A listener named Amanda asks, “How do I ask for a saint’s intercession without praying to them?” Amanda shares that she became Catholic a year ago and is still trying to understand how to pray to saints without it feeling like we are worshipping them. Father Dave explains the difference between intercession and worship. (Original Air 12-05-18)
Father Dave consoles a couple who recently lost their son in an accident and are struggling with coping with their grief during the holidays.
Saints of Our Lives is Team Busted Halo acting out the lives of the saints in soap opera fashion for your educational and entertainment pleasure. In our first episode of Saints of Our Lives, we dramatize the lives ofSt. Vincent De Paul and Louise De Marillac.
Leanna Holmes, Development Officer for Cross Catholic Outreach, discusses Box of Joy – a charitable initiative providing for impoverished children around the world in the name of Christ. Leanna explains how the program works, how to get involved and her own experience with the organization. (Original Air 11-07-18)
If you’re picking up your Advent calendar at the store, you might have noticed that most calendars are dated from December 1-24, even though Advent doesn’t always begin on the 1st. Father Dave looks at the intricacies of the Advent calendar within the Church, and how the dates of Advent change from year to year. If you are looking for an Advent calendar to help you mark the days until Christmas, check out Busted Halo’s digital version here. (Original Air 11-28-16)
A listener named Pam asks about the tradition of praying the Liturgy of the Hours. She explains that she knows that it’s prayed during specific hours of the day, but she’s not sure why. Father Dave points out that the practice of praying the Liturgy of the Hours began in monastic communities as a way to offer the day back to God, and it is a prayer accessible to all Christians. (Original Air 11-07-18)
A listener named Deanne asks, “Why do we pray, ‘world without end’ if the world is going to end?” Father Dave explains that when we use this phrase, we’re not talking about the physical world, rather we are referring to the eternal world, heaven. Original Air 10-30-18
Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time. In today’s Gospel reading, Jesus is tested by some people who try to trick him. They ask him what the greatest commandment is, and Jesus responds with two commandments; love God and love your neighbor as yourself. Father Dave emphasizes striving to follow these two great commandments. Preached at St. Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 10-29-17.
Memorial of Saint Josaphat, Bishop and Martyr. Father Dave discusses the relevance of the day’s readings with the current state of the Church. Saint Paul gives a list of qualities and virtues a bishop must possess. Father Dave reiterates that these qualities are essential today, and that it’s important for us to come together as a Church and trust in Christ. Preached at Saint Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 11-12-18