Turning a crisis into care – one child at a time

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, Hispanic, News

By Ashley Siferd This is the story of one family. A family terrified of the all-too- real threat of rampant and out-of-control gang violence that struck too close to home. This is not fiction. This story is about the sobering reality for children who live at risk every day of their lives. Their choices: face death at home, or face …

Bishop urges thoughtful solution to border crisis

Bishop Richard Stika Catholic Church, Leadership, News

By Bishop Richard F. Stika Imagine being a parent of five children and living with the very real expectation and fear that one of them, or worse yet, all of them, could be the targets of a ruthless and violent gang that you have no power to stop. The circumstances that have led to our recent crisis on the border …

Fraternity of Secular Franciscan Order established in diocese

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, News

By Dan McWilliams The Sts. Francis and CThe Sts. Francis and Clare Fraternity of the Secular Franciscan Order reached a milestone July 27 when it was established canonically during a Mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral. Father Linus DeSantis, OFM Conv, regional spiritual assistant for the Brothers and Sisters of St. Francis Region of the Secular Franciscans the region that includes …

Pope Francis appoints Cardinal Rigali as special envoy

Jim Wogan Catholic Church, News

By Jim Wogan Cardinal Justin Rigali will represent Pope Francis as his special envoy at a celebration marking the 250th anniversary of the founding of the city of St. Louis. “It is a great honor to be the personal representative of Pope Francis,” Cardinal Rigali said. It brings me back to the archdiocese where I served for 9 ½ years.” …

Never Again War

David Oatney Blog: Life at 25, Prayer

In his Sunday Angelus message yesterday, Pope Francis reminded the pilgrims in St. Peter’s Square near the end of his message that today, July 28th, marks the one hundredth anniversary of the beginning of the First World War. It is easy for us to look back on the Great War and call it, as the Holy Father did, a great …

The People of the Nazarene

David Oatney Blog: Life at 25, New Evangelization, Prayer

Fresh off of the previous Lord of the World post here at Life At 25 about the novel from 1907 that details with a stunning amount of accuracy the kind of world we might live in today, as well as telling the story of a great and terrible persecution of Christians until the end of all things, we have a very real story of …

Reflecting On ‘Lord of the World’

David Oatney Blog: Life at 25, Catholic Books

In the last couple of days, I’ve finished the classic Catholic novel Lord of the World, which was mentioned in this space a few days ago. It isn’t intended for this entry to be a review of the book, largely because an actual review might deter some Life At 25 readers from reading it, and it is a book that I would heartily recommend …

Confirmation and first Communion at Divine Mercy

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, News

Bishop Richard F. Stika has been giving the sacrament of confirmation at nearly every Diocese of Knoxville parish this spring. The sacrament was especially eagerly anticipated at one church, which held its first Mass of confirmation and first holy Communion. Divine Mercy Catholic Mission celebrated milestones for 21 of its youngest members June 15 as nine teens were confirmed and …

A Brief Reflection On Jeff Emitt’s Entry Into Eternal Life

David Oatney Blog: Life at 25, Diocese of Knoxville

In the wee hours of this morning I happened to see a Facebook post from Bishop Stika that he had been at the hospital visiting Jeff Emitt, a seminarian of the Diocese of Knoxville, and that Jeff was in his final hours, and that he would likely “return to the Father” within a very short time. The Bishop later posted …

Blessed Are the Peacemakers

David Oatney Blog: Life at 25, Pope Francis

Pope Francis asked that pilgrims assembled in St. Peter’s Square for the Sunday Angelus yesterday take a few moments and pray for peace in the Holy Land, a place where there seems to be no peace to be had, merely a whole lot of suffering for a lot of people on all sides, who in turn blame the other side …

Pray Prayers of Thanks

David Oatney Blog: Life at 25, Prayer

Each day, Catholic clergy, religious men and women, and laypeople from all over the world pray the Liturgy of the Hours. These powerful prayers, rooted in the psalms and in Sacred Scripture, move according to the rhythms of the Church’s ecclesiastical year and invite us to bring our petitions to God. I often find when praying the Hours, sometimes called …

What You Won’t See On This Blog

David Oatney Blog: Life at 25, Catholic Blogs, New Evangelization

In the last day or so someone commented on a recent post here at Life At 25, specifically the post which I happened to write on the situation in Oklahoma City, where a Satanic “Black Mass” is currently scheduled to be celebrated on September 21st. I wrote about the reaction of Oklahoma City Archbishop Paul Coakley, and the dangers of playing …

Pope Francis Asks Forgiveness On Behalf of the Church

David Oatney Blog: Life at 25, Pope Francis

Pope Francis met yesterday with just a few of the many victims of the clerical sex abuse scandal in the Vatican at private audiences in his residence at the St. Martha House. Yesterday, some of the came from Ireland, Great Britain, and Germany-three men and three women. These meetings needed to happen, because the victims of abuse need to know, whoever …

The Devil and Oklahoma City

David Oatney Blog: Life at 25, Prayer

Not more than a month and a half after students at the Harvard University Extension attempted to sponsor a “Black Mass” wherein the Adversary would be worshiped, an event which was canceled after a massive outcry from the Catholic community of the Archdiocese of Boston, it has emerged from Archbishop Paul Coakley of Oklahoma City that a Satanic group calling …