Good steward

The Good Steward | Senseless violence, painful and confusing for all

There can be no explanation, and no excuse, for the senseless violence recently in Aurora, Colo. Violence — the unjustified use of physical force — is always senseless. It accomplishes no good. It only causes harm, often deadly, without serving any useful purpose.

The Good Steward | Celebrating a year of faith

The Year of Faith is a celebration by the entire Catholic Church that begins October 1, 2012 -- the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council and the 20th anniversary of the publication of the Catechism of the Catholic Church -- and concludes Nov. 14, 2013, the feast of Christ the King. Pope Benedict XVI announced the Year of Faith to confront secularism and other challenges faced by our Church and to encourage Catholics to rediscover the faith and the "joy and enthusiasm of the encounter with Christ."

The Good Steward | Joseph Ratzinger: Great Teacher, Good Steward

Last month, Pope Benedict XVI celebrated two important anniversaries -- his 85th birthday (April 16) and the seventh anniversary of his election to the See of St. Peter (April 19). As always, the Holy Father observed these great occasions with quiet dignity and genuine human warmth. Throughout his many years of pastoral service, Joseph Ratzinger, as he was known before becoming pope, has shown himself to be a great teacher and a good steward of the many gifts and responsibilities entrusted to his care.

The Good Steward | Work beginning; Now bring it to completion

I have had the privilege of serving the Archdiocese of St. Louis as consultant for Mission Advancement since January 2010. During this time, I was responsible for guiding the consultation and planning processes that preceded the recent announcement of Archbishop Robert J. Carlson's priorities for our Mission Advancement Initiative for Catholic Education, Alive in Christ!

The Good Steward | Senator McCaskill fails to stand up for religious liberty

Last month I wrote to Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) and asked her to support legislation introduced by her colleague, Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), to defend religious liberty. The occasion was, of course, the Obama Administration's decision to retain the HHS mandate that requires all health insurance providers to include contraception, abortion-inducing drugs and other so-called preventive services in their plans regardless of the conscientious objection of the Catholic Church, many other religious groups and people of good will who object to this intrusive mandate.

The Good Steward | Lent is a time to discover true joy

The Church gives us the season of Lent as a means to guide us in our search for lasting happiness. Far from being a dark and dreary penitential season, Lent is truly a time of joy-filled anticipation. It is intended to ready us for "the glorious and joyful love" that is still to come at Easter time.

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