Son Rise Morning Show

The Son Rise Morning Show with Anna Mitchell is fast-paced, motivating and informational – always with the Catholic perspective. You’ll hear interviews, prayer, current news items and other timely information each weekday morning!
Son Rise Morning Show - 09/18/2020 - Feast of the Flying Friar
Happy feast of St. Joseph of Cupertino! On today’s show, Matt Swaim and Anna Mitchell talk more about this 17th century Franciscan known as the “flying friar.” Guests include Fr. Hezekias Carnazzo of the Institute of Catholic Culture to preview the Sunday Mass readings, Rita Heikenfeld of abouteating.com with recipes for Rosh Hashanah, Stephanie Mann with more stories of the 40 martyrs of England and Wales, and Steve Ray to discuss his new book:,The Catholic Faith: An Introduction to the Creeds. Plus news, weather, sports and more...
Son Rise Morning Show - 09/17/2020 - Why Catholics Should Read Paradise Lost
Happy feast of St. Robert Bellarmine! On today’s show, Matt Swaim and Anna Mitchell welcome Dr. Matthew Bunson to talk more about this influential Italian Doctor of the Church. Other guests include Joseph Pearce on why Catholics should read John Milton’s “Paradise Lost,” Derek Rotty on Lectio Divina as a tool for ongoing conversion, and pastoral counselor Kevin Prendergast on how the pandemic is affecting marriages. Plus news, weather, sports and a whole lot more…
Son Rise Morning Show - 09/16/2020 - Let Go of Anger and Stress
Happy feast of St. Cyprian of Carthage! On today’s show, Matt Swaim and Anna Mitchell welcome patristics expert Mike Aquilina to talk more about this influential North African Church Father. Other guests include Dr. John Bergsma on the Septuagint, Gary Zimak on his new book “Let Go of Anger and Stress,” and Elizabeth Scalia on applying the Rule of St. Benedict in our everyday lives. Plus news, weather, sports and more…
Son Rise Morning Show - 09/15/2020 - Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows
A blessed Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows to you all! On today’s show, Matt Swaim and Anna Mitchell welcome art historian Liz Lev to talk about devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary under this title. Guests include Fr. Boniface Hicks on the value of intercessory prayer, Marlon de la Torre on why God wanted us to see him in the person of Jesus, and Mike Aquilina to discuss his new book, “History’s Queen: Exploring Mary’s Role from Age to Age.” Plus news, weather, sports and more…
Son Rise Morning Show - 09/14/2020 - Exaltation of the Holy Cross
Happy feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross! On today’s show, Matt Swaim and Anna Mitchell welcome Kris McGregor to talk about how Christ’s trajectory toward Calvary began in Bethlehem. Other guests include Kevin Schmiesing with This Week in Catholic History, Richard Ghazel on an upcoming virtual summit hosted by In Defense of Christians, and Bear Woznick on the importance of fathers in helping form their children in faith. Plus news, weather, sports and more…
Son Rise Morning Show - 09/11/2020 - Prayers and Reflections on 9/11
Good morning! On today’s show, Matt Swaim and Anna Mitchell mark the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks with prayers and reflections on the tragic events that occurred 19 years ago today. Guests include Bill Donaghy from the Theology of the Body institute on maintaining human connection in an age of social media, legal and political analyst Ken Craycraft on the problems that a two-party system poses to Catholic social teaching, Deacon Steven Greydanus to review the new live-action remake of MULAN, and Fr. Hezekias Carnazzo from the Institute of Catholic Culture to preview the Sunday Mass readings. Plus news, weather, sports and more…
Son Rise Morning Show - 09/10/2020 - Suicide Prevention Month
Good morning! On today’s show, Matt Swaim and Anna Mitchell welcome pastoral counselor Kevin Prendergast to discuss September as Suicide Prevention Month. Other guests include Derek Rotty, author of “A Life of Conversion,” on the importance of understanding conversion as a lifelong process, Stephanie Mann on two more of the 40 Martyrs of England and Wales, and Donna Marie Cooper-O’Boyle to mark the anniversary of Mother Teresa’s “call within a call.” Plus news, weather, sports and a whole lot more…
Son Rise Morning Show - 09/09/2020 - Nature of our Present Sufferings
Happy feast of St. Peter Claver! On today’s show, Matt Swaim and Anna Mitchell welcome Dr. Matthew Bunson to talk more about this incredible Spanish Jesuit missionary who fought to uphold the dignity of slaves in the New World. Other guests include Gary Zimak on understanding the temporary nature of our present sufferings, Dr. John Bergsma on the original languages of the Old Testament, and Rita Heikenfeld to discuss how kids learned at home during Bible times. Plus news, weather, sports and more...
