Today’s was a packed edition of “Word to Life.” We had a lot of material to cover — Halloween, All Saints Day, All Souls Day, and next week’s Election Day. Joining me to help put it all together were Kathryn Lopez, editor of National Review Online, and Fr. Chad Partain, pastor of St. Paul the Apostle Church in Mansura, LA.
A graduate of nearby Dominican Academy and Catholic University in Washington, Kathryn shared with us her thoughts about the upcoming election, as well as her more general insights into how faith and politics can come together in American life. A model she looks to, somewhat naturally considering her job, is William F. Buckley, the recently deceased founder of National Review. Buckley, a Catholic, wrote regularly on faith in the public square, including his famous God and Man at Yale and Nearer, My God. During our conversation, Kathryn was at her best when describing how she grew up Catholic and conservative in Manhattan.
Meanwhile, over at National Review Online, Kathryn had this to say about All Saints Day.
Later in the show, Fr. Partain gave us an update on the shrine he is building to St. Philomena, which he said may be the largest dedicated to her in the United States. He also explained a few of the traditions one can find connected to All Saints and All Souls celebrations in Louisiana, including grave blessings and Masses held in the area’s cemeteries.
Click below for the full audio of today’s show.
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