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Mary Mary, How does your garden grow? 4//6/17


May, when the the earth springs into bloom, is the month in which we honor our Blessed Mother, Mary. Most Catholics enjoy special Marian devotions during the month. In the Call Me Catholic Countdown, Peggy lists her top five favorite ways to honor Mary in the month of May.
Catholic horticulturist Mike Kirsch has won awards for his landscape work, including his own yard that features a prominent Mary Garden. Mike discusses the history of Mary Gardens, dating back to the 7th century, and the elements that make a Mary Garden authentic, citing the many flowers and plants named after Our Lady.
Gretchen Filz, a Lay Dominican Catholic blogger, joins the conversation and shares her favorite Mary Gardens. She also encourages listeners to craft their own Mary Garden or Marian prayer corner with meaningful elements of nature.


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Finding Faith on the Road – 4/29/17

Lady_of_Consolation,_Carey,_OHWith summer just ahead, vacation plans are underway. How closely do our travel habits resemble the instructions Jesus gave the apostles before sending them out on the road. In the Call Me Catholic Countdown, Peggy shares her family’s top five rules for road trips.

Knight of Malta, Tom Markel and his wife Helene have visited nearly a dozen Marian shrines, run with the bulls in Pamploma, skiied some of the world’s highest peaks, walked the Camino to Santiago de Compostela and explored African wilderness. Tom asserts that wherever they travel, they are pilgrims not tourists – an attitude that has enriched their Catholic faith immeasurably.

World explorers Tom and Helene Markel continue the discussion of how to travel as a pilgrim, not a tourist. Listeners are encouraged to call in with their travel questions or comments.

In Chatting with Catholics, Peggy talks with a couple who experienced a miracle through their visit to Lourdes.


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Following the Apostles’ Footsteps; living in community – 4/22/17


How can we imitate the apostles’ mission to live in community? In the Call Me Catholic Countdown, Peggy lists the top five ways we can live “in community”, even if we live alone.

Annette Walker, CEO for St. Joseph Health, and Christopher Furman, President and CEO of Ventura Foods, a leading global manufacturer of food products, both honorees at this year’s Conference on Business and Ethics in the diocese of Orange, discuss the importance of giving back to the community.


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Holy Holy Holy Saturday! 4/15/17

RessurectionI’ts almost Easter Sunday! In the Call Me Catholic Countdown, Peggy lists the meaning behind her top five symbols of the Easter season.
Norbertine priest Fr. Norbert Wood, O. Praem discusses his order’s new internet series on the saints among us. Titled, “City of Saints”, the series is produced by the Norbertine priests of St. Michael’s Abbey in Southern California and features 7 true inspirational short stories which will be introduced each week during the season of Easter.
Director Charles Kinnane, founder of Kinnane Films, joins the conversation to share what his artistic vision was for “City of Saints” which he directed. He’ll also talk about his highly acclaimed pro-life short film, “Just Keep Swimming” .

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The Drama of Holy Week – 4/8/17

vianney_drama1 Holy Week presents the most “theatrical” scripture readings in our Church calendar.

Actor and director Leonardo Defilippis, founder of St. Luke Productions, talks about his current touring one-man show where he portrays St.John Vianney.

Peggy and Leonardo continue their discussion, exploring the origin of St. Luke Productions, a Catholic theater ministry dedicated to evangelizing and renewing the culture through professional live and media productions. They share “casting notes” for the historical characters we are going to encounter in the dramatic scripture readings for the coming Holy Week liturgies.

In Chatting with Catholics, Peggy takes her microphone to a gathering of parishioners attending a Stations of the Cross service and asks them, “which station of the cross spoke to you tonight?” In the Call Me Catholic Countdown, Peggy discusses the top five ways to engage all five senses in the coming week’s dramatic liturgies.


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The Season of Miracles – 4/1/17


Lenten scripture readings recount the miracles Jesus performed during his public ministry. Miracles continue to be a window into the supernatural power of God. In the Call Me Catholic Countdown, Peggy lists the top five categories of miracles the Church deems worthy of belief.
Sometimes we can be a channel for God’s power to perform small miracles for others. Tristen Seagondollar, Faith Relations Manager for Habitat for Humanity Orange County, joins Fr. Tim Ramaekers, pastor of Corpus Christi Catholic Church in the diocese of Orange, to discuss their innovative collaboration with 15 Catholic parishes in Orange County to sponsor a home to be built for a family in need.
Listeners are invited to call in with their comments or questions for Tristen and Fr. Tim regarding the Catholic-driven home building project Habitat for Humanity is coordinating in Orange County.
In Chatting with Catholics, Peggy takes her microphone to a choir practice at a local Catholic parish and asks the faithful, “have you experienced a miracle in your life?”



Faith in Art – rediscovering the ancient craft of iconography – 3/25/17

Valerie Sinkus The Easter story has served as inspiration to Christian iconography for thousands of years.
Christian iconographer Valerie Sinkus discusses the sacred process of writing an icon. Valerie, a Camaldolese Oblate who practices and teaches this ancient craft, will explore the history of icons and their unique niche in Church art.
Peggy and Valerie continue their discussion of the history and practice of Christian iconography and accept calls from listeners who have questions or comments on the subject.
In the Call Me Catholic Countdown, Peggy lists her top five most profound images from the Passion of Christ.
In Chatting with Catholics, Peggy takes her microphone to a third grade classroom at St. Joseph’s Catholic School and asks the students, “if you could paint a picture of heaven, what would it look like?”