Kresta in the Afternoon – March 9, 2020 – Hour 1

  • Description: Our guest hosts today are Bruce and Kris McGregor. Visit them at https://www.discerninghearts.com/catholic-podcasts/.

+  The Story of Sts. Perpetua and Felicity

  • Description: This weekend we celebrated the Feast of Sts. Perpetua and Felicity. St. Perpetua was a young, well-educated, noblewoman and mother living in Carthage in the 3rd Century. At the age of 22, she was imprisoned for her faith and eventually sacrificed at the games. St. Felicity was a pregnant slave girl who was imprisoned with St. Perpetua and also condemned to die at the games. Mike Aquilina joins us with their story.
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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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    • The Church and the Roman Empire (301–490): Constantine, Councils, and the Fall of Rome (Reclaiming Catholic History)

      Suspense, politics, sin, death, sex, and redemption: Not the plot of the latest crime novel, but elements of the true history of the Catholic Church. Larger-than-life saints such as Athanasius of Alexandria, Jerome, Augustine, and political figures such as Emperor Constantine played an important part in the history of the Christianity. In The Church and the Roman Empire (301–490): Constantine, Councils, and the Fall of Rome, popular Catholic author Mike Aquilina gives readers a vivid and engaging account of how Christianity developed and expanded as the Roman Empire declined. In The Church and the Roman Empire (301–490), Mike Aquilina explores the dramatic backstory of the Council of Nicaea and why Christian unity and belief are still expressed by the Nicene Creed. He also sets the record straight about commonly held misconceptions about the Catholic Church. Readers may be surprised to learn:

      • The Edict of Milan didn’t just legalize Christianity; it also established religious tolerance for all faiths for the first time in history.
      • The growth of Christianity inspired a more merciful society: Crucifixion was abolished; the practice of throwing prisoners to wild beasts for entertainment was outlawed; and slave owners were punished for killing their slaves.
      • Controversy between Arians and Catholics may have resulted in building more hospitals and other networks of charitable assistance to the poor.
      • When Rome fell, not many people at the time noticed.
      Aquilina brings Church history to life in The Church and the Roman Empire, enabling Catholics to more deeply consider the true origins of the creed that unites us, the Bible we read, and the liturgy we celebrate. (learn more)

+  What Would Mary Say About International Women’s Day?

  • Description: Recently, two alarming studies have surfaced showing just how uneducated Catholics are about key issues, particularly the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist and the immorality of abortion. As we try to remedy this situation, one question hasn’t been addressed: Are we doing the messaging wrong when it comes to educating women about the Catholic faith? We’ll talk with Carrie Gress.
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    • The Anti-Mary Exposed: Rescuing the Culture from Toxic Femininity

      The Demonic Influence on Women Today In the late ’60s, a small group of elite American women convinced an overwhelming majority of the country that destroying the most fundamental of relationships—that of mother and child—was necessary for women to have productive and happy lives. From the spoiling of this relationship followed the decay of the entire family, and almost overnight, our once pro-life culture became pro-lifestyle, embracing everything that felt good. Sixty million abortions later, women aren’t showing signs of health, happiness, and fulfillment. Increased numbers of divorce, depression, anxiety, sexually transmitted disease, and drug abuse all point to the reality that women aren’t happier, just more medicated. Huge cultural shifts led to a rethinking of womanhood, but could there be more behind it than just culture, politics, and rhetoric? Building off the scriptural foundations of the anti-Christ, Carrie Gress makes an in-depth investigation into the idea of an anti-Mary—as a spirit, not an individual—that has plagued the West since the ’60s. Misleading generations of women, this anti-Marian spirit has led to the toxic femininity that has destroyed the lives of countless men, women, and children. Also in The Anti-Mary Exposed:

      •  How radical feminism is connected to the errors of Russia, spoken of by Our Lady of Fatima.The involvement and influence of the goddess movement and the occult.
      • The influence of “female” demons, such as Lilith and Jezebel.
      • The repulsive underbelly of radical feminism’s chief architects.
      • A look at the matriarchy, a cabal of elite women committed to abortion, who control the thinking of most women through media, politics, Hollywood, fashion, and universities.
      The antidote to the anti-Mary is, of course, Mary, the Mother of God, known widely as the most powerful woman in the world and the source of the belief that women ought to be treated with dignity. She is a beacon of all the virtues and qualities—purity, humility, kindness, beauty—that oppose this sinister force that has cast its spell upon so many women. Mary’s influence is unparalleled by any woman in history. She is the perfect model of Christian femininity, who desires to be a spiritual mother to us all, leading us to her Son, and to the fulfillment of our heart’s deepest desires. (learn more)

+  Keep Calm and Take Practical, Prayerful Action Amid Coronavirus

  • Description: Dr. Timothy Flanigan, a Catholic deacon and infectious disease specialist at Brown University, says Catholics and their parishes can take safe, practical action in response to the global spread of COVID-19. He joins us with more.
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    • Dr. Timothy Flanigan
      Dr Timothy Flanigan is a Catholic deacon and professor of medicine in the Division of Infectious Disease at Brown University’s Alpert Medical School
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