Kresta in the Afternoon – July 18, 2017 – Hour 1

+  Social Science Apologetics: The Motivations for Assisted Suicide

  • Description: Advocates of assisted suicide argue it is wrong to force patients to endure extreme pain, and they must be allowed to die with dignity. However, a study from the New England Journal of Medicine shows the motivations for assisted suicide are far more psychological than they are physical. We’ll talk with Dr. Greg Popcak.
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    • Dr. Greg Popcak
      Dr Greg Popcak is Chair of the Online Master of Pastoral Studies program at Holy Apostles College and Seminary. He's also Executive Director of Pastoral Solutions Institute and the author of more than a dozen books. He and his wife Lisa co-host More2Life on Ave Maria Radio. Visit and find his Faith on the Couch blog at
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+  Around the Table: A Firsthand Account of the Eucharist (2 segments)

  • Description: We tend to imagine the events of the Gospels through the eyes of Christ, or through the eyes of an uninvolved third party. Scott Hurd re-imagines these scenes through the eyes of Christ's closest companions, who were with him throughout his ministry. By exploring the Eucharistic references throughout the Gospels, he helps us to better contemplate the mystery present in the Eucharist. Scott joins us.
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    • Scott Hurd
      Scott Hurd is a Catholic speaker and award-winning author of five books with more than twenty years' experience in professional ministry. He serves as senior director for leadership formation with Catholic Charities USA. Visit
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    • Around the Table: Retelling the Story of the Eucharist through the Eyes of Jesus’ First Followers

      Award-winning author R. Scott Hurd employs the unique and imaginative stories of fourteen biblical characters who were close to Jesus--including Thomas, Barnabas, and Mary Magdalene--in order to help you know Christ better and to contemplate the mystery present in the Eucharist. The scriptures are filled with familiar and not-so-familiar references to the Eucharist--including the narratives of the Last Supper, Jesus calling himself the Bread of Life, and the accounts of the miracle of the loaves and fishes. In Around the Table, you will begin to better understand the mysteries of the Eucharist in a deeper way through the eyes of Thomas, who was with Jesus as he raised the widow's son at Nain and Lazarus at Bethany. You will explore the Eucharist as a foretaste of heaven alongside Bartholomew in the upper room and the precious gift of forgiveness that the Eucharist brings with Matthew as he first meets Jesus at Capernaum. You will find courage to share the Good News in the powerful story of Mary Magdalene's crushing sorrow and exuberant joy at the death and resurrection of Jesus. R. Scott Hurd, senior director for leadership formation at Catholic Charities USA, helps you discover the meaning of the sacrament through the help of stories about those who accompanied Jesus during his time on Earth. In each chapter, you'll take the place of a specific friend, follower, or family member of Jesus in order to know him better, contemplate scripture, and deepen your understanding of the Eucharistic mystery we celebrate today. In addition to these scripture-inspired stories, Hurd provides you with tools to guide your reading:

      • A biographical sketch of each biblical character
      • Questions for journaling, contemplation, or conversation
      • Scripture citations for reference and further reading
      • A prayer to close each chapter
      Hurd incorporates the tradition of the Church and his own lifelong fascination with the Eucharist to help you come to a richer understanding and deeper gratitude for this tremendous gift by which we are healed, strengthened, renewed, and challenged to become the loving persons God has created us to be. (learn more)

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