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13561.  Program Name: Jesus is Divine
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Series Name: Ignatian Retreat: The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola
Host: Fr. Raymond Gawronski S.J.
Date Produced: 12/1/1999
Description: Beginning: Not only was Jesus a good, kind, gentle Teacher, a wise reader of hearts and souls, a great prophet like the prophets of Israel before Him. No: this gentle man from Galilee, who yet was strong and even confrontative, is divine, the Son of God. His power is divine. We see throughout His life a ministry of supernatural actions, confirming His identity, showing the world He is Whom He claimed to be. Healing the sick, expelling demons, raising the dead.

As God He has power over the storm, and His power over the elements is something He wants to share with His followers - if they have faith. Peter is the divinely appointed man who shows us both our grandeur and our misery, both the desire to walk over water towards Jesus, and the inadequacy of the paltry human heart to persevere, without special help. But He has come to give that help.

1. Jesus calms the storm. Mt. 8:23-27. Mk. 4:35-41, Lk. 8:22-25.
2. Jesus and Peter: walking on water. Mt. 14:22-33, also, Lk. 5:1-11.
3. Jesus expels demons. Lk. 8:26-39.
4. Jesus feeds the people. Mt. 14:13-21,Mk.6:32-44,Lk.9:10-17, Jn. 6.
5. Transfiguration. Lk. 9:28-36, Mt. 17:1-13, Mk. 9:2-8.

Grace: To praise, reverence and serve the power of God in Jesus.
Conclusion: Jesus heals human bodies and human souls, expelling fevers, expelling demons. He feeds hungry bodies with bread, and hungry hearts with his word. On a mountain one day, He feeds our hunger for God by revealing Himself in His glory. The glory of the Transfiguration is harbinger of the glory to come, a taste of that which exists already with God. But there is no abiding on that mount of glory, for Jesus sets His eyes to another mount, a mount where the door to Heaven will be opened from this side, from the side of the human body, from His own wounded side, so that the mount of glory might be ascended through the mount of our human suffering and death.

 

 
13562.  Program Name: Jesus as Teacher and Leader
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Series Name: Ignatian Retreat: The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola
Host: Fr. Raymond Gawronski S.J.
Date Produced: 12/1/1999
Description: Beginning: Jesus returns from the temptations full of the Spirit of God, full of joy, embarked on His mission. He returns to Nazareth, His home town, but though His neighbors were enthusiastic at first, their spirit soon turned against Him. So He moved on, calling men to be with Him “on the road”, bringing the good news - and the reality - of the Kingdom of God among men. We see Him perform His first miracle at Cana in Galilee, at the intercession of His Mother. We listen to Him teach, laying out what we could call His “program” - but it is unlike any other program the world has ever seen.

1. Jesus returns to Nazareth. Lk. 4:14-30; Mk. 6:1-6.
2. The Call of the Apostles: companions. Mt. 4:18-22, Mk. 3:13-19, Jn.1:35-51.
3. Cana. John 2:1-11.
4. Jesus’ program: the Beatitudes. Mt. 5:1-11, Lk. 6:20-49.
Grace: To desire that which God desires for me.

Conclusion: In the Beatitudes, we see capsulated the goodness and wisdom that Jesus had learned first in His own home, watching His Mother and His foster father live, watching them listen to the Word of God as it was lived through the simple, good people of Israel, the faithful ones, the anawim. Then as He looked around Him, He raised His eyes, and blessed the simple, good ones. And He proclaimed to the world the truth that the Kingdom of Heaven is found on earth, among the people the world would reject, the people the world would destroy if they were to become “worldly.” What greater promises has anyone ever heard than those that Jesus gave! And the simple price is to become little, childlike, hidden, humble. Just like Jesus.

