Kresta in the Afternoon – May 1, 2008 – Hour 2

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    First Topic – No Ordinary Funeral

    On Saturday Bishop John Quinn of the Archdiocese of Detroit will celebrate a funeral for the "Hodari babies," a group of aborted children who were discovered over the last two months in the trash dumpster at Woman Care abortion clinic on Southfield Road in Lathrup Village, Michigan. Through the efforts of Monica Miller and Citizens for a Pro-life Society, there will be a funeral Mass celebrated and the babies will then be buried.  This is no ordinary funeral. There are still too many of our fellow citizens who don't even acknowledge that the people who will be buried this Saturday are people at all. To mourn their deaths publicly, therefore, is not just to honor them, but to sound a wake-up call to our nation that we are living amidst the biggest holocaust of all time. Monica joins us.

    Second Topic – The Feast of the Ascension

    Also, although most dioceses have moved the feast to Sunday, today is the traditional feast of the Ascension – 40 days after Easter. In the Eastern Church this feast was known as analepsis, the taking up, and also as the episozomene, the salvation, denoting that by ascending into His glory Christ completed the work of our redemption. We look at this feast - one of the Ecumenical feasts ranking with the Passion, Easter and Pentecost among the most solemn in the calendar.

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