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)
A teenage listener feels that her Grandmother is trying to pressure her into converting to Episcopalian, and asks Father Dave for advice. She doesn’t know how to tell her Grandmother that she doesn’t want to convert without upsetting her. Father Dave shares his thoughts on how to handle the situation. (Original Air 02-02-17)
Is grace always offered by God? Is it our responsibility to actively accept it? How is grace related to mercy? Father Dave talks all about God’s grace in response to a curious listener’s question. (Original Air 01-20-17)
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.
A caller who was asked to be a Godparent for the first time asks Father Dave about her duties and obligations in this special role. Father Dave explains the role she can play in helping raise her Godchild in the faith. (Original Air 02-08-17)
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.
During Communion, is it acceptable to only receive the Blood of Christ? Father Dave explains if skipping the Host is appropriate, and why a medical condition might require this. (Original Air 01-17-17)
A listener emails Father Dave with questions after a Eucharistic Minister denied giving her the Eucharist in the hospital, after she mentioned that she had not been to confession in a year. Father Dave explains why a Eucharistic Minister should never deny anybody the Host. (Original Air 02-03-17)
Why do Catholics celebrate Mass on weekdays? A caller asks why daily Mass exists, if the Bible says we should celebrate on the Sabbath. Father Dave helps clear up why Catholics are invited to participate in Mass everyday, and are not restricted to only their Sunday obligation. (Original Air 01-17-17)
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.