It's right there on the page-one masthead of this newspaper: "The Archdiocese of St. Louis -- Helping you get to heaven."
Proof of that help is Archbishop Robert J. Carlson's new pastoral letter on the Sacrament of Reconciliation, "Jesus Christ, the Divine Physician." A perfect fit for Lenten reflection, the pastoral letter points out that sin means something is deeply wounded in us and we have weakened or ruptured our relationship with God. In the Sacrament of Penance, God's desire to heal us meets our desire to be healed.
Earlier this month, 21 Egyptian Christians who had been kidnapped while working in Libya were beheaded by an extremist group. As reported by Catholic News Service, the brutal killing was depicted in gruesome detail in a video released Feb. 15 on a pro-Islamic State website.
We often hear there are 40 days of Lent. That's close, but not really true.
When you count the days from Ash Wednesday through Holy Saturday, there are 46. According to the U.S. bishops' website, it might be more accurate to say that there is a "40-day fast within Lent." The Sundays of Lent are certainly in Lent, but they aren't prescribed days of fast and abstinence owing to the fact that the Church considers every Sunday as a "Little Easter."
Christ is the light of the world. So too, women and men in consecrated life are called to reflect the light of Jesus Christ to all people.
And, indeed, that is what they do.
Those who are consecrated to God by the vows of chastity, poverty and obedience persevere in their commitment to the Lord and serve with open hearts and willing spirits. We acknowledged their efforts as World Day for Consecrated Life was celebrated on Feb. 2
Children have a striking instinct for perceiving the evil of abortion. Perhaps it is, in part, a child's tremendous capacity for hope and awe that leads her to sense the absurdity of the choice against a human life that has just begun.
Though freedom of the press is golden, Church teaching on respect for human dignity applies to the media as well.
We've seen celebrities treated as if they are inhuman. They're chased down in the streets by aggressive and intrusive photographers, and every detail of their personal lives is splashed on the pages of magazines. Hateful remarks are made about their appearance, their intelligence, their lives.