Talking about the “Things That Matter Most” on February 5, 2015
4:00 – National Prayer Breakfast Speakers include Mother Teresa, Ben Carson, Tony Blair and…Darrell Waltrip?
Attendees at this morning’s National Prayer Breakfast included President Obama and the Dalai Lama. Previous notable keynote speakers at this event have included Mother Teresa, who spoke harshly against abortion, and Ben Carson, who slammed the Affordable Care Act with President Obama sitting just a few feet away. This year’s speaker was something different: Darrell Waltrip, a three-time NASCAR champ. Al discusses the event and asks why Waltrip, of all people, was chosen to speak.
4:20 – The Grace of Yes
Beloved Catholic blogger Lisa Hendey explores eight spiritual virtues that she believes are foundational to the Christian life. In opening windows to pivotal moments of her own spiritual journey, she helps readers learn about belief, generativity, creativity, integrity, humility, vulnerability, saying no, and starting over, and shows how these virtues lead to generous living and the ability to joyously say yes to God. Hendey reflects candidly on real-life struggles: the identity adjustment of leaving a blossoming career to become a stay-at-home mom; the temptation of Divahood as her online celebrity grew; the freedom and opportunities of empty-nest status versus the middle-aged body’s pull to slow down; her encounters with spiritual community during treatment for cancer; and the contrast between the profound lingering grief she confronted at a Rwandan genocide memorial and the astounding willingness of survivors there to forgive. Readers encounter Hendey’s own struggles and successes while soaking up her characteristic warmth and good advice. Hendey provides questions for personal reflection and a prayer to close the exploration of each virtue.
4:40 – Reactions to ISIS’ Latest Atrocities
ISIS’s graphic execution of a Jordanian pilot has been dubbed by some as a “tipping point” in the war. Jordan has responded with renewed vigor against the terrorist group, while the United Arab Emirates has withdrawn from the anti-ISIS coalition entirely. We talk with Raymond Ibrahim about how the Muslim world is responding to the latest developments.
5:00 – Obama: “US is a Beacon of Religious Liberty”…Just Ask Hobby Lobby
At today’s prayer breakfast, Obama emphasized the importance of religious freedom around the world and proudly proclaimed his commitment to its defense. What would the hundreds of religious organizations fighting the HHS mandate have to say about that? Al certainly has plenty of thoughts.
5:20 – Sr. John Dominic
5:40 – Random Stuff that Matters
We’ve gathered a large stack of tidbits from the news and culture and Al has a few quick thoughts on all of them. On this inaugural edition of “Stack of Stuff,” Al looks at a study of words spoken by women in the Bible, the money being paid to Conestoga Wood for their HHS Mandate victory, a Vatican report that allegedly says cosmetic surgery is a burqa made of flesh, a magazine cover proclaiming Tom Brady’s road to immortality and the news that Harper Lee is publishing a sequel to “To Kill a Mockingbird.”
Audio Clips 2/5/15
- M Teresa NPB 2:25
- Speaking at the National Prayer Breakfast 2/3/1994
- Darrell Waltrip NPB :16
- Not a brain surgeon, not a politician, perfect guy
- Obama High Horse :25
- Obama Humility :40
- Obama Truth :56
- Obama Freedom 1:03