Memorial of Saint Bernard, Abbot and Doctor of the Church. Father Dave discusses the story of Gideon in the Old Testament. He explains that Gideon was hiding from intruders and is confused when the angel greets him by calling him a champion. Father Dave encourages us not to allow fear to cripple us, but like Gideon, realize that God calls us for a purpose. Preached at Saint Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 8-20-19

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Tuesday of the Nineteenth Week in Ordinary Time. Father Dave points out our tendency to focus on bad news rather than good news. He points out that the disciples were tempted to focus on the bad news of Jesus' death, rather than look with hope to the resurrection. He encourages us to find hope in all circumstances through our faith in God. Preached at Saint Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 8-12-19

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Memorial of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, Priest. Father Dave discusses today's reading in which Moses comes down from the mountain with the Ten Commandments. Father Dave explains that Moses had a life-changing encounter with God on that mountain, but as soon as he returned, he was among those who did not believe. Father Dave points out that we may have moments like Moses, in which we encounter those who do not have faith. He encourages us to be find our comfort in the Eucharist. Preached at Saint Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 7-29-19

Direct download: 07-29-19_HavingAMosesMoment.mp3
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Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time. Father Dave discusses the importance of persistence in prayer and complete reliance on God. Preached at Saint Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 7-28-19

Direct download: 07-28-19_KeepHagglingInPrayer.mp3
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Tuesday of the Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time. Father Dave discusses today's Gospel in which Jesus challenges us to question the things that are important to us, and encourages us to have allegiance to the family of God. Preached at Saint Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 7-23-19

Direct download: 07-23-19_TheTiesThatBind.mp3
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Feast of Saint Mary Magdalene. Father Dave reflects on the misconceptions that often circulate about Mary Magdalene. He also explains the important role she plays in the resurrection and the life of the Apostles. Preached at Saint Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 7-22-19

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Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time. Father Dave discusses today's Gospel reading about Martha and Mary. He provides context to explain why Mary chose the better role in this instance by sitting at the feet of Jesus instead of keeping busy. Preached at Saint Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 7-21-19

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Tuesday of the Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time. Father Dave preaches about today's Gospel reading in which Jesus promises to come to our aid. Father Dave reminds us to always turn to God, especially in difficult times. Preached at Saint Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 7-18-19

Direct download: 07-18-19_IWillGiveURest.mp3
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Memorial of Saint Bonaventure, Bishop and Doctor of the Church. Father Dave reflects on how we value certain brands in our lives. He suggests making today's psalm, "Our help is in the name of the Lord," our brand. Preached at Saint Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 7-15-19

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Friday of the Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time. Father Dave preaches near the tomb of Saint Peter. He explains that certain things, like visiting Saint Peter's tomb, can inspire awe in us and call us to be bolder. Father Dave challenges us to become bolder in our lives of faith so as to inspire awe in others. Preached at Saint Peter's Basilica, Rome, Italy on 7-05-19

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Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time. Father Dave discusses today's reading in which God appoints Elisha to be the successor of Elijah. Father Dave points out that it's important for us to have our own succession plan when it comes to passing on our faith to others. Preached at The Basilica of Sant Andrea Della Valle in Rome, Italy on 6-30-19

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Monday of the Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time. In today’s reading from 2 Corinthians, Paul addresses believers by calling them “fellow workers.” Does your Christian life feel like a job? Maybe it should. Father Dave explains being Christian isn’t always warm and fuzzy. It might feel like work, and that’s okay. Living a Christian life involves things that are hard to do like forgiving, loving unconditionally, and serving others. Preached at Saint Paul the Apostle Parish in New York City on 6-17-19.

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Solemnity of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist.The opening prayer for Mass today says that John the Baptist was raised up by God to “make ready a nation fit for Christ the Lord.” Father Dave invites us to consider that in today’s world, it's us believers who take up that task from John: making ready the people in our lives to receive Jesus the Lord. Preached at Saint Paul the Apostle Parish in New York City on 6-24-19.

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Thursday of the Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time. Saint Paul tells the Corinthians, “Because of my love for you, I will not be silent!” Father Dave posits that perhaps we choose to be silent too often when it comes to sharing our faith with the ones we love. Preached at Saint Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 6-20-19.

