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Catholic Moments #121 - Immaculée Ilibagiza

This week, we are honored to share a conversation with Immaculée Ilibagiza, a survivor of the Rwandan genocide and a noted Catholic author and speaker.  Immaculée's books include Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust, Led By Faith: Rising from the Ashes of the Rwandan Genocide, and her latest book Our Lady of Kibeho: Mary Speaks to the World from the Heart of Africa.

Today on this Deacon Moment: words on an Archbishop... an Irish curmudgeon priest... and the late Holy Father John Paul II. Join Deacon Tom in a tender moment about priests in this, the Year of the Priest.

October is the Month of the Rosary, but it’s also Respect Life Month, and Sarah Reinhard encourages us to pray a rosary -- even if we’re no good at it -- for human life.

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Category:Author Interviews -- posted at: 11:40pm UTC

Catholic Moments #120 - Peggy Bowes, Rosary Workout Peggy Bowes is a former Air Force pilot who left the military to raise and homeschool her two children.  Peggy's lifelong enthusiasm for fitness led her to bocome certified as an aerobics instructor, personal trainer and Lifestyle and Weight Management consultant.  Her devotion to our Blessed Mother and her great prayer, the Rosary, inspired Peggy to create the Rosary Workout and to share this devotion with others. Be sure to head over and leave a comment on our Rosary Workout Book Contest Post for your chance to win a copy of the Rosary Workout.

Have you seen the play or the movie "The Man For All Seasons?" In it, Sir Thomas More introduces us to a silence that loudly speaks the Truth. Does our silence or do our actions speak loudly? This Deacon Tom reflection invites us to consider Thomas More as we head towards Respect Life Sunday.

This week, Sarah Reinhard challenges you to think of Mary as a blankie, and you’ll get some history of Our Lady of Walsingham too!  (Note: much of this material originally appeared in Sarah's column on Our Lady of Walsingham at Today’s Catholic Woman.)

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Catholic Moments #119 - Terry Polakovic

On this week's show, we learn more about the great organization ENDOW from Co-founder, Executive Director, and Chief Editor of the ENDOW Study Guides, Terry Polakovic.  Terry shares with us the mission of ENDOW and its ministry of bringing women together to discover their God-given dignity and to understand their role in humanizing and transforming society. Founded in 2003, ENDOW has grown from an idea into an international women's ministry.  Over 5,400 women have participated in ENDOW study groups in the last six years.

How's this for being bold? Deacon Tom says he's doing a Plug for Jesus. What do you think? By the way, have you been to Adoration lately?

This week, Sarah Reinhard has a prayer from Our Lady of Akita.  You can learn more about Our Lady of Akita at the summary page at EWTN, or you can read about the miracles and drama in the more in-depth coverage at Mary Pages and Catholic Tradition.

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Category:Bible Study -- posted at: 10:49pm UTC

Catholic Moments #118 - Jim Merhaut Our guest on this week's podcast is Jim Merhaut, a marriage and family expert, award winning author and national speaker.  Jim is currently the President of Villa Maria Education and Spirituality Center.  Jim's books include Your Catholic Family: Simple Ways to Share the Faith at Home and Godparenting for Life

In this Deacon Moment, Tom shares an incident that happened just this weekend when a Eucharistic Minister didn't give a blessing to two young people coming forward at Communion time. What do you think about this?

Why does a picture need a frame? Is a giraffe still a giraffe if you draw it with a short neck? This week we contemplate frames on Chesterton Moments with Nancy Brown.

In this week’s Mary Moment, Sarah Reinhard shares a reflection on Mary written by her parish priest.

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Category:Author Interviews -- posted at: 6:00pm UTC

Catholic Moments #117 - Sr. Mary Prudence Allen, R.S.M. Sr. Mary Prudence Allen, R.S.M. is a member of the Religious Sisters of Mercy in Alma, Michigan. This week, we discuss her participation in the writing of The Foundations of Religious Life: Revisiting the Vision.  She holds a professorship in philosophy at St. John Theological Seminary in Denver, Colorado and is Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Concordia University, Montreal.  

Everyone loves surprises. But only Chesterton realizes Who first thought about surprising us. What will you do to surprise your family today? Enjoy this week's Chesterton Moment with Nancy Brown for the American Chesterton Society.

What's that? The Leaky Deke? What the heck is that about? Today, Deacon Tom combines Confession, a visit by the Bishop and the Holy Spirit to help solve one of Tom's problems.

This week, Sarah Reinhard shares a reflection on making grape jelly and the Blessed Mother’s upcoming birthday.

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Category:Vocations -- posted at: 8:46pm UTC