Son Rise Morning Show

The Son Rise Morning Show with Anna Mitchell and Matt Swaim is fast-paced, motivating and informational – always from the Catholic perspective. You’ll hear news, engaging interviews, prayer and more each weekday morning from 6am-8am ET.
2022-01-14
The physics of faith, new data on the accuracy of prenatal diagnosis, and more!
Good morning! On today’s show, Matt Swaim and Anna Mitchell welcome Matt D’Antuono to discuss his recent article for the National Catholic Register on physics and faith. Other guests include Bobby Schindler from the Terri Schiavo Life and Hope Network, Brad Hahn from Solidarity Healthshare on new data about prenatal diagnosis, and Fr. Hezekias Carnazzo from the Institute of Catholic Culture and Fr. Jonathan Duncan from the Diocese of Charleston to preview the Sunday Mass readings. Plus news, weather, sports and a whole lot more...
2022-01-13
Celebrating the feast of St. Hilary of Poitiers, addressing the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan, and more!
Happy feast of St. Hilary of Poitiers! On today’s show, Matt Swaim and Anna Mitchell welcome Mike Aquilina to talk more about this Doctor of the Church who was known as the “Athanasius of the West.” Other guests include Rita Heikenfeld on olives and olive oil in the Bible, Kim Pozniak from Catholic Relief Services on how they’re addressing the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan, and Gary Michuta to continue our series on his book “Revolt Against Reality.” Plus news, weather, sports and a whole lot more...
2022-01-12
Celebrating the feast of St. Aelred of Rivaulx, the private prayers of Jesus, and more!
Happy feast of St. Aelred of Rivaulx! On today’s show, Matt Swaim and Anna Mitchell talk to Dr. Kevin Vost and Dr. John Cuddeback about the impact of this great English saint. Other guests include Gary Zimak on the private prayers of Jesus, Aram Hamparian from In Defense of Christians on the ongoing situation regarding Armenia and Turkey, and Danielle Bean on resolving to trust God in the New Year. Plus news, weather, sports and a whole lot more...
2022-01-11
Water and Baptism in the Bible, St. Basil on loving God, and more!
Good morning! On today’s show, Matt Swaim and Anna Mitchell welcome Steve Ray to talk about water and Baptism in the Bible. Other guests include Kris McGregor on what St. Basil teaches us about loving God, Fr. Boniface Hicks on how our experience with our parents influences the way we view God, and Joseph Pearce on what T.S. Eliot and Hilaire Belloc had to say about Epiphany. Plus news, weather, sports and a whole lot more...
2022-01-10
Casey Chalk, Brendan Hodge, Patrick Reynolds, and so much more!!!
Good morning! On today’s show, Matt Swaim and Anna Mitchell welcome Casey Chalk to discuss his new book on Christians living under Muslim persecution. Other guests include Brendan Hodge from The Pillar to discuss how Catholics responded to questions about hot button issues in a recent survey, Patrick Reynolds from Catholic Charities of Southwest Ohio on how they’re helping to resettle Afghan refugees, and Kevin Schmiesing with This Week in Catholic History. Plus news, weather, sports and a whole lot more...
2022-01-07
Celebrating the feast of St. Raymond of Penyafort, previewing Sunday’s feast of the Baptism of the Lord, and more!
Happy feast of St. Raymond of Penyafort! On today’s show, Matt Swaim and Anna Mitchell discuss the legacy of this great Dominican saint and his patronage of lawyers. Guests include Bobby Schindler from the Terri Schiavo Life and Hope Network, Ken Craycraft on vaccine mandate hearings at the Supreme Court, and Fr. Jonathan Duncan from the Diocese of Charleston and Fr. Hezekias Carnazzo from the Institute of Catholic Culture on the Sunday Mass readings for the feast of the Baptism of the Lord. Plus news, weather, sports and a whole lot more...
2022-01-06
Celebrating the Feast of Epiphany, Bible food trends for 2022, and more!
