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Standing Athwart History: An NRI Podcast
37 minutes | Jun 5, 2020
Episode 17: Human Life Matters: Life, Death, Riots, and Healing
A death by a knee to the neck. Riots. Fires. Broken windows. Missed opportunities for prayer and reconciliation. It’s been quite the week. After quite the months. In the latest “virus-free” conversation from the National Review Institute, I talk with Louis Brown, executive director of the Christ Medicus Foundation. He’s a lawyer, he’s worked on Capitol Hill, and, most recently at the Department of Health and Human Services. A Michigan native, he lives in Washington, D.C. And among the reasons I wanted to talk to him is he lives in the world like we all do, and is one of the grounded ones. Prayer is important to him, as you’ll hear as he talks about his kind of rally in the wake of all of this — a Rosary Walk for reparation for the sins of racism and violence. For previous “virus free” conversations, click here.
40 minutes | May 26, 2020
Episode 16: Seeing the Meaning in Suffering: A Coronavirus Conversation with Author Gary Jansen
Do you find yourself frustrated with these coronavirus times? Spiritually or emotionally lost or angry or confused or otherwise suffering and trying to find the meaning in it? A book by Gary Jansen called Station to Station: An Ignatian Journey through the Stations of the Cross — which is currently being offered for free as an e-book — may help. It is a meditative walk through the suffering of Christ in the Passion. Jansen, executive editor at Loyola Press, with longtime experience in religion publishing, is the latest conversant in this occasional “virus-free” offering with faith, culture, and civil-society leaders during these coronavirus times. Jansen is also the author of MicroShifts: Transforming Your Life One Step at a Time, The 15-Minute Prayer Solution: How One Percent of Your Day Can Transform Your Life, and Life Everlasting: Catholic Devotions and Mysteries for the Everyday Seeker. We talk about the hopeful struggle of faith. I hope you find it beneficial.
35 minutes | May 22, 2020
Episode 15: Is Our Foster-Care Crisis Even Worse because of COVID-19?
Naomi Schaefer Riley is the latest guest on our occasional virus-free forum series from the National Review Institute’s Center for Religion, Culture, and Civil Society. Naomi has made herself a leading expert on child-welfare issues in recent years. She is a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and a senior fellow at the Independent Women’s Forum. Among other things, she’s author of six books, including, most recently, Be the Parent: Stop Banning Seesaws and Start Banning Snapchat. (We talk about getting off screens — even/especially now, too.)
45 minutes | May 20, 2020
Episode 14: Combatting Our Throwaway Society
Charlie Camosy has been one of the most persistent and consistent voices calling attention to the dangers of rationing in these coronavirus times. This has happened even as the world has seemed to stop protecting vulnerable human lives — you’ve seen the decisions governors have made that have left men and women in nursing homes even more vulnerable than they started out. This is about more than bad governance, it’s about an ideology that infects so much of our culture and lives. Even on a good day, he points to the dangers of our throwaway society that casts asides human lives. Camosy, who is an associate professor of theological and social ethics at Fordham University, is author of Resisting Throwaway Culture: How a Consistent Life Ethic Can Unite a Fractured People and Beyond the Abortion Wars: A Way Forward for a New Generation. His is a good and helpful and brave voice. I hope you enjoy listening as much as I enjoyed talking with him. This is a time for taking this effort we’ve all made to protect some of the most vulnerable among us and making it the way we live our life as a culture.
38 minutes | May 15, 2020
Episode 13: Are You Called to Love a Child in Foster Care?
We had over 100,000 children in foster care before this coronavirus business sent so many to shelter in place, lose their jobs, and live with the fears and anxieties of this time. Schools are closed, and so it’s harder for teachers to observe things. You’ve heard all this, I trust. So how and why should it be more than another depressing news story for all of us in some way? Sharen Ford has been working in child welfare for decades and currently runs the foster-care and adoption programs at Focus on the Family. She talks about some of what it takes to be a foster parent, and the other roles we can play in helping children, especially older children, who are the hardest to place. This is National Foster Care Month, and it’s also a time when there’s a great danger that we are being culturally conditioned to be suspicious of other people. Let’s fight against that. Take a listen to my conversation with Ford, a little of a download of her wisdom. I’m always better for talking with her, I hope you feel similarly. Also: Here is Sharen Ford’s bio. And some resources.