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Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity. Father Dave steers away from trying to explain the theological concept of a Trinitarian God and instead focuses on the three persons of God being in perfect unity, perfect harmony, and in perfect love. God challenges us to be like this is our relationships, which flies in the face of our self-centered culture. Preached at Saint Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 6-16-19.

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Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church. Father Dave explains a brand-new feast day in the Church’s calendar, one that’s only been celebrated once before. Pope Francis declared in 2018 that from that time forward, we would now celebrate the feast known as “Mary, Mother of the Church” on the Monday after Pentecost each year. Mary’s universal motherhood can be seen in both of the readings chosen for today: She's called “Mother of All the Living” in Genesis; and in John’s Gospel, Jesus says on the cross to “the beloved disciple” (representing all disciples down through the ages), “Here is your mother,” thus declaring Mary the mother of all believers, or "mother of the Church.” Preached at Saint Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 6-10-19.

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Pentecost Sunday. Father Dave begins by asking the congregation how many of them have unused gift cards sitting in a drawer somewhere. He uses this as an analogy for the Holy Spirit, which we hear about in today’s readings for the Feast of Pentecost. We sometimes think only other people—certain special people—have the gifts of the Holy Spirit. In fact, every baptized person has the Holy Spirit dwelling inside of them. We need only to draw upon those free gifts—just like using a gift card that has been sitting around unused. One way we can do this is by using our own unique voice to spread the love of God. Father Dave says that for us today, that can mean speaking to certain people in our lives who will be able to hear the Good News from us in a unique way. Preached at Saint Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 6-9-19.

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Monday of the Fifth Week of Easter. Father Dave takes a closer look at the lessons on humility found in today's readings. He has a special message for priests: They need to be reminded that sharing the Good News isn't just about them, but about all the people who need to hear the word of God. Preached at Saint Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 5-20-19

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Fifth Sunday of Easter and the first Mass of Father Evan Cummings, CSP. Father Dave explains that all the people of God -- not just those who are ordained -- are called to do the work of making disciples in their communities. God has fit you for the work and given you strength to show others you are believers by your love, Father Dave says. Preached at Saint Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 5-19-19

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Thursday of the Fourth Week of Easter. Father Dave challenges us to take our faith beyond going to Mass, beyond church walls, and really live our faith out loud in all aspects of our lives. Preached at Saint Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 5-16-19

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Wednesday of the Fourth Week of Easter. Father Dave shares that it often feels like the work of the Holy Spirit is a little more clearly seen in the rearview mirror. Thinking back on these moments of grace can remind us that the Holy Spirit is our guide and help at all times in our lives, leading us toward eternal life. Preached at Saint Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 5-15-19

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Fourth Sunday of Easter and Mother's Day. The intimate relationship between a shepherd and his sheep is often used in the Bible to represent how God loves us. Father Dave talks about the significance of "being fully known and being fully loved" as children of God and how we should share that love with others. Preached at Saint Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 5-12-19

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Thursday of the Third Week of Easter. Father Dave discusses today's reading from the Acts of the Apostles in which Philip baptizes the Ethiopian eunuch. Father Dave encourages us to explain and share our faith just like Philip to help open the hearts of others. Preached at Saint Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 5-09-19

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Monday of the Third Week of Easter. Father Dave encourages us to refrain from looking at our relationship with Christ as something transactional. Rather, we should believe that God provides for our needs and we shouldn't expect God to work on our own timeline. Preached at Saint Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 5-06-19

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Memorial of Saint Athanasius, Bishop and Doctor of the Church. Father Dave focuses on how difficult trusting in God can be. God is worthy of our trust, but we can block ourselves from trusting him. Father Dave challenges us to try harder to be confident in God this week. Preached at Saint Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 5-02-19

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Wednesday in the Octave of Easter. Father Dave speaks about the crippled man asking for help in today's reading from Acts of the Apostle. Father Dave points out that we are called to bring healing and reconciliation just as the apostles did after Jesus' Resurrection. Preached at Saint Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 4-24-19

