Monday, March 15, 2010

Today on Kresta - March 15, 2010

Talking about the Things That Matter Most on Mar. 15


4:00 – Life Lessons from the Monastery: Wisdom on Love, Prayer, Calling and Commitment
In thirty short reflections, Abbot Jerome Kodell of Subiaco Abbey in Arkansas provides a lifetime of wisdom on living the Christian life. Drawing on Scripture, the Rule of St. Benedict, and other spiritual writings, Kodell helps us realize that our common human desires and struggles make life in the monastery not so very different from life in the world. His encouragement and reassurance give us hope that we can pray, experience God's loving presence, and stay faithful to the commitments we've made. We look at Life Lessons from the Monastery.

4:20 - The Last Christian on Earth: Uncover the Enemy's Plot to Undermine the Church
The gravedigger thesis can be put simply: The Christian faith contributed decisively to the rise of the modern world, but has been undermined decisively by the modern world it helped to create. The Christian faith has become its own gravedigger. In the 25 years since philosopher and social critic Os Guinness first published The Gravedigger Files, much has happened: the fall of the Soviet Union, the rise of the computer age, the re emergence of China and India, the rise of Islamic terrorism, and the worldwide revitalization and politicization of religion. But the central mystery of Dr. Guinness' spy novel - inspired by his affection for John Le Carr's; thrillers remains unsolved: Can Christians regain the full integrity of faith in Christ while fully and properly engaged in the advanced modern world? This new edition of The Last Christian on Earth, which includes previously unpublished, top-secret memos is Dr. Guinness's parable about the future of the Christian church in the West. Written in the grand tradition of Le Carr's, Fleming and Clancy, this thriller pays homage to the genre while transcending it because the real-life ending has yet to be written! Os is our guest.

5:00 – Direct to my Desk - Archbishop Chaput, Lesbian Parents, and the Mission of Catholic Education
The decision to refuse re-enrollment at a Boulder Catholic school to two children of lesbian parents was the only outcome that was fair to the children, their teachers, school parents and "the authentic faith of the church," said Denver Archbishop Charles J. Chaput. "Our schools are meant to be 'partners in faith' with parents," the archbishop said in a column. "If parents don't respect the beliefs of the church, or live in a manner that openly rejects those beliefs, then partnering with those parents becomes very difficult, if not impossible.” Archbishop Chaput, whose archdiocese includes Boulder, was commenting on the case of two children whose parents, a lesbian couple, were enrolling them at Sacred Heart of Jesus School. So what about non-Catholic students? Or children of divorced and remarried (outside the Church) Catholics? Or children of non-married couples who live together? We discuss it all and ask just what is the mission of a Catholic school and who can attend?

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