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Epsidoe # 954 - Catholic’s In The Middle East Continued

TGIAF as Father Anthony usually starts as we get closer to the weekend and Friday, but everyone is back today and ready to discuss the stress and distress on the show.  Producer Nick and Tony talk a bit about Batman, because yesterday was Batman Day, celebrating 75 years of him and since his creation, talking about that a bit.  However, Father Anthony brings up babies, children, pregnancy, and abortion due to he has a baby bottle in studio with money given to The Women's Center, for women dealing with difficult pregnancies, relating to things talked about before and brought up recently.  The idea of protection is brought up along these lines in terms of nations and things going on, how the Church has no borders and does so much in terms of help.  With these serious subjects in mind, Father Anthony also brings back on the show, the current situation affecting Christin's in Iraq and the Middle East, bringing up many questions and facts, as well as raising many things bringing back many horrible people from history here on the show and concerning Father Anthony today, along with Christina and Tony.  With all this evil going on, Father Anthony assures us that Good and/or the Church will prevail in these very tough and troubled times and dealing with all the evil in the world.   

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Episode # 953 - American History And The Catholic Church

Due to Father Koys being away in Washington, D.C. this is a rebroadcast from last week, when he informed everyone he would be there.  Thank you.

Father Thomas Koys is back after a week absence on the show, ready to talk once again about topics to make our listeners think and feel good during "the Lunch Hour" Father Koys says.  He brings up many stories from his childhood, in reference to the signs of how times have changed, while on the other had, Family Reunions, which Christina shares more on too, talking about her family and the differences in the generations through the years.  After the discussion of Family Reunions, the topic that Father Koys has to share with all of us deals with American History dealing with the Catholic Church's involvement, but also with one of his very favorite American historical figures, Abraham Lincoln.  He also brings up along these lines, The Tower of Babel here too, while at the same time, Father Koys brings up much with the Catholic Church during Abraham Lincoln's time/presidency, focusing on some people during that time. One particular figure he focuses on Judge Edward Bates, and his influence during this time, some things being a bit more intense than others, including involving different cultures and several issues, such as Native Americans and slavery.      

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Episode # 952 - Gerri Returns And The Signs Of The Times

Happy Tuesday everyone and today is very special because it marks the return of fellow co-hostess on the show, Gerri is back and fills us in on her health, life, and everything else she has been doing in her absence from the show these past few months, as well as today is her birthday, 79 years old.  Another birthday celebrated today loyal listeners is also Prince George, his first birthday of the Royal Couple Prince William and Princess Kate.  Also it's one of the hottest and humid days of the summer of 2014 everyone points out too.  Gerri starts off the show with her being 79 today, talks about the differences of the times she had when she was younger and how things were different in America, some things bringing the jokes today, but how the times have changed over the years, with time moving fast sometimes.  Gerri also talks about her life in general today, with her growing up, her family, things she witnessed/experienced/saw/went through in her life and the differences in what she had and what we have today in the present day.  With these things in mind, Father Anthony brings up the present conflicts going on in the Middle East and around the world related to rough or war and what has been happening to Christians in Iraq, and as yesterday, Father Anthony talks about how God is patient and loving, and will help and guide us. With the world in turmoil as Father Anthony points out, he turns toward the words of St. Ignacius along these lines to provide an idea about what is going on in the world and why we may ask ourselves the question: "Where is God in all this?"      

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Episode # 951 - Chaos In The Times

On this Monday after a fun weekend and everyone is doing pretty good.  The first thing to discuss and Father Anthony thanks all, including Tony and Christina, for coming out to and being/having the Dinner Dance last Friday, talking about the various fun things that went on during the dance.  Tony talks about liking the 80's and talking about the differences of the times because of the dance.  Producer Nick talks about his busy working and fun weekend, for one thing going on a date Saturday and working on the radio Saturday morning and Sunday night.  Because everyone had a great weekend, Father Anthony brings up the 4 things for a good life, or 5,: Faith, Family, Friends, Fervor and possibly Fun as Producer Nick adds.  However, since this Monday has been good, Father Anthony points out that it's been a difficult Monday as well, not only for what is going on around us and the world, but shares with us a story of getting his coffee, reminding him of his trip to Florida recently, amazed how everyone dresses, in particular going on planes and how people dress today.  With all this in mind, Father Anthony feels frustrated with all this going on and stress with it too, asking the question "Where is God in all this?" as well as raising the idea about if God is supposed to be loving and caring for us, why does this all happen.  However, Father Anthony points out that God is aware of things and He is a very patient and merciful God, reinstating our lost faith in Him, if that happens to any of us at times and assuring us that "Good" prevails.        

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Episode # 950 - Guests From England

TGIF everyone and Father Anthony reminds us that a great weekend is on the way, in terms of weather for all of us to enjoy.  Father Anthony starts the show off with the latest news on the flight that went down in Malaysia and how tragic this is, sending all our thoughts and prayers to those would had families involved in yesterday's tragedy.  With this tragedy in mind, Father Anthony talks about how every generation has it's stresses and tragedies and forces that have innocent people go through horrific things, including all of us that live in Chicago.  However, on more positive notes, Father Anthony reminds us about the Dinner Dance going on tonight for all to experience.  He is also joined by not only Christina and Tony today, but special guests: Jim Henseler and Sister  Theressa  of the Community of Our Lady of Walsingham  from England, or to more precise Brentwood in England, here in Chicago for conferences going on, as well as being here in Chicago for the very first time, with Sister Theressa saying what she has been doing here, not only in terms of work but fun activities in this city.  Both Jim and Sister Theressa share with us what their organization has been doing, the work that is conducted, how long they have been active, and everything they try to do to help out people, as well as a little bit about themselves.  With this entire discussion, Father Anthony reminds us that not only is God loving, but a God of history as well to all of us.  For more information on The Community of Our Lady of Walsingham, visit online at: www.walsinghamcommunity.org.    

