A Good Habit – 3/25/15

Shroud_of_Turin_3331Who is the man of the Shroud?  That’s the question our two guests put to you, our listeners.  If you’ve ever had questions about the Shroud of Turin, or perhaps just wanted to learn more, we have good news for you, because San Antonio is blessed to be hosting an incredible exhibit detailing the story behind this ancient and mysterious relic.  This week we spoke with Jose Juan Garrigo, CEO of Immersive Planet and Director of the Shroud Exposition, and Ermal Caushaj, manager of the Exposition. The Shroud Expo is a wonderful museum quality presentation of the history and science behind the Shroud of Turin.  It will be in San Antonio through April 12th, so we strongly encourage you to make time to attend, especially as a preparation for Holy Week and the Sacred Triduum.  And bring your friends – you don’t have to be a believer to enjoy the ancient artifacts, the story of the Shroud’s history, or the amazing discoveries which science has uncovered.  There really is something for everyone at this exhibit.  For more information on the exhibit visit www.shroudexpo.com

Revealing the Hidden God

John_William_Waterhouse_-_The_AnnunciationToday we recall a moment so incredible, so unique in the history of the world, so all-changing that we genuflect when we speak the words.

And the Word was made flesh.  And dwelt among us.

The invisible Word of God took on human flesh, though He was still hidden from our eyes, microscopically small in the womb of Our Lady.  The Son of God began His work of redemption, our redemption, without anyone, except a poor Virgin, knowing He was here among us.  This has to be one of the most painted moments in all of history, depicted by artists in every age.  And since Our Lord took His human body from only one parent, Mary of Nazareth, they must have looked very similar.  Someone told us once that the artist William Bouguereau would use the same model’s face when painting Our Lady and Jesus, for this very reason.

Both Our Lady and her Divine Son have been imagined by artists for two thousand years.  But what did they really look like?  Is there any way to know?  Today on A Good Habit we will be talking about an ancient relic, which is not without controversy, which may tell us what Jesus actually looked like: The Shroud of Turin.  We will be joined by Jose Juan Garrigo, director of the Shroud Exposition which has been touring the US and is currently in San Antonio.  Please tune in to learn more about the history of the Shroud of Turin, and how science continues to unlock the mystery behind it.  And make time to visit the Shroud Expo while it’s here in town, it’s a great preparation for Holy Week.

St. Joseph the Faithful

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Today we celebrate the feast day of the good and great Saint Joseph.

In a society that has such need of true father figures, Saint Joseph stands before us, strong, silent, unassuming, humble. He is a gentle protector of the most vulnerable and powerless, a man of honor, true to his word, faithful to the Word made flesh, his foster Son Jesus.

There are many films out about super heroes who come to the rescue, but Saint Joseph is the real thing! Powerful in his humility and faithfulness, he truly watches and waits to assist and help us by his intercession. Saint Teresa of Avila could not have said it better:

 “Would that I could persuade all men to be devoted to this [St. Joseph], for I know by long experience what blessings he can obtain for us from God.  I have never known anyone who was truly devoted to him and honored him by particular services who did not advance greatly in virtue: for he helps in a special way those souls who commend themselves to him. It is now very many years since I began asking him for something on his feast, and I have always received it. If the petition was in any way amiss, he rectified it for my greater good . . . I ask for the love of God that he who does not believe me will make the trial for himself-then he will find out by experience the great good that results from commending oneself to this glorious Patriarch and in being devoted to him . . .” Autobiography, VI, 11-12

Let us turn this day to Saint Joseph and ask his prayers for us. For if God himself chose him to protect and keep the two persons nearest to His heart, then surely we can entrust our petitions and needs to this great saint!

Prayer of Confidence in Saint Joseph 

With childlike confidence I present myself before thee, O holy Joseph, faithful foster-father of Jesus! I beg thy compassionate intercession and support in this, my present necessity: [name your petition]

I firmly believe that thou art most powerful near the throne of God, Who chose thee for the foster-father of His well-beloved Son, Jesus Christ. O blessed Saint, who saved that Treasure of Heaven, with His virginal Mother, from the fury of His enemies, who with untiring industry supplied His earthly wants and with paternal care accompanied and protected Him in all the journeys of His childhood, take me also, for the love of Jesus, as thy child.