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Tuesday in the Octave of Easter. Father Dave discusses today's Gospel in which Mary Magdalene doesn't recognize Jesus after the Resurrection. Father Dave asks about how many times we struggle to recognize Jesus in our own lives and invites us to try harder to recognize Christ in our day-to-day. Preached at Saint Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 4-23-19

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Easter Sunday. Father Dave reflects on Jesus' empty tomb and the power of the Resurrection. He points out that the tomb could not contain Jesus, and we too must resist the temptation to keep Jesus in a "container," restricting him to one part of our lives. We must allow room for him in all aspects of our lives. Preached at Saint Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 4-21-19

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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

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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

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First Sunday of Lent. Father Dave shares how Lent presents us with opportunities to make the right choices. Temptations are around us all the time, but the effort we make to avoid giving in to our temptations strengthens our faith. Preached at Resurrection of the Lord Parish, Honolulu on 3-10-19

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Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time. Father Dave discusses wisdom literature in Scripture and how it teaches us about God. He also reflects on today's Gospel in which Jesus points out that we know a tree by its fruit, and we will know good people by the fruit they produce in the world. Preached at Saint Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 3-03-19

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Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time. Father Dave discusses wisdom literature in Scripture and how it teaches us about God. He also reflects on today's Gospel in which Jesus points out that we know a tree by its fruit, and we will know good people by the fruit they produce in the world. Preached at Saint Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 3-03-19

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Thursday of the Seventh Week in Ordinary Time. Father Dave discusses today's reading from Sirach in which we are told not to rely on ourselves, power, or wealth, and that we shouldn't be over confident about God's mercy. God is infinitely merciful, but we should not take advantage of his generosity. Preached at Saint Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 2-28-19

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Monday of the Seventh Week in Ordinary Time. Father Dave discusses today's Gospel reading during which Jesus heals a man who is possessed by demons. Father Dave points out the importance of asking God to help our unbelief, and trusting in Him at all times. Preached at Saint Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 2-25-19

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Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time. Father Dave discusses today's Gospel reading in which Jesus speaks of loving our enemies, doing good to those who hate us, blessing those who curse us, and praying for those who mistreat us. Father Dave asks if we are able to do these things and explains that priests are called to do these things in a special way. Preached at Saint Joseph's Seminary, Washington DC on 2-25-19

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Thursday of the Sixth Week in Ordinary Time. Father Dave explains the difference between a contract and a covenant. He points out that contracts are mutual agreements, but can be breached, whereas a covenant is where God bears all of the weight. God covers our debt and will not dissolve our agreement. Preached at Saint Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 2-21-19

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Monday of the Sixth Week in Ordinary Time. Father Dave reflects on the sibling rivalry between Cain and Abel. Today's reading claims that God rewarded Abel more than Cain. Father Dave points out that it is possible this was Cain's own perception of God because of the jealousy he felt for his brother. Similarly, our perception and jealousy of other people can affect the way we view God. Preached at Saint Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 2-18-19

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Monday of the Fourth Week in Ordinary Time. Father Dave discusses today's reading from the Letter to the Hebrews, which claims that God has foreseen better for us than offering sacrifices. Even when we are struggling, we should remember that God always has something better for us. Preached at Saint Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 2-4-19

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Memorial of Saint John Bosco, Priest. Father Dave discusses today's Psalm in which we proclaim, "Lord, this is the people that longs to see your face." He relates this to our longing for warmth in the middle of winter. Preached at Saint Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 1-31-19

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Memorial of Saint Thomas Aquinas, Priest and Doctor of the Church. Father Dave discusses today's reading in which Jesus refers to blaspheming the Holy Spirit as the unforgivable sin. With references to Pope John Paul II's encyclical, "The Lord and Giver of Life," Father Dave explains that Jesus' statement is mainly about our free will. Blaspheming the Holy Spirit is a total rejection of both God and the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives in a formal and permanent way. It is unforgivable because we reject the offer of God's mercy. Preached at Saint Paul the Apostle Church, New York City, on 1-28-19

