Living Our Faith

The Living Our Faith section highlights Catholics and Catholic organizations who are living the Catholic faith in their daily lives through their prayer, works, and generous service to the community.

Electric car proves worthy investment for wallet, earth

Jim Struckel, a Cure of Ars parishioner, has solar panels on his roof and owns an electric car, which he charged at Missouri Botanical Garden’s charging station. He said that more world leaders need to promote caring for our earth, as Pope Francis did in the encyclical, ‘Laudato Si.’

Jim Struckel sat in his car -- a sharp-looking compact four-door with an aerodynamic design -- in the shade on the Missouri Botanical Garden's parking lot while reading the daily newspaper.

A closer look showed that his car was hooked up to one of the garden's four electric vehicle charging stations. There is no charge for the use of the charging stations, with a full charge taking between four and five hours.

Students grow in faith through prayer, community, service during summer break

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Emilee Richie, deep in prayer, knelt at adoration at the XLT praise and worship event June 17 at Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Church in Ferguson. Richie and other teens are finding ways to remain involved in their faith over the summer break. “God doesn’t stop loving so why would we stop loving Him?” asked Richie.

Bright and early on a summer morning, seven teenagers stroll into your parish's daily Mass. You do a double take, blink a few times, but they're still there. Aren't they usually sleeping? Playing video games? Letting each day roll lazily by?

Some teens might, but not those from St. Louis LifeTeen. They're among the many St. Louis area youth groups in full swing, morning to evening, throughout summer break.

Prayer and Community

St. Louisan Peter Raven offers scientific advice to pope

Botanist and leading advocate of conservation and biodiversity Peter Raven views climate changes as unfairly burdening the poor, who will see their farmland decrease and energy costs increase.

"If you're rich, you can move to higher ground, pay more money for food," he said.

Church teachings guide efforts for the environment

An example of the sustainable and chemical-free care promoted by the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Help is the pond on their property. The sisters introduced grass-eating carp and reduced fertilizer use, and have brought the pond’s algae levels under control in just one year. Sister Elizabeth Ann Hall, Sister Joann Nowak, Sister Pat Paczosa and Maurice Lange, director of Eco-Justice, obvserved the progress.

Maurice Lange reached down to check the soil in the garden at the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Help 40-acre property in DeSoto.

Clearly all is well, as the soil held healthy rows of green plants soon to bring a bountiful harvest of potatoes, peas, squash, zucchini, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, garlic, beans and okra. The plants, along with flowers that attract bees and butterflies, are grown in earth-friendly ways, without chemically-based insecticides and fertilizers.

A place to call home: The Pope Francis House’s new homeowner looking forward to a new start

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Latasha is already dreaming about the housewarming party.

It's going to include a barbecue and backyard games with friends and family. She's been looking at patio sets -- a place for her guests to sit and enjoy the crisp weather come this September.

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An evangelizing presence in the digital world

Who is the most influential person in the world?

Pope Francis, of course.

For the the third year in a row, Pope Francis' @Pontifex is the most influential Twitter account, according to "Twiplomacy" -- the study of world leaders' Twitter accounts and their retweet rates.

Pope Francis gets about 9,929 retweets for every tweet on his Spanish account and 7,527 retweets on average on his English account.

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