TV Picks 04.17.16

SUNDAY, April 17, 8pm, live

Sunday Night Prime

EWTN Mother Angelica used to say, “Holiness consists of four words: the will of God.” In tonight’s episode, “Gaining Merit With God,” host Father Andrew Apostoli of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal will show how we can do God’s will by faithfully cooperating with the graces he gives us. Re-airs Monday at 2 and 9am.

MONDAY-FRIDAY, April 18-22, 6:30pm, 2:30am

The Philosophers’ Bench

EWTN In this 2015 series, Catholic scholars Thomas Howard and Peter Kreeft exchange ideas about life’s meaning. The episodes, day by day: “Lewis, Tolkien and Fantasy”; “The Moral Order or the Tao”; “The Moral Order and Human Sexuality”; “The Humanities”; and “Sensucht: The Inconsolable Yearning.” Encores April 19-23 at 2:30am.


TUESDAY, April 19, 8pm

10 Towns That Changed America

PBS In this final installment of the three-part series, experts in history and architecture describe the development of 10 planned towns: 16th-century St. Augustine, Fla.; Philadelphia; Salt Lake City; Frederick Law Olmsted’s late-19th-century Riverside, Ill.; Pullman, IlI.; Greenbelt, Md.; Levittown, N.Y.; the Southwest District of Columbia; Seaside, Fla.; and Portland’s Pearl District.


WEDNESDAY, April 20, 1 and 5pm

Mother Angelica’s Birthday

EWTN At 1pm, Remembering Mother will air, with EWTN Yesterday & Today at 5pm, in honor of Mother Angelica’s birthday.


WEDNESDAY, April 20, 8pm


EWTN Jesuit Father Mitch Pacwa will host Bishop James Conley and Father Robert Matya of Lincoln, Neb., as they discuss the new St. Thomas Aquinas Newman Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, which has more than 6,000 Catholic students. Re-airs 1am and 9am Thursday and 4am Sunday.


SUNDAY, April 24, Noon, live

Memorial Mass for Mother Angelica

EWTN A liturgy in memoriam for EWTN’s foundress will be celebrated at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington.


MONDAY, April 25, 4:15am

Antonio Gaudi

TURNER CLASSIC MOVIES This 1986 documentary from the late Hiroshi Teshigahara focuses on the intricacies of design in the projects of the amazingly creative, Barcelona-based Catalan Catholic architect Antonio Gaudi (1852-1926), including residential buildings, the Park Güell, the Colònia Güell’s crypt and the gigantic Sagrada Familia Basilica.

TUESDAY, April 26, 3:30am

Gregorian Chant: The Music of the Angels

EWTN This documentary from EWTN traces the history of Gregorian chant since the reign of Pope St. Gregory the Great, from 590 to 604. Re-airs 11pm Saturday.

SATURDAY, April 30, 2pm

EWTN on Location: Impact of Re-Defining Marriage on Children and Society

EWTN Marriage and family expert Jennifer Roback Morse, foundress of the Ruth Institute, explains the many disastrous consequences that redefining marriage in the law will have on children, families, schools, churches and all of society. TV-G.

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.