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Alfie Evans and Issues of Life

Dr. Charlie Camosy, professor, author, and friend of the show, joins us to discuss important ethical issues such as abortion, artificial intelligence, and the current case surrounding terminally ill toddler Alfie Evans. Father Dave and Dr. Camosy share a Catholic perspective on the Alfie Evans case, and discuss Pope Francis’ role in this situation. Original air 4-19-18

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Do We Have Any Information on Jesus’ Life Before His Public Ministry?

A caller named Katie asks about Jesus’ pre-ministry life. Father Dave explains that nobody knows what Jesus did from the ages of 12-29, which is why these are called the hidden years of Jesus. He points out that if we focus on the Jewish culture of that time, it’s likely that Jesus lived at home with his parents; and it’s also likely that Joseph died before his public ministry, so Jesus, as the only son, would have been taking care of Mary and working to support his mother. Original Air 4-09-18

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How Do I Avoid Impure Thoughts While Praying?

A caller named Drew asks, “How do I avoid impure thoughts while I’m praying?” He explains his mind wanders off during prayer and drifts toward impure thoughts. He doesn’t understand what’s causing this, and asks if he is doing something wrong. Father Dave suggests including this in his prayer, and asking God to help him with this temptation, instead of pretending it’s not happening and pushing it out of his mind. Original Air 3-26-18

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Date Differently: ‘The Dating Project’ Gets Back to the Basics of Romance

Dating… it’s not what it used to be. Father Dave sits down with Megan Harrington, producer of the new documentary “The Dating Project,” and Chris Meehan, who appears in the movie. The film follows five single people as they try to find meaningful romantic relationships in the midst of a hookup culture. Megan and Chris share how this project is necessary to start a conversation about getting back to the basics of dating. Original Air 3-20-18

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Breaking Down Pope Francis’ New Apostolic Exhortation

Father Dave and Team Busted Halo discuss Pope Francis’ new apostolic exhortation, “Gaudete et Exsultate” (Rejoice and be glad). Father Dave discusses the pope’s call to holiness and how to live that out in our everyday lives through practices such as such as discernment, mission, and mercy. Original Air 4-10-18

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Roma Downey on Unexpected Blessings

Actress, Hollywood producer, and friend of the show Roma Downey discusses her new book, “Box of Butterflies: Discovering the Unexpected Blessings All Around Us.” She shares stories that shaped her life, like losing her parents, and how focusing on the blessings in her life gives her hope and a desire to help others. Original Air 3-08-18

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What Does It Mean to Be a ‘Doctor of the Church’?

A fan named Kelly asks, “What does it mean when someone is referred to as a Doctor of the Church?” Father Dave explains that this is an honorary title given to some saints. He points out that they must be a saint who has contributed significantly to Church doctrine or the understanding of the faith. He highlights the examples of Saint Thomas Aquinas, and Saint Teresa of Avila, both Doctors of the Church. Original Air 10-18-17

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Father Rob Galea: ‘Breakthrough’

Catholic priest and singer Father Rob Galea stops by the show to discuss his new book, “Breakthrough: A Journey from Desperation to Hope.” Father Rob shares stories of his troubled childhood during which he was involved with drugs and gangs, and explains how his life turned around when he found a relationship with Christ. Original Air 3-16-18

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Should We Bow Before Communion?

A caller named Brittany asks if we should bow before receiving Communion. Father Dave explains that the general instruction in the Roman Missal recommends that the faithful should display a sign of reverence prior to receiving the Eucharist, but they leave this act of reverence up to individual diocese or the bishops’ conference for specific countries. He points out that the instructions from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops recommends a simple bow of the head. Original Air 2-28-18

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Father Robert Spitzer Talks Faith and Science

Jesuit priest and physicist Father Robert Spitzer shares his thoughts on the recent passing of Stephen Hawking. Father Spitzer also discusses proof for the existence of God, how faith and science can go together, and how to handle suffering through the lens of faith. Original Air 3-15-18

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