Homily for the 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time

David Oatney Blog: Life at 25

Joshua 24:1-2A, 15-17, 18B Ephesians 5:21:32 John 6:60-69 Today the Church reminds us in the readings before us that our faith is counter-cultural, that following Jesus Christ requires us to have faith in what we cannot see or easily discern, and that we face a choice. We can follow the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, or the gods of …

Homily for the 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time

David Oatney Blog: Life at 25

  Ezekiel 2:2-5 2 Corinthians 12:7-10 Mark 6:1-6   We have all doubtless heard the old saying that familiarity breeds contempt. Nowhere is this better Illustrated than in today’s Gospel. Jesus returns to Nazareth at this early point in his ministry already having a reputation as a miracle worker. Now there were quite a few people in ancient Palestine who …

Homily for the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

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Exodus 24:3-8 Hebrews 9:11-15 Mark 14:12-16, 22-26   In the last couple of weeks, we have concluded the annual Festival observance of the Paschal mystery, when we celebrate the Lord’s Resurrection for 50 days on the calendar of the Church, which we conclude with the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. Holy Mother Church uses the liturgical calendar to …

Homily for the Mass of the Lord’s Supper

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Exodus 12:1-8, 11-14 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 John 13:1-15 Tonight we begin the commemoration of the central events of our faith. The very heart of everything we believe as Catholics, as followers of Jesus Christ is commemorated between now and Sunday morning. We are reminded in the opening passage from Exodus, which is actually one of the most important passages in …

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 …

Keep the Mass in Christmas

David Oatney Blog: Life at 25

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 …

Q&A: Minimum Age For the Permanent Diaconate

David Oatney Blog: Life at 25, Vocations

For today’s Catholic Q&A, I happened to find this question buried in our feedback file that I didn’t know was there, and it is one that many men may be asking who might be in the early stages of discerning a call to the permanent diaconate. What is the normal age or Range for the Diaconate? I have called and …

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 …

Pray For Harvard Students’ Souls, and For Our Country

David Oatney Catholic Blogs

The Catholic blogger Elizabeth Scalia, popularly known as The Anchoress, has been among several Catholic bloggers who uncovered the unfortunate reality that a Satanic “Black Mass” is scheduled to take place  essentially sponsored by the Harvard Extension with university approval. This public worship of the devil is being called a “re-enactment,” but one fails to see how it is a …

We Rise With Christ In Baptism

David Oatney Catechism, New Evangelization

HE IS RISEN! THE LORD IS TRULY RISEN! As the Church celebrates the reality of the empty tomb, it should also be remembered that we have a great many neophytes-new Catholics, who have been baptized and/or received into full communion with Holy Mother Church this weekend. Because the celebration of Jesus’ Resurrection is about the rising to new life, the Church …

Good Friday of the Passion of the Lord

David Oatney Catechism

The Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ according to John (18:1-19:42): When Jesus had spoken these words, he went forth with his disciples across the Kidron valley, where there was a garden, which he and his disciples entered. Now Judas, who betrayed him, also knew the place; for Jesus often met there with his disciples. So Judas, procuring a band …

New Catholics Need Our Friendship and Example

David Oatney Diocese of Knoxville, New Evangelization, Prayer

Those of you who celebrated Morning Lauds this morning sang or chanted the 42nd Psalm as the first chant, a psalm which has opening words in verses one and two that may be familiar to many Catholics, and certainly set me in a Holy Week mindset. The Grail translation, which is generally what is used in the English-speaking world for …

Sharing the Gospel of the Blessed Sacrament

David Oatney New Evangelization

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 …