Homily for Vespers for October 19th, 2016-“Vespers for Life” at Holy Trinity, Jefferson City

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Tonight we have come together to celebrate and to pray. We celebrate life, and we do so by celebrating and praying these Vespers together-the Liturgy of the Hours, the Church’s second most important form of prayer and public worship, eclipsed only by the celebration of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass itself. In doing so we pray for all the …

A Reflection On the Annunciation

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As I said in a previous post on Ash Wednesday, the lives of both my wife and myself were, from the beginning of this Lent and before, destined for change and radical reform because our new daughter would be coming into the world before the end of Lent. Riley Amelia has arrived, and even now, it is clear that our …

Yes On 1

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Early voting has gotten underway in Tennessee (it began this past Wednesday), and it continues until October 30th. Election Day itself is Tuesday, November 4th. Those dates on the calendar are not something you would normally find us discussing here at Life At 25, as this is a blog about Church affairs, and it is a blog for the Diocese of …

Thoughts On the Bishop’s Appeal

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Some of you might have heard your pastor make an announcement in your parish this weekend about the Bishop’s Appeal, the annual campaign of the Diocese of Knoxville to raise funds for diocesan-wide projects, missions, and charities. It is very easy to listen to the pitch for the Bishop’s Appeal and simply think “oh great, another plea for more money.” …

The Pope Who Leads By Example

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Pope Francis not only called for a vigil of prayer and fasting this past weekend, but the Holy Father has continued a recurring theme of rejecting what he likes to call “false religiosity,” telling people not to keep certain devotions merely for the sake of those devotions, but to engage in devotional practices and works of charity that draw them …