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  • Kresta in the Afternoon – April 10, 2014 – Hour 2

    Kresta in the Afternoon – April 10, 2014 – Hour 2

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    Is There A “Catholic” Way to Overcome Depression?

    • Description: Countless Christians -- including scores of saints -- have suffered profound, pervasive sorrow that modern psychiatrists call "depression." Then, as now, great faith and even fervent spiritual practices have generally failed to ease this wearying desolation of soul. Catholic psychiatrist Dr. Aaron Kheriaty is here to review the effective ways that have recently been devised to deal with this grave and sometimes deadly affliction -- ways that are not only consistent with the teachings of the Church, but even rooted in many of those teachings. We’ll come to know how to identify the various types of depression and come to understand the interplay of their often manifold causes, biological, psychological, behavioral, cultural, and, yes, moral.
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      • Dr. Aaron Kheriaty
        Director of Residency Training and Medical Education in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, Irvine. , He co-directs the Program in Medical Ethics in the School of Medicine, and serves as chairman of the clinical ethics committee at UCI Medical Center
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        • Book(s):
          • A Catholic Guide to Depression: How the saints, the sacraments, and psychiatry can help you break depression's grip and find happiness again
            Buy this resource now. Click here to purchase.

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    Is There A “Catholic” Way to Overcome Depression? (continued)

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    Is There A “Catholic” Way to Overcome Depression? (continued)

  • Kresta in the Afternoon – April 9, 2014 – Hour 1

    Kresta in the Afternoon – April 9, 2014 – Hour 1

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    The Sinner's Guide to Natural Family Planning

    • Description: So, you've decided to use Natural Family Planning. Has it blessed your marriage? Deepened your respect for your body? Has it made your sex life fantastic? Do you and your spouse hold hands at sunset, and do pink flowers grow around your marital bed? If so, this book is not for you. But if you've tried Natural Family Planning and have discovered that your life is now awful-or if you feel judged or judgey, or if you trust NFP but your doctor doesn't, or if you're just trying to figure out how the heck to have a sex life that is holy but still human-you'll find comfort, encouragement, honesty, wit, and, most important, practical advice in The Sinner's Guide to NFP. Popular Catholic writer Simcha Fisher shows what it's really like to practice NFP, and how to achieve those fabled "marriage building" benefits. The Sinner's Guide to NFP helps you with: •NFP and Your Spiritual Life •NFP and the Rest of the World •NFP in the Trenches The next time you ask yourself, "If NFP is wonderful, why am I so miserable?" - don't panic. The Sinner's Guide to Natural Family Planning is here to help.
    • Segment Guests:
      • Simcha Fisher
        Catholic blogger, speaker, and freelance writer. She blogs for the National Catholic Register and Patheos at "I Have to Sit Down". She lives with her husband and children in Southern New Hampshire
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    The Sinner's Guide to Natural Family Planning (continued)

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    The Sinner's Guide to Natural Family Planning (continued)

  • Kresta in the Afternoon – April 9, 2013 – Hour 2

    Kresta in the Afternoon – April 9, 2013 – Hour 2

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    Education in Virtue

    • Description: The Disciple of Christ- Education in Virtue is a Christian curriculum structured on the teachings of St. Thomas Aquinas regarding the virtues and gifts of the Holy Spirit. It aims to provide a consistent structure and systematic instruction for youth to learn about the virtues so that they can form the habits and dispositions necessary to live as disciples of Jesus Christ. This curriculum emphasizes Christian discipleship as indispensable toward human flourishing and the quest for joy. It has been developed in response to the call for a New Evangelization, firmly conveying the reality that happiness is found in a life of holiness. The genesis of the project, Sr. John Dominic of the Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist, is here to discuss it
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      • Sr John Dominic
        Principal at Spiritus Sanctus Academy, Co-Founder of the Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist
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    Education in Virtue (continued)

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    Education in Virtue (continued)

  • Kresta in the Afternoon – April 8, 2014 – Hour 1

    Kresta in the Afternoon – April 8, 2014 – Hour 1

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    Abuse of Discretion: The Inside Story of Roe v. Wade

