Talking about the “Things That Matter Most” on January 23, 2015
4:00 – Kresta Comments: Does Saudi Arabia Matter?
4:20 – The Ancient Path: Old Lessons from the Church Fathers for a New Life Today
People often imagine that the Church Fathers looked like their icons and smelled of incense, heroic figures wrapped in fine liturgical vestments of silk and lace, engulfed in billows of smoke from their golden censers. Yet, truth be told, even in their writings they resemble more the tattered cloak of Jesus or the dusty sweat-soaked habits of the early Desert Fathers and Mothers. Theirs is an utterly incarnational spirituality. It is heaven-sent, but it moves forward with both feet on the ground of the earth. Author John Michael Talbot joins us with the story of how these men deeply influenced his spiritual, professional and personal life. Coming to the Christian faith as a young man during the turbulent 1960s, he soon grew a fond of the Church Fathers, including St. Ambrose, St. Jerome, St. Augustine and Gregory the Great and found guidance, reassurance and wisdom on his path to Jesus. He says, “The early Church Fathers represent the first rows built upon the foundation of the Apostles. And that sacred building project continues throughout history to our time today. But it rests on the Fathers. It depends on them.”
5:00 – Kresta Comments: Why the US is Stuck with Saudi Arabia
The death of Saudi King Abdullah raises questions about the US’s future in that region. The US has always considered Saudi Arabia to be a strong ally, despite deplorable human rights violations in that country. As the world continues to ally against ISIS and Yemen descends into chaos, Al discusses why the US is ‘stuck’ with Saudi Arabia.
5:20 – Why the New Evangelization Needs a Focus on Fathers
So many problems in our society can be traced back to the lack of a solid father figure. Countless studies have shown that kids who grow up without a positive relationship with their dads are much more likely to drop out of school, be arrested, use drugs and experience other problems. Despite their importance, fathers are regularly mocked in our popular culture and advertisements. Steve Wood of Family Life Center International joins us to talk about the critical role of fathers in the New Evangelization.