Spiritual Autobiography

In Pursuit of EnlightenmentFairfield author Stepahnie Rivera will be joining Monica and Caroline in the studio this week to talk about her spiritual memoir, "In Pursuit of Enlightenment (On a Shoestring Budget)."

Stephanie's story begins with the lives of her parents.  Her father was the son of immigrant Russian-Jewish parents, and her mother was of Yankee stock.  They led an unusual life, which took them to California, Texas and eventually Boston, as her Jewish father became a minister, first with the Religious Science organization and later as a Unitarian.  With this background, it was not a great stretch for Stephanie, her mother and her siblings to learn TM, after their father's death.

More than simply a spiritual autobiography, this memoir is a revealing glimpse into a loving, if unusual, American family.

Father Rookey

This week Monica and Caroline will be talking with author Kathleen Quasey and Father Rookey about her biography of Father Rookey titled Healer of Souls.

 92-year old Father Rookey and his biographer are driving up from Chicago for this inerveiw.

Glowing reports of his healing ministry have been heard around Fairfield. Born October 12, 1916 in Superior, Wisconsin, Father Rookey entered the Servite Seminary in Hillside, Illinois in 1930. He studied theology, philosophy and music at Loyola and DePaul Universities in Chicago. In 1941 he was ordained at Our Lady of Sorrows Basilica in Chicago.

The Inner Game of Russian RouletteThe Inner game of Russian Roulette, a unique and engaging book, explores many intriguing questions about the unfolding of enlightened consciousness. How does expanding awareness affect identity? Might there be some common ground between the Eastern spiritual goal of samadhi (enlightenment), and the Christian goal of salvation? Do Eastern spiritual teachers and Western psychologists mean the same thing by the word "ego"? Why is it that so many Eastern masters emphasize the need to transcend or dissolve the boundaries of ego, while most Western psychologists consider "ego dissolution" to be virtually synonymous with insanity? How might such divergent perspectives be reconciled?