Kresta in the Afternoon – March 15, 2007 – Hour 1

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    First Segment - March 15, 1517 - Pope Leo X announces special sale of indulgences

    On this day in 1517, Pope Leo X offered a special sale of indulgences for those who gave alms to rebuild St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. The aggressive marketing practices of Johann Tetzel in promoting this cause provoked Martin Luther to write his 95 theses, protesting what he saw as the purchase and sale of salvation. We look at this incident, the theology of indulgences, and why Catholics tend to ignore this special grace.

    Second Segment - Spirituality and Recovery

    We explore the spiritual aspect of addiction and recovery. The disease of alcoholism affects roughly 10 percent of the population-devastating homes and wreaking havoc in the family, the workplace, the community, and the Church. We look at the central role of faith, surrender, and God in the process of overcoming addiction.

    Third Segment - The Ultimate Gift

    When his wealthy grandfather dies, trust fund baby Jason Stevens anticipates a big inheritance. Instead, his grandfather has devised a crash course on life with twelve tasks - or “gifts” - designed to challenge Jason in improbable ways, sending him on a journey of self-discovery and forcing him to determine what is most important in life: money or happiness. Author Jim Stovall discusses the new film based on his book, “The Ultimate Gift,” as well as his amazing testimony of a blind man who went on to be an Olympic weightlifting champion.

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