A Black Friday Reflection

David Oatney Blog: Life at 25

Last year on this day, I did what seems to have become an annual “tradition” for me, rendering my generally not-so-hot opinion of what is otherwise known as “Black Friday,” but which I think is a kind of “national holiday to materialism.” Indeed, a couple of years ago I wrote on my personal blog that “Black Friday” has simply become …

Beginning Experience

David Oatney Blog: Life at 25, Diocese of Knoxville

Each year in the United States, more than 800,000 people suddenly lose a spouse who departs this earthly life, for many of them their best friend. Other people, more than 50% of all marriages in our country, see their marriages end in divorce. These are different kinds of pain, but both bring about grief and an intense feeling of loss. …

Pray the Rosary Every Day

David Oatney Blog: Life at 25, Prayer

Today is October 1st, and traditionally October is the month of the Holy Rosary. At least part of the reason for this is that October 7th is the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary (the anniversary of the Battle of Lepanto), the commemoration of a day on which a great many of the faithful praying the rosary is believed, …

Q & A: Blessing Objects and Things

David Oatney Blog: Life at 25, Catechism

Our occasional Catholic Q&A series continues with a question about how one might go about getting something blessed from a reader who is a little “gun-shy” about asking to have religious objects blessed. How should I ask a priest to bless my sacramental? A corollary question that our writer seemed to hint at but did not ask outright would be: …

What You Won’t See On This Blog

David Oatney Blog: Life at 25, Catholic Blogs, New Evangelization

In the last day or so someone commented on a recent post here at Life At 25, specifically the post which I happened to write on the situation in Oklahoma City, where a Satanic “Black Mass” is currently scheduled to be celebrated on September 21st. I wrote about the reaction of Oklahoma City Archbishop Paul Coakley, and the dangers of playing …

The Importance of Retreat

David Oatney Diocese of Knoxville, Prayer, Priesthood, Vocations

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 …