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Kresta in the Afternoon

Kresta in the Afternoon – March 26, 2014 – Hour 1

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Therese, Faustina and Bernadette: Three Saints Who Challenged My Faith, Gave Me Hope, and Taught Me How to Love

  • Description: Author, speaker, and retreat leader Elizabeth Ficocelli is here to introduces us to three remarkable women saints who became not only her role models, but also her life-changing friends. Therese, Faustina, and Bernadette taught Ficocelli about faith, hope, and love, and showed her what true Catholic womanhood looks like. Some of the best saint stories are not about wonder-workers, but rather the everyday saints--friends who understand the challenges of marriage and motherhood and the banalities of day-to-day life. Elizabeth discovered three such friends in Therese of Lisieux, Faustina of the Divine Mercy, and Bernadette of Lourdes. She joins us.
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    • Elizabeth Ficocelli
      Elizabeth Ficocelli is a bestselling, award-winning author of fifteen books for adults and young people and a contributor to national Catholic magazines. She is a frequent guest on EWTN television programs and Catholic radio, and a popular speaker at conferences, parishes, schools, and retreats. Ficocelli lives in Columbus, Ohio.
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Therese, Faustina and Bernadette: Three Saints Who Challenged My Faith, Gave Me Hope, and Taught Me How to Love (continued)

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Therese, Faustina and Bernadette: Three Saints Who Challenged My Faith, Gave Me Hope, and Taught Me How to Love (continued)

Kresta in the Afternoon – March 26, 2014 – Hour 2

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Senator Rick Santorum Discusses Faith, Family, Politics and Culture

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    • Sen Rick Santorum
      A native of Pennsylvania, Rick Santorum was a candidate for the Republican nomination for President of the United States in 2012 and became known as a voice for conservatives who didn’t feel their voice was being represented. His grassroots approach to campaigning – including visiting every one of Iowa’s 99 counties and his stunning victory in the Iowa caucuses – catapulted him to frontrunner status where he ultimately won 11 states and 3 million votes during the Republican primary process. Rick and his wife of 22 years, Karen, are the parents of seven wonderful children: Elizabeth, John, Daniel, Sarah Maria, Peter, Patrick and Isabella. And during his run for president, Rick spoke passionately about his belief that strong families help produce a strong economy. He shared his views that we must expand opportunities for all Americans by encouraging incentives for marriage, children, and free enterprise.
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Senator Rick Santorum Discusses Faith, Family, Politics and Culture (continued)

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Senator Rick Santorum Discusses Faith, Family, Politics and Culture (continued)

Kresta in the Afternoon – March 25, 2014 – Hour 1

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Kresta Comments

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Neil deGrasse Tyson’s "Cosmos" – Filling in the Intellectual Gaps

  • Description: Several people have asked questions about the accuracy of Neil deGrasse Tyson’s portrayal of the Catholic Church in the recent series Cosmos (aired on FOX).There is an important adage at the foundation of logic – “there are far more errors of omission than commission.” Regrettably this portrayal of the Catholic Church (and religion) against science presents serious errors of omission – so much so as to be incredibly misleading. Fr. Robert Spitzer is here to fill in a few of the many intellectual gaps in this oversimplified account.
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    • Fr Robert Spitzer
      Fr. Robert Spitzer is a Catholic Priest in the Jesuit order, and is currently the President of the Magis Center of Reason and Faith (www.magisreasonfaith.org) and the Spitzer Center for Catholic Organizations (www.spitzercenter.org). He is also the Chief Educational Officer for the Ethics and Performance Institute (www.learnepi.com). The Magis Center produces documentaries, books, high school curricula, college courses, adult-education curricula, and new media materials to show the close connection between faith and reason in contemporary astrophysics, philosophy, and historical study of the New Testament. The Spitzer Center produces facilitated curricula to strengthen culture, faith, and spirit in Catholic organizations for the new evangelization. EPI (Ethics and Performance Institute) produces web-based education to corporations on personal efficacy, organizational culture, leadership, and ethics.
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Neil deGrasse Tyson’s "Cosmos" – Filling in the Intellectual Gaps (continued)

Kresta in the Afternoon – March 25, 2014 – Hour 2

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Kresta Comments

  • Description: Michael Eric Dyson and the Cosmos

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Jesus the Bridegroom: The Greatest Love Story Ever Told

  • Description: In Jesus the Bridegroom, Brant Pitre once again taps into the wells of Jewish Scripture and tradition, and unlocks the secrets of what is arguably the most well-known symbol of the Christian faith: the cross of Christ. In this thrilling exploration, Pitre shows how the suffering and death of Jesus was far more than a tragic Roman execution. Instead, the Passion of Christ was the fulfillment of ancient Jewish prophecies of a wedding, when the God of the universe would wed himself to humankind in an everlasting nuptial covenant. To be sure, most Christians are familiar with the apostle Paul’s teaching that Christ is the ‘Bridegroom’ and the Church is the ‘Bride’. But what does this really mean? And what would ever possess Paul to compare the death of Christ to the love of a husband for his wife? If you would have been at the Crucifixion, with Jesus hanging there dying, is that how you would have described it? How could a first-century Jew like Paul, who knew how brutal Roman crucifixions were, have ever compared the execution of Jesus to a wedding? And why does he refer to this as the “great mystery” (Ephesians 5:32)? As Pitre shows, the key to unlocking this mystery can be found by going back to Jewish Scripture and tradition and seeing the entire history of salvation, from Mount Sinai to Mount Calvary, as a divine love story between Creator and creature, between God and Israel, between Christ and his bride—a story that comes to its climax on the wood of a Roman cross. In the pages of Jesus the Bridegroom, dozens of familiar passages in the Bible—the Exodus, the Song of Songs, the Wedding at Cana, the Woman at the Well, the Last Supper, the Crucifixion, and even the Second Coming at the End of Time—are suddenly transformed before our eyes. Indeed, when seen in the light of Jewish Scripture and tradition, the life of Christ is nothing less than the greatest love story ever told.
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    • Dr Brant Pitre
      Professor of sacred Scripture at Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans, Louisiana. He is the author of the bestselling book Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist: Unlocking the Secrets of the Last Supper (2011). Dr. Pitre is an extremely enthusiastic and highly sought-after speaker who lectures regularly across the United States. He has produced dozens of Bible studies on both CD and DVD, in which he explores the biblical roots of the Catholic faith. He has also appeared on a number of Catholic radio and television shows, such as Catholic Answers Live and EWTN. He currently lives in Louisiana with his wife, Elizabeth, and their five young children.
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Jesus the Bridegroom: The Greatest Love Story Ever Told (continued)

