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Morning Glory talks with Jim Coleman about Tolton: From Slave to Priest–on EWTN radio!


Morning Glory kicks off your Wednesday morning with Father Vincent De Rosa with a beautiful reflection on the human heart as we celebrate the Queenship of our Blessed Virgin Mary! We talk with Kathryn Jean Lopez of National Review Online about a thoughtful correlation she made between our dear Bishops and birth mothers who give up their child for adoption. Kathryn writes:

“In the Catholic Church, we call priests “Father.” We believe that a father has devoted his life to God, to be literally another Christ. It’s not Father So-and-So you go to for Confession, it’s Christ who hears it through his ministry. And so, he is expected to gaze into the eyes of the faithful as God would, as those children He so loves. When a child is harmed in the most intimate and heinous ways by a priest, it is an incestuous evil. In the case of the man formally known as Cardinal McCarrick, he allegedly preyed on the first child who was ever baptized by his hand. And that does not even begin to touch on the heinous sacrileges described in the grand jury report.”

You can read her full work here

We end the show talking with actor Jim Coleman and a beautiful live theatre production of the life of now Servant of God, Father Augustus Tolton! Created by St. Luke Productions, Coleman is excited and honored to be playing the role of Father Tolton. Prior to his acting career, he served in the US Army as a medic. Having appeared in more than 50 national commercials, Jim is best known for his role of Roger Parker in the hit Nickelodeon show My Brother and Me.

“Father Tolton’s story needs to be told,” says Jim. “As a black man, this very important part of history is something that I want the world to hear about. I truly feel blessed to be the one to share Father Augustus Tolton with all who will listen!”

Find out more about the production by visiting http://www.stlukeproductions.com

Make sure to join us every weekday for Morning Glory on your local EWTN radio affiliate–and on our Sirius Channel 130!


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Morning Glory gets a sneak peek of The Apparition with Michael O’Neill!

On a fun Monday edition of Morning Glory, we’re joined by Monsignor Charles Pope discussing this new crazy phenomenon of teenagers going to extremes to achieve a ‘perfect look’ – fueled by this fascination with Snapchat! A new phenomenon, dubbed ‘Snapchat dysmorphia,’ has patients seeking out cosmetic surgery to look like filtered versions of themselves…with fuller lips, bigger eyes, or a thinner nose. Among Snapchat’s more popular features are its facial filters, which change users’ appearance in a phone camera. New filters are offered regularly. Some change a person’s face to look like animals, superheroes, or inanimate objects. Others create a more subtle, modified version of the users themselves – smoothing their skin, whitening their teeth, narrowing their face, enhancing their lips and eyes.

We also get a sneak peek of The Apparition, a new movie coming out in September. Miracle Hunter Michael O’Neill joins to discuss the French film.  Check out the trailer here

Make sure to find us tune in tomorrow as we talk with Bill Donaghy all about a new 30 day challenge for men called RISE.


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Morning Glory discusses Cardinal McCarrick with Dr. Matthew Bunson of @NCRegister

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.”

—Carlo Carretto

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!..

Feel free to leave a comment here–we love to hear from you!


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Morning Glory talks Judge Kavanaugh with legal eagle Shannen Coffin!

Morning Glory is always fun with Father Bjorn Lundberg EVERY Thursday! We discussed a recent Pew Study on cohabitation as it’s skyrocketed 82 percent in the last 20 years! Last month, the Institute for Family Studies (IFS) discussed a study on cohabitation released by the Centers for Disease Control’s National Center for Health Statistics. The IFS concluded that 64.5% of participants in a study of Americans age 18-44 had “cohabited with a romantic partner at some point outside of marriage.” Read more about the study here.

We also talked pro-life Congresswoman Diane Black’s run for Governor of Tennessee with Marjorie Dannenfelser of the SBA List. The Honorable Congresswoman has a staunch pro-life record. Black says: “As a nurse, fighting for the unborn has always been an issue that is near and dear to my heart.” Rep. Black has spoken on the House floor in defense of the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. SBA List staff watched as she and other members of Congress spoke eloquently about the legislation, which would stop abortions at 20 weeks, more than halfway through pregnancy, a point by which science proves a baby can feel pain. One of many memorable quotes from Rep. Black included: “Sadly, while we celebrate advances in technology that prove life has value and worth before leaving the hospital, we also continue to be one of only seven nations that allow elective, late-term abortions. Basic decency and human compassion demands that something has to change.”

Legal eagle Shannen Coffin joined with more on what it will take to get Judge Brett Kavanaugh confirmed as a Supreme Court justice. As Chair of Appellate Litigation at Steptoe & Johnson in DC, Former Counsel to Vice President Cheney, AND as a Former Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Justice Department, Coffin has a long seasoned professional career within all matters of law–and speaks fiercely about his strong Catholic faith.

