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How a Radio Show Helped Save a Marriage

How a Radio Show Helped Save a Marriage

Listening to Immaculate Heart Radio, you often hear people call-in to share difficult situations they are facing; and our hosts offer information, encouragement, and advice to help. But what happens to those people after they call? Usually we don’t know.

But sometimes we get to hear an update from our listeners, which is just what happened recently on Heart to Heart with Mother Miriam. A listener named Dawn had called Mother Miriam in the past asking for help with her troubled marriage. Dawn explained her situation:

“My husband decided to leave. We had grown children, and he was never a Catholic but we had a dispensation and were married in the Church. It seemed like he did everything and then, you know, broke loose.

And I had not been happy with it, it had not been a great marriage, and I felt like my soul and my body were being ripped in two. I tried to get rid of all anger – and it took a lot. I had to pray unceasingly. And I had to pray for the women that were involved, and that was hard. Everything was hard and I felt abandoned.

When Dawn called in to Heart to Heart with Mother Miriam, Mother Miriam encouraged her to pray a 54-day novena for her husband. Dawn followed Mother Miriam’s advice and called back to give an update:

“You told me to pray the 54-day novena … And I did it. And he came back. And I had to keep praying because Satan wasn’t going to let go that easily. We went to a Retrouvaille program, which is a Catholic marriage program that is unbelievable because it goes into forgiveness. And I prayed for a conversion of his spirit.

And just in January, Christ touched his heart and not only converted his spirit, but he is a different person. He said ‘I want to be Catholic, I want to do what’s right.’ He now goes to Mass … and by the way I didn’t ask him to do any of this, I just kept praying unceasingly. And I have a marriage today that is better than it has ever been. And it is because we cannot give up.

All I can say is do not let Satan win … do the 54-day novena. I had to let go and I had to trust. I learned a lot about myself. And I thought ‘You know Lord, whatever you need me to do, help me know what it is and I’ll just do it. I’m just gonna trust.’ And I finally got to have peace.”

In addition to the 54-day novena she was encouraged by Mother Miriam to pray , Dawn and her husband participated in Retrouvaille, a program for couples facing marital problems. Here is what Dawn had to say about the program:

“This Retrouvaille program is a beautiful program, it’s Catholic, Christ-centered. It lets you see that everyone in that room felt that they were no longer in love with each other, but they came and they asked Christ to come. And He came. And He poured out His grace for people that felt like we were like, wrapping it up. … And I watched a whole room full of people change. God is so good.”

Listen to Dawn’s call with Mother Miriam below:

Heart to Heart with Mother Miriam airs weekdays from 12:00-1:00 pm Pacific.

For more information about the Retrouvaille marriage program, visit

Actor Jim Caviezel discusses his Catholic faith on Immaculate Heart Radio

Actor Jim Caviezel discusses his Catholic faith on Immaculate Heart Radio

Live radio is always exciting – you never know what will happen or who might stop by. Host Joe Sikorra is often joined by regular guest Father Dave Heney, and during a recent show Joe and Fr. Dave received a surprise visit from TV & film star Jim Caviezel.

Jim came to visit Fr. Dave while he was live on The Joe Sikorra Show, and during an impromptu interview Jim shared the importance of his Catholic faith and how he approached playing Jesus in the 2004 film The Passion of the Christ.

On his Catholic faith, Jim Caviezel said:

“Without it I lose my gratitude and my appreciation – and that’s from the Holy Spirit. Without Christ I got none of that. I’ve been around so many people who have a lot of things, but they’re empty inside. …

Without the spirit inside you really don’t have anything. You want more. The difference between wanting more from God is I want more love in me, I want more happiness. …  When I see a great saint or someone like Fr. Dave or somebody who inspires me, I say ‘I could be better. I want to be better’ It inspires me.”

Jim starred as Jesus in The Passion of the Christ and shared how his Catholic faith helped him prepare for the role:

“My biggest goal was that people wouldn’t see me, but that they would see Jesus Christ. And so I thought, ‘I’m just this knuckleheaded actor, what can I do?’

Well I know the Mass, so I took the Eucharist every day, so now I’ve got the Eucharist in me. I made sure I went to Confession every day because I believe the Messiah didn’t have any sin in Him. And then I tried to focus and prayed the Rosary … and at one point during the Last Supper I asked Fr. Fulco ‘Hey will you take the monstrance and put it next to the movie camera and so when the world sees my eyes they’ll at least see the reflection of the monstrance of Jesus Christ in my eyes.’ And when I watched the movie you literally see a reflection of the priest in the eyes with the monstrance. Little things like that and the sacraments really impacted the film.”

Listen to the full interview below:

‘Amoris Laetitia’: Francis’ Field Hospital for the Family

‘Amoris Laetitia’: Francis’ Field Hospital for the Family

Pope Francis’ latest Apostolic Exhortation, Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love) was released on Friday and is the result of the 2014 and 2015 Synods on the Family. Bishop Robert Barron of Los Angeles offered his first thoughts on the Exhortation and what it means for the Church.

On a spring day about five years ago, when I was rector of Mundelein Seminary, Francis Cardinal George spoke to the assembled student body. He congratulated those proudly orthodox seminarians for their devotion to the dogmatic and moral truths proposed by the Church, but he also offered some pointed pastoral advice. He said that it is insufficient simply to drop the truth on people and then smugly walk away. Rather, he insisted, you must accompany those you have instructed, committing yourself to helping them integrate the truth that you have shared.

I thought of this intervention by the late Cardinal often as I was reading Pope Francis’s apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia. If I might make bold to summarize a complex 264-page document, I would say that Pope Francis wants the truths regarding marriage, sexuality, and family to be unambiguously declared, but that he also wants the Church’s ministers to reach out in mercy and compassion to those who struggle to incarnate those truths in their lives.

Read the rest of Bishop Barron’s thoughts on Amoris Laetitia at Word on Fire.