Homily for Vespers for October 19th, 2016-“Vespers for Life” at Holy Trinity, Jefferson City

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Tonight we have come together to celebrate and to pray. We celebrate life, and we do so by celebrating and praying these Vespers together-the Liturgy of the Hours, the Church’s second most important form of prayer and public worship, eclipsed only by the celebration of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass itself. In doing so we pray for all the …

The Shepherd Who Does Not Mince Words

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Our own Bishop took quite a bit of flack in some quarters this past week when he made a post to Facebook that criticized one of the nominees for Vice President of the United States this year. That candidate, Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia, has come out saying that he is a “traditional Catholic” but that he is “pro-choice.” He …

Bishop Stika gives details on Year of Mercy; forgiveness for sin of abortion

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Bishop Richard F. Stika has clarified, for diocesan parishioners and others, the impact of recent pastoral guidelines on abortion and forgiveness, announced by Pope Francis on Aug. 31 for the upcoming Holy Year of Mercy. The Holy Father extended to priests worldwide the authority to absolve women for the sin of abortion. He also decreed the full validity, during the year, of …

Pope Francis defends the family as God intended it

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While visiting Sri Lanka and the Philippines recently, Pope Francis turned more than a few heads by explaining in detail, and some three times in four days, just how right Blessed Pope Paul VI had been when he wrote Humanae Vitae. He issued what can only be described as some of the harshest criticism of abortion and contraception of his pontificate …

Bishop affirms support for Amendment One

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By Bishop Richard F. Stika Published by the Knoxville News Sentinel October 19, 2014   For a number of months now, I have urged all men and women of our community to support life by voting yes on Amendment One on Election Day.  The importance of your yes vote can’t be understated. Amendment One is a pro-life amendment that would …

Yes On 1

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Early voting has gotten underway in Tennessee (it began this past Wednesday), and it continues until October 30th. Election Day itself is Tuesday, November 4th. Those dates on the calendar are not something you would normally find us discussing here at Life At 25, as this is a blog about Church affairs, and it is a blog for the Diocese of …