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 …

Ash Wednesday At the Field Hospital

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Today in our parishes around the Diocese of Knoxville and the world, after the homily is given, all kinds of people will approach the altar. If years’ past are any indication, there will be people at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass today that we do not see any other day of the year. At my own parish, the Mass …

The Needle’s Eye

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As the old year of 2014 ended and 2015 was about to begin, the Holy See issued its annual report, which showed that the number of Catholics world-wide continues to grow, and that growth is evident across all continents. However, within the numbers there appears another notable trend, and that is that a vast majority of the growth in the …

Keep the Mass in Christmas

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Today is the Vigil of the Nativity of the Lord, popularly known as Christmas Eve. Tonight when those of us who do so celebrate Vespers, or Evening Prayer, the Church says that the solemnity of Christmas officially begins. Advent comes to an end as we enter into our celebration of the Nativity of the Lord. Some parishes will celebrate Masses …

It’s “O” Time

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Those of us who daily celebrate the Liturgy of the Hours could probably tell that it is getting close to Christmas even if we couldn’t get a look at the calendar, because beginning last Wednesday and continuing through Tuesday evening, December 23rd, before reciting the Magnificat (i.e. “my soul magnifies the Lord”) from Luke 1:46-55, we recite a series of …

Reflection for Vespers

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This past Friday evening (December 5th) was my turn to lead Evening Prayer for our diaconate formation class. For some time now, we’ve been including a reflection by the candidate leading Morning or Evening Prayer. In sharing one of my reflections before on Life At 25, I said that it was rather like “practice preaching” to prepare us for the …

Are We Profitable Servants?

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It is that time of year when we begin to see readings in daily Masses that are clearly eschatological and, some would say, apocalyptic in the Scriptures read at Mass every day. We see this in today’s readings, for example, when John has a vision of the Heavenly Liturgy, and Jesus tells what the headers in the Revised Standard Version …

Want To Keep Churches Open? Hand On Faith to Children

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On All Souls Day New York Archbishop Timothy Cardinal Dolan announced a list of parishes in his diocese which will “merge” with other parishes. At some of the parishes which will now have two or more churches in their parish, there will be sacraments celebrated at both churches. At a great many of these parish churches, the sacraments won’t be …

Pope Francis Says Lukewarm Faith is Dangerous to the Church

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Pope Francis earlier this week discussed a topic in one of his homilies that may have made a whole lot of people squirm had the secular media picked up on it. The Holy Father warned on Monday that some of the greatest harm to the Church today is being caused by Christians whose faith is what sacred Scripture termed as …

A New Life (At 25)

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We’re hours into our new format at Life At 25 and we are fully integrated into the Diocese of Knoxville website, but we’ve already gotten some questions about the new format, and regular readers will see that something is new here. Why are you publishing on the main diocesan site, I’ve seen some old Life At 25 posts there?  Regular readers are …

Beginning Experience

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Each year in the United States, more than 800,000 people suddenly lose a spouse who departs this earthly life, for many of them their best friend. Other people, more than 50% of all marriages in our country, see their marriages end in divorce. These are different kinds of pain, but both bring about grief and an intense feeling of loss. …

A Change of Scenery

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As you can see if you are a regular visitor to Life At 25, there has been something of a change of scenery around here, thanks to the technological wizardry of my friends and confrere in diaconate formation Scott Maentz, who takes care of most of our diocesan information technology needs. If you are familiar with our main diocesan site, you know …

An Apology and a Q&A on Lord of the World

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First of all, I want to apologize to our readers who have been leaving good comments. I have been receiving them, but for some reason that I am as yet unsure of, they are not appearing on Life At 25. Please keep sending them, because I know that Scott Maentz, who does a great deal of our web work here in …