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Why Do Catholic Churches Have Votive Candles?

Sometimes questions of faith arise from simply walking into a church. A listener named Laura asks, “I’d like to learn about those candles that people light. Why do we have those little areas with racks of candles?” She continues that she knows they are for prayer intentions, but would like more information.

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Why Does the Word ‘Saint’ Have Multiple Meanings in the Catholic Faith?

A Protestant listener named Sean asks Father Dave for some clarification about saints in the Catholic Church. “As I read the Epistles, Paul always mentions saints as living, breathing followers of Christ that are right there with him, and [Catholics] tend to talk about saints as first you have to die and then meet a couple other requirements…I’m hoping you can help me reconcile [that],” he asks.

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Dr. Timothy O’Malley Examines What It Means To Be a Eucharistic People

As the American Church embarks on a three-year Eucharistic Revival, Dr. Timothy O’Malley joins the Busted Halo Show to discuss his new book “Becoming Eucharistic People: The Hope and Promise of Parish Life.” O’Malley is a member of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ executive planning team for the Revival, as well as director of education at the McGrath Institute for Church Life and academic director of the Notre Dame Center for Liturgy.

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Father Dave Explains Pope Francis’ “Pilgrimage of Penance” to Canada

Pope Francis is visiting Canada this week, and Father Dave explains the significance of this particular trip on the Busted Halo Show as well as CNN and NewsNation

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Why Do Some Epistles Start With “Brothers and Sisters” When Read at Mass?

A listener named Tim asks about a common phrase you may hear at Mass: Brothers and Sisters. After 40 years as a lector, he wonders why some readings from the epistles (or Paul’s letters) begin with this phrase. He also has noticed it more after 2010’s changes to the translation of the Roman Missal.

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Christian Pastor Rich Villodas on Healing Divisions in a Broken World

As we encounter division in our culture and communities, Father Dave welcomes award-winning author and Christian Pastor Rich Villodas for a timely conversation about his new book “Good and Beautiful and Kind: Becoming Whole in a Fractured World. 

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Are Sacramentals Superstitious?

A listener named Sean calls into the show with a question for Father Dave about sacramentals. Sean isn’t Catholic and asks Father Dave how and why sacramentals, things such as Rosaries and medals, are not superstitious. Father Dave explains that sacramentals are meant to be tangible reminders of the Divine in our lives. Original Air 10-22-18

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FIERCE Athlete Founder Samantha Kelley on Building a Bridge Between Sports and the Catholic Faith

This year is the 50th anniversary of the enactment of Title IX, the civil rights law that gave countless women and girls equal access to sports and education. Samantha Kelley joins the Busted Halo Show to discuss this milestone and her organization FIERCE Athlete.

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Marriage, Annulment, and Everything in Between

With wedding season upon us, listen to Father Dave tackle your questions about marriage. What’s the difference between a natural and sacramental marriage? Can you receive the Eucharist after going through a divorce? Father Dave takes a look at the process of annulment through several different situations, discussing issues such as seeking counsel and what Pope Francis is doing to streamline the process of annulment. Do some individuals find divorce to be ultimately beneficial? If so, what does the Church have to say about this? All this and more as we talk holy matrimony. (Original Air 11-11-15)

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Everything You Need To Know About the Eucharistic Revival

Since the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, you may have heard your church mention something about a national Eucharistic Revival. But what exactly is it and what does it entail? 

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