The Needle’s Eye

David Oatney Blog: Life at 25

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 …

The Gospel According to Osteen

David Oatney Blog: Life at 25, Catechism

The wife of a certain prominent evangelical televangelist made some recent comments about the reason we worship that sheds some unfortunate light on what we might call the popular theology of many within our society with her public interpretation of why we worship and what it is that “makes God happy.” Of course Victoria Osteen’s statement that “God takes pleasure …

Never Again War

David Oatney Blog: Life at 25, Prayer

In his Sunday Angelus message yesterday, Pope Francis reminded the pilgrims in St. Peter’s Square near the end of his message that today, July 28th, marks the one hundredth anniversary of the beginning of the First World War. It is easy for us to look back on the Great War and call it, as the Holy Father did, a great …

Offer It Up

David Oatney Catholic Blogs, Prayer

A recent discussion on my personal Facebook page feat my good friend Stephanie Richer (who really began the thread or conversation herself on her own page) revolved around certain people in our country and culture who label themselves “faith healers” and who have built up quite a following over the years. One well-known such “healer” has a national television program that …

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

David Oatney Catechism, New Evangelization, Prayer

Yesterday in my parish (St. Patrick in Morristown) a new year of formation in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults began. Not only is it fair to say that this ministry is one that is close to my heart, I am personally close to it because I have been on the RCIA team at St. Patrick for the last …

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 …

Here Stands Baseball’s Perfect Knight

Deacon Scott Maentz Baseball

Earlier today Bishop Stika delivered the homily at the Mass of Christian Burial for Baseball Hall of Famer, Stan Musial. Stan’s son-in-law, Martin Schwarze, shared that Joe Torre had mentioned that Stan Musial was not only a Hall of Fame Baseball Player, but that he was also a member of the Hall of Fame when it came to life. Bishop …

The Pope Tweets!

Deacon Scott Maentz New Evangelization, Year of Faith

You may have heard that the pope has entered the world of Twitter. While I am certain that many of you are not currently on the Twitter and likely never will be, I thought you might be interested in the first message from Benedict XVI, tweeted this morning, concerning the Year of Faith. Dear friends, I am pleased to get …