Editorial | Catholic Schools Week reminds us of the sacrifices of early Catholic education pioneers

Two hundred years ago when Catholic education got its start in St. Louis, certainly the classroom experience was a bit rudimentary.

Our first educators, many of them women religious such as St. Rose Philippine Duchesne, didn't have much when they came to the New World. Their work was considered by many a heroic response to the needs of that day — often educating the poor and marginalized of society. In those early days, there was no formal teacher training, the resources were few and the sacrifices great.

Editorial | Endowed by the creator with the right to life

In December, Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed into law legislation prohibiting doctors from aborting a baby with a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome, much-needed legislation given the horrifying statistics.

EDITORIAL | Our commitment to a culture of life is rooted in love

Love saves lives.

That's the theme of this year's March for Life, which commemorates the 1973 Roe vs. Wade decision to legalize abortion. Forty-five years later, more than 59 million babies have been killed through abortion, according to statistics from National Right to Life.

But the commitment to stopping this travesty isn't just about attending the March for Life in Washington, D.C., every year. It's a commitment — rooted in love — that requires our efforts every day of the year.

In emergencies and otherwise, Catholics answer a greater call

With dangerous cold gripping the area through Christmas and into the New Year, the Catholic Church did what it does best, mobilizing to help in an immediate crisis, what a St. Patrick's Center official called "lifesaving mode."

EDITORIAL | With joy-filled hearts, let’s continue the Christmas celebration all season long

As we conclude the season of Advent, we enter into the true Christmas season. And with that, we must not let the celebration end.

As Archbishop Robert Carlson noted in this week's column, there was a huge anticipation leading up to the historic eclipse in August. After totality came and went, we quickly moved on with our lives.

With Christmas, we must resist the urge to move on. The culture sends its signs that Christmas is over, with the abrupt end of Christmas music on the radio, for example. By January, stores are stocked with items for Valentine's Day — and yes, even Easter.

Editorial | Living the joy of the Gospel

In the apostolic exhortation "Evangelii Gaudium" ("Joy of the Gospel"), Pope Francis wrote that "an evangelizer must never look like someone who has just come from a funeral!"

Likewise, he has frequently admonished priests "not to look so glum" after or while celebrating Mass. And he reminds priests that "the confessional must not be a torture chamber."

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