Kresta in the Afternoon – October 9, 2015 – Hour 1

+  From Narnia to Middle-Earth: The Conversion of Michael Goodwin

  • Description: Michael Goodwin grew up attending a Bible church in Long Island and always loved hearing about Jesus. He also loved reading the Chronicles of Narnia, which revealed to him the deeper truths about God. He first encountered Catholics in high school and was told they were “Christian, in spite of being Catholic.” When he began reading the Lord of the Rings he noticed deeper meanings in the story and wondered what inspired them. After college, Michael began training to be an Army chaplain. He met a Catholic seminarian who invited him to Mass, where he saw the Bible come alive in entirely new ways. Michael has now been Catholic for five years and is in seminary preparing to become a priest. He joins us today to talk about how real-life versions of Gandalf and Samwise Gamgee helped him discover the Truth of the Church.
  • Segment Guests:
    • Michael Goodwin
      Michael Goodwin grew up on the east end of Long Island in a home of devout Christian parents. From a young age, he was taught by his parents to love and follow Jesus while being encouraged to deepen his faith by worshipping and serving at the local, Evangelical, Bible church near his hometown. Michael attended Cedarville University in Ohio where he earned his BA in Education. He then went on to join the Army Chaplaincy program and became a 1st Lieutenant in the Army Reserves while completing a four year seminary program at an Evangelical school in Grand Rapids, MI. He entered the Catholic Church in Grand Rapids at the Easter Vigil on April 24, 2011. He is presently preparing for the vocation of priesthood to serve in the diocese where his Catholic journey began. If you would like to read more or contact Michael, you are welcome to visit his blog at
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+  From Narnia to Middle-Earth (continued)

+  Cultural Madness, Catholic Sanity

  • Description: Around the globe forces of chaos and evil have been unleashed. Aborted babies are salvaged for body parts. The Supreme Court regards marriage between two men as natural. Christians in the Middle East are forced to lose their faith or their heads. Violence and perversion drive primetime TV. How can we live and love without illusion in this New America? That’s the topic of Ave Maria Radio’s upcoming conference. We’ll preview it with Teresa Tomeo.
  • Segment Guests:
    • Teresa Tomeo
      Teresa Tomeo is the host of Catholic Connection on Ave Maria Radio and also spent 20 years as a reporter and anchor in Detroit news media. She is a columnist for Our Sunday Visitor and the author of several books. Her newest book is Intimate Graces: How Practicing the Works of Mercy Brings out the Best in Marriage.” Teresa is also the host of The Catholic View for Women on EWTN.
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