Kresta in the Afternoon – March 24, 2014 – Hour 1

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Pro-Life Student Advocate Jon Scharfenberger Passes Away: A Mother's Testimony

  • Description: Jon Scharfenberger, a staff member for Students for Life of America and graduate of Ave Maria University passed away in 2010 after complications suffered after a tragic automobile accident that also claimed the lives of Kortney Blythe Gordon and her unborn baby Sophy. They were driving back from the Students for Life of America Georgia conference when their vehicle was struck by another head on in a massive collision. The driver of the other vehicle was reportedly speeding and passing cars on a two-lane road. Gordon and her unborn child, Sophy, were immediately killed upon impact and Scharfenberger was in critical condition following the accident. We talk to Jon’s mother Anna Scharfenberger about her son, and the scholarship dinner that has been founded in his honor.
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Pro-Life Student Advocate Jon Scharfenberger Passes Away: A Mother's Testimony (continued)

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Federal Judge Overturns MI Marriage Amendment / British Hospitals Burning Aborted Babies for Heat. Why Should Anyone Be Outraged?

Kresta in the Afternoon – March 24, 2014 – Hour 2

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Kresta Comments - The New Evangelization: Build the Church, Bless the Nation

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Kresta Comments - The New Evangelization: Build the Church, Bless the Nation (continued)

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Kresta Comments - The New Evangelization: Build the Church, Bless the Nation (continued)

Kresta in the Afternoon – March 21, 2014 – Hour 1

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Ukraine Military Concedes on Crimea as Russia Takes Hold

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Michele Obama In China – Plans to Not Raise Human Rights Issues

  • Description: When Michelle Obama arrived in Beijing with her two daughters, Sasha and Malia, she was be the envy of Chinese women. She has what almost none of them have. Not only does she have two children—most urban Chinese are limited to one—but she has two daughters. Women and girls have been the primary victims of China’s thirty-five year long ‘war on women.’ Women who are pregnant with illegal children are targeted for abortion. Millions die each year. But Michelle Obama apparently intends to ignore all this. She plans to remain silent on human rights issues. We talk to Reggie Littlejohn who has been fighting for women’s rights in China for years.
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    • Reggie Littlejohn
      Founder and President of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers, an international coalition to expose and oppose forced abortion, gendercide and sexual slavery in China. Reggie also led the international effort to free blind activist Chen Guangcheng, who arrived in the United States on May 19, 2012. Women’s Rights Without Frontiers seeks to form a left-right, human rights and humanitarian coalition to end forced abortion and gendercide. An acclaimed international expert on China’s One Child Policy, Reggie has testified six times at the United States Congress, three times at the European Parliament, and she has presented at the British, Irish and Canadian Parliaments as well
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“The Son of God” – Another Opinion

  • Description: In a recent article Dr. Monica Miller asks, Is Son of God a good movie about Jesus or should we look for another? Her response: “I am glad that the movie is out there, and I am glad that, in contrast to its negative reviews, audiences like the movie and are going to see it. I am glad, even grateful, that this movie does indeed treat Christ as the Son of God. But while believers can be grateful for this pious faith statement, as cinematic art it is an unremarkable movie and we should hope for something better.” Al disagrees and they discuss why.
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Kresta in the Afternoon – March 21, 2014 – Hour 2

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From Sedevacantist to Full Communion: The Story of a Religious Order

  • Description: After the death of Blessed John Paul II and the election of Pope (Emeritus) Benedict XVI, a community of Sedevacantist religious women began a spiritual journey that would eventually lead to their petitioning the bishop of Spokane, WA for full communion with the Catholic Church. This extraordinarily bold step, of course, required prayerful discernment, ongoing study and much personal sacrifice. In June of 2006, their miracle of faith bore fruit when Sr. Mary Eucharista, SMMC, and numerous members of her community received a letter from Bishop Skylstad that formally approved the Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Church as a Public Association of the Faithful within the Diocese of Spokane, WA. We talk to Sr. Mary Eucharista about the journey.
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From Sedevacantist to Full Communion: The Story of a Religious Order (continued)

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From Sedevacantist to Full Communion: The Story of a Religious Order (continued)

Kresta in the Afternoon – March 20, 2014 – Hour 1

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Fred Phelps is Dead: How Much Damage Did He Do to Christians?

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Fred Phelps is Dead: How Much Damage Did He Do to Christians? (continued)

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Top Ten Myths About Pope Francis’ First Year

Kresta in the Afternoon – March 20, 2014 – Hour 2

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Kresta Comments: Fred Phelps vs Pope Francis

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Putin, Crimea and Falling Population

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Putin, Crimea and Falling Population


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