The Family Room

Airing on AM 1160 The Quest – Your Atlanta Catholic Radio. Join co-hosts Mari Cleveland from St. Jude the Apostle and John Gordon and Craig Wesemeyer from St. Peter Chanel as they speak with authors, theologians, and local priests and lay leaders to provide your family encouragement, resources, and hope. Enjoy heartfelt stories and engaging conversations with Catholics who are excited to share their life experiences and acquired wisdom to help your family continue to live out your faith with joy.
Thanking Jesus in all Things with Dr. Bill Thierfelder, President of Belmont Abbey College
Nov 24, 2021

For Dr. Bill Thierfelder, the warmth, affection, and love of his family of 12 bears fruit for God’s Kingdom here and now. We learn about the founding of the only Catholic college between Virginia and Florida, Belmont Abbey College (near Charlotte, North Carolina), and Dr. Thierfelder recounts how the Holy Spirit called him to become President of the college. He also reveals his personal love for the Blessed Mother, explains three, unchanging pillars of our Catholic faith (in a way that is easy to share), and gives a memorable example of peak performance on both human and spiritual levels. Above all, Dr. Thierfelder shares an inspiring glimpse into married life with his wife, Mary.

Resources

Key Scripture

1 Thessalonians 5:18: “In all circumstances give thanks, for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.” https://bible.usccb.org/bible/1thessalonians/0

John Martignoni on How to Defend Catholic Teaching Using Common Sense, Simple Logic, and the Bible
Nov 17, 2021

Join us in The Family Room for a quick-witted and energetic conversation about apologetics that will likely change your ideas about how to defend the Catholic faith. John Martignoni’s broadcasts and new book, Blue Collar Apologetics, give us four strategies and simple rules of engagement to help bring our loved ones back to the faith, to engage “Bible-only” Christians, and to evangelize in friendship any person of good will. John tells us how he came to found The Bible Christian Society in 1996 - what a story!

Resources

Key Scripture

Colossians 4:6: “Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.” https://bible.usccb.org/bible/colossians/0

An Open-Book Faith with Katie Warner
Nov 3, 2021

The daily walk of faith with her husband and children is what matters most to Catholic author and speaker, Katie Warner. Katie shares how the Holy Spirit has surprised her, guided her, and taught her the value of living an intentional faith. One of her favorite quotes, from St. Francis de Sales, is, “God takes pleasure to see you take your little steps.” Start today with a new spiritual motto or see the links below for resources on Katie’s website.

Resources

Key Scripture:

Galatians 6:9: “Let us not grow tired of doing good, for in due time we shall reap our harvest, if we do not give up.” https://bible.usccb.org/bible/galatians/6

Men as Spiritual Leaders
Oct 27, 2021

In this episode, our hosts explore a topic close to each of their hearts: men as the spiritual leaders of the family. We fight a spiritual battle, with spiritual resources, knowing our Triune God goes before us. Mari, Craig, and John revisit chapter 3 of Genesis highlighting man’s unique role as defender of the Faith.

Resources

  • Key Scripture: Ephesians, chapters 5 and 6.

  • Chapter 3 of Genesis: https://bible.usccb.org/bible/genesis/3

  • Dr. Meg Meeker’s book, Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters: 10 Secrets Every Father Should Know https://www.ignatius.com/Strong-Fathers-Strong-Daughters-P2203.aspx

  • From CCC (Catechism of the Catholic Church) paragraph 1666: The Christian home is the place where children receive the first proclamation of the faith. For this reason the family home is rightly called “the domestic church,” a community of grace and prayer, a school of human virtues and of Christian charity.

Be Devoted: Restoring Friendship, Passion, and Communion in Your Marriage
Oct 20, 2021

Dr. Bob Schuchts, Founder of the John Paul II Healing Center in Tallahassee, Florida, comes in to The Family Room to share his personal journey through early family tragedy, trauma, and divorce to a powerful encounter with Christ, marital healing, and true devotion. Dr. Schuchts gives us practical ways to pray with, and for, our spouses, including a couples’ meditation on the “Our Father.” He gives us real examples from his own personal, marital, and family struggles and growth. This episode concludes with a beautiful meditation on marriage and the Mass.

