Friday, February 5, 2010

Today on Kresta - February 5, 2010

Talking about the Things That Matter Most on Feb. 5

Live From the Legatus Summit in Dana Point, CA

4:00 – How a Constructive Culture Drives Good Performance and Good Ethics
Three decades ago, Robert Spitzer S.J., Ph.D., began extensive research and testing of leaders and organizations, spanning four continents. He became a teacher and consultant for many large and small companies while founding ethics institutes at Seattle University and Gonzaga University, where he served as president from 1998 to 2009. In 2003, he was joined by a team of seasoned CEOs to launch a new institute that would take these earlier successes to an entirely new level. Recognizing the compelling intersection of ethics and effective leadership, these directors named it the Spitzer Center for Ethical Leadership – a one-stop entity for his collected works in the fields of philosophy, psychology, organizational development, and management science. We talk with Fr. Spitzer about how a constructive culture drives good performance and good ethics in business.

4:20 – 7 Miracles That Saved America: Why They Matter and Why We Should Have Hope
When the odds were stacked against us, and there have been many times when the great experiment we call America could have and should have failed, did God intervene to save us? That question, posed by authors Chris and Ted Stewart, is the foundation for this remarkable book. And the examples they cite provide compelling evidence that the hand of Providence has indeed preserved the United States of America on multiple occasions. Despite our faults, this nation is still the last, best hope of earth." In short, God still cares what happens here. This reassuring message is a bright light in a world that longs for such hope. Chris Stewart is with us.

4:40 – The Papal Foundation
Around the world, in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Central America, Mexico, South America… there is a severe need. The Papal Foundation grants support the world’s poor, sick, and infirmed through the construction and operation of shelters for homeless adults and children, hospitals and other health facilities, the reconstruction of destroyed churches, the construction of seminaries and retreat houses, providing relief for victims of natural disasters, strengthening services for refugees and migrants, providing funding to pro-life programs, and residences for elderly priests and religious. All of these are gifts to the Church in areas of tremendous need. We talk with their Vice-President Jim Coffey.

5:00 – Defending the Faith – Defending the Word of God
Frank J. Hanna III is an American entrepreneur and merchant banker who has been described as "one of the leading Catholic philanthropists in the USA. We have talked to him multiple times about his book, What Your Money Means and How to Use it Well. Today we talk about defending the faith and the Word of God

5:20 – Legatus Summit Winter 2010
Legatus is an organization for Catholic businessmen who seek to study, live and spread the Faith in their business, professional and personal lives. Legatus currently provides service to over 1,800 businesses in 60 chapters (and growing) across the United States, and internationally on three continents. We talk with Executive Director John Hunt about Legatus, the Summit, and it’s amazing line-up of speakers.

5:30 – Grace Before Meals
Grace Before Meals is centered on one fundamental concept: the simple act of creating and sharing a meal can strengthen all kinds of relationships. Founded by Fr. Leo Patalinghug in 2003, Grace Before Meals has grown from a simple idea to a worldwide movement, producing a book, blog and even a pilot for a TV show endorsed by PBS. Research shows that having frequent family dinners can reduce the susceptibility of teens to risks like teen pregnancy, smoking, drug use and depression. And these benefits don’t just apply to traditional families or people with kids. Stronger families foster stronger communities, and that’s the goal we’re striving for–one meal at a time. We talk to Fr. Leo here at the Legatus Summit.

5:40 – The Grace of Ars
St. John Vianney is the patron saint of all parish priests. Pope Benedict XVI has held him up as the role model to follow in the recently declared Year for Priests. Priests and seminarians who wish to strengthen their commitment to the priesthood as well as men who are discerning the call of Christ in their lives will be inspired and encouraged by reflection on the life and vocation of the great Cure of Ars. Fr. Frederick Miller has taken many groups of priests and seminarians pilgrimages to Ars, France, where he leads retreats based on the life and ministry of St. John Vianney. Based on his years of personal experience at Ars, and the impact that the holy Cure has had on men who go there to learn from his inspiring life and work, this book is the distillation of wisdom and grace that St. John Vianney has passed on to his brother priests. Fr. Miller joins us in this year for priests.

1 comment:

  1. President Bush spoke at the Legatus Summit, and according to Al he "is a man who is in perfect continuity with what we see in the past. He's comfortable with himself; he has no airs about him; given the opportunity to make a brief remark or a long remark, he'll always take the brief remark."

    Get it? He's not Barack Obama.

    Al said that "it was just a delight to see him", and that he was "probably the most decent president that we've had, in terms of just your basic common sense morality", having "a deep moral compass." Moreover, Al "always thought he was a pleasant man."

    That's nice. I'm glad he didn't do this or this or this. I nominate President Bush to be Chris Stewart's eighth miracle.