Kresta in the Afternoon – June 14, 2018 – Hour 2

+  Faith-based approaches to combating homelessness

  • Description: Homelessness is a tragedy that is present even in developed countries like the US. Deacon Jim Vargas is working to change that. Bolstered by his faith, he is developing innovative solutions to the problems homeless people face every day. He shares more with us.
  • Segment Guests:
    • Deacon Jim Vargas
      Deacon Jim Vargas is President and CEO of Father Joe's Villages, a ministry that serves the homeless of San Diego. He oversees all facets of the organization, including St. Vincent de Paul Village, Josue Homes and the portfolio of low-income housing. He is a deacon of the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego serving the community of Mary, Star of the Sea in La Jolla, previously having served the community of Our Lady of Angels in downtown San Diego. Visit

+  Be Transformed as a Disciple of Christ (2 segments)

  • Description: What is discipleship? How do we walk with Christ as a true disciple? In the ancient disciple-rabbi relationship, the disciple would follow his master so closely that he would be covered in the dust kicked up by his master's feet. How do we become like that? We'll talk with Ed Sri.
  • Segment Guests:
    • Dr. Ed Sri
      Ed Sri is the author of many books, most recently Into His Likeness: Be Transformed as a Disciple of Christ. He's the founder of FOCUS, the Fellowship of Catholic University Students. Visit and
  • + Resources Mentioned Available in Our Store:

    • Be Transformed: The Healing Power of the Sacraments

      How can Christians grow spiritually in the midst of our sinfulness? How can we transform our lives in a way that allows us to share in the resurrection of Jesus? God has already given us the perfect solution--the sacraments. Whether it is the wound of past hurts, the strain in our relationships, or the stress of daily life, we all need to be comforted and made whole by Christ. In this follow-up to his bestselling Be Healed, Bob Schuchts explains how the sacraments can fuel your emotional and spiritual healing and bring you closer to God. Based on more than thirty-five years of experience as a therapist and decades spent leading retreats, Bob Schuchts shows how the seven sacraments can transform your perspectives and well-being in ways you've never imagined. You'll discover that each sacrament can help you heal from wounds that can impede your relationships and sense of self-worth. With Schuchts's gentle help, you'll learn how:  

        • Baptism can heal feelings of rejection.
        • Confirmation gives courage in the face of powerlessness.
        • Holy Eucharist reminds you that you are never abandoned.
        • Reconciliation releases you from the clutches of shame.
        • Holy Orders restores faith in God's providence.
      • Marriage can heal wounds of mistrust.
      • Anointing of the Sick cures hopelessness.
      Be Transformed offers all of the tools you need to understand, undergo, and implement a fresh understanding of the sacraments, including reflection questions, scripture meditations, prayers, and inspiring stories. You'll come away hungry for the sacraments in a way you never knew possible. (learn more)

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