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Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul, Apostle. Father Dave discusses the conversion of Saint Paul and how we are all called to continued conversion. Father Dave uses the example of sailboats and tacking, or changing directions. We should use Saint Paul's example to change directions in our own lives. Preached at Saint Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 1-25-19

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Memorial of Saint Francis de Sales, Bishop and Doctor of the Church. Father Dave reflects on today's Pslam response in which we proclaim, "Here I am Lord, I come to do your will," and relates this to Saint Francis de Sales, who devoted his life to following the will of God. Father Dave points out that it is always God's will for us to be charitable and gracious towards others. He attributes the popular phrase, "You catch more flies with a teaspoon of honey than a gallon of vinegar" to Saint Francis de Sales. Preached at Saint Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 1-24-19

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Wednesday of the First Week in Ordinary Time. Father Dave discusses the TV show "Undercover Boss," where the person in charge of a company goes undercover as an employee to better understand them. He compares this to today's reading from Hebrews in which Saint Paul states that it was necessary for Jesus to become like us in order to extend his mercy. Preached at the Cathedral of Saint James, Seattle Washington on 1-16-19

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Monday of the First Week in Ordinary Time. Father Dave talks about Blue Monday, the day that studies show people actually start practicing their New Year's resolutions. He relates this to the first week of ordinary time, and today's readings in which Jesus proclaims the Kingdom of God is at hand and it is time to repent. Father Dave also points out that the word "repent" means "to change." Now is a time for change. Preached at Saint Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 1-14-19

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The Baptism of the Lord. Why did Jesus have to be baptized? Father Dave answers a common question, explaining that Jesus did not have to be baptized, but he chose to do it for us as an example for us so that we may imitate him. Preached at Saint Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 1-13-19

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The Epiphany of the Lord. Father Dave explains that an initial public offering is when a company decides to go public. He relates this to the feast of the Epiphany in which we can say that the Church went public. He explains that the word "epiphany" means "manifested to the nations." When the magi arrived, the news of the Lord became public to the nations. Epiphany encourages us to be entrepreneurial about our faith. Preached at Saint Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 1-06-19

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Christmas Weekday. Father Dave discusses today's reading from Saint John in which John claims that our faith in Christ will make us pure. We should believe that God will give us the grace to be who we are called to be, and make the effort to follow His will. Preached at Saint Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 1-03-19

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The Nativity of the Lord, Christmas Mass. Father Dave comments on the recent news stories about people stealing the baby Jesus from nativity scenes. He compares this to our desire to have Jesus with us. Father Dave reflects on today's reading from Isaiah in which people are longing for a savior, and encourages us to celebrate the arrival of our Savior this Christmas. Preached Onboard with Celebrity Cruises, on 12-25-18

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Monday of the Second Week of Advent. Father Dave discusses how the Scriptures use a reversal of fortunes. He uses the example of Mary's Magnificat in which she claims God will lift up the lowly. It is important to ask ourselves which areas in our lives need a reversal in order to grow closer to God. Preached at Saint Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 12-10-18

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Monday of the Thirty-Fourth Week in Ordinary Time. Father Dave discusses the practical and inspiring dimensions of our faith. He reflects on today's Gospel in which Jesus says being charitable is a practical element of faith, and today's psalm which inspires us to make room for the Lord in our lives. Preached at Saint Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 11-26-18

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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

Direct download: 11-12-18_PaulsQualitiesOfABishop.mp3
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Thursday of the Thirty-First Week in Ordinary Time. Father Dave explains that it doesn't matter what we have on our resumes; we should desire to be known by our virtues. He discusses today's reading in which Saint Paul boasts in his identity in Christ. We should take inspiration from Saint Paul and do the same. Preached at Saint Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 11-08-18

Direct download: 11-08-18_ItsNotAboutUrResume.mp3
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Solemnity of All Saints. Father Dave shares that he enjoys the New York City marathon because people come together and cheer each other on. He relates this to the communion of saints, and how the saints cheer us on as we run the race towards heaven. Preached at Saint Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 11-01-18

