Kresta in the Afternoon – May 23, 2017 – Hour 1

+  St Louis Moves to Protect Abortion Allies

  • Description: Our Lady's Inn, a St Louis home for pregnant mothers, has filed a lawsuit against the city over a new ordinance that applies anti-discrimination laws to "reproductive health decisions." The definitions used in the law are so broad that they can include and decision that is in any way related to abortion. The law could force nonprofit organizations such as Our Lady's Inn to hire abortion advocates. The Thomas More Society is representing the pro-life center, and we'll talk with Special Counsel Sarah Pitlyk.
  • Segment Guests:
    • Sarah Pitlyk
      Sarah Pitlyk is an associate at Rynnymede law group and an Special Counsel for the Thomas More Society. Visit Thomasmoresociety.org and ourladysinn.org.
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+  The Marian Option (2 segments)

  • Description: As the world descends into chaos, Christians are thinking deeply about how to stem the tide. Many options and suggestions have been presented to deal with Christian persecution and cultural decadence, but none can hold a candle to The Marian Option. Carrie Gress joins us to explain what this is and how it works.
  • Segment Guests:
    • Dr. Carrie Gress
      Carrie Gress has a PhD from the Catholic University of America and is a faculty member at Pontifex University. She's the author of several books, most recently The Marian Option: God's Solution to a Civilization in Crisis. Visit her at carriegress.com.
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    • The Marian Option: God’s Solution to a Civilization in Crisis

      How can we save civilization? is the question many people worry about today. As the world descends into chaos, Christians are thinking deeply about how to stem the tide. Many options and suggestions have been presented to deal with Christian persecution and cultural decadence, but none can hold a candle to The Marian Option. Dr. Carrie Gress provides a thoroughly researched bird s eye view of the significant cultural and military events mediated through Mary on behalf of her spiritual children. From miraculous victories to the soaring heights of culture, you have never seen Mary like this before. Until now, books on the Virgin Mary have generally focused upon one apparition or various theological elements of this mysterious woman. But the scope of The Marian Option is far greater. Drawing from a vast array of dogmas, Vatican approved apparitions, and writings of the saints, Dr. Gress has pulled together the remarkable story of Mary s overwhelming influence and intercession. Using history, sound theology, and a detective's eye, Gress brings to light the fascinating details of Mary s role in major geopolitical shifts. The reader will see how instrumental the Mother of God was in:

      • Freeing Spain from Islamic occupation
      • Igniting the largest mass conversion to Catholicism in history
      • Leading an unassuming priest to bring down the world s most powerful empire without firing a shot
      • Stomping out heresies and false teachings from the Church
      Beyond the battlefield, The Marian Option also highlights the link between Marian devotion and high culture, showing how creativity and the arts painting, sculpture, architecture, music, and literature all flourish when devotion to her is strong. This enthralling chronicle of Mary's intercession makes clear that Christ s mother is indeed the most powerful woman in the world, and the answer for how we can save the world and bring us back into her Son s heart. Not only is she keenly interested in assisting Christians, she has the ability to do so, even in the face of the gravest odds. We just have to ask. The Marian Option will leave you with a new perspective on the Blessed Mother and a renewed hope in the future of the Church and the world. INCLUDES AN APPENDIX WITH A ROAD MAP OF PRACTICAL ADVICE AND EXAMPLES FOR EVERY CATHOLIC (learn more)

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