 

 
13563.  Program Name: Mission and Temptation: Spiritual Discernment
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Series Name: Ignatian Retreat: The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola
Host: Fr. Raymond Gawronski S.J.
Date Produced: 12/1/1999
Description: Beginning: After thirty years of perfect home life, Jesus heard the call which summoned Him forth on His public mission. He had to leave His mother, and identify with sinners at the Jordan. His mission was beginning, with great signs and wonders, for the heavens opened and the Father spoke and the Spirit descended upon Him. But He was not to rest in these wonders. Instead, He was driven out into the desert to be tempted by the devil. In His three temptations, all our human temptations were summarized, embodied, and overcome by the Perfect Man, the Son of God. He showed us the wickedness and snares of the devil, his favorite tricks in destroying souls.

1. Jesus leaves home.
2. Jesus’ baptism. Jn. 1:29-23; Mt. 3:13-17; Mk. 1:9-11; Lk. 3:21-22.
3. Three Temptations. Mt. 4:1-11; Lk. 4:1-13; Mk. 1:12-13.
4. Discernment of Spirits: Consolation: savor and humble yourself.
Desolation: make no changes, hope in God.
Grace: To make all decisions in the Spirit of God.

7 Conclusion: Since earliest times, those who followed Jesus have been wrestling with demons, wrestling with temptation as He did in the desert. The Fathers of the Desert knew this wrestling well: it was at the heart of their ministry to God’s People. St. Ignatius attempted to formalize somewhat the wisdom of the Church in dealing with various spirits in his “Rules for the Discernment of spirits.” We are told to be “wise as serpents and gentle as doves.” And so we must be: for God alone is truly wise and all powerful, God alone can save us from the hands of our supernatural foes; and we, with His aid, try to learn how God works with us, to cooperate with Him, and how the evil spirit tries to destroy God’s work, so that we can overthrow him.

 

 
13564.  Program Name: Discipleship
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Series Name: Ignatian Retreat: The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola
Host: Fr. Raymond Gawronski S.J.
Date Produced: 12/1/1999
Description: Beginning: Because Jesus is God made man, everything about Him is taken up into the divine life, and so we can approach the eternal God through the life of Jesus here on earth. How delightful it is to be able to visit Him in Nazareth, to enter into those mysterious 30 years of His hidden life, quiet, hard working, peaceful. He is the gentle Lord, so self-effacing, so kind, a total opposite from the tyrant whom Jesus calls ‘ruler of this world’ - Satan, who sits on his throne ruling his subjects, his slaves, with a reign of terror. Jesus does not have craven, terrified slaves: He summons disciples to bring His good news to the ends of the earth. What more wonderful thing could there be than to be a disciple of Jesus! It brings out the very best in us, it invites us to the greatest generosity we can muster.


1. Jesus’ home in Nazareth. Childhood. Lk. 2:51-52.
2. The Two Standards: Satan’s glamor, Jesus’ humility.
3. Discipleship: humble submission. Mt. 10:1-42. Lk. 14:25-33; Lk. 8:19-21.
4. Three Classes of Men.

Grace: Ask Our Lady to be placed under the standard of her Son.
Conclusion: Jesus’ mission is to overthrow, to conquer, the Prince of Lies, who holds the world in bondage, using death as his great threat and weapon. Jesus calls us from this bondage, into the freedom of the children of God. But this comes freedom comes at a price: it will cost us nothing less than everything, even as it cost Him that before us. It is so clear we want to be placed under the standard of the Good King, the Standard of Christ. It is also clear that this will mean that we must have not only good will, nor yet right action, but the freedom to go wherever the Son of Man went, the One who had nowhere to lay His head.

