TV Picks 03.20.16

SUNDAY, March 20, live

Palm Sunday

EWTN At 4:30am, Pope Francis is to celebrate the Solemn Mass of Palm Sunday in St. Peter’s, with the Angelus following. Re-airs 8pm. At 8am, the Franciscan Fathers of the Eternal Word will celebrate Palm Sunday Mass in Irondale, Ala. Re-airs midnight Monday. At noon, the Solemn Mass of Palm Sunday will be said in the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.
 

MONDAY, March 21, 8pm

Major League Legends: Ted Williams

SMITHSONIAN CHANNEL Most would rank Hall of Famer Ted Williams (1918-2002) as one of the top five hitters among the major leagues’ 18,456 ballplayers, 1876-2015. A left fielder for the Boston Red Sox, 1939-1942 and 1946-1960, he served with the U.S. Navy and Marines in World War II and was a Marine fighter pilot in the Korean War.
 

MONDAY-FRIDAY, March 21-25, 2:30am

Holy Week Retreat With Father Pablo Straub

EWTN Redemptorist Father Pablo Straub (1932-2013), a priest for 55 years, was a missionary, retreat leader and the founder of two congregations for men and women, the Consecrateds of the Most Holy Savior. Here, he helps us prepare to carry our cross; to remember that Christ died to save us from damnation; to spiritually clothe ourselves; to revere the Eucharist; and to reflect upon Jesus’ “Seven Last Words” on the cross.
 

WEDNESDAY, March 23, 10pm

Secrets of the Dead: The Lost Gardens of Babylon

PBS Stephanie Dalley of Oxford’s Oriental Institute believes the Hanging Gardens were in northern Iraq. A re-air from 2014.
 

THURSDAY-SATURDAY, March 24-26, live

The Triduum

EWTN At 4:30am on Holy Thursday, Pope Francis will celebrate the Chrism Mass. At noon, he will celebrate the Solemn Mass of the Lord’s Supper. Re-airs 9:30pm. At 5:30pm, the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception will host the Solemn Mass of the Lord’s Supper With Choral Meditations. At noon on Good Friday, Pope Francis will preside at the Solemn Celebration of the Lord’s Passion. Re-airs midnight Saturday. At 3pm, the Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion will take place at the National Shrine. At 8pm, Pope Francis will preside at the Stations of the Cross at the Colosseum in Rome. Re-airs 3am Saturday. At 3:30pm Holy Saturday, the Holy Father will celebrate the Easter Vigil Mass. At 8pm, the Solemn Easter Vigil Mass will take place at the Basilica of the National Shrine.
 

SUNDAY, March 27, live

Easter Sunday

EWTN At 4am, Pope Francis will celebrate the Solemn Mass of Easter. Re-airs 7pm. At 5am, he will give the traditional Urbi et Orbi Message and Blessing “to the city and to the world.” Re-airs 6pm Sunday and 3:30am Monday. At 8am, the Franciscan Fathers will celebrate the Solemn Mass of Easter Sunday in Irondale. Re-airs midnight Monday. At noon, the Basilica of the National Shrine will host the Easter Sunday Mass.
 

SUNDAY, March 27, 10:15am

The Miracle of Our Lady of Fatima

TURNER CLASSIC MOVIES Always worth watching is this 1952 fact-based story of the Blessed Mother’s visits to the shepherd children of Fatima in 1917, her message of prayer and penance, and the “Miracle of the Sun” on Oct. 13 — the date, by the way, on which director John Brahm died in 1982. Susan Whitney and Gilbert Roland star.

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.