Listen to past episodes of the "Rediscover Hour" with Jeff recorded live on Friday mornings on Relevant Radio 1330AM. This one hour program is broadcast as an extension of the Office of Evangelization of the Archcdiocese of St. Paul/Minneapolis to encourage listeners and to inform them of opportunities to reach out. Many great local guests are interviewed such as Archbishop Hebda and Bishop Cozzens as well as guest from around the nation.
On this Feast Day of St. Kateri Tekakwitha, we stop to remember to pray for our country, especially in light of the funeral for Philando Castile that will take place at the Cathedral of St. Paul, MN. St. Kateri is our patron for North America and lived during a time of much conflict between Native American tribes and between the white settlers and Native Americans and between Americans, British and French. Now when the world is in so much turmoil, it is still possible to find peace and meaning in simple devotion to Jesus Christ as did St. Kateri.
Our lives have been inspired by the short life of St. Kateri. For a full account of her life and miracles, please read Emily's book, Lily of the Mohawks, the Story of St. Kateri.
St. Kateri, pray for us!
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Please join us on our pilgrimage to Rome and Assisi this fall and get a blessing from Pope Francis at the Wednesday papal audience! Pope Francis encourages the faithful to go on pilgrimages, and during this Year of Mercy, the Holy Doors are open and we are scheduled to walk through all four doors open in Rome. We will also pray at the Scala Sancta, "Holy Stairs" brought from Jerusalem by St. Helena in the 4th century. We will also celebrate the Feast of St. Francis in Assisi. Seats are still available!
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We learned this week that Jeff's newest book, "When You Suffer: Biblical Keys to Hope and Understanding" won an award through the CPA Book Awards. It won second place in the Scripture category! We have heard from many people how this book has helped them make sense of their suffering. If one can attach meaning to ones suffering, he or she can go through anything. Jeff's book explains this concept in a clear and understandable way. If you or someone you know is struggling with physical or emotional suffering, this may help answer many questions. We pray that you will be able to unite your suffering to Christ.
You can purchase a copy at www.catholicbiblegear.com
In a quiet apartment in Dayton, OH, I watched EWTN on a daily basis for most of 1994. Should I return to the Catholic Church, or remain a Protestant pastor? Mother Angelica helped to tip the scale toward Rome.
Little did I know that in two years I would be with her on her set, first as a guest, then as her occasional co-host for six years. Those six years at EWTN changed my life and I will forever be grateful for all Mother Angelica has done.
I’m often asked, “what was Mother like?” Let me tell you a little bit about her. Mother Angelica was a woman of prayer and intense devotion to Jesus. She would rather spend a day in the presence of Jesus in a quiet chapel than stand in the limelight. If you have watched Mother on her many shows, you know her, because she was the same on TV as in the halls of EWTN. She was courageous, tenacious and holy. Her insistence on giving Jesus her best was at the center of every decision she made, and her unwavering faith provided a remarkable example to others on how a modern day disciple can live.
I learned much in those six years with Mother. I learned how to trust God under pressure. Many times, when she called and asked me to accompany her on her live show, I would arrive at the studio to prep. With only minutes until we were on the air, I would ask, “what is the theme tonight?” She would respond with a casual, “we will see what the Lord wants.” I was nervous about going into a show with no theme, however, she was calm and confident that all would work out. Sure enough, when we went live, all turned out well.
I learned from Mother that all the glory goes to Jesus. She told me one time that if anyone says anything good about you or praises you, point them to Jesus right away. I saw her do this time after time and I have tried to imitate her in this practice.
One of the highlights was most certainly the day after she was healed in her office. For over forty years she was in a body brace and used leg braces, the result of an accident back in Ohio. On January 28, 1998 she was completely healed as a result of praying with a woman after her Wednesday show. The next morning, she called me and asked me to come to the parlor, a place where cloistered nuns meet with family and receive gifts. It was early in the morning and I was anxious to see her after hearing the news the night before. As I entered, all the sisters were standing with her and she spun around like a young teenager. I was speechless.
She asked me if she could come on “Life on the Rock” that evening to tell the world. I said, “Mother, it’s your network, you can do anything you like.” That evening, she told the world what happened and gave glory to God. I don’t think of myself as a dancer, but that evening on live TV, Mother asked me to dance with her. What do you do if you are a layman on live TV and Mother asks you to dance? You dance! And we did!
Today, Mother is dancing with Jesus and enjoying her new home in heaven.
A lesson we can all learn from Mother is that God can do amazing things with the five loaves and two fish that we have. She didn’t have much when it comes to TV experience, but what she had, she gave to Jesus and he did amazing things with it. Every time I hear the story of the feeding of the five thousand, I think of Mother Angelica and the five loaves and two fish that she gave Jesus. If you have been blessed by EWTN, then you have benefited from her gift to the Lord.
To work with this great woman of God is counted as one of the highlights of my life and her generosity became one of the most significant pivotal points in my life. From me and my family, we thank God for you Mother Angelica.