Kresta in the Afternoon – September 29, 2017 – Hour 1

  • Description: Our guest host today is Rob Corzine.

+  Praying Better: The Three Stages of the Spiritual Life (2 segments)

  • Description: Have you ever heard of the stages of the spiritual life? Even many serious Catholics haven't. Matthew Leonard joins us with more.
  • Segment Guests:
    • Matthew Leonard
      Matthew is Vice President & Executive Producer at the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology. Text 8jumpstart to 33444 to get Matthew's pamphlet on diving into meditative prayer.
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    • Prayer Works: Getting a Grip on Catholic Spirituality

      Maybe you’ve read stories about millionaires who travel to Tibet to learn how to meditate. Maybe you know someone who visited a monastery for a month to learn how to pray. Maybe you don’t have that kind of money or spare time. But you still want to learn to pray. Don’t worry. You don’t need money or a monastery. You have this book. You have a sense of humor. And you have God’s grace. You’re ready to pray. Prayer is how we talk with God. The Bible says we should do it constantly. Jesus said it’s the one thing we need to do. Your soul was made to be in conversation with God. Nobody knows you better. Nobody cares more about you. The good news is that prayer isn’t something exotic or esoteric – not when Matthew Leonard talks about it. He makes the methods manageable. (Promise: you won’t have to twist your body into a pretzel, hire a coach, or learn a foreign language.) So if you’ve never read a book on prayer, you’ve got the right one. And if you’ve read lots of books on prayer, you’ve still got the right one. It’s got laugh-out-loud humor, great storytelling, and rock-solid instruction. Prayer Works is fun and fast-paced. It will put you on your knees – after you’re finished slapping them. This is authentic Catholic spirituality as you've never encountered before. “‘Prayer Works!’ is a joyful announcement that work, family life, friends and chores don t have to keep you from prayer. They can all be invitations to prayer. Matthew Leonard, in an engaging style, shows how ancient Catholic prayer traditions still meet the needs of today’s Catholics.” —His Eminence Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington (learn more)

    • Louder than Words: The Art of Living as a Catholic

      We're all called to sainthood. (What else is there?) And we have living examples of holy men and women who overcame the same types of temptations we face and shortcomings we all have, to become "huge, blinking neon signs that pointed to Jesus." And if they can do it, so can we...with a little practice. Author, speaker, and dynamic Catholic convert Matthew Leonard combines the stories of the saints triumphs and struggles along with his own personal anecdotes and wry humor to give us a (very) fresh take on the art of being truly Catholic in a contemporary world. “We all need help to grow spiritually, especially when it comes to cultivating a life of prayer and holiness … Matt Leonard shows us the way. Full of biblical wisdom and practical insight, readers will be inspired and challenged to grow, and then motivated and empowered to go forth.” —Dr. Scott Hahn, best selling author and speaker “‘Louder Than Words’ is a theological thrill ride, one that will leave you breathless and exhilarated by God’s love. Matthew Leonard knows the Catholic faith and, even more impressively, he knows how to articulate it in a way few others can. This book inspires while it challenges – echoing Sacred Scripture, it will both comfort you in your afflictions and afflict you where you might have grown too comfortable. Do yourself and your loved ones a favor and get this book.” —Mark Hart, author, speaker, and Executive Vice President of Life Teen International “Matt Leonard wants to show us that God repeatedly chooses weak folks like us to accomplish glorious things.” –From the foreword by Mike Aquilina, author of more than 40 books and EWTN personality (learn more)

+  The Catholic Unity of Ecology

  • Description: Ecology calls to mind nature "out there" —trees, rivers, oceans, animals, birds, the air, distinct ecosystems. Unfortunately, the most essential part of nature is almost always ignored by the environmental movement: our own human nature and its essential moral aspects. Ben Wiker joins us with more.
  • Segment Guests:
    • Dr. Ben Wiker
      Ben Wiker is the author of The Reformation 500 Years Later: 12 Things You Need to Know. He’s a Professor of Political Science and Director of Human Life Studies at Franciscan University, where he is also a Senior Fellow at the Veritas Center. He has also taught at Marquette University, St. Mary’s University and Thomas Aquinas College. Visit
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    • In Defense of Nature: The Catholic Unity of Environmental, Economic, and Moral Ecology

      Ecology calls to mind nature "out there" —trees, rivers, oceans, animals, birds, the air, distinct ecosystems. But as Benjamin Wiker argues, an obvious part of nature has been mysteriously left out of the environmental movement: our own nature—human nature, especially its essential moral aspects. In Defense of Nature shows that while both nature and human nature are equally important, there is a significant obstacle threatening the acceptance of this expanded account of ecology. The Left understands the exquisite, delicate harmony of the natural order, and why environmental pollution is harmful. The Right understands the exquisite, delicate harmony of the human moral order, and why moral pollution is harmful. Each side will tell you how very little a deviation it takes to cause disaster to the natural or to the moral order. But each refuses to see the other's argument. In Defense of Nature allows both the Left and the Right to see what the other sees so clearly, and how it all fits together, from toxic landfills and global warming, to internet addiction and human trafficking. (learn more)

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