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Fr. Chris Alar on Finding Hope After a Loved One’s Suicide

Marian priest Fr. Chris Alar, MIC shares the story behind his new book, “After Suicide: There’s Still Hope for Them and You.”

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How to Be a Disciple

Author, professor, and friend of the show, Dr. Edward Sri discusses his new book, “Into His Likeness: Be Transformed as a Disciple of Christ.” He explains how the modern person can live as a disciple by focusing on the four pillars of prayer, fellowship, the Sacraments, and the teachings of Christ. Original Air 4-10-18

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How Do I Pray to Saints Without Worshipping Them?

A listener named Amanda asks, “How do I ask for a saint’s intercession without praying to them?” Amanda shares that she became Catholic a year ago and is still trying to understand how to pray to saints without it feeling like we are worshipping them. Father Dave explains the difference between intercession and worship. (Original Air 12-05-18)

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Why Do We Bless Ourselves During Mass?

A listener named Katrine asks, “Why do we bless ourselves during Mass?” She’s noticed people making the sign of the cross during certain parts of the Mass, and wonders if we’re required to do so at specific times.

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A Catholic Perspective on Palliative Care

Jack Levison, Chair of Old Testament Interpretation at at Perkins School of Theology, and Dr. Robert Fine, a palliative care physician, stop by the studio to discuss the spirituality of end of life care, and what ancient texts can teach us about pain and suffering. Original Air 5-15-18

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Jonathan Merritt Talks About Sacred Language

Jonathan Merritt, senior columnist for Religion News Service and contributing writer to The Atlantic, joins us to discuss his new book, “Learning to Speak God from Scratch: Why Sacred Words Are Vanishing and How We Can Revive Them.” He explains that words shape our culture and our habits, and it is important to go bring back the language of faith. Original Air 8-21-18

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Fatherly Advice: How Can I Forgive Someone Who Won’t Admit They’re Wrong?

A listener emails the show, explaining that he was abused for several years, and his abuser won’t acknowledge the wrongdoing. He asks Father Dave how he can find forgiveness in his heart if this person won’t admit their offense, and wonders if forgiveness is dependent upon another person being willing to repent. Father Dave explains that we are called to forgive even if someone won’t admit that they are wrong, and that forgiveness also helps us heal.
Original Air 8-13-18

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What Should Be Taken Literally in the Bible?

Dr. John Bergsma, scripture scholar and friend of the show, stops by the studio to help Father Dave answer questions of faith. A caller named Alan asks, “How do we know if Noah’s ark or any of the stories in the Bible are actual accounts, or if they are just metaphorical?” Dr. Bergsma explains that Pope Pius XII released an encyclical in the 1950s which explains a framework for interpreting scriptures, and that the Church can help us to better understand the Bible. Original Air 7-24-18

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J.C. Beichner on Healing and Conversion After Abortion

Author, speaker and pro-life advocate J.C. Beichner discusses her book, “Grace in Progress: Prayers for the Beautifully Broken.” J.C. shares her experience with abortion and offers encouragement to those who have suffered through it.

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Why Isn’t the Eucharist Mentioned in the Creed?

A listener named Terry asks, “Why isn’t the Eucharist mentioned in the Creed?” She explains that her Catechism students were wondering why such an important part of our faith isn’t mentioned.

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