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St. Paul Church renovation inspired by God — and china

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Jenny Wehde never imagined that the dishes she keeps in her china cabinet would become part of the inspiration for the newly renovated St. Paul Church in St. Paul.

BEFORE THE CROSS | St. Paul serves as both teacher and witness to our faith

As we are in the middle of a whole month of readings from St. Paul's Letter to the Romans, it's pertinent to ask "What do we learn from St. Paul?" The answer is two kinds of things.

In the first place we learn great theological concepts.

In Romans 1, Paul tells us: "Ever since the creation of the world, God's invisible attributes of eternal power and divinity have been able to be understood and perceived in what He has made." This is a founding insight for 2,000 years of natural theology, in which we learn about God from the book of nature.

BEFORE THE CROSS | St. Paul countered ‘fake news’ in his time, too

The Mass readings this week are from the First Letter of St. Paul to Timothy. St. Paul warned Timothy about the Gnostics, a group of people who claimed to have a special knowledge contrary to the faith. Timothy was to restrain their false teaching, and preserve the purity of Church teaching against their doctrines.

We have our own version of that situation today.

Sports camp: What’s fun got to do with it? (Everything)

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Jeff Gaona played basketball for De Smet Jesuit High School, St. Louis University and Bellarmine University. A challenge, for sure, but nothing compared with what he faced June 22 in the St. Paul Gym in Fenton.

Gaona was encircled by about 35 mostly pint-sized players at the parish's basketball camp, each determined to take the ball from him. They succeeded in the comic-relief effort twice, and as a loser, Gaona had to do 10 push-ups each time to the chants of his victors.

POPE'S MESSAGE | God promises the ‘impossible,’ asks people hope against all hope

Pope Francis greeted a child at his general audience March 29 in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican. In his catechesis talk, the pope looked at how Abraham’s faith is held up as a model for everyone in St. Paul’s Letter to the Romans (4:16-25).

VATICAN CITY — Hope is not built on people's predictions, assurances or line of reasoning, Pope Francis said.

Real Christian hope "is not based on our word, but on God's Word" and promises of salvation and eternal life, the pope said at his general audience in St. Peter's Square March 29.

Continuing a series of reflections on how the apostle Paul describes the nature of Christian hope, the pope looked at how Abraham's faith is held up as a model for everyone in St. Paul's Letter to the Romans (4:16-25).

BEFORE THE CROSS | Let's make our lives a gift to others

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson, left, spoke with Bishop Robert J. Baker of Birmingham on the opening day of the USCCB Spring General Assembly in St. Louis.

Welcome back to Ordinary Time.

Of course, technically, we've been in Ordinary Time since May 25 -- the day after Pentecost. But the Sundays after Pentecost were celebrations of the Most Holy Trinity and the Body and Blood of Christ. So June 14 is the first regular Sunday since Feb. 15 -- before Lent.

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