Guest columnist

IN THE LIGHT OF FAITH | Keeping cradle Catholics in the church

In his book "The Four Loves," C.S. Lewis wrote, "The typical expression of opening friendship would be something like, 'What? You too? I thought I was the only one.'"

This seems to be the reason that a good number of my friends are Catholic converts. I have spent the better part of my adult life trying to communicate the Church's teachings in various professions. The Gospel is good and always worth sharing.

JOURNEYING TOGETHER | Mother and child in the Hispanic Catholic imagination

May is traditionally a month when Catholics turn their attention toward Mary more intentionally. Marian processions and crownings in parishes and schools remind us of our childhood. I love processions!

I remember the school processions in May growing up in Colombia, South America, holding candles and singing hymns as we followed an image or a beautifully decorated statue of the Virgin Mary. Parents and neighbors joined along. By the way, this was a public school. Different world.

GUEST COLUMNIST | Catholic Student Center: A strong force for good

A while ago, I received a call from Chancellor Mark Wrighton, who told me the Board of Trustees of Washington University had unanimously awarded me an honorary doctorate. This was so surprising and off the page of anything even thought about that I was moved to the core and grateful beyond words.

GUEST COLUMNIST | Lent and the culture of greed

Once again, Pope Francis doesn't mince words.

In his 2017 Lenten message, our refreshingly candid pontiff takes on the subject of money in our lives and pulls no punches.

The love of money can become a "tyrannical idol," said Pope Francis, who reminds us that St. Paul stated "the love of money is the root of all evils."

Although society is saturated with consumerism and we obsess about money, the discussion of it remains a social taboo. It's rude to ask someone to divulge his or her salary, and we wouldn't ask someone what they paid for their new sofa.

Guest Viewpoint | We aim for sowers of hope to a world sorely in need of it

Pope Francis, in a few meaningful words, can pull together the work of our hands and the yearning of our hearts and minds. In his brief address Feb. 9 to the Congregation of Catholic Education at the Vatican, he affirmed the mission-rich approach to education embraced by Fontbonne University and other Catholic Universities.

GUEST COLUMNIST | Cell phones and the real presence

It's a scene that's become more commonplace as technology: One or more of the people gathered for a meal is constantly interrupted by his or her phone. Conversation is stilted, light, and in short bursts between phone checks. Clearly, those gathered at the table aren't the complete group. They're not "the happening." The "others" never called or came, and nobody seems to have a very good visit.

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