Kresta in the Afternoon – June 2, 2020 – Hour 1

  • Description: Our guest host today is Matthew Bunson.

+  After George Floyd, American Searches for Healing

  • Description: Americans of all races and creeds are outraged and horrified over the death of George Floyd and there have been both peaceful protests and violent riots nationwide. We talk race and the quest for peace and healing with Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers.
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    • Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers
      Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers, known worldwide as the Dynamic Deacon, is one of the most sought-after speakers in the Church today. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame and a master of theological studies from the University of Dallas. He has recently joined the team of EWTN's Morning Glory radio show.
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    • Behold the Man: A Catholic Vision of Male Spirituality

      Lucid and inspiring, Behold the Man is a unique exploration of Catholic spirituality for men. Much of the literature written for Catholic men focuses on topical issues such as fatherhood and sexuality. While this book does not exclude these subjects, it is the first to present a comprehensive picture of Catholic male spirituality. What is authentic male Catholic spirituality? What distinguishes it from Protestant male spirituality? How does masculine spirituality complement feminine spirituality? These questions and many more are answered in this book. Drawing from Scripture and Church teaching, the author roots Catholic male spirituality in a covenant relationship with God and the cross of Jesus Christ. He demonstrates that when a man embraces the cross he is truly able to be himself—the man that God created and calls him to be. Behold the Man can deepen a man's experience of Christ and help him to know the Lord more intimately. "This is a theological and anthropological tour de force that champions authentic male spirituality for the men of our times." — Father Donald Calloway, M.I.C, Author, No Turning Back: A Witness to Mercy (learn more)

+  Justin Martyr: A Sign of Contradiction to the World (2 segments)

  • Description: Yesterday we celebrated the Feast of St Justin Martyr. Throughout his life he was a seeker; b y constantly searching for deeper knowledge and asking questions, he found his way to Christianity through Stoicism, Peripatetism, Pythagoreanism, and Platonism. And in this search for Truth he stood as a sign of contradiction against the world. We look at his life with Mike Aquilina.
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    • Mike Aquilina
      Mike Aquilina is author or editor of more than fifty books, including The Fathers of the Church, The Mass of the Early Christians, and Angels of God. He appears regularly on EWTN Radio’s “Sonrise Morning Show” and is a frequent guest on other TV and radio shows. Since 2002 he has collaborated closely with the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology, which he has served as an executive and trustee. He is a contributing editor to Angelus News, and he podcasts twice monthly for CatholicCulture.org. Mike is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Penn State University, where he finished with honors and high distinction. He received the University’s Oswald Award for Achievement in Journalism and Mass Media. He and his wife, Terri, have been married since 1985. Their six children are the subject of his book Love in the Little Things.
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    • 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)

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