Food for the Journey

Food for the Journey

Here in the Portland, OR area, we are so very blessed to have a wonderful Catholic radio station in our midst. One of my favorite regular shows is called “Food for the Journey.” In this 15-minute program, Sister Ann Shields breaks open the daily Liturgical Scripture readings and helps the listener to practically apply God’s Word in his or her own life.

Before I continue, full disclosure #1: Sr. Ann is, by far, my favorite contemporary Catholic female teacher, so my opinion of her is admittedly quite biased. Full disclosure #2: Sr. Ann will be coming to the Portland area to speak at the 1st Annual NW Catholic Women’s Conference in the Fall of 2011. More details coming to the RCM website soon. Yippee!

On today’s episode, Sr. Ann was discussing the story of Moses leading the Israelites out of the desert into the Promised Land and how they complained and whined and wanted to go back to slavery in Egypt. I will not try to mess up Sr. Ann’s insight and application of the Scripture into our own modern experiences with my feeble ramblings; suffice to say, I got hit between the eyes about complaining about God’s providence. Here’s the one-liner that got my attention:

“Oh, brothers and sisters – don’t speak against the provision of God.” -Sr. Anne Shields

Do you recognize God’s provision in your life even when it is not ideal? Or do you complain against the situation and God like the Israelites (and me!)? Please do yourself a big favor and stop for a moment to listen to the program, allowing God’s Word to be your food for the journey today. God bless you!

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RCM on the radio tomorrow!

RCM on the radio tomorrow!

Greetings and salutations, fair readers!

Just a quick note to let you know that David Renshaw, Executive Director of Real Catholic Ministries, will appear live on Catholic Radio tomorrow, 3/16/10 at 8:10 AM PST. Joining David and host Dina Marie Hale will be Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers of EWTN’s “Behold the Man,” and Michael Moiso from Our Lady of Peace Retreat. The trio will be talking about the upcoming RCM Retreat, “Are you ALL IN for Christ?” Click here for the retreat schedule and for registration info. If you’re outside the Portland area, log on HERE, turn up your speakers, and click the “Listen Now” link on the left-hand side of the home page for streaming media.

Enjoy, and God bless!

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She’s got a “faith” for radio

She’s got a “faith” for radio

It was really weird. You see, I listen to K-Blessed-Virgin-Mary radio station pretty much every day. I never thought what it would be like to be the one people were listening to.

My biggest fear – honestly – was that I would scandalize my family. Or say too much. Or the wrong thing. Or not anything that would be inspirational or helpful to anyone. Okay, so I had gotten a little worked up about the whole thing. I listen to the radio – I’m not on the radio! Yet, there I was, Monday morning, ready to go – gulp – live.

Just a bit of a rewind to set the stage: originally, I was scheduled to speak on KBVM’s In Person show to publicize the Women’s Tea for Life fundraiser I was planning in our Archdiocese for mid-October; however, the event got bumped to next Spring due to scheduling issues. Dina Marie Hale, the program host, said I should still come, that we could talk about married life, motherhood, Teams of Our Lady, stuff. I sing in front of about 400+ people every Sunday, I thought. I can handle a radio show. What’s the big deal?

Well, if one believes statistics, people are afraid of death, then public speaking. In that order. And, I am assuming, most people who speak in public can have notes. This was going to be live, off-the-cuff, ain’t no knowin’ what’s comin’ next. No notes would really help. That was a bit daunting to me, especially since the most impromptu experience I have is based on the entertainment needs of a 15-month-old, a 4 1/2 year -old, and a 6-year-old, and they’re a pretty forgiving audience.

Anyway, I must say that prayer is a wonderful thing, because I was able to pray with the host before we went on (this was not a hostile situation by any stretch), and she did a fantastic job of making me feel comfortable throughout the show. I also know that family and friends were praying for me. One friend called to say she remembered me to Christ during the Consecration at Holy Mass that morning. Also, I remembered to bring my 1st Holy Communion rosary and my Confirmation Bible as well as my Catholic Women’s Bible with me (hey, why take chances?).

Anyway, I apologize, but I can’t really give you too many specifics about what we discussed. I know I talked about adoption, not being Filipino, 40 Days for Life, St. Monica, Teams of Our Lady, St. Therese and her parents, Fr. Donald Calloway (I think) – just a bunch of stuff; honestly, though, it was pretty surreal. It was almost like it wasn’t me who was talking, and yet, I was. I ended up not using the closing prayer I brought to pray because it didn’t seem appropriate given the rest of the conversation, so I just winged it. Yup, me. Well, me and the Holy Spirit. We winged it.

It was pretty clear less than 5 minutes after we wrapped things up that our recording studio had been thick with the Holy Spirit. I just pray that God is glorified in everything I do, radio gigs involving extensive impromptu speaking included.

The feedback from friends and family has been really positive, thanks be to God! If anyone is interested, I will be posting the interview to our website as soon as I can. God’s blessings upon you and your families!

Vivat Jesus!

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