A scholar reads Revelation

By J. E. Helm
The Sooner Catholic

Of all the books in the Bible, the Book of Revelation is the one that many people find difficult. The imagery is startling, the storyline is somewhat frightening, and much of what it presents can be interpreted in different ways.

Scott Hahn, in his book, “The Lamb’s Supper: The Mass as Heaven on Earth,” offers a very careful and enlightening study of this work of Saint John the Evangelist, the Book of Revelation.

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Author Anita May coming to Best of Books

EDMOND – Best of Books will host author Anita May at an upcoming book signing event.

May will be signing copies of her book, “Patriot Priests: French Catholic Clergy and National Identity in World War I,” on Saturday, June 9, from Noon to 1:30 p.m.

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Students say FOCUS mission trips strengthen their faith, desire to serve

By Elizabeth Lugo
Catholic News Service

DENVER (CNS) -- In March, Ryan Clydesdale was looking forward to heading to Hawaii with friends for spring break, "but deep down I kept feeling pulled" to do something else.

That something else was to be part of a Peru mission trip sponsored by the Fellowship of Catholic University Students.

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Brief biographical sketches of 14 new cardinals

VATICAN CITY (CNS) – Here are brief biographical notes about each of the 14 churchmen who will become cardinals June 29. Their names are listed in the order Pope Francis announced them May 20:

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Sex trafficking is 'rooted in structure of society,' says speaker

By Kurt Jensen
Catholic News Service

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The fight against human trafficking and sexual exploitation may need its own #MeToo moment, according to a leading trafficking opponent.

Good Shepherd Sister Winifred Doherty, who is her religious congregation's representative to the United Nations, observed that sex trafficking, "a debasement of the human person," is "rooted in the structure of society, and more so today."

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Archbishop Coakley celebrates 35th anniversary of ordination

By Diane Clay
The Sooner Catholic

When two of their classmates didn’t return from hiking along the rocky shores of Inishbofin Island, the group of college students knew something was wrong.

So, one of the students, a young Paul Coakley, solicited the help of a local priest, Fr. Martin O’Connor, to help search for his friends. He had made the trip to Ireland to study abroad for a semester with the Integrated Humanities Program at the University of Kansas.

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Celebrating Mother’s Day with faith, hope and love

Father Aaron Foshee and Mom Lynda Walton
To be honest, it’s hard to describe in just a few paragraphs exactly what my mother, Lynda Walton, means to me. She has worn so many important hats in my life. When I was very young, I remember being so proud of my mother because she made the big planes from Tinker Air Force Base fly.

At the time, she was a hydraulics mechanic for the Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker, an aerial refueling aircraft used by the U.S. Air Force, and I let all my friends at school know about it. As I got older, I came to realize that I had in her not only a parent, but a friend and ally in my schooling as she left her job at Tinker to educate me from home, preparing me academically for my future.

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Young adults inspired by pope’s apostolic exhortation

By Zak Boazman
The Sooner Catholic

Two months ago, on the feast of Saint Joseph, Pope Francis published a new apostolic exhortation, “On the Call to Holiness in Today’s World.” The title, “Gaudete et Exsultate” in Latin, echoes the pope’s emphasis on joy as a hallmark sign of Christian discipleship and holiness.

At the end of his exhortation, Pope Francis expresses his wish “that these pages will prove helpful by enabling the whole Church to devote herself anew to promoting the desire for holiness.”

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NET Ministries challenges, inspires Catholic youth

By Charles Albert
The Sooner Catholic

In 1981, Mark Berchem observed many young people falling away from the Church. After much prayer and reflection, he decided to do something. He started a program called National Evangelist Ministry (NET), which is finishing its 36th year and continues to grow. Berchem serves as founder and president.

Net Ministries has reached more than two million young Catholics since its inception. In 2018, the program will meet and pray with more than 100,000 youth. Part of their 130-retreat schedule includes many stops in the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City.

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After devastating fire Rose Home begins rebuilding

By Eliana Tedrow
The Sooner Catholic

Since the devastating fire that impacted Rose Home, many people have rallied behind Birth Choice to provide donations and volunteer hours. Amidst the ruins, hope is emerging that Rose Home not only will be rebuilt, but expanded, so the life-saving and life-enriching work they do, will continue for generations.

Nearly two months after the fire, Birth Choice has successfully relocated the women and their babies to new homes.

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