A caller asks Father Dave how she should handle a situation where she experienced a sermon that she found to be offensive. While attending a friends child’s dedication at a Baptist Church, she felt caught off guard by the preacher’s use of insulting words. Father Dave shares advice for how she might express her feelings with her family and friends. (Original Air 05-31-17)
Solemnity of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist. The opening prayer for Mass today says that John the Baptist was raised up by God to “make ready a nation fit for Christ the Lord.” Father Dave invites us to consider that in today’s world, it’s us believers who take up that task from John: making ready the people in our lives to receive Jesus the Lord. Preached at Saint Paul the Apostle Parish in New York City on 6-24-19.
Father Dave talks chastity, St. John Paul II, and the Sacrament of Confirmation with Jason Evert, founder of the Chastity Project and a contributor to “Chosen,” a program for those receiving Confirmation.
Monday of the Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time. In today’s reading from 2 Corinthians, Paul addresses believers by calling them “fellow workers.” Does your Christian life feel like a job? Maybe it should. Father Dave explains being Christian isn’t always warm and fuzzy. It might feel like work, and that’s okay. Living a Christian life involves things that are hard to do like forgiving, loving unconditionally, and serving others. Preached at Saint Paul the Apostle Parish in New York City on 6-17-19.
What is gossip? What’s the difference between gossiping and just venting to a friend? In today’s podcast, a caller asking for some fatherly advice sparks a conversation about one of the most common sins.
Father Dave discusses the power of forgiveness with Brian Ivie, Pastor Dimas Salaberrios, and Rose Simmons, all of whom were involved in the making of “Emanuel,” a documentary film about the 2015 shooting at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina.
Thursday of the Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time. Saint Paul tells the Corinthians, “Because of my love for you, I will not be silent!” Father Dave posits that perhaps we choose to be silent too often when it comes to sharing our faith with the ones we love. Preached at Saint Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 6-20-19.
Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity. Father Dave steers away from trying to explain the theological concept of a Trinitarian God and instead focuses on the three persons of God being in perfect unity, perfect harmony, and in perfect love. God challenges us to be like this is our relationships, which flies in the face of our self-centered culture. Preached at Saint Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 6-16-19.
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.
Father Dave interviews author, journalist, and former presidential speechwriter, Colleen Carroll Campbell, who discusses her newest book about the saints and perfectionism.