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Episode # 1743 – First Friday Of August With Geoff Hammond

As promoted and promised, the First Friday of the month is here and so is Geoff Hammond. He’s very happy to be back with us this month to offer prayers and sayings to God, Jesus, and The Holy Spirit to show our adoration and admiration to Them and how They help us in our lives and bring comfort to us in our times of need. This also allows to show the celebration of the Sacred Heart as well. Today, Geoff focuses on Our Lady’s Fiat at the start of the show and Our Lady Mary. This entire month is dedicated to the Immaculate Heart Of Mary, with Geoff talking about her and her importance (as we all know) but also the celebration of this entire month of August for her and others associated with her during this time, allowing Geoff to talk about some of those in history with her. He also offers serval prayers as he does each First Friday with Mary in mind and others. He also gives background on the Immaculate Heart and history behind it, as well as its importance. He also shares what will be happening on Saturdays this month too. Geoff also offers prayers to Mary in this time and month of August, allowing us to feel closer to her and to pray the Rosary during this time and month. He also offers prayer to seek mercy from God, Jesus, and The Holy Spirit, as well as the Daily Examine he brings every First Friday show. With Mary in mind, Geoff also reminds us to “think about your Mothers” in terms with her, and with many masses going on today, tonight, and the weekend (First Saturday), as well as the month of August with Mary in mind.

 

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Episode #1742 – Tension In The World

Tension is running high it seems on the start of the show, with lot’s to do and talk about, with Father Anthony and Tony here with us again today.  This goes into looking into good and bad things and allow for the “separation of the wheat from the chaff” so to speak with good and bad going on here.  Battling the allergies is a constant struggle for Father Anthony and Tony again this summer, as many Americans are this year.  Father Anthony talks about someone he knew and he felt like a famous celebrity, due to him being famous on the show and a listener.  Father Anthony feels like a public person and not like a celebrity like say actors and musicians, but Tony allows to help on this too.  But the main focus on today is talking about the tension we all feel in our lives, good vs bad, light vs dark, and all others like this. This continues on how God helps us and guides us still, as well as we aren’t perfect, but He is, as well as reminding us of our faith in Him.  This brings to mind the conflict between things we go throughout our lives, not just with God in terms of faith, but all around us and things we need and want.  This also raises more on God both punishing us, as well as forgiving us from Tuesday’s discussion on the show, reminding us of how God helps us, but depending on how bad something is, punishes us, while also forgiving us.  This allows Father Anthony and Tony to discuss knowledge, its differences from other things like wisdom, as well as its importance. This brings up again the “changes” around us in the last few years in America, raising more on knowledge and raises the question of “What are our values?” today.           

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Episode # 1741 – The Songs Of John Denver And Religious Tolerance

Father Koys is back with us and is/was live today on the show after being away due to various reasons.  Tony joins Father Koys again today as usual and they start off the show talking about history, as Father Koys is a fan and student of history as he often says.  He brings up his interview with Will Kruger, but focuses mainly on Religious Tolerance again, explaining how America has or may find it difficult to see it.  Father Koys also continues his discussion from a few weeks back with talking about and having quotes from one of his influential heroes, Larry Schweikart.  First off, Father Koys talks about the upcoming Tribute Concert he, Tony, and Will Kruger talked about before on the show and talk about the songs themselves.  The show takes an environmental turn in talking about nature and pollution due to some of the songs that are mentioned from the Tribute Concert.  With John Denver in mind, Father Koys talks about how many, in this demographic and music type and classification, he brings up the idea of Nerds and Geeks, which also points out the difference between those two types, with the help from Tony and with Producer Nick being a geek too.  This also allows Father Koys to talk about the songs of John Denver because many will be sung and performed at the Tribute Concert.    After discussing John Denver and his music, Father Koys goes into discussing a different subject, as promised, Religious Tolerance and using quotes from Larry Schewikart again to help talk about this particular subject.  This brings up many historical figures from America’s Colonial Era and the formation of America, one in particular; Thomas Jefferson.      

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Episode # 1740 - Back In Action

After a week of reairs, reruns, and retests, Father Anthony is back with us today, along with Tony and very happy to be here.  To start off, the main focus, that seems to be troubling lots of people this summer is allergies and how they have been acting up for Father ANhtony, Tony and everyone.  Another, is that Father Anthony once again talks with Tony on how “Life is work” and there is so much to do and so many problems, allowing us to “unplug” from things, not just in terms of technology, but days of rest and vacations.  This leads to talking about possessions that we have and treasures.  These include, not only our own things we own and have, but also the “pearl” Father Anthony talks about, with God.  From this, Father Anthony talks about his morning routine in terms of lots to do and what he’s done.  Father Anthony is on a roll today with much to mention on this.  He also brings up how his car was reprocessed and talks about that after everything else along the lines of our relationship with God.  Through this, Father Anthony shares some things on sins and sinners on Earth and brings up Good and Evil, as well as God being forgiving to us, with Tony sharing his opinions on this.  This allows Father Anthony to talk about God talking to Moses here, as well as Jesus being brought to us, but also how God not only forgives, but punishes too at times.  This brings up the consequences of things we do and Heaven and Hell here too.  This shares also the signs of the times today.     

