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

Direct download: 05-02-19_GodIsTrustworthyButDoYouTrustHim.mp3
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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

Direct download: 04-24-19_PassingTheBaton.mp3
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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

Direct download: 04-23-19_NotRecognizingJesus.mp3
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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

Direct download: 04-21-19_TheTombCannotContainChrist.mp3
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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

Direct download: 03-31-19_ComeToOurSenses.mp3
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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

Direct download: 03-28-19_LookGodInTheEyes.mp3
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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

Direct download: 03-10-19_BuildingUpOurFaithMuscles.mp3
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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

Direct download: 03-04-19_GodProvidesTheWayback.mp3
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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

Direct download: 03-03-19_HowDoIKnowICanTrustU.mp3
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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

Direct download: 02-28-19_BeNotOverconfident.mp3
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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

Direct download: 02-25-19_TheSpiritHelpsMyUnbelief.mp3
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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

Direct download: 02-25-19_4Things4Priests.mp3
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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

Direct download: 02-21-19_CovenantMeansIGotYou.mp3
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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

Direct download: 02-18-19_CainAndAblesZeroSumGame.mp3
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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

Direct download: 02-04-19_GodHasForeseenSomethingBetterForUs.mp3
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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

Direct download: 01-31-19_LongingForWarmth-AndGod.mp3
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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

Direct download: 01-28-19_SinAgainstHolySpiritThomasAquinas.mp3
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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

Direct download: 2019_01-25-19_SailboatTackingConversionOfPaul.mp3
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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

Direct download: 01-24-19_MoreWithHoneyThanWithVinegar.mp3
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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

Direct download: 01-16-19_UndercoverBoss2019.mp3
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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

Direct download: 01-14-19_BlueMonday.mp3
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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

Direct download: 01-13-19_JesusDidntHaveToButWeDo.mp3
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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

Direct download: 01-06-19_EpiphanyIPO.mp3
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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

Direct download: 01-03-19_NotJustABrainstormSession.mp3
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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

Direct download: 12-25-18_StealingJesusForXmas.mp3
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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

Direct download: 12-10-18_WhatDoUNeedToReverse.mp3
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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

Direct download: 11-26-18_MindblowingPracticalAndInspiring.mp3
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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

Direct download: 09-10-18_NotArroganceButUnderstanding.mp3
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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

Direct download: 09-09-18_SpeakingIsHealing.mp3
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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

Direct download: amazedisntenough.mp3
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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

Direct download: 08-21-18_WhatsInIt4Me.mp3
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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

Direct download: 08-19-18_08am_MaryHopeInDarkTimes.mp3
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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

Direct download: 08-16-18_BishopsWeRlookingOn.mp3
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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

Direct download: GodWants2WriteTheLawOnOurHearts.mp3
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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

Direct download: 08-05-18_TwinkieNotBlackFriday.mp3
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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

Direct download: StIgnatiusCourseCorrection.mp3
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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

Direct download: 07-26-18_DiggingOurOwnCisterns.mp3
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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

Direct download: 07-25-18_WalkingTheWayOfStJames.mp3
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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

Direct download: 07-01-18_GodsNotTooBusyForU.mp3
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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

Direct download: 06-25-18_StiffNeckSyndrome.mp3
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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

Direct download: 3ThingsAboutTheLordsPrayer.mp3
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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

Direct download: 06-18-18_JezebelOrJesus-YouChoose.mp3
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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

Direct download: 06-17-18_CellPhoneAsMustardSeed.mp3
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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

Direct download: 06-14-18_ThereIsNothing.mp3
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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

Direct download: 06-11-18_JobDescriptionFromJesus.mp3
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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

Direct download: 06-07-18_StopDisputingAboutWords.mp3
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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

Direct download: 05-27-18_TheyWorshippedButTheyDoubted.mp3
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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

Direct download: 05-14-18_Matthias-PutMeInCoach.mp3
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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

Direct download: 05-13-18_MakeThe2ndMiracleHappen.mp3
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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

Direct download: 04-30-18_GodWorksOutsideTheBox.mp3
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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

Direct download: 04-29-18_CheckingUrSmartphoneForJesus.mp3
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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

Direct download: 04-26-18_LookBackToMakePresent.mp3
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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

Direct download: 04-23-18_CanWeJustGetOutOfGodsWay.mp3
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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

Direct download: 04-16-18_WithstandTheVoiceOfTheSpirit.mp3
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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

Direct download: 04-12-18-TheBrandJesus.mp3
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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

Direct download: 04-05-18_HowDidWeMissThat.mp3
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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

Direct download: 04-03-18_GoBackToUrGalillee.mp3
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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