34 minutes | May 13, 2020
Episode 12: Sharing the Love of a Family: Talking Hope, Foster Care, and Adoption with Kelly Rosati
How can we better protect human life? That’s been the question of these coronavirus times. And for the blessing of a family, it may mean asking: Can we welcome a child who needs a home into our home? Kelly and John Rosati have done that five times. Their family includes children with serious mental illness, so days are far from perfect, but there is love. Can one of the lessons of these coronavirus times be: Show love. Right now. To someone. And can one of the prayers be: How is God asking me to show more love? Could it be helping a family heal by fostering? Could it be providing a home for a child through adoption? Kelly talks from her own experience of her life and advocacy. Kelly also talks about her work with the Flying Horse Foundation, which provides equine therapy for children who have experienced trauma. And here are links to two resources she mentions — Adopt US Kids and Wendy’s Wonderful Kids Program from the Dave Thomas Foundation. Thanks for taking a listen. Even if you are not considering adoption, she shares some lived wisdom about anxiety and trauma and hope and living Christianity in daily life in the face of suffering and unexpected challenges. It’s the latest in the National Review Institute’s “virus-free” programming.
39 minutes | May 11, 2020
Episode 11: Serving in the South Bronx & Living Solitude during the Coronavirus Quarantine
Today on ‘Standing Athwart,’ Kathryn Jean Lopez interviews Luanne Zurlo.
53 minutes | May 11, 2020
Episode 10: You Want to Know the Sisters of Life and Be a Part of Their Lives
Today on ‘Standing Athwart,’ Kathryn Jean Lopez interviews Sr. Magdalene Teresa and Sr. Mariae Agnus Dei from the Sisters of Life.
48 minutes | May 11, 2020
Episode 9: Parenting under Quarantine and Making Room for More
Today on ‘Standing Athwart,’ Kathryn Jean Lopez interviews Elizabeth Kirk and Lisa Wheeler.
39 minutes | May 11, 2020
Episode 8: Will There Be a Religious Awakening?
Today on ‘Standing Athwart,’ Kathryn Jean Lopez interviews Robert Nicholson of the Philos Project.
47 minutes | May 11, 2020
Episode 7: What’s Each Man’s Duty to the Gospel Now and after Quarantine?
Today on ‘Standing Athwart,’ Kathryn Jean Lopez interviews Jonathan Reyes, Senior Vice President for Evangelization and Faith Formation at the Knights of Columbus.
57 minutes | May 11, 2020
Episode 6: How Are the Little Sisters of the Poor Doing in These Coronavirus Times?
Today on ‘Standing Athwart,’ Kathryn Jean Lopez interviews Sister Constance Veit, LSP.
59 minutes | May 11, 2020
Episode 5: What About the Kids Who Are Not Alright?
Today on ‘Standing Athwart,’ Kathryn Jean Lopez interviews Nathan Bult and Cheri Williams of Bethany Christian Services.
58 minutes | May 11, 2020
Episode 4: Is Holy Week Even Possible This Year?
Today on ‘Standing Athwart,’ Kathryn Jean Lopez is joined by Sr. Mary Catharine (Perry) of Jesus, O.P.
48 minutes | May 11, 2020
Episode 3: God and Man in Coronavirus Land
Today on ‘Standing Athwart,’ Kathryn Jean Lopez interviews Fr. John Maria Devaney, O.P.
56 minutes | May 11, 2020
Episode 2: The Importance of Culture
Today’s episode of ‘Standing Athwart,’ features Kevin D. Williamson and Jay Nordlinger.
40 minutes | May 11, 2020
Episode 1: The Perennial Fight against Socialism
One this first episode of NRI’s new podcast ‘Standing Athwart,’ John O’Sullivan and Madeleine Kearns discuss socialism and how we should continue to combat it.
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