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  • Kresta in the Afternoon – April 16, 2014 – Hour 1

    Kresta in the Afternoon – April 16, 2014 – Hour 1

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    Ukraine Crisis: Militants, army face off in east amid soaring tensions

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    Go Forth with Hearts on Fire

    • Description: Love Courageously. Evangelization is sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ with the world. It is the fundamental mission of the Church. It begins with each of us realizing we have been courageously loved by God; we are called to return this gift of love and share the Good News with the world. Finding ways to love God and our neighbor in a radical and sacrificial way requires great courage, especially in today’s culture. But to love courageously is the most effective way we have to share the Gospel and ultimately leads us to our deepest happiness. This explains the Pastoral Letter recently published by Bishop Paul Loverde of the Diocese of Arlington, VA. We talk to him about the New Evangelization.
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    The 7 Last Words of Jesus

    • Description: The Seven “Last Words” of Jesus from the cross are actually 7 short phrases that Jesus uttered on Calvary that serve as an excellent holy week meditation. To find all of the seven last words of Jesus Christ, one must read all the gospels since none of the evangelists records all 7 last words. The sayings would have been originally uttered by Jesus in the Aramaic language, but only one of the last seven words of Jesus is preserved for us in the original Aramaic, namely "Eli, Eli, lama sabacthani" or "My God, My God, why have you forsaken me," which is a direct quote of the opening verse of Psalm 22. The rest of the seven last words of Jesus are found in the gospels after having been translated into Greek by the four Evangelists. With the Triduum upon us we talk to Msgr. James Shea about the Last Words.
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  • Kresta in the Afternoon – April 16, 2014 – Hour 2

    Kresta in the Afternoon – April 16, 2014 – Hour 2

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    “Heaven is For Real”

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    A Catechism for Business: Tough Ethical Questions and Insights from Catholic Teaching

    • Description: Many managers who believe themselves to be religious are all too willing to "check their religion at the door" of their workplaces. They may simply be ignorant of the implications of their faith for their business practices. Catholic teaching on business and economics has been described (with intentional irony) as the Church's "best kept secret." The Catholic Church has over the years developed extensive and detailed guidance for many areas of business. But this guidance is often buried within lengthy teaching documents that may not be easily accessible to the busy executive. Answers to specific moral questions may be tough to find. We talk to Andrew Abela who has assembled the relevant quotations from recent Catholic social teaching as responses to these questions.
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      • Dr Andrew Abela
      • Resources:
        • Book(s):
          • A Catechism for Business: Tough Ethical Questions and Insights from Catholic Teaching
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    A Catechism for Business: Tough Ethical Questions and Insights from Catholic Teaching (continued)

  • Today on “Kresta in the Afternoon” – Apr. 16

    Talking about the “things that matter most” on April 16

    4:00 – Ukraine Crisis: Militants, army face off in east amid soaring tensions
    Pro-Russian militants appeared to tighten their grip on Ukraine’s eastern town of Slaviansk on today as Ukrainian military forces massed nearby in an uneasy standoff. Pro-Russian militants in eastern Ukraine have seized six Ukrainian armored vehicles, the defense ministry in Kiev says. Reports say the occupants were disarmed after the vehicles were blockaded by locals in the city of Kramatorsk. The incident comes a day after the military began an operation to remove pro-Russian protesters from public buildings across eastern Ukraine. Meanwhile, Nato is increasing activity in member states bordering Russia. As tensions continue to rise we talk to Leon Aron, Resident Scholar and Director of Russian Studies at the American Enterprise Institute.

    4:20 – Go Forth with Hearts on Fire
    Love Courageously. Evangelization is sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ with the world. It is the fundamental mission of the Church. It begins with each of us realizing we have been courageously loved by God; we are called to return this gift of love and share the Good News with the world. Finding ways to love God and our neighbor in a radical and sacrificial way requires great courage, especially in today’s culture. But to love courageously is the most effective way we have to share the Gospel and ultimately leads us to our deepest happiness. This explains the Pastoral Letter recently published by Bishop Paul Loverde of the Diocese of Arlington, VA. We talk to him about the New Evangelization.