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Episode # 1739 - Monday With Mary Interviewing Emily Troscinski

Due to Father Anthony unable to do the show today because of schduling conflicts, as well as Mary FioRito, who usually does the show on Monday's is away too for business, this is a rerun from July 17th, 2017.  Thank you.

Today Mary FioRito is back with us after being away for a little while and live (or was live  earlier) on the show today and today she joined in the studio by Emily Troscinski, the Executive Director at Illinois Right to Life, who happens to be 8 months pregnant in fact too, congratulations. But the main focus these women discuss today is on The Illinois Right to Life organization itself, being one of the oldest organizations in Illinois and both women share the mission statement of Illinois Right to Life, and the work the organization helps out and works with, such as Pro-Life and abortion, suicide, and others.  Emily talks about Planned Parenthood and what Illinois Right to Life has done to help and many women and families.  Another topic the two women discuss, obviously is abortion and what Emily and Mary have done to help on that too.  Another thing is they share their feelings on a recent article written in the Chicago Tribune yesterday on Sunday July 16th.  Emily also talks about the various volunteers and workers for Illinois Right to Life and what it has been like working with them and what they have contributed to the organization.  For more information on Mary FioRito and Emily Troscinski and Illinois Right to Life, visit online at:   

Mary FioRito:   https://eppc.org

Emily Troscinski:  http://illinoisrighttolife.org/

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Episode # 1738 - Getting Through The Struggles Of Life

Due to Father Anthony being away for his treatments, and he's still recovering and doing very well and recovering well, this is another rerun from July 14th.  Thank you.

Flying solo today, Father Anthony is back with us and live (or was live) today on the show, after a few reairs have been going all week since Wednesday and he  has Producer Nick with him and Tony may make it on the show too.  Father Anthony has been swamped with work a lot at Saint Stanislaus Kostka due to Christina out for medical reasons, but resting up and recovering.  Due to all this work related stress, Father Anthony talks about the constant “battle” or the Spiritual Battle we all go through in our lives, as well as hoe Life Itself can be rough and tough, but joyful too.  He also points out ways of dealing with our anger when we get frustrated and stress, ways of avoiding taking out on those we care about and love, and ways to remind us how Life can be tough, but with God and Jesus’s help, we get through the struggles of Life.   He also points out how Saint Stans is working on providing an answering service for callers to call in, to the Church and not the show yet, who are struggling and you could say have private conversations and/or confessions with Father Anthony or share their problems through a voicemail message for Father Anthony to hear and provide console and help for all, as well as put our trust in God.  After the first break, Producer Nick joins the conversation to share his own personal experience in what Father Anthony is talking about today, dealing with all kinds of stress and struggles in Life, but trying to find time to rest and have fun and be with his girlfriend, family, and friends.  With God still in our lives, Father Anthony says He doesn’t put us in the struggles, but He helps us and guides us out of those struggles and redeems and forgives us.     

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Episode # 1737 - What Everyone Likes To Do On Vacation

Due to Father Anthony being away for his treatments, which are going very well and he'll be back next week, this is a rerun from July 6th, as well as August approaching and summer is almost over.  Thank you.

Today, everyone is happy to be here, Father Anthony pointing out that Tony has “cleaned up” and that is clean shaven and looks different Father Anthony says LOL.  Another thing everyone seems to be struggling with Father Anthony points out is this summer’s seasonal allergies and continuing in the health area, Father Anthony talks about a recent video and article he read regarding a trampoline.  After talking about all that, after the first break, summer being the time for many to take vacations, Father Anthony asks, not only Tony and Christina, but everyone the question on what people like to do on vacation.  Father Anthony shares a bit on what he’s done, including his Annual trips to Rome and how he’s prayed, as well as talking about our established relationship with God.  Tony and Christina share their ideas of vacation too.  On a different note, Father Anthony takes the discussion on a more serious area, with the subject of Atheism , due to talking about our Faith and relationship with God and how important He and religion are, turning to it and Him in our dark times and doubtful times, allowing Father Anthony to mention some articles he read.  With this in mind, it leads to a very insightful discussion on Atheism vs the belief in God.  

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Episode # 1735 - A Tale Of Two Tony’s

Due to Father Anthony being away today for his treatments and he is doing well and recovering well too, this is a rebraodcast from July 11th, 2017.  Thank you.  And due to technical problems, this show had to be republished again.  We apologize for any problems.  

