Special Sections

From time to time, the Saint Louis Review publishes special sections relating to different areas of Catholic living, including Education, Senior Living, Christian Hope, Liturgical seasons, and more. Click on one of the links above to browse the most recent articles from that special section. You can read the most recent special section stories below.

It’s God’s plan, so embrace aging with gusto

Why, you may ask, do some people mature with such patience and grace, with wholeness and peace while others protest, resist or simply resign?

Pope Francis stresses experience that comes with age

Pope Francis talked with Sister Marie Mathilde, 102, during his unannounced visit to the Little Sisters of the Poor residence in Washington Sept. 23.

On a 15-minute, unannounced stop Sept. 23 at a residence operated by the Little Sisters of the Poor in Washington, D.C., Pope Francis talked with about 45 sisters who work with the elderly. His message stressed how important their mission is in a society that tends to marginalize the elderly and the poor.

Pope Francis' visit to a home for the destitute elderly in Quito, Ecuador, in July also was a reminder of his concern for the care and services for senior citizens.

Reminder: Offer gifts to others, keep growing

EDMONTON, Alberta — Paulist Father Thomas Ryan was turning 50 when he decided he didn't want just another birthday cake, scoop of ice cream and "Happy Birthday" song.

The U.S. priest wanted to look seriously at the second half of his life and its potential.

Cardinal Ritter keeps older adults active in mind, spirit

Joe Kuszaj, who will be 97 on Nov. 14, plans to continue his morning ritual of exercising on each “vehicle” in the Our Lady of Life physical therapy room. For 38 years after he retired, Kuszaj volunteered at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center. “I was working with the kids playing soccer, baseball, you name it,” he said. “Those children were my lifeline.” In the background, Doris Chouner worked with physical therapist Andrea Holliday.

Joe Kuszaj hopped on the exercise bike, and off he went, later putting the other exercise machines at Our Lady of Life Apartments to use as well.

It's a daily routine, and he pointed to Andrea Holliday, a physical therapist with Premiere Home Heath for keeping him motivated. "She makes sure I do it," Kuszaj said.

Words of wisdom about aging gracefully from residents and staff at Little Sisters of the Poor residence

Evelyn Walker chatted with Sister Paul Mary Wilson during a party at the Little Sisters of the Poor St. Louis Residence.

A loving place. A happy place. A close-knit family. All are descriptions of the Little Sisters of the Poor St. Louis Residence, where the women religious have served the needy elderly since 1869.

Joy is perhaps the most obvious trait that visitors see.

The Little Sisters of the Poor's approach to longevity includes engagement rather than entertainment with the many activities there.

Christ's love and mercy awaits us sinners

Today's Scriptures speak to every human condition. Certainly, the first reading speaks volumes to all those undergoing religious persecution. Right now that includes faithful Christians around the world, including those in the "Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave."

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