The Greek words chronos and kairos always remind me of Frank Kermode's book "The Sense of an Ending" -- required reading for my master's degree comprehensive exams at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville.
I remember three writers from the long list of required reading for comprehensive exams: "Four Quartets" by T.S. Eliot; "The Writing Life" and "Pilgrim at Tinker Creek" by Annie Dillard; and Frank Kermode's "The Sense of an Ending."
The annual "Status of Global Christianity" survey published by the "International Bulletin of Missionary Research" is a cornucopia of numbers: some are encouraging; others are discouraging; and many are important for grasping the nature of this particular moment in Christian history.
The Archdiocese of St. Louis has many things that make it special -- majestic rivers, the Gateway Arch, the Cathedral Basilica, and ... the high school acceptance letter.
Our family recently experienced this unique St. Louis tradition as our third child prepares to enter high school. She and eighth-graders across the archdiocese are excited about what the future holds, and so am I.
The silence truly had been golden. I hadn't heard or spoken many words for a couple of days -- save for at the Liturgy of the Hours in the chapel. The immersion in the silence had been one of the most special, holiest gifts I could receive.
For decades, the St. Louis Review was a Friday paper.
Was? Past Tense?
Changes implemented by the U.S. Postal Service have slowed delivery of periodicals. As a result, many readers now should expect to receive the Review on Saturday or Monday.
Without a doubt, it's annoying. Many readers are accustomed to reading the Review every Friday or Saturday. We appreciate that it has become part of their weekly experience and ask for patience as you become accustomed to new delivery schedules.
It isn't difficult these days to recognize what appears to be an ever-growing propensity for violence and division. Around the world, we see an array of violence that ranges from national wars and civil unrest to targeted attacks on individuals and groups of people.