Editorials

Editorial | Called to serve the Lord

Much has changed in the 40 years since the calendar clicked over to 1977.

Numerous things have gone by the wayside, including — thankfully — bell-bottoms, disco and gas-guzzling vehicles. Secularly, we're on our seventh president and, in the Catholic world, our fifth pope and our fifth archbishop of St. Louis.

We've also experienced a drop in vocations to the clergy and to consecrated life, with Catholic education transitioning to the laity as a result. But thankfully, we've seen a great increase in the diaconate in the archdiocese, men firmly committed to serving the Church.

Editorial | Pray for calm and Catholic on

They carry on despite the circumstances.

This issue of the St. Louis Review includes an article about an arson at St. Monica Church in Creve Coeur two days after Christmas that requires cleanup and repairs lasting several weeks.

Yet, they carry on, with Masses and other sacramental matters continuing as scheduled, but in the parish school.

Editorial | Let the season continue

A pilgrim lit a candle Dec. 17 in the grotto of the Church of Nativity in Bethlehem, West Bank.

Four weeks of Advent are followed by Christmas Day and the beginning of the true Christmas season.

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson has written that "people go from celebration to celebration — Christmas to the Super Bowl to Valentine's Day to March Madness to Easter to baseball season. There's a lot to celebrate, but something about it seems frantic — and frantic isn't a fruit of God's presence. Preparations begin so early, but when the anticipated event arrives it never satisfies for very long — and shallow satisfaction isn't a fruit of God's presence."

Editorial | Parents’ roles are essential

Fathers matter, and moms, too. That's undeniable, of course, but giving them support and making it a matter of public policy isn't always a priority. Luckily, a few efforts in our community are making a difference, and they deserve further support.

Connecting the homeless and the Holy Family

A homeless man ate his meal at a soup kitchen run by the Archdiocese of Athens in Greece. All Christians are called to help those in need, and to do so in a way that recognizes the dignity of all and keeps everyone safe.

A rash of synthetic drug overdoeses among St. Louis' homeless population has prompted the question of how to help those in need, and in particular, addressing the issue of panhandling, as reported in this issue of the St. Louis Review.

As we prepare for the birth of Christ, we're mindful of the plight of the Holy Family. The Scriptures share how Joseph and Mary, who was about to give birth, were without shelter. The Son of God came into this world homeless.

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