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Fun Friday Morning with PP expose and Lisa’s prayer from EnCourage!..

Celebrate the last day of Christmas with us! We have Monsignor Charles Pope in-studio for his first show back in this New Year! We’ll be discussing Speaker of the House Paul Ryan’s strong statement today on defunding Planned Parenthood and the new report out by the USCCB on the responsibility the Church has in helping race relations within our country and the world.

We’ll get a glimpse of the HUGE SEEK 2017 Conference taking place in San Antonio now with over 13,000 college students in attendance. Put on my FOCUS, we’ll talk with Jack Delac, a FOCUS missionary who works with college students at the University of Memphis.

A powerful new feature film, Ignatius of Loyola: Soldier, Sinner, Saint, is a modern look at the story of St. Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Jesuits, often called “The Saint of Second Chances.” This month, Ignatius Press is releasing this inspirational film through theatrical sponsored screenings across the country. Catholic parishes, schools, and organizations are invited to host their own theatrical screening event, where the film will be viewed and participants will be able to purchase a copy of the film.

Diane Hanson of Ingatius Press will be with us to tell us all about the movie that opens with a brief glimpse into Ignatius’ early life and family discord before plunging into the life and times of Ignatius as a young man, revealing a brash, hot-headed soldier in a time of political upheaval in Spain in the 1500’s. Ignatius went from living a life of brutal violence and debauchery, to becoming one of the greatest saints in the history of the Church. This film chronicles his torturous struggle to turn from darkness to light—a struggle that nearly destroyed him, but also gave him the key to a spiritual weapon that continues to save lives to this very day.

Catherine Glenn Foster joins who authored a new report out yesterday exposing more abuse and fraud on the hands of Planned Parenthood, wasting over 132 million dollars in taxpayer dollars!  

Some of the report’s key findings include:

Planned Parenthood affiliates have been identified as the source of at least $12.8 million in waste, abuse, and potentially fraudulent overbilling and penalties.
One audit uncovered $5.2 million in overbilling by two California Planned Parenthood affiliates; the average overbilled amount per audited year in a single audit was $94,409.
Three federal audits specifically identify Planned Parenthood – and only Planned Parenthood – as the problem in state family planning program overbilling.
“Congress should do what the House of Representatives has twice voted to do: end taxpayer funding to Planned Parenthood, the nation’s most profitable abortionist, once and for all,” said ADF Senior Counsel Steven H. Aden. “Our updated report to Congress documents data from over 50 public audits that point to massive fraud, waste, and abuse by this billion-dollar abortion giant. In light of the now-established fact that nearly one in four Planned Parenthood businesses has been implicated in financial fraud or mismanagement, Congress has an opportunity—and obligation—to protect taxpayers.”

“The extent of waste and abuse in the nation’s family planning programs, and specifically in those operated by Planned Parenthood, is beyond disturbing,” said Charlotte Lozier Institute President Chuck Donovan. “This report joins earlier findings on issues of human trafficking, failure to report statutory rape, alleged violations of fetal organ trafficking laws, and other profound concerns that reinforce the need for Congress to reallocate funds to agencies that respect human life and put women first.”

AND.. by popular demand… Here is the prayer shared today by Lisa during our conversation on the amazing ministry of EnCourage:


Do you believe that I am the Son of God?
And do you believe that I died for all men
and women and that I rose from the dead?
Then why do you continue to be distracted
and anxious about your loved one?
Do they not also belong to me?
Would I refuse to work in their life,
just as I work in yours?
I have not put you in charge of saving them.
I have already done that.
Nor have I charged you to change them.
Your task is to love, to forgive,
to pray for them and to turn them over to me.
Come closer to me yourself
and I will do the rest. TRUST ME!
– Author Unknown –

See you bright and early!

Merry Christmas!

Alyssa Murphy



Fun Morning Glory tomorrow with Courage International!

Join us bright and early tomorrow morning as we welcome back our favorite high school chaplain, Father Bjorn Lundberg back with us tomorrow for his first show back this New Year! We’ll be discussing the full report released today by the Select Panel on Infant Lives–that examined the undercover videos captured by David Daleiden of Center for Medical Progress!

Guests include Father Charles Sikorsky of Divine Mercy University discussing how we might keep hope alive and well as we enter into the New Year! We’ll also discuss how we can maintain, uphold, and sharpen our Catholic virtues within our own lives and community.

We’ll also learn all about EnCourage, a part of Courage International that works to help families suffering with children that might be going through same-sex attraction issues. Lisa and Chris join to tell us about the work they do as a couple helping parents and loved ones to cope, and therapy used to help the confused person during this trying time.

