Kresta in the Afternoon – March 23, 2018 – Hour 2

+  Why I Became Catholic

  • Description: Lizzie Reezay is a well-known Youtuber who makes videos about theology, bipolar disorder and other topics. And now she's entering the Catholic Church. She joins us with a look at her faith journey.
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    • Lizzie Reezay
      Lizzie Reezay is a recent graduate of Pepperdine University. She makes YouTube videos about theology and dealing with bipolar disorder and is a new convert to the Catholic Church. Follow her on Twitter @LizzieReezay and check out her Lizzies Answers YouTube channel, and find more at

+  Empowering our Kids for the Decisions that Matter Most

  • Description: Spring is almost here and students around the country are finalizing their college and career plans. What if we taught them to measure success not by the school they attend or the size of their bank account, but by how they follow Christ? On the upcoming Feast of the Annunciation, we'll remember Mary's decision to offer a complete yes to God...what if we taught our kids to do the same? We'll talk with Leonard Delorezno.
  • Segment Guests:
    • Dr. Leonard Delorenzo
      Leonard J. DeLorenzo is the author of What Matters Most: Empowering Young Catholics for Life’s Big Decisions. He teaches theology at the University of Notre Dame, where he also directs Notre Dame Vision, the Notre Dame Catechist Academy, and the Notre Dame Character Project within the Institute for Church Life. He and his wife, Lisa, live in South Bend, Indiana, with their five children.
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    • What Matters Most: Empowering Young Catholics for Life’s Big Decisions

      What if we taught young people that they can measure success by how they follow Christ rather than by how much money they make or where they go to college? In What Matters Most, University of Notre Dame theology professor Leonard J. DeLorenzo urges youth ministers, teachers, and parents to help young people redefine success in light of their call to discipleship—completely saying yes to God. In Luke's account of the Annunciation, Mary offers a true model of discipleship for young people to follow. Her example will empower them to make choices about how to live their lives as a courageous yes to God in everything they choose—just as she did. DeLorenzo, who served as the long-time director of Notre Dame Vision—a program designed to help young Catholics find their true calling as disciples of Jesus—shows how Mary exhibited four habits that will guide young people to make important life decisions:

      • Listen carefully and practice patience.
      • Remember who we are and what we value most.
      • Respond with compassion to choices we face.
      • Embrace sacrifice for the sake of love.
      DeLorenzo includes personal stories from his experience as a father and working with youth and young adults with spiritual wisdom to equip teachers, mentors, pastoral ministers, and parents to reexamine the way they encourage and help form young Catholics approaching significant life choices such as college and jobs. He presents ways to remedy spiritual deficits in these young people created by cultural realities such as the fast pace of tech-driven lives and the looming pressure to succeed with worldly accomplishments. (learn more)

    • Witness: Learning to Tell the Stories of Grace That Illumine Our Lives

      Beginning with the apostles themselves, Christians have practiced the art of telling their stories to bring others to faith. Leonard J. DeLorenzo, theology professor and director of Notre Dame Vision--a program designed to help youth and young adults find their true vocation--presents seven guiding principles to help you share your faith in a genuine way and teach others to do so as well. Unlike many evangelical Christians, Catholics often find it difficult to tell their faith stories. Leonard DeLorenzo has taught thousands of teens and young adults to relate their moments of grace in a way that is compelling, convincing, and free of clichés and vague generalizations. His seven guiding principles are:

      • Tell it as a story
      • Begin with what happened
      • Express it in style
      • Modify it for your audience
      • Ensure there is sufficient closure
      • Embrace natural emotions and
      • Pray and practice
      DeLorenzo includes literary examples of writers such as C. S. Lewis and Flannery O'Connor, the conversion stories of St. Paul and St. Augustine, and real-life accounts of grace told by young adults he's worked with. Their stories are born out of battling an anxiety disorder, struggling with a loved one's Alzheimer's disease, dealing with the effects of alcoholism, learning from people with mental disabilities, and overcoming an eating disorder. DeLorenzo teaches us that by paying close attention to particular aspects of these stories, we can attune ourselves to the surprising and specific ways that grace moved through their experiences--as it does in our own. DeLorenzo provides a model for the kind of attentiveness we should foster when crafting our own stories of grace, and lead others to do so by providing an example of God's presence in our everyday life. Witness is a unique resource for faith-formation ministers and adults of all ages to appreciate the ways that grace is at work in your life, to inspire hope, and to build community by telling your own faith story. (learn more)

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