    4:40 – The 7 Last Words of Jesus
    The Seven “Last Words” of Jesus from the cross are actually 7 short phrases that Jesus uttered on Calvary that serve as an excellent holy week meditation. To find all of the seven last words of Jesus Christ, one must read all the gospels since none of the evangelists records all 7 last words. The sayings would have been originally uttered by Jesus in the Aramaic language, but only one of the last seven words of Jesus is preserved for us in the original Aramaic, namely “Eli, Eli, lama sabacthani” or “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me,” which is a direct quote of the opening verse of Psalm 22. The rest of the seven last words of Jesus are found in the gospels after having been translated into Greek by the four Evangelists. With the Triduum upon us we talk to Msgr. James Shea about the Last Words.

    5:00 – “Heaven is For Real”
    Heaven Is for Real is the true story of a four-year old son of a small town Nebraska pastor who experienced heaven during emergency surgery. He talked about looking down to see the doctor operating and his dad praying in the waiting room. The family didn’t know what to believe but soon the evidence was clear. In heaven, Colton met his miscarried sister whom no one ever had told him about and his great-grandfather who died 30 years before Colton was born. He shared impossible-to-know details about each. It’s now a major film in theaters today. Al and Nick Thomm have the review.

    5:20 – A Catechism for Business: Tough Ethical Questions and Insights from Catholic Teaching
    Many managers who believe themselves to be religious are all too willing to “check their religion at the door” of their workplaces. They may simply be ignorant of the implications of their faith for their business practices. Catholic teaching on business and economics has been described (with intentional irony) as the Church’s “best kept secret.” The Catholic Church has over the years developed extensive and detailed guidance for many areas of business. But this guidance is often buried within lengthy teaching documents that may not be easily accessible to the busy executive. Answers to specific moral questions may be tough to find. We talk to Andrew Abela who has assembled the relevant quotations from recent Catholic social teaching as responses to these questions.

  • Kresta in the Afternoon – April 15, 2014 – Hour 1

    Kresta in the Afternoon – April 15, 2014 – Hour 1

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    "Heaven is for Real"

    • Description: Heaven Is for Real is the true story of a four-year old son of a small town Nebraska pastor who experienced heaven during emergency surgery. He talked about looking down to see the doctor operating and his dad praying in the waiting room. The family didn’t know what to believe but soon the evidence was clear. In heaven, Colton met his miscarried sister whom no one ever had told him about and his great-grandfather who died 30 years before Colton was born. He shared impossible-to-know details about each. It’s now a major film in theaters everywhere April 16. We talk to the real life Todd Burpo, Colton’s father.
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    What Works: Common Sense Solutions for a Stronger America

    • Description: Solutions ... not theories. Political progress ... not political posturing. Faith…not unbelief. Instead of the constant jockeying for political advantage, columnist Cal Thomas is here to focus on what promotes the general welfare, regardless of which party or ideology gets the credit. Thomas probes and provides answers to questions like, Why must we constantly fight the same battles over and over? Why don't we consult the past and use common sense in order to see that what others discovered long ago still works today? And why does present-day Washington too often look like the film Groundhog Day, with our elected officials waking up each day only to repeat identical talking points from previous days, months, and years? Cal joins us
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      • Cal Thomas
        Cal Thomas has been observing the dysfunction in Washington for thirty years in one of the most popular syndicated columns in the country. He writes the Common Ground column for USA Today (with his liberal Democrat friend, Bob Beckel) and regularly appears on Fox News. He began his career in radio-TV-and print at the age of 16. 2014 marks the 30th anniversary of his syndicated column.
      • Resources:
        • Book(s):

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    What Works: Common Sense Solutions for a Stronger America (continued)

  • Kresta in the Afternoon – April 15, 2014 – Hour 2

    Kresta in the Afternoon – April 15, 2014 – Hour 2

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    Exploring the Creed with Bach

    • Description: As we continue to progress through Lent, Al and Tom Loewe, co-host of “Notes From Above” which explores the intersection of faith and music, look at the Creed, using the music of the Bach Mass in B minor as a guide.
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    Exploring the Creed with Bach (continued)

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    Exploring the Creed with Bach (continued)

  • Guest Review: “Heaven is For Real”

    heavenIris Hanlin saw the film “Heaven is For Real” recently at an Ave Maria Radio-sponsored screening. Below is her review! Read more of her writing here – http://www.iris-hanlin.com

    I’m not a fan of Christian movies. There, I said it. I really just don’t like them… normally. In the past few months, however, I’ve been pleased with the influx of truly well done Christian films. First, Gimme Shelter, then, God’s Not Dead, and last night, I was given the opportunity to attend a screening of Heaven is for Real before its release to the public. (Thank you, Ave Maria Radio!)’

