Never Again War

David Oatney Blog: Life at 25, Prayer

In his Sunday Angelus message yesterday, Pope Francis reminded the pilgrims in St. Peter’s Square near the end of his message that today, July 28th, marks the one hundredth anniversary of the beginning of the First World War. It is easy for us to look back on the Great War and call it, as the Holy Father did, a great …

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 …

Standing Up for Truth and Human Dignity

David Oatney New Evangelization, Prayer, Year of Faith

When the Holy Father arrived in Rio de Janeiro yesterday, the crowds mobbed him. They didn’t do so in anger, they wanted to be close to the Vicar of Christ, to the man who lives simplicity and holiness before them and who is the first pope from the Americas. Those crowds wanted to see the man who said simply “I have …