Reasonably Catholic: Keeping the Faith


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Oct 2. show preview

Our next show airs from 4 to 4:55 p.m. on Tuesday Oct. 2 with these two special guests:

Denise Stancovics, editor of Today’s American Catholic, a nationally circulated progressive Catholic newspaper published out of Farmington, CT.

And

Chris Allen Doucot, of the Hartford Catholic Worker:

Speaking at a 2003 anti-war rally at the Connecticut state capitol.


Seawolf chain action 1997

Being carried away from a 1997 protest against the Seawolf nuclear fast-attack submarine.


With his son Ammon on the occasion of Chris’s graduating from Yale Divinity School in 2008 with a master’s degree in religion. Chris is wearing a stole with panels made by friends.


Marisol's wedding

Walking Marisol Reyes Hernandez down the aisle in about 2006. Marisol was the guest of the Catholic Worker when she was in high school.


Reasonably Catholic: Keeping the Faith airs every first, third, and fifth Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. EST on WESU 88.1 FM in Middletown, CT, and streams at wesufm.org.


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Our patron saint

Listener Al Masciocchi sends along this photo of a plaque on a building in Baltimore.

St. Joseph Cupertino Center

Al reminds us that not only was St. Joseph of Cupertino known for his levitating during prayer, he was ordained as a result of correctly answering one question—the one answer he’d furiously prepared. (He had a learning disability.)

Writes Al: “He has long been one of my favorite saints. I learned of him in grade school from the Immaculate Heart of Mary nuns back in Philadelphia. He was the patron saint of test takers. I was taught a prayer, ‘Oh great St. Joseph of Cupertino who while on earth did obtain from God the favor to be asked only the questions you knew, obtain for me a like favor for this exam for which I am preparing.’

“I said that prayer before every test I took thereafter, up to and including every actuarial exam I ever took. And I’ve been telling my children the prayer since they started taking tests. I also remind them that the prayer always works better if you have studied 🙂

“I never knew much about St. Joseph until earlier this year. We were visiting my daughter who had recently moved to Baltimore and while out for a walk passed a Catholic Church. I don’t remember the name of the church but the church hall across the street was named “St. Joseph of Cupertino Hall”. I yelled when I saw it and pointed it out to Cathy. Now, a priest was standing outside the church as this was Sunday morning and Mass was starting in 5 minutes. I immediately went over to him to ask him about the hall, telling him of my long and fond association with St. Joseph. He asked me if I knew the rest of the story. When I said I didn’t he told me that Joseph wanted to be a priest but he was ‘dumb as a rock’ but through some family connection was allowed to apply and had to take a test. He only studied the first chapter in the book but succeeded anyway.

“Who knows how much of that really happened but as Father John [Pesce, of our first interview] would say “Just because it didn’t happen doesn’t mean it isn’t true.”


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Reasonably Catholic: Keeping the Faith, Sept. 18, 2012, archived show

Fr. John Baptist Pesce brings his enlightened take on current issues affecting—and afflicting!—the Church, including the Vatican crackdown on nuns, the bishops’ crusade against Obamacare, and the need for more involvement by the laity in decision-making at all levels. Quoting Victor Hugo, Fr. John reminds us that there is no resisting “an idea whose time has come”! Do you have one foot out the church door? Father John may persuade you to stay!

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Our first guest

Father John Baptist Pesce and pie

Fr. John Baptist Pesce

To inaugurate the show, Fr. John Baptist Pesce comes to the WESU-FM studios, bringing his enlightened take on current issues affecting—and afflicting!—the Church, including the Vatican crackdown on nuns, the bishops’ crusade against Obamacare, and the need for more involvement by the laity in decision-making at all levels. Quoting Victor Hugo, Fr. John reminds us that there is no resisting “an idea whose time has come”! Do you have one foot out the church door? Father John may persuade you to stay!

Reasonably Catholic: Keeping the Faith debuts Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2012, at 4:00 p.m. EST on WESU 88.1 FM in Middletown, CT, and streaming at wesufm.org.