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Author Heather King joins Morning Glory tomorrow on Christmas and consumerism!

Join us bright and early Wednesday morning on EWTN radio with Father Aquinas Guilbeau in with us discussing the amazing impact Newman centers are having on secular colleges and universities across the nation. We’ll also discuss Angela Merkel of Germany’s new stance on the burka – now calling for a ban ‘wherever legally possible.’ What does this mean for religious freedom – and is there the same outrage over Christians’ rights being stripped from them in our own country?…

In a culture sickened by materialism, gluttony and greed of all kinds, the Gospel’s call to live simply and to share abundantly is more pressing than ever. For many of us, voluntary poverty is an ideal. But to be voluntarily poor—as opposed to the pendulum swings of overspending, underearning and pathological self-deprivation that can dictate our lives—we have to be rich first: in trust and love, if not in money.

In Loaded: Money and the Spirituality of Enough, lawyer-turned-writer Heather King shares her own recovery around money as well as the stories of others who have worked to reverse self-defeating patterns and move on to a healthy, mindful relationship with money. In an approach that’s very much informed by Jesus’s many words on the subject, she offers simple, proactive and transformative steps you can take to heed the Gospel’s call in your own life. The language of Loaded will be familiar to those in recovery for addictions of various kinds, and easily accessible to those who aren’t. Wherever you fall on the spectrum between freedom and bondage around money, these stories and tools will help. And the underlying principles—clarity, honesty, the confluence of will and grace—apply in every area of our lives.

We’ll also be joined by Edward Pentin of EWTN’s National Catholic Register. As a Rome correspondent for over 13 years, Pentin is an expert on the papacy and the Holy See. He can give us the latest about the Holy Father including news released today about what scene the Pope has chosen for his Christmas card as well as how Italy is shaping up after Prime Minister Matteo Renzi stepping down after the referendum.

We love hearing from you! Please leave comments, questions, topic ideas, your favorite recipes, prayer requests – anything you’d like to share with the Morning Glory team!

‘See’ you bright and early!


Alyssa Murphy

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Join us on the EWTN airwaves tomorrow morning with Mark Shriver joining!

Join us for Morning Glory tomorrow morning at 7am ET with the crew aboard including Gloria Purvis, Dr. Matthew Bunson filling in for Brian Patrick, producer Alyssa Murphy, and Father Dominic Legge back with us bringing his arsenal of Aquinas-intellect!

We’ll be discussing some big news today including a mistrial called in the trial for the SC police officer charged with shooting Walter Scott. In a show of symbolic firsts – Prime Minister Abe will be the first Prime Minister from Japan to visit Pearl Harbor–this after President Obama became the first president to visit Hiroshima. Both are sites of war and incredible loss of life more than seventy years ago – now the two leaders are speaking about the continued importance of diplomacy and the value of our two countries’ friendship.

Guests include New York Times bestselling author Mark Shriver discussing his new book Pilgrimage: My Search for the Real Pope Francis. Cardinal O’Malley calls it a ‘must-read.’ Mark K. Shriver weaves spiritual memoir with anecdotal biography. Despite the fact that Shriver never speaks a word with Francis, the Argentinia-born Jesuit whose charisma has captured a rare global attention and rekindled the faith of many a tepid Catholic, it’s the one more apt to stir the soul of its readers.

Makes sure to bring your coffee to the Morning Glory table tomorrow as we welcome Rob Evans aka The Donut Man! We’ll look at the inspiration behind his comedy, character, and quirky fun songs that bring out the child in all of us!

We want to hear from you! Find us on Twitter @EWTN and Facebook, email the show directly via MorningGlory@ewtn.com, or comment here!

Thanks for being part of the family–we’ll see you bright and early!

–Alyssa Murphy

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Monday Morning Glory kicks off tomorrow 7am ET with Lisa Hendey!

Join us tomorrow as we kick off the first full week of December on the EWTN airwaves! Brian Patrick is taking some much needed time off to hang out with his grandkids so we have Gloria Purvis along with Dr. Matthew Bunson in-studio along with producer Alyssa Murphy and our Godly Counsel aka spiritual sidekick, Monsignor Charles Pope!

