For the Love of Jesus

David Oatney Catechism, Diocese of Knoxville, Priesthood, Vocations

Here in East Tennessee, the Catholic population has, in the past, often been seen to be marginalized. There seem to be so few of us and so many people of other faiths. Sometimes it seems as though our neighbors don’t understand us, and the things people don’t understand are the things they fear. However, things are changing for the Catholic …

He Comes To Bring Good Tidings

David Oatney Prayer

With the sun going down on the shortest day of the year, it is now the Vigil of the Fourth Sunday of Advent. The celebration of Our Lord’s Nativity is three days away. Many of us are engaged in those last-minute Christmas preparations. In our home, we are finishing up the candy and cookies, and there are still some gifts …

Person of the Year, Gospel of the Lord

David Oatney Pope Francis

Just in case you may have been on some other Catholic planet the last 24 hours or so and you weren’t yet aware of the news, Pope Francis was named Time Magazine’s 2013 Person of the Year on Wednesday. Time  officially said that part of the reason that they chose the Holy Father was because they believe that he has managed, in …

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 …

The Eucharist Saves From Spiritual Starvation

David Oatney Catechism, New Evangelization, Priesthood

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 …

Heralds of the Good News

David Oatney New Evangelization, Priesthood, Vocations, Year of Faith

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 …

Preach the Gospel at all times. If necessary, use the internet.

Deacon Scott Maentz Catholic Blogs, New Evangelization

Yesterday I was privileged to spend some time with my friend and fellow blogger, The Ironic Catholic. Part of our conversation centered around the so-called “New Evangelization” and how it relates to social media. I say “so-called” because in many ways the New Evangelization is the same as the old. While we ought not overlook the great opportunity to communicate …

Taking It To the Streets

David Oatney New Evangelization, Prayer, Vatican II, Vocations, Year of Faith

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 …

Faith Is a Gift Worth Sharing Through Love

David Oatney New Evangelization, Vocations, Year of Faith

Please forgive me for using the beginning of this post as a means to introduce you once again to myself. Some of you might remember that I wrote a post back in January on the “The Triple Meaning of the Epiphany,” and I’ll be sharing my thoughts with you in the days, weeks, and months ahead on the Year of …

Seven Things Catholics Should Know About the New Evangelization

Deacon Scott Maentz New Evangelization, Year of Faith

To honor the fiftieth anniversary of the Second Vatican Council and the twentieth anniversary of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Pope Benedict XVI has announced a Year of Faith, starting October 11 and ending November 24, 2013, to strengthen the faith of Catholics and draw the world to faith by their example. The Year of Faith is meant to …

Archbishop Aymond Offers “10 Ways Vatican II Shapes the Church Today”

Deacon Scott Maentz Vatican II, Year of Faith

The Catholic Church marks the fiftieth anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council by Blessed Pope John XXIII on October 11. The Council ran from 1962-1965, producing 16 documents over the course of four sessions. Over 2,000 bishops from around the world participated. The Council introduced major reforms and stands among the most significant religious events of the …