Lots of Radio Shows this Week; Join Us!

by Steve Ray on April 14, 2014

I love Catholic Radio and all that it is doing for the Catholic Faith. I love contributing as much as I can. Here are shows I am doing this week.

Monday

1) Son Rise Morning 7:10 AM EST: Palm Sunday

Tuesday

1) Son Rise Morning 7:10 AM EST: Mary, Martha and Lazarus: Jesus preparing for the Passion

2) Archangel Radio: Mobile Alabama 8:00 AM EST: The Passion of Christ

3) Good Book Club, Spirit Catholic Radio 9:05 AM EST: Acts 15 “Must Gentiles be Circumcised to be Christians? (Men flinch)

Wednesday

1) Son Rise Morning 7:10 AM EST: Holy Thursday and the Upper Room

2) Sean Herriot Show on Relevant Radio: Holy Week and the Sufferings of Jesus

3) Catholic Answers Live at 7:00 PM EST: The Pain of the Crucifixion

Thursday

1) Son Rise Morning Show 7:10 AM EST Garden of Gethsemane, Trial and Prison 

Friday

1) Son Rise Morning: 7:10 AM EST: Whipping, Stations of the Cross, the Crucifixion

2) Drew Mariani Show on Relevant Radio 3:30 PM EST: The Suffering of Christ and Pain of the Crucifixion

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The Stuff of Nightmares: Christians Forced from Homes in Syria’s Kassab

Eyewitness Reports of Violent Expulsion of 2,500 Armenian Christians from Historic Syrian Town

By Lela Gilbert

DAMASCUS, April 14, 2014 (Zenit.org) – An Armenian friend on Facebook alerted me to the tragic story of Kassab, Syria: On March 21, Sunni rebels violently expelled around 2,500 Armenian Christians from their picturesque and historic town.

Early that Friday morning, Kassab was violently attacked, its churches desecrated, its families driven out. Since then, Al Qaeda-affiliated terrorists have occupied the town’s abandoned homes and businesses.

A large number of the terrified residents fled – mostly on foot – about 35 miles to Latakia, a Syrian Army stronghold. With a sizable Christian population, Latakia has struggled to provide them with shelter and sustenance.

The image of frightened families running for their lives with their children, their elderly and their disabled is the stuff of nightmares.

Although much of Syria’s Christian population is comprised of Syriac, Maronite and Eastern Orthodox believers, some 70,000 Armenians have long been part of the faith’s colorful tapestry. And though they have received little attention during the country’s civil war, thousands have had to flee, some 10,000 to Armenia itself.

As Kassab’s story became more widespread, eyewitness reports started to appear:   

“Before sunrise, we woke up to the horror of a shower of missiles and rockets falling on our town. Thousands of extremists crossed the borders towards our town. Missiles were fired from Turkey to destroy beautiful Kassab and to celebrate the approach of the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide. Kassabtsi heroes defended the town with their simple hunting weapons…”

 “Two men, Minas Soghomonian and Joseph Kilaghbian, who called their own homes were greeted by militants who said, ‘We are enjoying your food’…. Another displaced Kassab resident, Paren Hovsepian … was told by the intruders, in Turkish, that he had nice furniture.”

We had to flee only with our clothes. We couldn’t take anything, not even the most precious thing – a handful of soil from Kassab. We couldn’t take our memories…”

Particularly infuriating to Kassabs displaced families was the report that Turkish soldiers, who were supposedly guarding the nearby border, did nothing to stop the invading rebels.

The Turkish government adamantly denies complicity in the attack on Kassab, but Armenians have not forgotten historic massacres at the hands of Turks, who decimated their communities in the early 20th century.

Kassabs residents were not only expelled from their homes in 1909. They were driven out again in 1915, during the infamous genocide, when as many as 1.5 million Armenians were killed.

The image of frightened families running for their lives with their children, their elderly and their disabled is the stuff of nightmares. And for me, that scenario was particularly disturbing, because I was already focused on an eerily similar story, but from another time and place.

