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BRIMMING WITH HOPE | Planning for Transition at Kennedy High School

Last week the Archdiocese of St. Louis announced that this will be the last school year for John F. Kennedy Catholic High School. The decision was made with regret and after a great deal of analysis and discernment.

MAN OF THE HOUSE | Reflections on the Year of Mercy: Be a door of mercy to others

I noticed a curious phenomenon shortly after the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy began in December. Virtually every day, in something I read or heard, the word "mercy" appeared. The reference was purposeful at times, something written or said relating to the Jubilee Year. Other times it was in a selection from Scriptures that seemed noticeable because the word was prominently on my mind.

OUR GLOBAL FAMILY | For whom do we play?

Amid all the Olympics coverage I watched, I was most taken by the women's basketball team. Their passion was mesmerizing and their tenacity in stepping up to all manner of challenges made me proud. In particular, I couldn't get over how they were repeatedly described as "unselfish."

Each individual player is a legend in her own right, having led her respective college and WNBA team to notable victories. Yet each played for the good of the whole, sacrificing the chance of individual glory to make sure that the team had the best chance. This made me pause.

FAITH AND CULTURE | Community in Christ

In this current age, many of us are accustomed to doing things by sheer will and resolve. We value rugged individualism and take great pride in personal efforts. The Olympics were a great illustration of this high value of individual performance and achievement. In this extraordinary gathering of cultures and peoples, we witnessed how ordinary men and women exhibited extraordinary grit and determination in competition.

TWENTY SOMETHING | Dreaming of the Caribbean: Bold adventures, surprise homecomings

Christina Capecchi

The phone call came when I was making dinner on a hum-drum Sunday whose excitement had peaked with a trip to the grocery store.

It had been months since I'd spoken with my college friend Wendy, but she skipped right over the small talk: She's moving to St. Croix.

When I heard St. Croix, I thought Wisconsin and the river I've fished with my brother. But Wendy clarified: the U.S. Virgin Islands.

FAITHFUL FAN | Dodgers gain inspirational story along with Fontbonne pitcher

Joseph Kenny

As a relief pitcher for a rookie-league baseball team signed near the end of the season, the Ogden Raptors' Vinny Santarsiero barely was noticed. Yet a look into his background reveals a tale of perseverance, patience and promise.

Like Roy Hobbs, played by Robert Redford in the movie "The Natural," Santarsiero dropped in on a team while the season was underway, bringing an interesting back story and having overcome an unfortunate incident. Unlike Hobbs, Santarsiero is only 22, with the possibility of a long future in baseball ahead of him.

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