Kresta in the Afternoon – February 6, 2019 – Hour 2

+  Suffering and Dying with Christ (2 segments)

  • Description: We spoke recently with Matthew Levering about virtues that help us to live and die the way Christ intended. How should Christians approach the difficult, sometimes frightening issues of suffering and death? Matthew joins us to continue the discussion.
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    • Matthew Levering
      Matthew Levering is the author of many books, most recently Dying and the Virtues. He holds the James N. and Mary D. Perry Jr. Chair of Theology at Mundelein Seminary and is a longtime participant in Evangelicals and Catholics Together. Among his many other books are An Introduction to Vatican II and Proofs of God: Classical Arguments from Tertullian to Barth.
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    • Dying and the Virtues

      In this rich book Matthew Levering explores nine key virtues that we need to die (and live) well: love, hope, faith, penitence, gratitude, solidarity, humility, surrender, and courage. Retrieving and engaging a variety of biblical, theological, historical, and medical resources, Levering journeys through the various stages and challenges of the dying process, beginning with the fear of annihilation and continuing through repentance and gratitude, suffering and hope, before arriving finally at the courage needed to say goodbye to one’s familiar world. Grounded in careful readings of Scripture, the theological tradition, and contemporary culture, Dying and the Virtues comprehensively and beautifully shows how these nine virtues effectively unite us with God, the One who alone can conquer death. (learn more)

    • An Introduction to Vatican II as an Ongoing Theological Event

      Contemporary scholars often refer to "the event of Vatican II," but what kind of an event was it? In this first book of the new CUA Press series Sacra Doctrina, Matthew Levering leads his readers to see the Council as a "theological event"―a period of confirming and continuing God's self-revelation in Christ into a new historical era for the Church. This is an introduction to Vatican II with a detailed summary of each of its four central documents―the dogmatic constitutions―followed by explanations of how to interpret them. In contrast to other introductions, which pay little attention to the theological soil in which the documents of Vatican II germinated, Levering offers a reading of each conciliar Constitution in light of a key theological author from the era: René Latourelle, SJ for Dei Verbum (persons and propositions); Louis Bouyer, CO for Sacrosanctum Concilium (active participation); Yves Congar, OP for Lumen Gentium (true and false reform); and Henri de Lubac, SJ for Gaudium et Spes (nature and grace). This theological event is "ongoing," Levering demonstrates, by tracing in each chapter the theological debates that have stretched from the close of the council till the present, and the difficulties the Church continues to encounter in encouraging an ever deeper participation in Jesus Christ on the part of all believers. In this light, the book's final chapter compares the historicist (Massimo Faggioli) and Christological (Robert Imbelli) interpretations of Vatican II, arguing that historicism can undermine the Council's fundamental desire for a reform and renewal rooted in Christ. The conclusion addresses the concerns about secularization and loss of faith raised after the Council by Henri de Lubac, Joseph Ratzinger, and Yves Congar, arguing that contemporary Vatican II scholarship needs to take these concerns more seriously. (learn more)

+  Inspirations for Cancer Patients

  • Description: Cancer touches all of us in some way. Almost all of us know someone who has battled the disease, and we've seen the incredible courage of cancer patients like Tyler Trent. Cancer is a devastating diagnosis, but that doesn't mean hope is lost. Ron Avery joins us with daily inspirations for anyone who faces cancer.
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    • Rin Avery
      Ron Avery is the author of 365 Days for Hope: Daily Inspirations for Cancer Patients.
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    • 365 Days for Hope

      This book is an inspirational book for cancer patients. Giving them a daily positive though for their first 365 days with cancer. Hopefully this book inspires them to never give up hope that they can be cured. Ronald J. Avery is the youngest of eight children born and raised in Dubuque, Iowa. He attended Catholic grade school, high school, and college. He had a career in management of retail grocery for twenty-five years and management of wholesale beer for five years. He has had the pleasure of working with several thousand employees in his thirty years of management. He is now retired from retail and wholesale business to take up his passion in life, helping cancer patients. He is the founder, president, CEO and COB of the Avery Foundation based in Dubuque, Iowa. This Foundation is helping cancer patients with the unexpected expenses during treatments for cancer. A portion of the sale of this book goes to the Foundation. For more information about the Avery Foundation or to make a donation, visit their website, "WE WANT TO BE A RAINBOW IN CANCER PATIENT'S STORMY CLOUDS!" -Ronald J. Avery (learn more)

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