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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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
Category:general -- posted at: 3:58pm EDT

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
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:33pm EDT

Memorial of the Guardian Angels. In the wake of the Las Vegas shooting, Father Dave remembers a group of children playing in the streets of Jerusalem and seeing how much hope they had. Father Dave encourages us to remember times of hope in our lives when we need them during times of tragedy. Preached at St. Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 10-02-17.

Direct download: 10-02-17_TheChildrenOfJersalemGiveUsHope.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:15pm EDT

Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time. Father Dave says that Christianity doesn't work like billable hours where we get paid or rewarded for everything we do. The actions we perform in faith are expected and required of us. Preached at St. Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 10-01-17.

Direct download: 10-01-17_BillableHours.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:05pm EDT

Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time. Father Dave remembers a time as a preschooler when he was to afraid to let go of a pole he was hugging and play with the other kids. He likens his experience to the way might we approach forgiveness. Despite the struggle, we eventually must let go of our hard feelings and forgive. Preached at St. Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 09-17-17.

Direct download: 09-17-17_HuggingThePoleOfUnforgiveness.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:57pm EDT

Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time. Father Dave talks about a feature in his rental car that causes the car to beep if you drift into another lane, and simultaneously reflects on the Able's words to God when he asked, "Am I my brother's keeper?" Father Dave reminds us that, as a community, we have the responsibility to help someone when they start "drifting" away from their faith. Preached in Niwot, Colorado on 09-10-17.

Direct download: 09-10-17_LaneChangingBrothersKeeper.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:05am EDT

Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time. Father Dave says that there are times in our faith lives when we lose contact with God. As we approach fall, Father Dave challenges us to use this time to rediscover God in our lives, and fall in love with God again. Preached at St. Paul the Apostle Church, in Los Angeles, California on 09-03-17.

Direct download: 09-03-17_BeSeducedByGodAgain.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:29pm EDT

Wednesday of the Twentieth Week in Ordinary Time. Father Dave says that we should be like the landowner in today's Gospel who goes out to the marketplace and asks people to help him with his land. We have a responsibility to keep going out and trying to bring people to the Church. Preached at St. Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 08-23-17.

Direct download: 08-23-17_GodKeepsGoingOut.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:48pm EDT

Monday of the Twentieth Week in Ordinary Time. Father Dave considers the solar eclipse as a metaphor for our faith lives. Do you ever block out God in your life? Do you prevent good things from shining into your life because of a fear of the unknown? Father Dave encourages us to avoid blocking out God in our lives so we can all experience his warmth and love. Preached at St. Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 08-21-17.

Direct download: 08-21-17_AreWeEclipsingGod.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:41pm EDT

Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time. Father Dave preaches on a difficult Gospel reading this week that doesn't cast Jesus in the best light. Father Dave unpacks this misconception of a racist Jesus while also reflecting on the current racial and political climate. Father Dave challenges us to examine ourselves and how we treat others. Preached at St. Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 08-20-17.

Direct download: 08-20-17_WasJesusARacist-10am.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:37pm EDT

Thursday of the Nineteenth Week in Ordinary Time. Going through times of change can be stressful, and it's often more comfortable to slip back into situations that are familiar to us. Father Dave encourages us to persevere through times of transition, especially if we might be asking for forgiveness. Preached at St. Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 08-17-17.

Direct download: 08-17-17_CrossingTheThresholdOfForgiveness.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:11pm EDT

Feast of St. Lawrence. Father Dave reflects on the life of St. Lawrence, and considers how he lived with great cheerfulness, even up to the moment of his death. We can be more like St. Lawrence, and spread cheerfulness to others as we go about our days. Preached at St. Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 08-10-17.

Direct download: 08-10-17_GIveCheerfullyLikeStLawrence.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:06pm EDT

Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord. Father Dave says that we are all searching for an amazing "mountaintop" experience that will strengthen our faith in God, but first we must agree to the challenge of trekking up the mountain so that we can have that powerful moment. Preached at St. Mary's of the Lake Church in Lake George, New York on 08-06-17.

