Opportunity Scholarship makes Catholic education a reality for Guthrie family

By Steve Gust
The Sooner Catholic

Joe and Angela Staudt wanted to keep all six children in Catholic school, but they weren’t sure how they could afford it, especially when their older students advanced to high school.

They applied and received a Catholic Schools Opportunity Scholarship from the Catholic Foundation of Oklahoma that made a Catholic high school education a reality. This past year, 353 scholarships were awarded to students to attend Catholic schools.


Real Life Disciples: What’s the point of all this?

By Jim Beckman
Director of the Secretariat for Evangelization and Catechesis

The holidays gave an opportunity to see the new Star Wars movie with my family. I found myself musing over Rey’s line: “I need someone to show me my place in all this.”

That line took on a life of its own when it was included in the movie trailer shown during Monday Night Football. The subsequent memes and parodies online have been quite amusing. It’s interesting though how the line captures one of the driving questions of every human being. Isn’t that a question we’re all asking at some point? 


Making Sense of Bioethics: To be or not to be: Parsing the implications of suicide

By Fr. Tad Pacholczyk

In recent years, we have witnessed a growing tendency to promote suicide as a way of resolving end-stage suffering. Physician-assisted suicide is now legal in a handful of states and many other jurisdictions are considering laws to legalize the practice.

A few years ago on Nightline, Barbara Walters interviewed an assisted suicide advocate who summed it up this way: “We’re talking about what people want. There are people who, even suffering horribly, want to live out every second of their lives, and that’s their right, of course, and they should do it. Others don’t want that. Others want out!”


Our healthy hunger!

What are we craving?

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

We were born hungry. Cravings and desires are part of who we are.

There are days when just the right snack or drink fills your heart with, love, peace, joy and happiness.


A Millenial Journey in Faith: Celebrating marriage and the gift of life

By Anamaria Scaperlanda Biddick
For the Sooner Catholic

A few months ago, my husband and I were watching a comedic mystery with themes that included the nature of freedom, the relationship between government and religion, and a child’s duty to their parents. It was a show that had a who-dun-it base, entertained with comedy, and explored, however clumsily, big questions.

And, then there was a pornographic scene.


Spiritual New Year's resolutions

By Cara Koenig
For the Sooner Catholic

This New Year, add spiritual goals to your regular resolutions. Here are a few ideas for finding time to feed the soul.


Book Review: Pier Giorgio Frassati: A model saint for young people

By J.E. Helm
The Sooner Catholic

He was a young man of privilege, born to a wealthy Italian family, yet he scorned wealth and lived a life of Gospel simplicity. He was a favorite of Saint John Paul II, and like the famous Polish pope, he was keenly athletic and an avid mountaineer.

He was Pier Giorgio Frassati. The story of his brief life (he was just 24 when he died) is told by his sister Luciana in “A Man of the Beatitudes: Pier Giorgio Frassati.”


USCCB president: 'Active love' needed to further Rev. King's legacy

By Catholic News Service

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The federal holiday honoring the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. is "an important time to recommit ourselves to the Gospel message he preached," said Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, who is president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Rev. King's message, Cardinal DiNardo said in a Jan. 10 statement, is that "the sin of racism can be defeated by active love and the light of faith." This year the holiday is Jan. 15.


Relevant Radio launches live, interactive family rosary program

By Catholic News Service

GREEN BAY, Wis. (CNS) -- Starting Jan. 15, a new live interactive program debuts on Relevant Radio aimed at bringing together people across the United States to pray the rosary at the same time.

Believed to be the first program of its kind, Relevant Radio's "Family Rosary Across America" will originate in the Los Angeles area, with the rosary led by Father Dave Heney, pastor of St. Bruno Catholic Church in Whittier, California. The program will air Monday through Friday at 8 p.m. ET (5 p.m. PT).


Basketball helps priests teach New Jersey students about vocations

By Mary Stadnyk and Rich Fisher
Catholic News Service

HOLMDEL, N.J. (CNS) -- Students at St. John Vianney High School expected their recent pep rally to be fun, colorful and filled with good-natured competition.

But they were completely taken by surprise during the pre-Christmas celebration when six priests ran out onto the basketball court for a friendly exhibition game -- all with the intention to teach about vocations.