TV Picks 05.31.15

TUESDAY, June 2, 3am, 6:30pm

Benedicta: Marian Chant From Norcia

EWTN This show profiles Benedictine monks at their monastery in Norcia (formerly Nursia) in Umbria, Italy, and follows them as they record an album of chants for the Blessed Virgin Mary.

TUESDAY, June 2, 3:30am

Remain With Us, Lord

EWTN In this 2012 documentary filmed in the U.S. and Ireland, Father Robert Barron and other theologians explain the sacred reality of the holy sacrifice of the Mass, and priests, families and individual Catholics testify about Mass as the heart of their spiritual lives. Advisory: TV-PG. Re-airs 11pm Saturday.


Virtue, Freedom and Faith

EWTN In this new series premiering Wednesday, June 3, Jesuit Father Robert Spitzer, president of the Magis Center of Reason & Faith, offers antidotes to the moral relativism that afflicts Catholics and Protestants today. Re-airs 4:30am Saturdays.

WEDNESDAY, June 3, 9pm

Nova: Surviving the Tsunami

PBS This documentary uses survivors’ accounts and amateur and professional videographers’ images to capture the destructiveness of the tsunami that struck the northeastern coast of Japan on March 11, 2011, after the Tohoku 9.0 earthquake offshore. Advisory: Disaster scenes. A re-airing from 2011.

THURSDAY, June 4, 1pm

Solemnity of Corpus Christi Mass and Procession

EWTN Pope Francis will celebrate Mass at the Basilica of St. John Lateran and then preside over the annual Eucharistic Procession to the Basilica of St. Mary Major, where he will offer Benediction. Re-airs at midnight.


Papal Visit to Sarajevo

EWTN Pope Francis will visit officials at the presidential palace, celebrate Mass in the Olympic Stadium, host priests, religious and seminarians, hold an interreligious meeting, meet young people at the cathedral and give a farewell talk at the airport. Check for times.

SATURDAY, June 6, 5pm, live

The Belmont Stakes

NBC Post time will be around 6:30pm for this 147th running of “The Test of the Champions” at Belmont Park in Elmont,  N.Y.

WEDNESDAY, June 10, 9pm

Nova: D-Day’s Sunken Secrets

PBS In this two-hour episode, submersibles and divers explore Allied craft that sank offshore, veterans recount the battle, and military historians analyze technological innovations that helped reduce the number of casualties. A re-airing from 2014.

FRIDAY, June 12

Solemnity of the Sacred Heart

EWTN “Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us.” At 8am, the Franciscan Missionaries of the Eternal Word celebrate Mass for the Solemnity (re-airs at noon, 6:30pm and midnight). At 9:30am, EWTN and the Franciscan Missionaries of the Eternal Word take part in the annual Global Rosary Relay for Priests (re-airs at 9:30pm). At 1:30pm, Jesuit Father Mitch Pacwa discusses Reminders of God’s Love: The Sacred Heart and the Divine Mercy. At 1:30am Saturday, in The Twelve Promises of the Sacred Heart, Raymond De Souza discusses Jesus’ promise to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, “I will bless those places where my Sacred Heart shall be exposed.”

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.