Kresta in the Afternoon – May 4, 2020 – Hour 2

+  Be Not Troubled: A Spiritual Retreat with Fr. Caussade

  • Description: For more than 250 years, Fr. Jean-Pierre de Caussade’s Abandonment to Divine Providence has inspired those plagued with doubt, anxiety, and fear. Fr. Jeffrey Kirby has firsthand experience with Fr. de Caussade’s spiritual classic and he joins us with his own meditations that can help you let go of what you can’t control and discover a place of deep serenity in God.
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    • Fr. Jeffrey Kirby
      Father Jeffrey Kirby is the author of 101 Surprising Facts About St. Peter's and the Vatican as well as Kingdom of Happiness: Living the Beatitudes in Everyday Life and a parish priest of Our Lady of Grace Parish in South Carolina. He holds a doctorate in moral theology from the Holy Cross University in Rome and a Master of Arts in Philosophy from the Franciscan University of Steubenville. Visit frkirby.com.
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    • Be Not Troubled: A 6-Day Personal Retreat with Fr. Jean-Pierre de Caussade

      For more than 250 years, Abandonment to Divine Providence by Fr. Jean-Pierre de Caussade has offered inspiration and spiritual balm for those plagued with doubt, anxiety, and fear. Motivated by his own life-changing encounter with this spiritual classic and the popular resurgence in practicing Christian mindfulness, bestselling author and retreat leader Rev. Jeffrey Kirby serves up six meditations, rooted in Caussade’s work, for today’s reader and presents them as a personal retreat. Perfect for anyone looking to renew their trust in God and live freely in the present moment, Be Not Troubled invites you to let go of what you can’t control and discover a place of deep serenity in God. How does the contemporary person who is constantly forced to multitask, is fragmented and torn in different directions, and feels more connection through technology than through face-to-face interaction come to know and experience God’s presence? In Be Not Troubled, Kirby draws on his decades of experience as a popular retreat leader and speaker to offer you the wisdom of Caussade distilled into a six-day personal retreat that equips you to embrace the present moment and shake fear from your mind—all by recognizing the power of God. This process begins with time-tested tools drawn from the renowned spiritual classic Abandonment to Divine Providence, which presents a series of influential spiritual reflections from Caussade, a beloved eighteenth-century French Jesuit. In popularizing this classic for today’s readers, Be Not Troubled

      • rejects a spirituality of fear and shame by introducing you to God as a loving provider who knows you and wills your happiness;
      • guides you in personally surrendering your will to God—an essential step in developing deep faith;
      • helps you see God in the details as you recognize ordinary moments as opportunities to experience God and his love for you; and
      • instructs you in embracing the sacrament of the present moment, dispelling doubt and anxiety from your life.
      Practical steps, invitations to practice presence, and reflective prayers guide you through these spiritual habits, which are broken out into six days of brief, accessible meditations that can be completed in the midst of your daily life. Rather than the future or the past, and rather than in cyberspace or somewhere else, God is found in this moment and in this place. The present moment can be lived and cherished as a sacrament, a visible sign of invisible graces. And it’s in this sacrament that we can most know ourselves and encounter the living God. (learn more)

+  The Primal Scream of Identity Politics (2 segments)

  • Description: Who am I? The question today haunts every society in the Western world. Legions of people—especially the young—have become unmoored from a firm sense of self. To compensate, they join the ranks of ideological tribes spawned by identity politics and react with frenzy against any perceived threat to their group. Can anything be done about it? We talk with Mary Eberstadt.
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    • Mary Eberstadt
      Mary Eberstadt is the author most recently of Primal Screams: How the Sexual Revolution Created Identity Politics. She's a Senior Fellow at the Faith and Reason Institute in Washington, D.C. Her other books include How the West Really Lost God: A New Theory of Secularization; It’s Dangerous to Believe: Religious Freedom and Its Enemies; Adam and Eve after the Pill: Paradoxes of the Sexual Revolution; and the novel The Loser Letters: A Comic Tale of Life, Death, and Atheism.
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    • Primal Screams: How the Sexual Revolution Created Identity Politics

      Who am I? The question today haunts every society in the Western world. Legions of people—especially the young—have become unmoored from a firm sense of self. To compensate, they join the ranks of ideological tribes spawned by identity politics and react with frenzy against any perceived threat to their group. As identitarians track and expose the ideologically impure, other citizens face the consequences of their rancor: a litany of “isms” run amok across all levels of cultural life; the free marketplace of ideas muted by agendas shouted through megaphones; and a spirit of general goodwill warped into a state of perpetual outrage. How did we get here? Why have we divided against one another so bitterly? In Primal Screams, acclaimed cultural critic Mary Eberstadt presents the most provocative and original theory to come along in recent years. The rise of identity politics, she argues, is a direct result of the fallout of the sexual revolution, especially the collapse and shrinkage of the family. As Eberstadt illustrates, humans from time immemorial have forged their identities within the structure of kinship. The extended family, in a real sense, is the first tribe and first teacher. But with its unprecedented decline across a variety of measures, generations of people have been set adrift and can no longer answer the question Who am I? with reference to primordial ties. Desperate for solidarity and connection, they claim membership in politicized groups whose displays of frantic irrationalism amount to primal screams for familial and communal loss. Written in her impeccable style and with empathy rarely encountered in today’s divisive discourse, Eberstadt’s theory holds immense explanatory power that no serious citizen can afford to ignore. The book concludes with three incisive essays by Rod Dreher, Mark Lilla, and Peter Thiel, each sharing their perspective on the author’s formidable argument. (learn more)

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