Talking about the “Things That Matter Most” on January 8, 2018
4:00 – The Top Social Science Stories of 2017
Throughout 2017 we came across studies that show living by the Church’s teaching really does result in happier, healthier lives. Whether it be the harmful effects of birth control, the impact of divorce on kids, or the positive influence of a father’s love, the data shows that Christ’s teachings really do result in the best kind of lifestyle. We discuss these studies regularly on our Social Science Apologetics segment. Dr. Greg Popcak joins us with the most important studies of 2017.
4:20 – St John Neumann and the History of Catholics in America
On Friday we celebrated the feast of St. John Neumann, the fourth Bishop of Philadelphia. Neumann was the first bishop in the country to organize a diocesan school system and worked closely with the immigrant communities in the city. He also stood up for Catholic immigrants in a time of strong anti-Catholic persecution in America. We’ll look at his life and the history of American Catholics with Fr. Charles Connor.
5:00 – Epiphany and the Search for the Magi
This weekend we celebrated the Feast of the Epiphany. It’s one of the most beloved images of the Nativity story – the three kings riding their camels, following a star to Bethlehem. But little is known about them – were they kings? Magi? “wise men?” In fact, many modern scholars have dismissed them as merely pious legend. Fr Dwight Longenecker joins us with the evidence for who they were and why we can believe they really visited the infant Christ.