CATHOLIC BY GRACE | Experiencing our Christ-bearing mission

Denise Bossert

My oldest daughter sat across the table from me and shook her head no. The gesture was full of sadness and quiet acceptance. She tapped into an inner strength that she had discovered over the past few years.

This was the first time she had said the words. That ship has sailed. There will be no babies for us, Mom.


George Weigel

Richard of St. Victor, a 12th-century Scottish theologian, is not exactly a household name in 21st-century Christian circles. Truth to tell, I only know of him because of a curious conversation I once had with my friend, the late Richard John Neuhaus, who told me of a friendly discussion he'd had with Rabbi David Novak one summer about the Scotsman's Trinitarian theology, which tried to establish by reason that God must be triune. (We talked about a lot of strange and wondrous things, up there on the cottage deck in the Ottawa Valley.)

MAN OF THE HOUSE | Remaining in the presence of Christ

Mike Eisenbath

Our approximately 48-hour visit to the "top of the mountain" neared its end. I knew we soon would be leaving, with only mid-day prayer and a lunch of Vietnamese food ahead on the schedule. I wanted to savor that prayer experience, to let it satisfy my spiritual taste buds in a way no food ever could.

Perhaps, I thought, I had a bit of Peter in me: Lord, it is good for us to be here.

FROM THE EDITOR | Dispatches from chaos in 140 characters or less

Bishop Edward M. Rice prayed at the memorial site for Michael Brown, whose shooting by a police office sparked civil unrest, looting and rioting in Ferguson. With Bishop Rice were Sister Cathy Doherty, SSND; Jim Kemner, a parishioner at Our Lady of Guadalupe; and Msgr. Jack Schuler, director of mission integration of Catholic Charities of St. Louis.

Working for a weekly newspaper has its challenges, most have to do with time. One might assume that the pace at a weekly newspaper is 1/7th that of a daily, but it's just not the case. Some weeks feel more intense than they would at a daily, in part because we have a smaller staff.

But social media changes that. No real newspaper is just weekly or daily or whatever frequency any more. We're all instant.

Thank you, Twitter.

The chaos in Ferguson in the last couple of weeks has presented both great opportunities and challenges for a level field for all news media.

FAITH AND CULTURE | Walking in the threshold of trust and hope

Javier Orozco

It is hard to imagine that we are coming to the end of summer. Children are getting ready to return to school, family vacations have run their course and summer projects are slowly coming to a halt. The raw energy of free time will soon yield to the spirit of serenity, and the lush, verdant pastures soon will welcome the brown and reddish tones of a different season and time.

GUEST COLUMNIST | A city smolders: No choice but to keep investing

Father Art Cavitt

In the days since the fatal shooting by police of Michael Brown in Ferguson, images in the media have been riveting and heartbreaking. There have been confrontations with police, destruction and looting of stores. And then there are those glimpses of fire, the raging fire.

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