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Be a Missionary!

We were deeply saddened to learn of the demise of Catholic Family Radio (CFR). Granted, CFR was a mixed bag and never quite figured out what it wanted to be, but when it was good, it was superb. To our ear, the most consistently superb program was Catholic Answers Live, a regular feature of which was the “Open Forum Q&A With Karl Keating.” In case you don’t know, Keating is a walking Catholic encyclopedia as well as a man of remarkable conciseness and common sense.

He is also President of Catholic Answers in San Diego, which publishes This Rock, a high-powered apologetics/evangelization magazine designed to equip the committed Catholic to spread the Faith.

Recently, Keating and his Vice President, Phil Lenahan, founded Be magazine, which is geared to a broader audience and is primarily designed to encourage the less committed Catholic to deepen his relationship with Christ and His Bride, the Church. Be features first-class thinkers such as Peter Kreeft and Helen Hull Hitchcock, and there are articles by famous public figures such as Ricardo Montalban and Bowie Kuhn — all written in an easily accessible manner. On top of that, Keating has his own Q&A column in every issue. Here’s a sample:

A Catholic girl is serious about both her faith and her boyfriend, but the boyfriend has no religion and doesn’t seem interested in Catholicism. Marriage seems inevitable, but she’s afraid she could lose her faith if she marries him. So, what should she do? Keating gives her some good tips on how to get her boyfriend interested in Catholicism, and counsels her not to marry “until after you see if your boyfriend will convert,” adding “it would be imprudent to marry very soon after his conversion; you want to make sure the conversion has been made for the right reason.” Sound and very valuable advice!

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