Kresta in the Afternoon – March 8, 2019 – Hour 2

+  Kresta Comments: What can Perpetua and Felicity Teach us about Happiness?

  • Description: Al reflects on yesterday's Feast of Sts. Perpetua and Felicity and what their example can teach us about happiness.
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    • Man’s Search for Meaning

      Psychiatrist Viktor Frankl's memoir has riveted generations of readers with its descriptions of life in Nazi death camps and its lessons for spiritual survival. Between 1942 and 1945 Frankl labored in four different camps, including Auschwitz, while his parents, brother, and pregnant wife perished. Based on his own experience and the experiences of others he treated later in his practice, Frankl argues that we cannot avoid suffering but we can choose how to cope with it, find meaning in it, and move forward with renewed purpose. Frankl's theory-known as logotherapy, from the Greek word logos ("meaning")-holds that our primary drive in life is not pleasure, as Freud maintained, but the discovery and pursuit of what we personally find meaningful. At the time of Frankl's death in 1997, Man's Search for Meaning had sold more than 10 million copies in twenty-four languages. A 1991 reader survey for the Library of Congress that asked readers to name a "book that made a difference in your life" found Man's Search for Meaningamong the ten most influential books in America. (learn more)

+  Thinking like Aquinas (2 segments)

  • Description: Yesterday was the anniversary of the death of St. Thomas Aquinas. We normally would recognize the date as his feast, but the 1969 revision of the liturgical calendar outlined in Paul VI’s Mysterii Pascahlis moved the feast to January 28, out of Lent. Aquinas is one of the greatest thinkers in Christianity, but his works can be daunting to the average reader. How can we think like Aquinas if we can't even make it through a few pages of his writing? Kevin Vost joins us with advice from the saint himself.
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    • Dr. Kevin Vost
      Dr. Kevin Vost is the author of more than a dozen Catholic books including How to Think Like Aquinas: The Sure Way to Perfect your Mental Powers. He has appeared on hundreds of Catholic radio and television broadcasts and has traveled across the US and Ireland, giving talks on the themes of his books.
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    • How to Think Like Aquinas: The Sure Way to Perfect Your Mental Powers

      About St. Thomas Aquinas, Pope John XXII said: "A man can derive more profit in a year from his books than from pondering all his life the teaching of others."And Pope Pius XI added: "We now say to all who are desirous of the truth: 'Go to St. Thomas.'" But when we do go to Thomas when we open his massive Summa Theologica or another of his works we're quickly overwhelmed, even lost. If we find him hard to read, how can we even begin to "think like Aquinas?" Now comes Kevin Vost the best-selling author of The One-Minute Aquinas armed with a recently rediscovered letter St. Thomas himself wrote a brief letter to young novice monk giving practical, sage advice about how to study, how to think, and even how to live. In this letter written almost 800 years ago, St. Thomas reveals his unique powers of intellect and will, and explains how anyone can fathom and explain even the loftiest truths. Vost and St. Thomas will teach you how to dissect logical fallacies, heresies, and half-truths that continue to pollute our world with muddy thinking. Best of all, you'll find a fully-illustrated set of exercises to improve your intellectual powers of memory, understanding, logical reasoning, shrewdness, foresight, circumspection, and practical wisdom. You'll also learn:

      • The four steps to training your memory
      • How to know your mental powers and their limits
      • Why critical thinking alone is insufficient for reaching the truth
      • Twenty common fallacies and how to spot them
      • The key to effectively reading any book
      • How to set your intellect free by avoiding worldly entanglements
      • How to commit key truths to memory
      Pius XI called St. Thomas Aquinas the "model" for those who want to "pursue their studies to the best advantage and with the greatest profit to themselves." Leo XIII urged us all to "follow the example of St. Thomas." Over the centuries, dozens of other popes have praised him. Surely it is time to listen to these good men, time to "go to Thomas" to learn to think like him, and, yes, even to live like him. (learn more)

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