Father Simon Says



Father Simon Says is your daily bible study hosted by Father Richard Simon, who jokingly refers to himself as Reverend Know-it-All.


  • Baptismal Musings - January 16, 2023

    16/01/2023 Duração: 51min

    Bible Study: (3:16) Heb 5:1-10 Father explains what true priesthood is  Mk 2:18-22 What is fasting actually about?  Letters  (18:38)- Father reviews a letter about someone cutting off her hair (20:11) - Father sings one of his favorite German songs (21:06) - Can an ordination of an ordination be declared null?  (26:55) - Why are there so many different nationalities?  Word of the Day: New (32:54) Callers  (37:40) - A non-baptized person can validly baptize. (40:28) - I was given a subscription to a publication called 'Daily Word;' should I read it?  (44:48) - I working on this house and while digging a ditch, I found a statue of St. Francis. Why was it put there?  (47:48) - When a priest is baptizing you, are they doing it like John the Baptist?

  • Born From Above - January 13, 2023

    13/01/2023 Duração: 51min

    Bible Study: (2:17) Hebrews 4:1-5, 11 Who were the first converts to Christianity?  Mk 2:1-12 What is the scandal from today’s Gospel? Letters (21:24) - What does it mean 'to be born from above?' Word of the Day: Heart (33:00) Callers (36:07) - I'm a convert from Southern Baptist and I'm having trouble with Mary.  (49:01) - Would God tell immortal souls, 'They shall surely die?'

  • Giving a Blessing - January 12, 2023

    12/01/2023 Duração: 51min

    Bible Study: (1:47) Heb 3:7-14 What does it mean to live today?  Mk 1:40-45 How does this Gospel challenge our view of Jesus?  Letters (21:34) - Should communion ministers give a blessing?  (25:34) - What does Mt. Moriah mean?  (26:56) - Clapping at mass (28:14) - A new way to listen to Fr. Simon Says  (29:15) - Gossiping about our children Word of the Day: Desert (38:29) Callers  40:52) - Could an order be created in the Church for married men who want to be priests?

  • Advice for Young Priests - January 11, 2023

    11/01/2023 Duração: 51min

    Bible Study: (3:10) Heb 2:14-18 Why does God test us?  Mk 1:29-39 Why is prayer so important? Letters (20:45) - What is fear of the Lord  (24:59) - Can a non-Catholic enter into a covenant?  (27:10) - Thomas Aquinas and the Soul Word of the Day: Novena (32:28) Callers  (35:57) - As a young priest, how can I evangelize my friends?  (41:02) - 'Blood will be poured for you and many' - what does that mean?  (44:24) - How come St. Peter was married and Pope? (47:48) - What happens if you think you missed doing God's will? (49:48) - A Hindu friend is saying to me, 'I want to pray for you', what should I do? 

  • Teaching with Authority - January 10, 2023

    10/01/2023 Duração: 51min

    Bible Study: (2:35) Heb 2:5-12 Father explains his pro-Talmudic reading of today's text Mk 1:21-28 What does it mean to teach with authority?  What's the best way to rebuke the Devil?  Letters (19:11) - Can Father explain the 'Come Holy Spirit' prayer (33:44) - There is a parishioner wears a shirt that says 'protect trans kids.' What should I do?   Word of the Day: Hierarchy (39:21) Callers (43:59) - How to judge rightly in terms of giving money to priests? (47:16) - Husband and I going on a cruise, and one of the Sundays, we're not going to be able to go to mass.  Is that okay? (48:52) - A friend is w/the Armenian Church, he goes to communion at the Catholic Church, is that okay, or how to advise him?

  • Baptism of Jesus - January 9, 2023

    09/01/2023 Duração: 51min

    Readings (2:28) Father talks about the Baptism of the lord. (8:06) Father talks about why Magi could recognize Jesus as king and why some people can’t recognize Him. Letters (18:21) Bernice – About Pope Benedict Christine – why are there not more times for confession Word of the Day (33:38) Confession and Church Phones (36:46) Jerry - Do we become the mystical body, blood, soul, divinity of Jesus Christ, when we receive the Eucharist? Ines - where do souls come from, and how are souls are made?  Has he made them already, or when pregnant? Larry - Is today the last day on the traditional calendar for Christmas? Maria - I got divorced, is it okay for me to get married again?  I didn't get married by the Church? Betty - Relationship b/w parishes and dioceses.  What happens when a priest doesn't have a lot of business training and what happens when a priest is not behaving as they should, like being arrogant. Christiana - When you consecrate yourself to Our Lady.  There are so many different kinds of conse

  • Learning to Trust - January 6, 2023

    06/01/2023 Duração: 51min

    Bible Study: (2:33) 1 Jn 5:5-13 We need to learn to trust M 1:7-11 Father compares the geologies of Matthew and Luke Letters (21:27) - Question about Jeremiah and when life begins (24:51) - When was Fr. Simon convinced that the Shroud was a real thing?  (29:37) - I have a young 25-year-old neighbor who wants to shave her head. What should I say to her?  (31:20) - What is the original language of the OT Word of the Day: Baptism (35:14) Callers  (39:25) - When did Jesus establish the sacrament of penance and where? Why is it necessary to confess to a priest? (43:52) - What do we celebrate on the feast of the epiphany? (45:25) - Can I watch my Grandson's wrestling matches on Sunday even though its the day of rest? (47:19) - How do I convince my family that we should not spread the ashes of deceased?

