Homily for the Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

David Oatney Blog: Life at 25

Sirach 27:4-7 1 Corinthians 15:54-58 Luke 6:39-45 Our first reading from the Book of Sirach today tells us “as the test of what the potter molds is in the furnace, so in tribulation is the test of the just.” In the Gospel, Jesus reminds us that “a disciple is not above his teacher, but every one when he is fully …

Slow Down and Have a Holy Advent

David Oatney Pope Francis, Prayer

This past weekend (the vigil and the Sunday proper) heralded the beginning of Advent. In the Church’s year, it is a new beginning, marking a new Year of Grace, 2014. The Church begins the liturgical cycle by reflecting for four weeks in the daily scripture readings, the text of the Mass, and the antiphons of the Liturgy of the Hours …

A Woman Clothed with the Sun

Deacon Scott Maentz New Evangelization, Saints, Year of Faith

A great sign appeared in the sky, a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. Because she was with child, she wailed aloud in pain as she labored to give birth. Then another sign appeared in the sky: it was a huge dragon, flaming red, with seven …