On this Wednesday, Father Koys returns, along with former guest on the show, Juliana Taimoorazy, who is a part of the Iraqi Christian Relief Council, who as you may remember she was born in Iran and smuggled here when she was 16, dealing with so much trouble, tragedy, and turmoil in her past. With all the tragedy that is happening to Christians in the Middle East, she shares once again her personal history of how she got into the United States, traveling all over the world to avoid being caught, and her family and country as well, relating to the current holocaust going on over in the Middle East as the show has been centered on much. Juliana shares some of the brutal and rough history between Iran and Iraq in the past few years with the war that has been happening over there, not just now but from as far back as the 1970's. Juliana shares more of the hardships she and others have been dealing with and she, as well as others are horrified by what is happening to her people every single day, encouraging everyone to do something about this holocaust going on in order to bring this tragedy to an end, saving many lives. Father Koys, along with Christina and Tony offer their opinions on this and they feel the same way as Juliana. Juliana implores and encourages everyone to visit her organizations web site, in order to help in any way possible and in doing so, can help out a lot and end this crisis, visit online at http://www.iraqichristianrelief.org. Also, with this crisis in mind, the conversation turns toward what the United States has been doing in terms of helping out to end this holocaust, bringing up once again Religious Freedom here.
Today is a very special Tuesday here on the Winds Of Change for on today's show Father Anthony, Christina, and Tony are joined by Father Fawaz Kako, a Chaldean Catholic Priest from Mart Mariam and Ashley Collins from the Office of Peace and Justice for the Archdiocese of Chicago. Father Anthony also points out Friday is going to be a special prayer mass conducted and sponsored by the Office Of Peace and Justice in Chicago, especially with the holocaust going on in the Middle East. One thing to point out that starts off the show to a good and funny start, is that Ashley Collins is a man (not a woman) and talk about how he got his name, but also Ashley points out what the Office of Peace and Justice has been doing to help those in the Middle East. Being born and raised in Iraq, Father Kako shares some things about not only himself and family, but readings related to what is going on there and history behind some of it too, as well as what he as a Chaldean Catholic Priest is, does, and even has been doing with this current situation. After the first break, Father Kako talks more about the holocaust in the Middle East and Father Anthony points out a documentary the he saw about this, bringing up their saying of "We would die rather than give up our land" expressing that they have a love for their land that is very strong and Father Kako comments on this, as well as Ashley commenting on what can be done. Father Kako and Ashley Collins continue to share with Father Anthony their feelings and concerns and things that are happening to those suffering in the Middle East and express what can be done.
Welcome back everyone to the show, on the start of this last week of August and Father Anthony shares not only the stress and distress, but also the heat today for everyone since summer is ending and seems to be the hottest day or start of the hottest week and humid too. The heat started over the weekend and some places not having any air conditioning going, such as the St Stans school and church, with Father Anthony talking about hot Masses held and weddings too. The idea of heat and hot days is being felt, leading to many memories of days like that, such as Tony's wedding and memories/stories shared by Christina and Father Anthony. Speaking of hot topics, Father Anthony continues his discussion from last week, continuing the horrible holocaust going on in the Middle East and the things we should be doing to help, such as upcoming masses and guests this week to help out with this, as well as explaining similarities and differences between Islam and Christianity. After the first week, Father Anthony shares with us 17 things about the United States that people might not know about, including much on religious beliefs here in the United States. With much going on outside, possibly due to the rain as Producer Nick states later on, the show tries to be light and Father Anthony brings up a previous subject from a show by Father Koys, C.G. Chesterton. However, due to the heat and humidity, it seems to be draining Father Anthony and almost everyone towards the end of the show, but still in good spirits today, asking questions to Christina and Tony.
Once again TGIF everyone here on the Winds Of Change and the gang's all here, for Gerri is here for her usual Friday visit to the show and once again Father Anthony has much to talk about, so much it's always hard to fit it all in during the show's hour. To start off, Father Anthony talks a bit more about what is going on in the Middle East and the holocaust going on and on a lighter note, brings up the recent Masses he has conducted recently, in terms of giving our lives to Christ and having a relationship with the Lord. However, Father Anthony continues his discussion of Islam and how people pay more attention to things going on in pop culture and not really what is happening, making them seem a bit naive maybe, possibly enslaved to things, especially the be-heading of James Foley in the Middle East being one of the many horrific things going on there. With all this going on, Father Anthony points out that a stand should be taken, especially from articles he has been ready about these tragedies going on, that we have a responsibility to take a stand, including what the Pope has said about this in order to stop this and stop the aggression. He also talks about upcoming guests and events going on for the show and at St Stans. After the second break, Father Anthony talks about the Pope talking about memory and remembering where we as a people come from, reflecting on what has been talked about.
Father Anthony is back today after Father Koys was on yesterday and joined by Christina and Tony today and TGIAF today since it's Thursday. With it being a kind of gloomy day in Chicago, the end of August is approaching and through the predictions of an almanac that Father Anthony read, it's possible that another really cold winter is coming this year. However, Father Anthony feels that he is all over the place on the show today, with so much on his mind. But, he talks once again on Islam, mentioning his copy of the Koran and being a very hard book to decipher or at times, as well as the recent holocaust news from the Middle East, especially with the recent tragic be-headings there, leading to a serious discussion bringing in manipulation and the media and gruesome things going on, in particular to children in the Middle East. Father Anthony talks about the history briefly on Islam, but also in terms of how everything seems to have changed due to what is happening over in the Middle East with all the suffering. Being an expert in this, Father Anthony talks more on his experiences in talking about Islam, as well as knowing people who either are or converted to Islam and other experiences, which raises the questions: "Where are we? Where are we going?" and others with these terrible tragedies going on.
