Kresta in the Afternoon – October 16, 2018 – Hour 1

  • Description: Our guest host today is Tom Nash.

+  Free at Last: Pastor Andrew Brunson comes home

  • Description: After more than two years, Andrew Brunson has finally been released from Turkey and is back in the US. The Turkish court found him guilty on bogus charges related to the 2016 coup, but credited him for good behavior and time served. This weekend, he met with President Trump, who had been a vocal advocate for his release. We talk with Derya Little.
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    • Derya Little
      Derya Little has a PhD in politics from Durham University in England. She's the author of From Islam to Christ: One Woman's Path through the Riddles of God. Her articles on foreign affairs have appeared in academic journals and on Catholic World Report.
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    • From Islam to Christ: One Woman’s Path through the Riddles of God

      Born and raised in Muslim Turkey, Derya Little wandered far and wide in search of her true home. After her parents' divorce, she rejected her family's Islamic faith and became an atheist. During her stormy adolescence, she tried to convince a Christian missionary that there is no God but was converted to Christ instead. Her winding path through the riddles of God was not over, however. While attending a Turkish university and serving as a Christian youth minister, Derya began to compare the teachings of Protestantism and Catholicism, and during her doctoral studies in England, she entered the Catholic Church. Ultimately, she ended up in the United States, where she has become a citizen and has settled down to raise a family. Derya's story provides a window into both Islam and modernity. It shows that the grace and the mercy of God know no bounds.  Rather, the good news of salvation in Jesus Christ reaches souls in the most unlikely places. (learn more)

+  Memories of JPII

  • Description: On this day in 1978, John Paul II began his papacy. Fr. Kazimierz Chwalek remembers the day well and even met the then-Cardinal during his altar server days. Fr Kaz shares his memories with us.
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    • Fr. Kazimierz Chwalek
      Fr Kazimierz Chwalek is provincial superior for the Marians of the Immaculate Conception.

+  Enrich Your Prayer Life with the Contemplative Rosary

  • Description: Have you ever struggled to pray the rosary? Do distractions pull you away from the prayers, or does your mind wander between Hail Marys and Our Fathers? Building on the wisdom of Teresa of Avila, whose feast we celebrated yesterday, and JPII, whose papacy began on this day in 1978, Connie Rossini joins us with tips.
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    • Connie Rossini
      Connie Rossini is the co-author with Dan Burke of The Contemplative Rosary. She's also the author of Trusting God with St Therese and other books and is a columnist for
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    • The Contemplative Rosary with St. John Paul II and St. Teresa of Avila

      You know that in an Apostolic Letter in 2002, Pope John Paul II added five Luminous Mysteries. Did you know that in that same Letter he also called for a new way of praying the Rosary? St. John Paul II s new way of praying the Rosary was based on the teachings of St. Theresa of Avila and has become known as the Contemplative Rosary because it more perfectly unites vocal prayer and meditation, transforming the prayers of the Rosary into a contemplative meeting with God. Did you know about these changes? Have you tried them? In our new book, The Contemplative Rosary, we have not only incorporated the five new Luminous Mysteries, we have included as well the many other changes Pope John Paul made to the Rosary. Here are his additions to the texts and prayers additions small and large that, as John Paul intended, unite the Rosary more closely to the official liturgical prayers of the Church as well as to Scripture. Here are also scores of full-color images for your contemplation that anchor your attention in each Mystery and transform your Rosary from a hasty, habitual recitation into a profound speaking to God and a keen listening to Him. Following the wise advice of St. Theresa of Avila and the new method proposed by St. John Paul, you ll find here for each mystery: A lovely, full-color classical painting depicting the events in the Mystery, for help in your contemplation A unique announcement of the Mystery A statement of the expected fruits of the Mystery The Scriptural passage you should consider before embarking on your prayers of the Mystery A call for a moment of silence in order to recollect yourself before entering the presence of God Each Mystery s own unique Hail Mary, including within each a John Paul II recommended statement of faith to pull wandering minds back to Christ and center them in the mystery Seven meditations tailored to each Mystery, to accompany your recitation of the Hail Marys (but only employ one at a time) A concluding short prayer asking God for the fruits specific to that Mystery Plus much more, so that finally you can begin to pray the Rosary as Saint John Paul wants you to pray it! (learn more)

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