Jonathan Merritt, senior columnist for Religion News Service and contributing writer to The Atlantic, joins us to discuss his new book, “Learning to Speak God from Scratch: Why Sacred Words Are Vanishing and How We Can Revive Them.” He explains that words shape our culture and our habits, and it is important to go bring back the language of faith. Original Air 8-21-18
A listener emails the show, explaining that he was abused for several years, and his abuser won’t acknowledge the wrongdoing. He asks Father Dave how he can find forgiveness in his heart if this person won’t admit their offense, and wonders if forgiveness is dependent upon another person being willing to repent. Father Dave explains that we are called to forgive even if someone won’t admit that they are wrong, and that forgiveness also helps us heal.
Original Air 8-13-18
Dr. John Bergsma, scripture scholar and friend of the show, stops by the studio to help Father Dave answer questions of faith. A caller named Alan asks, “How do we know if Noah’s ark or any of the stories in the Bible are actual accounts, or if they are just metaphorical?” Dr. Bergsma explains that Pope Pius XII released an encyclical in the 1950s which explains a framework for interpreting scriptures, and that the Church can help us to better understand the Bible. Original Air 7-24-18
Memorial of Saint Jerome, Priest and Doctor of the Church. Father Dave discusses studying Scripture and today’s reading, which describes God as being jealous. Father Dave points out that God is not jealous in the human sense, rather he desires our exclusive love. Preached at Saint Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 9-30-19
Author, speaker and pro-life advocate J.C. Beichner discusses her book, “Grace in Progress: Prayers for the Beautifully Broken.” J.C. shares her experience with abortion and offers encouragement to those who have suffered through it.
Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time. Father Dave lifts up today’s Gospel reading, which features the parable of Lazarus and the rich man. He points out our duty to care for the poor and the importance of putting others first. Preached at Saint Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 9-29-19
A listener named Terry asks, “Why isn’t the Eucharist mentioned in the Creed?” She explains that her Catechism students were wondering why such an important part of our faith isn’t mentioned.
Kathryn Whitaker stops by the studio to discuss her new book, “Live Big, Love Bigger: Getting Real with Barbecue, Sweet Tea, and A Whole Lotta Jesus.”
Bonnie Engstrom, popular Catholic speaker and blogger,discusses her new book, “61 Minutes to a Miracle: Fulton Sheen and the True Story of The Impossible,” which chronicles how the intercession of Archbishop Fulton Sheen saved her newborn son’s life.
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.