TV Picks 01.25.15

MONDAY, Jan. 26, 3am, 6:30pm

Death as a Salesman: What’s Wrong With Assisted Suicide

EWTN This 30-minute 2001 documentary, based on Brian Johnston’s 1998 book of the same title, defends the right to life of disabled, ill and dying people by interviewing author Johnston, disability-rights activist Joni Eareckson Tada and pro-life columnist Wesley Smith, as well as euthanasia proponent Derek Humphry. Advisory: TV-PG.

TUESDAY, Jan. 27, 8pm

Genealogy Roadshow

PBS In this episode, the show’s genealogists visit Philadelphia, where they probe residents’ family histories. Two sisters uncover their ancestors’ emigration from Ireland, a man discovers his possible descent from Vikings, and a young man wants to know if he is related to a signer of the Declaration of Independence. Advisory: TV-PG.

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 28, 10am

12th Extraordinary Prayer of All Churches for Reconciliation, Unity and Peace

EWTN Join the Church in praying for Christian unity.


WEDNESDAY, Jan. 28, 2:30pm

He Dared Speak the Truth: Dietrich von Hildebrand and the Third Reich

EWTN In this concluding segment, hosts John Henry Crosby and Alice von Hildebrand show that Dietrich’s moral courage helped him prevail in his fight against Nazism. Re-airs 11pm Friday. The series will start over next Wednesday.

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 28, 11pm

The Catholic View for Women: The Pill Is Not the Answer

EWTN Guest Dr. Thomas Hilgers, head of the Pope Paul VI Institute for the Study of Human Reproduction and the National Center for Women’s Health in Omaha, Neb., calls his NaPro Technology system “a fertility-care-based medical approach, rather than a fertility-control approach” to reproductive and gynecological problems. Re-airs 10:30am Friday. Advisory: TV-PG.

THURSDAY, Jan. 29, 10:15pm

The Hoodlum Priest

TURNER CLASSIC MOVIES This 1961 crime drama is based on the real-life apostolate of Father Charles Clark (1902-1963), a Jesuit in St. Louis who founded Dismas House, the first halfway house, where he helped rehabilitate thousands of ex-convicts. Don Murray, Keir Dullea, Cindi Wood and Larry Gates star.

SUNDAYS, Feb. 1, 8, 15, 7:30am, 11:30am

The Holy Rosary From Lourdes

EWTN Pilgrims pray the Rosary at the famous grotto.

SUNDAY, Feb. 1, 3pm, live

11th Annual Puppy Bowl

ANIMAL PLANET In this fun alternative to the NFL’s Super Bowl, two teams of shelter-and-rescue puppies will rack up “touchdowns” by running around a miniature stadium. Re-airs all evening.

THURSDAY, Feb. 5, 10am

EWTN Catholic Classic: In His Sandals — Trials Are a Privilege

EWTN Mother Angelica, no stranger to life’s trials, uses the Letter of St. James as she reveals the secret of finding joy in Christ amidst difficulties.

Dan Engler writes from
Santa Barbara, California.

Cistercian Father Thomas Esposito says of discerning one’s college choice, ‘There has to be something that tugs at you and makes you want to investigate it further. And then the personal encounter comes in the form of a visit or a chat with a student or alumnus who communicates with the same enthusiasm or energy about the place. And then that love of a place can be a seed which germinates in your own heart through prayer.’

Choose a College With a Discerning Mind and Heart

Cistercian Father Thomas Esposito, assistant professor of theology at the University of Dallas (UD) and subprior (and former vocations director) of the Cistercian Abbey of Our Lady of Dallas, drew from his experience as both a student and now monastic religious to help those discerning understand the parallels between religious and college discernment.

Antonin Scalia and Ruth Bader Ginsburg at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, April 17, 2014.

Recalling the Unlikely Ginsburg-Scalia Friendship

Justice Antonin Scalia’s love of debate was one of the things that drew him to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a woman with whom he disagreed on many things, including many aspects of the law.