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A bit of spiritual fitness

Spiritual Fitness Dashboard

As we pack Christmas decorations, out come the New Year's resolutions. There's the tried and true -- eating better or starting an exercise program. Or maybe it's a personal goal to look for a new job or volunteer with a charitable organization.

These things potentially lead to a more fulfilling life. Exercise and eating right gives us more energy to do everyday tasks or even to try something new. Finding a new job that is more fulfilling leads to an increase happiness and a decrease in stress.

But hold the bus for just a minute. What about our spiritual fitness?

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Old Cathedral restoration nears completion

Members and visitors to the Basilica of St. Louis, King of France (Old Cathedral) celebrated Christmas in style this year -- with eye-popping renovations that are nearing completion.

Help Portrait creates lasting memories for those in need

Pam Glass clutched two picture frames as she kept an eye on the little boys running around the gymnasium. As she glanced down at a photo of two of her grandsons, she smiled.

"They never get their pictures taken," Glass said. "They got their smiles on -- I'm so happy."

Glass brought four of her grandchildren last weekend to Garfield Commons at Peter and Paul Community Services for the annual Help Portrait photo session. The photos were an early Christmas gift for herself, she said.

Peter and Paul Community Services debuts safe haven for chronically homeless

Longtime friends Curesa Atkins, left, and Audrey Brown now live across the hallway from each other at Garfield Place Apartments, Peter and Paul Community Services’ new safe haven for chronically homeless individuals in the Benton Park West neighborhood of St. Louis.

This year, Curesa Atkins is going to have one of the best Christmases she's experienced in a long time.

In October, Atkins moved into Garfield Place Apartments, Peter and Paul Community Services' safe haven for chronically homeless individuals, that opened this fall. In the past few weeks, she's been busy decorating her place for Christmas. In the corner, a tree is adorned with silver and red tinsel, and a few gifts are underneath the tree, waiting for their recipients. Her table is set with gleaming holiday china and matching placemats.

VA chaplains part of 'remarkable work' being done for patients

Father Stu King prayed over U.S. Army Veteran Patrick Hopkins in his room at Veterans Hospital at Jefferson Barracks. Hopkins is recovering from brain surgery and recalled his time of service in Vietnam during the battle of Khe Sanh.

Forty-six years ago Patrick J. Hopkins served in Vietnam as a U.S. Marine hunkered down during the siege of the Khe Sanh base. His recall of the horror he experienced there led in recent years to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Until death do us part: Planning ahead for a loved one's funeral, burial

Planning in advance for a funeral and burial can be uncomfortable for some, but it can save on a lot of difficult decision-making in the long run.

About 10 years ago, Bill Henderson contemplated where he and his wife, Gloria, should be buried after they die. He wanted to get the decision-making out of the way, but circumstances prompted him to put the decision on hold.

More recently, Henderson developed health issues, and the thoughts resurfaced.

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