A collection of inspirational videos and text featuring America’s finest religious thinkers, stories of personal faith, and reflections on spiritual topics, gathered from television broadcasts of 30 Good Minutes, a weekly multifaith program in Chicago.
In his message, The Joy of Being Lost and Found, Fr. Edward Beck, a member of the Passionist Community in New York City, says that Jesus’ parables about the lost sheep, the lost coin, and the lost sons show us how God searches relentlessly for us, no matter how lost we’ve become. When we are found, God’s joy—and ours—is great.
Fr. Edward L. Beck, C.P., is a writer and Roman Catholic priest from the Passionist Community, living in New York City. He is the author of three books: God Underneath, Unlikely Ways Home and Soul Provider. He gives retreats and workshops on spirituality nationally and internationally, and is also a commentator on religious and faith issues for various media outlets.
This archived 30 Good Minutes broadcast was first aired in Octorber 2004.
A New Documentary from the Chicago Sunday Evening Club
Divided Families: Responding with Faith
This hour-long documentary explores the impact of current US immigration policies on Amy and Carlos, a young family from West Chicago. Because Carlos was brought to the US illegally from Mexico as a child, they encounter severe penalties and barriers as they attempt to gain his resident status. Like thousands of families in this situation, they want to do the right thing, but there seems to be no path to follow. We tell the story of their decade-long struggle, and highlight the work of faith organizations across Chicago that are working to help families like theirs stay together.
Premieres on WTTW Thursday, October 16th at 9pm
Conversation with Edward Beck
30 Good Minutes host Lydia Talbot speaks to Fr. Edward Beck.
Spiritual Journey by David Roberts
A water skiing accident changed David Roberts' life, but faith and the love of his family nurtured a grateful heart.
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Reflection on Joy by Delle Chapman
"What are we here for anyway?" the seventh grader asked me with a tinge of exasperation in her voice. That’s what I get for telling them they could ask me anything. I knew she wasn't upset with me personally. She'd been carrying that existential question around for who knows how long.
These young ladies and I had spent a fat half-hour of their religion class talking about how important it was to discover who God was and establish a relationship with Him/Her/It. But this young woman was chasing the why of life from the human perspective. She might as well have asked, "What's in it for us?"
I said a quick prayer to the Holy Spirit, and heard myself say, "We're here to enjoy life…and to love each other."
I reminded her that Jesus said he'd come so that our joy would be full, and so that we'd have life and have it abundantly. As the Apostle John wrote, “They will know we are Christians by our love.” But there was no getting round it: I had essentially stood up in front of a classroom of impressionable teenaged girls at a Catholic school and boiled our reason for being down to love and joy.
I'll stand by that. They went home to a little brother or sister who gave them a class in Love 101, and newspaper headlines would forever teach them how tough a challenge joy can be. I wanted to be the angel on their shoulder reminding them that the glass is always half full . . . of joy!
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