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.

February 2, 2005

Introduction

On this coming Wednesday, Feb. 9, we will begin our annual observance of the season of Lent.Lent is a time of strong grace for the purification and strengthening of our love of God and neighbor. On Ash Wednesday, we embark, in imitation of our Lord Jesus, on a 40-day spiritual journey of prayer and penance to fortify our life in Him, which began when we first received the sevenfold gift of the Holy Spirit in the Sacrament o...

January 27, 2005

Introduction

On this past Jan. 22, we marked the 32nd anniversary of two historic and most unjust decisions of the highest court of justice in our nation.On Jan. 22, 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court gave rulings in the cases Roe vs. Wade and Doe vs. Bolton, which, in fact, made legal the taking of the innocent and defenseless life of the unborn human being.Since these rulings of the Supreme Court, more than 40 million unborn human beings, o...

January 20, 2005

Introduction

Having written about vocation and vocations on Jan. 7, I write this week about the particular vocation of an outstanding religious sister from St. Louis, Mother Mary Francis, PCC, abbess of the Poor Clare Monastery of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Roswell, N.M. I have been profoundly blessed over the past several years by the faithful friendship of Mother Mary Francis and her community at Roswell.Once a year, at least, I try to...

January 13, 2005

Introduction

With this issue of the St. Louis Review, I invite every active parishioner in the Archdiocese of St. Louis to receive the official organ of communication of the archdiocese.If you have already been receiving the St. Louis Review, I trust that you have found it a good and sound means of keeping up on news of the Church in the archdiocese and in the world and of deepening your knowledge of our Catholic faith and its practice....

January 6, 2005

Introduction

On this coming Jan. 9 to 15, we will observe National Vocation Awareness Week.Beginning with the celebration of the Baptism of the Lord on Sunday, Jan. 9, the annual celebration gives us many helps in considering our share in Christ...

December 22, 2004

Introduction

As we celebrate the Birth of Our Lord, we are deeply conscious of the richness of the mystery of the Incarnation.Our mind will never comprehend all that the mystery means, yet God...

December 9, 2004

Introduction

On Dec. 8, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, the universal Church marked the 150th anniversary of the Proclamation of the Dogma of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.Throughout the Church, celebrations were held to honor the truth of the Immaculate Conception with special solemnity.In Rome, the act of the definition of the truth by Blessed Pope Pius IX, who was the Roman pontiff from June 21, 184...

December 2, 2004

Introduction

On Nov. 20, Bishop Robert Hermann and I, together with the other bishops of Missouri and the bishops of Iowa, Kansas and Nebraska, traveled to Rome, arriving there the following day, due to the length of flight and the seven-hour difference in time between St. Louis and Rome.The purpose of our travel was to offer Mass at the tombs of the Apostles St. Peter and St. Paul, and to meet with Pope John Paul II, the successor of S...

November 24, 2004

Introduction

From Monday, Nov. 15, to Thursday, Nov. 18, Bishop Robert J. Hermann and I participated in the General Meeting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in Washington, D.C.You may have viewed some part of the meeting on Eternal Word Television Network, which broadcasts all of the proceedings.

The Conference of Bishops is, according to Church discipline, the full body of bishops of a certain nation or territory, exe...

November 19, 2004

Introduction

As we prepare for the celebration of Thanksgiving, our thoughts turn to the many blessings with which God has showered upon us throughout the year, beginning with gift of life itself and our Catholic faith.I hope that you will be able to participate in Mass on Thanksgiving Day. Holy Eucharist means literally "Holy Thanksgiving"; participation in the Eucharist is our most perfect way of expressing gratitude to God.If you are...

November 10, 2004

Introduction

On Nov. 6 I had the pleasure of speaking to the 81st annual meeting of the National Catholic Rural Life Conference, which was held in St. Louis.It was an occasion of special joy for me because I had served on the board of directors of the National Catholic Rural Life Conference from 1996 to 2002.Also, coming from a rural background, I have always had a strong interest in the work of the conference on behalf of farmers who s...

November 3, 2004

Introduction

The month of November is set aside in the Church as a special time of prayer for the dead, beginning with the celebration of All Souls Day on Nov. 2.During November, we should develop a habit daily prayer for the dead, if we are not already doing so.Prayer for the dead is a spiritual work of mercy (Catechism of the Catholic Church, No. 1032).

In other words, it is an essential part of our witness to God...

October 27, 2004

Introduction

Since the time of my theological studies in preparation for ordination to the priesthood, I have wanted to make a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, to the places made sacred by our Lord...

October 22, 2004

Introduction

Recently, I met with a group of concerned adult Catholics who raised a number of serious questions about the life of the Church in the Archdiocese of St. Louis.Their questions covered many aspects of the Church...

October 7, 2004

Introduction

On this past June 10, the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ or, as it is popularly known, Corpus Christi, our Holy Father Pope John Paul II announced "a special Year of the Eucharist" (L...

September 16, 2004

Introduction

On this coming weekend, we will observe the fourth annual Stewardship Awareness Sunday in the Archdiocese of St. Louis.All parishes will recognize and celebrate the great works which have been accomplished in the Church in the archdiocese and far beyond, thanks to the parishioners who have generously shared with the Church God...

September 9, 2004

Pastoral Letter on Civic Responsibility

During the time of my pilgrimage to Rome to receive the sacred pallium, at the end of June and beginning of July, I promised to write a pastoral letter to assist the faithful in the archdiocese in exercising their civic responsibility, especially the duty to vote, in accord with the moral law. A number of factors have kept me from finishing the writing of the pastoral letter until now. In the mean...

September 1, 2004

Introduction

I am happy to announce to you the successful completion of the 2004 Archdiocesan Development Appeal.Thanks to the generosity of many of the faithful in the Archdiocese, the Appeal has exceeded its goal of $11.6 million.To all who contributed to the 2004 appeal, I express heartfelt gratitude.To my expression of gratitude, I add the thanks of the many individuals and families served by our archdiocesan schools, Catholic Chari...