    “Is heaven a hope, or as real as the earth and sky?” That is the question that opens Heaven is for Real, directed by Ra ndall Wallace, and based on the true story of Colton Burpo, the insanely adorable 4-year-old son of a Todd Burpo, a pastor (and fireman and wrestling coach) from small-town Nebraska. Colton nearly died during an emergency surgery from a ruptured appendix, and who, some time after his recovery, began to share bits and pieces of his trip to heaven in his near-death experience.

    From the opening of the film, it is a wonderful mixture of faith, hilarity, and a strong dose of reality to go along with it. Todd (Greg Kinnear) is the leader of Crossroads Wesleyan Church, of which his wife, Sonja (Kelly Reilly), leads the choir. She stays at home with the kids, Cassie (Lane Styles) and Colton (Connor Corum), while they struggle to make ends meet as Todd’s salary as pastor fails to redeem their expenses.

    After Todd’s broken leg from sliding into third, and the onset of kidney stones in the middle of a sermon (the latter of which is both genuinely severe and still entirely comical), Sonja decides the Burpo family needs a weekend away from Chase County. Upon their return, Cassie and Colton catch what seems to be the flu, but for Colton, the symptoms persist, and they rush to the medical center, only to realize Colton’s appendix had been ruptured for days. Commence the agony only a parent could know, waiting to know if their child would live or die, fighting to understand in their own ways.

    “Mom was in one room, and you were in another room yelling at God,” says the innocent Colton, staring into his father with those piercing blue eyes, and that is exactly what had happened. And over the next few months and years, Colton bewildered his parents over and again, revealing parts of his heavenly experience and confirming the faith of everyone around him.

    The parents Burpo have an understandable amount of disbelief regarding their son’s story, considering the beautiful and wild imaginations of most 4-year-olds. Plus, “heaven and hell are just concepts created to frighten people,” according to Nancy Rawling (Margo Martindale), a family friend and Church member struggling to see the point and purpose of her military son’s death (whom we are lead to believe perished in battle). Plenty of sleepless nights ensue for Todd. “I want to believe him, but everything he says is impossible!” he cries to Sonja, in an attempt to understand the remarkable thing that happened to his son.

    My favorite aspect of Heaven is for Real is just how real this film is, especially in the relationship between Todd and Sonja. Yes, there are a few arguments, and hostility, but there is also the beauty that blossoms in a relationship founded in Christ, and that is open to His will (albeit at times difficult to accept), and the new life He may give. The sexuality presented in this film is modest and solely within that relationship, both the procreative dimension of marital sexuality and the union that expresses and deepens the love between the two.

    The movie also seems to bring our own humanity into the equation… most of us wonder where we’ll end up after our lives on this earth, in the mean time trying to make the best of it, and strurealggling to make sense of the unexpected, inexplicable happenings therein.

    My only complaint about Heaven is for Real is the portrayal of Jesus. Maybe it’s just the fact that I will never be satisfied with another Christ after Jim Caviezel in The Passion of the Christ, but this one didn’t do it for me in his perfectly starched, white robe and luxuriously impeccable wavy brown hair. (No offense, Mike Mohrhardt. Your hair is great, but not for Jesus.)

    I applaud the creators of this film. The cast was aesthetically pleasing, with much talent between them and a very natural dialogue which, I thought, made the film even better. The sets and scenery were masterful and welcoming, and I equally congratulate the compilers of the soundtrack.

    I appreciate films like Heaven is for Real. Realistic, fun, approachable, with a strong story line, highlighting both the struggles and joys of this remarkable child’s remarkable story.

    Heaven is for Real will be released to the public on April 16, 2014.

  • Today on “Kresta in the Afternoon” – Apr 15

    Talking about the “things that matter most” on April 15

    4:00 – “Heaven is For Real”
    Heaven Is for Real is the true story of a four-year old son of a small town Nebraska pastor who experienced heaven during emergency surgery. He talked about looking down to see the doctor operating and his dad praying in the waiting room. The family didn’t know what to believe but soon the evidence was clear. In heaven, Colton met his miscarried sister whom no one ever had told him about and his great-grandfather who died 30 years before Colton was born. He shared impossible-to-know details about each. It’s now a major film in theaters everywhere April 16. We talk to the real life Todd Burpo, Colton’s father.

