Kresta in the Afternoon – January 3, 2019 – Hour 2

  • Description: Our Guest Host is Matthew Bunson.

+  Covering the News from a Catholic Perspective

  • Description: A new Congress began today with a Democrat majority in the House, where Nancy Pelosi is once again the Speaker. We discuss the latest and what it's like to cover the news from a Catholic perspective. Lauren Ashburn is our guest.
  • Segment Guests:
    • Lauren Ashburn
      Lauren Ashburn is Managing Editor and Anchor for EWTN News Nightly with Lauren Ashburn. She was previously the White House Correspondent and Political Director for EWTN News Nightly. Prior to joining EWTN, Ashburn served as a contributor at Fox News Channel. She developed and appeared in regular segments for PBS News Hour, CBS This Morning, CNN, NBC News, Fox News Channel, MSNBC and others as a political and media analyst. Ashburn was also Managing Editor of Gannett Broadcasting and USA Today Live directing its television bureau. She has been a contributor at The Daily Beast and The Hill and has been published in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Washington Post and the Huffington Post.
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+  The Saints of January (2 segments)

  • Description: In January we celebrate the feast days of several remarkable saints, including St. John Neumann and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton. We talk with Mike Aquilina about the lives these saints led and why their influence matters today.
  • Segment Guests:
    • Mike Aquilina
      Mike Aquilina is the author of more than fifty books, including the best-selling The Fathers of the Church: An Introduction to the First Christian Teachers; The Mass of the Early Christians; and How the Choir Converted the World: Through Hymns, With Hymns, In Hymns. His reviews, essays, and journalism have appeared in First Things, Touchstone, National Catholic Register, and elsewhere. Visit
  • + Resources Mentioned Available in Our Store:

    • A History of the Church in 100 Objects

      The star of Bethlehem exemplifies the birth of Jesus, the Wittenberg Door is synonymous with the Protestant Reformation, and “the pill” symbolizes the sexual revolution. It’s “stuff” that helps tell the story of Christianity. In this unique, rich, and eye-catching book, popular Catholic author and EWTN host Mike Aquilina tells the Christian story through the examination of 100 objects and places. Some, like Michelangelo's Pietà, are priceless works of art. Others, like a union membership pen, don’t hold much monetary value. But through each of them, Aquilina offers a memorable and rewarding look at the history of the Church. When Catholics tell their story, they don’t just write it in books. They preserve it in memorials, monuments, artifacts, and museums. They build grand basilicas to house tiny relics. In this stunning book, Aquilina, together with his writer-daughter Grace, show how the history of the Church didn’t take place shrouded in the mists of time. It actually happened and continues to happen through things that we can see and sometimes hold in our hand. The Christian answer to Neil MacGregor's New York Times bestseller A History of the World in 100 Objects, Aquilina’s A History of the Church in 100 Objects introduces you to:

      • The Cave of the Nativity (the importance of history, memory, and all things tangible)
      • Catacomb niches (the importance of Rome, bones, and relics of the faith)
      • Ancient Map of the World (the undoing of myths about medieval science)
      • Stained Glass (representative of Gothic cathedrals)
      • The Holy Grail (Romance literature and the emergence of writing for the laity)
      • Loaves and fish (a link from Jesus to the sacrament of the Eucharist)
      • The Wittenberg Door (Martin Luther and the onset of the Reformation)
      Each of these and the 93 other items and places in the book tell part of the Christian story. Each is an essential piece of the story of our salvation. God makes himself known and accessible through material things, always accommodating himself to our condition. It is, after all, the condition he created for us—spiritual and material—and the form he assumed for our salvation. (learn more)

    • The Apostles and Their Times

      Here is an unflinching look at the lives and sacrifices of those first Christians who were given the task of spreading the Gospel to the ends of the earth. Relying on the ancient documents, as well as latest archeological findings and scientific research, acclaimed author Mike Aquilina takes you on a journey through the Apostolic Age, bringing to life the ancient streets and crowded marketplaces through which Mary and the Apostles journeyed as they built a Church that lasts even to our day. You'll also discover the beliefs of the early Christians, what they taught about the Eucharist and the Divinity of Christ, how their Church services resembles today's Mass, and how Rome became the spiritual center for Christianity. Read these pages, and you'll come to see that despite the best efforts of their enemies, the blood of the Apostles did not snuff out the Faith but brought forth great saints whose holy deeds and brave examples gave the besieged Church a vigor that lasts even to today. The Apostles and Their Times will give you confidence that the Church is indeed Christ acting in the world, and that no matter how ruthless her opponents, she will endure to the end of time. (learn more)

    • The Healing Imperative: The Early Church and the Invention of Medicine as We Know It

      "Whenever you enter a town and they receive you, eat what is set before you; heal the sick in it and say to them, 'The kingdom of God has come near to you.'" —Luke 10:8-9 When Jesus sent seventy disciples on ahead of him, part of their mission was to heal the sick. In fact, they were supposed to heal the sick before they preached the Gospel. Best-selling author Mike Aquilina calls this command the healing imperative. And it's an imperative that ushered in the world of modern medicine. In The Healing Imperative: The Early Church and the Invention of Medicine as We Know It, Aquilina reconstructs the fascinating history of a uniquely Christian institution: the hospital. Underlining how the virtues of charity and hospitality motivated the first generations of Christians, along with Jesus' explicit command to heal the sick, the author shows just how revolutionary the actions of Christian doctors and nurses were and how they transformed society in ways that still reverberate today. The radical developments in health care spearheaded by Christians influenced culture, society, and civilization. As The Healing Imperative proves, now more than ever, the compassion of Christians is needed to guide the world of medicine. Jesus' command still resonates, and Aquilina urges us to respond. (learn more)

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