Bishop Statement on Shootings

Jim Wogan Diocese of Knoxville, News, Prayer

My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and families of recent shootings in St. Paul, Baton Rouge, and Dallas.  In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus teaches us that violence only leads to more violence. Please join me in praying that peace and empathy replace hate and vengeance; that citizens, law enforcement, and government leaders come together to quiet the …

Our Faith, Under Attack

The persecution of Christians, including Catholics, is happening in all parts of the world.  From the violent and horrific attacks on the Missionaries of Charity convent in Yemen in March 2016, to the legal and social challenges of our Christian values in the United States—the teachings of Jesus Christ, and those who chose to follow Him, are threatened.  With rare exception, the mainstream …

Missionaries of Charity sisters among those killed in Yemen attack

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, Diocese of Knoxville, News, Prayer

By Catholic News Agency and Catholic News Service Pope Francis is condemning the “diabolical violence” of Friday’s deadly attack on a nursing home in Yemen, acknowledging in a special way the four Missionaries of Charity sisters who were killed during the siege. “His Holiness Pope Francis was shocked and profoundly saddened to learn of the killing of four Missionaries of …

Pray the Rosary Every Day

David Oatney Blog: Life at 25, Prayer

Today is October 1st, and traditionally October is the month of the Holy Rosary. At least part of the reason for this is that October 7th is the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary (the anniversary of the Battle of Lepanto), the commemoration of a day on which a great many of the faithful praying the rosary is believed, …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Standing Earnestly For the Faith

David Oatney Blog: Life at 25, Prayer

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 …

Offer It Up

David Oatney Catholic Blogs, Prayer

A recent discussion on my personal Facebook page feat my good friend Stephanie Richer (who really began the thread or conversation herself on her own page) revolved around certain people in our country and culture who label themselves “faith healers” and who have built up quite a following over the years. One well-known such “healer” has a national television program that …

Christ Is the Hope of Harvard (And Everywhere Else)

David Oatney Catholic Blogs, New Evangelization, Prayer

The Harvard Extension School Cultural Studies Club dropped its sponsorship of a “Black Mass” yesterday after initially removing it from campus to a nightclub called the Middle East. However, that club said that “negotiations had fallen through” and that no Black Mass would be held there. Members of the New York-based “Satanic Temple” were due to preside over the blasphemy, …