Viewpoints

Slowing down to see the divine in our lives

Erica Tighe was 26 when she made the leap: She would set out on her own to be a calligrapher. Full time. In order to pay her $800 rent and cellphone bill and $1,000 college-loan payment and also hopefully afford some food.

She had a sociology degree and lingering burnout from teaching in Brooklyn, her latest stint. She'd recently moved to Los Angeles, but after a few months of looking for a nonprofit job, she couldn't find one that would cover her rent and college debt.

For Earth Day 2018 and beyond, say no to plastic bags

I saw a lot of fantastic sights on a recent trip to Ireland. But it was only after I came home that I realized there was a seemingly common staple of life that I hadn't seen there.

This year's Earth Day theme is "End Plastic Pollution," and upon doing some research, I discovered that Ireland had passed a plastic bag tax in 2002. It was then I realized I hadn't seen any plastic bags in Ireland.

STEWARDSHIP | Financial peace starts with putting God first

For many people, God and money run "neck and neck" as the top priority. Ashamedly, for part of my adult life, money was a bigger priority for me than God. "No one can serve two masters. He will hate the one and love the other... You cannot serve God and mammon (wealth)" (Matthew 6:24).

In working with many St. Louis parishes over the past several years, a few things have become clear:

• People absolutely crave God, but are unsure or tentative on how to start the relationship.

FAITH AND CULTURE | Living the resurrection with conviction, boldness and freedom

It isn't uncommon to have an intense experience in our lives, only to discover that the ardor and enthusiasm quickly dissipates into mundane routine. For instance, take birthday fiestas, weddings, family reunions, graduations and other social celebrations. Once the intensity of the moment concludes, it doesn't take long to transition to the next thing.

VIEWPOINT | Important takeaways from the presynod gathering in Rome

The very fact that more than 300 young people — joined by another 15,000 virtual participants via social media — produced a document to be read and studied by bishops around the world in preparation for the Vatican's 2018 synod on "Young people, the faith and vocational discernment" is no small feat.

The near-unanimous consensus on a range of issues facing young people in the Church today offers an example to the rest of the Church at a time when some established leaders, continuing to fight old battles, are adding to the climate of polarization rather than overcoming it.

Faithful Fan | Cor Jesu grad is link to Notre Dame women’s basketball titles

Niele Ivey, a 1996 graduate of Cor Jesu Academy in St. Louis, played a part in both of the University of Notre Dame women's basketball NCAA championships.

Ivey played on the first championship team, when the finals were played in St. Louis 17 years ago. This year, she served as associate head coach and recruiting coordinator on the team that completed the second-largest comeback in Final Four history to defeat Mississippi Sate 61-58 with a 3-point shot by Arike Ogunbowale with 0.1 remaining. Ivey also has been a part of all seven of Notre Dame's Final Four teams.

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