We’ll be discussing breaking news over the weekend including a fire in Oakland, California inside a warehouse building that leaves at least 24 people dead–and they are still searching.. We’ll also discuss a tragic story of Brandy Vela, a high school senior that tragically ended her own life by pulling the trigger in front of not only her parents but her grandparents over a long period of cyberbullying. We’ll consider ways to help those struggling with these threats and also ways to detect if your own child or friend or family member might be influenced by outsiders saying things that are in no way edifying!

Guests include Catholic blogger Lisa Hendey known mostly for her blog: http://www.CatholicMom.com. She is now out with a children’s series called the Chime Travelers–we’ll learn all about the series and special interactive segments that Lisa is doing across the nation.

The holidays are upon us! We made it through Thanksgiving but now in the Season of Advent, Christmas is quickly approaching and with the most wonderful day of the year–our family! Relatives pouring into your home can be stressful and trying. and We’ll talk with relationship expert Lisa Duffy about ways to get through the holidays gracefully–and help cement the true reason for the get-to-gether–the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus–and the amazing faith of his mother, the Blessed Mary Ever Virgin!

We want to hear from you! Please leave a comment or question here, find us on Facebook and Twitter @EWTN, or email Alyssa directly: MorningGlory@EWTN.com! Our conversation is a two-way street and we want to make sure you’re part of the dialogue and discussion!

All of our listeners are in our prayers but should you have any special prayer requests or intentions, don’t hesitate to share with us! Please keep the Morning Glory team in your prayers as well!

God bless!

Alyssa Murphy

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Fun Friday Morning Glory with Father Mitch Pacwa!

Kick off the weekend with us on Morning Glory as we discuss the biggest headlines of the day including a move by France to try and criminalize online pro-life advocacy! We’ll have the ‘deep-fried’ Dominican Father Aquinas Guilbeau back with us!

“O Holy Spirit, descend plentifully into my heart. Enlighten the dark corners of this neglected dwelling and scatter there Thy cheerful beams.” —Saint Augustine

The Holy Spirit, the third person of the Trinity, remains a mystery for many of us. We “adore and glorify” the Spirit with the Father and the Son, but do we really understand the power or the actions of the Spirit? Father Mitch Pacwa, S.J., renowned spiritual leader and popular author and TV host, guides us through seven sessions on the Holy Spirit, and answering questions like:

What is the role of the Holy Spirit in creation?
How does the Holy Spirit bestow authority and empower us?How did the Spirit work through the prophets?
How does the Spirit give us wisdom and “lead us into all truth”?
What is the relationship between the Holy Spirit, Jesus, and the Trinity?
How did the Holy Spirit empower Mary and others in the New Testament?
What role does the Holy Spirit play in our spiritual lives?
Written to be used by groups or individuals, each session includes catechesis, discussion, and a call to put the learning into practice. Let this study encourage you, the words of the Veni, Creator Spiritus, which dates back to the ninth century, pray, “Come Holy Spirit, Creator blest, and in our souls take up Thy rest.”

In this season of Advent and with Christmas coming soon, we are joined by Michele Bowe to learn about an organization that is doing life-saving work in the Holy Land. The Holy Family Hospital of Bethlehem Foundation is a not-for-profit organization with a mission to deliver life, peace, and hope in the Holy Land. As a work of the Order of Malta, the world’s oldest Christian charity, they serve to further the Catholic values of preserving life, fostering peace, and offering hope to the marginalized and those without a voice.

The foundation’s primary program is Holy Family Hospital in Bethlehem, which is located just 1500 steps from the birthplace of Christ. The Catholic teaching hospital is a state-of-the-art maternity and neonatal critical care center serving poor and at-risk women, infants, and children throughout the West Bank of Palestine. The Hospital and its Mobile Outreach Clinic provide the highest quality care to all regardless of religion, ethnicity, or ability to pay. No one is ever turned away.

We’ll also discuss all things political especially Trump’s big speech in Indiana where he saved a thousand jobs–even before taking office–with Lifezette’s Edmund Kozak!

Join us bright and early–we’ll be looking for you!


