The Daily Refill for Friday, December 31, 2021 (airing throughout the day) features conversations on the Feast of the Holy Innocents; when the twelve Days of Christmas are; and five quotes from Pope Francis’ Christmas Letter to families.
Bishop Baron’s Sermons (airing 1:06-1:21am EST) discusses if science is opposed to faith. The supposed warfare between religion and science is assumed by a lot of young people who disaffiliate from the Church today. But the Magi followed both science and religion, and on the basis of their calculations, journeyed to present Christ with gifts. Their science didn’t lead them away from God but led them toward faith.
Renovo (airing 1:26-1:48am EST) features a discussion on symbols and the Sign of the Cross, answering questions such as, what were the symbols of early Christianity and their meaning? And, where did the Sign of the Cross come from?
The Daily Mass Readings (airing 1:54-1:58am EST) for Friday, December 31, 2021 are from First John 2:18-21; Psalms 96:1-2, 11-12, 13; and John 1:1-18.
On Saint Dymphna’s playbook (airing 2:07-2:25am EST), Tommy talks about the new mental health startup led by Simone Biles, introduces listeners to Saint Sabbas, and answers listener questions about how to find peace when we still haven’t found our vocation, how to know when a spouse isn’t interested in rebuilding a relationship, and how to work through irrational and baseless fears about our spouse cheating on us.
Ave Spotlight (airing 2:25-2:50am EST) features a conversation with psychologist Julia Sadusky, who discusses what she has learned about gender identity through her research and clinical practice. Sadusky shares helpful tips on talking about gender, and most importantly, on how to listen well. She helps to answer the question, how can we walk with loved ones struggling with gender dysphoria and stay true to the Catholic faith?
Blessed is She (airing 2:53-3:27am EST) features a discussion on the importance of slowing down, and paying attention to your life. Have you been feeling the pressure to get it all done, figure it all out, do it all perfectly – even in prayer? You weren’t made for stress and overly committed schedules, you were made for rest. And if you’ve been feeling exhausted, discouraged, or frazzled, consider this your sign to scale back all of the doing and learn to just be.
Cordial Catholic (airing 3:32-4:54am EST) features a conversation with author, podcaster, and Catholic convert Haley Stewart to talk about her experience converting to Catholicism. On a search for a liturgically minded church, and through reading the Early Church Fathers, Haley and her husband Daniel, became interested and then deeply immersed in the Catholic Church. Their story is one of starting a family, finding a new faith, and the challenges and graces that come as a result of trusting in Christ, and the journey.
Building Through Him (airing 5:03-5:55am EST) features the speech given by Meg Hunter-Kilmer at the 2021 Kingdom Builders Conference.
Doctor, Doctor (airing 6:00-7:00am EST) features anesthesiologist Dr. Bill Perez, who gives an inside look at what it’s like to put people to sleep, including why he chose the field, the most rewarding and most difficult aspects of his work, the biggest misconceptions, and how his faith has been his guide.
The Daily Refill for Monday, December 27, 2021 (airing throughout the day) features conversations on the total number of Catholic Saints; the crisis in Venezuela that has brought many people closer to the Church; and the formally homeless man whom the Vatican hired to paint two of its Christmas stamps.
Catholic Games (airing 9:06-9:19am EST) features Jenna and Kelsey from Blessed Is She playing a game involving quotes from women.
On Pints with Aquinas (airing 9:25-10:25am EST), Father Pine is back with another Q&A, this week focusing on the surprisingly deep question: “Why does God love Mary so much?”.
The Popecast (airing 10:30-11:20am EST) features a conversation with Father Harrison from Clerically Speaking, who is writing his doctoral thesis on Pope Benedict XVI. Matt and he discuss why Pope Benedict XVI is just as important to the average person in the pews as he is to the great Catholic intellectual tradition as a whole.
Renovo (airing 11:26-11:51am EST) features a conversation on the Old Testament prophet Elijah: how doe he effect us today?
Follow to Lead (airing 11:54am-12:45pm EST) features a conversation with Jeff Cavins, well known author, speaker and Bible teacher; a MA in Theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville and is best known as the creator and founder of the popular Great Adventure Bible Study series published by Ascension Press. He shares about his coming back to the Catholic faith, his ministry as well as the current landscape of the Church and Catholic Education in the United States.
