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What Is the Hypostatic Union?

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. 

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Is It Okay to Throw Away Sacramentals?

In this podcast, a caller asks if it’s okay to dispose of sacramentals she receives in the mail.

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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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Is There a Correct Way to Pray?

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

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How the Saints Helped Author Colleen Carroll Campbell Overcome Her Struggle With Perfectionism

Father Dave interviews author, journalist, and former presidential speechwriter, Colleen Carroll Campbell, who discusses her newest book about the saints and perfectionism.

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What is the Difference Between Worshiping, Adoring, and Venerating?

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)

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Theologian Brett Salkeld on COVID Vaccines and Religious Exemption

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.

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Is Salvation Possible for Everyone?

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.

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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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