It’s “O” Time

David Oatney Blog: Life at 25

Those of us who daily celebrate the Liturgy of the Hours could probably tell that it is getting close to Christmas even if we couldn’t get a look at the calendar, because beginning last Wednesday and continuing through Tuesday evening, December 23rd, before reciting the Magnificat (i.e. “my soul magnifies the Lord”) from Luke 1:46-55, we recite a series of …

Are We Profitable Servants?

David Oatney Blog: Life at 25

It is that time of year when we begin to see readings in daily Masses that are clearly eschatological and, some would say, apocalyptic in the Scriptures read at Mass every day. We see this in today’s readings, for example, when John has a vision of the Heavenly Liturgy, and Jesus tells what the headers in the Revised Standard Version …

Pope Francis Says Lukewarm Faith is Dangerous to the Church

David Oatney Blog: Life at 25

Pope Francis earlier this week discussed a topic in one of his homilies that may have made a whole lot of people squirm had the secular media picked up on it. The Holy Father warned on Monday that some of the greatest harm to the Church today is being caused by Christians whose faith is what sacred Scripture termed as …

Thoughts of a Lector

David Oatney Blog: Life at 25, Diocese of Knoxville

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 …

The Ministry of Diakonia

David Oatney Blog: Life at 25, Diocese of Knoxville

Along with the 22 other members of the Diocese of Knoxville diaconate formation class, I have returned from our annual retreat weekend, which was led this year by Father Andreas Hoeck, the Academic Dean of St. John Vianney Seminary in Denver. Many of the men love Father Andreas, as he has instructed us before on the writings of St. John …

Standing Earnestly For the Faith

David Oatney Blog: Life at 25, Prayer

Today the Supreme Court of the United States made a ruling in the case of Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, which was formerly called Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby, in which it ruled through the well-written majority opinion of Justice Samuel Alito that Hobby Lobby, while being compelled under the Affordable Care Act to offer insurance coverage to its employees, is not required to …

Making Time For the Gospels

David Oatney Diocese of Knoxville, New Evangelization

As we pointed out in the previous post here at Life At 25, the Church’s New Year of Grace 2014 got underway last weekend with the First Sunday of Advent. A new liturgical year is a great time to make resolutions of the spiritual kind, such as “I will learn much more about my faith,” “I’ll dedicate more time of my …

The End of Another Year of Grace

David Oatney Year of Faith

As we enter the closing days of the Liturgical Year 2013, those of you who pay close attention to the daily Mass readings will notice that a distinctly eschatological theme begins to develop in these days leading up to what will ultimately be the Feast of Christ the King and the last week of Ordinary Time. The readings in many …

We Should Pray for the Evangelizing Spirit of Pentecost

David Oatney New Evangelization, Vocations, Year of Faith

It has become fashionable in American ecclesiastical circles to refer to Pentecost as “the birthday of the Church.” That statement is certainly not incorrect, but Pentecost is about so much more than just the embryonic beginnings of the Church. Jesus promised that he would send the Holy Spirit, the Paraclete, the Comforter in order that all of those who follow him would …

The Council At 50: Vatican II’s Word on the Word of God

Deacon Scott Maentz Vatican II, Year of Faith

Bishop Anthony Taylor reflects upon Dei Verbum as the USCCB continues its blog series on the Second Vatican Council. All documents are not created equal.  Of the 16 produced by the Second Vatican Council, only two got top-tier religious ranking: Dogmatic Constitution. Those two are Lumen Gentium (On the Church) and Dei Verbum (On the Word of God). In Dei Verbum (DV), the Council Fathers responded to common misunderstandings …