Have you ever wondered what role relics play in our faith, and why? A Protestant listener who finds the concept odd asks Father Dave to explain the importance of relics in Catholicism. (Original Air 10-03-17)
A listener named Sue asks Father Dave to explain the “hypostatic union,” a technical term used in Christian theology, that she heard mentioned in a previous episode.
In this podcast, a caller asks if it’s okay to dispose of sacramentals she receives in the mail.
A caller named Susan asks, “Why don’t Catholics smile at Mass?” Susan explains that she is Lutheran, but recently attended a Catholic Mass and noticed that nobody was smiling. Father Dave points out that we don’t need to have smiles on our faces to experience joy. He also explains the theological distinction between the transcendence of God and the immanence of God, and how some people express their joy in different ways. Original air 1-17-18
Bishop John Dolan and Deacon Ed Shoener discuss their Catholic resources “When A Loved One Dies by Suicide: Comfort, Hope and Healing for Grieving Catholics” and “Responding to Suicide: A Pastoral Handbook for Catholic Leaders.”
A listener named Todd shares that he has recently returned to the Church after being away for 20 years. He asks, “What is the correct way to pray?” Todd explains that because there are so many different kinds of prayers, he often gets confused. Father Dave encourages him to try conversational prayer, but to also use prayerful resources of the Church, such as the Liturgy of the Hours. Original Air 6-06-18
Father Dave interviews author, journalist, and former presidential speechwriter, Colleen Carroll Campbell, who discusses her newest book about the saints and perfectionism.
Father Dave receives an email from a listener seeking clarification on the differences between worshiping, adoring, and venerating people or things in The Church. (Original Air 04-18-17)
With so much in the news about rising COVID-19 cases and vaccination efforts, Theologian Brett Salkeld stops by the show to discuss the ethics of vaccines, mandates, and religious exemptions in the midst of the ongoing pandemic.
A listener named Kenny asks if salvation is possible for all people. He shares that his girlfriend is Catholic while he is Protestant. His girlfriend believes that the Catholic Church teaches that all people go to heaven, no matter their religion, as long as they are good people. Kenny asks if this is true.