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God Has Foreseen Something Better

Monday of the Fourth Week in Ordinary Time. Father Dave discusses today’s reading from the Letter to the Hebrews, which claims that God has foreseen better for us than offering sacrifices. Even when we are struggling, we should remember that God always has something better for us. Preached at Saint Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 2-4-19

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Awe and Desperation

Monday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time. Have you ever been in awe of the power and presence of God in your life? Or have you been so desperate just to have God in your life that you wish that you can just reach out and touch Him? These feelings of awe and desperation towards God empower us and ultimately connect us to Him. Preached at St. Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 02-08-16.

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Longing for Warmth and God

Memorial of Saint John Bosco, Priest. Father Dave discusses today’s Psalm in which we proclaim, “Lord, this is the people that longs to see your face.” He relates this to our longing for warmth in the middle of winter. Preached at Saint Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 1-31-19

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Sin Against the Holy Spirit

Memorial of Saint Thomas Aquinas, Priest and Doctor of the Church. Father Dave discusses today’s reading in which Jesus refers to blaspheming the Holy Spirit as the unforgivable sin. With references to Pope John Paul II’s encyclical, “The Lord and Giver of Life,” Father Dave explains that Jesus’ statement is mainly about our free will. Blaspheming the Holy Spirit is a total rejection of both God and the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives in a formal and permanent way. It is unforgivable because we reject the offer of God’s mercy. Preached at Saint Paul the Apostle Church, New York City, on 1-28-19

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Sailboat Tacking and the Conversion of Saint Paul

Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul, Apostle. Father Dave discusses the conversion of Saint Paul and how we are all called to continued conversion. Father Dave uses the example of sailboats and tacking, or changing directions. We should use Saint Paul’s example to change directions in our own lives. Preached at Saint Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 1-25-19

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More With Honey Than Vinegar

Memorial of Saint Francis de Sales, Bishop and Doctor of the Church. Father Dave reflects on today’s Pslam response in which we proclaim, “Here I am Lord, I come to do your will,” and relates this to Saint Francis de Sales, who devoted his life to following the will of God. Father Dave points out that it is always God’s will for us to be charitable and gracious towards others. He attributes the popular phrase, “You catch more flies with a teaspoon of honey than a gallon of vinegar” to Saint Francis de Sales. Preached at Saint Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 1-24-19

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Undercover Boss 2019

Wednesday of the First Week in Ordinary Time. Father Dave discusses the TV show “Undercover Boss,” where the person in charge of a company goes undercover as an employee to better understand them. He compares this to today’s reading from Hebrews in which Saint Paul states that it was necessary for Jesus to become like us in order to extend his mercy. Preached at the Cathedral of Saint James, Seattle Washington on 1-16-19

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Blue Monday

Monday of the First Week in Ordinary Time. Father Dave talks about Blue Monday, the day that studies show people actually start practicing their New Year’s resolutions. He relates this to the first week of ordinary time, and today’s readings in which Jesus proclaims the Kingdom of God is at hand and it is time to repent. Father Dave also points out that the word “repent” means “to change.” Now is a time for change. Preached at Saint Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 1-14-19

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Jesus Didn’t Have to, But We Do

The Baptism of the Lord. Why did Jesus have to be baptized? Father Dave answers a common question, explaining that Jesus did not have to be baptized, but he chose to do it for us as an example for us so that we may imitate him. Preached at Saint Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 1-13-19

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Believe and Love

Monday after Epiphany. Father Dave discusses John’s letter from today’s readings, which describes the Christian life as keeping God’s commandment to believe in Christ and to love one another. Father Dave points out that sometimes both faith and loving others can be difficult, but God can provide us with the grace to live out our call. Preached at Saint Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 1-07-19

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