Editorial | Respecting life shows we care

The compelling story of Dr. Vansen Wong, told in an article in this issue of the Review, is a reminder of the need to continue the fight against legalized abortion in our nation

For almost seven years, the Sacramento, Calif., OB/GYN performed hundreds of abortions as part of his regular medical practice. He then experienced a conversion and now advocates for pro-life issues, also working as a medical director of the Alternatives Pregnancy Center in Sacramento.

Editorial | Acknowledging the grief of a parish closure

Statues and other items from Visitation-St. Ann Shrine Parish, which closed earlier this year, are being respectfully removed for future use in another sacred space.

When a parish closes, the emotions its congregation feels are akin to losing a family member.

These are the sacred places where the sacraments once came to life: attending Mass as a family on Sundays, baptisms, First Communions, confirmations, recociliations, and weddings.. School days, fall festivals and ice cream socials are forever implanted in the memories of those who called the parish their second home. Those memories often run generations deep.

Editorial | Stewardship — sharing our God-given talents with others

According to the Gospel, the Kingdom of God "will be like a man going on a journey who called his servants and entrusted his property to them. To one he gave five talents of money, to another two talents, and to another one talent, each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey" (Matthew 25:14).

When he returned, the man praised the servants who had used their talents wisely with these words: "Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master's happiness!"

Editorial | Catholic education from 1818 to now: Building on strong foundation brings rewards

The history of formal Catholic education in the Archdiocese of St. Louis dates to 1818. Bishop Louis DuBourg of the Louisiana Territory established a seminary in Perryville and the first Catholic school in St. Louis. He invited the Religious of the Sacred Heart, the Vincentians and the Jesuits to become a part of this community.

Editorial | ‘Decent’ work provides dignity

Labor Day is a lot like other holidays that are observed on Mondays — we enjoy the time off, or at least the break from traffic if we have to work, but we often don't give much thought to its significance.

Editorial | Adoption equals generosity

It wasn't easy, but it was worth it.

MaryPat St. Jean from Boston, Mass., recently wrote "The Blessing of 'Unanswered Prayers': An Adoption Story" for the U.S. bishops' For Your Marriage website. MaryPat and her husband, Tom, adopted four children.

The adoption application process, at times, felt profoundly invasive, she wrote. "There are some challenges that are unique to adoptive mothers and fathers. It is difficult to explain to adopted children that just because they were 'given up' for adoption, it does not mean that they were not 'wanted.'"

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