    • Description: Based on 20 years of research, including an examination of the papers of eight of the nine Justices who voted in Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton, Abuse of Discretion is a critical review of the behind-the-scenes deliberations that went into the Supreme Court's abortion decisions and how the mistakes made by the Justices in 1971-1973 have led to the turmoil we see today in legislation, politics, and public health. Why do the abortion decisions remain so controversial after 40 years, despite more than 50,000,000 abortions, numerous presidential elections, and a complete turnover in the Justices? Why did such a sweeping decision—with such important consequences for public health, producing such prolonged political turmoil—come from the Supreme Court in 1973? Clarke Forsythe, author of the aforementioned book, joins us.
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      • Clarke Forsythe
        Senior Counsel at Americans United for Life
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    Abuse of Discretion: The Inside Story of Roe v. Wade (continued)

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    Abuse of Discretion: The Inside Story of Roe v. Wade (continued)

  • Kresta in the Afternoon – April 8, 2014 – Hour 2

    Kresta in the Afternoon – April 8, 2014 – Hour 2

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    Abandoned: The Untold Story of the Abortion Wars

    • Description: Every day, thousands of children fragile, innocent, alone are abandoned. They are brutally snuffed from the world and literally left in the trash . . . and it's all legal. Monica Miller is here to tell her story of one woman's staunch and courageous defense of those children abandoned by abortion. She has pulled the bodies of thousands of unborn babies out of dumpsters and given them a proper burial. She has photographed their bodies as well. She will tell us many fascinating tales from the front-lines of the abortion battle.
    • Segment Guests:
      • Dr Monica Miller , nationally known pro-life leader, a pioneer and veteran of pro-life activism dating back to 1976, and founder of Citizens for a Pro-Life Society, associate professor of religious studies at Madonna University
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    Abandoned: The Untold Story of the Abortion Wars (continued)

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    Abandoned: The Untold Story of the Abortion Wars (continued)

  • Kresta in the Afternoon – April 7, 2014 – Hour 1

    Kresta in the Afternoon – April 7, 2014 – Hour 1

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    Kresta Comments - Article: "The Catholic Supreme's Court War on Women" - Utterly Ridiculous

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    The Cost of Liberty: The Life of John Dickinson

    • Description: John Dickinson is a great—and greatly misunderstood—Founding Father. Bill Murchison is here to offer a sorely needed reassessment of a Dickinson. He brings to life one of the most influential figures of the entire Founding period, a principled man whose gifts as writer, speaker, and philosopher only Jefferson came near to matching. Today Dickinson is remembered mostly for his reluctance to sign the Declaration of Independence. But that reluctance, Murchison shows, had nothing to do with a lack of patriotism. In fact, Dickinson immediately took up arms to serve the colonial cause—something only one signer of the Declaration did. But he stood on principle to oppose the Declaration even when he knew it would deal the “finishing blow” to his once-great reputation. We explore John Dickinson’s life and motivations.
    • Segment Guests:
      • Bill Murchison
        Syndicated columnist and a frequent contributor to Chronicles: A Magazine of American Culture. , A former editor of the Dallas Morning News
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    The Cost of Liberty: The Life of John Dickinson (continued)

  • Kresta in the Afternoon – April 7, 2014 – Hour 2

    Kresta in the Afternoon – April 7, 2014 – Hour 2

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    Kresta Comments - Article: "The Catholic Supreme's Court War on Women" - Utterly Ridiculous

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    Jahi McMath and the Larger Question of “Brain Death”

    • Description: Jahi McMath, the 13-year-old girl who was declared legally dead by hospital staff and county officials after suffering complications from a routine tonsillectomy, has been released to her family to seek treatment elsewhere. The move comes after a settlement was reached Friday in Alameda County Superior Court between the girl’s family and Children’s Hospital. The family had been fighting to remove Jahi from the hospital since December 12, when hospital staff declared the girl “brain dead” after she went into cardiac arrest while recovering from surgery. We talk about this case, but also the larger question for Catholics about brain death. Dr. John Haas of the National Catholic Bioethics Center and Dr. Paul Bryne, Neonatologist and Pediatrician, have differing views on a Catholic understanding of brain death. They join us.
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    Jahi McMath and the Larger Question of “Brain Death” (continued)

  • Kresta in the Afternoon – April 4, 2014 – Hour 1

    Kresta in the Afternoon – April 4, 2014 – Hour 1

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    Kresta Comments

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    A Journey to Christ Through the Art of the Passion on Stage

