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Today on “Kresta in the Afternoon” – Mar. 13

Talking about the “things that matter most” on Mar. 12

Guest Host Marybeth Hicks

4:00 – The New Evangelization and the Growth of Media Content for Catholics
While many Catholics justifiably recoil at the thought of what the media is doing to our culture, our kids and our Church, the Church has said numerous times that we have a responsibility to use these media platforms to evangelize and catechize. That’s what Ave Maria Radio does, and that’s what FAITH Magazine does. We talk to Patrick O’Brien, CEO of Faith Catholic.

4:40 – Strange Gods: Unmasking the Idols in Everyday Life
Renowned in the blogosphere as The Anchoress and as Catholic Portal editor of the popular, Elizabeth Scalia offers a powerful critique of the “gods” we worship today, reminding us that life’s deepest desires can be satisfied only in Christ. She is here today to offer us a surprising look at the ways in which modern people still commit the sin of idolatry in their everyday lives. While literal golden calves no longer dot the landscape, Scalia describes how legitimate loves become obsessively twisted into idols. She identifies idolatry in a number of everyday experiences–friendships that become needy or possessive, commitments political and religious that grow so intense they lead to hatred of others, to name a few–and points to the incarnation of Christ and authentic worship of him as a way out of idolatry and into peace, happiness, and love.

5:00 – The Tale of Two Hockey Games
This week the Ohio State High School Hockey finals went 7 OT’s and had still not produced a winner. The leadership of the state association and both schools unanimously decided to declare the two teams co-champions. The decision was booed by fans at the arena. A few hours to North, another hockey team in Grandville, Michigan was preparing to face Detroit Catholic Central in the State semi-finals. But upon starting the day, the team learned that their team captain, Ryan Fischer, had tragically died in his sleep from complications of an enlarged heart. Sure, a tie is unfulfilling, but what if in the next overtime the game was decided, but afterwards one of the players collapsed in the locker room and tragedy struck? Obviously no one would think deciding a single champion would be worth such a tragedy. Former High School Chaplain Fr. Geoff Rose is here to discuss these stories.

5:20 – NJ Teen sues parents for financial support
The New Jersey teenager who left home and then sued her parents to force them to pay her private school tuition is back with her family, but her lawsuit is apparently still on. Rachel Canning, 18, has reunited with her parents and siblings a week after a tense courtroom confrontation in which an angry judge called her spoiled and refused to force her mother and father to pony up. we talk about this bizarre story and the basic idea of respect with Jill Rigby, author of Raising Respectful Children in a Disrespectful World. Jill discusses age-appropriate ways to set boundaries with children without building walls of separation.

5:40 – Kelleigh’s Cause: Life With a Incurable Diagnosis
At the age of four, after many unanswered questions regarding the growing discoloration of the right side of her head, ear and neck, Kelleigh Marie was diagnosed with a rare, inoperable and life threatening birth defect known as arteriovenous malformations (AVMs). Her family was not prepared to hear the team of highly regarded specialists refer to Kelleigh’s AVMs as extensive and affecting all of the major blood vessels of the entire right side of her head and neck, as well as her airway. They were told there is no cure. Throughout the years of chemo, surgeries, setbacks and advances, Kelleigh has demonstrated amazing Faith, Hope and Courage. Even in her darkest hours she has never given up. She is an honor student who dreams of becoming a doctor and varsity athlete who refuses to let her disease define her. We talk to her mom, Lori Gustafson, about Kelleigh and their organization “Kelleigh’s Cause”.

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