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

July 20, 2017

El número de peregrinos que transitan el Camino de Compostela ha aumentado dramáticamente desde mediados de los años 80. (El Camino es la famosa ruta de peregrinaje europea que termina en el noroeste de España en la Catedral de Santiago de Compostela, donde se cree está enterrado el apóstol Santiago — St. James en inglés) En 1985, menos de 1000 personas hicieron la peregrinación. Entonces el número creció significativamente a más de 25.000 en...

July 20, 2017

The number of pilgrims who have walked the Camino de Santiago has risen dramatically since the mid-1980s. (The Camino is the famous European pilgrimage route that ends in northwest Spain at the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, which is believed to be burial place of St. James — "Santiago" in Spanish.) In 1985, less than 1,000 made the pilgrimage. Then the number grew significantly to more than 25,000 by 1997, more than 100,000 by 2006 and...

July 20, 2017

The readings for the 17th Sunday of Ordinary Time implicitly celebrate the mystery of God that is hidden deep within us. Reflecting on the word reveals His presence.

Some people are so curious to know their future that they turn to the occult to discover it. The word of God strictly warns us never to go that route. For example, in the Book of Deuteronomy, God tells Moses: "Let there not be found among you anyone who causes their son or...

July 14, 2017

Una investigación reciente mostró que las personas entre 18-33 años revisan su teléfono 85 veces al día. El tiempo total que invierten es de aproximadamente 5 horas.

Más que señalar a los adultos jóvenes, esto debe plantear interrogantes para todos nosotros: ¿Cómo gastamos nuestro tiempo y energía cada día —y hay una mejor manera de hacerlo?

En el evangelio del lunes, Jesús nos dice: "Cualquiera que ama a su padre o a su madre o...

July 14, 2017

Appropriate use of time, connection between suffering and flourishing
let our lives tell story of God's people 

A recent investigation showed that the average 18-33 year old checks his or her phone 85 times a day. The total investment of time adds up to 5 hours.

Rather than pointing a finger at young adults, this should raise questions for all of us: How do we spend...

July 14, 2017

The readings for the 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time blend in a similar way as the figurative yeast from the Gospel parable leavens the whole batch. The Holy Spirit is the leaven that brings these readings to life.

From the Book of Wisdom, the first reading illustrates what the Holy Spirit does in our lives. The Holy Spirit tells us through the prophet: "For your might is the source of justice; your mastery over all things makes you lenien...

July 14, 2017

First, let's review.

Baptism is the necessary sacrament for one to receive to enter the Kingdom of Heaven (John 3:5). While ideally one would receive this sacrament, the Church has understood from her foundation two other ways to receive the graces of this sacrament.

The Baptism of Desire is received by someone preparing for baptism but dying before the sacrament is conferred, or by a person who never hears about Christ but lives...

June 30, 2017

'I give praise to you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to little ones.' 

All three readings for the 14th Sunday of Ordinary Time celebrate what God has done and is doing for us. Alone, we can't save ourselves, and even God can't save us without permission. Salvation is a work that only God performs, but He need...

June 29, 2017

Un paracaidista salta de un avión y se precipita hacia la tierra. Puede ejercer su libertad en dos formas: Tirar del cordón y abrir el paracaídas, o no hacerlo. Cualquiera de las dos decisiones es su escogencia. Pero una lleva a la vida y la otra a la muerte.

Lo mismo es cierto de la ciudad de St. Louis declarándose a sí misma como un santuario del aborto, y de los estados que están considerando legalizar el suicidio asistido por los mé...

June 29, 2017

A skydiver leaps from a plane and speeds toward the ground. She can exercise her freedom in two ways: Pull the ripcord and open the parachute, or not. Either way it's her choice. But one choice leads to life and the other leads to death.

The same is true of the city of St. Louis declaring itself an abortion sanctuary and of states that are considering legalizing physician-assisted suicide. Like the skydiver, the primary question isn't w...

June 22, 2017

Comenzamos esta semana un ciclo de lecturas del Antiguo Testamento que nos llevan a través de las historias de Abraham, Isaac, Jacob y José. En la lectura del lunes, Dios le hace una promesa a Abraham. Esta promesa se repite varias veces a través de la semana. Pero probablemente la fase clave es: "Entonces Abraham viajó por etapas al Negeb."

Etapas. Esta es la clave. La promesa fue hecha a Abraham desde el inicio: descendientes tan nume...

June 22, 2017

We begin a cycle of Old Testament readings this week that takes us through the stories of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Joseph. In Monday's reading, God gives a promise to Abraham. This promise is reiterated several times throughout the week. But the key phrase is probably this: "Then Abram journeyed on by stages to the Negeb."

Stages. That's key. The promise was given to Abraham right from the start: descendants as numerous as the stars, a...

June 22, 2017

All three readings for the 13th Sunday in Oradinary Time speak about the paradox of losing life in order to find life. In the first reading, the prophet Elisha meets a woman of influence who persuades him to dine with her. Later, whenever the prophet passed by, he would stop to dine there. She and her husband agreed to fix up a room for him to stay every time he passed by. On one occasion the man of God said to her, "This time next year you wi...

June 15, 2017

En el corazón de Jesús, el centro del cristianismo se pone ante nosotros." Así escribió el Cardenal Joseph Ratzinger (Papa Emérito Benedicto XVI). Este es un punto apropiado cuando celebramos la fiesta del Sagrado Corazón de Jesús el 23 de junio.

¿Por qué debería ser importante la fiesta del Sagrado Corazón? Una razón se refiere a las 12 promesas hechas por Jesús a Santa Margarita María Alacoque a aquellos que practican la devoción al S...

June 15, 2017

In the heart of Jesus, the center of Christianity is set before us." So wrote Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger (Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI). It's a fitting point as we celebrate the feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus on June 23.

Why should the feast of the Sacred Heart matter? One reason is because of the 12 promises made by Jesus to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque regarding those who practice devotion to the Sacred Heart. The promises are listed i...

June 15, 2017

'Nothing is concealed that will not be revealed, nor secret that will not be known.' 

In the Gospel reading for the 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Jesus speaks in powerful imperatives, simply telling us that the time has come for the Gospel to explode on the world, and that we're the ones to make this happen.

One translation puts it this way: "What was concealed, must be revealed; what was secret, mu...

June 15, 2017

Is confession valid if the priest doesn't hear your Act of Contrition? 

We might remember being told as we grew up that we need to apologize to someone for something we did. Out of personal pride or perhaps anger at what they did to us, our apology was halfhearted at best. We said we were sorry, but in our heart we really weren't, and the way we said our apology most likely reflected our state of mind and...

June 9, 2017

Jesus tells Nicodemus at the beginning of St. John's Gospel, "Amen, amen, I say to you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit" (John 3:5).

Reflecting on this revelation by our Lord, the Church has always encouraged people to receive the sacrament of baptism as the surest means to receive eternal life. While stating this, the Catechism makes an important distinction. While God has bound salvation to t...