Talking about the “Things That Matter Most on September 17, 2018
4:00 – Kresta Comments
4:20 – In the House of the Serpent Handler
Why do some Pentecostal churches believe in “taking up” venomous snakes as a test of faith? What is the history of this practice, and how has social media contributed to its continued use? It’s a strange, yet beautiful, story and Julia Duin has the details.
5:00 – Social Science Apologetics: Prayer and Mental Health
More recent studies are showing the positive effects of prayer on mental health. One study from Harvard looked at the effects of spiritual practices during childhood and adolescence, and another from the University of Michigan examined how lonely people turn to God. Dr. Greg Popcak has the details.
5:20 – Memento Mori: The Necessity of Thinking About Death
How should we think about death? As a young atheist, Sr. Theresa Aletheia Noble was deeply troubled by the meaning of mortality, and continued to wrestle with it even after returning to her Catholic faith and joining religious life. She decided to look at what Scripture and the saints had to say about death, and even started keeping a skull on her desk. Eventually, learning how to meditate properly on death helped her understand the relationship between this life and the next, and brought new perspective to her relationship with God.