We respect life when we belong

Respect for life and the word "belong" have a lot in common.

Pope Francis cites our "throwaway culture that treats human life as disposable." The elderly are marginalized and the lives of people with disabilities are deemed less worth living. Babies in the womb who are unwanted are aborted.

Editorial | ‘Mercy changes the world’

On World Mission Sunday, Oct. 23, all Catholics of the world join into one community of faith. At Mass that Sunday, we recommit ourselves to our common vocation, through baptism, to be missionaries, through prayer, participation in the Eucharist and by giving generously to the collection for the Society for the Propagation of the Faith.

Together with our brothers and sisters in the missions we offer our prayers and sacrifices so that others may come to know Jesus — and to experience His mercy as we express our merciful concern for those in greatest need.

Editorial | Respecting life shows we care

The compelling story of Dr. Vansen Wong, told in an article in this issue of the Review, is a reminder of the need to continue the fight against legalized abortion in our nation

For almost seven years, the Sacramento, Calif., OB/GYN performed hundreds of abortions as part of his regular medical practice. He then experienced a conversion and now advocates for pro-life issues, also working as a medical director of the Alternatives Pregnancy Center in Sacramento.

Editorial | Acknowledging the grief of a parish closure

Statues and other items from Visitation-St. Ann Shrine Parish, which closed earlier this year, are being respectfully removed for future use in another sacred space.

When a parish closes, the emotions its congregation feels are akin to losing a family member.

These are the sacred places where the sacraments once came to life: attending Mass as a family on Sundays, baptisms, First Communions, confirmations, recociliations, and weddings.. School days, fall festivals and ice cream socials are forever implanted in the memories of those who called the parish their second home. Those memories often run generations deep.

Editorial | Stewardship — sharing our God-given talents with others

According to the Gospel, the Kingdom of God "will be like a man going on a journey who called his servants and entrusted his property to them. To one he gave five talents of money, to another two talents, and to another one talent, each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey" (Matthew 25:14).

When he returned, the man praised the servants who had used their talents wisely with these words: "Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master's happiness!"

Editorial | Annual Catholic Appeal enables acts of courage and missionary discipleship

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Today, we announce and celebrate the success of the 2016 Annual Catholic Appeal. More than 51,000 households contributed almost 15 million to help build the Church. Thank you for your unwavering stewardship. By giving like this, even in the midst of the Beyond Sunday Campaign, you once again have demonstrated our unity and shown why St. Louis is such a remarkable archdiocese.

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