    • Description: The Cross and the Light, an epic theatrical experience and deeply moving musical journey through Christ's Passion, Death, and Resurrection, returns to the remarkable Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts, April 10-13, 2014. Critics call it "Amazing!" "Broadway quality," "Les Miserable in Jerusalem," and the "Broadway version of the Passion of Christ!" This powerful performance will bring you to the foot of the Cross to experience Jesus's final hours in a way that becomes a personal and profound encounter with our Savior. After Jesus's death, the Risen Lord appears to His Apostles and prepares them for Pentecost. Don't miss this awe-inspiring production. It's a spiritual wake-up call; a bridge between where you are and where God wants you to be! We talk to director and creator Kelly Neito.
    • Segment Guests:
      • Kelly Nieto
        Kelly is a professional speaker who combines her professional experience as a comedic entertainer with stories of her powerful conversion from Atheism and the New Age Occult to eventually becoming Catholic. Creator, scriptwriter, songwriter, lyricist, and producer of The Cross and the Light, an epic theatrical experience based on Christ’s Passion. Along with being the mother of five children aged six to eighteen, Kelly is also the Founder and CEO of Living Faith-Fine Arts Apostolate & Nieto Productions.
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    A Journey to Christ Through the Art of the Passion on Stage (continued)

  • Kresta in the Afternoon – April 4, 2014 – Hour 2

    Kresta in the Afternoon – April 4, 2014 – Hour 2

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    Dangers to the Faith in Ukraine

    • Description: Ukraine's interim authorities have accused the country's ousted president of ordering snipers to open fire on protesters and getting help from Russian security agents to battle his own people — but their report yesterday provided no evidence directly linking him to the bloodbath in Kiev. Also yesterday, Ukraine sent 16 senior officers to Bulgaria to join a NATO military exercise in a very public demonstration of cooperation between the alliance and the crisis-torn former Soviet republic. The computer-simulation drills involved over 700 troops from 13 NATO members and partner nations and were being held just a few hundred miles away from Crimea. We talk to American-born Ukrainian Catholic priest Fr. Andriy Chirovsky.
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    (Didn’t get to it yesterday) Kresta Comments: The New Divorce Phrase “Conscious Uncoupling” Dangerous, Ignorant and Untrue.

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    (Didn’t get to it yesterday) Kresta Comments: The New Divorce Phrase “Conscious Uncoupling” Dangerous, Ignorant and Untrue (continued)

  • Today on “Kresta in the Afternoon” – Apr. 4

    Talking about the “things that matter most” on April 4

    4:00 – Kresta Comments

    4:20 – A Journey to Christ Through the Art of the Passion on Stage
    The Cross and the Light, an epic theatrical experience and deeply moving musical journey through Christ’s Passion, Death, and Resurrection, returns to the remarkable Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts, April 10-13, 2014. Critics call it “Amazing!” “Broadway quality,” “Les Miserable in Jerusalem,” and the “Broadway version of the Passion of Christ!” This powerful performance will bring you to the foot of the Cross to experience Jesus’s final hours in a way that becomes a personal and profound encounter with our Savior. After Jesus’s death, the Risen Lord appears to His Apostles and prepares them for Pentecost. Don’t miss this awe-inspiring production. It’s a spiritual wake-up call; a bridge between where you are and where God wants you to be! We talk to director and creator Kelly Neito.

    5:00 – Dangers to the Faith in Ukraine
    Ukraine’s interim authorities have accused the country’s ousted president of ordering snipers to open fire on protesters and getting help from Russian security agents to battle his own people — but their report yesterday provided no evidence directly linking him to the bloodbath in Kiev. Also yesterday, Ukraine sent 16 senior officers to Bulgaria to join a NATO military exercise in a very public demonstration of cooperation between the alliance and the crisis-torn former Soviet republic. The computer-simulation drills involved over 700 troops from 13 NATO members and partner nations and were being held just a few hundred miles away from Crimea. We talk to American-born Ukrainian Catholic priest Fr. Andriy Chirovsky.

    5:20 – (Didn’t get to it yesterday) Kresta Comments: The New Divorce Phrase “Conscious Uncoupling” Dangerous, Ignorant and Untrue.
    Last week, celebrity couple Gwtneth Paltro and Chris Martin announced their separation. In that statement they introduced the world to a new phrase: “Conscious Uncoupling.” It didn’t take long for the news of a celebrity divorce to be quickly eclipsed by that substitute term for the D word, one virtually no one had ever heard before. The person who coined the phrase, Katherine Woodward Thomas, a New Age 56-year-old psychotherapist, had this to say: “It’s a kinder term for divorce. It is essentially a no-drama approach to separation, one that protects the children and encourages both sides to avoid pointing fingers.” Al discusses this term and its dangers.

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