Resources

  1. John Paul II Healing Center: Transformation in the Heart of the Church: https://jpiihealingcenter.org/

  2. Dr. Schuchts’ book, Be Devoted: Restoring Friendship, Passion, and Communion in Your Marriage: https://jpiihealingcenter.org/product/be-devoted-dr-bob-schuchts/

  3. Restore the Glory podcast: https://www.restoretheglorypodcast.com/

  4. Upcoming events at the JPII Healing Center: https://jpiihealingcenter.org/events/

Key Scripture

  1. Genesis 2:24: “That is why a man leaves his father and mother and clings to his wife, and the two of them become one body.” https://bible.usccb.org/bible/genesis/2

  2. Colossians 2: 6-7: “So, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, walk in him, rooted in him and built upon him and established in the faith as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.” https://bible.usccb.org/bible/colossians/0

The Family Room - Fall Pledge Drive Episode
Oct 13, 2021
The Family Room co-hosts Mari Cleveland from Saint Jude the Apostle and John Gordon and Craig Wesemeyer from St. Peter Chanel discuss favorite saints and more in a special pledge drive episode.
How Our Identity in Christ Equips Us for Relationships, part 2
Oct 6, 2021

Melissa Foley, founder of the healing ministry Loved Already, shares some conversation tools in a lively discussion about how we can speak life, healing, and restoration in Christ into our relationships. Part two of a two-part series.

Resources

  1. All are welcome to attend the Virtual Catholic Conference on Healing and Forgiveness, October 8-10. https://go.virtualcatholicconference.com/Healing2021
  2. Melissa Foley’s healing ministry, Loved Already: https://lovedalready.com/
  3. From Melissa’s blog: “My Worth in God,” https://lovedalready.com/my-worth-in-god/
  4. Key Scripture: Genesis 1:27; Genesis 2:24; Matthew 3:17; Psalm 18:19; Romans 12:2; https://bible.usccb.org/bible
  5. On being made in the imago Dei: Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger and the International Theological Commission (2000-2002). Communion and stewardship: Human persons created in the image of God. https://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/congregations/cfaith/cti_documents/rc_con_cfaith_doc_20040723_communion-stewardship_en.html#_edn1
How Our Identity in Christ Equips Us for Relationships, part 1
Sep 29, 2021

Melissa Foley, founder of the healing ministry Loved Already, joins us in The Family Room in a lively conversation that inspires us to consider our identity in Christ as beloved sons and daughters of a providing Father. Part one of a two-part series.

Resources:

  • All are welcome to attend the Virtual Catholic Conference on Healing and Forgiveness, October 8-10. https://go.virtualcatholicconference.com/Healing2021
  • Melissa Foley’s healing ministry, Loved Already: https://LovedAlready.com/
  • From Melissa’s blog: “Who am I?” https://LovedAlready.com/identity-impact/
  • Key Scripture from Luke 11:11, What father among you would hand his son a snake when he asks for a fish? https://bible.usccb.org/bible/luke/11
  • From the Catechism of the Catholic Church: “God, infinitely perfect and blessed in himself, in a plan of sheer goodness freely created man to make him share in his own blessed life. … In his Son and through him, he invites men to become, in the Holy Spirit, his adopted children and thus heirs of his blessed life” (CCC, paragraph 1).
Men as Spiritual Leaders
Sep 22, 2021

In this episode, our hosts explore a topic close to each of their hearts: men as the spiritual leaders of the family. We fight a spiritual battle, with spiritual resources, knowing our Triune God goes before us. Mari, Craig, and John revisit chapter 3 of Genesis highlighting man’s unique role as defender of the Faith.

Resources:

  • Key Scripture: Ephesians, chapters 5 and 6.
  • Chapter 3 of Genesis: https://bible.usccb.org/bible/genesis/3
  • Dr. Meg Meeker’s book, Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters: 10 Secrets Every Father Should Know https://www.ignatius.com/Strong-Fathers-Strong-Daughters-P2203.aspx
  • From CCC (Catechism of the Catholic Church) paragraph 1666:
    • The Christian home is the place where children receive the first proclamation of the faith. For this reason the family home is rightly called “the domestic church,” a community of grace and prayer, a school of human virtues and of Christian charity.
How to Keep Your Marriage Out of the Tribunal
Sep 15, 2021

Very Rev. Daniel Ketter, JCL, the Judicial Vicar of the Metropolitan Tribunal of the Archdiocese of Atlanta, provides encouragement and hope to couples who want to keep improving their marital relationship. In a lively and informal discussion, Father Ketter identifies four strategies to keep your marriage off his desk.

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The Art of Living with Dr. Edward Sri
Sep 8, 2021

Dr. Edward Sri, husband, father, and theologian, discusses his new book on the virtues, The Art of Living: The Cardinal Virtues and the Freedom to Love. Dr. Sri shares personal examples of the three ways we grow in virtue to live and love well in our marriages and families.

Resources:

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