Pope Francis offers a guide to Catholic education when he urges us to create the material and spiritual conditions for young people's full development. This will give them a solid basis on which to build their lives; guaranteeing their safety and their education will help them to be everything they can be, the pope explains.
With the help of many, many parishioners and others, that is what Catholic educators are doing in the Archdiocese of St. Louis. The key is the help they receive.
Presidential candidate Donald Trump has staked his political fortunes on the issue of immigration -- it's not seen as a compassionate approach, but it has kept the issue of comprehensive immigration reform alive, which is a good thing.
Meanwhile, a federal judge has ordered the release of hundreds of mothers and children held by immigration authorities in detention centers. The Obama administration has appealed the order.
Despite the current sentiment toward unauthorized or illegal immigration, the biblical tradition of compassion for the stranger, the alien and the worker trumps all.
Catholic schools are a vital aspect of the Church's mission to preach the Gospel, Archbishop George J. Lucas of Omaha, Neb., and Bishop Daniel E. Flores of Brownsville, Texas, told their fellow U.S. bishops last fall in a report on Catholic schools in the U.S. and underserved populations.
Catholic schools are a unique and rich blessing to the Church, the bishops said in their report. The schools offer hope when they reach out to diverse populations of Catholic children, they added.
The words peace and justice have been spoken many times this month at commemorations for the one-year anniversary of the shooting death of Michael Brown in a confrontation with a Ferguson police officer.
We might have become frustrated when we saw media coverage of confrontations in the streets and gunshots ringing out late at night in Ferguson. But, please, let's get back on track.