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When Is the Exact Moment a Man Becomes a Priest?

A listener named Carl asks, “During an ordination, when is the exact moment that a deacon becomes a priest?” Father Dave explains that this occurs during the time when the bishop lays his hands on the heads of those being ordained, and when the ordination prayer is prayed. Original Air 5-17-18

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Is There a Wrong Way to Consume the Host?

Are we allowed to touch the Host when we receive it? And is it okay to chew it? A caller explains that when she was growing up in the Dominican Republic, she was taught that she could not touch or chew the Host during Communion. She is surprised to see people in the U.S. doing so, wonders if this is appropriate. (Original Air 04-19-17)

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How the Nomi Network Fights Human Trafficking

Diana Mao, President and Co-Founder of Nomi Network discusses the work her organization does to fight human trafficking. Diana talks about how Nomi Network started, shares stories of the women impacted by the organization, and explains how others can get involved. Original Air 5-14-18

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What Does the Church Teach About the Death Penalty?

A caller named Carlos asks, “What does the Church teach about the death penalty?” Carlos believes that in order to be fully pro-life, we must not support the death penalty. Father Dave explains that the Catechism is clear that the death penalty in our modern world should be nonexistent. We should be merciful and respect the dignity of every human person. Original Air 5-8-18

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Are We Supposed to Take Communion From Eucharistic Ministers?

A caller named Alesia asks, “Is it true that we should only receive Communion from a priest or a deacon?” Father Dave points out that the practice of Eucharistic Ministers was approved by Vatican II. He explains that it would be wrong to say that someone cannot receive the Eucharist from a Eucharistic minister. Original Air 5-8-18

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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 Did Noah Fit All of the Animals on the Ark?

A caller named Deanna follows up on young boy’s question about how Noah was able to fit all of the animals on the ark. Father Dave explained that it was not Noah, but God who fit the animals on the ark. Deanna shares that in RCIA she was taught that the story of Noah was not literal, but an allegory. Father Dave explains that the writers use hyperbole and we don’t have to take the story literally, but that Church also does not state that we are not supposed to take it literally. Original Air 4-18-18

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Can I Receive Communion at a Different Church?

A caller named MJ shares that she recently attended a service at her fiancé’s Methodist church. She did not participate in the church’s communion, and wonders if this was the right thing to do. Father Dave explains that the Catholic Church prefers that we do not receive communion in other denominations that are not in communion with us. It is a sin to do so, because this action sends a message that we believe the same thing. Father Dave explains that there is nothing wrong with attending this service, and it is a good way to be in community with those of other faith backgrounds. Original Air 5-08-18

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Why Aren’t We Required to Receive Both Body and Blood?

A caller explains that her Lutheran husband doesn’t understand why Catholics believe Jesus is fully present in both the bread and the wine, yet we do not have to receive both species. She asks Father Dave how the Host is not solely Christ’s flesh and the wine not solely His blood. Father Dave explains the principal of concomitance, which explains that transubstantiation changes the inner substance into the body, blood, soul and divinity of Christ. Original Air 4-19-18

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Questions About the Feast of the Ascension

Was yesterday a Holy Day of Obligation for you? Did you go to mass? Why do some areas celebrate the Feast of the Ascension on Thursday and others celebrate it on Sunday?  Father Dave explains the reasoning behind this difference to a caller, which prompts Brett to ask more follow-up questions and to comment on Jesus’ effectiveness. (Original Air 05-05-16)

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