Direct download: 04-01-18_TheEmptyTombIsMoreReal.mp3
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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

Direct download: 03-26-18_WhyNotJustSellItAndFeedThePoor.mp3
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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

Direct download: 03-05-18_LetsNotMIssTheSImpleThings.mp3
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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

Direct download: 02-26-18_IsSalvationConditional.mp3
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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

Direct download: 02-22-18_ThePowerOfTheChair.mp3
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Monday of the First Week of Lent. Lent goes beyond self-help. Father Dave explains that while self-denial is an important component of Lent, we have a tendency to focus on just that piece and not see the bigger picture: prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. So, we shouldn't just focus on ourselves this Lent, but focus on others as well. Preached at Saint Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 2-19-18

Direct download: 02-19-18_LentIsNotJustSelfHelp.mp3
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Thursday after Ash Wednesday. Father Dave discusses Lenten promises and how we have the freedom to choose whether or not to keep them. He discusses today's reading in which God gives Moses the choice to adore other gods. He poses the question, "How often do we choose to adore God?" Preached at Saint Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 2-15-18

Direct download: 02-15-18_AdoreWithUrTime.mp3
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Monday of the Sixth Week in Ordinary Time. Father Dave discusses the confidence and optimism of Olympians competing in the winter games. He relates this to our relationship with Christ. We should have confidence in God. He also discusses today's reading from James in which we are called to persevere. Father Dave points out that persistence is important, especially during this Lenten season. Preached at Saint Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 2-12-18

Direct download: 02-12-18_OptimisticOlympians.mp3
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Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time. Father Dave discusses the readings about lepers. Society shamed and avoided them, but Jesus sets an example by approaching a leper and healing him in today's Gospel. Father Dave explains that leprosy in Scripture is also a metaphor for our own sinfulness. We should seek healing, and be compassionate like Jesus. Preached at Saint Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 2-11-18

Direct download: 02-11-18_JesusIsThe1WhoComesNearUs.mp3
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Thursday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time. Father Dave talks about Solomon's idol worship, and also discusses today's psalm, which refers to idols as snares or traps. Father Dave relates idols to a pothole tripping us up. He asks, what are the potholes or traps in our lives? How can we avoid them? Preached at Saint Paul the Apostle Church, New York City 2-08-18

Direct download: 02-08-18_AvoidingThePotholes.mp3
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Thursday of the Fourth Week in Ordinary Time. Father Dave reflects on biblical numbers. He discusses how King David reigned for 40 years, and in the Gospel, Mark mentions the number twelve. He points out that in today's Gospel, Jesus sent the Apostles out two by two, and argues that Jesus did this so that they would hold each other accountable. It is important for us to have a community that supports us and holds us accountable in our own lives. Preached at St. Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 2-01-18

Direct download: 02-01-18_TwoIsForAccountability.mp3
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Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time. Father Dave asks, "What voice do you listen to?" He considers the many voices we hear today: blogs, sports TV, friends. He explains that there was something about the way that Jesus spoke that touched the hearts of the people in today's Gospel. He also speaks about the annual Paulist Appeal and shares the great work that the Paulist Fathers do. Preached at the Paulist Center, Boston on 1-28-18

Direct download: 01-29-18_VoicesUListen2-PaulistAppeal.mp3
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Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children. Father Dave explains the meaning behind Jesus' words about blaspheming the Holy Spirit as the "unforgivable sin." He discusses St. John Paull II's encyclical, "Dominum et Vivificantem," on the Holy Spirit, which explains that because God gave us free will, if we choose to permanently turn our backs on God, God will not force us to receive the Holy Spirit. It is "unforgivable" because God will not override that person's choice. Preached at St. Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 1-22-18

Direct download: 01-22-18_BlasphemeTheHolySpirit.mp3
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Father Dave discusses the first reading in which Jonah is called by God. Jonah did not want to be a prophet, but eventually followed the Lord's call. Father Dave points out that we can relate to Jonah's reaction because his response was realistic. It is sometimes difficult to follow God's will, but we must find the courage to do so, like Jonah and the apostles. Preached at St. Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 1-21-18

Direct download: 01-21-18_JonahsResponseIsMoreReal.mp3
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Thursday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time. today's first reading, we hear the story of Saul becoming jealous of David. Father Dave asks, "Wouldn't it be great if we could be happy for someone else's success or good fortune?" He goes on to explain that in the Gospel, Jesus challenges us to love, to forgive, and devote ourselves to God. Preached at St. Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 1-18-18

Direct download: 01-18-18_CanWeBeHappyForSomeoneElse.mp3
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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

Direct download: 12-31-17_WeNeedHolyFamilies.mp3
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Feast of the Holy Innocents. In light of today's feast, Father Dave relates Mary and Joseph's fleeing to protect Jesus to the many children currently suffering persecution in our world today. We must see the face of Christ in all who are suffering from the death of children. Preached at St. Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 12-28-17.