Direct download: 11-01-18_AllSaintsMarathon.mp3
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Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time. Father Dave reflects on today's reading from Mark's Gospel in which Bartimaeus, who is blind, is healed. Father Dave encourages us to ask Jesus to help us to see clearly as well. We should ask Jesus to help us see the world the way God sees it, and open our eyes to the ways in which we can serve others. Preached at Saint Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 10-28-18

Direct download: 10-29-18_WhatBartimeusCanTeachUs.mp3
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Monday of the Twenty-Ninth Week in Ordinary Time. Father Dave discusses today's reading from Saint Paul's letter to the Ephesians during which Paul explains that we are God's handiwork. God created us, therefore he takes pride in us, just an artist takes pride in his or her work. Preached at Saint Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 10-22-18

Direct download: 10-22-18_GodsHandiwork.mp3
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Memorial of Saint Teresa of Jesus, Virgin and Doctor of the Church. Father Dave discusses Saint Teresa of Avila and the ways in which she inspired others to go deeper in their spiritual lives. He also explains today's Gospel in which Jesus explains that he is greater than the prophets of old, and God has much more planned. Preached at Saint Michael the Archangel Church, Glen Allen, Virginia 10-15-18

Direct download: 10-15-18_TheresMuchMoreThanThatHere.mp3
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Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time. Father Dave tells a story of how monkeys are lured and trapped in the jungle by placing food in a hole and getting their hands stuck. He relates this to the ways in which we are easily trapped by sin and love of our possessions or bad habits. These things trap us, but we are able to be freed by God and use our hands to serve others. Preached at Saint Michael the Archangel Church, Glen Allen, Virginia on 10-14-18

Direct download: 10-14-18_TheMonkeyAndTheCoconut.mp3
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Thursday of the Twenty-Sixth Week in Ordinary Time. In today's readings, Saint Paul calls the Galatians "stupid" and Jesus calls people "wicked." Father Dave points out that this is done to remind us of our flawed nature, and to remember who God is and what he is calling us to, especially since it's easy it is to fall off of the path. Preached at Saint Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 10-11-18

Direct download: 10-11-18_StupidAndWicked.mp3
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Monday of the Twenty-Seventh Week in Ordinary Time. Father Dave compares how we follow tour guides to the way we should follow God. We should trust in his knowledge and goodness and allow ourselves to be led by him, just as today's Psalm says. Preached at San Marco Square Basilica, Venice, Italy on 10-08-18

Direct download: 10_08_18_guide_us_lord.mp3
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Memorial of Saint Francis of Assisi. Father Dave reflects on the life of Saint Anthony of Padua and his great gift of preaching. St. Anthony trusted in the Lord's promise that his Holy Spirit would work through him. We must trust, like Saint Anthony and Saint Francis, that God will send his Spirit to help us evangelize. Preached at the Basilica of Saint Anthony of Padua, Padua, Italy on 10-04-18

Direct download: 10_4_18preach.like.st.anthony.mp3
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Wednesday of the Twenty-Sixth Week in Ordinary Time. Father Dave discusses today's Gospel reading in which Jesus asks us to proclaim the Kingdom of God. He explains that the first reading from Job is a plea to make God great again -- to appreciate and respect the goodness of God and all of His creation. Preached at Ravenna Cathedral, Ravenna, Italy on 10-03-18

Direct download: 10-04-18_make_god_greatagain.mp3
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Wednesday of the Twenty-Sixth Week in Ordinary Time. Father Dave discusses the gift of pilgrimage and the burden that comes along with it. He talks about the life of Saint Dominic and how his relentless preaching defeated heresies. We must be like Saint Dominic and in patience and stand up for the truths that God gives us. Preached at the Basilica of San Domenico, Bologna, Italy on 10-03-18

Direct download: 10-03-18_bring_word_of_god_withyou.mp3
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Monday of the Twenty-Third Week in Ordinary Time. Father Dave discusses today's first reading which talks about immorality, and the Gospel which talks about the failure of religious leaders of Jesus' time. Father Dave points out that faith needs to seek understanding. We want to understand things about our faith, and Jesus helps us to do that. It's also important to understand ourselves, and recognize the ways in which we fall short. Preached at Saint Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 9-10-18

