If you’re picking up your Advent calendar at the store, you might have noticed that most calendars are dated from December 1-24, even though Advent doesn’t always begin on the 1st. Father Dave looks at the intricacies of the Advent calendar within the Church, and how the dates of Advent change from year to year. If you are looking for an Advent calendar to help you mark the days until Christmas, check out Busted Halo’s digital version here. (Original Air 11-28-16)
Memorial of St. Cecilia, Virgin and Martyr. On the feast day that celebrates the patron saint of musicians, Father Dave relates these readings to St. Cecilia’s commitment to her faith. He challenges us to keep a song in our hearts, even throughout the darkness in our world. Preached at St. Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 11-22-22
Tuesday of the Thirty-second Week in Ordinary Time. Father Dave reflects on their pilgrimage group’s blessings, as well as humanity’s flawed transactional view of God’s love. We are not entitled to salvation, but can only receive through the free grace of God. Preached at Santuario del Crocifisso, Nemi, Italy on 11-08-22
Monday of the Thirty-second Week in Ordinary Time. While on pilgrimage in Italy, Father Dave reflects on their recent experience seeing the Pope. He challenges the pilgrims and all of us to capture that feeling and not take our gift of faith for granted. Preached in Choir Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City on 11-07-22
St. Cecilia is the patron saint of musicians, and Team Busted Halo celebrated her feast day last week with a live performance from Catholic composer and singer-songwriter Francesca LaRosa.
As we prepare our hearts for Advent, Team Busted Halo welcomes back Sister Miriam James Heidland to the show to discuss her new journal, “Behold: A Guided Advent Journal for Prayer and Meditation.” Sister Miriam belongs to the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity, and is a popular Catholic speaker and podcast host.
Even when we know how God is calling us, there is often anxiety in the early days of any vocation. After Krista shares her fears as a new mother, Brett expresses similar nervousness as he pursues a Masters degree in Social Work. Krista then asks Father Dave if he was also anxious in his early days as a priest, especially celebrating Mass for the first time.
The Catholic Church continues to evolve in the United States, and Sebastian Gomes of America Magazine traveled across the country to assess the state of the Church. His findings are chronicled in a new documentary called, “People of God: How Catholic Parish Life is Changing in the United States.”
Many in our communities and families face the devastating impacts of addiction. Scott Weeman, the founder and executive director of Catholic in Recovery, joins the show to discuss a new resource called “The Catholic In Recovery Workbook: A Guide to the 12 Steps.”
When reading scripture, there are sometimes stories or verses that can bristle our modern ears. Father Dave takes a deep dive into one of those readings, specifically Ephesians 5:21-33.