New Catholics Need Our Friendship and Example

David Oatney Diocese of Knoxville, New Evangelization, Prayer

Those of you who celebrated Morning Lauds this morning sang or chanted the 42nd Psalm as the first chant, a psalm which has opening words in verses one and two that may be familiar to many Catholics, and certainly set me in a Holy Week mindset. The Grail translation, which is generally what is used in the English-speaking world for …

Catholics, Sacred Scripture, and Tradition

David Oatney Catechism, New Evangelization

We hear much talk, and rightly so, of the idea of the need to evangelize, and of the “New Evangelization,” the need to re-evangelize in many cases. In our part of the United States, evangelization can also mean reaching out with the right kind of spirit to many of our evangelical Protestant brothers and sisters. This doesn’t mean that we …

Be Christ to the World Crying Out For Help

David Oatney New Evangelization, Pope Francis

If you didn’t happen to see the Grammy Awards program earlier this week, you might have heard of the performance by the popular singer Katy Perry which appeared to no small number of people, including writers from major entertainment publications, to be an example of the glorification of Satan and perhaps actual witchcraft itself. Even if the performance was not …

Making Time For the Gospels

David Oatney Diocese of Knoxville, New Evangelization

As we pointed out in the previous post here at Life At 25, the Church’s New Year of Grace 2014 got underway last weekend with the First Sunday of Advent. A new liturgical year is a great time to make resolutions of the spiritual kind, such as “I will learn much more about my faith,” “I’ll dedicate more time of my …

Remembering God On the Day of Plenty

David Oatney Diocese of Knoxville, New Evangelization, Prayer, Year of Faith

Since Catholics celebrated the feast of Christ the King this past Sunday, the liturgical year is about to come to a close this Saturday, on the feast of St. Andrew the Apostle (which so happens to be one of my patronal feast days, since St. Andrew is my confirmation saint), but not before another “feast day” intervenes, the feast of …

Our Lady of the Rosary

David Oatney Diocese of Knoxville, New Evangelization, Prayer, Priesthood, Vocations

Today, October 7th, is the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. On this day in 1571, a small and heavily-outnumbered allied Catholic naval force under the command of Don John of Austria defeated a Turk Muhammedian fleet of over 300 ships. This naval battle kept the Western Mediterranean from falling into Muslim hands and preserved the place of Christianity …

Saints of Our Times

David Oatney New Evangelization, Pope Francis, Saints, Year of Faith

It was announced from the Vatican on Monday that Blessed Pope John Paul II and Blessed John XXIII will be canonized together on Sunday, April 27th, the Second Sunday of Easter. That day is also known as Divine Mercy Sunday, so named after the feast that St. Faustina Kowalska described in her Diary the the feast of Divine Mercy which Our …

Sharing the Gospel of the Blessed Sacrament

David Oatney New Evangelization

Knoxville Bishop Richard Stika said something most interesting in his closing remarks at the Diocese of Knoxville Eucharistic Congress on September 14th. He said that when he came to East Tennessee, he was warned that he was going to a place where Catholics make up about 2% of the total population. “They told me ‘you understand that you are being …

The Eucharist Saves From Spiritual Starvation

David Oatney Catechism, New Evangelization, Priesthood

One of the most important things that Father Robert Barron said in his talk at the Diocese of Knoxville’s 25th Anniversary Eucharistic Congress on Saturday was that “without the Eucharist, we would starve spiritually.” Father Barron recounted the story of the first time that he ever participated in a Papal Mass in St. Peter’s Square. He said that when he …

The Pope Who Leads By Example

David Oatney Catechism, New Evangelization, Prayer, Year of Faith

Pope Francis not only called for a vigil of prayer and fasting this past weekend, but the Holy Father has continued a recurring theme of rejecting what he likes to call “false religiosity,” telling people not to keep certain devotions merely for the sake of those devotions, but to engage in devotional practices and works of charity that draw them …

The Jubilee Is Just Beginning

David Oatney New Evangelization

The Diocese of Knoxville’s long-awaited 25th Anniversary Eucharistic Congress is very quickly approaching, in fact I looked at the calendar today and it is difficult to believe how close at hand the Congress is, it is now less than a month away. Those of us who live and worship in the Diocese of Knoxville have been hearing about this very …

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

David Oatney Catechism, New Evangelization, Prayer

Yesterday in my parish (St. Patrick in Morristown) a new year of formation in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults began. Not only is it fair to say that this ministry is one that is close to my heart, I am personally close to it because I have been on the RCIA team at St. Patrick for the last …