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Sticks and Stones

Thursday of the Tenth Week in Ordinary Time. Father Dave considers the old playground adage, “Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me,” and reflects on how hurtful words can actually be. Father Dave encourages us to think about the impact our words have on others, and use them to build each other up. Preached at St. Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 06-15-17.

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Discern What’s Right and Do it

Monday of the Tenth Week in Ordinary Time. Father Dave reflects on today’s opening prayer, where we ask God to help us discern what is right and how we can go about doing it. Preached at St. Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 06-12-17.

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Let It Go and Come Together

The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity. Father Dave says that Trinity Sunday, many pastors use metaphors to try to explain the Trinity (everything from a shamrock to a fidget spinner!) Father Dave emphasizes that the Trinity is a mystery that we can never fully understand. Instead we should embrace the mystery of it, and form a community that comes together because of it. Preached at St. Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 06-11-17.

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Give It All to God

Thursday of the Ninth Week in Ordinary Time. It’s not always easy to be Catholic, especially when God calls us to be the best possible Catholic we can be, no matter what. Father Dave emphasizes that we must always be willing to give our very best to God. Preached at St. Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 06-08-17.

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Three Types of Paulist Ministry

Pentecost Sunday. Father Dave Dave talks about the many and diverse ways in which donations are used to help the Paulist Fathers and their missions. If you would like to support the Paulist Fathers, you can give here. Preached at St. Paul the Apostle Church in Westwood, California on 06-04-17.

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What’s up Is Down

Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Father Dave highlights that sometimes God uses people we might regard as insignificant in society to do big things. In this case, God uses Mary and Elizabeth to help carry out some very important tasks. Preached at St. Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 05-31-17.

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The Desire to Learn

Thursday of the Third Week of Easter. Father Dave says that we should always have the desire to keep growing and learning in our faith, just like the Egyptian in today’s readings. Preached at St. Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 04-30-17.

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The Breaking of the Bread

Third Sunday of Easter. Father Dave says that Jesus is always with us, and one of the many ways we can encounter him is in the breaking of the bread at Mass. Preached at St. Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 04-30-17.

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Belief Equals Obedience

Thursday of the Second Week of Easter. Today’s Gospel reading from John uses the words “belief” and “obedience” as synonyms for each other. Father Dave reflects on what this means for our lives. Preached at St. Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 04-27-17.

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Speak More Boldly

Monday of the Second Week of Easter. Father Dave relates a beer commercial featuring actor Sylvester Stallone and boxer Canelo Alvarez to today’s readings. In the commercial, Stallone encourages Alvarez to “be bold.” Father Dave says that when it comes to our faith life, we should do the same. Preached at St. Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 04-24-17.

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