Kresta in the Afternoon – July 28, 2020 – Hour 2

+  Social Science Apologetics: Praying For (and With) Your Spouse

  • Description: Prayer, in marriage, is more than checking off a box. It is time spent in the presence of the Author of love himself. Every time we pray for and with our spouse, God gives us greater insight into what it takes to love each other better more deeply, more honestly, more authentically, and more passionately. Every time we pray for and with our spouse, we open our hearts to a love that can satisfy our deepest longings and allow our marriage to be a light to the world. We'll talk with Dr. Greg Popcak.
  • Segment Guests:
    • Dr. Greg Popcak
      Dr Greg Popcak is Chair of the Online Master of Pastoral Studies program at Holy Apostles College and Seminary. He's also Executive Director of Pastoral Solutions Institute and the author of more than a dozen books. He and his wife Lisa co-host More2Life on Ave Maria Radio. Visit CatholicCounselors.com and find his Faith on the Couch blog at Patheos.com.
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    • Praying for (and With) Your Spouse: The Way to Deeper Love

      God wants to fill your marriage with the love that comes from his very own heart. Praying for (and with) Your Spouse will show you how to let God take every part of your relationship to the next level from living each day with your joys and struggles to working out your decisions and disagreements to setting aside time for love and romance. Prayer, in marriage, is more than checking off a box. It is time spent in the presence of the Author of love himself. Every time we pray for and with our spouse, God gives us greater insight into what it takes to love each other better more deeply, more honestly, more authentically, and more passionately. Every time we pray for and with our spouse, we open our hearts to a love that can satisfy our deepest longings and allow our marriage to be a light to the world. This book will help you discover the simple steps you can take to invite God to renew and refresh your love for one another. As you pray together and for one another, you'll find out how much joy God has in store for you and your spouse in this life and in the next! (learn more)

+  Overcoming Spiritual Discouragement (2 segments)

  • Description: We've all experienced some form of spiritual discouragement. And the devil exploits this, trying time and again to lead us into an overwhelming sense of disturbance. Fr Timothy Gallagher joins us to pull back the curtain on these false attempts with gentle reflections can can lighten the burdens of everyday spiritual life.
  • Segment Guests:
    • Fr. Timothy Gallagher
      Fr Timothy Gallagher is the author of several books, most recently Overcoming Spiritual Discouragement: The Wisdom and Spiritual Power of Venerable Bruno Lanteri. He served for ten years as provincial superior of his Catholic religious congregation, the Oblates of the Virgin Mary. Visit frtimothygallagher.org
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    • Overcoming Spiritual Discouragement: The Wisdom and Spiritual Power of Venerable Bruno Lanteri

      With warmth, understanding, and pastoral skill, Fr. Timothy Gallagher provides here a hopeful invitation to all who struggle to overcome the greatest obstacle of all in the spiritual life discouragement. Our enemy actively exploits our vulnerabilities, shrewdly leading us time and again into an overwhelming sense of disturbance. But Fr. Gallagher pulls the curtain back on the wiles of the devil, offering gentle reflections that are remarkably effective in lightening the burdens of your day-to-day spiritual life. You'll learn practical ways to find peace amid your spiritual struggles, and patience in the face of even the most intense trials. Best of all, you'll learn how to profit spiritually from the afflictions that beset you. Each reflection in these pages begins with a quotation by Venerable Bruno Lanteri, the holy founder of the Oblates of the Virgin Mary, whose wisdom has guided the uncommonly insightful spirituality of Fr. Gallagher. In these pages, you will learn:

      • What to do when you have reached the point of despair
      • How to evade sadness, melancholy, and temptation
      • Ways you can be joyful even when you do not feel mirth
      • How to leave the sins, weaknesses, and failures of your past to God's mercy
      • How to recognize the enemy, even when he presents himself under the appearance of good
      • How to recognize the enemy, even when he presents himself under the appearance of good
      • What is holy presumption, why you want it, and how to get it
      • The five benefits you'll derive from regular Confession
      • How each part of the Mass corresponds to an affection of the heart
      • Proven techniques for waging warfare against negative moods
      There is no shame in spiritual desolation. Fr. Gallagher reminds us that the greatest of saints suffered from this affliction. The key is to learn how to draw closer to God in life's darkest moments. Overcoming Spiritual Discouragement is a call to hope . . . a call to solace in time of suffering . . . and a call to stand tall in times of affliction. Read this book, and you'll learn how to enter into the sublime peace and joy that our Lord promises. (learn more)

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