Kresta in the Afternoon – September 20, 2018 – Hour 2

+  Marian Imagery in the Old Testament

  • Description: St. Augustine said that "the New Testament lies hidden in the Old and the Old is fulfilled in the New" and we touched on that topic earlier this week with Stephen Clark. The early Church Fathers saw every part of Scripture as linked to every other part, and the Blessed Mother's role in Scripture is no exception. In what ways can we find Marian imagery in the Old Testament? We talk with Sandra Miesel.
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    • Sandra Miesel
      Sandra Miesel is an American medievalist and writer. She is the author of hundreds of articles on history and art, among other subjects, and has written several books, including The Da Vinci Hoax: Exposing the Errors in The Da Vinci Code, which she co-authored with Carl E. Olson.

+  How Business can help the Working Poor

  • Description: Catholic University of America and the Napa institute are hosting another conference this October to look at the Dignity of Work in light of Catholic social doctrine. One principle of this is how businesses can function to help the working poor and elevate them to a higher quality of life. We talk with John Abbate.
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    • John Abbate
      John Abbate is an independent franchisee/owner-operator of McDonald's restaurants throughout the Central Valley of California, as well as a strategic adviser to the Dynamic Catholic Institute. He is also co-founder and president of Possibility Productions, a nonprofit apostolate in support of the mission of the New Evangelization. He is the author of invest yourself: daring to be Catholic in today's business world.
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    • Invest Yourself: Daring to be Catholic In Today’s Business World

      How can I be a successful business leader and also incorporate my faith into my business dealings? How can I make tough business decisions and still heed God's call to generosity, compassion, and empathy? How can I be a faithful Christian and still be successful in the real world? These are the unanswered questions many of us carry deep within. It's easy to talk about how business and faith can live in harmony, but when the rubber meets the road, we often find ourselves tempted to compromise. We need to be reminded, challenged, and inspired to live lives of authentic faith in the workplace. The book you hold in your hands will do just that. Invest Yourself is the story of one man's quest to live his faith boldly and authentically in the workplace. A real estate investor and the owner of multiple McDonald's franchises for over twenty-five years, author John Abbate has had his share of difficult experiences. As his personal faith grew, he began to think differently about how he could be a more effective leader. He began putting the needs of his employees first, using his resources to assist them with their hardships, and inspiring them to strive for excellence. Along the way he discovered that business success and a deep Catholic faith aren't mutually exclusive, but instead together form the basis of a life that is rich in what matters. We are all called to lives of abundance expressed in self-giving. Whether you are an entrepreneur or an engineer, a civil servant or a carpenter, a stay-at-home mom or a CEO, this book will inspire you to rise to the challenge put forth by St. John Paul II to place your intelligence, your talents, your enthusiasm, your compassion, and your fortitude at the service of life. (learn more)

+  Economic Roundup

  • Description: You may not know it by the headlines, but there are actually some reasons to be optimistic about the economy. Wages are up and consumer confidence is high. We talk more with Brian Milligan.
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    • Brian Milligan
      Brian Milligan is lead portfolio manager of the Ave Maria Growth Fund. He is also a research analyst responsible for equity research functions for the Firm with a focus on growth companies. Prior to joining the Firm in 2014, Brian was an analyst with Standard & Poor’s. Brian has a Bachelor of Science degree from Trine University and graduated magna cum laude from the University of Notre Dame with a Master of Business Administration degree. Visit

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