Kresta in the Afternoon – July 31, 2020 – Hour 2

+  Social Science Apologetics: Quick Fixes for a Bad Mood

  • Description: We all have our ups and downs, and some days that seem to be all down. And we all have our own ways of dealing with it - maybe we take a nap, watch our favorite comedy, or just enjoy a dish of ice cream. But new research suggests another way - turning outward on others, rather than centering on ourselves. We talk with Dr 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 more than 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.
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+  The Sound of Beauty: Music and the Spiritual Life (2 segments)

  • Description: Music is everywhere, but it for most of us it is an enigma. Can we even define what it is, either scientifically or metaphysically? The time we're spending at home provides us with a unique opportunity to dive more deeply into the world of music, especially how it pertains to the spiritual life. Michael Kurek joins us.
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    • Michael Kurek
      Michael Kurek is the author of The Sound of Beauty: A Classical Composer on Music in the Spiritual Life. His classical compositions have been performed on five continents. His numerous awards include the prestigious Academy Award in Music from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His 2017 album, The Sea Knows, debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's Traditional Classical chart. Visit him at
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    • The Sound of Beauty: A Classical Composer on Music in the Spiritual Life

      Music remains something of a mystery to many people―ephemeral sounds floating invisibly through the air―here, and then gone. This book begins with the basic question of what music actually is, scientifically, employing simple, clear explanations of wave theory and the acoustics of sound as part of God's natural creation. It presents accessible and fascinating explanations of some theories of the psychology of perception of music, how music speaks to the mind, emotions, and spirit.  Some of these concepts have rarely been addressed outside the ivory tower and even more rarely been seen through the lens of Catholic theology. Moving from music and the individual to music in the culture and the Church, the author addresses numerous issues in the context of Catholic thought, including:

      • immanence and transcendence in music
      • the Real Presence and music
      • Moral Theology, Natural Law and music
      • ordered and disordered understandings of music as it relates to the emotions
      • understanding the authentic meanings of "beauty" and "creativity"
      • the real function of music in Catholic liturgy
      • the role of music in evangelization
      This is a kind of "layman's handbook," a comprehensive theology of all things music, which anyone can understand, written by an internationally respected classical composer and music professor at a top secular university who is also a faithful Catholic. It sheds light on the mysteries of music and furthers the spiritual formation regarding music for Catholics of many ages and walks of life. It is groundbreaking in its comprehensive and holistic treatment of music from a Catholic perspective, and particularly timely in advocating for the renewal of the norms for music in liturgy found in the documents of Vatican II. It also presents one of the most penetrating critical examinations to be found of contemporary classical music, from an insider. (learn more)

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