Kresta in the Afternoon – November 8, 2019 – Hour 1

+  Kresta Comments: Feast of St. Elizabeth of the Trinity

  • Description: Today is the feast of St. Elizabeth of the Trinity, a French Discalced Carmelite, mystic and spiritual writer known for the depth of her spiritual growth and persistence to pursuing the will of God. Al looks at her life and what we can learn from her.
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    • From Ash to Fire: A Contemporary Journey through the Interior Castle of Teresa of Avila

      This excellent introduction to one of the most important spiritual classics of the Christian tradition is now reprinted in a new edition by popular demand. Full of solid insight, keen intuition and wise counsel for the spiritual journey, the book situates St Teresa's work in the context of the Carmelite tradition and of a contemporary understanding of holistic spirituality. One chapter is devoted to each of the seven spiritual mansions of The Interior Castle. From Ash to Fire is particuarly useful for those who are at the beginning of the spiritual journey, but has many valuable insights for all readers. Carolyn Humphreys uses easy to follow, lay person's language to describe each spiritual stage, relating it to the corresponding human dimension. You may recognize yourself in many of her vivid examples that relate to everyday experiences. She delicately brings to light that 'authentic humanness comes through a person who is dependent on God and interdependent on others,' and thus guides you along the way with sound advice. Carolyn Humphreys is a registered occupational therapist and a Secular Discalced Carmelite. (learn more)

    • Two Sisters in the Spirit: Therese of Lisieux and Elizabeth of the Trinity

      Balthasar's unique volume on Thérèse of Lisieux and Elizabeth of the Trinity presents a theological biography of each of these holy Carmelite sisters which gives profound insights into their spirituality, showing that their differences actually complement one another. Balthasar probes the depths of the contemplative mission of each of these young Carmelites who both died in their twenties, and gave powerful witness to the critical importance of contemplation as a means to holiness. Each woman is clearly shown as a daughter of her Carmelite heritage with her own emphasis: Thérèse's discovery of the "little way of love" and Elizabeth's focus on the indwelling of God in the soul. (learn more)

+  Archbishop Cordileone Reflects on Truth, Beauty and the Mass of the Americas

  • Description: We spoke earlier this week with Maggie Gallagher about the upcoming Mass of the Americas on November 16. Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone joins us to continue the discussion with a look at why he decided to celebrate the Mass, how it combines the Old and New World traditions, and the special role vestments play in the celebration.
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    • Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone
      Archbishop Salvatore Cordileonoe is the Archbishop of San Francisco. He was ordained a priest in 1982 by Bishop Leo Maher and later served for seven years in Rome as an assistant at the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, the Church’s highest canonical court. He was appointed an Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of San Diego in 2002, appointed Bishop of Oakland in 2009 and then appointed Archbishop of San Francisco in 2012. Archbishop Cordileone sits on the USCCB’s Committee for Canonical Affairs and Church Governance, and in November 2019, he will assume the role as Chairman of the Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth.
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+  Suicide and Spiritual Warfare

  • Description: The rise of suicide, especially in our young people, has become an epidemic. Theresa Anthony has experienced the grief of losing a loved one to suicide with her son Matthew, who suffered from depression and alcoholism and died by suicide at the age of 25. She joins us to discuss her family’s experience and battles with spiritual warfare.
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    • Theresa Anthony
      Theresa Anthony is a freelance writer, now specializing in the field of addiction, mental health, and dual diagnosis recovery since losing her 25-year old son to alcoholism and depression-related suicide in 2013. Here story is told in My 13th Station: A Mother Shares Her Son's Tragic Battle with Depression, Alcoholism, and Demons. Visit her at
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    • My 13th Station: A Mother Shares Her Son’s Tragic Battle with Depression, Alcoholism, and Demons

      Theresa Anthony gives us an inside look, unflinching and raw, at her son's sudden bout with depression and alcoholism at the outset of young adulthood. Coincidentally, her family, and neighboring families, had been experiencing various paranormal events that may have contributed to emotional instability that resulted in three suicides on the street, including her son's. Woven through the pages of this compelling memoir, which depicts in absolute transparency the devastating effects of a dual diagnosis (alcoholism and mental health disorders), are the disturbing and corroborated events relating to the demonic infestation that impacted this portion of the neighborhood. The author accompanies these revelations with her personal faith journey, laying down a parallel track that reveals the role an unrelenting faith in God played in her own survival. At a time in history when the rates of addiction, mental illness, and suicide are escalating, My 13th Station offers essential insights and valuable information for parents and young adults to carefully consider. Through this intimate account of tragic loss, Ms. Anthony delivers a powerful message about the reality of spiritual warfare and, ultimately, the power of faith. Inspiring in her pain, Ms. Anthony provides the reader with authenticity, even at the expense of acknowledging her own mortal flaws. Her story is riveting and sorrowful, yet, in spite of this mother's profound grief, leaves us with a soaring sense of hope and renewal. (learn more)

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