Church teaching articles and columns

Below are the latest columns from the St. Louis Review. Click on a title or the 'Continue Reading' link to read the whole story.

June 21, 2018

Las lecturas de esta semana nos relatan una serie de grandes eventos en la historia de la salvación. Estos eventos contienen lecciones importantes para nosotros, en este momento en el que asimilamos los últimos dictámenes de la Corte Suprema, especialmente con respecto a poner nuestra fe en acción.

Primero, escuchamos como los asirios conquistaron las tribus del norte de Israel alrededor del año 700 AC. Entonces marcharon contra Jerusal...

June 21, 2018

The readings for this week relate a number of great events in salvation history. These events contain important lessons for us as we digest the latest Supreme Court rulings, especially with regard to putting our faith into action.

First, we hear how the Assyrians conquered the northern tribes of Israel in the 700's BC. They then marched against Jerusalem and the southern tribes, as well. (The kingdom was divided into north and south at...

June 21, 2018

As illustrated by the readings for the 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time, God is the source of all goodness, including the gift to recognize that all good things that surround us come from God. The desire to share with others the gifts He has so graciously shared with us also comes from God.

In the letter to the Corinthians, Paul addresses a group of Christians who have received an overabundance of spiritual gifts. In addition, they are doin...

June 21, 2018

On Good Friday, Catholics venerate the cross by kneeling or bowing down and touching or kissing it. We believe that by the wood of the cross, Jesus saved us from our sins and gave us new life.

As noted in St. Matthew's Gospel, the Jewish leadership after Jesus' death didn't want any mention of Jesus, particularly ascribing credence to the belief that He rose from the dead (Matthew 28:11-15). Following Jesus' death, the cross was buried...

June 14, 2018

¿Cómo leemos el Antiguo Testamento? Hay dos tendencias típicas, ambas equivocadas.

La primera es simplemente desestimar el Antiguo Testamento: "Jesús anuló todo eso" Sin embargo este enfoque no concuerda con que los Diez Mandamientos todavía son válidos, que Jesús dijo venía a cumplir la ley no a abolirla, y que Jesús es el Dios de Israel encarnado.

El otro enfoque es tomar todo en el Antiguo Testamento como una verdad inalterabl...

June 14, 2018

How do we read the Old Testament? There are two typical tendencies, both mistaken.

The first is simple dismissal of the Old Testament: "Jesus overturned all that." But this approach doesn't square with the fact that the Ten Commandments are still valid, that Jesus said he came to fulfill the law not abolish it, and that Jesus is the God of Israel in the flesh.

Another approach is to take everything in the Old Testament as unchang...

June 14, 2018

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June 14, 2018

As we hear in the readings for the Nativity of John the Baptist, God will not tolerate the status quo when it comes to saving mankind.

In the first reading, the Lord calls His prophet from his mother's womb. "He made of me a sharp-edged sword, and concealed me in the shadow of his arm." Scripture scholars aren't clear as to the specific identity of this prophet. It might refer to Isaiah himself, or to another future prophet, such as Joh...

June 14, 2018

Fundamentalists tend to disagree with Catholics on praying to the dead at all, even to the saints. They cite biblical texts such as Deuteronomy 18:10-11, in which the Lord prohibits any oracles, or communication, with the dead.

A Catholic response to this objection begins by reading such texts in context. Then, one realizes that God condemns communication with the dead apart from Him. Such communication might be done by wizards or sorce...

June 7, 2018

This week marks the Muslim celebration of Eid al Fitr, the end of Ramadan. Though we disagree on many points, this is a good time to note some of the ways Catholics and Muslims can stand together.

Ramadan is a month of preparation for what Muslims believe to be the pivotal event in history — God's revelation of the Qur'an to Muhammad. Muslims are called to pray, abstain from all food and drink from sunrise to sunset and give alms to the...

June 7, 2018

Esta semana nos señala la celebración musulmana de Eid al Fitr, el final del Ramadán. Aunque disentimos en muchos puntos, es un buen momento para mencionar algunos de los puntos en los que católicos y los musulmanes estamos de acuerdo.

El Ramadán es el mes de preparación para el evento fundamental de la historia según la creencia musulmana — La revelación de Dios del Corán a Mahoma. Los musulmanes son llamados a orar, a abstenerse de cu...

June 7, 2018

If you ask yourself, "What is the most powerful force on the face of the earth?" what would your answer be? Maybe the sun, the ocean or nuclear explosives?

The most powerful force on the face of the earth is none other than the indomitable and invisible kingdom of God. Yes, those in the state of grace carry within themselves the most powerful force in the universe, the life that begets the kingdom within.

The readings for the 11t...

May 31, 2018

Esta semana celebramos el Sagrado Corazón de Jesús (8 junio) y el Inmaculado Corazón de María (9 junio). Sus corazones nos dan una lección y un desafío.

Primero, considere el instinto de Jesús para volcarse hacia la gente que más necesita su misericordia. Cuando Jesús fue criticado por esa tendencia, Él simplemente respondió: "Los sanos no tienen necesidad de médico sino los que están enfermos". Su corazón lo llevó a estar en medio de l...

May 31, 2018

This week we celebrate the Sacred Heart of Jesus (June 8) and the Immaculate Heart of Mary (June 9). Both of their hearts provide a lesson and a challenge for us.

First, consider Jesus' instinct to turn toward the people who most need mercy. When Jesus was criticized for this tendency, He responded simply: "Those who are well do not need a physician, but the sick do" (Mark 2:17). His heart drew Him to be in the midst of sickness, becaus...

May 31, 2018

The readings for the Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time celebrate man's noble calling to enlist the help of Jesus Christ in our battle against the flesh and against Satan.

The setting of the first reading is the Garden of Eden. God is looking for Adam and Eve, but they are hiding because they have sinned. God calls out to them to invite them to explain their behavior.

Adam admitted eating of the forbidden fruit but blamed God for givi...

May 31, 2018

All of us probably have a Bible somewhere at home. It sits, quietly calling us whenever we see it or think to pick it up and to read its Good News.

Before reading it, examine it to make sure it is a Catholic Bible. If it isn't, some books might be missing that the Catholic Church accepts but other denominations of Christianity don't.

Also, you might want to look at which translation it is. The New American Bible is close to what...

May 24, 2018

El primero de junio celebramos la Fiesta de San Justino, Mártir. San Justino nació alrededor del año 100, estaba inmerso en la filosofía griega y la cultura de su tiempo. Se hizo un creyente y puso su educación al servicio de la defensa de la fe cristiana, por la que fue martirizado alrededor del año 165. Su vida y teología proveen buenas lecciones para guiar nuestra interacción con la filosofía y la cultura de nuestros días.

Tomemos un...

May 24, 2018

On the first day of June, we celebrate the Feast of St. Justin Martyr. Born around the year 100, he was immersed in Greek philosophy and the culture of his day. He became a believer and put his education to use defending the Christian faith, for which he was martyred around 165. His life and theology provide good lessons for navigating our interactions with the philosophy and culture of our own day.

Take a lesson from his theology. Chri...