FAITH AND CULTURE | Walking together for the common good

I suspect that many of us find ourselves asking questions about our world today. We seem to be experiencing incredible turmoil and unrest in our local, regional, national and global communities. Whether dealing with natural catastrophes, human brokenness or sinful actions, we can't seem to find a way out of this current malaise.

GUEST COLUMNIST | A vocation to serve and protect

In June, at an audience with Pope Francis in Vatican City, Italian police officers were thanked for their service. The pope emphasized to them, "your vocation is service," and he highlighted how their mission as police officers "is expressed in service to others" through their "constant availability, patience, a spirit of sacrifice and sense of duty."

FAITHFUL FAN | Catholic guys help resurrect a colorful baseball team

It should come as no surprise that a couple Catholic guys believe in a resurrection.

In this case, "resurrection" refers to the St. Louis Browns baseball team. The Browns played in St. Louis from 1902 through the 1953 season before moving to Baltimore to become the Baltimore Orioles.

TWENTY SOMETHING | Hurricane Harvey and the kayaking priest

Hurricane Harvey stranded Father David Bergeron in his pickup the night it ripped through Houston. The 38-year-old priest visited his brother and had to pull over on an overpass three miles from his home in the flood-ravaged southeast side of the city.

He couldn't make it any farther or go back, so he curled up in his truck and tried to sleep as thunder and sirens alternated — rain pounding, wind howling, his beloved city churning in despair.

The next morning was eerily quiet.

COMING OF AGE | Teens can share the journey of migrants and refugees

Of the 65.6 million displaced people in the world, 10.3 million became displaced in 2016, reported the United Nations refugee agency. This equates to one person becoming displaced every three seconds.

Many of these migrants, refugees and internally displaced people are children and teenagers. Yet often their journeys are invisible, and they are voiceless. Or, for some countries, they become just a number.

But these are human beings with lives and stories.

THEOLOGY OF TECHNOLOGY | Technology: An unknown pilgrimage

This month marks a significant anniversary in the history of technology: The 10-year anniversary of the iPhone. Apple celebrated by unveiling yet another iPhone, this one called the iPhone X.

Apple's captivating products are a ready reminder of the significant place that personal technology occupies in our culture. Global media outlets flock to northern California anytime Apple is ready to offer something new.

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