Direct download: 08-06-17_MakeUrOwnMountainTopExp.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:33pm EDT

Thursday of the Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time. Father Dave says we have eyes so that we can see things, but sometimes we use them to see things we shouldn't, or we miss seeing things we should be seeing. God gave us Jesus so we can see and hear his word. Now it's time to focus on him and follow him. Preached at St. Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 07-27-17.

Direct download: 07-27-17_UHaveEyesSeeMe.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:52pm EDT

Solemnity of Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. Father Dave says that Jesus showed us and continues to show us how to love everyone and everything around us. This homily was preached by Father Dave on a cruise ship during the "Footsteps of St. Paul" Pilgrimage on 06-23-17.

Direct download: 06-23-17_HomilyOnCruise.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:17pm EDT

Monday of the Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time. Father Dave says that we are constantly looking for signs from God -- to do something, to not do something, or to prove that God exists. Jesus tells us that He has already given us a sign. His Resurrection is the only sign we need. Preached at St. Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 07-24-17.

Direct download: 07-24-17_IveGivenUaSign.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:00am EDT

Thursday of the Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time. Father Dave thinks back to picking up his friend from the airport recently. He offered to help carrying his friend's bags, but his friend insisted on carry his own. Father Dave thinks about it as a metaphor. Sometimes we can be a bit stubborn when it comes to opening up to God about our baggage, but can Jesus help us with the weight. Preached at St. Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 07-20-17.

Direct download: 07-20-17_LetJesusCarryUrBags.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time. Jesus tells the parable about seeds being spread across every type of surface including rock, dried out land, and fertile soil. Father Dave says that while a farmer would not waste his time trying to grow seeds in bad soil, God always makes the effort to raise up our faith, even when are distant from Him. Preached at Sacred Heart in Lake George Village on 07-16-17.

Direct download: 07-16-17_BeAWastefulSower.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:03am EDT

Monday of the Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time. In his homily, Father Dave says the Bible is filled with stories of people who are going through difficult times and who rely on their strong faith and trust in God to pull them through. Father Dave makes the point that we should not only put our trust in God when times are tough, but instead, we should always trust God -- during good times, bad times, and the in-between. Preached at St. Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 07-10-17.

Direct download: 07-10-17_InGod-DoWeTrust.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:04pm EDT

Thursday of the Tenth Week in Ordinary Time. Father Dave considers the old playground adage, "Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me," and reflects on how hurtful words can actually be. Father Dave encourages us to think about the impact our words have on others, and use them to build each other up. Preached at St. Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 06-15-17.

Direct download: 06-15-17_SticksAndStones.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:18pm EDT

Monday of the Tenth Week in Ordinary Time. Father Dave reflects on today's opening prayer, where we ask God to help us discern what is right and how we can go about doing it. Preached at St. Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 06-12-17.

Direct download: 06-12-17_DiscernWhatsRightAndDoit.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:09pm EDT

The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity. Father Dave says that Trinity Sunday, many pastors use metaphors to try to explain the Trinity (everything from a shamrock to a fidget spinner!) Father Dave emphasizes that the Trinity is a mystery that we can never fully understand. Instead we should embrace the mystery of it, and form a community that comes together because of it. Preached at St. Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 06-11-17.

Direct download: 06-11-17_LetItGoAndComeTogether.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:37pm EDT

Thursday of the Ninth Week in Ordinary Time. It's not always easy to be Catholic, especially when God calls us to be the best possible Catholic we can be, no matter what. Father Dave emphasizes that we must always be willing to give our very best to God. Preached at St. Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 06-08-17.

Direct download: 06-08-17_GiveItAllToGod.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:30pm EDT

Pentecost Sunday. Father Dave Dave talks about the many and diverse ways in which donations are used to help the Paulist Fathers and their missions. If you would like to support the Paulist Fathers, you can give here. Preached at St. Paul the Apostle Church in Westwood, California on 06-04-17.

Direct download: 06-04-17_3IconsOfPaulistMInistry.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:04am EDT

Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Father Dave highlights that sometimes God uses people we might regard as insignificant in society to do big things. In this case, God uses Mary and Elizabeth to help carry out some very important tasks. Preached at St. Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 05-31-17.

