Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Today on Kresta - April 13, 2010

Talking about the "things that matter most" on Apr. 13

4:00 – Fablehaven
Fablehaven is a secret nature preserve protecting the beings of myth and legend from the outside world. The current caretaker, Stan Sorenson, describes it as “a refuge for mystical creatures”. Those who live in this large sanctuary, mortal and magical, must abide by a treaty of rules. The most common rules are focused upon “the law of the harvest” or “the law of retribution” meaning, you reap what you sow. Brandon Mull is the author of the bestselling Fablehaven fantasy series and Volume 5 is now available. Brandon joins us in studio.

4:20 – Kiss It Good-Bye: The Mystery, The Mormon, and the Moral of the 1960 Pittsburgh Pirates
In 1960, an upstart Pittsburgh Pirates team beat the highly favored New York Yankees in the World Series. Given the power of a Yankee roster that included Mickey Mantle, Whitey Ford, and Yogi Berra, that improbable victory did more than give long-suffering Pirates fans something to cheer about; it put Pittsburgh on the map. Though John Moody was only six years old during that magical baseball season, he was a devoted fan of the Pittsburgh team. The star pitcher for the Pirates and John's first hero was Vernon Law-- an unsophisticated Idaho country boy, widely known as The Deacon, a friendly nickname derived from his strict Mormon upbringing. Law was a relatively young man at the time and should have enjoyed several more seasons of fame and success, yet his career went into decline following that phenomenal Series. As we kick off this baseball season, John Moody explores a compelling mystery that has persisted now for nearly fifty years, revealing at last why Vernon Law was unable to continue his dominance of Major League batters.

5:00 – Iconography: The Art of the East
Iconography refers to the making and liturgical use of icons, pictorial representations of Biblical scenes from the life of Jesus Christ, historical events in the life of the Church, and portraits of the saints. Icons are usually two-dimensional images and may be made of paint, mosaic, embroidery, weaving, carving, engraving, or other methods. Images have always been a vital part of the Church, but their place was the subject of the Iconoclast Controversy in the 8th and 9th centuries, especially in the East. The use of iconography is considered one of the most distinctive elements of the Byzantine Rite. Fr. Joseph Marquis is here to discuss the history, theology, and tradition of Icons.

5:40 – Kresta Comments: The Abuse Buzz: Being Buried Under Babel
The amount of news, hype, questions, conversation, accusation, defense, details, lawsuits, hyperbole, and spin in the whole clerical sexual abuse scandal is dizzying. It’s enough to make you want to just run and hide. But “run and hide” is not what we are called to do. Al has a primer on the sex abuse crisis and just how much information we are dealing with.

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