Father Anthony and Tony are here today, so we have the Two Tony’s you could say once again today, LOL.  But today, it’s just the boys today, due to Christina being away for medical reasons and recovering well, but out for a while now.   But as stated and the title says, Father Anthony and Tony are with us today and the whole morning has been busy, so much going on and unfortunately some of it bad, besides Christina out and recovering, last week Deacon Miguel Garcia passed away and the wake and funeral were last week, with Father Anthony and Tony talking about him and sharing many wonderful memories of him.  With all that going on, the Tony’s try to figure out what to discuss today, and first choice is once again the readings from this morning and Father Anthony reflects on the “burden” of being a Priest.  Father Anthony also points out that he and Producers Nick and Armand are working on bringing in people or inviting people to call in to the show in the future (for further details, tune in to further shows and podcasts) to talk to Father Anthony.  He also talks to Tony about how when he’s on the radio, he changes his personality, not in a vocal sense, but how when on the show, he’s more vocal, but when with other priests, he may be quieter at times.  With all this in mind, Father Anthony assures us God guides and helps us through our struggles and troubles, as well as provides us with joy. This brings up the previous subject from other radio discussions, once again on how Life itself is hard, with the world being in a strange place, with Father Anthony and Tony talking about recent and previous tragedies going on in the world, allowing for the topic of being joyful and tragic to be brought up and both Spiritual Combat and the Spiritual Battle Father Anthony always talks about.  Today is the Feast of Saint Benedict today too and Father Anthony reads from his writings too, bringing up the topic of Hell.       

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Episode # 1736 – Interview With Will Kruger

It’s Wednesday and Father Koys is back with us after being away last week for a bit.  He is very happy to be here with Tony on the program and as always in the mood for “brain wrinkling” today and he opens the show with talking about guests or potential guests he hopes to have on the show, one is Vickie Thorn, who is a keynote speaker for Pro-Life and going to be speaking this weekend as well on abortion and Pro-Life.  This bring up how some might feel guilty in many aspects of this subject too, not just in terms of those who decide to have an abortion, but also those who take part in it or the doctors who perform it.  Father Koys also mentions her talk on “the biology of attraction” on a different subject here, as well as talking about the mothers who carry the baby during pregnancy and the delivery with some interesting facts and fascinating ideas on this in terms of a scientific and cellular level, including you could say the mother and child relationship too.  During the second half of the show, Father Tom Koys is proud to introduce his guest on the show, Will Kruger, a musican and singer, who he met at his 60th birthday party and is a singer and new friend of Father Koys.  Along with Tony, these three talk about the songs he sung recently, many cultural ones and famous ones done by others like John Denver, but also shares fun times when they met.  Father Koys also has some of his songs on the show too and talks to Will on why and how he came up with the songs, as well as movies they are in.  With Will and his songs on the show, Father Koys and Tony talk to him and ask him more on how inspirational Will’s music and songs are, as well as how people can relate to things in the lyrics.  Also, this brings up the Generation Gap that has been mentioned several times in society, in terms of how different music is today and how people have various and/or different tastes in music.  Two songs played on the show are: Oh God Where Are You and Sing Your Symphony Well.  This allows Will to talk about where he came up with the ideas and lyrics for the songs too and talk about the generation gap again and explain how powerful music is and can be at times.  For more informaiton on Will Kruger and his upcoming shows and performances, including the upcoming tribute he and Tony and Father Koys talk about, visit online at: 

http://www.willkruger.com/   

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Episode # 1734 - Discussing The Illinois Budget Crisis

Due to being National News and in the news for the state and back by popular demand, this is a rerun from July 10th, 2017.  Thank you.

It’s Monday again and Mary FioRito joins us as the hostess today on Monday July 10, 2017 and with her again is a recurring guest, Bob Gilligan of the Catholic Conference of Illinois again.  With so much to talk about, one of the main focuses is State Politics, which concerns many things, including that Bob Gilligan needs to pay attention to much of this, down in Springfield for one thing.  One big subject is the Illinois Budget Crisis that has been in then news and has become National News, with Bob talking about for those that may not be too familiar with what happened, but Bob brings up the key facts that the state decided to vote and choose regarding how to fix Illinois’s budget crisis. This includes many concerns politicians and people have in terms of tax increases and pressure and struggles that many now face.  Bob and Mary talk about what the politicians had to face when dealing with this situation.  One of the major concerns Mary and Bob have with this is the decisions to help stabilize this crisis and try to fix it, but how the decisions, as stated before, is how these decisions affect people, including several of the church programs that Mary and Bob help out and work with. This also affects schools, families, and the church itself with new tax increases and possibly more financial problems.  Bob also provides facts on how the budget may seem alright, but perhaps there may be other problems or possible problems.  However, Bob Gilligan provides for Mary and everyone listening and the entire state of Illinois, some solutions that are positive and provide much help, not only to Catholic Schools and Public Schools, but the church and Illinois citizens.  On a different subject, is the discussion for certain bills passed in Illinois recently, some dealing with abortion and Pro-Life issues.  For more on Mary FioRito and Bob Gilligan and their discussion regarding the Illinios Budget Crises, visit online at:              

 Mary FioRito: https://eppc.org

 Bob Gilligan-http://www.ilcatholic.org.

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