Come the end of this month, the nation likely will witness a redefinition of marriage.
Same-sex marriage already has become a part of our culture. According to Gallup, there are approximately 400,000 same-sex married couples in the United States. That number is expected to grow exponentially if the U.S. Supreme Court decides that same-sex marriage should be made legal nationwide.
The Vitae Foundation, whose mission is to encourage a culture of life through researched-based media, embraces the slogan "Together We Are Winning: Lives. Hearts. Minds."
Since 1992, when the organization began using mass media to reach women facing unplanned pregnancies, Vitae has expanded into markets across the nation with media campaigns to restore value and sanctity to human life.
YourOptions.com was launched in 2009 to provide a website that offers comfort, reassurance, knowledge and support to women facing an unplanned pregnancy.
When we encounter Christ in the Eucharist we are transformed in love as members of a community. We are sent as disciples to encounter Christ in the world, to pray together, to reach out together, to learn together, to act together -- transforming our world, our communities and each other in Christ.
These words are from the U.S. bishops' We Are Salt and Light (wearesaltandlight.org) campaign. It states we're a sacrament in the world, a sign of what humanity is supposed to be, with a willingness to be open and welcoming to all -- acts that tie us together as one Body of Christ.
On May 23, Archbishop Robert J. Carlson ordained six seminarians to the priesthood for service in the Archdiocese of St. Louis. Fathers Peter Fonseca, Daniel Kavanagh, David Miloscia, Alexander Nord, Zachary Povis and Edward Voltz received their assignments that day, with most heading to parishes as associate pastors.
The first video of the series "Journey to the Heart of Family" features a woman named Norma who talks about the impact of losing a baby six months into her pregnancy.
Because of their faith, the difficult experience helped Norma and her husband grow closer and experience sacramental love -- trusting God and opening their hearts and marriage to Him. Praying together and practicing their vows are important to them.
"God in His great mercy has blessed us with another son, who has filled our hearts with tremendous joy," Norma says at the end of the short video.
A new Pew Research Center survey shows that there is a continuing decline in the number of people who consider themselves part of any religion. The largest shift is occurring among the "millennial" generation, generally defined as those born from the early 1980s to the early 2000s.
The survey, conducted in 2014, revealed that the percentage of Americans who identify themselves as Christians has declined by 8 percent since the last survey in 2007. Forty-one percent of respondents who said they were raised Catholic no longer identify with the faith.