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All Things New: Fighting Modern Slavery

The Catholic Church teaches that every person is chosen by God to love and be loved for all eternity. Our bodies exist as signs of this reality, and the dignity and integrity of each person – body and soul – deserve great respect from individuals and society.

Many social ills make this Christian ideal difficult, and in this episode of Catholicism Live we’re going to talk specifically about prostitution. The Catechism has this to say:

“Prostitution does injury to the dignity of the person who engages in it, reducing the person to an instrument of sexual pleasure. The one who pays sins gravely against himself: he violates the chastity to which his Baptism pledged him and defiles his body, the temple of the Holy Spirit. Prostitution is a social scourge. It usually involves women, but also men, children, and adolescents . . . While it is always gravely sinful to engage in prostitution, the imputability of the offense can be attenuated by destitution, blackmail, or social pressure.”

It’s an unfortunately common myth that women become prostitutes by choice, as if prostitution were simply another career.

The truth is that women are largely tricked and coerced into prostitution from the start, by manipulative and deceptive men who use mental, emotional and physical abuse to keep them locked in their position. Often, a pimp spots a vulnerable girl or woman and uses her own needs to trap her. He may promise to provide love and security at first, and then become isolating and dominative. He may lie, saying that no one else would care for her, as he pretends to.

In other cases, girls or women find themselves suddenly tricked into prostitution when money appears on the nightstand after a regrettable night. Pimps wield power over women considered property by subjecting them to desolating abuse, and even outright torture, if a prostituted woman does not follow instructions or fulfill a quota.

The tragic reality of prostitution and sex trafficking arrives in the news when large arrests are made at the border and major sporting events. But these ongoing problems occur in our own backyard on a daily basis.

Fortunately, police officers are trained to find prostituted women and offer them a way out. Even then, it can be very difficult to leave prostitution, because of the conditioning created by dire circumstances and manipulation by pimps. But many do leave, praise be to God.

There is hope for prostituted women.

We were delighted to host Linda Caswell, founder of All Things New, a ministry for prostituted women, on this episode of Catholicism Live! The ministry was closed, and Linda moved out of state. Pilgrim Center of Hope no longer has contact information for Linda. However, we hope this program will educate & encourage you to learn more about the reality of sex trafficking. San Antonio Police Department has information about reporting sex trafficking tips.

Catholicism Live! was a weekly program produced by Pilgrim Center of Hope from the early 2000s until 2019.

Mary Magdalene, Model Woman

How is Mary Magdalene a model for today’s woman?

Convert from evangelical Christianity and Scripture teacher Sonja Corbitt joined us for a ladies’ night on radio – with Nan Balfour, Catholic Women’s Conference coordinator, and Conference emcee Julie Reyna.

Women’s Dignity and Calling

Let’s set the record straight: What does the Catholic Church really say about women?

In this episode of Catholicism Live!, three women answered this question. Mary Jane Fox hosted Catholic Women’s Conference Coordinator, Nan Balfour, and special guest Marge Fenelon – speaker at the 2012 Catholic Women’s Conference – to discuss what official documents and teachings of the Catholic Church actually say about women. Plus, we consider recent issues about whether women can “have it all” addressed in The Atlantic Magazine and NBC’s Meet the Press.

About our Guest: More than 15 years ago, Marge decided to leave behind the secular business world after several years as a public relations consultant, in order to focus her talents and energies on serving the Church and Catholic media. She is a longtime contributor to a variety of Catholic and secular publications – including Our Sunday Visitor and National Catholic Register. Also an author, Marge’s latest book “Strengthening Your Family: A Catholic Approach to Holiness at Home,” has foreword written by Timothy Cardinal Dolan.

Marge is a regular guest on Sacred Heart Radio’s “Son Rise Morning Show” and has appeared on many others, including “Conversation with the Cardinal” with Cardinal Dolan, Relevant Radio’s “Morning Air,” and Spirit Catholic Radio’s “Inside the Pages.” She’s an enthusiastic speaker and small group leader, and has invigorated audiences in a variety of venues. She holds a B.A. in Journalism/Public Relations from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, a Certificate in Spiritual Mentoring from Cardinal Stritch University, and a Certificate in Marian Studies from the International Marian Research Institute.

Marge and her husband, Mark, are members of the Apostolic Movement of Schoenstatt and assist in the faith formation of young couples in the movement. They have four children ages 26 to 16 who, combined with a rocket of a dog named Daisy, configure the fun-loving and sometimes outrageous ‘Fenelon Clan.’

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Marriage Encounter

How’s your marriage doing?

Not married – but know some married folks? We talk marriage tips and goals from Marriage Encounter, a unique program dedicated to strengthening marriages at the local level, across the world.

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Tarot cards

Harmless or dangerous?

Are they harmless?

We see them on street corners, in magazines, and even in the grocery store, so how can common practices like horoscopes, ouija boards, or going to a curandera be dangerous? Maybe you or your family member has participated in some of these activities. If they seem fine, they weren’t harmed – right?

