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A Few of our Fond Memories of Al Kresta in Pictures (1984-2024)

Memories of our Friend Al Kresta in Pictures (1984-2025)

Page 1: Our conversion in 1994 with Al as my sponsor
One of our first apologetics conferences in the 80’s

Page 2: Another apologetics conference together with other friends
Al and I at the starting Ave Maria Radio at Dominos Farms with him

Page 3: Picture of Al’s family a few days before his death — yes, 21 grandkids
Kresta’s in our living room in the early 90’w putting on a family music fest

Page 4: Playing their funny song “Dogs in the night; dogs in the night!”
Afternoon at our house including Fr. Ed Fride

Page 5: Picnic at our house around 1985
Lunch at our house with Al’s kids and our daughter Cindy to the left

Page 5: Our families at Happy’s Rib Restaurant during a Steubenville conference
Al and daughter Alexis

For Those Who Hate the Church

I don’t often share other’s articles, but this one by Fr. Dwight Longenecker is an exception. He and I have had, and do have a lot in common with our past and our hearing from those who want to badmouth Christianity, and often the Church specifically.

So here we go,

“On social media I seem to get an increasing number of links to blog posts, X-Twitter posts, articles and memes that rant and rage about the failures of Christians and the failure of the church. It could be hatchet jobs on famous Christians showing how they were secret Nazis, anti-Semites, white supremacists, homo or trans phobes, secret homosexuals, masturbators, misogynists, cat haters, alcoholics, teetotalers, people who once cut down a tree or hated their mother or loved their mother too much, frigid, sex obsessed, emotionally frozen and sexual abusers…

“You get the idea. Christians–and especially white Christian men–are blamed for being, well, human.

Now I get it. There are a large number of people who have been wounded by their experience of the church. They’ve been ostracized by narrow minded, hypocritical Christians. They’ve been scandalized by the ignorance, incompetence, hypocrisy and stupidity of clergy. They’ve been angry at what seems deliberate obscurantism, legalism and judgmental attitudes.

They’ve been angry at the corruption, sexual abuse, cover up and injustice shown by church leaders. They’ve been hurt by the greedy, fraudulent, scamming preachers. They’ve been disappointed by the hardness of heart, lack of compassion for the poor and the self serving church people and leaders.

‘So they not only leave the church, they go on a long, weary tirade and campaign against the church and Christians in general. I get that too. If one is wounded deeply, then it hurts and when one hurts, one howls in pain. I get all that…”

For the response and the rest of this short article, click here.

Al Kresta has gone to his Lord!

My wife and I spent time with Al Kresta and his family yesterday. This morning we were informed that Al has left this world to be with his Lord whom he loved with all his heart.

Below is one oh his last pictures. I can’t get this verse out of my mind…

Acts 3:8 “And leaping up, he stood and began to walk, and entered the temple with them, walking and leaping and praising God.”

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My wife and I spent time with Al Kresta and his family yesterday. This morning we were informed that Al has left this world to be with his Lord whom he loved with all his heart. Below is one oh his last pictures. I can’t get this verse out of my mind…

Acts 3:8 “And leaping up,

Every single time I’ve seen someone apostatize from Christianity, or go from a more to a less orthodox version of it, there is (virtually) always sexual sin involved—either theirs, or those of someone they love.

These are the guys that made me Catholic - the Apostolic Fathers! A video interview between me and William Albrecht.

The Apostolic Fathers were the very first, men who knew the apostles or those who did. When I studied their writings I had no choice but to convert to the

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