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.
The Radical Conversion of St. Paul
On this Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul, Steve Ray tells us what happened on the road to Damascus and Jimmy Akin responds to a claim that Paul’s writings never quoted Jesus. We continue our discussion on St Paul with Scott Hahn, who takes a deep dive into the Letter to the Romans.
What is Freedom?
Al discusses how our nation lost its idea of freedom and talks with Fr. Dempsey Acosta about the different interpretations of Scripture. Why do only 15% of Catholic kids remain faithful through adulthood? We talk with Dr. Greg Popcak, and Jill Fehleison celebrates the Feast of St Francis de Sales.
Increasing in the Knowledge of God
Winston Churchill had a very different faith life from other leaders of his time. How did it affect his leadership? We talk with Gary Scott Smith. Robin Gaby Fisher shares how the tragic Seton Hall Fire led to an incredible story of friendship and survival.
Live from the March for Life
Clare Kosmalski reports from the March for Life and Jeff Morrow shares how he became a Catholic after being raised in a secular home. Marcus Peter is our guest host. Guest host Marcus Peter talks about the Biblical foundations of Marian consecration with Shane Kapler.
Benedict XVI and the Cosmic Covenant
Why are so many young Catholics resistant to marriage? We talk with Rachel Hoover, and Peggy Stanton joins Guest Host Marcus Peter in previewing this Sunday’s Gospel. Matthew Bunson has an update on Theodore McCarrick, and Matthew Ramage discusses Pope Benedict’s theology of creation.
Religious Freedom
Guest Host Matthew Bunson and historian Bill Cook discuss what happened at the Council of Trent. Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers discusses the mission of the diaconate and Fr. Tad Pacholczyk has tips for caring for people with dementia.
Forgiveness and Healing a Hurting Church
Abby Jorgensen joins guest host Gary Michuta to share her work with mothers who experience the pain of miscarriage, and Joseph Pearce dives into 12 great novels for Catholics. Fr Thomas Berg discusses how forgiveness can heal a hurting Church, and Dr. Melanie Barrett shares her journey from New Age Spirituality to the Church.
Does the Unity Creed Mean Anything?
Kevin Wells shares the remarkable life of Fr. Aloysius Schwartz. We discuss the early years of Martin Luther King, Jr with Patrick Parr.
What did Elvis Believe?
Al discusses the complicated faith life of Elvis Presley, and Sam Gregg asks why some conservatives reject classical liberalism. We talk with Jim Papandrea about what happens when we die. Christy Wilkens shares how she encountered an unexpected healing at Lourdes.
Is the Church Making Progress on Abuse?
Joan Lewis shares memories of her friend Cardinal George Pell and Stan Butt connects Scripture to the classic story of Les Miserables. Stephen White compares the prevalence of sex abuse cases in the Church to Chicago schools and Paul Kengor looks at what Fulton Sheen said about Communism. Also, Louis Brown of CMF Curo shares some updates about healthcare.
The Social Teaching of John Paul II
Will all people eventually be saved? Al discusses how to respond to this false teaching and we talk with Frank Beckwith about living as a Catholic during political tribalism. Cardinal George Pell died of a heart attack last night at age 81. We revisit our conversation with him about his time in prison and his thoughts on the state of the Church.
Finding Healing in Jesus
Jake and Heather Khym of Life Restoration Ministries discuss finding complete healing in Jesus. Fr. Wade Menezes discusses the Four Last Things.
Epiphany and the Search for the Magi
Msgr. Charles Pope celebrates the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord and David Seitz discusses how the act of going to Mass is an act of Worship. Who were the real Magi? Were they wise men? Kings? Did they even exist? Fr. Dwight Longenecker joins us.
Christendom Lost and Found
Guest Host Tom Nash gets a preview on the West Coast Walk for Life and talks spiritual warfare with Paul Thigpen. Also, Jimmy Akin asks if Pope Benedict will be a saint one day. Fr. Robert McTeigue discusses life in a “post-post” Christian world.
Were the “Good Old Days” So Good?
Al reviews the massive public prayer movement for injured NFL player Damar Hamlin. Also, Dan Gallagher gives us an inside look at Pope Benedict’s resignation and Jim Blum shares the work he does for men on parole. What did the media get right – and wrong – when reporting on religion this year? Terry Mattingly joins us. Also, Andrea Picciotti-Bayer summarizes the year’s biggest SCOTUS cases and Michael O’Neill introduces us to the newest saints.