Direct download: 12-28-17_ThruTheEyesOfInnocents.mp3
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Monday of the Third Week of Advent. Father Dave explains the name Emmanuel, which means "God is with us." He understands us fully and His coming means that He is with us. Preached at St. Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 12-18-17.

Direct download: 12-18-17_IAmWithU.mp3
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Third Sunday of Advent. Father Dave preaches on Gaudete Sunday and poses the question: who are you? Our identity should be rooted in Christ, who is the source of our joy. Preached at St. Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 12-17-17.

Direct download: 12-17-17_WhoAreYou.mp3
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Monday of the Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time. Father Dave relates the story of the Widow's Mite to the importance of giving, and how we may not realize just how much our support affects others. Preached at St. Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 11-27-17.

Direct download: 11-27-17_WhatHappensAfterWeSeeThem.mp3
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Monday of the thirty-third week in Ordinary Time. Father Dave relates the healing of blind Bartimeus to our need to recognize that Jesus is with us. God encourages us to be persistent in our relationships with Him, just as Bartimeus was. We should not be afraid to bring our needs to Jesus, and trust that He hears our prayers. Preached at St. Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 11-20-17.

Direct download: 11-20-17_Bartimeus-AModelForChristianLife.mp3
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Monday of the Thirty-second Week in Ordinary Time. The first verse in The Book of Wisdom is "love justice." Father Dave says that we should apply this saying to everything we do in our lives. Preached at St. Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 11-13-17.

Direct download: 11-13-17_LoveJustice.mp3
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Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time. Recently, Pope Francis made headlines after saying that he doesn't want people taking photos on their cell phones while he celebrates Mass. Father Dave reflects on the pope's words, and says that if we all truly believe that we are looking at the Body of Christ, than we should be fully engaged in the moment. Preached at St. Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 11-12-17.

Direct download: 11-12-17_CellPhonesAtMassVsThePresentMoment.mp3
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Monday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time. Father Dave reminds us of the comforting feeling that we have when we are surrounded by other people supporting us. Father Dave says that even when we feel alone, we aren't, because God is always with us in everything we do. Preached at St. Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 10-29-17.

Direct download: 10-30-17_HeIsRightThere.mp3
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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.

Direct download: 10-29-17_The2InseperableLoves.mp3
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Wednesday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time. Father Dave remembers an old marketing campaign from Sprite that said "obey your thirst." Father Dave says that we don't always have to obey our thirst when it comes to our physical and worldly desires; instead, we should obey our thirst when it comes to God and our spiritual lives. Preached at St. Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 10-25-17.

Direct download: 10-25-17_ObeyYourThirst.mp3
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Monday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time. Do you store up a lot of "stuff?" Father Dave considers how we're quick to fill up our phones and hard drives with things that take up space. Rather than deleting those old pictures off of our devices, we might just decide to get a new hard drive. Father Dave encourages us to get a new hard drive for God and start filling it up with acts of kindness, selflessness, and other good acts that will bring us closer to Him. Preached at St. Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 10-23-17.

Direct download: 10-23-17_JustGetANewHarddrive.mp3
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Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time. Father Dave says that we often live in a split screen society, allowing ourselves to only hear and view one side of the story. Today's readings emphasize that we have to follow Jesus' example by taking in God's full message. Preached at St. Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 10-22-17.

Direct download: 10-22-17_aSplitScreenSociety.mp3
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Memorial of Saints John de Brébeuf and Isaac Jogues, Priests, and Companions, Martyrs. Father Dave considers that some people view the Catholic faith as an old and outdated religion that no longer applies to today's world. Father Dave says that this could not be farther from the truth, and talks about how we can apply the Bible's lessons to our lives today. Preached at St. Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 10-19-17.

Direct download: 10-19-17_OursIsNotADustyOldFaith.mp3
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Monday of the Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time. Father Dave says that we go to great lengths to try and avoid God and his will for us. Father Dave's message: Accept God fully. Preached at St. Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 10-09-17.

Direct download: 10-09-17_GreatLengths2AvoidGod.mp3
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Thursday of the Twenty-sixth Week in Ordinary Time. Father Dave says that in today's culture, people are always looking for the next new and exciting thing. He makes the point that going to Mass -- an ancient tradition -- is countercultural. Father Dave encourages us to continue going to Mass because these ancient rituals will sustain us more than a new gadget or exciting experience. Preached at St. Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 10-05-17.

Direct download: 10-05-17_OldIsCounterCultural.mp3
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