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EPISODE #268
EMPOWERED BY THE SPIRIT: EVANGELIZATION WITH FR. AL BACA

Deacon Steve Greco is thrilled to welcome a very special guest to the studio for our show today. It’s none other than Fr. Al Baca, the Director of Evangelization and Faith Formation for the Diocese of Orange.

Tune in for this lively and timely discussion on evangelization!

 

 

Originally broadcast on 1/10/21

EPISODE#205
OC CATHOLIC RADIO: “FOCUS” COLLEGE CAMPUS MISSIONARIES

Each week, we bring you compelling conversation with church leaders and laity. Today, host Rick Howick welcomes Michal Sequeira and Zach Fiedler. These are young people who have a call to minister to their peers on college campuses.

FOCUS stands for “The Fellowship of Catholic University Students.” Over 700 Focus Missionaries are currently active on college campuses all over the U.S. today.

This kind of work is desperately needed in today’s society, and they need our support and prayers!

Please listen and SHARE this podcast!

FMI, go to: focus.com/give

 

 

 

 

Originally broadcast on 7/11/20

EMBRACING EVANGELISM

The new evangelization invites us to renew our relationship with Jesus Christ and the Catholic Church—and in spreading His truth we each must define and practice our personal evangelism. 

Catholic evangelization efforts escalated after the 2008 Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) study, “Sacraments Today: Belief and Practice Among U.S. Catholics,” which showed that just 23 percent of American Catholics regularly attended Mass while 77 percent self-identified as proud to be Catholic. 

Says world-renowned author, speaker, and theologian Dr. Scott Hahn in “Evangelizing Catholics: A Mission Manual for the New Evangelization” (Amazon, $10.89 hardcover), published in 2014: “You can’t keep the faith unless you give it away.” 

Dr. Hahn adds that every one of us can evangelize by sharing our deep friendship with Jesus Christ with those closest to us and then with an ever-widening circle of family, friends, and acquaintances. 

And while his book provides a road map, evangelization isn’t the same for every Catholic—which comes as a huge relief to Catholics like me. Thankfully, not all of us are meant to share our love of Jesus Christ with the stranger sitting next to us on the same park bench. 

Anxiety about sharing my faith with strangers meant I negatively reacted to the call of the New Evangelization, a reaction I remember discussing with Huntington Beach author Cathy Duffy when we spoke about her 2018 book, “Everyday Evangelism for Catholics: A Practical Guide to Spreading the Faith in a Contemporary World” (Amazon. $16.54 paperback). 

“Conversations with people are an underrated tool,” Duffy explains. “Everyone has an issue, something troubling them. You can start asking about whether God is part of their lives. It’s all about reaching out and starting the conversation.” 

The ways we begin that conversation, and share our Catholic faith, can be as individual as we are. 

As editor Kathleen Beckman observes in her 2017 book, “When Women Pray – Eleven Catholic Women on the Power of Prayer” (Amazon, $10.79 paperback), women have a singular receptivity to God making their prayer lives distinctive from men’s. 

“Women’s prayer is not more powerful than men’s prayer,” explains Beckman. “Still, we have a maternal way of praying, a motherly response. Women pray from the heart.” 

Right now, I’m deep into the process of prayer myself, discerning the best ways to share my faith with others, having recently completed a daylong workshop, Called & Gifted. 

Called & Gifted is a three-step program offered by the Colorado Springs-based St. Catherine of Siena Institute that employs a process used since 1993 by more than 100,000 lay, ordained, and religious Catholics, and other Christians worldwide to discern the presence of charisms in their lives. 

Charisms, or spiritual gifts, are special abilities given to all Christians by the Holy Spirit to represent Christ and to be a channel of God’s goodness for people. 

Unsurprisingly the process identified writing as my charism; now I’m in the process of discerning the most fruitful ways I can employ it. Patience, unfortunately, is not a strength of mine, so the process has been difficult. 

My hope is that I can ultimately embrace my charism to fully live the call of the New Evangelism in ways that are pleasing to God, effective in spreading the Good News—and uniquely suited to my personality.

EPISODE #121
TRENDING WITH TIMMERIE: 100 WAYS JP II CHANGED THE WORLD

Why is abortion a big debate during the Coronavirus?  Timmerie discusses this and her love for Saint John Paul II.  Timmerie is joined by guest Patrick Novocosky, author of the new book “100 Ways John Paul II Changed the World”  They’ll discuss not only how this saint changed the world but also their lives and things such as religious liberty, the value of suffering, death, human dignity, athletes, theology of the body, sexuality, and more.

 

* Update, since recording this, the ebook is available.  The hard copy publication date has been pushed out to October 2020.

