Homily for the 4th Sunday of Advent

David Oatney Blog: Life at 25

  Micah 5:1-4A Hebrews 10:5-10 Luke 1:39-45 In the readings from Sacred Scripture throughout the season of Advent we hear much about the twofold character of this holy season. We begin Advent reflecting on the fact that Christ not only came as a little baby, born in a stable cave and laid in a manger (a feeding trough for animals), …

Pray For the Elect During Lent

David Oatney Blog: Life at 25

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 …

Cardinal Rigali’s Preaching Podcast

David Oatney Blog: Life at 25

Many wonderful things are happening here in the Diocese of Knoxville, and have been happening ever since our current shepherd, Bishop Richard Stika, arrived in the Diocese of Knoxville in March of 2009. Our number of seminarians and priests being ordained continues to grow. New diaconate candidates are in formation. While other dioceses are closing or consolidating parishes, we are …

Q & A: If I Haven’t Yet Swallowed the Host, Can I Receive the Chalice?

David Oatney Blog: Life at 25, Catechism

Our occasional Catholic Q & A series gets underway with a question from one Life At 25 reader about what might be the proper way to receive Holy Communion under both kinds (both the Body and the Precious Blood of Christ). How is one supposed to get the Host consumed before reaching the chalice? Must the Host be completely clear …

Installation as Lector

David Oatney Blog: Life at 25, Diocese of Knoxville

I pray readers will forgive me if I ask the prayers of our Life At 25 readers because later today, myself and the other 22 candidates of the Diocese of Knoxville’s diaconate formation will be formally installed Lectors today. In so doing, we will do more than become readers at Mass, but will be seen to become servants and teachers of the …

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 …

The Devil and Oklahoma City

David Oatney Blog: Life at 25, Prayer

Not more than a month and a half after students at the Harvard University Extension attempted to sponsor a “Black Mass” wherein the Adversary would be worshiped, an event which was canceled after a massive outcry from the Catholic community of the Archdiocese of Boston, it has emerged from Archbishop Paul Coakley of Oklahoma City that a Satanic group calling …

Go and Live the Paschal Mystery

David Oatney Blog: Life at 25, Catechism

At the end of the Easter season,  the Church celebrates a series of feasts beginning with Pentecost, and moving into Ordinary Time with Trinity Sunday and then the feast of Corpus Christi (the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ) the following week. After that, today is the feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, which commemorates Christ’s love for …

Christ Is the Hope of Harvard (And Everywhere Else)

David Oatney Catholic Blogs, New Evangelization, Prayer

The Harvard Extension School Cultural Studies Club dropped its sponsorship of a “Black Mass” yesterday after initially removing it from campus to a nightclub called the Middle East. However, that club said that “negotiations had fallen through” and that no Black Mass would be held there. Members of the New York-based “Satanic Temple” were due to preside over the blasphemy, …

Don’t You Blaspheme In Here: No Black Mass On Harvard Campus Tonight, Maybe Not Elsewhere

David Oatney Catholic Blogs, New Evangelization

Voices standing up for the truth do matter, it seems. This morning, Harvard University President Drew Gilpin Faust released a public statement saying that the “Black Mass” would be allowed to go ahead as planned at the Queen’s Head pub on Harvard Campus, bowing to the idea that this was an exercise , but she was none too pleased.

People Respond to the Holy Spirit

David Oatney Diocese of Knoxville, New Evangelization

I haven’t had an opportunity to post on Life At 25 over the last week because I was joining a group of men in our parish in giving a Christ Renews His Parish retreat to another group of men, which took a lot of time and even more energy, and so I’ve had to take a few days to relax and …

A Thank You To Priests On Holy Thursday

David Oatney Catechism, Priesthood, Vocations

Today is known in the Catholic world as Holy Thursday, sometimes in the English-speaking world it is called Maundy Thursday, and it commemorates that Thursday night long ago on the night Jesus Christ was betrayed, when he instituted the two sacraments without which his Church would not exist, the Holy Eucharist, and the sacrament of Holy Orders, specifically in the form …