Kresta in the Afternoon – September 19, 2017 – Hour 1

+  Building the Domestic Church

  • Description: The global church begins and ends at home and the parish experience is incomplete unless families see themselves as the domestic church. But research shows that 83% of Catholic families don’t pray together in any meaningful way. Dr. Greg Popcak joins us to discuss building a domestic church and making Christ an integral part of your home and family.
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    • Dr. Greg Popcak
      Dr Greg Popcak is Chair of the Online Master of Pastoral Studies program at Holy Apostles College and Seminary. He's also Executive Director of Pastoral Solutions Institute and the author of more than a dozen books. He and his wife Lisa co-host More2Life on Ave Maria Radio. Visit CatholicCounselors.com and find his Faith on the Couch blog at Patheos.com
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    • The Corporal Works of Mommy (and Daddy Too)

      How do you turn your home into a place where saints are made? By practicing the little way of family life at home, every day. St. Therese of Lisieux s little way shows us that we can achieve holiness by performing even the smallest acts with great love. For the family, every day is made up of many, many small acts feeding hungry tummies, comforting a feverish child, getting a squirmy toddler dressed for mass and in each one we have the opportunity to practice mercy and be a living example of how to love and follow God. The Corporal Works of Mommy (And Daddy Too) gives parents practical suggestions, tips, and ideas for ways to practice the corporal works of mercy in the home, and reflection questions for delving deeper into the topics. Each chapter also includes a prayer for God s guidance in our pursuit of the little way of the family. Let God set your family ablaze with his love when you practice The Corporal Works of Mommy (And Daddy Too). (learn more)

+  Putin's Legacy: Violence, Suppression and Murder

  • Description: Ever since Vladimir Putin came to power, his critics have regularly turned up dead. And no, it’s not a coincidence. Like the tsars and Soviets before him, Putin maintains his grip on power through coercion, intimidation and violence. Amy Knight joins us with a look at the Putin Regime.
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    • Amy Knight
      Amy Knight is the author of six books on the history and politics of Russia, most recently "Orders to Kill: The Putin Regime and Political Murder." She's a former Woodrow Wilson scholar and has contributed numerous pieces on Russia to the New York Times, Washington Post and other publications. Visit amyknight.org.
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    • Orders to Kill: The Putin Regime and Political Murder

      Ever since Vladimir Putin came to power in Russia, his critics have turned up dead on a regular basis. According to Amy Knight, this is no coincidence. In Orders to Kill, the KGB scholar ties dozens of victims together to expose a campaign of political murder during Putin’s reign that even includes terrorist attacks such as the Boston Marathon Bombing. Russia is no stranger to political murder, from the tsars to the Soviets to the Putin regime, during which many journalists, activists and political opponents have been killed. Kremlin defenders like to say, “There is no proof,” however convenient these deaths have been for Putin, and, unsurprisingly, because he controls all investigations, Putin is never seen holding a smoking gun,. But Amy Knight offers mountains of circumstantial evidence that point to Kremlin involvement. Called “the West’s foremost scholar” of the KGB by The New York Times, Knight traces Putin’s journey from the Federal Security Service (FSB) in the late 1990s to his subsequent rise to absolute power as the Kremlin’s leader today, detailing the many bodies that paved the way. She offers new information about the most famous victims, such as Alexander Litvinenko, the former FSB officer who was poisoned while living in London, and the statesman Boris Nemtsov, who was murdered outside the Kremlin in 2015, and she puts faces on many others who are less well-known in the West or forgotten. She shows that terrorist attacks in Russia, as well as the Boston Marathon bombing in the U.S., are part of the same campaign. And she explores what these murders mean for Putin’s future, for Russia and for the West, where in America Donald Trump has claimed, “Nobody has proven that he's killed anyone....He's always denied it.…It has not been proven that he's killed reporters." Orders to Kill is a story long hidden in plain sight with huge ramifications. (learn more)

+  Kresta Comments: Handmaid’s Tale Wins the Emmy

  • Description: The Hulu drama The Handmaid’s Tale took home five Emmy awards this Sunday, including Outstanding Drama series. The series is based on Margaret Atwood’s 1985 dystopian novel and depicts a future where the US is run by a Christian theocracy. Pollution has rendered most of the population infertile and the women who are capable of childbirth are forced into sexual slavery. Fans of the series say it shows “chilling parallels to Trump’s America.” Al has some thoughts.
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