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Episode # 949 - The Directions We Go Toward Or God Leads Us To

Father Anthony is back, as well as Tony too, returning from his vacation in California and Christina is here on the show today as well and so far, as the show starts, everyone is doing good and ok on this Thursday.  Tony at the beginning of the show talks about his trip to California and how much went on there, visiting his family.  However the discussion turns from joyful, to tragic with discussing the latest news about what has been happening in Ukraine, such as disturbing images of families and children out there dealing with these tough times.  With this in mind, raises the questions/feelings we have during these times for all of us, dealing with stressful and fearful things going on, not only overseas, but with our nation as well.  On a different topic, Father Anthony brings up what Father Koys said yesterday about him going to Washington D.C. soon and some interesting things regarding this, relating to things going on today, leading to the idea of God being around us, as well as we sometimes turn away from Him, allowing us to head in different kinds of directions, with also people having different beliefs.  The discussion continues bringing up several points about God and how we need Him and we need assurance that He's watching us.  Father Anthony mentions something that leads to a future topic of discussion revolving around the fall of the Roman Empire and the Church as well. 

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Episode # 948 - American History And The Catholic Church

Father Thomas Koys is back after a week absence on the show, ready to talk once again about topics to make our listeners think and feel good during "the Lunch Hour" Father Koys says.  He brings up many stories from his childhood, in reference to the signs of how times have changed, while on the other had, Family Reunions, which Christina shares more on too, talking about her family and the differences in the generations through the years.  After the discussion of Family Reunions, the topic that Father Koys has to share with all of us deals with American History dealing with the Catholic Church's involvement, but also with one of his very favorite American historical figures, Abraham Lincoln.  He also brings up along these lines, The Tower of Babel here too, while at the same time, Father Koys brings up much with the Catholic Church during Abraham Lincoln's time/presidency, focusing on some people during that time. One particular figure he focuses on Judge Edward Bates, and his influence during this time, some things being a bit more intense than others, including involving different cultures and several issues, such as Native Americans and slavery.      

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Episode # 947 - Long Lasting Life/Love

Everyone can't believe it's Tuesday or as Father Anthony points out that it's close to the Hump Day and also a major start of the show, is the weather this week or at this point in the summer with temperatures going as low as the 40's in the evening and getting cooler during the day, possibly due to the Winter Polar Vortex Producer Nick points out.  Frustration is the subject matter today, with Father Anthony, Christina, Producer Nick, and everyone has or there is so much going  on in the world, leading to frustration in how to deal with all this.  Father Anthony talks tells a story to Christina and to you loyal listeners along these lines, in terms of dealing with things and turning to God for help or guidance, or why God chooses things/us, leading to change.  Another story Father Anthony shares is along the lines of long lasting love and life, with a couple in 2008 and the husband lived to be 105 while she lived to be 105, witnessing several major events in American history, sharing an interview from 2010.  With this story, Christina and Father Anthony discuss further how times have changed since this couples times.  After the second break, Father Anthony talks about Pope Frances recently, talking about his popularity with the world and culture.   

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Episode # 946 - Father Anthony Returns

As the title of today's show says, Father Anthony is back from his trip celebrating his Mother's 80th Birthday with his family and Christina reminds us much going on, such as Tony being away on vacation in California and the latest news about Germany's team in the World Cup going on, Germany being the winners this year.  With Father Anthony gone, Producer Nick and Christina talk about how things went with his absence and today is the Feast of St Kateri Tekakwitha, leading to discuss her and influence on the Church.  Father Anthony also talks about his trip, coming back for one thing being rough arriving during Rush Hour here in Chicago and one of the roughest times to arrive/travel.  Back to the Feast of St. Kateri Tekakwitha, Father Anthony shares history about this woman, being very influential as well as interesting, providing some very good facts about her and what she did and the work she did/conducted in her lifetime and being a Native American, as well as things blamed during her time, such as the bringing of Smallpox by the Catholics brought over.  With all this history, Father Anthony raises the bar on this discussion on today, with people being unable to make it to Church or not feeling Holy lately.      

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Episode # 945 - Spiritual Direction

TGIF everyone and joining us today is fellow guest host that has been on now and again, Mark Kurowski from Benedictine University, who has been on before and happy to be here, joined by Christina today, subbing in for Father Anthony Bush's break.  Today, Mark focuses on Spiritual Direction, with Mark advising you all to visit his Facebook page if you want to take part in this discussion either while listening or after listening to the show, live or podcast, or at: myspiritualadvisor.com.  Touching on this idea of what Spiritual Direction is in terms of it's growing popularity with people, as well as what it is and isn't, and what we should be doing with this or who gives us Spiritual Direction.  Besides all these areas for Spiritual Direction, Mark gives his own personal experiences with the Spiritual Direction he has received, as well as how he got involved with it. To give our loyal listeners an idea of what Spiritual Direction is, it's defined a bit by our relationship with the Holy Spirit and when we have problems, the guidance given here to lead us toward Moral Servitude.  Mark discusses with us after the first break, what Spiritual Direction/Advice isn't, sharing stories about encounters Mark has had, being a Spiritual Director himself, with people going through things and coming to him for this, leading to some very serious subject matter and what a Spiritual Director talks about, does, and gives to a person.  Also, Mark advises everyone, as Father Anthony has done in the past, giving us a brief idea of Spiritual Direction/Advice for all of us listeners, to at least take 2 minutes of your life to listen to God, thereby turning off the radio, TV, cell phone, computer, whatever and take at least 2 minutes to listen to what He has to say.

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