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He Is Right There

Monday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time. Father Dave reminds us of the comforting feeling that we have when we are surrounded by other people supporting us. Father Dave says that even when we feel alone, we aren’t, because God is always with us in everything we do. Preached at St. Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 10-29-17.

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The Two Inseparable Loves

Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time. In today’s Gospel reading, Jesus is tested by some people who try to trick him. They ask him what the greatest commandment is, and Jesus responds with two commandments; love God and love your neighbor as yourself. Father Dave emphasizes striving to follow these two great commandments. Preached at St. Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 10-29-17.

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Obey Your Thirst

Wednesday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time. Father Dave remembers an old marketing campaign from Sprite that said “obey your thirst.” Father Dave says that we don’t always have to obey our thirst when it comes to our physical and worldly desires; instead, we should obey our thirst when it comes to God and our spiritual lives. Preached at St. Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 10-25-17.

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Just Get A New Hard Drive

Monday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time. Do you store up a lot of “stuff?” Father Dave considers how we’re quick to fill up our phones and hard drives with things that take up space. Rather than deleting those old pictures off of our devices, we might just decide to get a new hard drive. Father Dave encourages us to get a new hard drive for God and start filling it up with acts of kindness, selflessness, and other good acts that will bring us closer to Him. Preached at St. Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 10-23-17.

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A Split Screen Society

Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time. Father Dave says that we often live in a split screen society, allowing ourselves to only hear and view one side of the story. Today’s readings emphasize that we have to follow Jesus’ example by taking in God’s full message. Preached at St. Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 10-22-17.

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Great Lengths to Avoid God

Monday of the Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time. Father Dave says that we go to great lengths to try and avoid God and his will for us. Father Dave’s message: Accept God fully. Preached at St. Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 10-09-17.

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Mass Is Countercultural

Thursday of the Twenty-sixth Week in Ordinary Time. Father Dave says that in today’s culture, people are always looking for the next new and exciting thing. He makes the point that going to Mass — an ancient tradition — is countercultural. Father Dave encourages us to continue going to Mass because these ancient rituals will sustain us more than a new gadget or exciting experience. Preached at St. Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 10-05-17.

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The Children of Jerusalem Give Us Hope

Memorial of the Guardian Angels. In the wake of the Las Vegas shooting, Father Dave remembers a group of children playing in the streets of Jerusalem and seeing how much hope they had. Father Dave encourages us to remember times of hope in our lives when we need them during times of tragedy. Preached at St. Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 10-02-17.

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Billable Hours

Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time. Father Dave says that Christianity doesn’t work like billable hours where we get paid or rewarded for everything we do. The actions we perform in faith are expected and required of us. Preached at St. Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 10-01-17.

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Hugging the Pole of Unforgiveness

Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time. Father Dave remembers a time as a preschooler when he was to afraid to let go of a pole he was hugging and play with the other kids. He likens his experience to the way might we approach forgiveness. Despite the struggle, we eventually must let go of our hard feelings and forgive. Preached at St. Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 09-17-17.

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