I am finishing up a book on how Franciscans in the U.S. communicated with Americans through various media. In a chapter on radio and television programs, I write quite a bit about one particular effort called The Hour of St. Francis. Based in Los Angeles with financial support from Third Order Franciscans (or secular Catholics who pledged to live by values inspired St. Francis of Assisi), The Hour used Hollywood talent on a popular radio show and later to make a series of half-hour television episodes. You can listen to some of the radio shows here: The Hour. The programs were heard on hundreds of radio stations across the U.S. and so we can assume they were heard by hundreds of thousands of people. Scripts for the episodes were sent out to hundreds of listeners who requested them. Thus these episodes present an interesting question: do they constitute a body of thought that sits somewhere in between theology and lived religion?
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