Kresta in the Afternoon – February 18, 2020 – Hour 1

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+  The Gift of Suffering with a Disability (2 segments)

  • Description: Christina Chase can't walk, sit up straight or feed herself. Her neck and back can't support her head. But she doesn't let that lead her into anger or despair. She sees herself as a 21st-Century Therese of the Little Flower - her "littleness" contains a great encounter with God's love. She joins us.
  • Segment Guests:
    • Christina Chase
      Christina Chase is the author of It Is Good To Be Here: A Disabled Woman's Reflections on the Sacred Wonder of Being Human. Living with a severely disabling disease (infantile spinal muscular atrophy) Christina openly shares her pain and suffering while celebrating the inherent sanctity of being human and the joy of being alive. The subject of her writing is the extraordinary wonder of ordinary things, the profound power of love, and the terrible beauty of life itself. A revert to the Catholic Faith through a brief foray into atheism, Christina and her work are consecrated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Visit her at authorchristinachase.com
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    • It Is Good To Be Here: A Disabled Woman’s Reflections on the Sacred Wonder of Being Human

      I can't walk; I can't sit up straight; I can't feed myself. If you and I meet, the first thing you notice will be my body crumpled in a wheelchair. Once I could at least sit up, but now my weak neck is bent over and my spine bent so much that my head falls heavily upon my left shoulder and my hunched back. So writes Christina Chase, the twenty-first century Thérèse of Lisieux whose "littleness" is as humble as that of the Little Flower and whose spiritual power is, by every discernible measure, of comparable intensity. Crippled though she is, Christina's fearful disabilities have led her not into anger, bitterness, or despair, but rather into a profound and exceptional encounter with God's love itself an encounter that you, too, can experience through the gentle allure of Christina's witness. Locked now for decades within her own fragile, helpless body, Christina has been graced with extraordinary insights into the similar helplessness of Jesus, the majestic King of the Universe, who, when born of the Virgin Mary, became just like Christina today unable to feed Himself or even lift His head. From that littleness hers and His Christina here draws forth a marvelous wisdom that shows that as creatures, we are all, in one sense or another, paralyzed. None of us can exist apart from limitations and boundaries. None of us can walk through this life unaided. In the presence of God, not a single one of us can even stand. But no matter! For out of infinite love for us and to save us, Jesus chose to join us in our littleness, exposing Himself to the limitations of time and space and circumstance, even unto His death on the Cross. The sweet sufferer Christina has assimilated this saving truth, which shines forth from these consoling pages for all of humanity to feel. Read these pages by wheelchair-bound Christina to discover how much Jesus loves you, no matter how little and crippled you are, spiritually or otherwise. Yes, He loves you! Meditating on this stunning fact yields a joy that transcends the greatest physical or mental suffering a joy that is Christina's, despite her abject physical state, and a joy that can, with the help of these pages, be yours as well. (learn more)

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