 

 
13565.  Program Name: Kingdom of Christ, Kingdom of the Heart
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Series Name: Ignatian Retreat: The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola
Host: Fr. Raymond Gawronski S.J.
Date Produced: 12/1/1999
Description: Kingdom of Christ, Kingdom of the Heart.
Beginning: What a delightful thing it is to have hope, to harbor a vision in one’s heart! What a wonderful thing it is to speak of the “Kingdom of God,” that phrase that was always on the lips of Our Lord! There is a hunger in the human heart for this vision, a natural hunger, often abused in this world, but there nonetheless. Christ the King is the realization of all our hopes. The Blessed Trinity missioned Him into this world, to lead it back to the obedience for which it was intended. And He came through the most perfect of vessels, the greatest of our human race, Mary. Today we look at the “yes” of Mary, which undid the evil brought into Creation by the “no” of Satan, and of our first parents.

1. The Kingdom of Christ: God’s vision in Christ. Kingdom of the Heart. Rev.3:20-21.
2. Incarnation: Trinity’s vision. Annunciation. Luke 1:26-56. Mary’s “yes.”
3. Nativity of Christ. Lk. 2:1-20; Mt. 1:18-2:23.
Grace: To know Jesus intimately, to love and follow Him.


Conclusion: God’s love is so overwhelming, that not only did He choose not to permanently let the rebellious creation continue on its road to Hell, but He entered into that Creation itself, becoming man for us. God is at work for our salvation, and His friends - the holy ones, Our Lady, St. Joseph - and many others are at work as well, enduring all sorts of hardships for our salvation. Let us then pray for the grace to imitate Our Lord as closely and as generously as we can, and adore Him in the watches of the night. Like the humble shepherds and the wise Magi.

 

 
13566.  Program Name: Hell: the Ultimate Consequence of Sin
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Series Name: Ignatian Retreat: The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola
Host: Fr. Raymond Gawronski S.J.
Date Produced: 12/1/1999
Description: Beginning: We are considering a very difficult area, but one that is essential to our understanding and cooperating with God’s saving activity. The consequences of the sin of the angels, and the sin of Adam and Eve, are tremendous. Misery in this world and the next are the direct consequences of those abuses of freedom, those acts of disobedience, the willful turning away from God. Mortal sin kills the life of grace in the soul, leading to despair - the loss of God, and the hope of knowing Him. The human heart has told a story of wickedness since the first children of Adam and Eve. I too am a sinner, whose deeds have earned him hell, the place created by the hatred of the Devil. Grace: To sense the pain of the damned as an inoculation.

Conclusion: Having considered these painful, but very true, realities of sin and its consequences, I come to see by God’s grace how Hell is a very real possibility for me. This understanding - this knowledge of the interior pain of the damned, is something for which I should pray, because as St. Ignatius says, “if because of my faults I forget the love of the eternal Lord, at least the fear of these punishments will keep me from falling into sin.” What a grace to have the sacrament of reconciliation!

 

 
13567.  Program Name: The Fall: Freedom Abused, Will of God Disobeyed
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Series Name: Ignatian Retreat: The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola
Host: Fr. Raymond Gawronski S.J.
Date Produced: 12/1/1999
Description: Beginning: We are most Godlike in our freedom: it is at the basis of our ability to love. To freely love is the heart of all glory. That takes concrete form in obedience.
God took a great risk in placing the wild-card of freedom into His Creation.
Some of the angels abused that freedom, and refused to serve God, but rather turned in on themselves.
Then our first ancestors shared in this rebellion, this Fall. The love and perfection collapsed into darkness and misery.
Christ on the Cross will be God’s remedy for this: what has my response been, what should it be?
1. The will of God: obedience. Mt. 8:21-23. Jn. 4:34, 6:38.
2. The Fall of the Angels: “I will not serve.” Rev. 12:7, 20:9-10.
3. Creation and Fall of Adam and Eve. Gen. 2-3.
4. Colloquy before Christ Crucified: What have I done, should I do for Christ?

Grace: A desire for obedience in union with Christ.
Conclusion: The effects of sin, then, are great: the soul is in the body as in a prison, man is present in the world as among wild animals, as St. Ignatius says. The effects of sin are not to be minimized: sin brought with it a whole avalanche of misfortunes concluding in the death of man.
Yet God’s image in the human soul was blurred, not destroyed. Thus, there is a remedy given by God for man’s fallen state: it is humble submission which is to replace willful disobedience.

