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Redemption in the Midst of #MeToo

Friend of the show Rabbi Brad Hirschfield stops by to discuss faith in the midst of certain “hot button” issues plaguing our society. The topics include Lent and fasting, Shaun White, and the #MeToo movement. Original Air 2-15-18

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Are We Allowed to Work on Sunday?

A listener named Bill asks, “Are we allowed to work on Sundays?” Father Dave explains that the Catechism states that the faithful are to refrain from work and any activity that hinder the worship owed to God. He points out that legitimate family needs do not make this possible sometimes, and in those cases, work is excusable. Original Air 3-07-17

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Can Anyone Other Than a Priest Preach a Homily?

A caller named Julie asks, “Is anyone other than a priest allowed to preach a homily?” Father Dave explains that only ordained people: deacons, priests, or bishops, can preach a homily at Mass. He points out that homilies aren’t the only type of preaching in the Catholic Church, and there are some situations in which a layperson can preach, like prayer services. However, this wouldn’t be considered a homily. Original Air 2-07-18

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Can a Baby Be Baptized During Lent?

Christina shares that her nephew will soon be baptized, but she heard that baptisms should not be performed during Lent. She asks Father Dave if this is true, and if so, why. Father Dave explains that Lent is a time for Catholics to prepare for the baptismal waters of the Resurrection, therefore, baptisms are not usually performed during Lent, however it is usually up to the parish. He also points out that there are exceptions for emergencies. Original Air 01-04-18.

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Should I Give Something Up? Or Take Something On?

A caller participating in Lent for the first time after converting to Catholicism wonders if he is required to give something up, take something on, or both. Father Dave explains why we make these efforts during Lent, and what our actions represent as we lead up to Easter. (Original Air 02-28-17)

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Do Sundays Count During Lent?

It’s the Lenten question Father Dave receives most often! “Do Sundays count during Lent?” A caller named Michelle shares that growing up, her mom told her Sundays were not included in her Lenten sacrifice. Father Dave explains that Sundays do, in fact, count. When we celebrate Sunday Mass during Lent, the Church still calls them Sundays in Lent. He also explains the Catholic definition of fasting, and that our Lenten sacrifices generally do not count as fasting. Original Air 2-07-18

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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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How Do I Explain to Others Why Confession Is Important?

A caller named Jennifer asks, “How do I explain to my non-Catholic family members that Confession is important?” She explains that her son is preparing for his first Reconciliation, and she wants to describe to her family why we have this Sacrament. Father Dave explains that sin is communal and it affects everyone, so Confession is a way for us to hold ourselves accountable and receive God’s mercy. Original Air 2-06-18

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Why Aren’t There Any Gospels by Peter If the Church Was Entrusted to Him?

A listener named Hope calls into the show and asks, “Why aren’t there any Gospels by Peter if the Church was entrusted to him?” Father Dave explains that in Peter’s time, many people were illiterate or couldn’t write very well, and stories were primarily passed down orally. Only certain people in society were able to write. Father Dave points out that it is not certain that Peter was illiterate, but very likely. Original Air 09-06-17

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How Did the Rosary Begin?

A caller named Mel asks Father Dave, “How Did the Rosary Begin?” Father Dave explains that St. Dominic had an apparition of Mary in the 13th century in which Mary gave him the Rosary. He also explains that before that, lay people wanted to pray like the monks in the monasteries, but many people were illiterate or could not afford the psalter that they prayed with, so they used a set of beads to pray repetitive prayers. Father Dave also points out that the Rosary we say today is greatly due to St. Dominic. Original Air 1-03-18

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