Speak Lord, Your Servant Is Listening

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The Diocese of Knoxville was blessed this past Saturday to ordain three new deacons, Deacon Jesus Guerrero-Rodriguez, Deacon Raymond Powell, and Deacon Scott Russell. These three deacons will, with the help of God, go on to later be ordained priests, adding to the already swelled ranks of the presbyterate in the Diocese of Knoxville. We are blessed that these men …

The Humble Pope

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Pope Francis has given a most interesting interview to the Spanish-language magazine La Vanguardia in which he touched on many things, from those who promote violence in the name of God, relations between the Catholic and Orthodox Churches, peace in the Middle East, and relations between Christians and Jews. The most significant part of the Holy Father’s remarks, however, may be …

The Prayers of Many Abound

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Last week here on Life At 25 I wrote about the Eucharistic flash mob that we had in Market Square as part of a larger post about what turned out to be a real grace-filled weekend in the Diocese of Knoxville. I just returned from this month’s diaconate formation session and, as might be expected, the flash mob was an early …

How To Avoid A Priest Shortage

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I recently had a conversation with a former schoolteacher of mine, a good and devout Catholic, wherein we exchanged prayer intentions, for through the blessing of the internet I can interact with former teachers and school friends that I have not otherwise seen in many years. In the course of this conversation, we began to discuss priests and I shared …

Adoration and Ordination

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Yesterday, I had the great honor to be on Market Square for a public adoration of the Blessed Sacrament with many of our active young people from around the Diocese of Knoxville. This adoration took the form of a Eucharistic “flash mob,” whose members came as ordinary people milling about the square, with only the news of what was going …

The Triple Meaning of the Epiphany

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The vast majority of Catholics as well as Christians of other faith traditions have come to view the Feast of the Epiphany as a celebration of the visit to the Christ Child by the Magi, or Three Wise Men, as some of our traditional English translations have come to call them. The coming of the Magi to Christ and their …