The Italian, priest, cardinal, theologian, Doctor of the Church and its great defender in the face of the Protestant Reformation answers such questions as: How is the Church Christ's Mystical Body? Why were Protestants so wrong in rejecting the centrality of the Holy Eucharist? The 18th Century vision of America's founding fathers reflected in the Declaration of Independence, and the structure of the Republic; how were they borrowed from the Church's ancient doctrine of good government; articulated in the 13th Century by St. Thomas Aquinas and later reaffirmed and developed two hundred years before the American revolution by Bellarmine? What was the Church's true historical position on the Galileo affair and on the essential unity of faith and science?
The Spanish mystic, Carmelite nun and first woman Doctor of the Church, who led the restoration and reform of the Church after the Protestant reformation, shows how formation in the interior life with the practice of moral virtue and in the soul's journey into God must become foundational again, if our present culture of death is to return to life. She answers questions such as: What are the major effects of secular feminism? How has the decline of Mary as the maternal model of femininity left us vulnerable to the combined forces of the sexual revolution and secular feminism, that have undermined the family and the culture? Have we lost a sense of the supernatural and thus of sin and grace? What are heaven and hell really like?
The great priest, bishop, philosopher, theologian Church Father and Doctor of the Church, son of St. Monica and student of St. Ambrose answers questions about the Manichaean heresy into which he fell; and what our late Holy Father John Paul II has termed "the new Manichaeanism". He treats how this ancient but ever new heresy and the Gnosticism from which it comes, has effected family life, the contraceptive mentality, abortion attitudes towards sexuality and gender mainstreaming. Augustine also explores the nature of authentic love, the role of grace in the interior life, what the present Holy Father calls "the dictatorship of relativism" the importance of philosophy for the pursuit of truth, the certitude of faith, how to discern truth and falsity in the modern media, the trivium as the foundation of true Catholic education for the whole person, and another old yet new form of heresy - Pelagianism and how the modern "imperial self" tries to save itself without God or with God as a mere equal partner.
The French priesr, prophet of the age of Mary, teacher of true devotion, servant of the poor and sick, legendary mystic preacher, writer, musician, artist, missionary troubadour of God Alone, and apostle of the end times; who inspired the spiritual lives of both Blessed John Paul II and Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, answers questions such as: How is freedom through Mary the secret to the Trinity and to the order of grace? What is true devotion to Mary? What does it mean to live a life of total consecration to Jesus through Mary? Why did Protestants object so strongly to Mary's Immaculate Conception? Are we approaching the end of the world? Who are apostles of the end times, who will be given special powers? What is the Rosary's secret to overcoming evil?
The Italian Dominican nun, mystic visionary, stigmatist, spiritual director, theologian, writer, counselor to popes and kings, Church reformer, servant of the poor and sick, a peacemaker among nations, she persuaded the pope to return to Rome from Avignon, thus ending one of the most severe schisms in the history of the Church. A Doctor of the Church, her "Dialogues" and "Letters" are considered among the greatest classic works on how to live a life of holiness. She answers such questions as: God has been so merciful to us, considering the depths of sin and betrayal by the modern world. How come? You speak about the fact that we experience different degrees of light along the spiritual path. Could you describe these different degrees? If God is love, what is man? Our inalienable rights come from God, if we continue to attribute them to man, aren't we in danger of losing them? The scriptures tell us that our prayers never go unanswered! But how do we know God's right answer? How do we deal with our culture of death? The Church's main focus today is the Eucharist. Why?
The wealthy son of a Roman senator, and youthful chief magistrate of Rome, he became a simple monk. This priest, theologian, writer was an abbot, a founder of monasteries, a Church diplomat and pope. As pope his liturgical, theological, doctrinal and pastoral reforms would forever give him the name "great". He initiated the missionary movement which converted Great Britain, thus opening the English world to Christian faith and culture. Known universally as the "Father of the Medieval World", he became a Doctor of the Church and "Patron of Teachers". St. Gregory answers questions on monasticism and society, natural disasters and divine intervention, the authentic role of bishops and the spiritual formation required for them to become servants of the servants of God, the care of the sick and poor, miracles, cultural and political corruption, icons and eastern Christianity, the role of guardian angels, the recovery of a sense of the supernatural, the sacredness of human life in a secular neo-pagan age, the meaning of fear of the Lord, of sin and repentance, the spirit of the Liturgy, the centrality of the Eucharist, liturgical music and authentic reform, Christian discipleship and leadership, how to live the moral and spiritual life.
The French priest, the humble pastor of the little village of Ars, he became the Church's universal "Patron of Priests and world renowned as a confessor and director of souls. Though condemned in the seminary for being weak intellectually, he became recognized as the embodiment of the true wisdom incarnate in the person of Jesus Christ. His deep ascetical practices and powerful forms of mortification characterized his life. A great mystic wonderworker and preacher, who despite being constantly besieged by the devil, retained a childlike simplicity, patience and compassionate servant of his people, One of the greatest evangelizers in history, he remains the model of a priest who lives from the heart of Christ. He answers such questions as: Why do so few people go to confession, yet so many go to communion today? Why is Mass and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament so important? It's almost as if today whatever is holy is attacked and whatever is evil endorsed. What can we do? Hundreds of millions of babies are being murdered in the womb by their own mothers. How do we stop this? What do you have to say about the recent evils of homosexuality and sexual abuse among our clergy? How do we avoid sin and practice virtue? What should our priests mean to us? What is the importance of prayer?
