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Jan 15 2019: The Blessing of Baptism

Morning Glory blessed to have Father Edward Looney with us discussing the importance of Baptism–we also delve into what we might expect from the upcoming clergy sex abuse summit–we talk about Resisting the Throwaway Culture especially with regard to issues of LIFE–and the insane BirdBox challenge–what is the world coming to??



Jan 14, 2019: Deacon Harold joining the show

Morning Glory kicks off a whole new era of the show with our good friend Deacon Harold joining the show! We discuss Monsignor Charles Pope’s recent blog on our Catholic response to border security. We also talk the heroism of a Wisconsin bus driver saving a crying toddler running down the road—and how we can have our eyes peeled for these opportunities to help–we also talk a demented new animated series on Netflix that is NOT for your kids–despite the marketing–all on a fun Monday edition of Morning Glory!

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Topics for the Week: Jan 14 – 18, 2019

Monday: Monsignor’s take on our Catholic response to the border crisis…

Tuesday: Father Looney’s take on the blessing of Baptism…

Wednesday: Deacon Harold reflects on ‘Ad-Orientem’ –and the significance of a border rail…

Thursday: Deacon Harold tells us about his new book on Father Augustus Tolton…

Friday: The Morning Glory team kicks of the MARCH FOR LIFE: ProLife IS Pro-Science…

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An Exciting New Year ahead on Morning Glory!

We’ve been down a long road, you and I… With Morning Glory launching in August of 2015, it’s been a sheer pleasure waking up with you, our dear listener, and shedding light on some of the stories affecting our lives everyday. On this New Year’s Eve, we look back at some of the BIG moments of 2018–and what’s in store for 2019!

It’s been a BIG year for religious liberty! In May, President Trump celebrated the ‘National Day of Prayer’ by signing and recognizing an executive order launching an initiative recognizing the vital role religion plays within the US. The Department of Justice also created a ‘Religious Liberty Task Force’ to address some of the issues facing those persecuted for their faith or beliefs. We also have seen protection for many Catholic faith-based adoption agencies who want to help place vibrant foster youth into loving homes with mommies and daddies.

Within the Vatican–we’ve seen big news today with the resignation of Holy See Press Secretary Greg Burke–along with his deputy. In April, The Holy Father appointed three women as consultors to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. It marked the first time women and laypersons were named as active contributors, not support staff. This past summer, Pope Francis elevated 14 bishops and archbishops from 11 nations to the College of Cardinals at St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican. A few months later, carrying Pope Paul VI’s pastoral staff and wearing the blood-stained belt of Archbishop Oscar Romero of San Salvador, Pope Francis formally recognized them, and five others, as saints of the Catholic Church at a Mass at St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican. Over 70 thousand faithful were in attendance.

Looking ahead to February of 2019, His Holiness hosts every leader of each Catholic Bishop’s Conference across the globe at the Vatican to address the issue of clergy sex abuse. First erupting in Chile, then within the US with the Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report, and elsewhere–we will be following this global summit and discussing it with our veteran Godly Counsel including Monsignor Charles Pope–and our newest member–the Dynamic Deacon! Deacon Harold Burke Sivers will be with us daily to share his thoughts as a Deacon, a father, a husband, and a friend.

A new era of Morning Glory begins January 14th! The show will integrate feedback and questions/thoughts from listeners. I currently cover Catholic Chatter–i.e. Cat Chat–but this will take on a whole new dimension within 2019. We want to hear from you–your thoughts on the issues facing you…as Catholics, as mothers and fathers, daughters and sons, and husband and wife. We’ll be rolling out a listener comment line – where you can leave direct questions and comments–and we’ll be integrating your own voice within the program–we hope you’ll join us at the breakfast table!

Praying for you on the New Year’s Eve! May God bless you and keep you!


Alyssa Murphy                                                                                                                                 @alyssamurphy

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Supreme Knight Carl Anderson joins Morning Glory Monday!

With President Trump just last week signing a new bill aimed at assisting ISIS genocide victims in Iraq and Syria, we’ll be speaking with Supreme Knight Carl Anderson of the Knights of Columbus about this historic legislation–and how it will help the thousands of persecuted Christians, and other religious minorities, in the Middle East. Supreme Knight Anderson was instrumental in getting this bill passed, given his powerful congressional testimony in 2016. The Knights of Columbus have worked steadfastly with the Catholic leaders of Iraq and Syria, inspired by the fearless leadership of Archbishop Warda of Erbil. If you missed Anderson’s compelling speech, find it here.

We’ll also have Mark DeYoung of Catholic Men Unite with us. They are releasing a new letter to the Holy Father and US Bishops. This is a new response, and a recommitment from the men for prayer, fasting, and repentance in 2019, as well as Eucharistic processions around the country. The new letter will be posted to http://www.CatholicMenUnited.com by Monday midday. We’ll have a sneak peek from Mark before the letter is published so make sure to tune in!

Monsignor Charles Pope will be with us as we enter into the 3rd week of Advent. We’ll be discussing Gaudete Sunday and Monsignor’s 5 steps for better mental health–a rule book for Advent–along with his latest blog, A Humorous Call to Confession.

Our conversation is a two-way street–so please feel free to leave a comment here and write directly to us: MorningGlory@EWTN.com. We look forward to hearing from you!


Alyssa Murphy                                                                                                                                 @alyssamurphy

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Morning Glory goes to the movies with Steven Greydanus!

We kick off the weekend early tomorrow with a look at some holiday movies with our favorite film critic! Steven Greydanus will join us with a look at The Grinch currently in theaters now–being so thus inspired by the film, Steven tries speaking ‘Seussian’:

‘So I’m happy to state, though my praise may be faint-ish,
My critical heart is more pleased than complaint-ish.
The Tinsels have managed to Seuss out this one
And it’s decent, good-hearted, forgettable fun.’

Make sure to check out all of his great movie reviews at http://www.decentfilms.com

We also round out the last day of November tomorrow with a look at the season of Advent with Father Tom Ferguson. Joining us from the Arlington Diocese, Father Tom is the pastor of Good Shepherd Catholic Church near Mount Vernon in Alexandria, Virginia.

This month is also National Foster Care Month–we talk with Andrea Picciotti-Bayer about the fate of faith-based adoption as Catholic Services of Philadelphia are still under attack. Andrea shares stories of real Catholic laity making a difference for children in need. She says restrictions targeting Catholic entities like Catholic Social Services in Philadelphia not only violate their right to religious freedom, but are a dangerous disservice to needy youth. Follow all of Andrea’s great work at TheCatholicAssociation.org

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

Thanks for being part of the Morning Glory family!


Alyssa Murphy                                                                                                                                 @alyssamurphy