A caller named Theresa asks, “Why do we kiss the Cross on Good Friday if it’s not the actual Cross that Jesus died on?” Theresa shares that it seems that we are worshiping the Cross. Father Dave explains that the Cross is the instrument of our salvation, therefore, we venerate it because of the importance of what it represents. He also points out the difference between veneration and worship. Original Air 3-28-18
DeVon Franklin, a producer of the new film “Breakthrough,” talks with Father Dave about the movie, faith, and the power of prayer and surrender.
Fourth Sunday of Lent. Father Dave reflects on the Parable of the Prodigal Son and what it teaches us about God’s mercy. He explains that this story is especially encouraging during Lent because of its themes of repentance. Preached at Saint Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 3-31-19
Wednesday of the Fifth Week of Lent. Father Dave discusses today’s reading from Jeremiah in which God asks us not to turn our faces from him. Father Dave encourages us to look to God even when we feel ashamed. Preached at Saint Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 3-28-19
“Saints of Our Lives” features Team Busted Halo acting out the lives of the saints in soap opera fashion for your educational and entertainment pleasure. In this episode, we dramatize the lives of Saints Jacinta and Francisco Marto!
Are relics scientific? Are science and faith at odds? How can a faithful Catholic reconcile the Big Bang Theory with the book of Genesis? Father Robert Spitzer, Jesuit priest and president of the Magis Center, discusses these burning questions with Father Dave and Brett from the Tower of Hope on the Christ Cathedral Campus in Orange, California.
From the 2019 Los Angeles Religious Education Conference, Father Dave talks with Bishop Robert Barron about his upcoming projects, reaching out to young people, and the clerical response to the sexual abuse crisis.
A recent convert calls Father Dave for advice after trying to explain Catholics’ deep devotion to Mary to her friends of other faiths. Father Dave explains why we ask for Mary’s intercession, and why Catholics hold Mary in such high regard. (Original Air 04-03-17)
Are we excused from our Lenten obligation of abstaining from meat if we’re mourning the loss of someone? A listener named Sue explains that she works with a ministry that brings meals to those who are mourning, and was asked to bring a family meals which contained meat on a Friday during Lent. She wonders if this is sinful. Father Dave explains that the family may have forgotten about abstaining from meat on Fridays because their mind is focused on the loss of a loved one, but that we should cater to them and use our own judgment. Original Air 3-07-18