Kresta in the Afternoon – February 21, 2012 – Hour 2

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    First Topic - What Is Abortifacient And What Isn't

    The National Catholic Reporter has printed a story making the case that all contraceptive drugs included in the Obama / HHS Mandate are NOT Abortifacient. We talk with Dr. Marie Hilliard of the National Catholic Bioethics Center

    Second Topic - Kresta Comments - The Mayan Calendar: 2012

    The end of the world is once again nigh. Or so claim interpreters of the so-called Mayan calendar. But Catholics are advised to ignore this year's end-times fantasy, just as they did regarding last year's Bible-inspired prediction promoted by Protestant radio-show host Harold Camping. As Regis Martin, professor of theology at Franciscan University at Steubenville, Ohio, and author of The Last Things: Death, Judgment, Hell, Heaven, said "The surest thing we know about the end of the world is what Jesus said about it: 'No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.'" Al has some comments.

    Third Topic - I Just Can't Take It Anymore / The Donkey That No One Could Ride

    Bestselling author Anthony DeStefano begins his creative telling of the beloved Bible story of Christ's triumphant entry by introducing the young donkey who has yet to realize his important mission. The lowly creature believes he can do nothing noble, but that's before he meets the Master...

    Then Jesus said to the donkey,

                  "It's time that you knew

                   About the great thing

                   That you're destined to do..."

                   He hears the sad donkey cry,

                  "Just leave me alone and cast me aside.

                   I'm just a poor donkey that no one can ride."

    Richard Cowdrey's colorful illustrations pair beautifully with Anthony's charming rhymes. Together, they bring this timeless story of the donkey who carries Jesus into Jerusalem to a joyful finish. While especially appropriate as an Easter gift, this year-round story is for all time and for young and old alike.


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