As the Kassab reports began to emerge, I was reading the oral histories of two young Polish Jews, each of them fleeing, on foot, from the Germans in the early 1940s.

My interest in these Jewish teenagers was personal. One of them became a physician in America. Only recently had I learned that, as a youth, Dr. Joseph Rebhun jumped off a train to Auschwitz, was shot in the head and somehow survived.  

His story mattered to me because, years later, this same Dr. Rebhun saved my life in a California hospital.

The other young refugee whose story I was reading would become his wife, Maria.

In their separate accounts, each of these young Jewish survivors described the terror that gripped them while running from German bombs and hiding from live gunfire. They spoke of summoning all their strength to help weakened siblings and elderly parents to a safe haven. They related the desperation of mothers carrying infants while struggling to protect toddlers.

As I read, I breathed in the grateful thought, Thank God those terrible days are over.

Then I heard about Kassab.

Clearly, such terrible days aren’t over at all. Not for Syria’s war-ravaged population. Not for Kassab’s Armenian Christians. Not as long as there are bloodthirsty killers inflicting devastation anywhere in this troubled world.

As these stories interwove in my thinking, I recalled a famous quote from Adolf Hitler. 

In 1939, when he announced his plan to liquidate Poland’s Jews, he cynically remarked – as if to establish a prototype for his “final solution” –  “Who, after all, speaks today of the annihilation of the Armenians?” 

On April 24, millions of Armenians worldwide will, indeed, speak of that annihilation. Genocide Memorial Day takes place every year on that date, in remembrance of the million and a half victims who died between 1915 and 1923.  

In Yerevan, Armenia’s capital, hundreds of thousands will carry flowers to be placed around the genocide memorial’s eternal flame.

This year in particular, as April 24 approaches, maybe we should make a point of remembering the Armenians. And the Jews. And Kassab.

Along with lighting a candle in the window, as we offer up a prayer for a better world, perhaps we should also quietly repeat that simple vow: never again.

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Lela Gilbert is author of “Saturday People, Sunday People: Israel through the Eyes of a Christian Sojourner” and co-author, with Nina Shea and Paul Marshall, of “Persecuted: The Global Assault on Christians.” She is an adjunct fellow at the Hudson Institute and lives in Jerusalem. For more, visit her website:www.lelagilbert.com. Follow her on Twitter@lelagilbert. This article first appeared on the F

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20 Years After Cairo Conference on Population and Development

Family Life and the Economy

By Father John Flynn, LC

ROME, April 14, 2014 (Zenit.org) – Last week the United Nations held a review of the 20 years since the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), held in Cairo in 1994.

The meeting looked at population issues ranging from ageing, fertility, mortality, migration and urbanization, the UN explained in a press release.

One feature of the review was a repetition of the UN’s long-standing support for abortion and contraception.

A “Beyond 2014 Global Report” published by the UN prior to the gathering called upon all states to remove all restrictions on “reproductive health and care for adolescents,” which includes contraceptives and abortion…

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Feverishly Working on Abraham Script for our Next DVD; please pray for me :-)

April 14, 2014

The story of Abraham is not only seminal and foundational, but very interesting and full of typology and lessons for our own day. I just finished the section of Abraham’s hospitality when visit by unknown strangers who the Church sees as the Trinity coming down to visit Abraham. I think it was to meet the [...]

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What Did Sister Jane Actually Say in Charlotte?

April 9, 2014

Dr. Ed Peters, canon lawyer, actually has a good point about the flare-up at the Catholic High School in Charlotte NC. Does anyone REALLY know what Sr. Jane Dominic actually said at the High School that started such a flurry of protest and defense? Much ado about, literally, who-knows-what by Dr. Edward Peters We either know [...]

