Homily for the 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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1 Kings 19:9A, 11-13A Romans 9:1-5 Matthew 14:22-33   The prophet Elijah begins our readings today by going to Mount Horeb, also called Mount Sinai, and one of the things that we don’t see in that passage (merely because of where the text today begins) is the reality that Elijah is fleeing to the “mountain of God” in fear of …

Homily for the Third Sunday of Lent: In Spirit and In Truth

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Homily   Exodus 17:3-7 Romans 5:1-2, 5-8 John 4:5-42   It is noteworthy that the woman at the well in today’s Gospel was there drawing water at around Noon, the Scripture tells us. Not only are we told that this is Jacob’s well, which is mentioned in the Old Testament (so Jesus’ presence there already had a kind of heightened …

Homily for the 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Jeremiah 38:4-6, 8-10 Hebrews 12:1-4 Luke 12:49-53       People didn’t care very much for what the Prophet Jeremiah had to say. He was telling people that unless they repented, Jerusalem was going to fall and the people of Judah would be taken into captivity by the Babylonians. This was going to happen, Jeremiah said, because people refused to …

Keep the Mass in Christmas

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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

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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?

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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 …

Thoughts of a Lector

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The men of our diocesan diaconate formation class were formally installed as Lectors by Bishop Stika on Saturday evening at the Vigil Mass at All Saints in West Knoxville on Saturday evening. As was done when we were made Candidates (and will be done again when we are made Acolytes and will later, God willing, be ordained) we all answered …

Installation as Lector

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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

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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

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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 …

The Prayers of Many Abound

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Last week here on Life At 25 I wrote about the Eucharistic flash mob that we had in Market Square as part of a larger post about what turned out to be a real grace-filled weekend in the Diocese of Knoxville. I just returned from this month’s diaconate formation session and, as might be expected, the flash mob was an early …

The Baptism of the Lord and Ordinary Time

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Today is the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, and the Church remembers in a solemn way the day on which Christ humbled himself as an example to us to be baptized in the River Jordan by his forerunner, follower, and cousin John the Baptist. Unlike ourselves, who all had need of baptism as the ordinary means by which …