FROM THE EDITOR | Path to integration is a journey with Christ

Events in our community in the past few months have prompted conversations about race relations, justice and equality. For many in St. Louis, these conversations have been uncomfortable. For decades there have been great divides in our communities, where we are too often separated by race and ethnicity, north and south, city and county, old and young.

These divisions might be common, but they don't need to be the norm. We should start with some self-challenge.

In my high school civics class, the teacher challenged us to explore our differences. One day, a student challenged back.

MAN OF THE HOUSE | We all have a responsibility to help each other get to heaven

I've received the St. Louis Review for years and always have read it. I must admit, I have read more of it since I became a regular columnist a few years ago. Now, I scour it front to back every week.

But I'm embarrassed to confess it was only recently that I noticed the masthead across the top of the front page. Right there, under the word Review, are these words:

Helping you get to Heaven.

FAITH AND CULTURE | Being the presence of Christ to others

Javier Orozco

One of the most salient and defining characteristics of American culture is a pragmatic approach to reality. As Americans, we value our freedom to be practical in both public affairs and personal life and choices.

Much of our entrepreneurial spirit finds a home in this convenient and sensible approach. In the public, professional work environment, for example, we measure our success and effectiveness in concrete terms: We like goals to be specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely.

THE GOOD STEWARD | October is Mary's month, a time to reverence and respect life

Dan Conway

In the month of October, we celebrate Respect Life Month. We also honor in a special way the Blessed Virgin Mary, who was obedient to God's will and chose life above all else.

FAITHFUL FAN | Grawer typifies humble Missouri Hall of Fame selections

Joseph Kenny

The coach whose basketball teams set records at De Smet Jesuit High School and St. Louis University is in awe of those who have gone before him.

"As a youth growing up in St. Louis, my heroes were (Stan) Musial and (Red) Schoendienst in baseball and Bob Pettit and Cliff Hagan in basketball. I never did get to meet them, but at least I'll be in the same building with them now in Springfield," Rich Grawer said at a press conference Oct. 2 at Mercy Hospital in Creve Coeur.

TWENTY SOMETHING | Self-reflection in the age of selfies

Christina Capecchi

Lena Dunham isn't done confessing. That's the headline of the New York Times Magazine profile just published about the actress-turned-memoirist, and it couldn't be more apt.

Though I've never seen an episode of her highly-rated, super-raunchy, nudity-filled HBO show "Girls," I consider Lena something of a cultural case study, given how often she's touted as the voice of my generation. That voice has never shied away from revelation, however unflattering or immoral.

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