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BY Daniel J. Engler
4 a.m., live
EWTN “Do not feel sorry for me,” wrote Father Damien
de Veuster (1840-1889), of the Sacred Hearts Fathers, about the Hansen’s
disease (leprosy) he contracted at his mission on Molokai. Pope Benedict XVI
will canonize him today, along with French Sister Mary of the Cross (Jeanne)
Jugan (1792-1879), foundress of the Little Sisters of the Poor; Polish
Archbishop Zygmunt Szczesny Felinski (1822-1895), founder of the Franciscan
Sisters of the Family of Mary; Spanish Dominican Father Francisco Coll y
Guitart (1812-1875), founder of the Congregation of the Dominican Sisters of
the Annunciata; and Spanish Trappist Brother Rafael Arnaiz Baron (1911-1938).
Re-airs at noon.
6:30 a.m., 6 p.m.
CATHOLICTV In this new series, Father Bill Kelly and Father
Chip Hines look for underlying themes in recent movies. Tonight’s topic is the
2001-03 Lord of
the Rings trilogy, director Peter
Jackson’s adaptation of Catholic author J.R.R. Tolkien’s saga. Re-airs 8 p.m.
Thursday and noon and 10 p.m. Saturday.
PBS This special follows NASA astronauts Scott
Altman, Andrew Fenstel, Michael Good, John Grunsfeld, Gregory Johnson, Michael
Massimino and Megan McArthur as they train for and carry out their dangerous
May 2009 mission to perform never-before-attempted intricate repairs on the
Hubble Space Telescope. Advisory: TV-PG.
Commandments of Catholic Family Life
EWTN In this 2008 five-part series about growing in
holiness as a family, Father Wade Menezes of the Fathers of Mercy discusses the
beauty of marriage and the duties of husbands and fathers, wives and mothers,
and children and teens. He also explores the family as a domestic church.
PBS Mary Jane Queen, 92, of rural Jackson County,
western North Carolina, her eight children, and her grandchildren all play
mountain music that derives from Appalachian traditions and their Irish,
Scottish and English heritages. A re-air from 2006.
HISTORY This episode richly depicts the family life of
American pioneers and the homes they built, from New England post-and-beam
frames on to Southeastern log cabins, prairie sod houses and Southwestern adobe
homes. A re-air. Advisory: TV-PG.
GEOGRAPHIC CHANNEL Most of the
gold ever mined is still around, say experts. They add that nearly 10% of gold
mined today comes from Peru, where miners brave landslides to hose 25 tons of
dirt to find perhaps one ounce of gold.
Dan Engler writes from
Santa Barbara, California.