  • In Paradisum - January 5, 2023

    05/01/2023 Duração: 25min

    Bible Study: (0.40.409) 1 Jn 3:11-21 What is love actually about?  Are we willing to give our lives to Christ?  Word of the Day: Nazareth (21.01) Note: We had an abbreviated show today because we aired a rebroadcast of Pope Benedict XVI's funeral. 

  • The Righteous One - January 4, 2023

    04/01/2023 Duração: 51min

    Why is the language of St. John's writings so different? (1:59) 1 Jn 3:7-10 Who is a model of righteousness?  Jn 1:35-42 Father tells a funny anecdote from today's Gospel Letters (18:31) - Father comments on the Seventh Day Adventists and the Second Coming of Christ   (25:41) - What does Moriah mean?  (27:10) - What is 'vicar' of Christ?  Word of the Day: Children (31:40) Callers (33:01) - Your opening comments on happy new year to blessed new year is the same shift that occurred with the Mass when they changed the word happy to blessed. (36:48) - Do we get our Guardian angel at conception or birth? and where is the Ark of the covenant now? (38:02) - Galatians: What does Paul mean by works of righteousness? (40:55) - When John was in prison he asked if Jesus was the one so why did he say behold the Lamb of God in today's reading? (42:45) - Why does the Church not talk more about the consequences of sin today? (47:05) - A friend of mine lost her husband. Can I wish that she feels the presence of her dec

  • Greeting the Priest! - January 3, 2023

    03/01/2023 Duração: 51min

    1 JN 2:29–3:6 What happens when we stand before God? What does it mean to persist in sin?  Jn 1:29-34 The connection between Jesus and Abraham Letters 29:45 - Mary discusses greeting our neighbor before mass 36:15 - was Paul made a bishop?  Word of the Day: Baptized (34:44) Caller 48:20 - Is it a sin that I didn't go to Sunday mass last week, b/c I had fear that car would get stuck in snow 50:00 - How to compliment a priest without trying to praise him too much? 54:15 - Confused on what Pope Francis dedicated this year to.  For example like 'Year of St. Joseph' 57:50 - If someone wants to get engaged w/someone, how much should they reveal their past sins

  • Angels! - January 2, 2023

    02/01/2023 Duração: 51min

    Bible Study: (2:16) Dn 7:9-10, 13-14 How do we understand visions? Jn 1:47-51 Is Jesus Jacob's ladder?  Letters (23:52) What does In persona christi mean?  Is the Polish National Catholic Church in line with Rome?  Word of the Day: Saints (34:42) Callers  (37:12) - Question about Baptism and purgatory (43:25) - Paul asks about triple immersion Baptism (48:08) - I just went to a beautiful mass and I want to share it (50:04) - Question about purgatory, where is it clear in the Bible about the existence of purgatory? Original Air Date: 9-29-22

  • Why Confession - January 1, 2023

    01/01/2023 Duração: 50min

    Bible Study: (3:14) Jb 3:1-3, 11-17, 20-23 Father talks about the beautiful contribution of women Lk 9:51-56 What does it mean that Jesus set his face on Jerusalem Letters: (18:03) Dan wrote in about the Presentation of the Lord Father talks about fundamentalism and literalism  Father discusses the Church in Germany responding to a letter from Fr. Michael Word of the Day: Rebuke (38:44) Callers  (41:29) During the mass, we have the Mystery of Faith and one of the acclimations 'When we eat this bread...'  Isn't this reinforcing that we're just eating bread? (45:18) - What Father's view regarding the Great German speaking mystic Meister Eckhart?   (48:25) - Father's thoughts about St. Vincent de Paul organization and that I was personally helped by SVDP this year Original Air Date - 9-27-22

  • Why Confession? - December 31, 2022

    31/12/2022 Duração: 51min

    Bible Study: (2:37) ECCL 3:1-11 There is a time for everything under the heavens!  LK 9:18-22 Do the Scriptures contradict each other?  Letters: Listener disagreed with Father's advice to mothers  How is the Presentation of Jesus a Joyful Mystery and a Sorrow of Mary?  Listener shares her reversion to the faith Listener shares the power of religious statues on her faith Question about pharmacy in the time of Jesus Father remarks about sorrow and the faith  Listener writes about the Latin root for left-handed people Why do we have to confess to priests?  Are holy cards and rosaries that we get in the mail blessed?  Word of the Day: To serve  

