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Broadcaster Al Kresta’s return to the Church

July 18, 2014

Al Kresta gives a brief summary of his journey back to the Catholic faith.

Things Jesus Never Said …

July 8, 2014

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Catholic in America: Ignoring real problems in the ‘transgender tipping point’

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The Michigan Catholic

June 26, 2014

Al Kresta

The June 9 cover story of TIME magazine wonders or, rather, insinuates, that we have reached the “Transgender Tipping Point,” and dubs it “America’s next civil rights frontier.”

Who are the “transgendered”? “I’m a woman trapped in a man’s body” is the most common description of the transgender person’s experience. Underlying the notion is the belief that biology doesn’t determine gender. Sex refers to “man” or “woman,” the result of a chromosomal difference decreed by biology. Gender, on the other hand, Continue Reading

Catholic in America: When to judge, when to ‘judge not’?

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The Michigan Catholic

June 12, 2014

Al Kresta

Every few years television talk shows recycle past popular themes. One perennial favorite features prostitutes who, even after marrying their pimps, keep working the streets. “Why give up the income? It’s not cheating, it’s just a job. After all, he benefits too.”

Invariably, some audience member stands up to express moral dismay. Mr. and Mrs. PP gamely sneer, wag a bejeweled finger and quote Jesus, “Judge not that you be not judged.” Members of the audience clap and hoot. A surgeon in Great Britain amputates limbs Continue Reading

Catholic in America: Making the Gospel real in our lives

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The Michigan Catholic

June 2, 2014

Al Kresta

“I never knew these things really happened.” That statement of shock first dropped from my lips 40 years ago. Since then it has formed the scaffolding around the project commonly called “living out my life.” God acts in the history of the human race and in our own biographies. He leaves his footprints in the sands of time. His past dealings with us are down payments, promissory notes, powerful evidence that he will never abandon us.

The Scriptures record stories of God’s mighty deeds and preserve them to encourage us during those times our faith grows dim. “Out of my distress I called on the Continue Reading

Catholic in America: The Church, above all, is about people

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The Michigan Catholic

May 9, 2014

An unchurched student at MSU in 1974, I realized that the Resurrected Jesus of the New Testament was alive. He had counted the hairs on my head and penetrated the hidden recesses of my heart. He existed. He was wise. He loved me and had a wonderful plan for my life.

Flush with a convert’s zeal, I ran back to the Catholic Church who had baptized me as an infant and trained me for my first communion. The priests at the MSU student parish were pleasant, generous men, more emotionally mature than I was and very big on community. At times they seemed to almost parody themselves racing about the student parish singing “Up, Up with People.” They were big, very big on building community.

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The 4th Commandment

May 7, 2014

Why do Catholics honor Mary and call her blessed?

Because Jesus honored her: Exodus 20:12

Because we imitate Jesus: 1 Corinthians 11:1

Because we fulfill Scripture: Luke 1:48

Fr. John Riccardo at i.d. 916

May 1, 2014

Fr. John Riccardo speaks at the i.d. 916 meeting in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

T-shirt Humor…

May 1, 2014

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Sr. Sarah Burdick’s Doughnut Button

April 7, 2014

During our Spring Membership Drive, while Deacon Tom Loewe was urging listeners to go to our website and click on the “Donate Button,” Sr. Sarah Burdick thought he said click the “Doughnut Button.” So, in her honor, here is the official Ave Maria Radio Doughnut Button (be sure to click it):

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