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“Kresta in the Afternoon”—September 25, 2014

Talking about the Things that Matter Most on September 25, 2014

4:00 – The Feasts: How the Church Year Forms Us as Catholics


Every day is a holiday in the Catholic Church. In their latest collaboration, Cardinal Wuerl and Mike Aquilina examine the history and traditions behind both favorite and forgotten holidays, from Christmas to Easter, from the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity to the Feast of the Holy Angels. This book continues the work the authors began in their books The Mass and The Church, exploring the meaning and purpose of the most basic and beloved aspects of Catholic life. Each chapter uncovers the biblical origins and development of one of the great feasts or fasts — Advent, Epiphany, the Holy Angels, all the Marian feasts, and even this very day. The calendar can be a catechism for Catholics who know how to live it.“The feasts form us,” write the authors, “They help to make us and remake us according to the pattern of the life of Jesus Christ. We number our days as we walk in his footsteps, from his birth to his baptism, from his passion to his resurrection, from his Ascension to his sending of the Spirit to make us saints. We do this faithfully every year, and it defines us as who we are.” Mike joins us.

5:00 – STRIPPED: Cancer, Culture, and the Cloud of Unknowing


Heather King is a lawyer turned writer, a Catholic convert, and a sober alcoholic. In 2000, she was diagnosed with invasive breast cancer. The good news: a small tumor; the least advanced stage. Still, doctors recommended surgery, radiation, high-dose chemo, and five years of the aggressive hormone drug Tamoxifen. Terrified of dying, yet determined to steer her own course, she began researching. She found that chemo could kill, radiation could cause secondary cancers, Tamoxifen had severe side effects, and long-term studies on any of those treatments was virtually nil.  STRIPPED is a memoir about coming to the decision to have the tumor surgically removed–and to forego all further treatment. To love this world with all your heart, even as you  know you’ll be leaving it one day, is to dwell at the intersection of a cross where mystery, paradox, and a sense of humor meet. Heather joins us.

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