Kresta in the Afternoon – October 29, 2019 – Hour 2

+  Further Synod Impressions

  • Description: In the Synod closing Mass Pope Francis denounced exploitation and “predatory models of development” that plunder the poor and wound “sister Earth." He also stated “In this synod we have had the grace of listening to the voices of the poor and reflecting on the precariousness of their lives, threatened by predatory models of development." The Mass was attended by Catholic indigenous peoples from the Amazon, though the controversial statues were not present. Robert Royal joins us with his impressions of the Synod.
  • Segment Guests:
    • Robert Royal
      Dr. Robert Royal is editor-in-chief of The Catholic Thing, and president of the Faith & Reason Institute in Washington, D.C. His most recent book is A Deeper Vision: The Catholic Intellectual Tradition in the Twentieth Century, published by Ignatius Press.
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+  Finding God Amidst Grief (2 segments)

  • Description: Each of us face grief throughout our lives, and we all handle it differently. How can we reach out to grieving loved ones, or even strangers? Susan Erschen joins us with stories of dealing with Grief and how we can use it to grow closer to God and others.
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    • Susan Erschen
      Susan Erschen is the author of Finding a Loving God in the Midst of Grief as well as God's Guide for Grandparents. She writes frequently on the spirituality of giving, gratitude, and spending time with God. She volunteers as a facilitator for her parish GriefShare program.
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    • Finding a Loving God in the Midst of Grief

      The loss of a loved one is often devastating. And while each of us experience grief in a unique way, for many, finding their way back to a place of wholeness seems impossible. The emptiness, loneliness and darkness seem to never fade. For the many people face seasons of grief, this book is written to help them not only find comfort, but to also grow closer to God, who often seems far off or even absent, in their journey through grief. The book draws from both personal testimonies and religious texts to give inspiration to the reader. The book also contains practical advice on how to overcome some emotional or practical aspect of grief, and a prayer on each topic that is discussed. The book ends with help in making decisions about what to pass on and what to keep in order to treasure memories. Grief is a very unique and personal experience. Through this book, readers will be given the confidence to grieve in their own way. Ultimately, they will see grief as a journey that can lead them into a richer spiritual life. (learn more)

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