A Change of Scenery

A Change of Scenery

As you can see if you are a regular visitor to Life At 25, there has been something of a change of scenery around here, thanks to the technological wizardry of my friends and confrere in diaconate formation Scott Maentz, who takes care of most of our diocesan information technology needs. If you are familiar with our main diocesan site, you know that it has undergone quite a face lift lately and…

Q & A: Donating Your Body To Science

Q & A: Donating Your Body To Science

Our latest Catholic Q&A question comes from a long-time reader today via her children, who have asked a serious question about Church teaching as it relates to the treatment of the bodies of persons who have left this earthly life. The question, however, came from a uniquely East Tennessee perspective: Is it okay for a Catholic to donate their body to the UT Body Farm, presuming that once Dr. Bass…

Continue the Jubilee Celebration With A Faith That Is Vibrant And Alive

Continue the Jubilee Celebration With A Faith That Is Vibrant And Alive

Yesterday, on the feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Diocese of Knoxville officially passed its 26th birthday. That means that we are nearing the official end of our diocesan jubilee celebration, and it also means that we again have an opportunity to reflect on the goodness of God toward our Diocese of Knoxville and the people of East Tennessee. We continue to give thanks to the…

Q & A: Blessing Objects and Things

Q & A: Blessing Objects and Things

Our occasional Catholic Q&A series continues with a question about how one might go about getting something blessed from a reader who is a little “gun-shy” about asking to have religious objects blessed. How should I ask a priest to bless my sacramental? A corollary question that our writer seemed to hint at but did not ask outright would be: What items or objects can be blessed? The answer is…

The Gospel According to Osteen

The Gospel According to Osteen

The wife of a certain prominent evangelical televangelist made some recent comments about the reason we worship that sheds some unfortunate light on what we might call the popular theology of many within our society with her public interpretation of why we worship and what it is that “makes God happy.” Of course Victoria Osteen’s statement that “God takes pleasure when we are happy” is not necessarily a wrong statement. Indeed,…