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TV Picks November 2-8, 2008

BY Daniel J. Engler

November 2-8, 2008 Issue | Posted 10/28/08 at 1:56 PM



The Little Flower

CATHOLICTV “The only way I can prove my love is by scattering flowers, and these flowers are every little sacrifice, every glance and word, and the doing of the least actions for love.” So wrote St. Thérèse of Lisieux (1873-1897), the Carmelite sister who promised that she would “let fall from heaven a shower of roses.” Father Leonard Tighe discusses her life at 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. Monday, 9 a.m. Tuesday, 11 a.m. Wednesday, 2 a.m. and 9 p.m. Thursday, 6:30 p.m. Friday and 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

SUNDAY, 8 p.m.

Lassie’s Great Adventure

FAMILYLAND TV William Beaudine directed this 1963 family drama, which stars June Lockhart and Hugh Reilly as Mom and Dad, Jon Provost as Timmy and everyone’s favorite collie, Lassie. A runaway hot air balloon lands Timmy and his pet Lassie in the forest, where they battle many dangers until Lassie helps Dad and the Mounties rescue them.

SUNDAY, 10 p.m.

Franciscan University

Presents: John Paul II and

The Gift of Life

EWTN Janet Smith is a seminary professor, theologian, author, consultor to the Pontifical Council on the Family and an expert on contraception. Tonight she and the Steubenville panel discuss contraception’s destructive personal and cultural consequences and the loving remedies found in the 1960 book Love and Responsibility by Bishop Karol Wojtyla (later Pope John Paul II).

TUESDAY, 8 p.m., live

Election Coverage

MAJOR NETWORKS As America determines whether pro-life John McCain or pro-abortion Barack Obama will prevail, Catholic viewers might reflect upon Pope John Paul II’s remark in his encyclical Evangelium Vitae (The Value and Inviolability of Human Life, 1995): When a nation denies the right to life, “In this way democracy, contradicting its own principles, effectively moves toward a form of totalitarianism. The state … is transformed into a tyrant state which arrogates to itself the right to dispose of the life of the weakest and most defenseless members.”


Rebirth of the Church in Russia

EWTN In this six-part series, Father Benedict Groeschel and missionary Father Michael Shields recount Russian Catholics’ sufferings and martyrdom under Soviet communists’ 70-year persecution, the role of Mary Immaculate in the fall of the atheist regime, and today’s efforts to rebuild the faith. Continues Sunday and Monday.

THURSDAY, 9 p.m.

Ancient Discoveries:

Ancient Tank Tech

HISTORY Archaeologists and reconstructors theorize that the principles of the tank —------ armor, speed and firepower — were known in antiquity. Advisory: TV-PG.

SATURDAY, 12:30 p.m.

The Victory Garden: Vertical

PBS Expert Paul Epsom describes the best climbing plants, such as bougainvillea.

Dan Engler writes from
Santa Barbara, California.