Happy feast of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist! On today’s show, Matt Swaim and Anna Mitchell welcome Dr. John Bergsma to talk more about the cousin and forerunner of Jesus, and Fr. Hezekias Carnazzo to look at the readings for today’s feast. Other guests include Steve Ray on plants and trees in the Bible, Rita Heikenfeld discussing cucumbers on Bible foods, and Ed Condon from The Pillar on whether the bishops need a document on penance. Plus news, weather, sports and a whole lot more…
Steve Ray is online at catholicconvert.com.
Dr. Kevin Vost is online at drvost.com.
Fr. Hezekias Carnazzo is online at instituteofcatholicculture.org.
Msgr Charles Pope writes at blog.adw.org.
Dr. John Bergsma is online at Franciscan.edu.
Rita Heikenfeld is online at abouteating.com.
Marlon de la Torre is online at knowingisdoing.org.
Ed Condon is online at pillarcatholic.com.
Matt Weber, author of Fearing the Stigmata
Fr. Mark Mary Ames, author of Habits for Holiness
Alan Pickett is online at covingtoncharities.org.
Elizabeth Scalia is online at theanchoress.com.
The Canticle of Zechariah
Blessed be the Lord,
The God of Israel;
He has come to His people and set them free.
He has raised up for us a mighty Saviour,
Born of the house of His servant David.
Through His holy prophets He promised of old
That He would save us from our enemies,
From the hands of all who hate us.
He promised to show mercy to our fathers
And to remember His holy Covenant.
This was the oath He swore to our father Abraham:
To set us free from the hands of our enemies,
Free to worship Him without fear,
Holy and righteous in His sight
All the days of our life.
You, My child shall be called
The prophet of the Most High,
For you will go before the Lord to prepare His way,
To give his people knowledge of salvation
By the forgiveness of their sins.
In the tender compassion of our Lord
The dawn from on high shall break upon us,
to shine on those who dwell in darkness
And the shadow of death,
And to guide our feet into the way of peace.