TV Picks 02.07.16

SUNDAY, Feb. 7, 9:30am

EWTN Bookmark

EWTN Host Doug Keck interviews Leila Marie Lawler about a 2014 book she co-wrote with David Clayton, The Little Oratory: A Beginner’s Guide to Praying in the Home. Re-airs 5am and 5:30pm Monday and 5:30pm Saturday.

SUNDAY, February 7, 3pm

Puppy Bowl XII

ANIMAL PLANET In this two-hour event, adoptable rescued puppies romp around inside a miniature football stadium in imitation of today’s other contest, pro football’s Super Bowl. Innocent creatures of God at their heartwarming best.

SUNDAY, Feb. 7, 10pm

Franciscan University Presents: Islam and ISIS

EWTN Robert Spencer, a Melkite-Greek Catholic who founded Jihad Watch, joins the team in analyzing ISIS, the teachings of Islam and ways in which Westerners can help the many Christian and other victims of ISIS overseas. Re-airs 5am Thursday.

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 10, live

Ash Wednesday

EWTN At 8am, the MFVA Fathers celebrate the Solemn Mass of Ash Wednesday in Our Lady of the Angels Chapel in Irondale, Ala. Re-airs 6:30pm. At 10:30am, Pope Francis will preside over the Stational Prayers and Penitential Procession from the Church of St. Anselm to the Basilica of Santa Sabina, where he will celebrate Mass With the Blessing and Imposition of Ashes. Re-airs midnight.

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 10, 8pm


EWTN Jesuit Father Mitch Pacwa’s guest, author Susan Tassone, promotes prayer for the holy souls in purgatory. Here she discusses insights from St. Faustina.

FRIDAY-WEDNESDAY, Feb. 12-17, live

Pope Francis in Mexico

EWTN On Friday evening, Pope Francis will arrive in Mexico City. On Saturday he will visit the president, meet leaders and diplomats and meet with bishops at the cathedral; and in the evening, he will say Mass in the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe. On Sunday, he will say Mass in the suburb of Ecatepec, visit a children’s hospital and meet cultural figures. On Monday, he will fly to San Cristobal de Las Casas in Chiapas to say Mass, dine with indigenous locals and visit the cathedral. Then he will go to Tuxtla Gutierrez to meet families in a stadium. On Tuesday, he will fly to Morelia in Michoacan to say Mass with priests, consecrated persons and seminarians, visit the cathedral and meet with young people in a stadium. On Wednesday, he will fly to Ciudad Juarez in Chihuahua, visit a detention center, meet with workers, say Mass and fly home. See for times.

TUESDAY, Feb. 16, 3:30am

Thirst for Truth: Battle for Souls

EWTN Today’s topic for Father Wade Menezes of the Fathers of Mercy is “By Which We Wound or Sever Our Relationship With God: The Very Nature of Sin and Its Consequences.” Re-airs 11pm Saturday.

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 17, 8pm

Nature: Raising the Dinosaur Giant

PBS Paleontologists in Argentina’s Patagonian desert uncover titanosaur bones, thought to be 101.6 million years old, from a new species, the largest land animal known so far.

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.