The Daily Refill for Thursday, December 23, 2021 (airing throughout the day) features conversations on Saint Thorlac; wo babies that survived a tornado in a bathtub; and a young girl’s letter to Santa.

On They That Hope (airing 7:06-7:32am EST), Deacon Bob gives a spoiler-free review of the new Spider-Man movie, talks about gift of hope given to us at Christmas, and closes with a new song. Also, Father Dave’s dad passed away this week, so please keep the Pivonka family in your prayers.

Catholic Sprouts (airing 7:37-7:44am EST) features prayer on the Incarnation for Thursday, December 23, 2021.

Bishop Robert Baron’s Sermons (airing 7:44-7:57am EST) discusses that families teach us that we don’t always get to choose the people we love, but we’re given people that we’re then called upon to love. On this Feast of the Holy Family, let’s meditate upon the importance of this calling.

The Daily Mass Readings (airing 8:03-8:06am EST) for Thursday, December 23, 2021 are from Malachi 3:1-4, 23-24; Psalms 25:4-5ab, 8-9, 10 and 14; and Luke 1:57-66.

Poco a Poco (airing 8:15-9:08am EST) features a discussion on imaginative prayer. Maybe you’ve heard about the nativity scene plenty, and seen it depicted endlessly. Do you really think you’ve entered as deeply into that mystery as you can? There’s more – the Holy Spirit is never exhausted. It’s the same with all of Scripture. This isn’t a collection of abstract ideas; these are stories of real people, and these stories can bring us into real relationship. How can these stories become personal? A type of lectio divina emphasized by St Ignatius of Loyola: imaginative prayer. Meditating on Scripture this way, using human imagination and with God’s grace, can lead to encountering these stories on a different level. Put yourself in the nativity scene. Pray with Mary and Joseph and the wise men. Let God reveal more to you.

Blessed is She (airing 9:11-9:27am EST) discusses moving from bitter to sweet, as the crib and the cross change everything.

Father Daniel Scheidt’s Homilies (airing 9:27-9:40am EST) is from Sunday, December 19, 2021 – the Fourth Sunday in Advent.

 

The Cordial Catholic Podcast (airing 9:45-10:56am EST) features a conversation with Doctor John Bergsma, biblical theologian, professor, author, and Catholic convert, to talk about how to read the Bible like a Catholic, from the heart of the Church. Beginning by digging into Dr. Bergma’s wonderful conversion journey – as a Protestant pastor and biblical theologian, he decided to become Catholic – and, from there, discuss how the Catholic Church understands, interprets, and makes use of the Bible. And how it was originally meant to be used. Contrasted with how Dr. Bergsma understood and taught from the Bible as a Protestant pastor – and we dig into how we, as Catholic, can understand it’s place in the Liturgy and the Church today!

On The Counsel of Trent (airing 10:59-11:20am EST), it’s the holiday season so in this Free-for-all-Friday Trent reveals his top three most and least favorite holidays.

The text of the O Antiphons that aired 11:20-11:22am EST can be found here:

https://www.usccb.org/prayers/o-antiphons-adv

On Living Stones (airing 11:28-11:55am EST), Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers and Ken Hallenius continue their discussion on the United State’s Conference of Catholic Bishop’s (USCCB’s) new document titled “The Mystery of the Eucharist in the Life of the Church.”

Short Catholic (airing 11:55-11:57am EST) features Jimmy Mitchell and community.

At the Table with Patrick Lencioni (airing 12:00-12:20pm EST) discusses that, in the war for talent, the best defense isn’t money. Pat and Cody discuss employee retention through employee engagement, and three easy ways to create an environment that nobody wants to leave.

This Thursday’s episode of Building Through Him (airing 12:23-1:00pm EST) features a discusion on the heights of the Holy Spirit. The Lord is inviting us to recognize the enemy’s covert attacks, claim God’s Truth, and reach for Him. Claim the name of Jesus, the goodness of our God, and heights of the Holy Spirit.