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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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Fatherly Advice: Dealing with Grief Around the Holidays

Father Dave receives an email from a couple who recently lost their son in an accident and are struggling with coping with their grief during the holiday season. Father Dave and Brett offer support and advice. (Original Air 11-16-17)

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Why Do We Call Mary ‘the Mother of God’?

With the help of Busted Halo intern Larissa, Father Dave answers a question of faith from a listener asking why we call Mary “the Mother of God.” Didn’t God create Mary? Father Dave explains why we use this title for Mary. (Original Air 10-25-17)

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What-Did-You-Hear-Monday: Advent Edition

Team Busted Halo asks callers what they saw, heard, and experienced at Mass this past weekend, and asks listeners to consider the impact that the first Advent Mass will have on their lives during this special season of waiting. (Original Air 11-28-16)

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How Does an Advent Calendar Work?

If you’re picking up your Advent calendar at the store, you might have noticed that most calendars are dated from December 1-24, even though Advent doesn’t always begin on the 1st. Father Dave looks at the intricacies of the Advent calendar within the Church, and how the dates of Advent change from year to year. If you are looking for an Advent calendar to help you mark the days until Christmas, check out Busted Halo’s digital version here. (Original Air 11-28-16)

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If a Couple Converts to Catholicism, Do They Have to Remarry in the Church?

A “Congregation of One” couple Brian and Joanna join team Busted Halo in studio to ask a question of faith. Joanna says that she has a friend in her parish who recently converted to Catholicism along with her husband, and she wonders if are required to get remarried in the Church since they were married before converting. (Original Air 11-01-17)

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How Should I Pray During Adoration?

A listener wonders how she should pray when she is in front of the Blessed Sacrament, and asks if there are special prayers she should say, or specific rituals she should do. Father Dave and Christina share some helpful tips for a prayerful adoration. (Original Air 10-24-17)

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Why Do We Say I Have ‘Gravely’ Sinned?

A caller wonders why we say the line “I have gravely sinned” during the part of the Mass known as the Confiteor. If a person is not in a state of mortal sin, isn’t that line technically untrue? Father Dave explains why we say the Confiteor right before we receive The Eucharist. (Original Air 10-25-17)

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Love Justice

Monday of the Thirty-second Week in Ordinary Time. The first verse in The Book of Wisdom is “love justice.” Father Dave says that we should apply this saying to everything we do in our lives. Preached at St. Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 11-13-17.

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Fatherly Advice: Talking to a Friend About Coming Back to Church

A listener asks for Fatherly Advice on talking to his son’s friend’s mother about coming back to Church. The friend of the family was a practicing Catholic before she met her new husband, and the listener suspects she has some interest in returning to the Church. (Original Air 10-17-17)

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