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“Silence” and What Constitutes Apostasy

A caller asks, “What constitutes apostasy?” after watching “Silence,” a Martin Scorsese film about two Christian missionaries searching for their missing mentor in Japan at a time when Christianity was outlawed. (Original Air 01-10-17)

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Fatherly Advice: Atheist Adult Children

A caller is troubled that her adult children consider themselves Atheists, despite her many attempts to invite them back to the faith. Father Dave offers some encouraging words on gently approaching this difficult situation. (Original Air 01-10-17)

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“Home Blessings”

What’s proper protocol when asking a priest to come and bless your home? A caller asks Father Dave about how house blessings work, and if she should make a donation once the blessing is complete. (Original Air 01-10-17)

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The Spiritual Significance of Genuflecting

Is it a sin not to genuflect before entering a pew? What is the spiritual significance of kneeling? What is the difference between kneeling and genuflecting? Father Dave explains on #TwitterTuesday why we kneel at mass and importance behind the action. (Original Air 12-21-16)

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How Not to Be Afraid to Express Your Faith

Have you ever been a little embarrassed — or even afraid — to share your faith in public? Are you afraid of being judged? While he was doing a parish mission, Father Dave received a question of faith asking him for advice on how to be less afraid to express your faith in public or at work. In this podcast, Father Dave encourages us to be courageous when expressing our faith to others and explains how to feel more comfortable doing so. (Original Air 01-05-17)

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Tithing at Another Parish

What’s the protocol on giving money to a parish that you don’t normally attend? A caller who has recently been traveling and attending different churches asks Father Dave if she should give money on the road or support her hometown parish. Father Dave explains the importance of tithing. (Original Air 12-21-16)

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Wearing Religious Items

Is it a sin to wear religious items like rosary beads or clothing items featuring the images of saints? A woman calls Father Dave wondering if she can give her boyfriend a pair of socks with the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe on them. She’s not sure if the gift is appropriate because she was taught that wearing religious items such as rosary beads was a sin, but she points out that her boyfriend does have a deep devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe. Father Dave gives her some insight on when it is acceptable to wear such clothing. (Original Air 12-20-16)

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Fatherly Advice: Getting Married in the Church

A woman asks Father Dave how she can convince her fiancé to get married in the Catholic Church. Her fiance was married twice previously, and does not want to go through the annulment process. Father Dave shares some words of encouragement and offers advice on having an honest conversation about marriage. (Original Air 11-16-16)

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Decorating on Christmas

Is it appropriate to decorate for Christmas during advent? A woman calls Father Dave saying that her family starts decorating their house on Christmas day and never before that. But she is wondering why almost everyone puts up Christmas decorations during the Advent season. Father Dave explains to her the history of putting up Christmas decorations and how it changed after Vatican II. (Original Air 12-21-16)

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Eucharistic Miracles

What is a Eucharistic miracle? How does the Catholic Church confirm whether or not a miracle has actually occurred? Father Dave explains how The Vatican received word of a potential Eucharistic miracle, and The Catholic Church’s process of authenticating it. (Original Air 12-13-16)

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