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.

Creating love from stones: Lessening tension of police-involved shootings in Shaw neighborhood and Ferguson

Lisa Johnston | lisajohnston@archstl.org | Twitter: @aeternusphoto Terri Merideth, a 30 year music teacher at St. Margaret of Scotland School and Parish, found a unique way to contribute to peace in the Shaw neighborhood after the recent unrest following the shooting of a teenager, Vonderrit Myers Jr., by an off duty police officer. She helped Mary Samuelson, the owner of Mama Josephine’s southern style home cooking restraunt on Castleman Avenue prepare a pot of stone soup. Samuelson had about 20 other volunteers from the Shaw neighborhood to make the soup which they delivered to the family of the man who was shot.

In the old folk story of Stone Soup, a group of travelers stop at a village with an empty cooking pot. The villagers initially are unwilling to share any of their food with the hungry travelers, so the travelers go to a stream and fill the pot with water, adding a large stone to it. One by one, the curious villagers stop by to see what they're doing. They each offer a different ingredient, until a delicious pot of hearty soup is produced. It's a lesson in cooperation and the power of a community that comes together.

COMBATING MORAL RELATIVISM

J.S. Onesimo Sandoval presented a talk titled “Changing Demographic Portrait of the American Family” at the Missouri Catholic Conference’s Annual Assembly. The assembly was held  Oct. 4 at the Missouri state Capitol building in Jefferson City. The assembly addressed marriage and family issues in the country with a keynote given by Dr. Ed Hogan, a theologian at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary and director of the archdiocesan Paul VI institute.

Relativism is a serious problem in our culture. We've seen evidence in how society views marriage and children. Truth becomes subjective, a product of what the culture desires. No one is wrong, and just about any kind of behavior is acceptable.

But families can be at the forefront of turning around relativism, according to Ed Hogan, director of the archdiocesan Paul VI Institute.

St. Louisan serving at Liberia Mission details hurdles of Ebola breakout

Liberians waited outside the John F. Kennedy Ebola treatment center in Monrovia, Liberia, Sept. 18. Pope Francis called for prayers and concrete help for the thousands of people affected by the deadly Ebola virus.

When Joe Sehnert moved to Liberia in 2011, he knew the risks of going to a Third World country.

Ebola wasn't among them; the deadly virus historically has been limited to countries in East and Central Africa.

Transformation happening at St. Charles Lwanga Center

Daija Loggins credits her future to her association with the St. Charles Lwanga center where she began to learn about herself as a black Catholic. Her journey through the Kujenga (meaning “build” in Swahili) program provided leadership development which she, now as a young adult, is helping to pass along as a mentor in the program. Loggins is studying early elementary education at Missouri Baptist University and studied on the campus in St. Louis.

In the 1990's sitcom Seinfeld, Elaine warns an employee that her friend George is a "bad seed."

"A horrible seed," she says. "One of the worst seeds I've ever seen."

Ultimately, she takes it back, describing him as a "fine seed."

Father Art Cavitt might use that term to describe Daniel Crawford, a 21-year-old from Florissant who has transformed himself into a good seed at St. Charles Lwanga Center.

Annual Catholic Appeal helps chaplains bring Christ to travelers

Lisa Johnston | lisajohnston@archstl.org
Deacon James Martin stopped to thank Millie Oscasio for her work in the airport information paging services at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport, but the conversation quickly turned to her love of Pope Francis. She is a member of Holy Spirit Parish in Maryland Heights. Deacon Martin assists with the airport chaplaincy, which is supported by the Annual Catholic Appeal.

Making his rounds through Lambert-St. Louis International Airport following noon Mass there on a recent weekday, Deacon Jim Martin saw Army Specialist Jerome Cawley sitting alone in the James S. McDonnell USO.

Beekeeping inspires teen entrepreneurs on city's northside

Beekeeping inspires teen entrepreneurs on city's northside

De'jah Cox, Byron Owens and Terrell Anderson wore white-hooded beekeeper suits as they moved toward the boxes in the middle of a vacant lot. Byron held the smoker, designed to keep the bees quiet, as the straps and the lid were taken off to get to the hive, pull it out and check for honey.

No one was stung in the process and all was well with the hive, one of 10 that recently produced 248 pounds of honey for a teen-operated business called Sweet Sensations.

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