Assist me in my present difficulty, with thy prayers before God, One word from thee will move Him by thy powerful intercession.

Good St. Joseph, I pray thee by the burning love thou hadst for Jesus and Mary upon earth, console me in my distress and present my petition, through Jesus and Mary, before the Throne of God!

Prayer of Saint Joseph 

Blessed Joseph, husband of Mary, be with us this day. You protected and cherished the Virgin; loving the Child Jesus as your son, you rescued Him from danger of death. Defend the Church, the household of God, purchased by the blood of Christ.

O Saint Joseph, foster-father of our Lord Jesus Christ and true spouse of Mary the Virgin, pray for us.

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11025766_10153087494073544_4290845549101788001_nHello everyone!  It’s day two of the Spring Share-a-thon and we will be on the air at 10am to help support Catholic Radio.  If you have been inspired, helped, encouraged or educated about your faith through the Guadalupe Radio Network, then please call in and made a donation to help keep Christ and His Word on the airwaves.  Catholic radio is not possible without your prayers and material support.  We look forward to hearing from you this morning! Call 1-800-476-3311. Today anyone who pledges at least $30 a month for a year will be entered in the contest to win a new laptop!

Discover Your Sacred Story

tumblr_mhwetq3sCl1rrutr7o1_400Don’t you just love it when God keeps reminding us of something everywhere we turn.  Yesterday the Holy Father announced an extraordinary holy year, a Jubilee Year of Mercy. This morning during the Office of Readings we couldn’t help but smile at the second reading from St. Gregory of Nazianzen, which was all about mercy:

The Lord of all asks for mercy, not sacrifice, and mercy is greater than myriads of fattened lambs. Let us then show him mercy in the persons of the poor and those who today are lying on the ground, so that when we come to leave this world they may receive us into everlasting dwelling places, in Christ our Lord himself, to whom be glory for ever and ever. 

And then the Gospel at Mass confirmed it again as we heard the publican’s humble prayer “God, be merciful to me, a sinner.”

The holy year will be organized by the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization because, the Holy Father says, it is the mission of the Church to bring everyone to the Gospel of Mercy.  Truly, to encounter Mercy is to encounter Christ, Who is Mercy itself.  The devil lies to us, telling us that our mistakes and the sins we have committed throughout our lives have the final word.  The truth is Christ has the final word, and it is a word of mercy – if we are willing to accept it and turn from sin.

But how can we tell others of the renewing power of God’s mercy if we ourselves haven’t experienced it?  We can’t.  Everyone’s life has been touched by the merciful love of God, Continue reading

Mercy and Forgiveness

640px-Pompeo_Batoni_003It feels a little strange to say “happy Friday” in Lent, but today is actually a day to celebrate, at least, celebrate while still keeping the proper spirit of this penitential season.  Friday the 13th need not always have negative connotations.  Today is the second anniversary of the election of Pope Francis, and today marks the beginning of “24 Hours for the Lord,” an initiative of the Pope to encourage everyone to go to confession and encounter the God of Mercy Who seeks to heal our wounds and restore our broken hearts with His grace.  He also announced today that a special Jubilee Year of Mercy will begin Continue reading

Jesus cleanses our hearts with mercy

Can you believe we’re already beginning the Third Week of Lent?  Sometimes it passes so quickly that it’s over before you find your Lenten “groove”.  As we approach the midway point of this season it’s a good time to re-evaluate our Lenten practices.  Have we been faithful to prayer, fasting, and almsgiving thus far?  Do we need to make some changes – either step things up a notch, or dial them down because we’ve set up unrealistic expectations?

Cleansing_the_temple2In his Angelus address Pope Francis spoke about the Gospel we heard at Mass today, Jesus cleansing the temple. As we examine our hearts today let’s remember that Jesus is the one to cleanse our hearts of all the idols and vices that want to crowd God out.  The Holy Father tells us that when we invite Jesus to cleanse our hearts He will do it with mercy and tenderness.  Here is his Angelus Address for today:

Dear brothers and sisters, Good morning!

Today’s Gospel today presents the episode of the expulsion of the vendors from the temple (Jn 2: 13-25). Jesus ‘made a whip out of cords and drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and oxen’ (Jn 2:15), the money, everything. This gesture aroused strong reactions, in the people and in the disciples. Clearly, it appeared as a Continue reading