From the editor

Like St. Hubert, conservationists are called to conversion

Centuries ago, a man was stalking a magnificent stag in the woods, skipping out on Good Friday prayer. The stag stopped and looked right at the hunter — the sort of moment that gets our blood pumping and our limbs shaking. Some call it buck fever. For Hubertus, it was a calling.

In the basket of the stag's glorious rack was a glowing crucifix. He heard a voice warning him to turn to God or face eternity in hell.

Stewardship of God's creation is integral to hunting, fishing


Just before the sun peeked over the horizon, a group of ducks circled overhead. A few greeting calls and a feed chuckle kept them interested for a pass. Then another. Then another.

"Take 'em!"

Eight shots. Five ducks.

This stewardship of wildlife gets in the blood. It's exhilarating, the food is good, and it helps manage wildlife — the whole "dominion over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air" thing (Genesis 1:29).


AN EDITOR’S LIFE | We won't tell you how to vote -- use your conscience for that

Teak Phillips

Over the next few months, our emotions may be on edge. At least through the general election November 8, we'll be bombarded with political discourse that challenges our notion of good and tests our patience. We've come to understand this as a part of American politics, but it certainly feels like it gets worse every four years.

Is it worth being a Twitter splitter?

I know people who gave up social media for Lent. I tried to go the other way. Plug in. Get social. Mention, hashtag and link.

My focus mostly was Twitter, a forum as volatile as it is friendly. It should be a great platform of evangelization for Catholic journalists. Through its mentions and hashtags, the Gospel message has potential to reach many people who wouldn't see stories in print. Often, those people are marginal — even hostile — toward the Church. That's OK. Jesus and His disciples didn't just preach to the choir.

AN EDITOR’S LIFE | Exercising our power to vote

Teak Phillips

At my polling place, I rarely wait to cast a ballot. The Missouri primary election was no different: There was no line for the second precinct of the eighth ward in St. Louis, but there was a wait for the first precinct, in the same polling place.

It's odd how that works. Maybe one precinct is substantially more populated. Maybe the folks in the first care more about voting. Either way, I wouldn't mind standing in line with others who appreciate the importance of voting.

AN EDITOR'S LIFE | Focus on change, not chaos

Teak Phillips

Over the past year, St. Louisans have worked together toward common goals of peace and justice. The journey hasn't been perfect, but one would be hard pressed to declare it moot.

But for a short time Aug. 9 and 10, it was easy to wonder. Nights were eerily similar to those a year ago, when protests devolved into riots.

By most accounts -- certainly by those who know Ferguson and the movement that has grown out of it -- the protests again were essentially hijacked by a small group intent on fighting. Semi-professional trouble-makers, perhaps.

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