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 …

The Needle’s Eye

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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 …

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 …

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 …

Catholics, Sacred Scripture, and Tradition

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We hear much talk, and rightly so, of the idea of the need to evangelize, and of the “New Evangelization,” the need to re-evangelize in many cases. In our part of the United States, evangelization can also mean reaching out with the right kind of spirit to many of our evangelical Protestant brothers and sisters. This doesn’t mean that we …

The Importance of Retreat

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The priests of the Diocese of Knoxville are on retreat as I write these lines at Lake Junaluska in North Carolina. The Church asks all of her clergy who are physically able to do so to make a retreat at least once a year, something that their diocese or religious order will often facilitate (here you see Bishop Stika celebrating …