 

Listen to more episodes at https://www.radiotrending.com/

Host Timmerie to run a workshop in your area https://www.radiotrending.com/booktimmerie

 

 

Originally broadcast on 4/4/20

EPISODE #119
TRENDING WITH TIMMERIE: THRIVING IN CRISIS AND KEEPING THE FAITH

A welcome surprise for long time listeners of Trending with Timmerie: Chris Mueller is back discussing how to thrive with the downtime, quality time, and close quarters we all face in-light of the Coronavirus.  He will share about keeping the faith in the midst of the unfathomable as his son Ben battles cancer.  Timmerie will discuss how we can be more courageous and faithful as access to the Mass and Communion decreases and fear increases.  She’ll discuss the importance of living in a state of grace and not taking God for granted.

 

Listen to more episodes at https://www.radiotrending.com/

Host Timmerie to run a workshop in your area https://www.radiotrending.com/booktimmerie

 

 

Originally broadcast on 3/22/20

EPISODE #234
EMPOWERED BY THE SPIRIT: THE GIFT OF EVANGELIZATION

Are you in need of a spiritual boost today? Perhaps you could use some “audio caffeine?”

You’ve come to the right place.

On this podcast, Deacon Steve Greco has truly met his match. His guest is well-known author and radio host, Terry Barber of “The Terry and Jesse Show.”

This is one of the most dynamic programs we’ve ever featured on the Empowered by the Spirit broadcast.

Please SHARE this with a friend.. you’ll be glad you did!

 

 

 

 

Originally broadcast on 3/8/2020

EPISODE #117
TRENDING WITH TIMMERIE: BEING A GOOD LISTENER & THE SPIRITUAL WORKS OF MERCY

Are you a good listener?  Are you aware of the needs of others? Are you able to find common ground with other people?

Father Robert Spitzer of The Magis Center joins Trending with Timmerie.  Together they will talk about how men and women listen, how we can better listen to God, prayer, discernment, character formation, self awareness, and the Spiritual Works of Mercy.

 

Listen to more episodes at https://www.radiotrending.com/

Host Timmerie to run a workshop in your area https://www.radiotrending.com/booktimmerie

 

 

Originally broadcast on 3/8/20

EPISODE #233
EMPOWERED BY THE SPIRIT: GOD’S PLAN FOR MY LIFE

When it comes to listening to the Empowered by the Spirit podcast with host Deacon Steve Greco, you always know that you’re going to meet inspiring people.

On today’s broadcast, we’re delighted to introduce you to a man of faith who has certainly undergone his fair share of adversity and challenges.

His name is Mark Prather. He is an evangelist, author and entrepreneur. He truly has a fascinating to journey to share.

Tune in, and be inspired to share this podcast!

 

 

 

 

Originally broadcast on 3/1/2020

EPISODE #115
TRENDING WITH TIMMERIE: NON-MONOGAMY EXPLAINED & LENTEN PRACTICES

Don’t fall off your chair!  Michael Gasparro (Associate Marriage and Family Therapist) joins Trending with Timmerie to make sense of the “consensual non-monogamy” fad.  Have you heard of serial monogamy?  The’ll also discuss attraction and birth control as covered in the new Netflix series “Sex Explained”.  Don’t let Netflix be the sex educator of the culture.  Also, hear a therapist’s perspective on preparing for Lent and how you can intentionally prepare.

Where is the common ground on abortion? How can we use this to make others more pro-life?

 

Listen to more episodes at https://www.radiotrending.com/

Host Timmerie to run a workshop in your area https://www.radiotrending.com/booktimmerie

 

 

Originally broadcast on 2/16/20

EPISODE #114
TRENDING WITH TIMMERIE: THE SUPERBOWL AND WOMANHOOD

What is a woman?  Fr. Robert Spitzer of The Magis Center joins Trending with Timmerie to unpack the many gifts of femininity to dive deeper into the identity of women.

Hips don’t lie? Controversy has stirred over depictions of women during the Super Bowl halftime show featuring J. Lo and Shakira.  Listen for a discussion on everything from sex trafficking to empathy.  Conversations will cover beauty, virtue, children, marriage, productivity, feminism, eternity, the Women’s March, gender identity, objectification, finding balance, and an un-affirmed generation.

 

Links to resources mentioned:

Essays on Women https://smile.amazon.com/Essays-Woman-Collected-English-German/dp/0935216596/ref=sr_1_3?keywords=edith+stein&qid=1581035962&sr=8-3

 

Listen to more episodes at https://www.radiotrending.com/

Host Timmerie to run a workshop in your area https://www.radiotrending.com/booktimmerie

 

 

 

Originally broadcast on 2/9/20