Watch “Authentically Free at Last” on EWTN!

Society views “freedom” as the ability to do whatever we want. In Authentically Free at Last, hosts Gloria Purvis, Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers and Damon Owens show how society mistakes freedom with license. To be authentically free we must follow God’s plan for us and resist the temptations the secular culture places before us.

Watch “Authentically Free at Last” on EWTN online HERE  (scroll down to WATCH LIVE), or on your local cable/satellite network.

Air Times in the United States & Canada:

Sundays: 5:00 AM ET

Mondays:  6:00 PM ET

Here is the episode list:

Episode 1 – Authentically Free at Last

Freedom is not the license to do whatever we want. Gloria Purvis, Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers and Damon Owens discuss the meaning of authentic freedom and how a properly formed conscience leads us to the moral good. They show the necessity of the Church as a basis for a properly formed conscience to guide us through the world of secular relativism.

Episode 2 – Freedom and Conscience

Our society has different understandings of what the conscience is and what it means to have a properly formed conscience. Gloria Purvis, Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers and Damon Owens discuss the importance of the conscience, how we can form our consciences properly and how a properly formed conscience leads to authentic human freedom.

Episode 3 – Free Love Ain’t Free

The modern acceptance of fornication undermines authentic human love. Gloria Purvis, Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers and Damon Owens explain why we should care when two consenting adults engage in this destructive behavior and what we can do to combat this in our lives and in the lives of our loved ones.

Episode 4 – Just Say Yes

Contraception plays an enormous role in our secular culture, providing promises of freedom. Host Gloria Purvis along with Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers and Damon Owens show that it really is thwarting the life giving action of the Holy Spirit, and what we can do in our own families to unveil the bondage that contraception really is.

Episode 5 – He Created Them Male and Female

God created us as male and female. Host Gloria Purvis along with Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers and Damon Owens discuss complementarity between men and women, and why homosexual acts and redefining marriage are not compatible with authentic freedom. They also explain the difference between accepting homosexual behavior and a person with same sex attraction.

Episode 6 – No Sex Is A Bad Thing

God’s plan calls for the conception of a child to occur within the confines of a marriage, between the mother and father. Gloria Purvis, Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers and Damon Owens discuss the concept of pregnancy resulting from sexless encounters, why this is against the God’s plan for authentic love, and what an appropriate response to infertility or homosexual couples “parenting” should be.

Episode 7 – Radical Love of Womanhood

Society claims the Church treats women as second-class citizens, not equal to men. But Gloria Purvis, Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers and Damon Owens show this is the exact opposite of how the Church views women, especially contrasting the Church with the misogynistic view of society regarding women and their fertility. The Church accepts a woman’s fertility as a gift while society paints it as a flaw in her design.

Episode 8 – Vocations and Marriage

Society’s view of morality differs markedly from that of the Church. Gloria Purvis, Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers and Damon Owens examine the impact of fornication, contraception, and abortion on vocations and marriage. Families with fewer children result in fewer vocations to the priesthood and religious life. Lack of respect for marriage and sex only within marriage nullifies the practice of celibacy within religious life.

Episode 9 – A Person is a Person No Matter How Small

Secular culture believes the myth that research on embryos serves the common good. Gloria Purvis, Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers and Damon Owens take an in depth look at the attitudes that buttress this utilitarian approach to unborn children, why we should care, and what we can do about it.

Episode 10 – A Person is a Person No Matter How Old or Ill

Many people promote what they see as the positives of euthanasia. Gloria Purvis, Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers and Damon Owens debunk the idea that euthanasia is an acceptable answer for unburdening a family or society and why “mercy killing” and “not wanting to be a burden” are not truly a loving response to an elderly or suffering person.

Episode 11 – God Hears You

Does God hear us when we pray? Does He care? Gloria Purvis, Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers and Damon Owens examine the role of prayer in coping with our relativistic culture, in offering reparation for affronts against God, and for our conversion and that of our country. The necessity of prayer in confronting the culture and in our own interior conversion is discussed so that we can do so charitably and with wisdom.

Episode 12 – The Mystical Hook Up

God has given us the Sacraments to help us grow closer to Him. Gloria Purvis, Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers and Damon Owens examine the strength and grace the sacraments provide in helping us not only form our consciences properly but also in witnessing the truth regarding authentic human freedom.

Episode 13 – Truth and Freedom

Society presents an alternative to the truth taught by the Church. Gloria Purvis, Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers and Damon Owens discuss why authentic freedom comes only when we aspire to live by the authentic truth of Christ. Anything less leads us away from God and our intended destiny.

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19 Comments

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19 responses to “Watch “Authentically Free at Last” on EWTN!