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Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time. Father Dave discusses today's Gospel in which Jesus heals the deaf man and gives him the ability to speak. He relates this to those who have spoken out in the clergy sexual abuse scandals, and shares that he recently spoke with a victim whose faith is inspiring. Jesus gives us the ability to speak, and we must not sit back and remain silent in difficult times. God promises redemption and healing, and we must walk humbly with God. Preached at St. Paul the Apostle Church, New York City, on 9-09-18

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Thursday of the Twenty-Second Week in Ordinary Time. Father Dave discusses today's reading from Luke's Gospel in which Jesus fills the empty nets with fish. He explains that the Apostles left everything to follow Christ. It is not enough to be amazed by Jesus' words and works. Discipleship requires leaving ourselves behind. Preached at Saint Paul the Apostle Church, New York City, on 8-06-18

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Memorial of Saint Pius X, Pope. Father Dave reminds us that the word of God is living and relevant. He discusses today's Gospel reading in which Peter asks what he will gain in following Christ. Father Dave reminds us that it is not about what is in it for us, but about how we, as a Church, live according to the Gospel. We must be humble and recognize that God is in control. Preached at Saint Paul the Apostle Church, New York City, on 8-21-18

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Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Father Dave discusses the sexual abuse scandal in the Church and how the latest news out of Pennsylvania has left many feeling hopeless. He explains that it is important for us to listen and be there for one another, just as Mary was for her cousin Elizabeth, and considers how we can support and encourage one another during this difficult time. Preached at Saint Mary's on the Lake, Lake George, NY on 8-19-18

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Thursday of the Nineteenth Week in Ordinary Time. Father Dave addresses the recent news of sexual abuse by priests in Pennsylvania. He discusses today's reading from Ezekiel in which God orders Ezekiel to act while others are looking on. Father Dave relates this passage to the horrific sexual abuse report and emphasizes that we are all looking on and waiting for change in our Church. Preached at St. Paul the Apostle Church, New York City, on 8-16-18

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Thursday of the Eighteenth Week in Ordinary Time. Father Dave discusses today's reading from Jeremiah in which God claims that he will write his law on our hearts. Father Dave points out that we must begin with ourselves, asking God to create clean hearts for us, as the psalm proclaims. We must make room for God in our hearts in order to become who God desires us to be. Preached at Saint Paul the Apostle Church, New York City, on 8-09-18

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Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time. In today's Gospel, Jesus mentions our ancestors who ate manna, a food understood to be perishable, in the desert. Father Dave compares the Eucharist to Twinkies, a food that does not perish. He also contrasts the Bread of Life with Black Friday, a time when people tend to be self-interested and act uncharitably towards others. Rather, the Eucharist is a communal meal and brings us together. Preached at Saint Paul the Apostle Church, New York City, on 8-5-18

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Memorial of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, Priest. Father Dave talks about repentance, and having the confidence to ask for God's mercy. He discusses Saint Ignatius of Loyola and how he turned his life around. Saint Ignatius came from a wealthy background and had a successful military career. After an injury on the battlefield, he began to read about the lives of the saints and read scripture. Saint Ignatius had a plan for his life, but by following the voice of God he became a great saint. We should follow in his footsteps. Preached at Saint Paul the Apostle Church, New York City, on 7-31-18

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Memorial of Saints Joachim & Anne, Parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Father Dave reflects on our tendency to be self-reliant. In today's reading, God tells Jeremiah that his people have forsaken him and dug themselves broken cisterns. They did not rely on the Lord, rather they relied on themselves. Father Dave points out that we must trust God and leave things in his hands, just like saints Joachim and Anne. Preached at Saint Paul the Apostle Church, New York City, on 7-26-18

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Feast of Saint James, Apostle. On this feast of Saint James, Father Dave discusses the Camino de Santiago, or Way of Saint James, which is a walking pilgrimage through Northern Spain. He points out that the camino is challenging but worth it. Father Dave asks if we are able to live our lives like Saint James and walk in his footsteps. Preached at Saint Paul the Apostle Church, New York City, on 7-25-18

