Kresta in the Afternoon – October 21, 2019 – Hour 1

+  Amazonian "Way of the Cross" Prayed During Synod

+  The Priests We Need to Save the Church (2 segments)

  • Description: Thanks to the fallout from the abuse crisis, when people think of the Catholic Church they do not think of John Paul II or Mother Teresa - they think of someone like Theodore McCarrick. And even today too many priests seem to be nothing more than glad-handing bachelors doing social work. Clearly, this is not what Christ intended. What kind of priest do we need to save the Church? We talk with Kevin Wells.
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    • Kevin Wells
      Kevin Wells is the author most recently of the Priests We Need to Save the Church. He’s a former sports reporter with the Tampa Tribune, where he covered Major League Baseball and other sports. He’s also the author of Burst, A Story of God’s Grace When Life Falls Apart. He is also President of the Monsignor Thomas Wells Society for Vocations, which financially and prayerfully commits itself to the promotion of strong priests, seminarians, and practicing the fullness of the Catholic Faith. In 2009, he survived a close brush with death after a malformed line of vessels in his brain hemorrhaged. The day after invasive brain surgery failed to control the flow of blood that was compressing his brain, Kevin was anointed by Fr. James Stack — the longtime best friend of his murdered uncle, Msgr. Thomas Wells. To this day, witnesses in the dark neuro-ICU room still tell of the miracle that unfolded at his bedside.
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    • The Priests We Need to Save the Church

      While dissolute bishops and priests around the world grab headlines for their untoward words and deeds, too many other unfruitful priests minister as little more than glad-handing bachelors doing social service work. Top and bottom, is this the Church that Christ intended? Are these the priests we need? No! cries author Kevin Wells in these compelling pages that showcase how heroic priests can faithfully tread the narrow path of holy self-sacrifice first blazed by the apostles themselves. From scores of insightful interviews with modern priests, exorcists, seminary formators, and even disillusioned laity, Wells here draws forth a blueprint for priestly holiness that can once again fill our Church with priests abounding with sincere, supernatural faith, on fire with God's love, and moved by the irresistible impulse to save souls, no matter the cost to themselves. Reading this book will deepen your own faith and help you understand what all priests, by their vocation, are consecrated and called to be. Giving a copy to your parish priest will help him and encourage him as he strives to become a member of the small but growing contingent of holy priests we need. (learn more)

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