TV Picks 01.27.13

MONDAY, Jan. 28, 8pm

The Mark of Zorro

TURNER CLASSIC MOVIES This 1940 drama, directed by Rouben Mamoulian and starring Tyrone Power, Linda Darnell and Basil Rathbone, features a classic swordfight and offers a friendly view of California’s Spanish mission padres. A-II and TV-G.

TUESDAY, Jan. 29, 3am, 6:30pm

A Time to Rebuild

EWTN Jesuit Father Mitch Pacwa discusses the restoration of the Jesuits’ Nowy Cacz school, which helped the Polish people preserve the faith under persecution. TV-G.

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 30, 10am

Demographic Bomb: Demography Is Destiny

EWTN This 2009 sequel to the 2008 documentary Demographic Winter explores the history of population control, refutes the myth of "overpopulation," charges anti-lifers with violating human rights and demonstrates the disastrous effects of falling birth rates.

THURSDAY, Jan. 31, 9pm

Columbia: Mission of Hope

PBS This new documentary observes the anniversary of the Columbia space shuttle disaster of Feb. 1, 2003, by saluting the seven astronauts who died and by telling the story of crew member Ilan Ramon, Israel’s first astronaut, who carried with him a miniature Torah scroll that had survived the Holocaust. At 10pm, the re-airing of NOVA: Space Shuttle Disaster investigates the accident.


SATURDAY, Feb. 2, 2pm


EWTN Highlights from Franciscan University’s Science and Faith Conference, with the theme "Can Science Inform Our Understanding of God?"

SATURDAY, Feb. 2, 11pm

Healing and Miracles at Lourdes

EWTN Ever since Our Lady appeared to St. Bernadette in Lourdes in 1858, she has continued to draw her children to God and shower graces and cures upon them. Re-airing at 7pm Friday, Feb. 8.

SUNDAY, Feb. 3, 3pm

Puppy Bowl IX

ANIMAL PLANET Every year, the Puppy Bowl provides an endearing parody of Super Bowl football as cute puppies in a "stadium" score "touchdowns" by romping into the "end zones." A water-bowl cam captures hilarious bowl’s-eye close-ups of slurping puppies, and a veterinarian is on hand to make sure no puppies get tuckered out. Advisory: TV-PG.

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 6, 10am

Egypt’s Christians

EWTN This documentary traces the history of Christianity in the land of the pyramids from the Holy Family’s sojourn there and on to the early Desert Fathers, relations with Muslims and the coexistence of Copts, Catholics and Protestants.

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 6, 9pm

Nova: Building Pharaoh’s Chariot

PBS Archaeologists, engineers, woodworkers and horse trainers build two replicas of Egyptian royal war chariots and test-drive them. The ancient chariots’ advanced features included spoked wheels, springs, shock absorbers and roll bars.

SATURDAY, Feb. 9, 7pm

Mother Angelica Live Classics: The Scapular and St. James

EWTN In this show from 1996, Mother Angelica relates the history of the Brown Scapular and explains the graces attached to wearing it.

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.