Five (and maybe six) radio interviews tomorrow

Tomorrow (Monday) will be another busy day, with five radio interviews confirmed (plus possibly one extra interview bringing the total to six). Four of these interviews are with national radio stations in the US.a

I will be live on the Son Rise Morning Show on EWTN and Sacred Heart Radio at 6.20am ET.

At 7.45am ET I am on Morning Glory on EWTN radio. 

At 7.48am CT I am on Wake Up! on Catholic Community Radio in Louisiana.

At 4.09pm ET I am on Driving Home the Faith on Sacred Heart Radio.

In addition I am recording one further 20-25 minute interview for Relevant Radio, plus one extra interview that has yet to be confirmed.

It is fantastic that things are so busy and that there is so much interest right now in Fr Doyle. In addition to the above, there are several newspaper articles, book reviews and podcasted interviews that I have to post here for the record, but I don’t have enough time to do so this evening. 

The current interest in Fr Doyle is directly connected to the Armistice Day commemorations, the launch of To Raise the Fallen in the US, plus the screening of Bravery Under Fire on EWTN. This level of interest is, by definition, time bound – it will not last forever with this intensity. That is all the more reason to push hard and share these resources with as many people as possible so that Fr Doyle may become more well known and loved. 

 

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11 November – 100 years since the end of World War 1

100 years ago today the First World War came to an end. It was a dreadful war fuelled by stubbornness and nationalism. It was the first industrial war; millions were killed, and many more millions were scarred and wounded. As Fr Doyle once wrote:

This is a sad, sad war, of which you at home have but the faintest idea. May the good God end it soon.

Yet sanctity still shines through in the midst of the horrors. Apart from the case of Fr Doyle, the heroic examples of Blessed Rupert Mayer SJ and of Blessed Charles of Austria, both on the “other side,” also come to mind. Even in the midst of horror and bloodshed, the Holy Spirit continues to inspire many to acts of heroism and sanctity.

Traditionally this is a day on which all those who have died in war are remembered. It is thus a special day for remembering Fr Doyle and his own special sacrifice in giving up all worldly comforts, and laying down his own life, in order to bring comfort and the sacraments to those dying on the field of battle. He was dedicated to dying soldiers, and lost his own life while rushing into danger to assist them. In remembering Fr Doyle, it is thus right that we remember and pray for those for whom he offered his own life.

It is also a day in which we can talk to others about Fr Doyle, and seek to spread awareness of his life, and devotion to him.

For anyone interested in Fr Doyle’s military services, there is no better source than Carole Hope’s Worshipper and Worshipped. It is a definitive account of Fr Doyle’s life in the war, and can be found herehttps://www.amazon.com/Worshipper-Worshipped-Across-Chaplain-1915-1917/dp/1908336862

Thoughts for November 11 from Fr Willie Doyle

From the Tabernacle Jesus seems to say, “Stay with Me for it is towards evening and the day is now far spent”. This should urge me to come to visit Him often.

If my resurrection is a real one and is to produce fruit, it must be external, so that all may see I am not the same man, that my life is changed in Christ.

COMMENT: Fr Doyle wrote these notes while contemplating the scene in which the disciples encounter Jesus on the road to Emmaus during the 4th week of the Spiritual Exercises in 1907. He poses a question that we may fruitfully ask ourselves – can people perceive that my life has been changed in Christ? Or, as St Josemaria Escriva once put it:

How I wish your bearing and conversation were such that, on seeing or hearing you, people would say: This man reads the life of Jesus Christ.