Homily for the Mass of the Lord’s Supper

David Oatney Blog: Life at 25

Exodus 12:1-8, 11-14 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 John 13:1-15 Tonight we begin the commemoration of the central events of our faith. The very heart of everything we believe as Catholics, as followers of Jesus Christ is commemorated between now and Sunday morning. We are reminded in the opening passage from Exodus, which is actually one of the most important passages in …

A Thank You To Priests On Holy Thursday

David Oatney Catechism, Priesthood, Vocations

Today is known in the Catholic world as Holy Thursday, sometimes in the English-speaking world it is called Maundy Thursday, and it commemorates that Thursday night long ago on the night Jesus Christ was betrayed, when he instituted the two sacraments without which his Church would not exist, the Holy Eucharist, and the sacrament of Holy Orders, specifically in the form …

New Catholics Need Our Friendship and Example

David Oatney Diocese of Knoxville, New Evangelization, Prayer

Those of you who celebrated Morning Lauds this morning sang or chanted the 42nd Psalm as the first chant, a psalm which has opening words in verses one and two that may be familiar to many Catholics, and certainly set me in a Holy Week mindset. The Grail translation, which is generally what is used in the English-speaking world for …

A Reflection for Ash Wednesday and Lent

David Oatney Catechism, Prayer

Today is Ash Wednesday. Most observant Catholics know that today is a day of fast and abstinence in the Universal Church, that means that we are to abstain from flesh meat today, and according to the present norms of the Church, our fast is to mean that we are allowed up to three small meals today, with two of them …