Homily for the 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Isaiah 55:6-9 Philippians 1:20C-24, 27A Matthew 14:22-33   Many of our separated brothers and sisters will repeat the falsehood that the Church teaches that we are “saved by works,” while some people (including not a few poorly catechized Catholics that I’ve encountered over the years) seem to believe that our works do not matter at all. We are reminded in …

Homily for the 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Homily   2 Kings 4:8-11, 14-16A Romans 6:3-4, 8-11 Matthew 10-37-42   Today we are reminded afresh by Jesus in the Gospel just what the cost of discipleship truly is. When He tells us that those who love father or mother, son or daughter more than Him are not worthy of Him, He is not telling us not to love …

Homily for the Fifth Sunday of Easter

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Acts 6:1-7 1 Peter 2:4-9 John 14:1-12   It is very tempting for the deacon to preach on the first reading from the Acts of the Apostles, which gives us the account of the formal establishment of the Order of Deacons in the Church. I could share with you how deacons are called to be conformed to Christ the servant, …

Ash Wednesday At the Field Hospital

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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 …

Pope Francis defends the family as God intended it

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While visiting Sri Lanka and the Philippines recently, Pope Francis turned more than a few heads by explaining in detail, and some three times in four days, just how right Blessed Pope Paul VI had been when he wrote Humanae Vitae. He issued what can only be described as some of the harshest criticism of abortion and contraception of his pontificate …

Awesome Responsibility, Incredible Gift

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With the feast of the Baptism of the Lord yesterday, the Church officially ended the Christmas season and enters Ordinary Time. As it happens, I spent the last weekend of the Christmas season with my brother candidates for the permanent diaconate in the Diocese of Knoxville in formation. This weekend’s topic was Canon Law. Those of you who read Life At …

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 …

Want To Keep Churches Open? Hand On Faith to Children

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On All Souls Day New York Archbishop Timothy Cardinal Dolan announced a list of parishes in his diocese which will “merge” with other parishes. At some of the parishes which will now have two or more churches in their parish, there will be sacraments celebrated at both churches. At a great many of these parish churches, the sacraments won’t be …

Dioknox Catholic Q&A

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It is the middle of August and for many of our parishes in the Diocese of Knoxville that means that the formation process for those who are participating in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults has begun, and it has begun in my own parish. As I wrote last year, people participating in the RCIA are coming to 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 …

People Respond to the Holy Spirit

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I haven’t had an opportunity to post on Life At 25 over the last week because I was joining a group of men in our parish in giving a Christ Renews His Parish retreat to another group of men, which took a lot of time and even more energy, and so I’ve had to take a few days to relax and …