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Are Those in Mourning Obligated to Lenten Rules?

Are we excused from our Lenten obligation of abstaining from meat if we're mourning the loss of someone? A listener named Sue explains that she works with a ministry that brings meals to those who are mourning, and was asked to bring a family meals which contained meat on a Friday during Lent. She wonders if this is sinful. Father Dave explains that the family may have forgotten about abstaining from meat on Fridays because their mind is focused on the loss of a loved one, but that we should cater to them and use our own judgment. Original Air 3-07-18

Do I Have to Go Back to Confession if I Forgot to Confess a Sin?

A recent convert to Catholicism wonders if the sins from the past forty years that he forgets to confess have been forgiven. Father Dave explains that because the priest was aware that it was his first Confession, the priest understands that it's unlikely for a someone to remember every sin they've ever committed, so their sins are still forgiven. Father Dave also encourages him to confess a sin that he remembers if it is weighing heavy on his heart. Original Air 1-25-18

Is Confession Useful If I'm Not Sorry for All of My Sins?

A caller named Michael asks, "Is Confession useful if I'm not sorry for all of my sins?" Father Dave points out that the Sacraments are where we experience God's grace, and even though he may not be sorry for all of his sins, the grace from the Sacrament might help him to recognize the effects of his behavior. Father Dave also encourages him to speak to a priest or spiritual director. Original Air 3-01-18

What Does the Priest Whisper Before Taking Communion?

A listener named Brian visits the studio and asks Father Dave, "What does the priest whisper before he takes Communion?" Father Dave explains that the Roman Missal instructs the priest to pray, "May the Body of Christ keep me safe for life eternal." Father Dave points out that this happens after we sing the Lamb of God, and before he distributes Communion to the congregation. Original Air 7-26-17

After Jesus' Last Words, Why Does the Crowd Say "He's calling Elijah?"

A caller named Cathleen asks, "Why does the crowd say that Jesus is calling Elijah on the Cross?" Father Dave explains that it's likely the Jews misinterpreted him, but it is also very likely that they were mocking him. He points out that the Jews expect Elijah to come before the Messiah, and since Elijah had not returned, they were mocking Jesus, thinking he was calling to Elijah for help. Father Dave also points out that we should reflect on how we might mishear Jesus in our own lives. Original Air 4-19-17

Why Do We Visit 7 Churches after Mass on Holy Thursday?

A young listener named Erin asks, "Why do we visit seven different churches on Holy Thursday?" Father Dave explains that this tradition comes from Rome, and isn't obligatory for Catholics. Father Dave references the procession of the Blessed Sacrament at the end of the Holy Thursday Mass, and points out our attempt to stay awake and pray with Jesus, a tradition that comes from Scripture in which the apostles fell asleep and did not pray with Jesus. Original Air 4-12-17

Why is the Easter Vigil Such a Long Mass?

A listener named Jim asks, "Why is the Easter Vigil Mass so long?" Father Dave explains that in addition to everything we do at a regular Sunday Mass, there are several special rituals reserved for the Easter Mass, like the Sacraments of Initiation for the RCIA candidates, extra readings, and the blessing of the Paschal candle. Original Air 4-12-17

How Were the Luminous Mysteries Established?

A caller named Peter asks, "Where and how did we get the Luminous mysteries?" Father Dave explains that the Luminous mysteries were instituted by St. John Paul II, consist of events from the life of Christ, and are specifically scriptural. Father Dave draws from Rosarium Virginis Mariae, John Paul II's apostolic letter explaining why these mysteries were incorporated in the rosary. Father Dave also explains the difference between the Nicene and Apostles Creeds. Original Air 9-30-13

What's the Difference Between a Basilica, Cathedral, and Church?

A caller named Michael asks, "What is the difference between a basilica, cathedral, and regular church?" Michael recently attended Mass at a basilica and it made him wonder why we call churches by different names. Father David explains that a Cathedral is the seat of the bishop in a diocese. A basilica is designated by the Pope, and a regular parish is under the authority of a priest. Original Air 1-16-18

The Ethics of Leaving Work Early

A listener named Augustine asks, "Is getting paid a salary for hours that you didn't work offensive to God?" Augustine explains he'll occasionally leave work early, but still gets paid for a full eight-hour shift because he is a salaried employee. Father Dave says that as long as we are not intentionally cheating the system, we should be in good conscience that we are not doing anything wrong. Original Air 2-27-18