Kresta in the Afternoon – September 23, 2019 – Hour 1

+  Social Science Apologetics: Study finds no 'gay gene' - What that means for Catholic morality

+  Ad Astra: Hollywood's latest attempt to reach the heavens

  • Description: The search for things "beyond" is a common theme in film, the latest entry being Brad Pitt's Ad Astra. It’s a high-minded sci-fi film with notable religious themes, though these play out disappointingly. Why does Hollywood so often fall short in films exploring themes of things beyond this life? We talk with Steven Greydanus.
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    • Steven Greydanus
      Steven Greydanus is the creator of Decent Films and the film critic for the National Catholic Register. He's a member of the New York Film Critics Circle and a permanent deacon in the Archdiocese of Newark. He co-hosts Reel Faith with David DiCerto. Visit
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+  Padre Pio's Influence on My Family

  • Description: Today is the feast of Padre Pio, the beloved modern-day saint who had the stigmata and is known for his motto to "pray, hope and don't worry." His life had a strong influence on Jack Krach, who was born on his eventual feast day. Jack's life had many parallels to St Pio's. His daughter Janna joins us.
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    • Janna Schoenle
      Janna Schoenle is the Community Outreach Director for Ave Maria Radio and a licensed pharmacist. She is the mother of six children and has been married to Jerry for more than 30 years. She was the 4th of 6 children in the Krach family.
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    • Midwife for Souls: Spiritual Care for the Dying

      The first edition of this text was so beloved that it sold over 30,000 copies now it's your turn to discover why! Kathy Kalina describes the physical as well as spiritual signs of the dying process in Midwife for Souls. She offers years of qualified experience and spiritual wisdom that will inform and comfort caregivers and loved ones. Caregivers, friends, and family members often feel unsure of what to say or do as they care for the terminally ill. This book provides insight, showing how the support of one's Catholic faith and the power of prayer can be a guide in ministering to a dying person. This book is essential reading for anyone who accompanies others to the edge of life and helps in their birthing to eternal life. (learn more)

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