Weekly TV Picks

MONDAY, JULY 4

A Capitol Fourth (2005)

PBS, 8 p.m.

The National Symphony Orchestra plays patriotic themes as this 90-minute Independence Day gala in Washington, D.C., celebrates its 25th anniversary. Guests include the Beach Boys, Gloria Estefan, the O'Jays and Irish tenor Ronan Tynan.

MONDAY, JULY 4

Bank of America Presents:

An American Celebration

at Ford's Theatre —

Salute to the Troops

ABC, 10 p.m.

Taped June 12, this hourlong tribute to our military personnel features host Jeff Foxworthy, the Singing Sergeants chorus of the U.S. Air Force, Bill Conti and the American Celebration Orchestra, U.S. Marine Josh Chacin and many stars. Advisory: Rated TV-PG.

MONDAY, JULY 4

Boston Pops Fireworks

Spectacular

CBS, 10 p.m.

From the Esplanade by the Charles River, the Boston Pops under Keith Lockhart once again celebrates love of country on “the glorious Fourth.” As always, the finale will feature Tchaikovsky's “1812 Overture,” cannon fire and all.

TUESDAY, JULY 5

Classroom: Paul Revere

A&E, 7 a.m.

On the unforgettable night of April 18-19, 1775, American patriots Paul Revere (1735-1818) and William Dawes rode out to warn the people of Lexington and Concord, Mass., that British regulars were coming to disarm them. “The fate of a nation was riding that night,” wrote Henry Wadsworth Longfellow in his poem, “Paul Revere's Ride,” and this show gives us insights into Revere's life, character and love of liberty.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 6

Grand Canyon

History Channel, 10 a.m.

“And carven by his power/Rocks are his written words,” wrote the Irish poet and rebel Joseph Mary Plunkett. God certainly had a lot to say, then, when he made the Grand Canyon of the Colorado River. This two-hour show documents the canyon's beauty.

THURSDAYS

Challenge & Change

Familyland TV, 10 p.m.

Do you need extra ideas on sanctifying your daily life? Raising your children as good Catholics? Connecting with other Catholic families? The Apostolate for Family Consecration has practical tips on all these goals and more. Re-airs Fridays at 1:30 p.m., Mondays at 6 a.m., Tuesdays at 1 a.m. and 10:30 p.m. and Wednesdays at 9 a.m.

SATURDAY, JULY 9

Teresa de Los Andes

EWTN, 1 p.m.

“A Carmelite sanctifies herself in order to make all the Church's members holy,” wrote the mystic St. Teresa of Jesus (1900-1920), who was born Juanita Fernandez Solar. She entered the monastery of the Discalced Carmelite sisters at Los Andes, Chile, in May 1919 and died of typhus the next April. Every year, 75,000 or more Chilean young people make a 17-mile pilgrimage in her honor. This eight-hour film about her is in Spanish with English subtitles.

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.