Pray For the Elect During Lent

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Lent is a time when the Church asks us to consider our lives and amend them, “giving up” those things which are an impediment to our relationship to Christ and “adding” or “doing” those things, in prayer, fasting, and almsgiving that will enrich our relationship with Jesus Christ and his Church. We are called during this time to journey with …

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 …

Sharing the Gospel of the Blessed Sacrament

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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

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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 …

Countdown to the Congress

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Today, August 31st, is the last day that you can register for our Diocese of Knoxville 25th Anniversary Eucharistic Congress, scheduled for the Sevierville Convention Center on September 13th and 14th. If you’ve looked at the calendar you know that the reason today is the last day is because the Congress is just two weeks away. A lot of people …

Corpus Christi, the Feast of Who We Are

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Today is the feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, which is often referred to by its Latin term, Corpus Christi. Many Catholics tend to overlook today’s feast, coming as it does two weeks after the Easter Season. In my own mind, however, today’s feast is perhaps one of the most important of the Church year, because it …

Taking It To the Streets

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On Friday I discussed the New Evangelization and how we need to pray for an evangelizing spirit so that we are unafraid to proclaim the faith with charitable boldness in the way that Pope Francis seems to be calling on us to do. Are there any Catholic groups, especially organizations which are primarily lay ecclesial movements, that are actively witnessing …

The Latin Mass

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Certainly one of the biggest changes that Catholics around the world saw as a result of the Second Vatican Council, was the rapid disappearance of Latin in the liturgy as it was replaced by the vernacular. Today there is still a debate within the Church as to whether this was a legitimate development of the council. There are a large …