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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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Lane Changing and Brother’s Keeper

Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time. Father Dave talks about a feature in his rental car that causes the car to beep if you drift into another lane, and simultaneously reflects on the Able’s words to God when he asked, “Am I my brother’s keeper?” Father Dave reminds us that, as a community, we have the responsibility to help someone when they start “drifting” away from their faith. Preached in Niwot, Colorado on 09-10-17.

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Falling in Love with God Again

Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time. Father Dave says that there are times in our faith lives when we lose contact with God. As we approach fall, Father Dave challenges us to use this time to rediscover God in our lives, and fall in love with God again. Preached at St. Paul the Apostle Church, in Los Angeles, California on 09-03-17.

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God Keeps Going Out

Wednesday of the Twentieth Week in Ordinary Time. Father Dave says that we should be like the landowner in today’s Gospel who goes out to the marketplace and asks people to help him with his land. We have a responsibility to keep going out and trying to bring people to the Church. Preached at St. Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 08-23-17.

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Are We ‘Eclipsing’ God?

Monday of the Twentieth Week in Ordinary Time. Father Dave considers the solar eclipse as a metaphor for our faith lives. Do you ever block out God in your life? Do you prevent good things from shining into your life because of a fear of the unknown? Father Dave encourages us to avoid blocking out God in our lives so we can all experience his warmth and love. Preached at St. Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 08-21-17.

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Was Jesus a Racist?

Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time. Father Dave preaches on a difficult Gospel reading this week that doesn’t cast Jesus in the best light. Father Dave unpacks this misconception of a racist Jesus while also reflecting on the current racial and political climate. Father Dave challenges us to examine ourselves and how we treat others. Preached at St. Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 08-20-17.

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Crossing the Threshold of Forgiveness

Thursday of the Nineteenth Week in Ordinary Time. Going through times of change can be stressful, and it’s often more comfortable to slip back into situations that are familiar to us. Father Dave encourages us to persevere through times of transition, especially if we might be asking for forgiveness. Preached at St. Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 08-17-17.

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Give Cheerfully Like St. Lawrence

Feast of St. Lawrence. Father Dave reflects on the life of St. Lawrence, and considers how he lived with great cheerfulness, even up to the moment of his death. We can be more like St. Lawrence, and spread cheerfulness to others as we go about our days. Preached at St. Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 08-10-17.

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Make Your Own Mountaintop Experience

Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord. Father Dave says that we are all searching for an amazing “mountaintop” experience that will strengthen our faith in God, but first we must agree to the challenge of trekking up the mountain so that we can have that powerful moment. Preached at St. Mary’s of the Lake Church in Lake George, New York on 08-06-17.

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