Hour of Saint Francis Fan Club

I put together a group with all of the “Hour of St. Francis” shows that I’ve put out on the Internet. As an old time radio aficionado and a Catholic priest, it just makes sense.

The Hour of St. Francis Fan Club shows (only if you are registered with MyCatholicVoice)

I just noticed that you have to be a member of the group to view the group’s contents. You can still see the same shows (and a few others) without being a member at this link. All the MP3 files listed can be downloaded for free.


Once there was a king who liked to be entertained every night. He would call in a comedian with his troupe and they would perform for an hour. If he liked them, he would keep them and have them perform regularly.

He also liked serious drama, and every night he would have a play performed for him. If he liked the play, he would ask for a similar story with some of the same characters to be performed regularly.

Sometimes he liked to be entertained by mysteries. Other actors would perform plays of mystery stories, which the king often found quite fascinating.

Finally, toward the end of the evening, the king would have the town crier come and give him the news of the day. He might call for another comedian to come and end his night with some laughs, or he might just retire for the night.

This sounds rather extreme, but it is the sort of thing that TV produced. Society went from people who could read and play music themselves to be entertained to the luxury of kings (sort of).

Radio basically allowed us to have professionals read to us and talk to us, and even act out (by voice) stories, but it still required the imagination to be active and, like reading a book, to put together the scene in our minds. It had some elements of the king’s situation, but not all. TV allowed the viewer to simply sit and be entertained, which is far more like the situation of the king.

Now, I can select an episode of “MacGyver” (or any of a host of other TV shows) on the Internet, and sit and watch it “on demand” (with commercials, of course). If I have the money I can even buy DVDs and not have to worry about commercials. This provides a range that would not have been possible for the king.

The original sense of “entertain” is basically to hold (a group of people) together, or at least to keep a guest “held together,” i.e. maintaining the guest’s interest. Now, like the king, we seek out forms of entertainment to see if they will hold our interest, and then keep what we like and discard the others.

Now, the question is, do you feel that the privilege of a king is yours by right? Do you require what the king did, or even more? And what will be enough?

The answer is quite simple: in reality, we can never be entertained enough if we seek it out as the most important thing, but if we seek it occasionally, and in moderation, then we can get enough entertainment.

Just Off a Retreat

I haven’t written lately because I was on retreat. It was a retreat that looked more closely at our founder, Blessed Stanislaus Papczynski. His life really is quite amazing to learn about, but we need better texts (and to reprint an old text that is quite good).

The charism of the Marians was brought out more clearly in what Fr. Founder wanted. Our devotion to the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary (corresponding to the Church Triumphant), our prayer for the Poor Souls in Purgatory (corresponding to the Church Suffering), and our work to assist pastors (corresponding to the Church Militant). We’re involved in all of the “places” of the Mystical Body of Christ.

In all of these “places,” it is the Paschal Mystery that is central and essential. Our promotion of the Divine Mercy message is a promotion of the furthering of the effects of the Paschal Mystery (i.e. Eternal Father, I offer you the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity, of Your dearly beloved Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins, and those of the whole world–offering the Sacrifice).