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BY Daniel J. Engler
EWTN New Season Preview
EWTN Tune in to hear Doug
Keck and his guests discuss the new Catholic shows that Mother Angelica’s
network has in store for us this spring. Airs 5:30 a.m. Sunday, 6 p.m. Monday,
11:30 p.m. Wednesday and 6:30 a.m. Saturday.
SUNDAY, 5 p.m.
Tony Melendez Concert
Familyland TV Born without
arms because his mother was prescribed thalidomide when expecting him,
Nicaragua-born Tony Melendez has become a famous singer, “toe guitarist,” Catholic
speaker and outstanding exemplar of faith and achievement. His playing so
touched Pope John Paul II in Los Angeles on Sept. 15, 1987, that the Holy
Father left his platform, came over to Tony and kissed him. Here Tony performs
at a Holy Family Fest at Catholic Familyland in Bloomingdale, Ohio.
SUNDAY, 8 p.m.
PBS Where there’s life,
there’s hope. This show proves that maxim true as it tells how loving and
skilled trainers have turned around the lives of two previously uncontrollable dogs
that had difficult puppyhoods. Herbie, a bearded collie, now herds sheep
instead of attacking them, and Holly, a bloodhound, is now a K-9 corps police
dog. A re-air.
MONDAY, 9 p.m.
American Experience: The Living Weapon
PBS After learning in 1942
that Axis powers Germany and Japan had begun germ-warfare projects, President
Franklin Roosevelt initiated a similar U.S. program. His order led to nearly
three decades of secret research, including, incredibly, some experiments on
the general public. President Richard Nixon renounced deadly biological weapons
in 1969 and shut down the U.S. program.
TUESDAY, 9 p.m.
Ancient Discoveries: Machines of the Gods
History Channel “You know
how, when you were pagans, you were constantly attracted and led away to mute
idols.” 1 Corinthians 12:2 tells us. This program bears that out as it explains
that ancient Greek and Roman pagan rulers and keepers of temples enlisted
scholar-scientists such as Ctesibus, Heron and Philon to create magic-trick
illusions to fool visitors to the temples.
THURSDAY, 11:45 p.m.
Lilies of the Field
Turner Classic Movies Taking
its title from Jesus’ words in St. Matthew 6:28, this 1963 film won Sidney
Poitier a Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal of an ex-GI on his way home who
meets East German refugee nuns in the western desert after his car overheats
near their farm. He begins helping them and winds up building them a chapel.
SATURDAY, 8 p.m.
EWTN Sydney Penny plays St.
Bernadette and Jean-Marc Bory is Father Peyramale in French director Jean
Delannoy’s 1988 film retelling of the story of Our Lady of Lourdes.
Dan Engler writes from
Santa Barbara, California.