Father Thomas Koys joins us once again on this beautiful Wednesday here in Chicago, with Father Koys trying to be optimistic as he can be and he brings up one of his favorite books by G.K.Chesterton, Orthodoxy, that talks about optimism. Father Koys as usual starts off or continues the show talking about history, in particular one man he has brought up many times, one of his favorite figures, John Adams, along the lines of the historical times with the development of America with the 13 colonies first and religious freedom and the American Revolution, in reference to what is going on in St Louis. He also uses John Adams or what he is talking about with him on the line of suicide once again. Also during this discussion, Father Koys raises the idea about having our loyalty in God in terms of relation to our loyalty to our nation as well, also including paragraphs from the book he talked about in the beginning of the show today. Also marriage and brides come up during this discussion as well, with some interesting comparisons, with Chestertons book coming up along these lines with not only our love for God, but our love for our Land, in terms of nations and countries.
The rain is falling as Producer Nick points out at the start of the show, but everyone is feeling pretty good, with Tony "living for the dark days" he jokingly says. Father Anthony continues his discussion from yesterday on the question of what a person must do to obtain eternal life, with more that probably didn't make it's way into discussion yesterday. Shifting gears, Father Anthony, along with Christina and Tony share stories related to this and experiences going on with this previous discussion in mind. After the second break, the discussion turns to more fun stories, with more on past and present things going on. One thing Father Anthony sends (as well as all of us here at Winds Of Change) send out our thoughts and prayers to those who suffered in stories told about tragic events recently. Father Anthony also shares with all of us an interview recently done with Pope Francis as well, talking about his recent activities and things asked about him with what he has been doing. Towards the end of the show, a member of the St Stans Soup Kitchen comes in and talks about what has been happening in there, as well as jokingly scaring Father Anthony.
On this very "Monday" of a day, everyone is in studio today and everyone is doing ok with everyone talking about their weekends and things going on too. Father Anthony provides us with knowledge of all of us dealing with our struggles and be optimistic and hopeful when dealing with our struggles and stress, and with the help of God, light comes out of darkness and hope arrives. Reflecting on this is the readings from this mornings Masses, connecting that we, as a whole "family" in the eyes of God, all deal with stress and help each other in these times of struggle if not suffering or not only suffering. This raises questions asked by Father Anthony, providing possible answers from Tony and Christina, as well as Father Anthony providing words that give comfort on this, also stories of various experiences shared by everyone. Along these lines, Father Anthony let's us know what is in store for us, that is what God helps us with, as well as when in the afterlife and knowing that we received God's love and purification, acknowledging Heaven and Hell are places, where our actions determine where with go, as well as our faith.
TGIF again loyal listeners and today is the Feast of the Assumption, as Father Anthony starts off the show discussing its importance and meaning and promises to talk about it throughout the hour. The gang's all here today, reminding of previous days of the past with Father Anthony joined by Christina, Gerri, and Tony today and the feeling is special (as always) when everyone in here, with Father Anthony getting coffee for Gerri this morning, with Producer Nick chiming in. Unfortunately, the feeling brings many funny moments on this Freaky Friday or Good Friday today. At the start of the show, Gerri talks about how she's been doing since she's been coming in mostly on Friday's due to her being away for sometime since she wasn't feeling well, and relates to being "full of yourself" as Father Anthony says. The discussion leads to what was discussed yesterday on the Pope visiting South Korea, and brings up the idea/concept/fact that people there, as well as due to the sign of the times today, being workaholics and dealing with the light and dark in our lives. As promised, Father Anthony talk about the Pope still visiting South Korea explaining what he has been doing and some things for the first time, as well as today being the Feast of the Assumption. The discussion turns toward the kids coming back to school as summer draws once again to a sad close, sad that is because everyone has fun over the summer, with things to remind us about.
TGIAF today everyone and Father Anthony is back, as well as pointing out the Air Show is going on today and proof of that is and was in the sky with the famous Blue Angel Fighter Jets flying around, as everyone is heard and saw them, you loyal listeners also may hear them on the show. Also, kids are getting ready to go back to school soon, with Chirstina saying parents are ready as well as here the St Stans school is getting ready, but sad that summer is almost gone and the school year or year begins again, not counting when the New Year arrives. To start the show, everyone once again reflects from yesterdays show with Robin Williams tragic suicide and suicide in general and dealing with depression, not only in tough times, but for those who deal with people they know that have committed suicide, the aftermath, with Father Anthony addressing many things that might've been missed on yesterdays show. After the first break, Father Anthony goes even further in talking about this serious topic, not only with the aftermath, but what the Church tells/teaches on this, including bringing other famous figures including Princess Diana, Mother Theresa, and Christopher Reeve being influential figures. He also shares how it seems that suicide in the United States has risen very high, with everyone reminding us to "keep the faith" in order to help and be supportive and try to stop people from committing this action in order to survive. On a different, perhaps lighter subject, Father Anthony talks about Pope Francis visiting South Korea this week and what he has been doing there, as well as some interesting things in terms of professions being major or popular there.