A Blessed Year for a Blessed Diocese

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Today is the last day of 2013, the seventh day in the Octave of Christmas, and the Vigil of the feast of Mary, the Mother of God. Today is as good a time as any to take stock of the previous year. For the Diocese of Knoxville, 2013 has been a historic year in which our 25th anniversary has been …

Remembering God On the Day of Plenty

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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 …

The End of Another Year of Grace

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As we enter the closing days of the Liturgical Year 2013, those of you who pay close attention to the daily Mass readings will notice that a distinctly eschatological theme begins to develop in these days leading up to what will ultimately be the Feast of Christ the King and the last week of Ordinary Time. The readings in many …

Saints of Our Times

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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 …

The Final Countdown

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The countdown to the Diocese of Knoxville’s first ever Eucharistic Congress has begun in earnest, because by the time this post is published, we will be speaking of the Congress as something that will be upon us not in a matter of months, weeks, or days. The biggest event in the 25-year history of the Diocese of Knoxville is now …

The Pope Who Leads By Example

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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 …

Queen of Peace, Pray for Us

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If my memory serves me correctly, it was Father Meinrad Brune, OSB, who is the Oblate Director at St. Meinrad Archabbey and School of Theology, who once shared with me and other oblates during a meeting many years ago a story that when he was a boy growing up in Indiana during the Second World War, he would often see …

Heralds of the Good News

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World Youth Day festivities came to an end in Rio de Janeiro yesterday, but not before millions of young people had the experience of a lifetime, and Pope Francis made his mark on the “Marvelous City” forever. So critical may this World Youth Day of 2013 prove in defining Francis’ pontificate in Church history that even those closest to the …

Standing Up for Truth and Human Dignity

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When the Holy Father arrived in Rio de Janeiro yesterday, the crowds mobbed him. They didn’t do so in anger, they wanted to be close to the Vicar of Christ, to the man who lives simplicity and holiness before them and who is the first pope from the Americas. Those crowds wanted to see the man who said simply “I have …

The Church Is Not a Political Party

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On the eve of next week’s World Youth Day celebrations in Rio de Janeiro, the seeming fascination on the part of much of what we might call the mainstream secular news media with the day-to-day doings of Pope Francis continues without abatement. The Holy Father made the international cover of Time this week, where he has been dubbed “The People’s …

Servant of the Servants of God

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As youth from around the world gather in Rio de Janeiro for next week’s World Youth Day festivities, some in the secular press seem keen to play a highly misleading and greatly erroneous game of “compare the popes” between Pope Francis and his predecessor, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. The latest to play this game seems to be the religion section …

Fostering An Attitude of Simplicity

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Pope Francis made some very interesting remarks in recent days to a group of seminarians and consecrated religious novices who were visiting the Vatican as part of their Year of Faith observances, and his words have produced varied reaction from priests and religious around the world. The Holy Father told the assembled seminarians and novices that they should maintain humility …

Scott Hahn, Militant Islam, and Prayer

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Our Diocese of Knoxville 25th Anniversary Eucharistic Congress set for September 13th and 14th will feature a line up of speakers that some people, including many outside of the diocese, are calling improbable. We will have two cardinals present and sharing their thoughts, Justin Cardinal Rigali, Archbishop Emeritus of Philadelphia, and the “featured speaker” of the weekend, Timothy Cardinal Dolan, …