Direct download: 06-01-17_Visitation_WhatsUpIsDown.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:00am EDT

Thursday of the Third Week of Easter. Father Dave says that we should always have the desire to keep growing and learning in our faith, just like the Egyptian in today's readings. Preached at St. Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 04-30-17.

Direct download: 05-04-17_TheDesireToLearn.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:15pm EDT

Monday of the Third Week of Easter. We are constantly looking for signs and miracles from God. But when they aren't there, we have to rely on our belief in God even more. Preached at St. Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 04-30-17.

Direct download: 05-01-17_SignsOrBelief.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:12pm EDT

Third Sunday of Easter. Father Dave says that Jesus is always with us, and one of the many ways we can encounter him is in the breaking of the bread at Mass. Preached at St. Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 04-30-17.

Direct download: 04-30-17_TheBreakingOfTheBread.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:53pm EDT

Thursday of the Second Week of Easter. Today's Gospel reading from John uses the words "belief" and "obedience" as synonyms for each other. Father Dave reflects on what this means for our lives. Preached at St. Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 04-27-17.

Direct download: 04-27-17_BeliefEqualsObedience.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:12pm EDT

Monday of the Second Week of Easter. Father Dave relates a beer commercial featuring actor Sylvester Stallone and boxer Canelo Alvarez to today's readings. In the commercial, Stallone encourages Alvarez to "be bold." Father Dave says that when it comes to our faith life, we should do the same. Preached at St. Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 04-24-17.

Direct download: 04-24-17_SpeakMoreBoldly.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:44pm EDT

Second Sunday of Easter. Father Dave says today's readings are some of his favorites in the whole Bible because they talk about living in a perfect Catholic community. In order for us to achieve this though we need God's mercy. Preached at St. Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 04-23-17.

Direct download: 04-23-17_MercyPerfectsCommunity.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:34am EDT

Thursday in the Octave of Easter. Father Dave says there might be someone in our lives who is trying to trip us up or bring us down. In contrast, Jesus is always trying to help us. Preached at St. Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 04-20-17.

Direct download: 04-20-17_HowCanIHelpYou.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:37pm EDT

Monday in the Octave of Easter. Father Dave says that Jesus' Resurrection is not news to us, but during this Easter Octave, try to remember what it felt like when you first heard the good news, and felt the joy that comes along with it. Preached at St. Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 04-17-17.

Direct download: 04-17-17_ItsNotNews.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:03am EDT

The Mass of Easter Day. Father Dave says that Easter represents more than just eggs, the Easter Bunny or springtime. Easter is a time for us to reaffirm our belief in Jesus. Preached at St. Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 04-16-17.

Direct download: 04-16-17_Easter2017_IBelieve.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:22pm EDT

Monday of Holy Week. Father Dave says that like Judas and many of the other Jews in the Old Testament, we too envision Jesus to be different, because Jesus often challenges us to do things that we don't always expect or want to do. Preached at St. Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 04-10-17.

Direct download: 04-10-17_DoUWishJesusWasSomebodyHesNot.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:16pm EDT

Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion. We are like the donkey that Jesus rode in on during today's readings. Without Jesus we are ordinary and insignificant but with him we are great and loved. Preached at St.Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 04-09-17.

Direct download: 04-09-17_JustOrinaryDonkeys.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:09am EDT

Monday of the Fifth Week of Lent. Father Dave says that Jesus had a unique ability to be compassionate and merciful towards everyone he met, but also he was able to uphold God's laws in a loving way. We should strive to be like Jesus, merciful but yet faithful to his rules. Preached at St.Paul the Apostle Church, New York City on 04-03-17.

Direct download: 04-03-17_JesusUniqueAbilityToTemperJusticeWithMercy.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:17am EDT

Wednesday of the Fourth Week of Lent. Father Dave describes the common problem of always wanting to do things our own way, instead of listening to God. Preached at Mother Seton Catholic Church, Germantown, MD on 03-29-17.

Direct download: 03-29-17_DoingThingsOnMyOwn.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:54pm EDT