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How Can I Be Brave About Confessing My Sins Out Loud?

An anonymous listener asks how to stay brave when confessing sins from six feet apart. They explain that they usually whisper in Confession because they are too afraid to speak their sins out loud. 

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Gospel Breakdown: Forgiving 77 Times

Father Dave and Team Busted Halo discuss Matthew 18:22 in which Jesus tells us to forgive 77 times.

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Father Dave Explains Pope Francis’ Restrictions on the Latin Mass

Father Dave explains Pope Francis’ recent motu proprio (official edict), Traditionis Custodes, which restricts the celebration of the Latin Mass.  

 

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Linda Znachko on Working to Honor the Lives of Abandoned Children

Linda Znachko, founder of He Knows Your Name Ministries discusses her work honoring the life and dignity of every child, and highlights the importance of initiatives like the Safe Haven Baby Box program to prevent unnecessary infant abandonment or death. 

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What Is the Catechism?

What, exactly, is The Catechism of the Catholic Church? What is the historical significance of this book? Is it ever revised or updated? A woman calls Father Dave wondering about the details of The Catechism. Father Dave explains the historical significance of the Catechism, and why it remains a practical and important part of our Church. (Original Air 02-02-17)

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Which Sacraments Can Only Be Done by a Priest?

In this segment from the Busted Halo Show, a listener asks a question about the Sacraments. “Which sacraments can only be done by a priest?” she asks. “By a deacon?” Father Dave explains “who can do what” when it comes to the seven sacraments.

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How Do We Love Our Neighbors?

Jesus preached about the importance of loving our neighbors no matter what the cost. But sometimes the act of loving our neighbor is a lot harder said than done. We get discouraged and upset when we see and hear things in the news from around the world about people, groups, and organizations not respecting their neighbors. In this podcast, Father Dave responds to a caller who is having trouble with loving her neighbor when it comes to those of the Islamic faith. Father Dave offers some words of advice, along with another caller who summarizes a homily he heard from a Paulist Father about loving your neighbor. (Original Air 09-26-16)

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Why Are Saint Paul’s Letters Read so Often at Mass?

A listener named Pat calls into the show with a question about Saint Paul’s letters.  Pat’s noticed that most of the second readings at Mass are read from Paul’s writings. He wonders why we don’t read letters from other saints or other books of the Bible more often at Mass.

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Don’t Beg Jesus to Go Away

Wednesday of the Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time. Father Dave discusses today’s Gospel in which Jesus drives out demons, and the people of the town asked him to leave. He relates this to our own temptation to push Jesus away when things are tough, and challenges us to invite Jesus into the messiness of our lives. Preached at Saint Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 6-30-21

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Was Judas Denied Communion at the Last Supper?

Father Dave first explains that we believe that the Last Supper was when the Eucharist was instituted as a sacrament. “If we look at the scriptural stories of what happened when Judas left,  and went on his way to betray Jesus, that happened at the end of the meal. So presumably yes, Judas would have consumed just along with all of the other apostles.”

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