Kresta in the Afternoon – September 13, 2019 – Hour 1

+  The Seven Sorrows of Mary

  • Description: On Sunday we’ll celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows. Steve Ray joins us to look at the history of the feast and the Unknown Sorrows of Mary.
  • Segment Guests:
    • Steve Ray
      Steve Ray leads pilgrimages to the Holy Land, Rome and other sites. He converted to Catholicism in 1994 and is the author of “Crossing the Tiber,” “Upon this Rock” and other books. He’s the host and producer of the Footprints of God DVD series and has been to the Holy Land more than 130 times. He also writes bible studies for Catholic Scripture Study International Visit catholic-convert.com and footprintsofgodpilgrimages.com
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+  Helping our Kids Find Their Vocations (2 segments)

  • Description: Any parent knows the beautiful, exhausting and bewildering challenges that come with raising kids. How do we go beyond merely “raising” them to helping them find and understand their vocations? We’ll talk with John and Claire Grabowski.
  • Segment Guests:
    • John Grabowski
      John Grabowski is an associate professor of Moral Theology and Ethics at The Catholic University of America. He and his wife were appointed to the Pontifical Council for the Family by Pope Benedict XCI in 2009. he is also serving as a theological advisor to the USCCB Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family and Youth. In 2015 he was appointed by Pope Francis to serve as an expert at the Synod of Bishops on the Family.
      • Claire Grabowski
        Claire has been a Catholic educator, stay at home mother, in-home childcare provider, financial administrative assistant, and care-giver and companion to the elderly. She has been a mentor to women and couples and has been active in a variety of lay ministries for many years.
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      • Raising Catholic Kids for Their Vocations

        A practical guide for parents who want to form their children in the faith. The mission of every married couple is to generously welcome children as gifts from God…then what? As any parent knows, raising children is beautiful, exhausting, and often bewildering. And then we have their vocations to think about. It’s the job of parents to raise children who are able to cultivate the gift of Faith and really listen to what God is calling them to do with their lives. While God gives all the grace and faith necessary to follow him, we parents are tasked with fanning the flames. To help our children turn the spark of faith into a fire of love for God. As parents, we need to make our homes a community of prayer, of service, and of witness within the larger Body of Christ.  Making these regular and ongoing practices within the life of their family is the most effective way for parents to form their children in the faith. Of course, this is not always easy, that’s why Claire and John Grabowksi have made this practical guide. This is not high philosophy or deep theology (though it’s rooted firmly in Church teaching) but real advice, from real parents who have raised five children. As parents, it’s our job to get our children to heaven, and helping them discern the vocation God is calling them to is one of the most important parts of that job. You don’t have to do it alone, with fervent prayer, a close relationship with Christ, and the tested, practical advice in Raising Catholic Kids for Their Vocation, you’ll have the tools you need. (learn more)

      • A Catechism for Family Life: Insights from Catholic Teaching on Love, Marriage, Sex, and Parenting

        The purpose of A Catechism for Family Life: Insights from Church Teaching on Love, Marriage, Sex, and Parenting is to present the teachings of the Catholic Church as they relate to specific questions in marriage and family life. Many Catholics are under-catechized and have trouble both understanding and articulating Church teaching on sexuality and marriage to an increasingly challenging culture. Pope Francis, along with the fathers of the two recent Synods on the Family, have called for better formation for those who work in the area of marriage and family life (see Amoris Laetitia, 202). To address this need, we gathered pertinent questions facing men, women, and pastoral workers in marriage and family life. We then found passages relevant to these questions by researching Church documents on marriage and family from the past one hundred years. These include papal encyclicals, apostolic exhortations, and addresses, Vatican II documents, and the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Mainstream media coverage of Church events and Church teaching leads many to misunderstand Catholic positions on marriage and family life. While the Catholic Church has developed a rich, detailed, and positive teaching on marriage, family, and sexuality, many Catholics do not have access to this teaching, buried as it is in lengthy Church documents which many find intimidating. Finding the relevant teaching to address specific questions is not always a simple task, either. This book's main contribution is to present Church teaching relevant to marriage and family in one volume clearly organized by topic and question. (learn more)

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