Why the Crucifix?

Why the Crucifix?

Why do Catholics use, wear, and display crucifixes if Jesus has resurrected from the dead? Listen in as Deacon Tom and Mary Jane Fox discuss this popular question.

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The Name of Jesus

Did you know that the month of January in the Church is traditionally dedicated to the Most Holy Name of Jesus?

The name of Jesus is radical! On one hand, proclaiming the name of Jesus can call down the power of God and drive out demons. On the other hand, many people today use the name of Jesus as they curse.

This reminds us of an amazing story from one of our Pilgrim Center of Hope pilgrims. When her superior used the Lord’s name in vain during a meeting, our pilgrim confronted her boss (who was not a Christian) and told her how much this offended her. She also assured her, “I will be praying for you.”

Time passed, and our pilgrim grew closer to her Holy Land pilgrimage journey. She approached her boss and said, “I’m going to the Holy Land soon, and I would like to leave a prayer intention for you at the Wailing Wall.” Her boss replied, “Not just there; pray for me everywhere you go.”

So, our pilgrim did just that: At every holy site we visited—most of which are related to the life of Jesus, she prayed.

Not long after our return from pilgrimage, her boss approached our pilgrim and said, “Thank you for praying for me. You helped me to discover God.” She joined the Church!

The name Jesus means, in Hebrew: “God saves.”
The Catechism of the Catholic Church reminds us: “At the annunciation, the angel Gabriel gave him the name Jesus as his proper name, which expresses both his identity and his mission. Since God alone can forgive sins, it is God who, in Jesus his eternal Son made man, ‘will save his people from their sins’.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 430)

This month, try a simple prayer:
Speak the name, “Jesus,” slowly, and with reverence.

Reflections on the Eucharist

How much do you really know about the Eucharist?

Join Fr. Ed Hauf, OMI, as he unravels the nature of the Sacrament of the Eucharist; it’s importance in our lives and how we need to not only adore and receive the Eucharist, but also live it in our lives.


What Is Divine Mercy & Why Is It Important Today?

We all need to be familiar with The Divine Mercy because the keys to a more enriched spiritual life lie in the details of the story.

During this program, we will explain and answer several important questions:

  • Who  was Sister Maria Faustina Kowalska and what is her relationship to The Divine Mercy?
  • What is The Divine Mercy message and devotion?
  • What does Church Teaching and Sacred Scripture says about God’s Mercy?
  • What is the Feast of Divine Mercy?
  • Why is Divine Mercy important today?

The Real Bethlehem

As we prepare for Advent and Christmas, our nativity scenes are coming out of storage and into our everyday lives. We turn our hearts and minds to that ‘little town’ where Christ was born. What is the REAL Bethlehem like? Today, we will share this beautiful city and its people with you!


A Doctor at Calvary: The Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ As Described by a Surgeon

by Dr. Pierre Barbet

What the Gospels don’t reveal about Christ’s sufferings, science does.

While the Gospels relate only the barest essentials concerning the physical suffering of Jesus, Dr. Pierre Barbet addresses these gaps with scientific inquiry. A Doctor at Calvary provides a forensic pathologist’s analysis of the Shroud of Turin, which reveals the graphic account of Jesus’s suffering at the hands of the Romans. Through a modern medical lens, Dr. Barbet examines the methods of infliction and physiological effects of each wound. He also delves into the historic practice and mechanics of crucifixion.

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The Passion of Jesus: How It Really Happened

Fr. Ed Hauf, OMI, welcomed guest Pete Remmert, an expert on the Shroud and all aspects of the Passion of Christ, to help us appreciate this turning point in history and our faith.

Eucharistic Adoration

In the Eucharist, Jesus fulfills his promise to always remain with us in a unique and unimaginable way. At the end of Mass, the remaining consecrated Hosts are returned to the tabernacle or placed in a golden monstrance to provide an opportunity to prayerfully visit with our Lord.

Robert Rodriguez talks with Cecilio Rodriguez about visiting Christ in the Eucharist.

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The Resurrection In the Gospel

What better Pearl to help you delve into the Resurrected Christ in Scripture than . . . well, Scripture? Each of the four gospel writers — Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John — include reports of Christ appearing after his resurrection.

These instances are:

Matthew 28
Luke 24
John 20-21
and Mark 16


Related Resource: Lectio Divina – Praying with Scripture

The Resurrection Appearances of Jesus

Deacon Tom and Mary Jane delve into the Scriptural appearances of Christ to his disciples after the Resurrection.

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