What was Mother Teresa’s secret to finding the energy and love for those she cared for in the streets of Calcutta, and in the Missionaries of Charities’ Home for the Dying ? “I pray,” Mother said, quite simply. Susan Conroy went to Calcutta as a 21-year-old to learn all she could from Mother Teresa. “Watching her,” Susan remembers, “I saw firsthand that love, kindness, humility are actually tangible. I saw all those qualities reflected in her.” Susan shares these memories with Doug on EWTN Bookmark, and in Praying with Mother Teresa, her unique collection of Mother Teresa’s prayers and wisdom. Look for Susan in Rome, and for EWTN during our coverage of Mother Teresa’s canonization on September 4th.
Fr. Brian Kolodiejchuk, postulator of Mother Teresa’s cause for sainthood, joins Doug Keck at a recent Knights of Columbus convention in Toronto to discuss Mother Teresa, A Call to Mercy. Doug comments that Mother Teresa, A Call to Mercy, shows the little saint “in action,” doing “ordinary things with extraordinary love.” Her authenticity in lifestyle, begun years ago when she left a comfortable teaching job to serve ‘the poorest of the poor’ in Calcutta, would give her words a similar authentic force which carried them around the world, and into the world’s conscience.
EWTN Chaplain Fr. Joseph Mary Wolfe feels that Mother Angelica’s spiritual presence permeates this prayer book of her very own meditations on the Mysteries of the Rosary, The Way of the Cross, and a third section, Conversation with God. All give a glimpse into the struggles that Mother Angelica faced throughout life, and her overriding love for Our Lord in bringing Him all her concerns. Host Doug Keck reflects that Mother’s indomitable trust in God’s guidance will inspire those who pick up Praying with Mother Angelica with this same trust, as they pray the prayers of the Rosary and the Stations of the Cross, and meditate on the topics Mother raises in Conversation with God.
“Mother Angelica,” Fr. Joseph Wolfe, MFVA shares with Bookmark host Doug Keck, “understood the hearts of those who called into EWTN with problems and confusion. She created this little book to reach out to those she couldn’t counsel personally.” In the Foreword to Answers, Not Promises, Fr. Joseph writes that Mother was our companion in the battle for virtue. While many of our temptations may not have been hers, she had her own that she wrestled with constantly: “I know how it feels to want to throw in the towel and then regret it. I am not perfect, and …I know what you’re up against.” Fr. Joseph hopes that Answers, Not Promises will provide real answers to our real-life struggles, and be ultimately resolved in Jesus Christ, the Eternal Word.
How do I progress in the spiritual life? How do I advance in holiness? Ralph Martin‘s book, since its appearance a decade ago, is becoming “the best guidance the Catholic Church has on getting from Baptism to Beatific Vision.” Martin gives us the wise teachings of 7 Doctors of the Church: Saints Augustine, Bernard of Clairvaux, Catherine of Siena, Teresa of Avila, John of the Cross, Francis, and Therese of Lisieux, as spiritual companions along the journey to God. In addition to The Fulfillment of All Desire, host Doug Keck and Ralph also discuss Forever Grateful for Mercy, both available from http://www.ewtnrc.com.
A Shepherd’s Voice series book now in its 4th edition, Catholics in the Public Square is small but powerful. The 45-page text contains Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted‘s teachings on appropriate behavior for every Catholic in today’s secular world, and the role of every Catholic in making a positive impact on our nation and on our country’s political process, in the light of the Catholic faith.
Into the Breach: An Apostolic Exhortation to Catholic Men, by The Most Reverend Thomas J. Olmsted, Bishop of Phoenix, is a 23-page text, calling his Spiritual Sons in the Diocese to engage in the battle raging around the world, which is progressively killing the remaining Christian ethos in society, in the culture, and in families.Catholic men must be willing to “step into the breach,” to advance the light of the Catholic faith against the powers of darkness by such concrete steps as prayer, Mass, reading Scripture, keeping the Sabbath, monthly confession, and building fraternity with Catholic men. Download the text of Into the Breach without charge at http://www.intothebreach.org.