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Fatherly Advice: I’m Struggling With My Daughter’s Decision to Become a Nun

A caller named Leah asks for Fatherly Advice. She shares that she is having a difficult time accepting her daughter’s religious vocation because she won’t see her as often when she’s a nun. Father Dave encourages her to speak to parents who have had similar experiences, and to be honest with her daughter about how she feels. Original Air 1-16-18

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Fatherly Advice: My Prayer Life Feels Stagnant

A listener named Maria shares that she feels her prayer life is at a standstill. She asks Father Dave for advice on how to grow deeper in her relationship with Christ. Father Dave encourages her to keep praying and to add something new into her routine, like volunteer work. He also points out that just because we get bored or don’t always feel close to God, it doesn’t mean that God isn’t near. Original Air 1-23-18

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When Should We Bow During Mass?

A caller named Mary Lou tells Father Dave that she wants to bow respectfully, but doesn’t know when the correct time to bow is, since she sees people bowing at many different times during Mass. Father Dave explains that we only bow during the Eucharist prayer if we are standing during the elevation of the Eucharist, but most parishes kneel. He said it is appropriate to bow towards the altar, however it depends on the local custom. He also explains the difference between the simple bow and the profound bow. Original Air 11-01-17

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Why Don’t Catholics Smile at Mass?

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

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Why Does My Priest Say Mass With His Back Facing the People?

A listener named Sherri calls into the show wondering why her parish priest says Mass with his back facing the people. Father Dave tells her that today we are used to the ordinary form of the Mass, but there is also an extraordinary rite of the Mass that was celebrated more regularly before the liturgical reforms of the Second Vatican Council were put into effect. Original Air 01-08-18

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Is There an Age Limit to Become a Priest?

A listener named Jim calls in and asks, “Why is there an age limit to become a priest?” Jim explains that he applied to seminary, but was told that men have to be ordained before they turn 50 years old. Father Dave explains that age restrictions vary depending upon the diocese, but typically occur because priests would likely retire shortly after being ordained at an older age. Sometimes, however, bishops will make an exception. Original Air 07-11-17

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What Is Our Responsibility When It Comes to Money?

A caller named Chris asks, “What is the responsibility of people with money?” He refers to the passage in Scripture where Jesus says that it is difficult for a rich man to get to Heaven. Father Dave explains that there is nothing wrong with having money, but it should not become the focal point of our lives. We should always put God first and not turn money or anything else into an idol. Original Air 1-16-18

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Why Do Catholics Believe Mary Was Assumed If It Is Not in the Bible?

A listener named Sarah calls in and asks, “Why do we believe that Mary was assumed into heaven if there is no biblical evidence of it?” Father Dave explains that Catholics believe that there are three sources of revelation: scripture, sacred tradition, and the Magisterium of the Church. Original Air 8-10-17

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How Do I Know If I’m Praying Reverently?

A listener named Jesús calls in and asks, “How do I know if I’m praying reverently?” Father Dave explains that reverence comes in many different forms. He says that he would define reverence with the question, “Is your heart in it?” Reverence is not the absence of joy, and we should focus on what is going on in our hearts and if our prayer is sincere. Original Air 11-29-17

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Who Can Receive Anointing of the Sick?

Does a person have to be Catholic to receive the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick? A caller named Josh explains that his mother is in the hospital, but isn’t Catholic. Father Dave points out that any baptized Christian can receive Anointing of the Sick, and the Sacrament is traditionally used for members of the faithful who begin to be endangered due to sickness or old age. Original Air 7-20-17

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