We were also blessed to have Rome Producer for EWTN’s News Nightly join Alyssa Murphy and Dr. Matthew Bunson in-studio today–so we get a view into life covering the Vatican – and what motivates her everyday with the strenuous schedule she maintains–and what Pope Francis has planned for the Epiphany!

We love to hear from you! Find us on Twitter @EWTN, email the show directly: MorningGlory@EWTN.com, or leave a comment/question here!..

‘See’ you bright and early!

–Alyssa Murphy

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Morning Glory kicks off on EWTN airwaves with Dr. Chad Pecknold!

Join us in the AM for Morning Glory as we discuss the biggest news stories of the day including the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruling on Governor Fallin’s bill to make it necessary for all abortion clinics to have hospital-admitting privileges.. The Supreme Court called having a hospital plan as a back up a ‘guise’ to keep women from getting abortions. A very sad day indeed!

We’ll be joined by Professor of Theology and most recently–a professor on Twitter introducing the general public to a classic by Saint Augustine, City of God. We discuss this thousand page book and the gems it offers–and how social media is being used to help get important messages out to the masses. Professor Pecknold teaches at the Catholic University of America in the District of Columbia.

We’ll also hear from our favorite pro-life leader Marjorie Dannenfelser about what we might expect on issues of life from conception to natural death with the new Administration–very soon–to be at the helm. Marjorie was recently featured in the NY Times about a change in the public’s perception on issues of life.

We’re also blessed to have Dr. Janet Smith join us tomorrow to discuss her upcoming Truth and Love Conference. As co-editor of Living the Truth in Love, Dr. Smith has a wealth of knowledge to share. You won’t want to miss this lively discussion!

We love to hear from you! Find us on Facebook, Twitter @EWTN, email the show directly: MorningGlory@EWTN.com, or leave a comment or question right here!

‘See’ you bright and early!

Alyssa Murphy

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Fun Morning Glory tomorrow with prolife leader Joe Scheidler joining us!

Kick off your Monday with the Morning Glory crew on EWTN radio! Brian Patrick is out on a much needed sabbatical for the next couple of weeks but Gloria Purvis will be in-studio along with Sister Clare Hunter of the Arlington Diocese, producer Alyssa Murphy, and Monsignor Charles Pope! We have a great deal to discuss with the big news that Macy’s has decided to stop donating money to the abortion giant, Planned Parenthood!

We’ll be joined by pro-life leader Joe Scheidler! He’s fought for the unborn since the Supreme Court allowed abortion on demand with its 1973 Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton rulings.  He was the target of a lawsuit brought by the National Organization for Women under federal racketeering laws.  Found guilty in 1998, Scheidler triumphed twice in appeals before the Supreme Court in 2003 and again in 2006.

Racketeer for Life explains how a former Benedictine monk and journalism professor was drawn into pro-life activism and describes his part in the history of the pro-life movement in the United States.  Conversations, protests, and battles with clinic directors, doctors, politicians, judges, media personalities, and even other pro-lifers are woven together in this engaging account of the efforts of Scheidler and other activists to publicize the horrors of abortion, influence legislation, and, ultimately, to save lives.

We’ll also talk with Dr. Grazie Christie of the Catholic Association as she joins us on the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe! Dr. Christie has written extensively about ‘La Virgen Morena’ and she’ll share with us ‘The Power of the Dark Virgin.’

Another pro-life warrior joins us tomorrow–Therese Bermpohl. Thérèse is Director of the Office for Family Life in the Diocese of Arlington. She holds a BA in Theology from Trinity College and an MA in Theology from the Dominican House of Studies, both in Washington, DC. She previously worked for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), both in the Office for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs and in the Office for Natural Family Planning, followed by two years teaching morality at Elizabeth Seton High School in Bladensburg, Maryland. For six years she worked in campus ministry at The Catholic University of America and then at George Washington University. Thérèse joined the Diocese of Arlington in 2005 as Assistant Director of the Office for Family Life and Director for the Respect Life Office.

Therese joins to share a special novena ending tomorrow for those struggling with infertility and infant loss–it’s never too late to join! She also shares a special story about a magical thing that occurred during the last novena!

We want to hear from you! Find us on Facebook and Twitter @EWTN, email the show directly: MorningGlory@EWTN.com, or leave a comment, question, suggestion, even a prayer request here! We always read our messages and keep our listeners in prayer daily!

‘See’ you bright and early!

–Alyssa Murphy

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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