Kresta in the Afternoon – July 10, 2019 – Hour 2

+  Kresta Comments: Power and Virtue

  • Description: There's been an interesting trend in pop culture - a re-presentation of women as, above all, powerful. Nobody begrudges women or men power when it's understood as the ability to get things done, but to see power presented as the ideal virtue for anyone is perverse. Al has some thoughts.

+  The Subtle Lie About Women

  • Description: During the rise of the Radical Feminist movement, there was one element that held many ideologies together: abortion. Millions of women were convinced that the most precious and natural bond on earth, that of mother and child, was no longer important, and in fact was actually an impediment to a woman’s happiness. How is it that this lie could spread so quickly and so resoundingly? We talk with Carrie Gress.
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    • Carrie Gress
      Carrie Gress has a doctorate in philosophy from the Catholic University of America. She is the editor at the Catholic Women's online magazine Theology of Home. She is the author of several books including The Anti-Mary Exposed and the forthcoming Theology of Home.
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    • The Anti-Mary Exposed: Rescuing the Culture from Toxic Femininity

      The Demonic Influence on Women Today In the late ’60s, a small group of elite American women convinced an overwhelming majority of the country that destroying the most fundamental of relationships—that of mother and child—was necessary for women to have productive and happy lives. From the spoiling of this relationship followed the decay of the entire family, and almost overnight, our once pro-life culture became pro-lifestyle, embracing everything that felt good. Sixty million abortions later, women aren’t showing signs of health, happiness, and fulfillment. Increased numbers of divorce, depression, anxiety, sexually transmitted disease, and drug abuse all point to the reality that women aren’t happier, just more medicated. Huge cultural shifts led to a rethinking of womanhood, but could there be more behind it than just culture, politics, and rhetoric? Building off the scriptural foundations of the anti-Christ, Carrie Gress makes an in-depth investigation into the idea of an anti-Mary—as a spirit, not an individual—that has plagued the West since the ’60s. Misleading generations of women, this anti-Marian spirit has led to the toxic femininity that has destroyed the lives of countless men, women, and children. Also in The Anti-Mary Exposed:

      •  How radical feminism is connected to the errors of Russia, spoken of by Our Lady of Fatima.The involvement and influence of the goddess movement and the occult.
      • The influence of “female” demons, such as Lilith and Jezebel.
      • The repulsive underbelly of radical feminism’s chief architects.
      • A look at the matriarchy, a cabal of elite women committed to abortion, who control the thinking of most women through media, politics, Hollywood, fashion, and universities.
      The antidote to the anti-Mary is, of course, Mary, the Mother of God, known widely as the most powerful woman in the world and the source of the belief that women ought to be treated with dignity. She is a beacon of all the virtues and qualities—purity, humility, kindness, beauty—that oppose this sinister force that has cast its spell upon so many women. Mary’s influence is unparalleled by any woman in history. She is the perfect model of Christian femininity, who desires to be a spiritual mother to us all, leading us to her Son, and to the fulfillment of our heart’s deepest desires. (learn more)

+  What is Beauty and Why do we Need it?

  • Description: What is beauty? Is it just a matter of opinion or in the eye of the beholder? How can the virtues help us to better perceive and enjoy beauty? We'll talk with John-Mark Miravalle.
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    • John-Mark Miravalle
      John-Mark L. Miravalle is professor of Systematic and Moral theology at Mount St. Mary's Seminary in Maryland. He's the author of three books, including Beauty: What it Is and Why it Matters. He has debated noted atheists on topics such as God's existence, same-sex marriage, and theistic morality. He and his wife Jessica have five children.
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    • Beauty: What It is and Why It Matters

      We are meant for beauty, and beauty is meant for us. What we moderns have forgotten, the ancients knew well: true beauty heals the soul, draws us to God, and yields lasting happiness. Rich with the wisdom of Plato, Augustine, Aquinas, and St. John Paul II, these pages unpack perennial truths about beauty and rivet them into your soul, opening the eyes of your understanding to the beauty all around us. Offering an abundance of accessible examples, author John Mark Miravalle demonstrates that beauty is neither in the eye of the beholder, nor for the cultivated, the dreamer, or the hopeless romantic alone. On the contrary, the ability to understand, recognize, and delight in beauty readies all souls for heaven and makes it easier for us to get there. From these pages, you'll learn:

      • Why beauty is not just a matter of opinion.
      • The virtues we need to perceive beauty and to enjoy it.
      • How to determine whether an artwork is truly beautiful.
      • The respective roles of reason and emotion in appreciating beauty.
      • How the beauty of nature testifies to God's existence . . . while rejection of God obscures nature's beauty.
      With the help of these pages, you'll receive fresh eyes to marvel again (or for the first time) at the beauty of nature, music, art, architecture, and, most importantly, the beauty of God, the fountainhead and exemplar of all things on earth that are beautiful. (learn more)

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