Happy feast of the Epiphany! On today’s show, Matt Swaim and Anna Mitchell welcome Amy Alznauer, author of “The Strange Birds of Flannery O’Connor,” to talk about Epiphany as a storytelling mechanism in the works of Flannery O’Connor. Other guests include Rita Heikenfeld on Bible foods that are trending in 2022, pastoral counselor Kevin Prendergast with spiritual and emotional goals for the new year, and Gary Michuta to continue our series on his book “Revolt Against Reality.” Plus news, weather, sports and a whole lot more...
2022-01-05
Celebrating the feast of St. John Neumann, science and the Eucharist, and more!
Happy feast of St. John Neumann! On today’s show, Matt Swaim and Anna Mitchell talk to Sr Stephanie Gabriel, IHM, about his connection to the founding of her religious order. Other guests include Stacy Trasancos to discuss her new book on science and the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist, Brandon McGinley on why civilization needs true religion, and Gary Zimak on how Jesus guides us through the storms of life. Plus news, weather, sports and a whole lot more...
2022-01-04
Celebrating the feast of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, wise men and fools in the Bible, and more!
Happy feast of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton! On today’s show, Matt Swaim and Anna Mitchell welcome Tony Dilulio from the National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton to talk about how her experience of quarantine played a role in her journey to the Catholic Church. Other guests include Kris McGregor from Discerning Hearts on St. Elizabeth Ann Seton’s spirituality, Steve Ray on wise men and fools in the Bible, and Marlon De La Torre on making spiritual resolutions for the New Year. Plus news, weather, sports and a whole lot more...
2022-01-03
Celebrating the feast of the Holy Name of Jesus, This Week in Catholic History, and more!
Happy feast of the Holy Name of Jesus! On today’s show, Matt Swaim and Anna Mitchell welcome Fr. Patrick Mary Briscoe, O.P., to discuss the Magi as models for seeking the truth wherever it leads us. Other guests include Fr. John Gavin, S.J., on what it means to pray for God to deliver us from evil, Brendan Hodge on what effect COVID had on religious practice in 2021, and Kevin Schmiesing with This Week in Catholic History. Plus news, weather, sports and a whole lot more...
2021-12-31
New Years Eve!
It’s the last day of the year, and on this special New Year’s Eve edition of the SRMS, Matt Swaim and Anna Mitchell look at a few of the biggest stories of 2021 - including Afghanistan, the pandemic, “Eucharistic Coherence” and Catholic politicians, as well as huge pro-life legal stories. Plus, thoughts on New Year’s Resolutions and looking ahead to tomorrow’s feast of Mary, Mother of God.
2021-12-30
Thursday in the Octave of Christmas!
It’s Thursday in the Octave of Christmas, and on today’s edition of the SRMS, Matt Swaim and Anna Mitchell welcome patristics scholar Fr. John Gavin to talk about the Holy Angels and the Nativity. Joseph Pearce tells us about JRR Tolkien’s Father Christmas Letters. And Fr. Philip-Michael Tangorra unpacks the theology of the great hymn, Adeste Fideles.
2021-12-29
Wednesday in the Octave of Christmas!
On this Wednesday in the Octave of Christmas, Matt Swaim and Anna Mitchell discuss the Nativity-themed poetry of St. Ephrem with Mike Aquilina. Msgr. Charles Pope unpacks the thoughts of St. Thomas Aquinas on the fittingness of the events of the Nativity. And Daniel Garland tells us about how the Temple prefigures the birth of Christ.
2021-12-28
Tuesday of the Octave of Christmas
As we continue through the Octave of Christmas, Matt Swaim and Anna Mitchell talk to Dr. Peter Brown about theories of what the Star of Bethlehem actually was. Art historian Liz Lev will talk about the tradition of Nativity Scenes through the ages. And Mike Aquilina talks about St. John Chrysostom’s writings on the birth of Christ and our Blessed Mother.
2021-12-27
The Evangelist and Disciple Whom Jesus Loved
Merry Christmas! On today’s Feast of St John, Matt Swaim and Anna Mitchell welcome Steve Ray to talk about the evangelist and disciple whom Jesus loved. We’ll unpack the history and theology related to the place where Jesus first laid his head. And Fr. Stef Bankemper shares his new version of the 12 Days of Christmas song to help us better appreciate the Christmas season.