Morning Glory discussed the breaking news out of the Vatican–with Cardinal McCarrick resigning amidst allegations of sexual abuse with Dr. Matthew Bunson of the National Catholic Register. Monsignor Charles Pope gave us his Godly Counsel on what we can do as Catholics to discuss these issues that are hitting our church and homes.. Monsignor also shared this beautiful ‘Love Letter to the Church’ by Carlo Carretto:
“How much I must criticize you, my church, and yet how much I love you!
You have made me suffer more than anyone and yet I owe more to you than to anyone. I should like to see you destroyed and yet I need your presence. You have given me much scandal and yet you alone have made me understand holiness.
Never in this world have I seen anything more compromised, more false, yet never have I touched anything more pure, more generous or more beautiful. Countless times I have felt like slamming the door of my soul in your face – and yet, every night, I have prayed that I might die in your sure arms!
No, I cannot be free of you, for I am one with you, even if not completely you. Then to where would I go? To build another church? But I could not build one without the same defects, for they are my defects. And again, if I were to build another church, it would be my church, not Christ’s church. No, I am old enough, I know better.”
The team also looked at the problem of Loneliness and our Catholic response with Dr. Kevin Vost. A 2018 Cigna study of 20,000 Americans found that most people consider themselves “lonely,” based on the UCLA Loneliness Scale, a widely adopted academic measure used to gauge loneliness. Nearly half of those people reported feeling alone or left out, while more than 40 percent of said they feel as though they lack companionship, that their relationships are not meaningful, and that they’re isolated from others. Dr. Vost shares a great deal of wisdom drawing on our Catholic faith in his new book: The Catholic Guide To Loneliness.. Check out more info here.
Our good friend ‘surfer-priest’ Father Donald Calloway talks the importance of pilgrimage with guest co-host Elizabeth Ficocelli! He’s planning a pilgrimage to Rome and Malta early next year–and plans on sharing our most powerful spiritual weapon–the ROSARY–with everyone he travels with–and meets. Father is also leading a Holy Land pilgrimage next Spring with Catholic actor Jim Caviezel, known for his powerful portrayal of Jesus in Mel Gibson’s The Passion. Find out more information about Father’s conversion to Catholicism and his upcoming pilgrimages, by visiting this site.
Make sure to join us tomorrow morning as we visit with Father Edward Looney LIVE from the Catholic Marketing Network Conference in Philadelphia! We’ll be celebrating Saint Ignatius looking at a new Ignatian Prayer Series with Carol Weiler! Find us on your local EWTN radio affiliate or Sirius channel 130!..
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