Thursday, April 18, 2013

Today on "Kresta in the Afternoon" - April 18, 2013

Talking about the "things that matter most" on Apr. 18
4:00 – Boston Bombing: President Obama / Cardinal O’Malley Lead Interfaith Memorial Service
Three days after bombs shattered its most joyous day, Boston came together Thursday to seek comfort, honor the victims and, in the words of one minister, heal a city and a violence-weary world. First lady Michelle Obama, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and other dignitaries also attended the service led by Cardinal Sean O’Malley  at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, less than a mile from the marathon finish line. National Catholic Register correspondent Justin Bell was there and joins us today.
4:20 – The Burden: A warning of things to come
A sense of foreboding has deepened across our land ... Spiritually, socially, politically, economically, the fierce consequences of our choices as a nation whirl around us and threaten us with catastrophe. The storm clouds gather; the thunder rumbles; the darkness descends. While the tempest approaches, many are asleep. Others sense danger in the air but are uncertain of its source and scope. Now a new book, The Burden, has appeared in the hope of rousing the sleepers and clarifying the danger. Best-selling author Paul Thigpen insists that we are seeing today a repetition of the historical pattern so vividly presented in biblical prophecy, an echo of events that took place long ago. God’s ultimate response to sinful nations is merciful but terrifying chastisement. Our recent history invites, perhaps demands, such chastisement. If we turn from our evil ways, we have hope of avoiding disaster. But the burning question remains: Will we turn? Author Paul Thigpen joins us.
4:40 – David Brubeck: His Music and His Catholic Faith
This weekend The Schoolcraft College Jazz Studies program will host A Tribute to Dave Brubeck, a series of jazz music clinics and performances. Brubeck's longtime producer, Russell Gloyd, will be the featured speaker and performer throughout the weekend. One topic of exploration will be Brubeck’s sacred music and Catholic faith. Russell joins us. 
5:00 – Ministering to Boston
On Monday afternoon Father John Wykes of the Oblates of the Virgin Mary, who operate St. Francis Chapel in the Prudential Center on Boylston Street, heard sirens going to the scene of the Boston marathon bombing, though he did not hear the blast. When he heard the sirens, Father Wykes grabbed his sacramental oils and was prepared to offer the anointing of the sick and possibly the last rites. We talk to Fr. Wykes about the scene and his ministry over the last 3 days.Show less

5:20 – Kresta Comments
5:40 – Regenerative Medicine: Fundamental Shifts in Science and Culture
Last week The Pontifical Council for Culture is hosted a Vatican conference that aimed to advance the mission of educating  the world on the power and promise of adult stem cell therapies. “Regenerative Medicine: Fundamental Shifts in Science and Culture” is the title of the International Conference on adult stem cell research which began a week ago today. Dr Robin Smith President of the Stem for Life Foundation said that the conference is about understanding “the progress that we’re making in adult stem cell research in areas like cardiovascular disease, MS, traumatic brain injury, just to name a few”. Our very own Teresa Tomeo was there and is here to report.


  1. Mr.Thigpen's talk of doom and gloom comes at a time when America is looking up, and the intellectual class has ceased talking about cultural decline. Catholic's may not win every cultural battle (lost on gay marriage, it seems) but that doesn't mean the country is going to hell. I think American is on the upswing and democracy and liberty and equality are driving the world's agenda.

    1. Agree with this. Thigpen's timing is off. The dour mood given way to a more positive outlook for the country as the financial crisis has lifted and the election behind us, although the Boston bombing is unsettling to be sure.