Fr. Matthew Mary, MFVA, presenter: Reflections with Fr. Leo Clifford, O.F.M.

One of EWTN‘s own Franciscan Missionaries of the Eternal Word, Fr. Matthew Mary, MFVA,  joins host Doug Keck on the EWTN Bookmark set to discuss Reflections with Fr. Leo Clifford, O.F.M. “The book is so interesting to me,” Fr. Matthew observes, “because it’s as though Fr. Leo is inviting you to come along on a journey, as he reflects  upon a variety of topics – Divine Mercy, Forgiveness, Suffering, Sin, Peace. You can almost feel his presence, his encouragement.”   EWTN Publishing recaptures ReflectionsFr. Leo Clifford‘s popular daily EWTN television series of the same name, in a winsome, personal way that will appeal to all.


Fr. Timothy Gallagher, O.M.V. Setting Captives Free: Personal Reflections on Ignatian Discernment of Spirits

Fr. Timothy Gallagher, O.M.V., joins Doug Keck on location for an EWTN Bookmark discussion of Setting Captives Free: Personal Reflections on Discernment of Spirits. This book, and the 5-part series Fr. has created, take up “…the 14 principles of Ignatian discernment of spirits which help free people from the discouraging lies of the evil one, our enemy.” By them we gain not only freedom, Fr. Gallagher adds, “…but new energy and joy in the Lord.”  Setting Captives Free also contains new material and new understandings of the Ignatian Rules. Setting Captives Free is available from EWTN Religious Catalogue,

Fr. George W. Rutler, Calm in Crisis: Catholic Wisdom for Anxious Times

Fr. George Rutler‘s Calm in Crisis: Catholic Wisdom for Anxious Times is a collection of essays, each one addressing a specific issue of the day, such as politics, religion, or entertainment. In each, Fr. Rutler says, we see the hand of God. “We are, I believe,” Fr. Rutler reflects, “in the most critical period in Christian history.” Speaking from a studio near his parish, Manhattan’s Church of St. Michael, Fr. Rutler is well acquainted with today’s many challenges. Join Doug Keck and Fr. Rutler for this important  interview, only on EWTN Bookmark.

Carmela Martino, Playing by Heart

Playing by Heart, EWTN Bookmark host Doug Keck learns in talking with Catholic Writers Guild member Carmela Martino, was inspired by the real-life story of two  sisters of 18th-century Milan.  Martino‘s historical Young Adult novel  has insightful descriptions of Milan’s aristocracy and luxury, coupled with beautiful characterizations of two young women who navigate the never-smooth course of true love. The Catholic Marketing Network‘s 22nd annual trade show in Lancaster, PA brought together authors, publishers, retailers, religious media representatives, and spiritual conference news from all over the U.S.

Michelle Buckman, Turning in Circles

At a recent Catholic Marketing Network convention in Lancaster, PA, Michelle Buckman presented her newest novel, Turning in Circles. It’s the second book by this  Catholic Writers Guild member.  Doug Keck, EWTN Bookmark host, quotes an observation of Earl Hamner, Jr., creator of The Waltons, in reflecting that “Turning in Circles is a ‘suspenseful, illuminating and unforgettable story.'” Buckman‘s first novel was Rachel’s Contrition.

Joseph Pearce, Further Up & Further In: Understanding Narnia

Joseph Pearce returns to the EWTN Bookmark set,  to the delight of EWTN viewers, this time for Further Up & Further In: Understanding Narnia with Bookmark host Doug Keck. Think C.S. Lewis‘ 7-book Chronicles of Narnia is “For kids, not grown-ups”? Not so, says Pearce: “There is a depth of theology, philosophy, ties to other worlds of literature as part of the Christian heritage – all interwoven into the fabric of this wonderful story of Narnia.” Joseph Pearce‘s hope is that, having read the Chronicles of Narnia, we will grow deeper in our faith as we read Further Up & Further In, and  enjoy the tale of Narnia once again.

Dr. Scott Hahn, The First Society: The Sacrament of Matrimony and the Restoration of the Social Order

Dr. Scott Hahn and Doug Keck open this EWTN Bookmark with  a remark Scott heard years ago from  Marquette University professor Fr. Donald Keefe. “If Catholics would simply live the Sacrament of Matrimony for one generation,” Fr. Keefe observed, “we would witness a transformation of society and have a Catholic culture.”  The Sacrament of Matrimony is under ferocious attack today. Sadly, this makes sense, Dr. Hahn says, because “in marriage as in no other form of love, we image God’s life-giving act.” Doug and Dr. Hahn’s discussion of The First Society: The Sacrament of Matrimony and the Restoration of the Social Order make this EWTN Bookmark episode truly one for the books.