Faith, genetics, and the opening of a Jubiliee Year

Lots going on in the next couple of days. When you commit yourself to being active in the apostolate, God takes you very seriously! That’s a good thing, I suppose, because if God didn’t keep me busy I get into trouble. Of course, I still get into trouble, but that’s another blog post…

Giving you a heads up on a couple of exciting events:

Morning Air with Sean Herriott

Tomorrow, Friday, October 8 at 6am CST, I’ll be chatting with Relevant Radio’s “Morning Air” host Sean Herriot about faith and genetics. It will be based on my article for the October 13 issue of Our Sunday Visitor,  “Faith, genetics and life decisions collide again: A new genetic test claims to provide information about long-term health, but how would that affect our relationship with God?” I’ll be chatting about how developments in medical science such as genetic testing can affect our faith life.

This segment will be especially interesting, since right after I’m on, Sean will be interviewing Father Tad Pacholczyk, ethicist and director of education for the National Catholic Bioethics Center. Fr. Tad is well-versed in the topics of genetic and prenatal testing, including eugenics, or the study of hereditary traits and their impact on the quality of life. Fr. Tad will be chatting about the nuts and bolts of developments such as genetic testing and the implications for the faithful.

Here’s the link to listen live or catch the podcast later: http://www.relevantradio.com/programs/morning-air-with-sean-herriott

Have you ever attended the opening of a Jubilee Year? Have you ever heard of a Jubilee Year? Soon, you’ll be able to say “yes” to both questions!

A jubilee year is a holy year, a year of joy to mark a special time in history. (You can learn more about that at Catholic Encyclopedia.) It’s a year filled with blessings and extraordinary graces.

The Jubilee Year I’m inviting you to is the 100th Anniversary of the Apostolic Movement of Schoenstatt, a Catholic international lay movement of renewal in Christ, through Mary. (You can find out more about the Schoenstatt Movement here.)

Tomorrow, Friday, October 18, there will be a splendid program to opening the Jubilee Year. It will take place in Vallendar, Germany – the place where Schoenstatt was founded by Fr. Joseph Kentenich in 1914 – and will be televised worldwide via Schoenstatt-tv and EWTN. Cardinal Stanislaw Rylko, President of the Pontifical Council for the Laity, will officiate and open the year for the Schoenstatt Movement.

I’ve been asked by the movement to travel to EWTN in order to do the English commentary during the live stream of the opening ceremonies – a gift that came to me out of the blue at short notice. Although the entire day tomorrow is filled with activities, the opening itself will air at 12:30pm CST on EWTN and will be re-aired on Saturday, October 19 at 8pm CST.

Even if you have no affiliation with the Schoenstatt Movement, I encourage you to watch the ceremonies (at least in part), because a jubilee is a most beautiful thing that we don’t often get to experience.

Here is the link to find out more about Schoenstatt’s 100th Anniversary: http://www.schoenstatt2014.org/en/

Here is the link to watch the live stream on EWTN: http://www.ewtn.com/# Choose “Television” at the top of the page, then “Live TV – English” and then choose the region in which you are located.

Now, I’m off to the airport, taking all of you along in my heart!

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