Kresta in the Afternoon – September 22, 2017 – Hour 1

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+  Register Recap: Reform at the JP II Institute for Marriage & Family

  • Description: The Vatican announced on Tuesday that Pope Francis has established a new Pontifical John Paul II institute for "Marriage and Family Sciences" that will replace the academic institution founded in 1981. Its purpose is to carry forward the work of the two recent synods and the writings in Amoris Laetitia. There have been some concerns has to how the new institution will conform to the teachings of John Paul II. Matthew Bunson joins us with more on this story.
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    • Matthew Bunson
      Matthew Bunson is a Senior Contributor to EWTN News and the National Catholic Register 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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+  How to Get the Most out of the Rosary

  • Description: Do you want to pray the Rosary, but can never find the time? And when do you find the time, do you struggle to stay focused? What do you say to people who claim the Rosary is too focused on Mary, or that it violates Christ's condemnation of mindless, vain repetition? Ed Sri joins us to answer these questions and more as we discuss how this simple prayer helps us encounter the wonder of heaven and earth.
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    • Dr. Ed Sri
      Ed Sri is a theologian, speaker and the author of several books, most recenly "Praying the Rosary Like Never Before: Encounter the Wonder of Heaven and Earth." He's a professor of theology at the Augustine Institute and host of the acclaimed film series Symbolon: The Catholic Faith Explained.
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    • Praying the Rosary Like Never Before: Encounter the Wonder of Heaven and Earth

      “These words express, so to speak, the wonder of heaven and earth; they could be said to give a glimpse of God’s own wonderment as he contemplates his ‘masterpiece’—the Incarnation of the Son in the womb of the Virgin Mary.” —Saint John Paul II Do you have two and a half minutes in your day that you can give to God? This is the beauty of the rosary. You don’t have to pray the rosary all at once and you can pray it anywhere! Do you struggle with praying the rosary: finding time, fighting distractions, worrying about your mind wandering?  In Praying the Rosary Like Never Before, Edward Sri offers practical suggestions that come from the rosary’s tradition and, most especially, St. John Paul II. These helpful tips will make the rosary a constant companions through the different seasons, moments, and challenges we all face. These tips serve as easy on-ramps for those who don’t pray the rosary regularly motivate avid devotees of the rosary to go deeper with the Lord. “Offering God a decade or two in the midst of my daily life gives him something beautiful, even if I give it without my full, relaxed, undivided attention,” says Sri. “I’m giving God some space in my day and filling it with words of praise for him.” You will find answers to common questions such as the significance of the Hail Mary, whether the attention given to Mary distracts us from God, the meaning of all the repetition, where the rosary came from, what to think about for each of the mysteries, and whether one should focus on the prayers or the mysteries. You will also find biblical reflections on the twenty mysteries of the rosary that provide practical insights to help you not only understand the twenty mysteries but also live them. In this book, Sri takes what he did in The New Rosary in Scripture to a new level. (learn more)

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