TV Picks 03.08.15


EWTN’s New Spring Shows

EWTN In Fields and Faith, host Bob Dolan interviews sports figures about their faith and careers (4:30pm Sundays; 6:30pm Tuesdays). In Grandparents, Father James Mallon, Deacon Larry Worthen and Nicole Snook ask guests how they pass the faith onto their children and grandchildren (9pm Sundays; 5:30am Mondays). In Symbolon, Edward Sri and other theologians suggest ways to express the faith (11pm Mondays; 3:30am Saturdays). In the 14-part series The Voice of the Bridegroom: A Christological Key to Reading the Whole Bible, Bishop Jan Liesen of the Diocese of Breda in the Netherlands shows that Jesus is the Bridegroom of the Church (2:30pm Wednesdays; 11pm Fridays).

SUNDAY, March 8, noon

Angels in the Outfield

TURNER CLASSIC MOVIES Faith, repentance and redemption have the lead roles in this 1951 drama, as the innocence and prayers of little orphan Bridget (Donna Corcoran) prompt angels to start helping her favorite team, reform a grumpy manager and lead to a championship. Cameos by baseball greats Ty Cobb, Joe DiMaggio and more.

SUNDAY, March 8, 5pm

The Church Universal

EWTN Tonight’s topic for Franciscan Father Joseph Wolfe and his guests is “Cursillo: Its Origins, Mentality and Purpose.” Re-airs at 1am Tuesday and 6pm Friday.

MONDAY, March 9, 9pm

The Ghost Army

PBS Nineteen World War II veterans of the U.S. Army’s 1,100-man 23rd Headquarters Special Troops unit recount the ingenious ways they deceived the German military about U.S. troop strength and intentions in Europe. Fake planes, tanks, trucks, cannons and structures, plus sound effects of convoys and armored and infantry units, confused the enemy and helped the Army advance to victory. A re-air from 2013.

MONDAY-FRIDAY, March 9-13, 3am, 6:30pm

Reality Check: The Four Last Things: Death, Judgment, Heaven, Hell

EWTN Father of Mercy Wade Menezes exhorts us to love and obey Jesus and always be ready for him.

MONDAY-FRIDAY, March 16-20, 3am, 6:30pm; March 19, 5:30pm

The Philosophers’ Bench

EWTN In this new series, Thomas Howard and Peter Kreeft offer Catholic wisdom about applying the moral law to society and other crucial subjects.

TUESDAY, March 17, 3:30am

Thirst for Truth: Battle for Souls

EWTN In a salutary reminder to us all, Father William Casey of the Fathers of Mercy discusses “The Devil: Father of Lies and Murderer From the Beginning,” based on the words of Jesus in John 8:44. Re-airs at 10pm Saturday.

TUESDAY, March 17, 5pm

Lives of the Saints: St. Patrick of Ireland

EWTN On his feast day, this show tells the story of St. Patrick (387-ca. 461), the heroic and beloved “Apostle of Ireland.”

WEDNESDAY, March 18, 9pm

Nova: The Incredible Journey of the Butterflies

PBS This 2009 documentary follows monarch butterflies at stops along the way as they make their yearly 2,000-mile migration from areas in the United States to mountainous regions in Mexico.

Dan Engler writes from
Santa Barbara, California.

The Earth is Not Our Mother

“The main point of Christianity was this: that Nature is not our mother: Nature is our sister. We can be proud of her beauty, since we have the same father; but she has no authority over us; we have to admire, but not to imitate.”—G.K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy