Kresta in the Afternoon – March 24, 2017 – Hour 1

+  Social Science Apologetics: The Importance of a Father’s Love

  • Description: Dr. Greg Popcak joins us with a look at new research that continues to prove the importance of a father in the development of children’s personalities.
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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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    • BeDADitudes: 8 Ways to Be an Awesome Dad

      Internationally known marriage and family expert Greg Popcak draws on more than twenty years as a counselor as well as his own experience as a father to show how the Beatitudes can be viewed as a practical guide to understanding the love of God and applying that love to being a better father. In the first book to uniquely focus on the Beatitudes and fatherhood, Greg Popcak helps you stop focusing on yourself and instead focus on God, learning how to be the father God wants you to be by becoming a servant leader in your home. As a father of three children, Popcak realized that Jesus' call to be humble in the first Beatitude--Blessed are the poor in spirit--stands in direct opposition to what modern men learn growing up. Instead, they are taught they should live a life of unbroken success, defined by promotions at work and beautiful wives and honor students at home. The Catholic author, speaker, counselor, and radio host will show that when you practice meekness, you will connect with your family by asking them questions and listening closely to their responses. By practicing mercy, you come to know your own sins, the difficulties that lie on the path to sainthood, and how your family needs to hear about God's grace in their lives. In BeDADitudes, you discover the profound love of God found in the Beatitudes and understand how that love can transform you into being an awesome dad. (learn more)

+  Will Wilder Returns: Raymond Arroyo's Series is back!

  • Description: Raymond Arroyo is best known for his work at EWTN News and The World Over Live. But he's also the author of the Will Wilder series, a middle-grade adventure series about a young boy who discovers the power of relics. Raymond just finished the second book in the series. He joins us today.
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    • Raymond Arroyo
      Raymond Arroyo is a New York Times bestselling author, the creator of the Will Wilder series, and producer and the lead anchor for EWTN News. As the host of The World Over Live, he is seen in nearly 300 million homes every week. He is also the founder of Storyented, a large-scale literacy initiative. Follow him on Twitter at Raymondarroyo and visit
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    • Will Wilder #2: The Lost Staff of Wonders

      “Open the cover, fasten your seat belt, and get ready for a rip-roaring ride!” —Ridley Pearson, author of the New York Times bestselling series Kingdom Keepers "Surprising spiritual depth with a hearty helping of monsters and miracles." —Kirkus Reviews Twelve-year-old Will Wilder is back to protect the town of Perilous Falls from another ancient evil—the fearsome demon, Amon. When the storied Staff of Moses—responsible for summoning the plagues of ancient Egypt—vanishes from the museum in Perilous Falls, Will Wilder is suspect number one. Desperate to prove his innocence and stop the thief from unleashing terrors upon the town of Perilous Falls, Will must use his supernatural gift to locate the beast—but it’s nowhere to be found. As the river runs with blood, sharp-toothed frogs surround his home, and clouds of swarming gnats choke the streets, Will must rely on his supernatural ability, everything he learned from his training, and help from his friends, siblings, and Great-Aunt Lucille to find the missing staff and unmask the hidden evil before time runs out for all of them. (learn more)

    • Will Wilder #1: The Relic of Perilous Falls

      Fans of Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson and the Olympians and Peter Lerangis’s Seven Wonders series will embrace this epic adventure in a rollicking new series by a New York Times bestselling author. Will Wilder didn’t mean to unlock his otherworldly gift. But that is exactly what happens when Will “borrows” a sacred relic believed to protect the town of Perilous Falls for nearly a century. Even though his intentions are good, the impulsive twelve-year-old unwittingly awakens an ancient evil endangering all of Perilous Falls. As boats sink and hideous creatures crawl from the rising waters, it is up to Will to confront a nightmarish enemy and set things right before it is too late. Along with his sweet—if lethal—great-aunt Lucille, the curator of a museum of supernatural artifacts, Will proves that the actions of one twelve-year-old boy can change the world. (learn more)

+  Lessons from Mother Angelica On Suffering and Burnout

  • Description: Mother Angelica's legacy lives on. Her years of illness made her a prime example of redemptive suffering and wrote extensively on the subject. We'll look at her teachings with Fr Joseph Mary Wolfe.
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    • Fr. Joseph Mary
      Fr Joseph Mary is the Chaplain of EWTN, where he also serves as the Chapel dean and Postulant director.
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    • Mother Angelica on Suffering and Burnout

      From the spiritual writings and reflections of Mother Angelica comes this lucid and life-transforming book for anyone who struggles with suffering, or finds difficulty in persevering in your daily responsibilities. Mother Angelica provides consolation and advice that only a spiritual mother can provide, helping you to understand the purpose of suffering, how it can be redemptive, and when to know you re allowing your suffering to go to waste. You'll also learn about dryness in prayer and how it can be a gift, as well as how to respond to what she alls spiritual hangovers. You'll learn how Christ is closest to you when He is silent, and how His silence can be one of the most powerful and purifying elements of the spiritual life. Finally, Mother Angelica shows you that what Jesus needs most from you is gratitude, trust, and, indeed, weakness. Follow the advice Mother Angelica offers in these pages, and you'll soon find yourself consoled and reawakened to the generous grace God is daily offering to you. (learn more)

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