  1. Len Young

    I am attempting to secure pro-life support from black, non-catholic churches in the Gainesville, FL area. I have spoken to one congregation, but have seen no response. Any suggestions? (I am a 71 yr. old white guy.) Len Young lenruthyoung@att.net

    • Boy, talk about a tough crowd! I’m not surprised by their reaction. You probably have little to no credibility and you are talking about an issue that they consider a civil rights issue. As a black community in general, we have bought hook, line and sinker into the lie of Planned Parenthood.

      You need to make them aware of Maafa 21:

      http://www.maafa21.com/

      Also, keep praying!

      Have a great weekend!

      • Len Young

        Thanks for the timely reply. I left them many materials, including a copy of Maafa 21. I think I screwed up when I mentioned that, to correct the problem, one of the things that they could do was to VOTE PRO-LIFE.
        Not very wise of me, but my purpose is to simply tell the truth, no matter what. But where there is life, there is hope. And the praying will continue.
        God bless your efforts. DEO GRATIAS! Len

  2. You did tell them the truth but they are clearly not ready to accept it. You’re going to have to chip away at it. If you go to my Publications page (http://auremcordis.com/publications.php) you will see an essay I wrote titled, “Abortion and the Black Community.” This should help those who are serious about seeking the truth. The better educated we are in the facts, the more we can move out of the darkness and into the Light!

    Keep up the great work!

  3. Pat MaMoyle

    Totally different thread. Just watched your first show and loved it! I watch EWTN every day and it is wonderful to see such knowledgeable people of color educating the masses. As an African American convert the information inspires me to want to learn more about the faith and how to speak to my family and friends about PRO-LIFE and the threats against religious freedom.
    As you know with our first African-American president most black folks are reluctant to vote against this historic president even if his administration goes against natural law and our religious beliefs. I must admit I need help with this dilemma as well so it’s hard for me to be convincing in stating my case. I could use some spiritual direction. Thank you.

  4. Thank you, Pat! No one should ever vote for someone, no matter who they are, because of race. I am thrilled that we have come to a point in our country’s history that a black man can be president. That is something we should celebrate but, sadly, we cannot because of his stance on serious, critical issues affecting the common good. Think of it this way: if Obama weren’t black, how would you feel?

    You must remember that, as people of faith, we are NOT living for this world but for the next. The words of St. Paul ring true today as they did 2,000 years ago: “Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may prove what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect” (Romans 12:2). And from St. John: “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If any one loves the world, love for the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the pride of life, is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world passes away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides for ever” (1 John 2:15-17).

    Why are you (and many others) in a dilemma? We are deafened by the raucous discord of the culture of political correctness and values-neutral education that, left unchallenged by the Gospel of Jesus Christ, will ultimately erode the spiritual foundation upon which our faith is built, all in the name of “tolerance” and “diversity,” and at the expense of authentic truth and freedom. We have become hard of hearing and cannot clearly hear Christ speaking to us, we often “reject the principle that we must accept the beauty and truth of what the Church believes and teaches, thinking instead that we can pick and choose what to believe. Instead of trying to internalize the faith and treat it as the standard for judging the values of the unbelieving culture that surrounds us, people all too often judge which Church teachings to accept on the basis of whether they conform to the values of the surrounding culture” (Archbishop Samuel Aquila). Jesus did not die so that His truth could be changed by the culture; Jesus gave His life and died so that He could transform the culture with His truth! We cannot embrace the Cross without Christ.

    Let us take, for example, the current debate on stem cell research. The Church has no problem at all with stem cell research, but we have a big problem when stem cell research is conducted on embryos, on developing children, which the president supports. The end does not justify the means. Everyone would like to see cures for Parkinson’s and many other diseases, but the Church will not stand on the sidelines and watch while the culture goes about it’s business of trying to convince us to do “whatever it takes” even if that means destroying human lives. The recently touted method of harvesting stem cells from an embryo without damaging it proved to be a lie since all off the developing children used in their experiments were killed.

    The fact is that many people right now are being cured through stem cell therapies developed using harvested cells from umbilical cord blood, skin cells and bone marrow. You have to ask yourself: why does the culture insist on using embryos for stem cell research when there currently exists safer and more highly effective methods that are already being used?

    As Catholics, we cannot think or act like the world. The objective truth in conformity with the natural law must help to form our consciences. Through baptism we have died to our old way of life (the world) and put on Christ. “Put off your old nature which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and put on the new nature, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness. Therefore, putting away falsehood, let every one speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another” (Ephesians 4:22-25). The Word of God and the Church should be our guide, not the government or subjective opinion.

