Kresta in the Afternoon – November 13, 2019 – Hour 1

+  USCCB Fall Assembly Day 3 - US Bishops at Odds Over Abortion and the "Francis Test"

  • Description: Yesterday Archbishop Jose Gomez was elected to succeed Cardinal Daniel DiNardo as president of the USCCB, with Detroit's Archbishop Allen Vigneron elected as the new vice president. Since then several other major stories have broken, including a confrontation between Bishop McElroy and Archbishop Chaput over language concerning the prioritization of abortion. Matthew Bunson has more.
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    • Dr. Matthew Bunson
      Matthew Bunson is Executive Editor of EWTN News and a Senior Fellow at St Paul Center for Biblical Theology. He’s the author or co-author of more than 50 books including the first English-language biography of Pope Francis and The Encyclopedia of Catholic History. Follow him on twitter at MattBunson. Register Radio airs Saturdays at 7 pm and Sundays at 11 am.
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+  St Augustine - Ancient Advice for the Modern Day (2 segments)

  • Description: What does an ancient thinker born centuries after Christ have to say that applies to our lives today? Well, if that thinker is St Augustine of Hippo, he has a whole lot to say. Dr James K A Smith has traveled long on the road with St Augustine, he joins us today on the saint's birthday with a look at how Augustine can be a pilgrim guide to the complicated world we live in.
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    • Dr. James K. A. Smith
      James K A Smith is an award-winning author of many books, most recently On the Road with Saint Augustine. He teaches philosophy and theology at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI. Originally trained in philosophical theology and contemporary French philosophy, Smith's work is focused on cultural criticism informed by the Christian theological tradition.
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    • On the Road with Saint Augustine: A Real-World Spirituality for Restless Hearts

      Named One of the Top 100 Books and One of the 5 Best Books in Religion for 2019 by Publishers Weekly This is not a book about Saint Augustine. In a way, it's a book Augustine has written about each of us. Popular speaker and award-winning author James K. A. Smith has spent time on the road with Augustine, and he invites us to take this journey too, for this ancient African thinker knows far more about us than we might expect. Following Smith's successful You Are What You Love, this book shows how Augustine can be a pilgrim guide to a spirituality that meets the complicated world we live in. Augustine, says Smith, is the patron saint of restless hearts--a guide who has been there, asked our questions, and knows our frustrations and failed pursuits. Augustine spent a lifetime searching for his heart's true home and he can help us find our way. "What makes Augustine a guide worth considering," says Smith, "is that he knows where home is, where rest can be found, what peace feels like, even if it is sometimes ephemeral and elusive along the way." Addressing believers and skeptics alike, this book shows how Augustine's timeless wisdom speaks to the worries and struggles of contemporary life, covering topics such as ambition, sex, friendship, freedom, parenthood, and death. As Smith vividly and colorfully brings Augustine to life for 21st-century readers, he also offers a fresh articulation of Christianity that speaks to our deepest hungers, fears, and hopes. (learn more)

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