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Ups and Downs of the Christian Life

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.

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Salty Toy Story

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time. Jesus makes an analogy about the importance of salt, and how the value of salt is reliant upon whether or not we actually use it. Father Dave draws a comparison to a modern day example of toys – if we don’t play with them are they really toys? We have to use the gifts that God gives us, or else they have no value. Preached at St. Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 02-05-17.

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Easier To Live with Disfunction Than to Be Healed

Monday of the Fourth Week in Ordinary Time. A bad habit is tough to break, and it’s often easy for us to become set in our ways. Father Dave reflects on fighting against these negative thoughts and actions, and moving towards a willingness to be healed, even when it’s difficult. Preached at St. Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 01-30-17.

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Make Me More Poor in Spirit

Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time. Jesus tells us to be “poor in spirit,” but what does that actually mean? Father Dave explains this burning desire to be with God. Preached at St. Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 01-29-17.

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Samuel at the Soup Kitchen

Thursday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time. Samuel tells God, “Lord, I have come to do your will.” Father Dave reflects on what Samuel’s spirit of service means for us, especially when we take actions of direct service like volunteering at a local soup kitchen. Father Dave considers what it means to be open and accepting of doing the Lord’s will, even when it isn’t easy. Preached at St. Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 01-19-17.

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Compassion For Hard Hearts

Thursday of the First Week in Ordinary Time. Sometimes, we have hardened hearts towards particular people in our lives. A reflection on striving for a heart full of compassion, like Jesus had, so we can be more open and accepting towards others. Preached at St. Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 01-12-17.

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Our Weakness Sanctified by Your Power

Monday of the Fourth Week in Advent. Sometimes, God takes our greatest weakness and, with His power, turns it into a positive situation. Preached at St. Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 12-19-16.

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Don’t Write Yourself out of the Script

Fourth Sunday of Advent. What role does Saint Joseph play in our faith? Father Dave says that we shouldn’t write Joseph out of the Jesus story because he’s a critical example of following God’s plan. Like Joseph, we should be more willing to accept the role that God has for us, even when it doesn’t always make sense. Preached at St. Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 12-18-16.

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Advent Isn’t Just for Those Who Love Church

Monday of the First Week in Advent. Father Dave reflects on Advent as a good time for a fresh start, especially for those who have been away from the Church. Preached at St. Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 11-28-16.

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Reboot for Advent

First Sunday of Advent. Father Dave relates the beginning of Advent to troubleshooting issues with technology. Often, when a computer, phone, or television stops working, rebooting it helps solve the problem at hand. The same can be said for the season of Advent, which allows for an opportunity to reboot our faith lives and start fresh, just in time for Christmas. Preached at St. Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 11-27-16.

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