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BRIMMING WITH HOPE | Mortarboards and tongues of fire

Kurt Nelson

Last weekend the Church celebrated Pentecost. This feast commemorates the occasion of the Holy Spirit descending on the apostles in the form of tongues of fire — therefore red is the liturgical color for the day. So you can imagine that the seniors participating in Bishop DuBourg High School's Baccalaureate Mass on this year's Feast of Pentecost were an impressive sight at Our Lady of Sorrows Church in their red and white graduation robes.

MAN OF THE HOUSE | The power of stories

Mike Eisenbath

For me, the cliché "I can read you like a book," means I understand a person very well, that I can tell what they're thinking without having to ask.

Indeed, we're all living and breathing books.

I have believed that since I began my professional writing career more than 30 years ago. Most of that writing involved sports. I wrote hundreds of feature stories about high school young women and men who played a variety of sports, college basketball players and big-league baseball players.

THE CATHOLIC DIFFERENCE | Good Catholics, good citizens

George Weigel

The Catholic love affair with the United States of America is heading into rough and uncharted waters — not only in this 2016 election cycle, but for the foreseeable future.

FAITH AND CULTURE | Finding praise and our place in creation

F. Javier Orozco

The summer season seems to either catch us by surprise or be something we've been awaiting for a long time. In either case, summer weather brings with a number of opportunities — ranging from family picnics and BBQ cook-outs to individual strolls and team sports in the park.

Already, see the young and the old are enjoying fresh air and sunlight. Even our normal rhythm of rising and going to bed seems to have shifted with the change in time and weather; mornings seem to come earlier and evenings seem to last longer.

Faithful Fan | Service, faith and baseball

Joseph Kenny

The example of a Catholic athlete who put his faith into action is as close as an Italian restaurant from the main street in the "Hill" neighborhood of south St. Louis.

I'm referring to former athlete and sports broadcaster Joe Garagiola, who grew up on Elizabeth Avenue on the "Hill" and died March 23 at age 90. Like his boyhood buddy and fellow ballplayer Yogi Berra, also from the "Hill," he maintained his love for the Catholic faith and his family's parish, St. Ambrose.

TWENTY SOMETHING | ‘A word to fiancés’: The Francis effect on wedding planning

Christina Capecchi

It had been a long day, and Brooke Paris couldn't wait to take off her heels, peel off her contacts and wipe off her make-up. She changed into her pajamas, climbed into bed and opened her MacBook to the pope's post-synodal apostolic exhortation.

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