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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.

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