    Let me be clear so that there is no mistake: I am not telling you who to vote for. I am simply preaching the faith in love (see Ephesians 4:14).

    Psalm 115:1,

    Deacon Harold

    • Pat MacMoyle

      Thank you so much for your prayerful response. It is the perfect follow up to praying the Chaplet of St Michael with Mother Angelica this morning. I knew the the first time I listened to your homily on EWTN’s Daily Mass that you have been anointed by the Lord to teach the word. Your references to scripture will definitely help in discussing this matter with family and friends with greater confidence.
      I appreciate your forthright spirit and your clear-headed grasp of what it means to be Catholic. With your help I now understand and believe that my loyalty to Jesus Christ trumps all other allegiance.
      If I could trouble you for one more thing I would appreciate your opinion. As a Catholic, what is my obligation to vote? Would it be against the Catholic conscience to abstain? What if I don’t like the social policies or moral character of any of the candidates? Is it better to select the lesser of the two evils rather instead? I am not trying to put you on the spot so if this is something that is out of line please forgive me but if there is some way to respond in a general way I would be much obliged.
      Once again, thank you. God Bless!

  5. That’s an easy one! Download and read “The Voter’s Guide for Serious Catholics” by Catholic Answers. It’s not very long (18 pages) and will answer all of your questions:

    http://www.catholic.com/sites/default/files/voters_guide_for_serious_catholics.pdf

    • Pat MacMoyle

      Thanks Deacon Harold. You’re the best thing that ever happened to me and EWTN! May God continue to richly bless your ministry.

      Pat

  6. Love reading the posts and your responses Deacon Harold! God bless you all:)

  7. I don’t have Cable or Satellite TV. I googled “Authentically Free at Last” and all i found was EWTN live. Can I watch all the episodes of “Authentically Free at Last” on the Internet?

    Sincerely,

    De Maria

    • I don’t have cable or satellite either! You can watch each archived episode here:

      http://www.ewtn.com/series/shows/authentically-free-at-last/index.asp

      or you can watch live here on your computer via the Internet (click on the WATCH LIVE):

      http://www.ewtn.com/

      Thanks for watching!

      • Thanks Deacon. I see the ad, but I don’t see the show video. Is it too new or something?

        Also, I frequently watch Journey Home and EWTN live from Youtube. Will “Authentically Free at Last” be shown on Youtube also?

        In the meantime, I found your promo on EWTN live and copied it to my Blog, if anyone is interested in watching it there.

        Sincerely,

        De Maria

      • Thank you, De Maria!

        I checked the link and it is correct. The video is on the right side next to the “Episode List” button. Not sure why it’s not showing-up on your computer.

        EWTN hasn’t said whether or not they are putting the series on YouTube. I’ll post an update if they do.

        Thanks for the link to your blog! I truly appreciate your support.

      • I don’t know what I did wrong the first time. But I checked again and there it is. I used the embedded code provided on the upper right corner and now it is on my Blog as well.

        Can’t wait for the next installments.

        I’ve also embedded your Preparation talks along with Gloria Purvis (HHS talks) and Damon Owens (Adult lessons). I found them on Youtube when I was searching for “Authentically free at last.” I’ve scheduled those to appear on future dates. Even one of your homilies from last Advent.

        Thanks for all you are doing to pass on the Catholic faith.

        Sincerely,

        De Maria

  8. Mary Harvey

    Thank you.

    Mary Harvey maryul@aol.com

  9. Pat mACmOYLE

    Saw episode 4 last nite. I am blown away by the three hosts. Very powerful. Very timely in light of what’s going on in our country right now. Keep up the good work.

  10. Ruth Boll

    I just saw this show for the first time today. Episode six–“No sex is a bad thing”. It was wonderfully done and such an answer to prayer. Last night at RCIA, a participant, obviously struggling in her young marriage with infertility was nearly in tears when someone brought up medical ethics and said that IVF was an immoral act. She asked ‘what if she disagree with the Church–did she have that right?’ I had told her that IVF is ‘missing the mark’ of what we are call to be. And when in the past I have ‘disagreed with the church,’ when I full explore the issue, the Church is ALWAYS right. I encouraged her to work to form her conscience on the issue and sent her and her husband (a cradle Catholic) home with Christopher West’s CD series of An Introduction to the Theology of the Body. After praying last night and today to and from work for them, I came home to this particular episode. Your show’s reference to Pope Paul VI Institute allowed me to look up the information that I think she will need. I look forward to future episodes! Thank You for this ministry and May God continue to bless you and the whole team!

  11. Marie C.

    Just want to say thank you! The show is wonderful; very helpful and right on the mark! Would love to see the three of you work together on something else when the season is over. God bless you!

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