Kresta in the Afternoon – January 1, 2020 – Hour 2

  • Description: We continue our countdown with James K A Smith.

+  2019 Countdown #8: Kresta Comments - Reflections on Poland

  • Description: Fresh from his pilgrimage to Poland with Steve Ray, Al reflects on what he saw walking in the footsteps of St. John Paul II and Faustina Kowalska and the deep Catholic faith of the country.
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    • City of Saints: A Pilgrimage to John Paul II’s Kraków

      “Karol Wojtyła, Pope John Paul II, was a man whose life was the expression of a richly textured and multidimensional soul. The many layers of that soul took on their first, mature form in Kraków.” – George Weigel In this beautifully illustrated spiritual travelogue, New York Times bestselling author George Weigel leads readers through the historic streets of Kraków, Poland, introducing one of the world’s great cities through the life of one of the most influential Catholic leaders of all time. “To follow Karol Wojtyła through Kraków is to follow an itinerary of sanctity while learning the story of a city.” Weigel writes. “Thus, in what follows, the story of Karol Wojtyła, St. John Paul II, and the story of Kraków are interwoven in a chronological pilgrimage through the life of a saint that reveals, at the same time, the dramatic history and majestic culture of a city where a boy grew into a man, priest, a bishop—and an apostle to the world.” With stunning photographs by Stephen Weigel and notes on the city’s remarkable fabric by Carrie Gress, City of Saints offers an in-depth look at a man and a city that made an indelible impression on the life and thought of the Catholic Church and the 21st century world. (learn more)

+  2019 Countdown #7: St Augustine - Ancient Advice for the Modern Day (2 segments)

  • Description: What does an ancient thinker born centuries after Christ have to say that applies to our lives today? Well, if that thinker is St Augustine of Hippo, he has a whole lot to say. Dr James K A Smith has traveled long on the road with St Augustine, he joined on the saint's birthday with a look at how Augustine can be a pilgrim guide to the complicated world we live in.
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    • James K A Smith
      James K A Smith is an award-winning author of many books, most recently On the Road with Saint Augustine. He teaches philosophy and theology at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI. Originally trained in philosophical theology and contemporary French philosophy, Smith's work is focused on cultural criticism informed by the Christian theological tradition.
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    • On the Road with Saint Augustine: A Real-World Spirituality for Restless Hearts

      Named One of the Top 100 Books and One of the 5 Best Books in Religion for 2019 by Publishers Weekly This is not a book about Saint Augustine. In a way, it's a book Augustine has written about each of us. Popular speaker and award-winning author James K. A. Smith has spent time on the road with Augustine, and he invites us to take this journey too, for this ancient African thinker knows far more about us than we might expect. Following Smith's successful You Are What You Love, this book shows how Augustine can be a pilgrim guide to a spirituality that meets the complicated world we live in. Augustine, says Smith, is the patron saint of restless hearts--a guide who has been there, asked our questions, and knows our frustrations and failed pursuits. Augustine spent a lifetime searching for his heart's true home and he can help us find our way. "What makes Augustine a guide worth considering," says Smith, "is that he knows where home is, where rest can be found, what peace feels like, even if it is sometimes ephemeral and elusive along the way." Addressing believers and skeptics alike, this book shows how Augustine's timeless wisdom speaks to the worries and struggles of contemporary life, covering topics such as ambition, sex, friendship, freedom, parenthood, and death. As Smith vividly and colorfully brings Augustine to life for 21st-century readers, he also offers a fresh articulation of Christianity that speaks to our deepest hungers, fears, and hopes. (learn more)

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