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Fatherly Advice: Helping a Depressed Child

A concerned mother calls Father Dave wondering how she can help her daughter who has been struggling with mental health issues. Father Dave shares fatherly advice on how she can help her daughter through this difficult time, and talks about the patron saint of mental health.(Original Air 02-06-17)

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My Wife Thinks I’m Wrong: Eating Meat on Fridays

A listener calls Father Dave over a disagreement about eating meat. The caller believes we should abstain from eating meat on all Fridays of the year, while her husband believes that abstaining from meat on Fridays only applies during Lent. Father Dave shares his thoughts. (Original Air 02-13-17)

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I’m Not Catholic, Can I Go to Confession?

An Angelican Catholic woman wonders if she can go to Confession, even though she is not Roman Catholic, and has not received the sacrament of Reconciliation. She is familiar with the Sacrament after attending Catholic school for most of her life. Father Dave shares his thoughts. For more information on how to prepare for Reconciliation, watch our video on Confession. (Original Air 02-08-17)

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Helping Those Who Are Grieving

Can the Catholic Church do a better job helping those who are grieving? A woman shares how her church helps people cope with the loss of loved ones. Father Dave reflects on his grieving experience following the death of his father, and considers how Catholics might explore more methods when it comes to mourning the loss of a loved one. (Original Air 02-07-17)

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Is It Okay to Smile While Serving as a Eucharistic Minister?

Father Dave receives an email from a listener who serves as a Eucharistic Minister at her parish. She says that she has a tendency to smile as she is serving, because distributing the Eucharist to others gives her great joy. She wonders if smiling is frowned upon, or might make others feel like she’s not reverent enough. Father Dave explains that we should all channel a joyful spirit when we are distributing or receiving the Host. (Original Air 02-10-17)

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Pope Francis and Helping the Homeless

Pope Francis recently spoke about the importance of giving to the homeless without judgement or worry about how they might spend it. Inspired by the pope’s message, Mike makes a Lenten promise to donate money to every homeless person he encounters on the street, while also looking the person in the eye. (Original Air 03-02-17)

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Fatherly Advice: Keeping Kids Involved in Faith

A new Catholic school teacher asks Father Dave how he can do a better job keeping his students involved in their faith, and encouraging them to explore it on a deeper level. Father Dave provides some helpful ideas on how to keep kids interested in God without scaring them away. (Original Air 02-02-17)

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Teaching Kids Tolerance

A caller wonders how she can talk to her teenagers about the importance of the Sacrament of Marriage and the Church’s stance on Marriage, while also talking to them about accepting and loving people in the LGBT community who feel disenfranchised. (Original Air 02-10-17)

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Should I Give Something Up? Or Take Something On?

A caller participating in Lent for the first time after converting to Catholicism wonders if he is required to give something up, take something on, or both. Father Dave explains why we make these efforts during Lent, and what our actions represent as we lead up to Easter. (Original Air 02-28-17)

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Why Do We Say, “May the Lord Accept the Sacrifice at Your Hands?”

During “Mass Class Wednesday,” a caller asks Father Dave about the meaning behind the phrase, “May the Lord accept the sacrifice at your hands.” When this is spoken during Mass, is the congregation giving the priest permission to continue with the blessing of the Body and Blood? Father Dave explains importance of these words in the context of the Mass.(Original Air 02-08-17)

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