Make sure to join us tomorrow on a fun ‘Finally Friday’ Morning Glory as we go across the pond to Ireland and visit with our dear friend Dom Benedict Andersen of the Silverstream Priory–and we discuss the important work of Encourage with a couple working directly in the ministry–all on EWTN radio!


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Summer Sacred Music Series on EWTN radio!

We kicked off our summer Sacred Music series on EWTN radio this morning! Running throughout the entire month of July on Morning Glory, catch stories from cantors, pianists, and composers on this sacred tradition! We kicked off things this morning with a trained cantor, Adrianne Price, discussing the role of sacred music within liturgy–and her amazing healing story with the help of St. Blaise! Check out more info about Adrianne here

As we await President Trump’s pick for the Supreme Court tonight, we also caught up with our good friend, Carrie Severino of the Judicial Crisis Network. All of the 4 nominees still on Trump’s list ARE pro-life! The Susan B. Anthony List has been working diligently to make sure LIFE is protected by the next nominated justice. As Carrie said this morning, “This is a fight worth having…”  You can find out more about the great work of the Judicial Crisis Network by visiting this link

We are blessed with our dear Monsignor Charles Pope EVERY Monday–taking us into a new week with a fresh Catholic perspective. With his infectious laugh and wise outlook on the world and our suffering hearts, Monsignor shared his thoughts on the being a good homilist-but also the role we, as parishioners play in MAKING it even more on fire.. Check out Monsignor’s blog daily here.

We LOVE to hear from you! Please leave a comment here or email the show directly: morningglory@ewtn.com

Have a blessed day!


Alyssa Murphy

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Kicking off USCCB’s Religious Freedom Week with Archbishop Kurtz!

Morning Glory is joined by a good friend–Father Vincent De Rosa back with us today discussing parish life and the news of Cardinal McCarrick. Father was one of our original ‘spiritual sidekicks’ and we’re happy to have him back!

Guests include Dr. Grazie Christie on how stripping away Title X Funding from Planned Parenthood is imperative to womens’ health. In a recent piece in Real Clear Politics, Grazie writes: “women will find better care at happier clinics that don’t boast giant revenues and profits…That’s a big win not just for taxpayers, but more importantly, for the women these funds are intended to help in the first place…” We also talk with the policy advisor to the Catholic Association about this trend of normalizing assisted suicide–and the dangers this creates. Check out Grazie’s video here

President of 40 Days for Life is out with a new book! Author Shawn Carney takes you on a heartfelt journey to the darkest corners of our culture to share what many don t see hope. These 40 powerful stories include: The Right Wrong Number. A young pregnant woman in Texas tried to call Planned Parenthood to schedule an abortion but what unfolded saved her baby s life. Faith Stronger Than Cancer How a deacon saved lives and ended abortion in his community while fighting for his own. The Beginning of the End of Abortion can serve as your devotional guide, with one story, scripture and devotional thought every day for forty days. Abortion is ending…..and God can use you in what He is doing. Check out http://www.40DaysforLife.com for more information.

As the US Bishops kick off Religious Freedom Week tomorrow, His Excellency Archbishop Kurtz joins us with a look at some of the opportunities for us all to participate. Each day offers a new video–the first featuring Bishop Burbidge of Arlington. Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, who chairs the religious freedom committee, concludes the video series by appealing to viewers “to pray that we might continue to take steps to make room within our culture for the exercise of religious freedom” and “to use that religious freedom in the public square well.” Learn more about the week and how you can participate by visiting this website.

Make sure to catch Morning Glory every weekday at 7am ET. We love to hear from you! Feel free to leave a comment, question, or thought–and we’ll share on-air!


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Executive Producer Eric Groth joins Morning Glory tomorrow as ‘Paul The Apostle’ comes out on DVD!


Join us for Morning Glory tomorrow morning on EWTN radio! We’ll be talking with executive director Eric Groth about his movie, PAUL THE APOSTLE, featuring Jim Caviezel–it was in theatres a few months ago–but comes out on DVD tomorrow!

Morning Glory kicked off your Monday with Monsignor Charles Pope expressing his thoughts on immigration as the House begins to debate two bills this week. We check in with Ashley Feasley of the USCCB on the Bishops’ response to this issue. Dr. Matthew Bunson brings his thoughts on the powerful words by Pope Francis over the weekend likening abortion to Nazi eugenics–especially in terms of killing babies in the womb that have disabilities.. And we end chatting with Rico McCahon all about the Catholic Family Handbook!

Feel free to share thoughts, questions, comments here! We look forward to hearing from you!


Alyssa Murphy