Homily for the First Sunday of Lent

David Oatney Blog: Life at 25

Genesis 9:8-15 1 Peter 3:18-22 Mark 1:12-15   In the first two readings on this first Sunday of Lent we are reminded of the mercy of God and of his saving power through the waters of Holy Baptism. In the very first reading God speaks to Noah after the Great Flood and makes a covenant with him and all the …

Ash Wednesday At the Field Hospital

David Oatney Blog: Life at 25

Today in our parishes around the Diocese of Knoxville and the world, after the homily is given, all kinds of people will approach the altar. If years’ past are any indication, there will be people at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass today that we do not see any other day of the year. At my own parish, the Mass …

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 …

Pope Francis Again Shows Us the Way

David Oatney Pope Francis

Both Catholic and secular media are absolutely rife with the reports that Pope Francis “broke with tradition” last week and went to confession himself in a way that the attendees at the penance service could clearly see that he was going to confession. Everyone seems to be utterly agog at the idea that the Holy Father would go to confession …

A Reflection for Ash Wednesday and Lent

David Oatney Catechism, Prayer

Today is Ash Wednesday. Most observant Catholics know that today is a day of fast and abstinence in the Universal Church, that means that we are to abstain from flesh meat today, and according to the present norms of the Church, our fast is to mean that we are allowed up to three small meals today, with two of them …

First Things First

Deacon Scott Maentz New Evangelization, Year of Faith

Earlier this week, Cardinal Timothy Dolan called upon his brother bishops to lead our Church to a renewed sense of repentance. His suggestion was that though there are many issues facing the Church in the United States today, we should focus on first things first. My brother bishops,  Yes, we have “a lot on our plate” as we commence our …