Kresta In The Afternoon

Well-known Catholic speaker and author Al Kresta speaks with people from all walks of life on various topics of the day, and about their walk with the Lord.
Authentic Renewal
Guest Host Pete Burak discusses transformation and authentic renewal with Rachel Herbeck and Tim Glemkowski. St. Mary’s College will admit “anyone who consistently lives as a woman.” Mary Rice Hasson joins. Also, Jay Copp tells the unknown Catholic backstory of Chicago’s O’Hare Airport.
A Catholic View of Justification
Guest host Gary Michuta and Hugo Delgado discuss what St. Paul says about Justification. Joe Heschmeyer discusses how the Eucharist is really Jesus.
Theology of Suffering and the New Evangelization
Guest host Marcus Peter discusses suffering with Cole DeSantis and St. Jerome’s advice to those who mourn with David Bonagura. Guest host Marcus Peter and Michael Dauphinais look at the 10-year anniversary of Evangeli Gaudium, and Al joins the program to discuss the latest Vatican statements against the German bishops.
When the Son of Man Comes in Glory
Peggy Stanton helps us prepare for the Sunday Gospel and Thomas Kidd tells the story of George Whitefield, America’s Spiritual founding father. John U Bacon tells how he began coaching America’s worst hockey team and turned them into winners.
The Spirituality of Gratefulness
Thanksgiving Blessings to your family! Al reads George Washington’s Thanksgiving Proclamation and Melanie Kirkpatrick tells us the stories most people don’t know about Thanksgiving. Susan Muto discusses the spiritual benefits of gratitude and Robert Tracy McKenzie explains what makes Thanksgiving the Holiday at the Heart of the American Experience.
Aquinas, the Biblical Theologian
An outspoken critic of Pope Francis has been elected president of Argentina. We talk about what this means for the Church there. Also, Matthew Levering looks at Aquinas’ work as a Biblical theologian. On this day in 1963, JFK was assassinated. Peggy Stanton was working as a reporter that day; she shares her memories.
The Significance of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act
We look back at the Religious Freedom Restoration Act and its significance with Dean John Czarnetzky of Ave Maria School of Law, Tom Nash on exorcisms, Matthew Bunson with the latest on Germany and the Vatican, and Joseph and Monique Gonzalez tell the story of an ancient prophecy and its connection to Our Lady of Guadalupe.
The Cause of Beatification for Fr. Isaac Hecker
David Adesnik has the latest on Hamas tunnels discovered below a Gaza hospital. Also, Al shares some wisdom from Albert Einstein and Anja Hoffmann shares a report on anti-Christian violence in Europe. Dr. John Farina introduces us to Isaac Hecker, one of the most important American Catholics that nobody has heard of.
How the Religion of Humanity Subverts Christianity
Daniel Mahoney discusses the idol of humanitarianism, and cartoonist Michael Ramirez shares his experience of being cancelled by the Washington Post. Fr. Donald Haggerty introduces us to the contemplative life.
The Parable of the Talents
The Archbishop of Beijing is in Hong Kong – for the first time in more than 70 years. Matthew Bunson joins us with more. Also, Peggy Stanton discusses what Jesus is telling us in this Sunday’s Parable of the Talents. Steve Weidenkopf takes us for a walk through history and other times the Church has faced Crisis – and come out stronger for it.
The Integration of Faith and Reason
Guest Host Marcus Peter and Douglas Kries celebrate the Feast of Albertus Magnus by examining the Two Wings of Faith and Reason. Matthew Bunson joins us from Baltimore to discuss the US Bishops voting guidance to Catholics.
The Absolute Worst Things Marriage Therapists Have Heard
Matthew Bunson joins us live from Baltimore at the USCCB Fall Assembly and neurosurgeon Dr. Lee Warren discusses faith, doubt, and staying on solid ground when everything goes wrong. Dr. Ray Guarendi reflects on some of the worst marriage advice he has ever heard.
Saint Paul's Joyful Suffering
Al and Matthew Bunson discuss this weekend’s surprising news that Bishop Joseph Strickland has been dismissed. Fr. Richard Cassidy discusses St. Paul’s joyful suffering with the Philippians and Colleen Campbell shares how the saints helped her accept God’s idea of perfect.
The Impact and History of World War I
Chuck Gaidica tells us what happened at the first Michigan March for Life this week and we look back on a discussion with Mitchell Bard about what happened on Kristallnacht. We discuss the impact and history of World War I with Henry Crocker and Regis Martin.
Pro-Life Optimism after Ohio
Michael New looks at the passage of Prop 1 in Ohio and Mark Simon shares how his friend Jimmy Lai is doing. Also, Peggy Stanton looks ahead to this Sunday’s Gospel – the parable of the foolish and wise virgins. Matthew Bunson fills us in on the aftermath of the Synod on Synodality and how the German bishops are responding.