Weekly TV Picks

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Mother Angelica Teaching Series: Heaven

EWTN, all day

On Mother's Day, tour heaven with Mother Angelica in these seven hour-long shows at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. and 1:30, 4, 5, 7 and 8 p.m. Mother tells us about paradise and what is known about companionship, music, beauty, knowledge and the state of body and soul there. She also discusses heaven's secrets, joy and “work.”


If Walls Could Talk

Home & Garden TV, 5:30 p.m.

In this episode, families discover their homes’ links to a New Hampshire stagecoach owner, a Kentucky tobacco firm and a circa-1900 San Francisco family.


Don't Forget!

PBS, 9 p.m.

This episode of Scientific American Frontiers surveys recent research into our human memory processing and recall. Tips for maintaining a healthy memory include, as we might expect, eating well, physical exercise and cutting stress — but also daily brain exercises. Advisory: Some sad profiles of people who have memory afflictions.


Dawn of the Maya

PBS, 8 p.m.

In this National Geographic Specials installment, archaeologists speculate about the significance of recent exciting discoveries, including a major mural, an elaborate mask and perhaps the biggest pyramid city of all.


Capturing the Killer Croc

PBS, 9 p.m.

Chronicles an effort to catch and relocate a crocodile, said to be 30 feet long and nearly a century old, that is believed to have killed 200 people near Lake Tanganyika.



EWTN, 4:30 a.m., 6 p.m.

This 30-minute documentary from the Vatican Television Center relives May 13, 1982, when Pope John Paul II went to Portugal to thank Our Lady of Fatima on her feast day for saving his life in the assassination attempt on that date the year before.


Burma Bridge Busters

History Channel, 11 p.m.

In World War II's China-Burma-India theater between 1943 and 1945, the U.S. Army Air Corps’ 490th Bomb Squadron destroyed 192 bridges crucial to the Japanese army. Former President George H.W. Bush hosts this program, which features archival footage as well as reminiscences by squadron members at an emotional reunion.



History Channel, 8 a.m.

This show profiles the man behind the Buick: Scotland-born automotive genius David Dunbar Buick (1854-1929). He was producing gasoline engines by 1899.

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.