The Daily Refill for Friday, December 17, 2021 (airing throughout the day) features conversations on Saint Colman of Kilmacdaugh; observations of the Catholic Church in Haiti; and the “scarf woman” who is helping women with cancer feel beautiful.

Bishop Baron’s Sermons (airing 7:06-7:21am EST) encourages us to give up the ego-drama. Most of us are stuck in the boring and narrow confines of the ego-drama. Mary is not playing an ego-dramatic game; she is playing a theo-dramatic game. We hear of how she sets out “with haste”—the sign of the saints—and it’s because she knows her mission and her purpose in God’s story.

Catholic Sprouts (airing 7:21-7:28am EST) features tips for the family prating during this Christmas season, using the devotional The Joy of the Incarnation.

Renovo (airing 7:34-7:55am EST) examines Christmas traditions from around the world, such as a Santa as a creepy gnome and kids wait on the shore to get gifts from “wise men” riding horses.

The Daily Mass Readings (airing 8:00-8:06am EST) for Friday, December 17, 2021 are from Genesis 49:2, 8-10; Psalms 72:1-2, 3-4ab, 7-8, 17; and Matthew 1:1-17.

Catholic Bytes (airing 8:14-8:24am EST) begins a discussion on the Gospel of John. But before we start talking about the Gospel of John, we need to turn to the beginning, the creation of the world, as is recounted in Genesis, as John’s Gospel has a rich amount of language and imagery.

On Saint Dymphna’s Playbook (airing 8:24-8:43am EST), Tommy talks about the importance of supporting the mental health of kids and young adults, introduces listeners to Saint James of the Marches, and answers listener questions about how to find healing after an affair, what to do when sitting in silence makes us feel anxious, and how to walk with a child who has questions about gender identity.

On Pints with Aquinas (airing 8:46-10:51am EST), a Catholic and Protestant debate the eucharist. Dr. Steven Nemes received his PhD in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary, where he studied under Professors Oliver Crisp and Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen. He has published a number of articles on a diverse spectrum of philosophical and theological topics. He has been happily married to Rachel for over a year, and he teaches Latin at a preparatory academy in Phoenix, AZ. Dr. Brett Salkeld (pronounced like the past tense of the imaginary verb “to sockle”) is Archdiocesan Theologian for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Regina, where he is responsible for deacon formation. Brett is the author Can Catholics and Evangelicals Agree about Purgatory and the Last Judgment?, How Far Can We Go? A Catholic Guide to Sex and Dating (with Leah Perrault) and, most recently, Transubstantiation: Theology, History, and Christian Unity.

Outside the Walls (airing 10:54-11:55am EST) features a conversation with Deacon Charles Beard, who explores what it means for us to “Prepare the Way of the Lord” in relation to the second coming of Christ. During Advent, we remember Christ’s incarnation and anticipate his second coming.

On this Friday’s episode of Doctor, Doctor (airing 12:00-1:00pm EST), Dr. Michael Manhart, chairman of the Board of Directors of the Couple to Couple League International, talks about the past, present, and future of Natural Family Planning (NFP) including how the science has developed, the ways fertility education helps men and women, and the latest technology for various NFP methods.