Kresta in the Afternoon – March 21, 2011 – Hour 2

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    First Topic – Waging War In Libya Make Peace? U.S. Intervention in Global Conflicts

    Coalition jets are patrolling the no-fly zone over Libya today after scattering and isolating Libyan strongman Moammar Gadhafi's forces with a weekend of punishing air attacks. President Obama stated the mission Friday as one of protection of Libyan citizens from attack from their own government. Susan Yoshihara, author of Waging War to Make Peace: U.S. Intervention in Global Conflict, joins us again to analyze the action in Libya in light of her book.

    Second Topic – The Original Meaning of Lent

    Lent is a time of introspection.  We read Exodus, and watch the Israelites grumbling, even after the amazing things God had done for them (Ex 17:3-7).  In them, we recognize ourselves.  For many of us, then, Lent is time for the spiritual equivalent of New Year’s resolutions.  We set aside work on ourselves for forty days so we don’t end up wandering around in the wilderness for 40 years.  We do things to burn off the excess fat that’s weighing us down, try to improve our spiritual diet, and do some meaningful spiritual exercises to strengthen the muscles we call “virtues.” But in the early days of the Church, Lent was not so much a time to focus inward.  It was time for Catholics to focus outward.  It is a time not just for personal growth, but for growth of the Church. We look at the original meaning of Lent with Marcellino D’Ambrosio.

    Third Topic – The 10 Habits of Happy Mothers: Reclaiming Our Passion, Purpose, and Sanity

    Arguing that many moms have gone overboard in their quest for perfection, Dr. Meg Meeker, pediatrician and mother of four, presents 10 "new habits" that will help moms maintain their passion, purpose, and sanity. Meeker addresses understanding your value as a mother, maintaining key friendships, valuing and practicing faith, saying no to competition, creating a healthier relationship with money, making time for solitude, giving and getting love in healthy ways, finding ways to live simply, letting go of fear, and embracing hope. Meg is with us.

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