Thursday of the First Week in Lent. Have you ever had that email sitting in your inbox for months that you just never had time to read? Sometimes when we pray, it can feel like God doesn’t answer us or hear our prayers. Father Dave says that the opposite is true – God always hears our prayers. Preached at St. Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 03-09-17.
Monday of the First Week of Lent. Jesus and Moses say that we should always treat everyone around us equally no matter who they are. Father Dave says that Lent is a good time for us to start or renew our commitment to treating people with dignity and respect. Preached at St. Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 03-06-17.
First Sunday of Lent. In today’s readings, we hear about the devil tempting two different people; Adam in the creation story, and Jesus in the desert. Father Dave explains that during Lent, we have a choice – we can either be like Adam and give into the devil’s temptation, or be like Jesus and stand strong in our faith. Preached at St. Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 03-05-17.
Thursday after Ash Wednesday. In today’s reading from Deuteronomy, we hear that we should choose life. Father Dave says that the message of choosing life extends far beyond politics, and is something we should focus on every day, especially during Lent. Preached at St. Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 03-02-17.
Ash Wednesday. Father Dave says that Ash Wednesday is one of the few days of the year, specifically marked on the calendar, when Catholics are able to start our spiritual lives over, and demonstrate our commitment to faith to others. Preached at St. the Apostle Church, New York City on 03-01-17.
Saturday of the Seventh Week in Ordinary Time. In today’s readings, Jesus encourages adults to be more childlike in spirit. What does this mean for our spirituality? Father Dave reflects on how we can be more playful, real, joyful, and imaginative in our faith lives. Preached at L.A. Congress at The Anaheim Convection Center on 02-25-17.
Monday of the Sixth Week in Ordinary Time. Sometimes we don’t pay attention to the signs God is giving us, or we miss them entirely. Father Dave reminds us to keep searching for signs from God. Preached at St. Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 02-13-17.
Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time. Father Dave reads some student essays that a college professor posted in response to the Sermon On The Mount. Many students reflected that the teachings are no longer relevant to today’s world. Father Dave points out the difficulty and timeless value of Jesus’ lessons. Preached at St. Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 02-12-17.
Thursday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time. Father Dave points out that though the Bible can come off as very politically incorrect, it’s not meant to be interpreted this way. We should look at the deeper meaning behind the stories in question. Preached at St. Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 02-09-17.
Memorial of Saint Paul Miki and Companions, Martyrs. Father Dave reflects on the different moments of happiness and despair we endure throughout our lives. He invites us to remember the happy feelings of faith in our lives, because there will be days when we need the hope of those moments. Preached at St. Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 02-06-17.