Our staff recently watched what will be the final episode for the 2018 The Choices We Face programs. I’m so glad we did! On the program, Ralph interviewed Dr. Tom Graves from St. Paul on the Lake Parish in Grosse Pointe, Michigan. Dr. Tom spoke about his story of coming to meet Jesus and the difference it made in his marriage, family, and work.
Our whole staff was moved—I was moved to tears a couple of times—at the beautiful and amazing ways Jesus has worked through Tom, in the ordinary circumstances of life and work as a physician, to help people come to experience the transforming love of Jesus. Tom’s simple, humble, and honest way of speaking reminded us that Jesus wants all of His children to be His hands and feet, to be conduits of His mercy and power.
You can view the program by clicking the link here. I know it will be a blessing to you. You also can also watch it this week on EWTN or in the weeks ahead at www.RenewalMinistries.net/tcwf. (Click on “View show archives.”)
In two weeks, the 2019 episodes of The Choices We Face‘s will begin! We’re very happy and grateful to the Lord for what we believe is another power-packed season. You’ll hear from some of our favorite guests, including Patti Mansfield, Fr. John Riccardo, and Sr. Ann Shields, as well as Sr. Miriam James Heidland, Dr. Bob Schuchts, Fr. Burke Masters, and others.
Please pray that this new season of programs will reach those who most need to know the transforming love of Jesus.
In Christ Jesus,
P.S. Please consider joining us for this year’s Renewal Ministries Gathering from April 5-7. You can find details by clicking here.
President Emeritus of the Franciscan University of Steubenville Father Michael Scanlan, TOR, passed away Jan. 7. According to the university, “His leadership as president transformed Franciscan University from a struggling regional college into a world-renowned leader in Catholic higher education and helped to inspire a restoration of faithful Catholic education in the United States and the world.” Fr. Scanlan played an influential role in the lives of Sr. Ann Shields, Ralph Martin, and Peter Herbeck. He also helped lead FIRE Rallies around the world and served on Renewal Ministries’ Board of Trustees. Below, Peter pays tribute to Fr. Scanlan.
Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord. And let the perpetual light shine upon him. And may the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
I will always be grateful for the encouragement and inspiration I received from Fr. Michael. At an important turning point in my life and ministry, he invited me to join the FIRE Team after Fr. John Bertolucci retired. That led to some great quality time with Fr. Michael over the years, all of which was a gift. I remember well our trips to Eastern Europe and Africa, and how the Lord used Fr. Michael powerfully in both words and deeds. He was faithful and fearless in preaching the Word of God, and had great expectation that God would confirm his preaching with signs and wonders, and He did! I remember one woman who was deaf was healed—her hearing was restored as Fr. Michael prayed for her.
I am grateful to be able to join my voice with the chorus of witnesses who are paying tribute and offering prayers for this great priest, leader, brother, and friend. May perpetual light shine upon him.