Alyssa Murphy


Fun Morning Glory tomorrow with John Kraemer of the Lego Church Project!

Kick off your Thursday with us tuned to EWTN radio as we discuss the biggest news stories of the day including director Martin Scorcese meeting with Pope Francis in the Vatican after a showing of his film, Silence. We’ll also chat about Nancy Pelosi retaining control of the House despite dissension among the Democratic ranks. Father Bjorn Lundberg is back with us with tales from his recent trips to Tennessee and a Notre Dame football game!

Guests include John Kraemer who perseveres through his cerebral palsy and other ailments to create a beautiful 15,000 lego Church project! He travels to parishes across the nation inspiring kids of all ages with his design!

We’ll also talk with Kathryn Blackhurst of Lifezette about two University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire students filed a lawsuit in November alleging the university violated their religious freedom by refusing to accept their hours spent teaching classes at a Catholic church for a service-learning program.

The two students, Alexandra Liebl and Madelyn Rysavy, claim the university violated their constitutional rights by deeming their hours spent improving children’s reading skills and teaching them about Catholicism, Biblical history, and Latin did not meet the program’s 30-hour requirement. Although the university rejected these two students’ community service projects, it had no qualms about accepting other students’ participation in lectures about Planned Parenthood’s contributions to society or the White House Student Film Festival’s social justice initiatives.

Lastly, we’ll talk with Catherine Glenn Foster about some recent shocking stories about life being devalued on the gravest levels with the acceptance and legalization of Assisted Suicide. She serves as Executive Director of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition USA and with a strong legal background, is a tremendous expert on what’s happening within our own country and across the globe with assisted suicide becoming a norm.

We want to hear from you! Find us on Facebook and Twitter via @EWTN, email the show directly: MorningGlory@EWTN.com, or comment and pose questions right here!

‘See’ you bright and early!


Alyssa Murphy

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Discussing the cause of Augustus Tolton with Bishop Perry on Morning Glory!

Kick off your Wednesday with Morning Glory tomorrow on EWTN radio with Father Thomas Petri back with us! He’ll be sharing stories about his trip to my hometown–San Francisco and his stay at St. Dominic’s! We’ll also be discussing Trump’s big meeting with Romney and any news on the transition team.

Guests tomorrow include Bishop Joseph Perry who serves as the Auxiliary Bishop for the Archdiocese of Chicago on the cause for Augustus Tolton. We might start out with clarifying the name of the priest whom the Church is interested in canonizing. Father Tolton is known by several different names around the country: Augustus and Augustine and August. From what we can determine from the archival material documenting his life: the letters written by Father Tolton in his own hand, he always and consistently signed his name as “A. Tolton”. He never wrote out his first name. This may well be his personal acknowledgement that he was known by a couple variations of his first name. His baptismal record lists his name as “Augustine”. The handwritten testimonial of his baptism sent to Rome lists his name as “Augustine.” His Confirmation record at St. Peter Church in Quincy, Illinois, lists his name as “August”. He was known in Quincy as “Augustine” and later, “Father Gus”. Records in Rome list him as “Augustus”. Fellow clergy in Chicago called him “Father Gus”. Various church enterprises bearing his name around the country today will call him “Augustine,” others “Augustus.” The vast majority of archival material lists his name as “Augustine”. A great, great grand niece of Father Tolton, daughter of his sister, Anne Tolton, in her book “A Place For My Children,” by Sabrina Penn, Penn Ink, Chicago, Ill, 2007, chapter 5, pp. 41-44, mentions that Father Tolton was named after his maternal grandfather, Augustus Chisley. It could well be that the priest who baptized him determined that “Augustus” was a non-Christian name and, therefore, as so frequently happened at baptisms, the priest at the baptismal font, christianized the name by changing it to the great 4th century saint and doctor of the Church, St. Augustine of Hippo!

We’ll also explore Donald Trump’s choice for Secretary of Health and Human Services, Congressman Tom Price of Georgia, with Maureen Ferguson of the Catholic Association. Price has an 100 percent pro-life record and is well positioned to champion truly comprehensive health care. He helped lead the charge to defund Planned Parenthood through budget reconciliation, setting the stage for President-elect Trump and a pro-life Congress to reallocate those funds to support comprehensive women’s healthcare. As HHS Secretary, he will play a key role in developing a robust health care reform proposal that protects life and consciences, while promoting options for low-income individuals and families.”

