Talking About the “Things that Matter Most” on Nov. 13, 2013
LIVE FROM THE USCCB FALL ASSEMBLY IN BALTIMORE, MD
4:00 – Assisting Victims of Typhoon Haiyan / How to Help the Poor This Christmas
Desperation gripped Philippine islands devastated by Typhoon Haiyan as looting turned deadly today and survivors panicked over shortages of food, water and medicine, some digging up underground water pipes and smashing them open. Five days after one of the strongest storms ever recorded slammed into cities and towns in the central Philippines, anger and frustration boiled over as essential supplies dwindled. Some survivors scrawled signs reading “Help us”. We talk to Jim Cavnar of Cross Catholic International about the recovery effort and we also look at one easy way you can help the poor this Christmas season.
4:40 – Kresta Comments
5:00 – Immigration and Our Nation’s Future
Immigration is a phenomenon America has experienced countless times over the centuries and with each wave of new arrivals to our shores comes a discussion of how we should react. Because what is decided about our immigration laws will have long-lasting material and spiritual consequences, the Bishops of the state of CO decided to write a pastoral letter to emphasize some of the moral principles that should be considered in the discussion. Archbishop Samuel Aquila of Denver is here with us.
5:40 – Lessons for Catholics From Last Week’s Elections
The 2016 overtones were clear in this year’s two most high-profile elections. Republican Gov. Chris Christie’s resounding re-election victory in Democratic-leaning New Jersey sets the opening argument for a possible White House run while Terry McAuliffe’s gubernatorial victory gives fellow Democrats — if not his confidante Hillary Rodham Clinton, herself — a road map for success in the pivotal presidential swing-voting state. Christie became the first Republican to earn more than 50 percent of the New Jersey vote in a quarter-century. McAuliffe is the first member of the party occupying the White House to become Virginia governor since 1977. Catholic columnist Paul Kengorreads the tealeaves.
Billy Graham delivered what may be his last address to America last night in a short video entitled “The Cross,” in which the world-recognized preacher asked America: “I know where I’ve come from, I know why I’m here, I know where I’m going, do you?”
Graham’s message aired Thursday evening as the pastor celebrated his 95th birthday in Asheville, North Carolina with an estimated 900 attendees, including former vice presidential candidate and Alaska Governor Sarah Palin. The 30-minute message was later made available for viewers to watch online on the My Hope with Billy Graham website, and will be made available in select broadcasting networks this weekend.
At age 95, Graham’s most recent message has been dubbed as possibly being his last; the evangelical leader and former spiritual advisor to multiple U.S. presidents has suffered a series of medical ailments, including Parkinson’s disease, in his old age. Graham’s message in “The Cross” was one of both sadness and hope; the pastor lamented over how greatly America has distanced itself from God, and how he believes the nation is in “great need of a spiritual awakening.”
“I want to tell people about the meaning of the cross [...] the real cross of Christ,” Graham, who appeared impassioned even in his old age, said in the video. “I know that many will react to this message, but it is the truth and with all my heart, I want to leave you with the truth.”
Graham then asked Americans to look inside themselves and to seek a revival in Christianity: “I know where I’ve come from. I know why I’m here. I know where I’m going. Do you?” the pastor questioned. Graham’s address was also sprinkled with excerpts from his past sermons. “People don’t want to hear that they’re sinners. To many people it’s an offense,” Graham told his audience in the pre-recorded message. “The cross is offensive, because it directly confronts the evils that dominate so much of this world.”