The Italian laywoman, visionary mystic, stigmatist who embraced a hidden life of sickness and suffering as a victim soul for the conversion of sinners; who was called "the Passion Flower" because she spent her life of physical, mental and spiritual suffering consumed in the love of Christ's Sacred Heart. We can learn so much from Gemma, but perhaps the most important thing is the desire to love God with all our hearts. Gemma was not a person of half measures. She loved God with all her being. She answers such questions as: I understand Jesus gave his mother directly to you. Is that right? Can you describe what it was like to be healed as you were many times under such unusual circumstances? I understand that despite experiencing such extraordinary mystical phenomena in your life, that it was to the ordinary life that you were most drawn. Why? What would have been the take of modern depth psychology on your life of suffering and how you handled it? Were you happy? How do we love the sinner and hate the sin? I understand that it was through Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament that you first experienced true contrition for your sins. Is that true? What was it like to have Jesus appear to you and speak directly to you?
The Italian Dominican priest, philosopher, theologian, writer and Doctor of the Church who became the Church's pre-eminent spokesperson on questions of faith and reason. The patron of university students, he responded to the history of civilization's most universal questions, and dialogued with the classical world of Greece and Rome, and with the great scholars of Islam. Living at the time of the founding of the universities, he taught at the University of Paris with his Franciscan colleague St. Bonaventure. He answers such questions as: What is the difference between philosophy and theology? Today in our secular universities it is being taught that there is an apparent contradiction between faith and reason. What do you say to that? Should people be privatizing their faith the way they are doing today? Why is there a moratorium on philosophy today? It's said that we live today in an age of "the Imperial Self". Would you comment? It is also said that our greatest moral and spiritual issue today is what our present Holy Father terms "the dictatorship of relativism". What do you say to that? What is the nature and principle of law - both natural and divine? What is the relationship between law and morality? Is it true that you emphasized truth while St. Bonaventure emphasized love in your teachings? Today we see people confusing equality with sameness in our culture. How do we remove this confusion?
The Asian born priest, bishop of Lyons, France, theologian, Church Father and Doctor of the Church led the fight against the mother and father of all heresies Gnosticism. The heresy, which has returned today as never before. This man's classic book "Against the Heresies" remains to this day a key to recognizing and defeating Gnosticism's all out war on our faith, understanding and culture. Irenaeus takes up many of today's questions, which reflect modern forms of Gnosticism, the heresy that claims that we are saved by our ideas, rather than by the person of Christ. These questions include: Isn't Dan Brown's book and film "The DaVinci Code" a modern expression of Gnosticism? Who is the Gnostic Jesus? What is today's Gnostic view of Knowledge and wisdom? Were Marx and Hegel Gnostics? Did Gnosticism influence Hitler? How was the so-called Enlightenment effected by the Gnostic heresy? What is it in Gnosticism that people find attractive today? How has Gnosticism affected modern religion, psychology, education, politics, and economics? What is its effect on the life issues of contraception and abortion? How has modern Gnosticism affected the image we have of human life? What is the relationship between the Tree of Knowledge and the Tree of Life in terms of the effects of Original Sin?
In this second part of the interview and Q&A, the Italian, priest, cardinal, theologian, Doctor of the Church and its great defender in the face of the Protestant Reformation shares from the depths of the inner unity of his devotion al and speculative life. The Prince of Apologists, Patron of Catechists, Doctor of Church-State Relations and spiritual father and patron of St. Aloysius Gonzaga and St. Francis de Sales answers such questions as: Who are actually members of the Church which Jesus Christ founded? How does one become a member of Christ's mystical body? Are certain people predestined for salvation and others not? What is the place of both faith and works in our salvation? What are the marks of the Catholic Church that make it the real Church, which Jesus Christ founded? Who was Copernicus and what was the Copernican revolution? Why has there been a continuing conflict between the communities of faith and science? How did Galileo fit into this situation? How would you describe the present relationship between faith and science?
EWTN presents - the premiere of SAINTS ALIVE - a new series from Arcadia Films, producers of the popular series Saints Speak, Parable & Eucharist.
Ten of the greatest saints of history return from heaven to The Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Waterbury, Connecticut. There they offer inspired answers to some of the most pressing questions of our troubled age. Their saintly lives span the two thousand year history of the Church. A dedicated repertory group of talented actors bring alive these heroes for hard times and share with us their perennial wisdom.
The saints are welcomed to town by Venerable Father Michael J. McGivney, the founder of the Knights of Columbus. He leads them to the parish into which he was born and where he learned to live his Catholic faith. Saints included in the series are: Irenaeus of Lyons, Augustine of Hippo, Robert Bellarmine, Teresa of Avila, Jean Marie Vianney, Gemma Galgani, Thomas Aquinas, Louis Marie de Montfort, Catherine of Siena, and Gregory the Great.
The series of half-hour programs hosted by its producer/writer Richard J. Payne, President of Arcadia Films, and the Founding Editor in Chief of The Classics of Western Spirituality.