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 …

The Prayers of Many Abound

David Oatney Blog: Life at 25, Diocese of Knoxville

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

David Oatney Catechism, Diocese of Knoxville

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 …

All Saints

David Oatney Saints

Tomorrow is the feast of All Saints (also called Hallow Mass), which has always been one of my favorite feast days (remember, by the way, that it is a Holy Day of Awesome), a day which we remember all of the great saints of history, including and especially those who may be in Heaven but are not on the “official” …

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 …

The Table of Plenty

David Oatney Prayer, Priesthood, Vocations, Year of Faith

Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve used the ordination of Father Christopher Manning to help illustrate both the importance of the Sacrament of Holy Orders to the life of the Church as a whole, but also the role that ordained priests and deacons are playing in the growth of the Church in East Tennessee. When I last posted about …

Corpus Christi, the Feast of Who We Are

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

Today is the feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, which is often referred to by its Latin term, Corpus Christi. Many Catholics tend to overlook today’s feast, coming as it does two weeks after the Easter Season. In my own mind, however, today’s feast is perhaps one of the most important of the Church year, because it …