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Is There an Age Limit to Become a Priest?

A listener named Jim calls in and asks, “Why is there an age limit to become a priest?” Jim explains that he applied to seminary, but was told that men have to be ordained before they turn 50 years old. Father Dave explains that age restrictions vary depending upon the diocese, but typically occur because priests would likely retire shortly after being ordained at an older age. Sometimes, however, bishops will make an exception. Original Air 07-11-17

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What Is Our Responsibility When It Comes to Money?

A caller named Chris asks, “What is the responsibility of people with money?” He refers to the passage in Scripture where Jesus says that it is difficult for a rich man to get to Heaven. Father Dave explains that there is nothing wrong with having money, but it should not become the focal point of our lives. We should always put God first and not turn money or anything else into an idol. Original Air 1-16-18

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Why Do Catholics Believe Mary Was Assumed If It Is Not in the Bible?

A listener named Sarah calls in and asks, “Why do we believe that Mary was assumed into heaven if there is no biblical evidence of it?” Father Dave explains that Catholics believe that there are three sources of revelation: scripture, sacred tradition, and the Magisterium of the Church. Original Air 8-10-17

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How Do I Know If I’m Praying Reverently?

A listener named Jesús calls in and asks, “How do I know if I’m praying reverently?” Father Dave explains that reverence comes in many different forms. He says that he would define reverence with the question, “Is your heart in it?” Reverence is not the absence of joy, and we should focus on what is going on in our hearts and if our prayer is sincere. Original Air 11-29-17

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Who Can Receive Anointing of the Sick?

Does a person have to be Catholic to receive the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick? A caller named Josh explains that his mother is in the hospital, but isn’t Catholic. Father Dave points out that any baptized Christian can receive Anointing of the Sick, and the Sacrament is traditionally used for members of the faithful who begin to be endangered due to sickness or old age. Original Air 7-20-17

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We Need Holy Families

Feast of the Holy Family. Father Dave explains that the feast of the Holy Family is about God becoming one of us in the context of our closest relationships. The Holy Family was a real family who had similar struggles and joys as families today. We are called to imitate the Holy Family by placing Jesus at the center of our family life. Preached at St. Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 12-31-17

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Saints of Our Lives: San Gennaro

Team Busted Halo reenacts the life of Saint Januarius, also known as San Gennaro, on Mike’s last day of the show. Original Air 11-30-17

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How Many Different Rites of the Church Exist?

A listener named Maggie wonders how many different rites of the Church exist. Father Dave explains that there are many due to different liturgical and ritual origins. Original Air 11-29-17

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Can We Forgive Someone While Still Wanting Justice?

A listener named Amy asks Father Dave to explain the relationship between forgiveness and justice. Can we forgive someone and still desire justice? Father Dave explains that we are called to both, but the two are not mutually exclusive. Original Air 12-28-17

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Is There a Proper Way to Wash Altar Cloths?

A listener named Donya calls in and explains that her parish asked her to wash the altar cloths. She asks Father Dave if there is a proper way to wash them, and if there are certain prayers that should be said. (Original Air 12-27-17)

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