Son Rise Morning Show - 09/08/2020 - Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Happy feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary! On today’s show, Matt Swaim and Anna Mitchell welcome Steve Ray to discuss the history of the Rosary. Other guests include Fr. Boniface Hicks on the importance of Marian prayer, Marlon de la Torre on evangelism as a work of mercy, and Ken Craycraft to remember Fr Paul Mankowski, SJ, who passed away suddenly last week. Plus news, weather, sports and a whole lot more...
Son Rise Morning Show - 09/07/2020 - Labor Day Special
Happy Labor Day! It's a special Son Rise Morning Show, in which Matt Swaim and Anna Mitchell, devoted to Catholic Social Teaching on work. Dr Matthew Bunson discusses the historical context of the landmark encyclical Rerum Novarum, which ushered in the tradition of Catholic Social Teaching. Steve Ray tells us about labor and careers in the Bible. Fr Donald Calloway reflects on St Joseph the Worker. Jason Craig unpacks the relationship of work and the family, and Ken Craycraft talks about how to apply Catholic Social Teaching to our labor situations today.
Son Rise Morning Show - 09/04/2020 - The Theology of Sarcasm
Good morning! On today's SRMS, Matt Swaim and Anna Mitchell talk to Gary Zimak, who turns us to the book of Isaiah to help ease anxiety. Catherine Fishlock offers a "little Latin lesson" on the Pater Noster. Dr Timothy O'Donnell discusses the times in the Gospels when Jesus' heart was moved with pity. Mike Aquilina talks about Tertullian and the theology of sarcasm, and Amy Welborn unpacks the problems with the so-called "Prosperity Gospel."
Son Rise Morning Show - 09/03/2020 - The Patron of Popes
Happy feast of St. Gregory the Great! On today’s show, Matt Swaim and Anna Mitchell welcome Dr. Marcellino D’Ambrosio to talk more about this pope who is the patron saint of popes. Other guests include Mike Aquilina on the legacy of the Church father Melito of Sardis, Stephanie Mann on the English martyrs Robert Southwell, Henry Walpole, and Philip Howard, and pastoral counselor Kevin Prendergast on the benefits and consequences of using medication for mental health issues. Plus news, weather, sports and more…
Son Rise Morning Show - 09/02/2020 - Impact of the New Fatima Movie
Good morning! On today’s show, Matt Swaim and Anna Mitchell welcome Rose Ganguzza, producer of the new movie “Fatima,” to talk about the impact her film has been having around the world. Other guests include Teresa Tomeo from EWTN’s Catholic Connection on a recent poll showing some disturbing faith trends, Dr. John Bergsma on what “binding and loosing” means in the Old Testament, and Gary Zimak on balancing our active and contemplative lives. Plus news, weather, sports and a whole lot more…
Son Rise Morning Show - 09/01/2020 - Priest Who Was Never Baptized
Good morning! On today’s show, Matt Swaim and Anna Mitchell welcome Fr. Boniface Hicks, O.S.B., to discuss the power of the Jesus Prayer. Other guests include Marlon de la Torre on inviting your child into a relationship with God, Brendan Hodge, author of the new novel “If You Can Get It,” and canon lawyer Fr. Philip Michael Tangorra on the curious case of a Detroit priest who recently realized he’d never even been baptized. Plus news, weather, sports and a whole lot more…
Son Rise Morning Show - 08/31/2020 - Review of Fatima Movie
Happy feast of St. Raymond Nonnatus! On today’s show, Matt Swaim and Anna Mitchell talk more about this heroic Mercedarian priest. Guests include Kevin Schmiesing with This Week in Catholic History, Dr. Marcellino D’Ambrosio to take us on a pilgrimage to the Jordan River, Deacon Steven Greydanus to review the new movie “Fatima,” and Bishop Elias Zaidan from the Maronite Eparchy of Los Angeles with an update on the situation in Lebanon. Plus news, weather, sports and more…