  • Jury Duty - December 30, 2022

    30/12/2022 Duração: 51min

    Bible Study: (1:55) ECCL 1:2-11 What does Ecclesiastes have to do with jury duty?  LK 9:7-9 Father discusses the power of being united to Christ  Letters (16:40) Listener asks about transgenderism  Father talks about valid Mass listener asks about Jews, Muslims and the Trinity Word of the Day: Tetrarch (36:10) Callers  (40:02) - ​Is it okay for a priest at daily mass to skip prayers of the faithful? (42:08) - I thought Father's remarks about CCD was very perfect.  I'm running into problems regarding questions about Gender Identity and how to speak to the parents as a Catechist. (46:09) - Since our belief is in the Trinity, should we say the Muslims don't believe in the same God? (50:17) - What do you think about Lifemark the movie about adoption? Original Air Date: 9-22-22

  • Baptism in the Holy Spirit - December 29, 2023

    29/12/2022 Duração: 50min

    Bible Study: (2:03) 1 Cor 12:12-14, 27-31a When was the last time you heard the voice of God?  Letters (20:32) Listener shares story of Baptism in the Holy Spirit Listener shares story of birth of her son Caller shares story of Holy Communion Word of the Day: Deacon (33:41) Callers  (37:42) – Why do Catholics bow down to Mary, when it clearly says you shouldn’t bow down to idols? (41:02) – Comment on topic of family and poverty. Thank you (44:05) – How can we know what charisms we have? (49:38) – Callers talks about his family  

  • Sweet and Bitter Scroll - December 28, 2022

    28/12/2022 Duração: 51min

    Bible Study: (3:24) EZ 2:8—3:4 What is the sweet and bitter scroll? MT 18:1-5, 10, 12-14 Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?  Letters (19:38) Can I go to communion if I can’t do my penance before mass begins?   What does the title Lord mean in the context of St. Joseph? Word of the day: Syrians vs Assyrians (29:37) Callers (36:48) - I'm 100 years old, but I'm tired of living.  Could you help me? (40:41) - We're starting the Consecration to St. Joseph and there's a word 'divorce'  in Matthew, could you help? (46:26) - Could you add to the story of Simon the Cyrenian? (49:29) - Caller reflects on different uses for the term Lord.  Original Air Date: August 9, 2022

  • God's Restraint - December 27, 2023

    27/12/2022 Duração: 51min

    Bible Study: (1:53) RV 3:1-6, 14-22 Father Simon discusses God's restraint  LK 19:1-10 Father offers his thoughts on Zacchaeus  Letters: (20:23) What does the first reading skip over verses 7-13?  Word of the day: Spit (33:36) Callers (34:59) - When we say the profession of faith, why do we say, 'When we eat this bread?' (37:17) - I have a friend who's an atheist and doesn't believe in concept of eternity and doesn't believe in Christ and God.  How do I convince him?  (42:31) - I'm the only Catholic in my family and don't have many Catholic friends.  Should I worry about having a Catholic funeral? (43:56) - Where there synagogues everywhere during the time of Jesus? (46:38) - When the college of cardinals meets to elect the Pope, are they guided by the Holy Spirit when they vote? (49:12) - I'm a convert. Why aren't there more Protestant converts?  Original Air Date 11-15-22

  • Praying for Priests - December 26, 2022

    26/12/2022 Duração: 51min

    Bible Study: (2:11) Rv 4:1-11 Father compares this passage to the beginning of Ezekiel and describes what the apocalypse is Lk 19:11-28 Father explains how today's parable aimed at Herod  Letters Father reads a letter about prayers for priests Word of the Day: Cherub (37:34) Callers  (26:50) - How could I enjoy praying the Liturgy of the Hours? (30:23) - Could you put Holy Water in an empty bottle? (33:22) - Comment: The Church is responsible for sanctification (42:40) - What's the diff b/w Liturgy of the Hours and Vespers? (44:09) - Does he use a particular Bible program to look at word concordance?   (46:28) -  Revelation 4:11 and God's Will Original Air Date: 11-16-22

  • Repent! - December 23, 2022

    23/12/2022 Duração: 49min

    Bible Study: (1:57) ZEP 3:1-2, 9-13 Will God keep his promises? MT 21:28-32 What is the issue with tax collectors and what does a vineyard signify?  Letters (24:40) - Is there a difference between sermon vs. homily?  (26:43) - How do we protect against hopelessness during the Christmas season?  (32:58) - What will happen to the Church in Germany?  (46:08) - How do we find Fr. Simon's article about the tabernacle?  Word of the Day: Repent Original Air Date: 12-13-22

  • Who is Number One in Our Lives? - December 22, 2022

    22/12/2022 Duração: 49min

    1 Sm 1:24-28 Do we love God or our children more?   Lk 1:46-56 The importance of gratitude and the words of Mary Letters:  (19:35) - we need a resurgence of the reading of the Douay–Rheims  (26:14) - Observation about Jesus' seamless garment (32:32) – Book for in-laws Word of the Day: Wine skins (34:44) Callers  (36:12) - How are we to fear the Lord if we're also supposed to love him? (38:22) - Elizabeth and St. John the Baptist - who was the first one to acknowledge that Christ was coming? (40:37) - Was the Temple area paved with stones? (43:24) - Is it true that we're not supposed to eat meat on Christmas Eve? (44:52) - Genesis 20:16 could you explain? (47:04) - Question about St. Gertrude prayer in souls in purgatory?

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