Friday, May 9, 2014

Mother's Day

Spirit Catholic Radio wishes all moms a Happy Mother’s Day this Sunday!

Below is a prayer for mothers, courtesy of

Most Gracious Heavenly Father,

We thank you for our mothers to whom you have entrusted the care of every precious human life from its very beginning in the womb.

You have given to woman the capacity of participating with you in the creation of new life. Grant that every woman may come to understand the full meaning of that blessing, which gives her an unlimited capacity for selfless love for every child she may be privileged to bear, and for all your children.

Watch over every mother who is with child, strengthen her faith in your fatherly care and love for her and for her unborn baby. Give her courage in times of fear or pain, understanding in times of uncertainty and doubt, and hope in times of trouble. Grant her joy in the birth of her child.

To mothers you have given the great privilege and responsibility of being a child's first teacher and spiritual guide. Grant that all mothers may worthily foster the faith of their children, following the example of Mary, Elizabeth and other holy women who follow Christ. Help mothers to grow daily in knowledge and understanding of your Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, and grant them the wisdom to impart this knowledge faithfully to their children, and to all who depend upon them.

Assist all "spiritual mothers," those who though they may have no children of their own nevertheless selflessly care for the children of others -- of every age and state in life. Grant that they may know the joy of fulfilling this motherly calling of women, whether in teaching, nursing, religious life, or in other work which recognizes and fosters the true dignity of every human being created in your image and likeness.

We beseech you to send your Holy Spirit, the Comforter, to all mothers who sorrow for children that have died, are ill or estranged from their families, or who are in trouble or danger of any kind. Help grieving mothers to rely on your tender mercy and fatherly love for all your children.

We ask your blessing on all those to whom you have entrusted motherhood. May your Holy Spirit constantly inspire and strengthen them. May they ever follow the example of Mary, mother of Our Lord, and imitate her fidelity, her humility, and her self-giving love. May all mothers receive your grace abundantly in this earthly life, and may they look forward to eternal joy in your presence in the life to come.

We ask this through our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end.


Blogged by Lisa Maxson, senior writer/reporter.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Shroud of Turin

Face of the Man of the Shroud
In celebration of its 15th anniversary, Spirit Catholic Radio is bringing a traveling exhibit, titled “The Man of the Shroud,” to nine different cities across Nebraska during June and July. The Shroud of Turin has long been venerated by the faithful and is believed by many to be the burial cloth of Jesus of Nazareth. 

The exhibit will be on display at various parishes and Catholic high schools in cooperation with local Knights of Columbus councils. 

The traveling exhibit, developed by the late Msgr. Guilio Ricci, president of the Roman Center for the Study of Holy Shroud at the Vatican, includes as the centerpiece of the exhibit a full length photographic image of the Shroud made by the Eastman Kodak Co. In addition, the exhibit contains a nearly life-size crucified corpus showing the wounds of Christ corresponding to the passion narrative in the Gospel accounts and the wounds shown on the Shroud. 

“The Shroud was chosen to coincide with our 15th anniversary theme, Encounter Jesus,” said Jim Carroll, executive director of Spirit Catholic Radio. “The Shroud brings the person of Jesus to something we can experience with our senses. My hope is that Jesus as a real person is something that can be carried with people after they view the exhibit. This is physical evidence that Jesus was a real person, and that he suffered and died, but, of course, rose again.”

The exhibit contains 92 panels detailing the history and science of the Shroud. The exhibit will begin the trek across Nebraska June 1-8 at St. Robert Bellarmine Church in Omaha before traveling to North American Martyrs Church in Lincoln June 9-15. 

In addition to the display, internationally known shroud expert Russ Breault of Shroud Encounter will present a 90-minute multi-media presentation at 5 p.m. June 8 at St. Robert Bellarmine and 7 p.m. June 9 at North American Martyrs. Tickets to the presentation are $5. 

Cost to view the exhibit is free.  

We encourage you to bring a friend, and help others encounter Jesus!

Here is the tour schedule:

June 1-8 – St. Robert Bellarmine, Omaha
June 9-15 – North American Martyrs, Lincoln
June 17-22 – St. Michael, Hastings
June 24-29 – Location TBA, Kearney
July 1-6 – St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, North Platte
July 8-13 – Central Catholic High School, Grand Island
July 15-20 – St. Boniface, Menominee
July 22-27 – Norfolk Catholic High School, Norfolk
July 29-Aug. 3 – Scotus Central Catholic High School, Columbus

For more information, call 855-571-0200.

Blogged by Lisa Maxson, senior writer/reporter.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

New Spirit Mornings Website

Spirit Mornings hosts Jen Brown,
Matt Willkom and Bruce McGreggor.
Spirit Catholic Radio is excited to announce a new Spirit Mornings website! features a fresh, new look with free audio downloads of the week’s guests and interviews.

Updated daily, the new website is a way for listeners to stay connected to the Spirit Mornings show. On it, we will post links about important topics and guests, as well as links to social media, our blog and more.

“The new isn’t just a static web page,” said Kelly Miller, marketing and promotions manager. “The page will change every day and our hope is to encourage people to visit the page and become even more engaged. With the addition of the new page, we look forward to strengthening the connection with Spirit Mornings listeners.”

Make sure you check out the new, and tune in from 6:40 to 9 a.m. Monday through Friday.

Blogged by Lisa Maxson, senior writer/reporter.