We explore these practices from a different angle. Are you willing to hear the truth about how seemingly harmless practices may really be harming you or your loved ones?

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The Miraculous Medal

How can a little piece of metal be called “miraculous”?

In November 2011, the Pilgrim Center of Hope organized and led a Marian Pilgrimage to Fatima, Lourdes and Shrines of  Paris.  One of those Shrines in Paris is located in the center of town on a street called Rue de Bac.  It is there, where Mary, the Mother of God appeared to a nun in 1830 and gave her a unique mission – to have a medal made with the image Mary gave her.   Learn why this mission since 1830 has been instrumental for thousands of healings, conversions and hope!  Hear about a powerful conversion and this special sacramental, the miraculous medal.

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The Prayer of John Paul II in the Chapel of Rue De Bac

«Oh Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee. »

O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to you. O Mary, this was the prayer that you gave to Saint Catherine Labouré in the Chapel of the Apparitions, more than one hundred and fifty years ago! […]
This invocation, engraved on the Miraculous Medal, is now worn and repeated by the faithful throughout the world!

Blessed are you among women!

You are intimately associated with the work of our Redemption, associated with the Cross of our Savior, your heart has been pierced, next to his heart. And now, in the glory of your Son, you never cease to intercede for us, poor sinners.

You watch over the Church for you are its Mother. You watch over each of your Children. From God, you obtain for us, all graces that are symbolized by the rays of light which radiate from your open hands, and the only condition that you demand of us is that we approach with the confidence, the hardiness, and the simplicity of a child. And it is thus that you bring us before your Divine Son.

John Paul II (1980)

Ministry Behind Bars

Do conversions happen in prison?

Deacon Tom and Mary Jane Fox welcomed Deacon Robert Leibrecht, director of criminal justice ministry within the Archdiocese of San Antonio, to discuss his compelling work among persons in the criminal justice system, its powerful effects on those involved, and how you can help support this ministry.

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  • Email and phone for Deacon Bob Leibrecht can be found in the following brochures:
  • Brochure on volunteering for the Criminal Justice Ministry – click here
  • Brochure on a Seguin support group for families dealing with an incarcerated loved one, ex-offender returning home, and domestic abuse  – click here

PRAYER below can be downloaded from the Paulist Evangelization Ministries at:
https://www.pncea.org/ministries/prayer-justice-mercy.aspx

A Daily Prayer for Justice and Mercy

Jesus, united with the Father and the Holy Spirit,
give us your compassion for those in prison.

Mend in mercy the broken in mind and memory.
Soften the hard of heart, the captives of anger.
Free the innocent; parole the trustworthy.
Awaken the repentance that restores hope.
May prisoners families persevere in their love.

Jesus, heal the victims of crime. They live with the scars.
Lift to eternal peace those who die.
Grant victims families the forgiveness that heals.

Give wisdom to lawmakers and to those who judge.
Instill prudence and patience in those who guard.
Make those in prison ministry bearers of your light,
for all of us are in need of your mercy!  Amen.

Catholic Infertility Solutions

Are you or someone you know struggling with infertility?

Join us to discover hope. We welcome Dr. Steven Pilkington, an OB/GYN practicing at Dignity Women’s Center in San Antonio, who is trained in exciting new solutions for Catholic couples struggling with infertility.

We’ll also discuss some of the immoral practices to avoid when seeking help with infertility, and why it’s so important for couples to be aware of these.

Catholicism Live! was a weekly program produced by Pilgrim Center of Hope from the early 2000s until 2019.

 

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Surviving College as a Catholic

Know someone headed for college soon?

Join us as we discuss higher education and Catholic faith with a special guest! Fr. David Konderla is Director of Campus Ministry and Pastor of St. Mary’s Catholic Center at Texas A&M University in College Station. The ‘Aggie Catholic’ campus ministry program is widely considered the best in the nation.

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Meet a Jordanian Catholic

What is it like to be a Catholic in a mostly Muslim country?

Find out this week, when we interview Bassima Sam’an, a native of Jordan, and an active member of the Jordanian Catholic community. Mrs. Sam’an holds degrees in Theology and Business Administration, and writes for several Arabic/Christian and public newspapers.  She serves on the Management Board for the Christian Hope Fund in the Holy Land, and is a member of several social committees dealing with women’s rights and family issues.

Mrs. Sam’an participated in a Vatican conference called Woman and Man: The Humanum in Its Entirety hosted by the Pontifical Council for the Laity, where she spoke on the subject of “Woman in the face of fundamentalism and violence.”

Links:

  • Website for the “Diocese” of the Holy Land, The Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem
  • Learn about the Church in Jordan by visiting Father Rifat Bader’s news website, www.abouna.org. (Abouna means ‘Father.’) The website is in Arabic. However, if you click on this link, Google will give you a rough translation of the website. We met Abouna Rifat Bader when we visited his parish during a pilgrimage and celebrated Mass with him in Amman, Jordan. He is the Vatican Radio Correspondent for Jordan.
  • Visit the Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation (HCEF) for news and information on Christians in the Holy Land