Talking about the “Things That Matter Most” on February 6, 2018
4:00 – Glimpse Africa: The Women of Bahir Dar
At 18 Marcie Erickson left the comforts of Naples, Florida to embrace and serve the poorest of the poor. At 19 she began teaching English at a school in Ethiopia. She now runs the Grace Center in Bahir Dar, where she continues to serve the vulnerable in one of the world’s poorest countries. Marcie joins us with her story.
4:20 – The Primal Scream of Identity Politics
Former Michigan governor John Engler was just selected to serve as Michigan State’s interim president as the university deals with the fallout from the horrific Larry Nassar scandal. Some have criticized his appointment, saying they would prefer someone who wasn’t part of the school while Nassar was there, which is a valid concern. Yet some students have railed against him because he is a, “straight, white wealthy male who is just conservative enough to keep our elected officials pacified.” It’s another example of the obsession many activists have with identity politics and how it cripples our ability to have rational public discourse. Mary Eberstadt joins us with more.
5:00 – The Theology of Food: Understanding the Eucharist
Doctors like to say that “we are what we eat.” If we feed our body junk, we suffer the consequences. How does that apply to the Sacrificial meal of the Mass? Fr Leo Patalinghug joins us to discuss the theology of food and the Eucharist.
5:20 – Caring for Words in a Culture of Lies
In the words of Marilyn McEntyre, the industrialized language in contemporary America causes words to “come to us processed like cheese, depleted of nutrients, flattened and packaged, artificially colored and mass marketed.” Anyone who pays attention to mainstream news coverage, advertising, entertainment and most public debate knows just how true that assessment is. Can we redeem words? We’ll talk about it with Marilyn.