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A MORE HUMAN SOCIETY | Who speaks for Charlie Gard?

A seriously ill 11-month-old child in Great Britain has garnered the attention of President Donald Trump and Pope Francis and sparked an international debate.

Charlie Gard is unresponsive and totally dependent due to a severe genetic defect that compromises his brain cells' metabolism. His parents want to sustain his life and transfer him to an American hospital for a highly experimental treatment — one that has benefited children with a similar but far less serious condition.

GUEST VIEWPOINT | ‘They will know we are Christians by our love’

My daughter posted these questions on an online chat thread one morning: "Would someone care to enlighten me on how we got to this place? This place being almost daily acts of terror or terrorism around the world. How did we, as a planet, fall to immediate violence as an answer to something as simple as being fired. I simply do not understand."

GUEST COLUMNIST | In gratitude for a decade of service and communion

For the past 11 years, I have been blessed to walk in pilgrimage with the Archdiocese of St. Louis. As I prepare for my new assignment in Rome, I can only thank the Lord for all the wonderful people I have met during this time.

One of the outstanding features of the Archdiocese of St. Louis is its support to Kenrick-Glennon Seminary in the mission of forming priests for the Church throughout the region.

GUEST COLUMNIST | I didn’t sign up for this… Or did I?

Stripping soaked sheets off a child's bed for the third night in a row. Scrubbing vomit out of a carseat. Listening to a bedroom door slam with an angry "I hate you!"

"This is not what I signed up for."

In the years since I became a mother, the tempting, selfish thought has sneaked into my mind a thousand times, dark and brooding.

But every time a quiet voice responds gently: "Are you sure?"

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.

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