Talking about the "things that matter most" on Dec. 21
4:00 – Kresta Comments: Vatican Observatory Comments on Mayan Calendar / FBI: 67 hate crimes against Catholics in 2011
4:20 – My Sisters the Saints: A Spiritual Memoir
In My Sisters the Saints, author Colleen Carroll Campbell blends her personal narrative of spiritual seeking, trials, stumbles, and breakthroughs with the stories of six women saints who profoundly changed her life: Teresa of Avila, Therese of Lisieux, Faustina of Poland, Edith Stein of Germany, Mother Teresa of Calcutta, and Mary of Nazareth. Drawing upon the rich writings and examples of these extraordinary women, the author reveals Christianity's liberating power for women and the relevance of the saints to the lives of contemporary Christians. She joins us today.
5:00 – The Monks of Tibhirine: Faith, Love, and Terror in Algeria
You saw the major motion picture "Of Gods and Men" and now you should READ it’s inspiration. In the spring of l996 armed men broke into a Trappist monastery in war-torn Algeria and took seven monks hostage, pawns in a murky negotiation to free imprisoned terrorists. Two months later their severed heads were found in a tree; their bodies were never recovered. The village of Tibhirine had sprung up around the monastery because it was a holy place protected by the Virgin Mary, revered by Christians and Muslims alike. But napalm, helicopters, and gunfire had become regular accompaniments to the monastic routine as the violence engulfing Algeria drew closer to the isolated cloister high in the Atlas Mountains. John Kiser is here to tell the story.