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Welcome to the Reign of “Gay”

April 8, 2014

Make no mistake, it has nothing to do with fun and games, and everything to do with the forced rationalization of grave depravity By Carl Olsen, April 8, 2014 Editorial in Catholic News Report In the summer of 1992, I took my first real job, working as a graphic designer for the venerable Meier & [...]

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Update of Catholic School Uprising over “Theology of the Body” and Sr. Jane Dominic

April 8, 2014

News   Print Article  |   Email Friend  |  Reprint Permissions Charlotte diocese backs nun who gave school talk promoting Church teaching on homosexuality BY KIRSTEN ANDERSEN   Mon Apr 07, 2014 18:27 EST CHARLOTTE, NC, April 7, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The bishop of Charlotte is backing a Dominican nun who has been at the center of a fiery controversy since last [...]

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The “Religion of Peace” Strikes Again in Syria as the USA Continues to Support the Radical Muslims

April 7, 2014

Dutch Missionary Priest in Syria Shot Dead: Stayed With Christians Unable to Evacuate Homs ZENIT UPDATE HERE 4/8/14      ROME REPORTS VIDEO HERE ROME, April 07, 2014 (Zenit.org) – A priest helping Christians find shelter in Syria’s Old City of Homs has been murdered. Dutch Jesuit Father Frans van der Lugt was shot twice in the [...]

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Laughter in the Bible: A Quiz

April 7, 2014

1. Which couple laughed at the incredibility of God’s promise to them? 2. Which son brought laughter to his mother? 3. Which king was laughed at when he invited people from all over Israel to celebrate the Passover? 4. Who advised that laughter should change to mourning? 5. Who referred to himself as laughingstock? 6 [...]

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My Wife’s Dad just Died

April 7, 2014

My wife Janet’s father died this morning after a heart attack last week. He was in the arms of his wife and four daughters who were praying the Our Father. He was a great dad for those girls. I thanked him many times for raising such a wonderful daughter and for allowing me to marry [...]

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Books for Lovers (Recommended) – Radio Show on Loving Your Spouse

April 3, 2014

I was on the Sean Herriott Show today on Relevant Radio. The topic was Loving Your Spouse. You can listen to it HERE.  During the show I promised to post a link to my list of Books for Lovers. You can see it HERE. Two earlier show: Raising Daughters

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Brilliant 12 Year Old Exposes Abortion and all the Arguments for it

April 3, 2014

This girl presents a 5 minute speech to her class – eloquent and comprehensive.

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We are Growing! Increasing Number of People Coming into the Church this Easter

April 1, 2014

Some U.S. dioceses are reporting that 2014 will be an unusually fruitful year, in terms of the number of people welcomed into the Church.    By Charlotte Hays WASHINGTON — Speaking of the prospect of becoming a Catholic at this year’s Easter vigil, Sheila Bidzinski, a 36-year-old mother of two little boys, excitedly admits, “I hope [...]

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A Good Priest Friend in Deep Water Concerning Homosexuality after Teaching JPII’s “Theology of the Body”

March 31, 2014

  My good friend Fr. Kauth from Charlotte NC is embroiled in a huge fracas because of teaching JPII’s Theology of the Body in a Catholic High School. He is the chaplain at the high school. He invited a Dominican Sister to give a speech. She has a doctorate in theology. In the course of [...]

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Interesting Insights While Working on Abraham Script: Tent vs. Altar, Jews Sent Back to Square One

March 31, 2014

Two things struck me today as I am feverishly writing the script for our upcoming Abraham DVD (Footprints of God series). First, when God punished the Jews by sending them into exile in Babylon it was the ultimate punishment and insult. Babylon was the site of Bable and the confusion of languages. It was also [...]

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Amazing! Pope will Celebrate Mass in the Upper Room

March 27, 2014

This is quite incredible since it has not been done since Pope John Paul II received permission from Israel to celebrate Mass there on his visit to the Holy Land. Pope Francis will do the “not allowed”–he will celebrate Mass in the Upper Room. Seems odd, eh, that the place where the first Eucharist was [...]

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