Father Dave hears from a caller who hasn’t been to Confession since her first Reconciliation more than 40 years ago. The caller explains that she had a bad first experience, and has been scared to return ever since. Father Dave shares his own bad first confession story, and offers some advice and encouragement for returning to the Sacrament. (Original Air 02-08-17)
Have you ever noticed a symbol in church that looks like a P with an X overlay, and wondered what it stood for? Father Dave explains what the Chi-Rho symbol means, and how it originated. (Original Air 02-15-17)
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)
Thursday of the First Week in Lent. Have you ever had that email sitting in your inbox for months that you just never had time to read? Sometimes when we pray, it can feel like God doesn’t answer us or hear our prayers. Father Dave says that the opposite is true – God always hears our prayers. Preached at St. Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 03-09-17.
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)
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)
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)
Monday of the First Week of Lent. Jesus and Moses say that we should always treat everyone around us equally no matter who they are. Father Dave says that Lent is a good time for us to start or renew our commitment to treating people with dignity and respect. Preached at St. Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 03-06-17.
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)
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)