Thursday, June 24, 2010

Today on Kresta - June 24, 2010

Talking about the "things that matter most" on June 24


4:00 – Seminary Theology: Teaching in a Contemplative Way
Addressing the pedagogical vocation of the seminary theologian, Deacon James Keating is here to present a set of essays which draw out the integral relationship between theological instruction and spiritual formation. It challenges seminary faculty to ask themselves the difficult question: Does my teaching facilitate a deeper love for Christ and commitment to God's will?

4:40 – Kill the Christians: Lawmakers and protesters in Afghanistan are calling for just that
It has never been easy to work as a Christian—local or foreign—in Afghanistan. But since a video was broadcast on Afghan television showing the baptism of converts in Kabul, the danger has escalated—and the tiny minority suddenly finds itself a potentially sizeable pawn in a game of political chess. Mindy Belz of WORLD Magazine has reported on this story and joins us.

5:00 – Why Me? When Bad Things Happen
Mike Aquilina’s latest book is part of the "30 Minute Read" series. Why me? Why anyone? Suffering is everywhere. Why does God let this happen? It's because he loves us. He has a plan. Don't you want to find out what it is? Mike is here to help us to see our woes as blessings - things that lead us toward God instead of away from him.

5:40 – Feast of St. John the Baptist
Today we celebrate the feast of John the Baptist - patron saint of spiritual joy. After all, he leapt for joy in his mother’s womb at the presence of Jesus and Mary (Luke 1:44). And it says that he rejoices to hear the bridegrooms voice (John 3:29-30). John was joyful because he was humble. In fact, he shows us the true nature of this virtue. Humility is not beating up on yourself, denying that you have any gifts, talents, or importance. John knew he had an important role which he played aggressively, with authority and confidence. The humble man does not sheepishly look down on himself. Actually, he does not look at himself at all. He looks away from himself to the Lord. We look at this feast day with Steve Ray.

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