    4:20 – What Works: Common Sense Solutions for a Stronger America
    Solutions … not theories. Political progress … not political posturing. Faith…not unbelief. Instead of the constant jockeying for political advantage, columnist Cal Thomas is here to focus on what promotes the general welfare, regardless of which party or ideology gets the credit. Thomas probes and provides answers to questions like, Why must we constantly fight the same battles over and over? Why don’t we consult the past and use common sense in order to see that what others discovered long ago still works today? And why does present-day Washington too often look like the film Groundhog Day, with our elected officials waking up each day only to repeat identical talking points from previous days, months, and years? Cal joins us.

    5:00 – Exploring the Creed with Bach
    As we continue to progress through Lent, Al and Tom Loewe, co-host of “Notes From Above” which explores the intersection of faith and music, look at the Creed, using the music of the Bach Mass in B minor as a guide.

  • Kresta in the Afternoon – April 14, 2014 – Hour 1

    Kresta in the Afternoon – April 14, 2014 – Hour 1

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    Kresta Comments: Kathleen Sebelius Resigns / Request an NFL Cheerleader to Visit Your Seat / CNN and Perpetual Fear and Disaster Coverage

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    The Magisterium Rules: The Debate Over Geocentrism is Over

    • Description: It’s over. It has been over for a very long time. But, like a gathering of diehards who think Appomattox was just a temporary set-back for the South, this crop of geocentrists operate in a kind of time warp. In 1820, the Catholic Church officially closed the debate: Catholics are perfectly free to accept and teach modern cosmological views concerning the motion of the earth while rejecting geocentrism. In 1822, the Church went even further and declared penalties for not allowing the publication of books that present the motion of the earth as a logical conclusion of science. We talk to David Palm who had been following and writing on this topic for years.
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    The Magisterium Rules: The Debate Over Geocentrism is Over (continued)

  • Kresta in the Afternoon – April 14, 2014 – Hour 2

    Kresta in the Afternoon – April 14, 2014 – Hour 2

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    Kresta Comments: Kathleen Sebelius Resigns / Request an NFL Cheerleader to Visit Your Seat / CNN and Perpetual Fear and Disaster Coverage

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    Biblical Evidence for Catholicism

    • Description: David Armstrong has been defending the faith for decades, mostly from a purely Biblical approach. Far from straying from the Bible, Catholicism is eminently and thoroughly biblical. Indeed, Catholicism is the only Christian religion that is in full conformity with what the Bible clearly teaches. A former Protestant campus missionary, David is here to tell his conversion story and discusses those issues about which Catholics and Protestants disagree the most: the role of the Bible as a rule of faith, whether we are justified by faith alone, whether doctrine develops, what the Eucharist really is, veneration of Mary and prayer to the saints, the existence of purgatory, the role of penance in salvation, and the nature and infallibility of the papacy.
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    Biblical Evidence for Catholicism (continued)

  • Today on”Kresta in the Afternoon” – April 14

    Talking about the “things that matter most” on April 14

    4:00 – Kresta Comments: Kathleen Sebelius Resigns / Request an NFL Cheerleader to Visit Your Seat / CNN and Perpetual Fear and Disaster Coverage

    4:20 – The Magisterium Rules: The Debate Over Geocentrism is Over
    It’s over. It has been over for a very long time. But, like a gathering of diehards who think Appomattox was just a temporary set-back for the South, this crop of geocentrists operate in a kind of time warp. In 1820, the Catholic Church officially closed the debate: Catholics are perfectly free to accept and teach modern cosmological views concerning the motion of the earth while rejecting geocentrism. In 1822, the Church went even further and declared penalties for not allowing the publication of books that present the motion of the earth as a logical conclusion of science. We talk to David Palm who had been following and writing on this topic for years.

    5:00 – Kresta Comments: Kathleen Sebelius Resigns / Request an NFL Cheerleader to Visit Your Seat / CNN and Perpetual Fear and Disaster Coverage

    5:20 – Biblical Evidence for Catholicism
    David Armstrong has been defending the faith for decades, mostly from a purely Biblical approach. Far from straying from the Bible, Catholicism is eminently and thoroughly biblical. Indeed, Catholicism is the only Christian religion that is in full conformity with what the Bible clearly teaches. A former Protestant campus missionary, David is here to tell his conversion story and discusses those issues about which Catholics and Protestants disagree the most: the role of the Bible as a rule of faith, whether we are justified by faith alone, whether doctrine develops, what the Eucharist really is, veneration of Mary and prayer to the saints, the existence of purgatory, the role of penance in salvation, and the nature and infallibility of the papacy.

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