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Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time. Father Dave discusses today's Gospel reading in which the hemorrhaging woman is healed by touching Jesus' cloak. The story of the woman interrupts the narrative of Jairus' daughter needing healing. Father Dave asks why Mark would interrupt the story in this way. He explains that the interruption is the story for us. It is a demonstration that God doesn't only have time for the very important. He has time for all of us. Preached at Saint Boniface Church, Cold Spring, Minnesota, on 7-01-18

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Monday of the Twelfth Week in Ordinary Time. Father Dave discusses the passage in the Old Testament in which God refers to the people as "stiff-necked." While it's important to stay focused and set our eyes on Christ, we should not take that to the extreme and have blinders on. To be a person of faith, we must know our surroundings and our brothers and sisters in Christ. Preached at Saint Paul the Apostle Church, New York City, on 6-25-18

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Memorial of Saint Aloysius Gonzaga. Father Dave discusses the Lord's Prayer. In today's Gospel, Jesus references the pagans and their belief system. They believed that their gods did not listen to all of their prayers, so they would have to pray multiple prayers. Jesus tells us not to pray in this way, and to believe that God hears our prayers. Preached at Saint Paul the Apostle Church, New York City, on 6-21-18

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Monday of the Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time. Father Dave discusses the contrast between the first reading, in which Jezebel has her husband killed, and the Gospel, where Jesus asks us to be forgiving and not to seek revenge. Father Dave asks if we take Jesus' message to heart and follow this teaching today. Preached at Saint Paul the Apostle Church, New York City, on 6-18-18

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Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time. Father Dave considers how powerful our smartphones are to work off of a small chip. He relates this to the parable of faith and the mustard seed the Jesus explains in response to the disciples asking him to increase their faith. We must trust that God will nurture the seed of our faith. Preached at Saint Paul the Apostle Church, New York City, on 6-17-18

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Father Dave discusses today's reading in which Elijah looks for God. He relates Elijah's search to our search for God today, and how we can sometimes feel abandoned. God is always present, even when we can't recognize him, and we must keep searching like Elijah. Preached 6-14-18

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Memorial of Saint Barnabas, Apostle. Father Dave considers how a job description lists a person's duties, and relates this to today's Gospel in which Jesus gives the Apostles a job description as they embark on their mission to preach. He sends them forth to share the faith, just as we are called to go forth today. Preached at Saint Paul the Apostle Church, New York City, on 6-11-18

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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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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 worshiped 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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Feast of St. Matthias, Apostle. Father Dave relates today's reading to being benched in sports. Father Dave explains that those on the team who sit on the bench are just as important as those playing in the game. He relates this to the reading from the Acts of the Apostles, in which Matthias is chosen as a replacement for Judas. Father Dave points out that we, like Matthias, are called at some point to get up from the bench. Preached at Saint Paul the Apostle Church, New York City, on 5-14-18

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Seventh Sunday of Easter. Father Dave discusses Jesus' last night before the crucifixion, and highlights Jesus' prayer to the Father to keep us united. Father Dave points out that Jesus did not pray for uniformity, but that we may be one as a community of believers. Father Dave encourages us to remain united, especially in light of the discord in our Church and in our world today, just as Jesus asked. Preached at Saint Paul the Apostle Church, New York City, on 5-13-18

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Monday of the Fifth Week of Easter. Father Dave reflects on Paul preaching to the Gentiles, and points out that people were not happy about this. But God begins to expand people's minds and hearts. It is important for us to realize that God's ways are not ours, and we must be open to that. Preached at Saint Paul the Apostle Church, New York City, on 4-30-18

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Fifth Sunday of Easter. Father Dave mentions a study which states that the average American checks their phone 70-80 times per day, nearly every 10 minutes. He relates this to the metaphor of the vine and branch that Jesus uses in the Gospel. The vine is genuine nourishment, but there are certain brances which bear no fruit. We can survive without our phones, and plug into the real source of power, Jesus. Preached at Saint Paul the Apostle Church, New York City, on 4-29-18

