Kresta in the Afternoon – December 27, 2019 – Hour 1

  • Description: 2019 Countdown Day 6

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  • Description: Last summer, as the stories of McCarrick and Vigano were beginning to break, Ralph Martin wrote a letter to his fellow "troubled Catholics" offering advice on how to handle the scandals. He joins us with more thoughts as the Church continues to grapple with the Mess.
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    • Ralph Martin Ralph Martin is president of Renewal Ministries and the host of The Choices we Face. He is the author of many books including “The Urgency of the New Evangelization: Answering the Call” and “The Fulfillment of all desire.” Visit renewalministries.net
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+  2019 Countdown #20 - My Journey from Atheist to Catholic (2 segments)

  • Description: Though she didn’t have any kind of religious formation growing up, by the time she’d reached middle school, Leah Libresco Sargeant was interested in philosophy and virtue, specifically stoicism and the thought of Immanuel Kant. As she got older, she found that pieces of her ethical orientation seemed to match up with the Christians she was meeting. She admired the internal consistency of Catholicism, but didn’t yet believe in God, until a breakthrough in a late-night conversation with a friend that seemed to put all the pieces together for her.
  • Segment Guests:
    • Leah Libresco
      Leah Libresco is a Catholic blogger and speaker and the author of Arriving at Amen and Building the Benedict Option. Visit her at leahlibresco.com
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    • Arriving at Amen: Seven Catholic Prayers That Even I Can Offer

      In 2012, media outlets from CNN to EWTN announced that Leah Libresco, a gifted young intellectual, columnist, and prolific blogger on the Atheist channel on Patheos, was converting to Catholicism. In Arriving at Amen, Libresco uses the rigorous rationality that defined her Atheism to tell the story behind that very personal journey and to describe the seven forms of Catholic prayer that guided her to embrace a joyful life of faith. As a Yale graduate, Libresco launched her writing career by blogging about science, literature, mathematics, and morality from a distinctively secular perspective. Over time, encounters with friends and associates caused her to concede the reasonableness of belief in God in theory, though not yet in practice. In Arriving at Amen, Libresco uniquely describes the second part of her spiritual journey, in which she encountered God through seven classic Catholic forms of prayer—Liturgy of the Hours, lectio divina, examen, intercessory prayer, the Rosary, confession, and the Mass. Examining each practice through the intellectual lens of literature, math, and art, Libresco reveals unexpected glimpses of beauty and truth in the Catholic Church that will be appreciated by the curious and convinced alike. (learn more)

    • Building the Benedict Option: A Guide to Gathering Two or Three Together in His Name

      Building the Benedict Option is a combination spiritual memoir and practical handbook for Christians who want to build communities of prayer, socialization, and evangelization in the places where they live and work. Beginning when the author was a new convert, she desired more communal prayer and fellowship than weekly Mass could provide. She surveyed her friends--busy, young, urban professionals like herself--and created enriching or supportive experiences that matched their desires and schedules. The result was a less lonely and more boisterous spiritual and social life. No Catholic Martha Stewart, Libresco is frank about how she plans events that allow her to feed thirty people on a Friday night without feeling exhausted. She is honest about the obstacles to prayer and the challenge to make it inviting and unobtrusive. Above all, she communicates the joy she has experienced since discovering ways to open her home (even when it was only a small studio apartment). The reader will close this book with four or five ideas for events to try over the next few weeks, along with the tools to make them fruitful. From film nights to picnics in the park to resume-writing evenings, there are plenty of ideas to choose from and loads of encouragement to make more room in one's life for others. (learn more)

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