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Adore With Your Time

Thursday after Ash Wednesday. Father Dave discusses Lenten promises and how we have the freedom to choose whether or not to keep them. He discusses today’s reading in which God gives Moses the choice to adore other gods. He poses the question, “How often do we choose to adore God?” Preached at Saint Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 2-15-18

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Redemption in the Midst of #MeToo

Friend of the show Rabbi Brad Hirschfield stops by to discuss faith in the midst of certain “hot button” issues plaguing our society. The topics include Lent and fasting, Shaun White, and the #MeToo movement. Original Air 2-15-18

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Optimistic Olympians

Monday of the Sixth Week in Ordinary Time. Father Dave discusses the confidence and optimism of Olympians competing in the winter games. He relates this to our relationship with Christ. We should have confidence in God. He also discusses today’s reading from James in which we are called to persevere. Father Dave points out that persistence is important, especially during this Lenten season. Preached at Saint Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 2-12-18

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Are We Allowed to Work on Sunday?

A listener named Bill asks, “Are we allowed to work on Sundays?” Father Dave explains that the Catechism states that the faithful are to refrain from work and any activity that hinder the worship owed to God. He points out that legitimate family needs do not make this possible sometimes, and in those cases, work is excusable. Original Air 3-07-17

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Jesus is the One Who Comes Near Us

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time. Father Dave discusses the readings about lepers. Society shamed and avoided them, but Jesus sets an example by approaching a leper and healing him in today’s Gospel. Father Dave explains that leprosy in Scripture is also a metaphor for our own sinfulness. We should seek healing, and be compassionate like Jesus. Preached at Saint Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 2-11-18

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Can Anyone Other Than a Priest Preach a Homily?

A caller named Julie asks, “Is anyone other than a priest allowed to preach a homily?” Father Dave explains that only ordained people: deacons, priests, or bishops, can preach a homily at Mass. He points out that homilies aren’t the only type of preaching in the Catholic Church, and there are some situations in which a layperson can preach, like prayer services. However, this wouldn’t be considered a homily. Original Air 2-07-18

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Can a Baby Be Baptized During Lent?

Christina shares that her nephew will soon be baptized, but she heard that baptisms should not be performed during Lent. She asks Father Dave if this is true, and if so, why. Father Dave explains that Lent is a time for Catholics to prepare for the baptismal waters of the Resurrection, therefore, baptisms are not usually performed during Lent, however it is usually up to the parish. He also points out that there are exceptions for emergencies. Original Air 01-04-18.

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Should I Give Something Up? Or Take Something On?

A caller participating in Lent for the first time after converting to Catholicism wonders if he is required to give something up, take something on, or both. Father Dave explains why we make these efforts during Lent, and what our actions represent as we lead up to Easter. (Original Air 02-28-17)

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Do Sundays Count During Lent?

It’s the Lenten question Father Dave receives most often! “Do Sundays count during Lent?” A caller named Michelle shares that growing up, her mom told her Sundays were not included in her Lenten sacrifice. Father Dave explains that Sundays do, in fact, count. When we celebrate Sunday Mass during Lent, the Church still calls them Sundays in Lent. He also explains the Catholic definition of fasting, and that our Lenten sacrifices generally do not count as fasting. Original Air 2-07-18

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Avoiding the Potholes

Thursday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time. Father Dave talks about Solomon’s idol worship, and also discusses today’s psalm, which refers to idols as snares or traps. Father Dave relates idols to a pothole tripping us up. He asks, what are the potholes or traps in our lives? How can we avoid them? Preached at Saint Paul the Apostle Church, New York City 2-08-18

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