Kresta in the Afternoon – May 24, 2018 – Hour 2

+  Restoring order with the Rosary

  • Description: We live hectic lives in a chaotic world. Everywhere we look there’s confusion that fogs the mind, unsettles the soul and can ultimately lead to poor decisions. How can we restore order? One way is by praying the Rosary. We’ll talk about rediscovering the Rosary with Matthew Kelly.
  • Segment Guests:
    • Matthew Kelly
      Matthew Kelly is the founder of the Dynamic Catholic Institute and the author of several books including Rediscover the Rosary, Rediscover Jesus and the Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic. Visit
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    • Rediscover the Rosary: The Modern Power of an Ancient Prayer

      We live hectic lives in a chaotic world. All this can lead to a confusion that fogs the mind, unsettles the soul, and leads to poor decisions. Amidst such chaos and confusion, we long to hear God’s voice with greater clarity. God wants to put things in order. He wants to rearrange our priorities. If we let him, we will be happier than we ever thought possible in this lifetime, and finally then we will come to know the peace for which we all yearn, but so few of us ever find. Our Catholic spirituality is constantly inviting us to establish the deep roots of order in our lives, and one of the best ways I know to do that is by praying the Rosary. The Rosary works. It’s a very powerful way to pray. There is just something about it that settles our hearts and minds. It puts everything in perspective and allows us to see things as they really are. It reaches deep down into our souls and puts us at ease, creating a peace that is rare and beautiful. When I pray the Rosary, I am a better person. It makes me a better son, brother, husband, father, employer, neighbor, citizen, and member of the human family. It teaches me to slow down, calm down, let go, surrender, and listen. The Rosary teaches me how to simply be, and that is not a small or insignificant lesson. It is the perfect prayer for busy people in a busy, noisy, confused world. But don’t take my word for it. Try it for yourself. Develop a habit of praying the Rosary, and discover the treasures of this powerful, ancient prayer. (learn more)

+  Responding to Christianophobia (2 segments)

  • Description: We need to be careful when discussing anti-Christian biases in countries like the US. It's disingenuous to compare it to the anti-Christian persecution of the Middle East or North Korea, and to do so ultimately results in Christians "crying wolf." But we also can't pretend it doesn't happen. Anti-Christian attitudes are pervasive, especially among the highly-educated classes that wield so much influence. We'll talk about how to respond with George Yancey.
  • Segment Guests:
    • Dr. George Yancey
      Dr George Yancey is professor of sociology at the University of North Texas. He's the author most recently of Hostile Environment: Understanding and Responding to Anti-Christian Bias. Visit him at
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    • Hostile Environment: Understanding and Responding to Anti-Christian Bias

      "The only good Christian is a dead Christian." In our heated cultural environment, comments like this are increasingly common. Sometimes Christians are too quick to claim that they are being persecuted. But Christians aren't just being paranoid or alarmist. Anti-Christian hostility is real. Sociologist George Yancey explores the phenomenon of Christianophobia, an intense animosity against Christians and the Christian faith. Among some circles, opposition to Christianity manifests much like other historic prejudices like anti-Semitism or racial discrimination. While Christianophobia in the United States does not typically rise to the violent levels of religious persecution in other parts of the world, Christians are often still treated in ways that perpetuate negative stereotypes and contribute to culture war acrimony. Yancey unpacks the underlying perspectives and root causes of Christianophobia, and he considers to what extent Christians have themselves contributed to anti-Christian hostility. At times, criticisms of Christians are justified, but Christians can confront untruths without capitulation. In this truthful yet hope-filled treatise, Yancey shows how Christians can respond more constructively, defusing tensions and working toward the common good. (learn more)

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