A Reflection On the Annunciation

David Oatney Blog: Life at 25

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 …

Keep the Mass in Christmas

David Oatney Blog: Life at 25

Today is the Vigil of the Nativity of the Lord, popularly known as Christmas Eve. Tonight when those of us who do so celebrate Vespers, or Evening Prayer, the Church says that the solemnity of Christmas officially begins. Advent comes to an end as we enter into our celebration of the Nativity of the Lord. Some parishes will celebrate Masses …

A Nativity Reflection

David Oatney Catechism, Saints

Advent comes to an end this afternoon, and the celebration of the Nativity of the Lord begins with the First Vespers of Christmas tonight. Parishes in some places will even have the first Masses of Christmas as early as the liturgical laws of the Church will allow, some at 4:00 or 5:00 p.m. this afternoon, because in many places the …

Praying for Perspective

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, News

By George Valadie It’s  a Catholic thing. Not the sort of dilemma just everyone faces. I don’t want to overdramatize. It’s not the most difficult decision a person in our faith will ever make nor the most life-altering. But it’s awkward none the less. In a nutshell, we recently needed to sell our house near Memphis because we were relocating …