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Stop Disputing About Words

Thursday of the Ninth Week in Ordinary Time. Father Dave discusses the advice in St. Paul’s letters from prison. In today’s reading, St. Paul tells everyone to avoid meaningless disputes. Father Dave relates this to our tendency to argue over things that don’t really matter. The only thing we have to fear is denying Christ. Preached at Saint Paul the Apostle Church, New York City, on 6-07-18

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Why Do Catholics Believe Mary Was a Perpetual Virgin?

A caller named Eric asks why Catholics believe in Mary’s perpetual virginity if the Bible states that Jesus had brother and sisters, and that Mary and Joseph did not consummate their marriage until after the wedding? Father Dave points out that the Catholic Church does not rely on Scripture alone, we also follow Sacred Tradition and the Magisterium of the Church. Father Dave also explains the Greek translations, and notes that “brother” was used to mean both blood brothers and cousins. Original Air 6-04-18

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Rabbi Brad: Roseanne, Shavuot, and the Holy Spirit

Friend of the show Rabbi Brad Hirschfield stops by to talk about the recent controversy surrounding Roseanne Barr, the Jewish holiday of Shavuot, and the Jewish view of the Holy Spirit. He also discusses the recent move of the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, and the potential consequences. Original Air 5-31-18

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What’s up Is Down

Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Father Dave highlights that sometimes God uses people we might regard as insignificant in society to do big things. In this case, God uses Mary and Elizabeth to help carry out some very important tasks. Preached at St. Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 05-31-17.

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Fr. Stephen Gadberry: American Ninja Warrior

Father Stephen Gadberry, a priest in the diocese of Little Rock, Arkansas, joins us to chat about this appearance on the NBC show “American Ninja Warrior.” He reveals how he got the chance to compete, and shares his hopes for evangelization through the experience. Original Air 5-29-18

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Why Does the Bible Distinguish Between Jesus and the Jews If Jesus Was Jewish?

Jamie emails the show and asks about the Bible’s distinction between Jesus and the Jews. Father Dave explains that we see this particularly in the Gospel of John. John almost always places the phrase “the Jews” in quotes. Father Dave explains that this is not in reference to all Jewish people, but rather the Jewish people in power that were after Jesus, such as the Pharisees. Original Air 4-04-17

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They Worshiped but They Doubted

The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity. Father Dave thinks back to a report he wrote in the third grade about aerodynamics. Even though he researched how planes work, he admits that it still remained somewhat of a mystery to him. Father Dave relates this to the mystery of the Holy Trinity. He discusses today’s reading in which Matthew claims that disciples worshipped but doubted. We worship, even though sometimes we don’t understand. This is where faith and trust comes in. Preached at Saint Paul the Apostle Church, New York City, on 5-27-18

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How Can I Follow Along With Mass in a Different Language?

A listener named Jim asks, “How do I follow along at Mass in a different language?” Jim is currently living in St. Croix and helping with hurricane relief, and Mass is celebrated in Spanish. He has a hard time following along, and it bothers him that he doesn’t leave church with a message. Father Dave suggests going over the readings before Mass so that he can be more familiar with what is being discussed, and listening to homilies from English-speaking priests online. He also points out that while the language barrier can be tough, the real reason we are there is for the Eucharist. Original Air 4-25-18

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My Priest Walked Out During Confession — Does It Count?

A listener named Michael calls into the show and shares that when he recently went to Confession, the priest gave him absolution before he even confessed his sins and then left. Michael asks Father Dave if his Confession was valid. Father Dave explains that even though he didn’t get the opportunity to confess his sins, the absolution still counts because the proper matter and form (what make up a Sacrament) were present. Original Air 3-14-18

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When Is the Exact Moment a Man Becomes a Priest?

A listener named Carl asks, “During an ordination, when is the exact moment that a deacon becomes a priest?” Father Dave explains that this occurs during the time when the bishop lays his hands on the heads of those being ordained, and when the ordination prayer is prayed. Original Air 5-17-18

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