Kresta in the Afternoon – August 15, 2018 – Hour 1

+  The Assumption of Mother Mary, Queen of the Universe (full hour)

  • Description: In a special reflection, Al looks at the importance of Mary to all Christians and the wonder and beauty of the great Feast of the Assumption.
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    • Marian Veneration: Firm Foundations

      The Blessed Virgin Mary is venerated by many followers of Jesus Christ as an important part of their practice of the faith. Believing that she is the Mother of God because her Son is the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity, who for our salvation took on human nature, Christians of both East and West honor Mary in various ways. They strive to imitate her as a great model of Christian discipleship. Cardinal Arinze wrote this book for both those devoted to the Blessed Mother and those who do not yet know or understand her. Based on the Scriptures, the teachings of the Church, and the sacred liturgy, the cardinal provides a solid foundation for Marian veneration one that can benefit all Christians, regardless of their church affiliation. "An extraordinary blend of rigorous scholarship and filial devotion, Marian Veneration gives all the reasons why the Virgin Mary is and always will be at the heart of Christianity. This book will serve as a reference work for generations to come." --Fr. Donald Calloway, M.I.C., Author, Champions of the Rosary: The History and Heroes of a Spiritual Weapon (learn more)

    • Mary of Nazareth: History, Archaeology, Legends

      This is the first archaeological and historical biography of the most fascinating and revered woman in history, Mary of Nazareth, the mother of Christ. Bestselling author Michael Hesemann searches for her traces in Italy, Israel, Turkey and Egypt.From the most ancient Icon of Christianity to the Holy House in Loreto, from the Grotto of Nazareth to the refuge of the Holy Family in Egypt, from Mary's residence in Ephesus,Turkey to Mount Zion and her empty tomb in Jerusalem, this is a journey of discovery, full of surprising insights which deepen our faith in the great mystery of the Incarnation. Hesemann takes us on his exciting search for the historical Virgin Mary a book full of stunning discoveries from the early days of Christianity and the historical facts behind the worldwide and centuries long devotion to the mother of Jesus. "I'm thrilled to have discovered this work, which provides a context for and answers to many of my long-held queries about Mary. Meticulously researched yet accessibly written. I strongly recommend it!" -Lisa Hendey, Founder, CatholicMom.Com (learn more)

    • Mary’s Bodily Assumption

      In Mary’s Bodily Assumption, Matthew Levering presents a contemporary explanation and defense of the Catholic doctrine of Mary’s bodily Assumption. He asks: How does the Church justify a doctrine that does not have explicit biblical or first-century historical evidence to support it? With the goal of exploring this question more deeply, he divides his discussion into two sections, one historical and the other systematic. Levering’s historical section aims to retrieve the rich Mariological doctrine of the mid-twentieth century. He introduces the development of Mariology in Catholic Magisterial documents, focusing on Pope Pius XII’s encyclical Munificentissimus Deus of 1950, in which the bodily Assumption of Mary was dogmatically defined, and two later Magisterial documents, Vatican II’s Lumen Gentium and Pope John Paul II’s Redemptoris Mater. Levering addresses the work of the neo-scholastic theologians Joseph Duhr, Aloïs Janssens, and Réginald Garrigou-Lagrange before turning to the great theologians of the nouvelle théologie—Karl Rahner, Hans Urs von Balthasar, Louis Bouyer, Joseph Ratzinger—and their emphasis on biblical typology. Using John Henry Newman as a guide, Levering organizes his systematic section by the three pillars of the doctrine on which Mary’s Assumption rests: biblical typology, the Church as authoritative interpreter of divine revelation under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, and the fittingness of Mary’s Assumption in relation to the other mysteries of faith. Levering’s ecumenical contribution is a significant engagement with Protestant biblical scholars and theologians; it is also a reclamation of Mariology as a central topic in Catholic theology. "Mary's bodily Assumption continues to garner much disagreement, both among Protestants and Catholics, rendering a book on the topic worthwhile. This is especially so since little recent work has been done by way of careful Catholic apologetic. Matthew Levering now fills that void with Mary's Bodily Assumption; his is a thorough, well-conceived, clearly structured, well-written book, one that displays a fair-minded approach to how he thinks we can and cannot arrive at the doctrine of the Assumption." —Hans Boersma, J. I. Packer Professor of Theology, Regent College (learn more)

    • Behold Your Mother – A Biblical and Historical Defense of the Marian Doctrines

      From the cross Jesus gave us his mother to be our mother, too: a singularly holy model, consoler, and intercessor for our spiritual journey. Yet most Protestants and too many Catholics don't understand the role that God wants her to play in our lives. In Behold Your Mother, Tim Staples takes you through the Church s teachings about the Blessed Virgin Mary, showing their firm Scriptural and historical roots and dismantling the objections of those who mistakenly believe that Mary competes for the attention due Christ alone. Combining the best recent scholarship with a converts in-depth knowledge of the arguments, Staples has assembled the most thorough and useful Marian apologetic you'll find anywhere. He also shows how all the Marian doctrines are relevant even essential to a salvific faith in Jesus. From her divine maternity to her perpetual virginity, from her Immaculate Conception to her Assumption, the Church's core teachings about Mary are intertwined with the mysteries of Christ. In a word, Mary matters. Read Behold Your Mother and find out just how much. (learn more)

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