Kresta in the Afternoon – August 20, 2020 – Hour 1

+  Social Science Apologetics: Is faith growing, even with closed churches?

  • Description: A new survey from Pew Research found that nearly 25% of US adults have found their faith growing stronger during the pandemic, even with churches closed. We'll talk about what this means for the family and building the domestic church with Greg Popcak.
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    • Dr. Greg Popcak
      Dr. Gregory Popcak is the director of The Pastoral Solutions Institute, a Catholic tele-counseling practice providing marriage & mental health counseling services to Catholics worldwide. Together with his wife Lisa Popcak, he is the author of over 20 books on relationships and spirituality. You can hear Dr. Greg and Lisa each weekday at 10am E/9C on their radio program More2Life, which is produced by Ave Maria Radio and carried by the EWTN Radio Network. Join the Catholic Households on Mission discussion on Facebook by searching Catholic HOM or finding the link in our slider.
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    • Discovering God Together

      Research shows again and again that when families openly live and share their faith together, their marriages are stronger, children and parents get along better, and children are less likely to succumb to drugs, alcohol, promiscuity, or negative peer pressure. In this book, experienced psychotherapists Greg and Lisa Popcak show how you can transform your family into a joyful place where each member experiences life as a gift from God. From tapping into the rich beauty of Catholic traditions to mustering the motivation needed to deepen your spiritual life, you discover the practical, positive, and tangible difference our faith can make in your family life. (learn more)

+  The Miracle on the Vistula: A 20th-Century Lepanto? (2 segments)

  • Description: Most Catholic history buffs are familiar with the Battle of Lepanto, the 1571 naval battle that saved the Christian West from the Ottoman Turks which falls on the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. But there's another battle credited to Marian intercession that is less well-known but no less incredible: The 1920 Battle of Warsaw in which the Polish Army turned back a massive Soviet invasion force. Filip Mazurczak has the story.
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    • Filip Mazurczak
      Filip Mazurczak is a journalist, translator, and historian. His writing has appeared in the National Catholic Register, First Things, Tygodnik Powszechny, and other publications.
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    • Nine Days that Changed the World

      This documentary hosted by Newt and Callista Gingrich recounts Pope John Paul II's historic nine-day trip to Poland in June of 1979, and reveals why this visit was the turning point for defeating Communism in Eastern Europe. During these nine days, Pope John Paul II reminded the Polish people that nothing - not even the seemingly all-powerful Communist state - could stand between them and God. The Pope sparked a revolution of conscience in the Polish people that led to the success of Solidarity's free-trade union movement, and ultimately the fall of the Berlin Wall and collapse of the Soviet Union. 94 minutes. (learn more)

    • White Eagle, Red Star: The Polish-Soviet War 1919-1920 and The Miracle on the Vistula

      Out of print, used copies available from Amazon  In White Eagle, Red Star, distinguished historian Norman Davies gives us a full account of the Polish-Soviet War, with its dramatic climax in August 1920 when the Red Army—sure of victory and pledged to carry the Revolution across Europe —was crushed by a devastating Polish attack. Since known as “The Miracle of the Vistula,” it remains one of the most crucial conflicts of the Western world. Drawing on both Polish and Russian sources, Norman Davies shows how this war was a pivotal event in the course of European history. (learn more)

    • Warsaw 1920: Lenin’s Failed Conquest of Europe by Adam Zamoyski

      Out of print, used copies available from Amazon  The dramatic and little-known story of how, in the summer of 1920, Lenin came within a hair's breadth of shattering the painstakingly constructed Versailles peace settlement and spreading Bolshevism to western Europe. In 1920 the new Soviet state was a mess, following a brutal civil war, and the best way of ensuring its survival appeared to be to export the revolution to Germany, itself economically ruined by defeat in World War I and racked by internal political dissension. Between Russia and Germany lay Poland, a nation that had only just recovered its independence after more than a century of foreign oppression. But it was economically and militarily weak and its misguided offensive to liberate the Ukraine in the spring of 1920 laid it open to attack. Egged on by Trotsky, Lenin launched a massive westward advance under the flamboyant Marshal Tukhachevsky. All that Great Britain and France had fought for over four years now seemed at risk. By the middle of August the Russians were only a few kilometres from Warsaw, and Berlin was less than a week's march away. Then occurred the 'Miracle of the Vistula': the Polish army led by Jozef Pilsudski regrouped and achieved one of the most decisive victories in military history. As a result, the Versailles peace settlement survived, and Lenin was forced to settle for Communism in one country. The battle for Warsaw bought Europe nearly two decades of peace, and communism remained a mainly Russian phenomenon, subsuming many of the autocratic and Byzantine characteristics of Russia's tsarist tradition. (learn more)

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