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The Elements of Rhetoric and Evangelization with Dr. Ryan Topping

Dr. Ryan Topping is Vice President and Academic Dean at Newman Theological College and the author of “The Elements of Rhetoric: How to Write and Speak Clearly and Persuasively.” Today we talk with Dr. Topping about the decline of rhetoric, the interplay between rhetoric and evangelization, and the importance of wedding truth to beauty.

Are We Allowed to Work on Sunday?

A listener named Bill asks, "Are we allowed to work on Sundays?" Father Dave explains that the Catechism states that the faithful are to refrain from work and any activity that hinder the worship owed to God. He points out that legitimate family needs do not make this possible sometimes, and in those cases, work is excusable. Original Air 3-07-17

What Makes Hardened Atheists Believe in God?

Almost everyone will encounter a rigid atheist at some point, and we all want to know how it is that we can participate in their conversion. Fredric Heidemann, himself a former atheist, offers four stages hardened atheists generally pass through to come to a belief in God.

Villains and Heroes Among So Much Tragedy

In the wake of the heartbreaking tragedy that occurred just a few days ago in Parkland, Florida, Jared Zimmerer offers a reflection on why so many young men turn to this kind of violence—and what we can do about it.

Can Anyone Other Than a Priest Preach a Homily?

A caller named Julie asks, "Is anyone other than a priest allowed to preach a homily?" Father Dave explains that only ordained people: deacons, priests, or bishops, can preach a homily at Mass. He points out that homilies aren't the only type of preaching in the Catholic Church, and there are some situations in which a layperson can preach, like prayer services. However, this wouldn't be considered a homily. Original Air 2-07-18

Mercy Is Free, But Never Cheap

Mercy, like grace, is an undeserved favor. But while it is free, Dr. Tom Neal explains, it is never cheap.

Can a Baby be Baptized During Lent?

Christina shares that her nephew will soon be baptized, but she heard that baptisms should not be performed during Lent. She asks Father Dave if this is true, and if so, why. Father Dave explains that Lent is a time for Catholics to prepare for the baptismal waters of the Resurrection, therefore, baptisms are not usually performed during Lent, however it is usually up to the parish. He also points out that there are exceptions for emergencies. Original Air 01-04-18.

[VIDEO] Why Lent? Bishop Barron Explains

Today is Ash Wednesday and the beginning of the liturgical season of Lent. For so many of us, it means ashes today, sacrifice for weeks, and then a big celebration at the end of it all. But why? What does it all mean? Bishop Barron explains.

How to Get Ready for Lent

We're just one day away from Lent, the penitential season when we prepare ourselves for Christ's death and resurrection. Fr. Steve Grunow offers his advice on how best to ready ourselves.

Do Sundays Count During Lent?

It's the Lenten question Father Dave receives most often! "Do Sundays count during Lent?" A caller named Michelle shares that growing up, her mom told her Sundays were not included in her Lenten sacrifice. Father Dave explains that Sundays do, in fact, count. When we celebrate Sunday Mass during Lent, the Church still calls them Sundays in Lent. He also explains the Catholic definition of fasting, and that our Lenten sacrifices generally do not count as fasting. Original Air 2-07-18