 

 
13568.  Program Name: Who is God to me?
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Series Name: Ignatian Retreat: The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola
Host: Fr. Raymond Gawronski S.J.
Date Produced: 12/1/1999
Description: Beginning: God, we speak of God all the time. When we use the word, we think we know just what we mean: but Who is God? What do I mean when I use the word: “God”?
The Christian God, Who is completely other than His Creation, is a perfect community of eternal love, eternal union: the Blessed Trinity. This God, out of sheer generosity, decided to create a world, to create space and time, to create something where there had been nothing.
The most important thing is to remember that God create me to know, love and serve Him - as St. Ignatius says, to “praise, reverence and serve Him” and by this means to save our souls.
What has my own journey in faith been like? What did God have in mind when He created me?

1. Who is God, to me? Trinity of persons.
2. God is Creator: in relation with His world.
First Principal and Foundation.
3. Why did God make me? He likes stories! Spiritual autobiography.
4. God calls me by name. Ex. 3:13-14.
5. Self-knowledge through daily examen.

General Readings: Gen. 1-2. Isaiah 43,44,54,55. Ps. 1,8,23,27,42,139.

Grace: Thanksgiving for the blessings of my life.

Conclusion: Where do I encounter God? He speaks to us in Creation. He speaks to us in beauty, and in the stories that fill His Scripture. God made man, an old Jewish proverb has it, because He likes stories. We encounter God in our own stories, for in our lives we witness to the power of God at work in all times and places. The very fact of being is a hymn to God’s Glory: but to bring this to mind, to praise, reverence and serve God for this, let us look at His work as Creator, and seek His hand in the world around us and in the mysteries of human life, in our own lives not least of all.

 

 
13569.  Program Name: How to Make an Ignatian Retreat
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Series Name: Ignatian Retreat: The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola
Host: Fr. Raymond Gawronski S.J.
Date Produced: 12/1/1999
Description: Beginning: "What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul?" (Mark 8:36) These words haunted me throughout my young life.
The world is relentless in its demands for our attention: but what is the point of it all unless we come to know God our Creator?
And how can we come to know God, unless we pull back from the world, unless we retreat?
So I invite you to join me on a journey to God's Holy Mountain, where Jesus has promised we will "find rest for our souls."
We do this in union with the Church's patron of all retreats, St. Ignatius of Loyola, as we enter into his Spiritual Exercises.

1. The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius: to attain that loving freedom to do God's will which is indifference
2. Why a retreat? To draw closer to God. John 3:1 ff. Luke 12: 15-21.
3. How to make a retreat?
Prayer: Listening for God, then responding.
How to meditate: Enter mindfully.
Act of presence of God.
Ask for the grace I desire.
Attentively imagine the scene.
Colloquy with Father, Son, Our Lady as with a friend.
End with Our Father, Anima Christi or Hail Mary.
Reflection on the meditation time: stroll, refreshment.
Journal entry.
4. Where do I seek God? Stories, God's and mine. Nature.

General Readings: Luke 18:1-14; Mt.6:5-13; 11:28; 25:1-13; Mk.6:30,13:37.

Grace: Ask God for gift of thanksgiving.

Conclusion: The retreat, then, is a journey towards God, a journey into the heart of God. Where will I find God? However and where He wants to reveal Himself to me. Ultimately, it will be in my heart for that is the door at which He knocks.
Jesus tells us repeated: "Watch and pray." That is what we are going to do. To watch and pray in faith, in the humble confidence of beloved children.

