The path of Christ is love, goodness and righteousness

To love Him is to love, embrace and follow His path

By Pedro A. Moreno, O.P.
Secretariat for Evangelization and Catechesis

A disciple’s path in life is one of love, goodness and righteousness. Divine wisdom illuminates this path. Fatherly instruction, God's teaching, as revealed to us in scripture, sheds light on this path. Our Loving God prescribes for us the ways, the rules of conduct, that lead to his promised blessedness and joy. An everlasting blessedness and joy that no one can take away; unless we let them.

Our loving God guides us away from evil. Our loving God tries to separate us from all that can isolate us from him and his love. The God given path of love, goodness and righteousness is at once firm in its precepts and firm in its promises. This path ends in true and greater love.


Credible leadership serves others, pope tells cardinals at consistory

By Carol Glatz
Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Defending the weak or hopeless and becoming a servant to those most in need is the best promotion one can ever receive, Pope Francis told new and old cardinals.

"None of us must feel 'superior' to anyone. None of us should look down at others from above. The only time we can look at a person in this way is when we are helping them to stand up," he said during a ceremony in which he elevated 14 bishops and archbishops from 11 different nations to the College of Cardinals June 28.


Life Sciences 101: Young researchers bring new energy to defend life

By Junno Arocho Esteves
Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- In its effort to defend life at all stages, the Pontifical Academy for Life is relying on young scientists and professionals to reach across the aisle and bridge the gap between science and faith.

In his address to the academy June 25, Pope Francis called for "a global vision of bioethics" inspired by Christian thought, in which the value of human life is not determined by sickness and death but by the "profound conviction of the irrevocable dignity of the human person."


Mexican bishops announce security protocols for priests, religious

By David Agren
Catholic News Service

MEXICO CITY (CNS) -- Mexico's bishops have published security protocols, hoping to keep priests and religious safe -- along with church property and shrines -- as crime and violence increasingly impacts churchmen and consumes previously peaceful corners of the country.

"The protocol is in response to what's happened the last two years, the increase in murders, not only of priests, (but) there's also a surge in this pain that is impacting our country," Auxiliary Bishop Alfonso Miranda Guardiola of Monterrey, the Mexican bishops' conference secretary-general, told reporters June 19.


Celebrating 125 years of Catholic faith in the Oklahoma Panhandle

Diane Clay and Sally Linhart
The Sooner Catholic

BOISE CITY – Almost one hundred and twenty-five years after Bishop Theophile Meerschaert traveled 1,600 miles on rail and buggy to bless a small chapel in the windswept Oklahoma Panhandle, Archbishop Paul Coakley made the trip to celebrate the faith, family and dedication of parishioners at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Boise City.

Nearly 200 parishioners and community members gathered on a Sunday morning in the small chapel adorned with blue ribbons and American flags to remember those who came before to build this mission church in Cimarron County.


New priest formed by family in Vietnam, Oklahoma

By Zachary Boazman
The Sooner Catholic

“The first time I thought about being a priest was in 2011,” Deacon Vic Luong remembered, “it made me scared because I knew that it was hard to follow Jesus Christ.”

Now, almost eight years after first considering priesthood, Vuong “Vic” Son Luong will be ordained a priest on June 30 at The Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Oklahoma City.


One Church, Many Disciples aims to strengthen parishes

In “The Joy of the Gospel,” Pope Francis said “the parish is the presence of the Church in a given territory, an environment for hearing God’s word, for growth in the Christian life, for dialogue, proclamation, charitable outreach, worship and celebration. In all its activities, the parish encourages and trains its members to be evangelizers.”

Local parishes are where most Catholics encounter Christ on a regular basis, through the Mass or other sacraments. All should be well-equipped to enable members to more fully embrace the call to missionary discipleship.


The good news of Humanae Vitae

By Alexander Schimpf
Director of Marriage and Family Life Ministry

In what feels like some sort of enormous “ecclesiastical book club,” Catholics of wildly different backgrounds have been spending this year reading, pondering and discussing the significance of Blessed Pope Paul VI’s 1968 encyclical letter “Humanae Vitae.”

Often, the discussion has focused on what might be called the “bad news” of the encyclical: the pope’s unnervingly accurate predictions of the ills that would befall society should artificial birth control become widely accepted. As he foresaw, such “grave consequences” would include widespread divorce, a loss of respect for women and a general lowering of morality.


A prayer journey for the modern world

Retreat In Daily Life Q&A

Thousands of Oklahomans have discovered the life-changing prayer and discernment of the Retreat in Daily Life, but many people of faith remain unaware of the opportunity. Below are some of the frequent questions about the prayer journey and information to sign up for the next retreat this fall.


“Listen to what God is saying”

By Steve Gust
The Sooner Catholic

Mary Diane Steltenkamp, the priests’ nurse for the archdiocese, urged members and guests of the Oklahoma City Council of Catholic Women to follow a saintly road similar to one travelled by Blessed Stanley Rother.

Her address, "Becoming Saints," was part of CCW's Spring Fling held June 2 at Saint Eugene in Oklahoma City. The CCW also used the event to honored three middle school winners. They were recognized for essays describing what they admired most about Blessed Stanley.