On Saint Dymphna’s Playbook (airing 12:51-1:11pm EST), Tommy talks about the power of forgiveness and what to consider when searching for a new therapist, introduces listeners to Saint Angela of Foligno, and answers listener questions about how to cope with a fear of death and loss, how to come back to the Church after an abusive relationship and a loss of one’s Catholic community, and how to see God as a loving father when our own fathers here on earth have hurt us.
Godsplaining (airing 1:14-1:51pm EST) features a conversation with Father Gregory Pine and Father Patrick Briscoe, as they unpack forgiveness for Christian living. On the cross, Jesus prays for his persecutors saying, “Father, forgive them, they know not what they do.” Forgiveness is a Gospel imperative, it’s part and parcel of Christian life.
Church Life Today (airing 1:54-2:21pm EST) features a conversation with Isaac Sullivan, a recent high school graduate from Lafayette, Indiana. He has been paying attention to what we have all seen elsewhere when a group of people get together in public: they’re technically together, but not really. They are all separately engaged with their phones.
The Sandwich Generation (airing 2:24-3:00pm EST) features a discussion on play with William Schmitt. What do we do – when everything that needs to get done – is done? Celebrate the season by being more playful with your loved ones! There are few things more important in life. Play can be an effective way to bring the generations closer together.
The Daily Refill for Thursday, December 30, 2021 (airing throughout the day) features conversations on the Holy Family; five things you might not know about January 1st; and how to find more peace in the new year.
Being Human with Dr. Greg Bottaro (airing 3:06-3:25pm EST) features discussions on why New Years resolutions will fail, and how to actually succeed in your resolutions this year.
On You Were Born For This with Fr. John Riccardo (airing 3:30-3:50pm EST), Father John and Mary break open one of the most amazing stories they’ve ever heard about the power of God’s Divine Mercy and why we should never lose hope.
CNA Newsroom (airing 3:56-4:26pm EST) features conversations on celebrating Christmas in prison, the South Pole, and in space.
Poco a Poco (airing 4:32-5:17pm EST) features a conversation on ending the year well. As you look back on 2021, there are probably loose ends—struggles, situations—that haven’t been resolved. It’s easy to wish that everything would just make sense, but sometimes it just doesn’t. There’s great mystery in it all. But we have a great model in sitting before mystery: Mary, Mother of God. Mary experienced incredible mystery in her life, and throughout it all, she sat before this mystery and pondered these things in her heart. Like Mary, we have the chance to trust the Lord and say “yes” to the new year, even without knowing what is to come or fully understanding the last year. There’s a lot we don’t know… but we know that God loves us. And as long as we’re with him, it’s going to be ok.
Short Catholic (airing 5:20-5:22pm EST) features a conversation with Chris Padgett, who says that being faithful doesn’t mean that people will like you.
Word on Fire (airing 5:22-5:48pm EST) features Bishop Barron discussing the Warrior King of Christmas, Jesus, and to discover the real meaning of Christmas, and the extraordinary infant king at its center. How many Christmas cards and nativity scenes have you seen presenting the baby Jesus as soft and saccharine? Well, that’s not how the Bible describes him. There, Jesus is presented as a warrior king, who came with a heavenly army to battle against the dark powers of the world.
On Jimmy Akin’s Mysterious World (airing 5:53-6:46pm EST), Cy Kellett of Catholic Answers Live is asking Jimmy Akin Christmas weird questions from listeners, including how we would celebrate Christmas on other planets; when Christmas ends; how we got from St. Nick to Santa; and whether the 12 days of Christmas is a secret code; and more.
Short Catholic (airing 6:46-6:49pm EST) ponders the question, why would God give His only Son for us? Kyle examines John 3:16 and John 15:13 for answers.
On Godsplaining (airing 6:55-7:24pm EST), Father Patrick Briscoe and Father Jacob Bertrand Janczyk explore the prefigurement of the Eucharist in the stable in Bethlehem.
On At The Table with Patrick Lencioni (airing 7:27-7:40pm EST), Pat, Cody and Tracy want to remind you about the importance of genuine appreciation and gratitude for those who make our jobs, and our lives, easier during this Christmas season.
The Simple Reminder with Pat Lencioni (airing 7:40-7:55pm EST) discusses how the devil hates Christmas.
On Outside the Walls (airing 7:58-9:00pm), Biblical scholar Michael Patrick Barber offers an inspiring look at the Bible’s accounts of Jesus’ birth and the development of the Christmas season, by answering questions like, what does the Bible really say about the birth of Jesus? And, how did the celebration of Christmas become associated with things like Santa Claus and decorated trees?