 

 
13570.  Program Name: Catholics & The Conservative Movement
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Series Name: The Church & Culture Today
Host: Deal interviews Patrick Allit
Date Produced: 5/1/2000
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13571.  Program Name: Intellectual Converts
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Series Name: The Church & Culture Today
Host: Deal interviews Patrick Allit
Date Produced: 5/1/2000
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13572.  Program Name: Assumption Grotto Church
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Series Name: The Church & Culture Today
Host: Deal interviews Fr. Eduard Perrone
Date Produced: 5/1/2000
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13573.  Program Name: Three French Sacred Music Composers
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Series Name: The Church & Culture Today
Host: Deal interviews Fr. Eduard Perrone
Date Produced: 5/1/2000
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13574.  Program Name: Southerners are More Likely to be Thomist Like Flannery O' Connor
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Series Name: The Church & Culture Today
Host: Deal interviews Marion Montgomery
Date Produced: 5/1/2000
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13575.  Program Name: Life on the Rock #183
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Series Name: Life on the Rock
Host: Jeff Cavins with various musical guests
Date Produced: 9/7/2000
Description: World Youth Day 2000 musical performances

 

 
13576.  Program Name: Hillbilly Thomist
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Series Name: The Church & Culture Today
Host: Deal interviews Marion Montgomery
Date Produced: 5/1/2000
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13577.  Program Name: Poet, Dramatist, Writer, Critic - John Dryden
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Series Name: The Church & Culture Today
Host: Deal interviews Thomas Woods
Date Produced: 5/1/2000
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13578.  Program Name: Novelist Walker Percy
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Series Name: The Church & Culture Today
Host: Deal interviews Thomas Woods
Date Produced: 5/1/2000
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13579.  Program Name: The French/American Novelist-Julian Green
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Series Name: The Church & Culture Today
Host: Deal interviews John Dunaway
Date Produced: 5/1/2000
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13580.  Program Name: Catholic Fiction from France
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Series Name: The Church & Culture Today
Host: Deal interviews John Dunaway
Date Produced: 5/1/2000
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13581.  Program Name: Marriage & the Family
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Series Name: The Church & Culture Today
Host: Deal interviews George Sim Johnston
Date Produced: 5/1/2000
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13582.  Program Name: Darwin & Evolution
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Series Name: The Church & Culture Today
Host: Deal interviews George Sim Johnston
Date Produced: 5/1/2000
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13583.  Program Name: Religion, Public Schools & America
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Series Name: The Church & Culture Today
Host: Deal interviews Jim Kelly
Date Produced: 5/1/2000
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13584.  Program Name: Contemporary Catholic Poetry
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Series Name: The Church & Culture Today
Host: Deal interviews David Craig
Date Produced: 5/1/2000
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13585.  Program Name: St. Thomas Aquinas in the 20th Century
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Series Name: The Church & Culture Today
Host: Deal interviews Robert Royal
Date Produced: 5/1/2000
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13586.  Program Name: Catholic Martyrs of the 20th Century
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Series Name: The Church & Culture Today
Host: Deal interviews Robert Royal
Date Produced: 5/1/2000
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13587.  Program Name: The Catholic Artist & the Family
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Series Name: The Church & Culture Today
Host: Deal interviews Marie & Bill Bellet
Date Produced: 5/1/2000
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13588.  Program Name: Songs About Motherhood
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Series Name: The Church & Culture Today
Host: Deal interviews Marie Bellet
Date Produced: 5/1/2000
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13589.  Program Name: Chesterton for Today
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Series Name: G. K. Chesterton: The Apostle of Common Sense
Host: Dale Ahlquist explains the relevance of Chesterton's writings to today's world. As Chesterton said, "A society is in decay when common sense has become uncommon."
Date Produced: 5/1/2000
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13590.  Program Name: Fr. Brown
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Series Name: G. K. Chesterton: The Apostle of Common Sense
Host: This episode gives an overview of Chesterton's popular "Fr. Brown" detective stories, including vignettes featuring Fr. James R. Kolp as Fr. Brown.
Date Produced: 5/1/2000
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