The Devil and Oklahoma City

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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 …

Standing Earnestly For the Faith

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Today the Supreme Court of the United States made a ruling in the case of Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, which was formerly called Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby, in which it ruled through the well-written majority opinion of Justice Samuel Alito that Hobby Lobby, while being compelled under the Affordable Care Act to offer insurance coverage to its employees, is not required to …

Go and Live the Paschal Mystery

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At the end of the Easter season,  the Church celebrates a series of feasts beginning with Pentecost, and moving into Ordinary Time with Trinity Sunday and then the feast of Corpus Christi (the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ) the following week. After that, today is the feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, which commemorates Christ’s love for …

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 …