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Catholic Connection – May 7, 2014 – Hour 2

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The Romance of Religion: Fighting for Goodness, Truth, and Beauty

  • Description: Press release -- C. S. Lewis said that Christianity works on us like every other myth, except it is a myth that really happened. Dwight Longenecker grabs this idea and runs with it, showing that the Christian story is the greatest story ever told because it gathers up what is true in all the fantasy stories of the world and makes them as solid, true, and real as a tribe of dusty nomads in the desert or the death of a carpenter-king. In The Romance of Religion, Longenecker calls for the return of the romantic hero—the hero who knows his frailty and can fight the good fight with panache, humor, and courage. Conflict and romance are everywhere in the story of Christ, and our response is to dust off our armor, don our broad-brimmed hats, pick up our swords, and do battle for Christ with confidence, wonder, and joy. (Originally aired February 3, 2014)
  • Segment Guests:
    • Fr. Dwight Longenecker

      Dwight Longenecker has served as a parish priest, a chaplain at Kings College, Cambridge and a country parson on the Isle of Wight. Dwight has written sixteen books and countless articles for websites, magazines, and papers in the USA and Britain. His blog, Standing on My Head, has been voted one of the top religious blogs in the country. He holds a degree in theology from Oxford University and currently serves a local parish in Greenville, SC.

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150 North American Martyrs You Should Know

  • Description: "In this compelling new book, Brian O' Neel tells the stories of martyrs associated with North America. Some are from other countries and died in their attempts to spread the faith on this continent. Some were born on this continent but died doing missionary work in other lands. Some were individual martyrs, and some were part of an heroic group. Some were “white martyrs" who, although they did not shed their blood for the faith, suffered much for the spread of their faith." (Originally aired March 3, 2014)
  • Segment Guests:
    • Brian O'Neel

      Brian O' Neel is a frequent guest on the EWTN and Relevant Radio networks. A writer and editor, Brian lives in Pennsylvania with his wife and six children. He is the author of "39 New Saints You Should Know" and "Saint Who? 39 Holy Unknowns." As a journalist, he has written over 150 articles for mostly Catholic periodicals. For 15 years, Brian also worked in politics on several US and state Senate races, on Capitol Hill, and in the California State Legislature, where he focused on pro-family and budget issues. It was in his capacity as a political aide and writer that Brian helped write the third to last speech ever given by late President Ronald Reagan.

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150 North American Martyrs You Should Know

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St. Peter's Bones How the Relics of the First Pope Were Lost and Found... and Then Lost and Found Again

  • Description: "In this fascinating account of the search for the remains of the world's first pope, none other than Peter, the chief apostle of Jesus, Thomas J. Craughwell takes us on one of the most exciting archaeological finds of the twentieth century. In 1448 a team of architects and engineers brought Pope Nicholas V unhappy news: the 1,100-year-old Basilica of St. Peter suffered from so many structural defects that it was beyond repair. The only solution was to pull down the old church--one of the most venerable churches in all of Christiandom--and erect a new basilica on the site. Incredibly, one of the tombs the builders paved over was the resting place of St. Peter." (Originally aired March 4, 2014)
  • Segment Guests:
    • Thomas Craughwell

      THOMAS J. CRAUGHWELL is the author of Saints Behaving Badly, Saints Preserved, This Saint Will Change Your Life, and Pope Francis: The Pope from the End of the Earth. Every month he writes a column on patron saints for Catholic diocesan newspapers. He has also written about saints for the Wall Street Journal, St. Anthony Messenger, and Catholic Digest and has discussed saints on CNN and EWTN. His book, Stealing Lincoln's Body, was made into a two-hour documentary on the History Channel.

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St. Peter's Bones How the Relics of the First Pope Were Lost and Found... and Then Lost and Found Again

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