We’ll also be joined by Dr. Kevin Starr to discuss his amazing ambitious book on the history of Catholics in North America. Continental Ambitions Roman Catholics in North America: The Colonial Experience. Kevin Starr has achieved a fast-paced evocation of three Roman Catholic civilizations—Spain, France, and Recusant England—as they explored, evangelized, and settled the North American continent. This book represents the first time this story has been told in one volume. Showing the same narrative verve of Starr’s award-winning Americans and the California Dream series, this riveting—but sometimes painful—history should reach a wide readership.

Starr begins this work with the exploration and temporary settlement of North America by recently Christianized Scandinavians. He continues with the destruction of Caribbean peoples by New Spain, the struggle against this tragedy by the great Dominican Bartolomé de Las Casas, the Jesuit and Franciscan exploration and settlement of the Spanish Borderlands (Florida, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Baja, and Alta California), and the strengths and weaknesses of the mission system.

He then turns his attention to New France with its highly developed Catholic and Counter-Reformational cultures of Quebec and Montreal, its encounters with Native American peoples, and its advance southward to New Orleans and the Gulf of Mexico. The volume ends with the founding of Maryland as a proprietary colony for Roman Catholic Recusants and Anglicans alike, the rise of Philadelphia and southern Pennsylvania as centers of Catholic life, the Suppression of the Jesuits in 1773, and the return of John Carroll to Maryland the following year.

Starr dramatizes the representative personalities and events that illustrate the triumphs and the tragedies, the achievements and the failures, of each of these societies in their explorations, treatment of Native Americans, and translations of religious and social value to new and challenging environments. His history is notable for its honesty and its synoptic success in comparing and contrasting three disparate civilizations, albeit each of them Catholic, with three similar and differing approaches to expansion in the New World.

Join us and share your thoughts, comments, questions here!


Alyssa Murphy

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Previewing the movie BELIEVE tomorrow on Morning Glory with Billy Dickson!

Wake up with us tomorrow morning on EWTN radio! We’ll be discussing the latest with the scary incident on the Ohio State University campus where an 18-year old student of Somali descent attacked students on campus after ramming his vehicle into them. We’ll also be considering the implications of the Dylann Roof representing himself after he intentionally opened fire on those gathered for prayer at a church in South Carolina.

Father Dominic Legge is back with us after the Thanksgiving holiday break and we have a full program lined up with Billy Dickson joining to discuss his new movie, BELIEVE, in theaters this Friday! “Believe,” the Christmas-themed movie filmed earlier this year in and around the Twin City and in Grundy, Virginia, debuts in about 600 theaters nationwide. The movie involves two families from different walks of life who join together to save the town’s annual Christmas pageant. O’Quinn, who convinced Dickson to film the movie in Grundy and Bristol, has appeared in numerous TV shows, including “JAG,” “Alias,” “Melrose Place,” “Beverly Hills 90210” and films, including “That Thing You Do.”
He portrays the main character, the owner of a small town factory that closes down and can no longer support the holiday activities. In one scene filmed in Bristol, someone attempts to blow up his car.

We’ll also discuss the latest legislative issues with Amy McInerny of Human Life Action as the year winds down. After a big win in the White House for life–and the House and Senate, Amy says this is no time for sleep, offering ways in which we can engage within the community and state governments to help promote the importance of life from conception to the grave.

With the horrific attack today at Ohio State University, Kyle Feldsher of the Washington Examiner joins to give us the latest on the attacker as well as those injured! In the end, 10 people were rushed to the hospital, and one of the reasons why authorities think there wasn’t more carnage was because of the wherewithal of students and campus police to act swiftly and safely in such an alarming scenario.

We want to hear from you! You can leave comments or questions – or ideas right here on this blog in the comments section, find us on Facebook and Twitter @EWTN, or email the show directly: MorningGlory@EWTN.com!

See you dark and early!


Alyssa Murphy