Reasonably Catholic: Keeping the Faith


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“God is found even in grouchiness”

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Regular guest Passionist Father John Baptist Pesce of Holy Family Monastery in West Hartford, CT, explains why it’s a sign of progress that the Catholic Church is infuriating segments of its flock.

 

Hoof it for Haiti

Also, Jeff Cantin, organizer of this year’s 5K walk, run and roll to benefit Haiti, tells about plans for the 9th annual event, to take place rain or shine on Sat., Sept. 24, at St. Elizabeth Seton Church in Rocky Hill, CT.

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Encore episode: Introducing Wesleyan’s new Catholic chaplain

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https://reasonablycatholic.files.wordpress.com/2016/08/reasonably-in-action03.mp3

 

Fr. Bill Wallace

Until recently, Augustinian Father William Wallace wore an additional hat, as a practicing lawyer in lower Manhattan, handling fraud cases in the New York Attorney General’s office. Recently, he retired from that job to become Wesleyan University’s new Catholic chaplain.

 


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A year after lye attack on her face, Rev. Alexandra counts her blessings

 

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AlexandraAlexandra Dyer, a Roman Catholic woman priest, lectors at a July liturgy at St. Praxedis Roman Catholic Church in New York City. In her former day job as the head of an NYC non-profit arts organization, Rev. Alexandra uncovered malfeasance, prompting the embezzler to hire a young man to throw industrial drain cleaner in her face as she walked to her car. Both criminals are now serving time on Rikers Island, and Alexandra has been busy healing. She recounts how, along that process, she had a spiritual experience which solidified her already strong faith.

 

Here’s a link to the Reasonably Catholic episode featuring Alexandra’s ordination. In the photo below the Rev. Gabriella Velardi Ward is among those ordaining Alexandra Dyer:

https://reasonablycatholic.files.wordpress.com/2016/08/rc2014_5_20_for_pacifica.mp3

 

 

Gabriella blesses Alexandra

An interview with Rev. Gabriella Velardi Ward:

https://reasonablycatholic.files.wordpress.com/2016/08/rev-gabriella-velardi-ward.mp3

 

Photojournalist Judith Levitt, who creates portraits of Roman Catholic Women Priests looking “like little Popes,” as below, discusses her art

https://reasonablycatholic.files.wordpress.com/2016/08/photojournalist-judith-levitt.mp3

Bishop Patricia Fresen. Photograph by Judith Levitt

Bishop Patricia Fresen. Photograph by Judith Levitt

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Papal commission on women deacons: an encore broadcast

FutureChurch founder Sr. Christine Schenk and Hofstra University Prof. Phyllis Zagano, the mother of the female diaconate movement, ┬áreacted in May to Pope Francis’ announcement that he would establish a commission on the subject. On the occasion of his doing so last week, we rebroadcast that episode. Prof. Zagano will be a member of that panel and will report back on a future show.

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Part II of radio host/columnist Colin McEnroe on his developing Christian faith

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Colin show logoColin headshot IIIn the second of two episodes, WNPR radio host and Hartford Courant columnist Colin McEnroe tells how the inspired founder and pastor of Riverfront Family Church in Glastonbury, CT, the Rev. Nancy Butler, is encouraging him along the Christian path — and wishes he’d hurry up about it — as she deals with the ravages of ALS.

Colin had only the sketchiest of religious upbringings (when, as a boy, he asked his parents to bring him to church, they dropped him off there and went home) but now he rarely misses a service and he even belts out the songs! Going to church nourishes him, he says, like nothing else.

Click below to find Ralph Waldo Emerson’s 1838 Harvard Divinity School address, considered one of the best commencement speeches ever. Colin read it to Nancy, pausing as they unpacked a phrase here and then — she said she agreed with every word — then he cried on his drive home.

http://www.emersoncentral.com/divaddr.htm