Bringing Women Together in Faith

Sat, 04 Oct 2014 23:46:02 +0000

The secretary of the National Council of Catholic Women discusses the organization's upcoming conference.


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The Three E's of the CIC

Wed, 17 Sep 2014 04:30:00 +0000

The Director of Marketing and Public Relations for the Catholic Information Center (CIC) discusses the ministry's history and unique mission in the Diocese of Grand Rapids, Michigan.

 

 

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Sing an Old Song Unto the Lord

Wed, 03 Sep 2014 04:30:00 +0000

The members of the Schola Sancta Caecilia ensemble discuss how their upbringing and participation in the Latin Mass has blossomed into a CD of songs based on early Church musical styles.

 

 

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Celebrating Catholic Faith in Film

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 04:30:00 +0000

Deacon Jim is joined by Dominic Ford, director of the Baraga Film Festival, and the 1st and 2nd place winners of this year's competition, which invites youth to produce videos that focus on aspects of the Catholic faith.


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It's All Relative, Or Is It?

Sun, 20 Jul 2014 03:16:44 +0000

Deacon Jim and our guest tackle the pervasive philosophy of relativism, particularly considering how to address younger people about its limitations and the intellectual and moral laziness it nurtures.

 

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Keeping Catholic in College

Sun, 20 Jul 2014 03:14:49 +0000

Our guest draws on his personal experience as a student at a less-than-orthodox Catholic university as well as his experience as a high school teacher and youth minister to discuss what young people can do to protect their faith while in an increasingly diverse and hostile environment.

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Witnessing the Birth of Two Saints

Sun, 20 Jul 2014 03:11:25 +0000

Our guests join host Deacon Jim to reminisce about their experiences of being among the hundreds of thousands who traveled to Rome to witness the canonization of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II.

 

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A Catholic Perspective of Scouting

Wed, 25 Jun 2014 04:30:00 +0000

Scott Harvey, Chairman of the Grand Rapids Catholic Community on Scouting, details the interesting relationship that has existed between Catholic parishes and scouting organizations through the years and how young people can integrate their Catholic faith into the values promoted by scouting.


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Going Back For the Future of Catholic Education

Thu, 12 Jun 2014 10:48:18 +0000

Our guests from Sacred Heart of Jesus Academy share about the process of transitioning from a typical contemporary educational curriculum to one informed by the "classical" model in order to focus on the school's Catholic identity.

 

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Relics: Keepsakes of Grace (Part 2)

Wed, 11 Jun 2014 04:30:00 +0000

This second part of our hour-long conversation with Dale Anderson, Fr. Tom Simons, and Kathryn Nunsio features a powerful testimony to the powerful graces that reside with holy relics, as well as a brief tour of an extensive collection of relics.


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Relics: Keepsakes of Grace (Part_2)

Sun, 25 May 2014 21:28:45 +0000

This second part of our hour-long conversation features a powerful testimony to the miraculous graces that reside with holy relics, and a brief tour of an extensive collection of relics.

 

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Relics: Keepsakes of Grace (Part 1)

Wed, 21 May 2014 04:30:00 +0000

In the first part of an hour-long conversation, Dale Anderson, Fr. Tom Simons, and Kathryn Nunsio discuss with host/producer Alan Dunst the definition, history and purpose of relics as a part of the Catholic devotional life.


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The Man of the World Embraces the Manna of Heaven

Thu, 08 May 2014 11:12:07 +0000

Our guest describes his life's journey and its shift in focus from the pleasures of the material world to the pleasures contained and promised in the simple materials of Eucharistic bread and wine.

 

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Pilgrimages: Journeys of Faith

Fri, 02 May 2014 04:10:21 +0000

Our guests share about their experiences partaking in the ancient practice of going on pilgrimage, both as pilgrims and as organizers of pilgrimages to various locations around the world.

 

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Embracing the Worldwide Family of God

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 11:28:35 +0000

Our guests discuss how entering into a "sister" relationship with other churches in Haiti have enhanced their passion for being of service to brothers and sisters in Christ who practice their faith in extreme poverty.

 

 


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The Core of Catholic Education

Thu, 10 Apr 2014 11:09:17 +0000

Superintendent of Catholic Schools for the diocese of Grand Rapids, MI discusses the myths and realities of Common Core and the degree to which the new standards impact Catholic education.

 

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The Young Church Takes a Stand (March) For Life

Thu, 03 Apr 2014 11:17:35 +0000

The leader and members of the youth group from St. Michael's Parish in Muskegon, MI describe their experiences participating in the March For Life in Washington, D.C.

 

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From Jehovah to Jesus: A New Witness

Fri, 28 Mar 2014 11:37:05 +0000

Our guest this week describes his journey from being raised as a Jehovah's Witness to finding his spiritual home in the Catholic Church.

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The Haunting Legacy of St. Hildegard

Fri, 28 Mar 2014 11:26:27 +0000

Singer/actress Linn Maxwell-Keller discusses how her career took an unusual turn as she wrote and began performing a one-woman play about St. Hildegard of Bingen.

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Baraga Film Festival: Fanning the Fervor for Faith in Film

Fri, 21 Feb 2014 12:55:02 +0000

This week we highlight the upcoming Baraga Film Festival, a competition held in West Michigan that encourages young people to dig deeper into their faith then seek creative and innovative ways to express their new understanding, particularly through the process of filmmaking.


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Kepha: Igniting the Hearts of Men

Fri, 14 Feb 2014 04:21:47 +0000

Members of the planning committee of a local Catholic men's conference discuss the need for and the power of such conferences, reflecting on the benefits they've received both in attending and in organizing these events.

 

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Mary: Who Do You Say That She Is?

Mon, 10 Feb 2014 23:32:46 +0000

Director of Religious Education discusses the devotion known as Marian Consecration and, in doing so, shares the Catholic perspective of the Blessed Mother's role in salvation history and in the Church.


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