Doug Keck’s interviews for EWTN Bookmark continued, at a recent Catholic Marketing Network convention in Chicago. Authors included in Episode 2 : Julie Dortch Cragon, Steve Dawson, Maurice Prater, with Walk to Mary clip (Bob Dolan Productions), Shane Kelly, Yvonne Florczak-Seeman, Fr. Edward Looney, and Barbara Golder. Catholic Answers, Paraclete Press, Catholic Word, and the Daughters of St. Paul also shared their latest 2016-2017 offerings. Look for Lisa Hendey, Anthony DeStefano, Jim Papandrea , Antonella DiPiazza, and Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle, whose interviews are featured on EWTN Bookmark series this fall.
Doug Keck brings you a baker’s dozen of interviews from the floor of the Catholic Marketing Network’s recent convention in Chicago. Authors, publishers, and purveyors of everything Catholic were on hand for three days, with fall and 2017 offerings. EWTN On Location posted many of them, and other interviews will be coming to you on our regular EWTN Bookmark series. Below, Episode One in its entirety, which aired September 3rd. Look for Episode Two, to be posted here as well.
Finding True Happiness shows us the way to lasting happiness. The Soul’s Upward Yearning teaches us about the existence of our souls, and of God. Now God So Loved the World, Fr. Robert Spitzer‘s third volume in this quartet, asks, “Would God want to reveal Himself to us personally and ultimately?” Doug’s interview with Fr. Spitzer from his Christ Cathedral office explores the invitation of God So Loved the World: confirm one’s faith and trust in Jesus, pursue the path to salvation, and enter into the hope and destiny created for every soul from the beginning of time.
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.