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Thursday of the Fourth Week of Easter. Father Dave discusses the way in which Saint Paul looks back at history and proclaims how God helped his people. Father Dave points out that this practice is helpful for all of us, and we should look back and see where God clearly acted in our lives, especially during times when we might feel that God is not present. Preached at Saint Paul the Apostle Church, New York City, on 4-26-18

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Monday of the Fourth Week of Easter. Reflecting on the reading from the Acts of the Apostles, Father Dave points out the first real controversy among the leaders of the Church. Many believed that in order to be a believer in Christ, you had to be a Jew. Peter had a dream in which he was asked to accompany everyone, including the gentiles. This dream makes Peter ask himself, "Who am I to hinder God?" Father Dave encourages us to ask ourselves this same question. Preached at Saint Paul the Apostle Church, New York City, on 4-23-18

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Monday of the Third Week of Easter. Father Dave reflects on the reading from the Acts of the Apostles in which Steven preaches. The reading states that the people could not resist his wisdom and spirit, and so they were convinced. We must also practice the discipline of channeling the Holy Spirit so that we can reach others as Steven did. Preached at Saint Paul the Apostle Church, New York City, on 4-16-18

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Thursday of the Second Week of Easter. Father Dave reflects on how the Apostles were told to stop preaching in the name of Jesus. Names are powerful, and the Apostles recognized this and were bold enough to continue to preach in his name. Father Dave encourages us to be as bold as the apostles. Preached at Saint Paul the Apostle Church, New York City, on 4-12-18

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Thursday in the Octave of Easter. Father Dave points out how we sometimes miss important details in our lives. In the Gospel reading from Luke, Jesus appears to the disciples after the resurrection, and they think he is a ghost. This leaves us asking, "how did they miss that?" In our own lives, Jesus continues to reveal himself over and over again, and we must open our eyes and hearts, so as not to miss it. Preached at Saint Paul the Apostle Church, New York City, on 4-05-18

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Monday in the Octave of Easter. Father Dave discusses today's Gospel reading from Matthew in which Jesus instructs Mary Magdalene and Mary to tell the disciples to go to Galilee. Father Dave points out that this was where Jesus first called his apostles, and it serves as a good reminder for us to go back to the roots of our faith. Preached at Saint Paul the Apostle Church, New York City, on 4-2-18

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Easter Sunday. Father Dave contrasts the joy of Easter with today's Gospel reading, which ends with the empty tomb. Father Dave points out that it is in the emptiness that the disciples have faith. It's not about proof, it's about faith, and sometimes our faith feels like the empty tomb. Preached at Saint Paul the Apostle Church, New York City, on 4-01-18

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Monday of Holy Week. Father Dave focuses on the Gospel reading in which Judas complains about the woman using expensive oil to anoint Jesus. While many argue that Judas was saying this out of greed, Father Dave relates this story to our complaints about churches looking expensive. The beauty of the church can draw us in, and it is good to want a beautiful space to worship God. Our faith is what should draw us to serve the poor. Preached at Saint Paul the Apostle Church, New York City, on 3-26-18

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Monday of the Third Week of Lent. Father Dave discusses the story of Namaan and his healing. Namaan was asked to do something very simple in order to be healed from leprosy, and did not believe it would work because it was such a small task. Father Dave points out that often we look for something big in our spiritual lives, but it is possible that God is asking something simple of us, and we might miss out on it if we are focused on bigger plans. Preached at St. Benedict Catholic Church, New Jersey, on 3-05-18

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Monday of the Second Week in Lent. Father Dave explains Daniel's description of sin: a rebellion against God's commandments. He points out that it is easier to fall into sin than we may think, and discusses the Gospel message that says we will be forgiven if we forgive others. Preached at Saint Paul the Apostle Church, New York City, on 2-26-18

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Feast of the Chair of St. Peter, Apostle. Father Dave discusses the chair of St. Peter, which represents the authority that Jesus gave to Peter to represent Him, and the authority of the office of the pope. This feast day is also an opportunity for us to reflect on the sources of authority in our lives, and consider who represents God. Preached at Saint Paul the Apostle, New York City on 2-22-18

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