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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.

February 23, 2006

Desert and evangelization

When Christ began His public ministry of announcing the Kingdom, His ministry of evangelization, He immediately journeyed into the desert for 40 days, to fast andpray (Matthew 4:1-11; Mark 1:12-13; Luke 4:1-13).By so doing, He gave us an example of how we, too, must prepare ourselves for the challenge of the new evangelization, of living the Gospel day by day, of meeting the "high standard of ordinary Christian...

February 16, 2006

Death of Mother Mary Francis

On Feb. 11, the feast day of Our Lady of Lourdes, Mother Mary Francis, PCC, died in the Poor Clare Monastery of Our Lady of Guadalupe at Roswell, N.M.Born on Feb. 14, 1921, in St. Louis, to John and Anne Maher Aschmann, she would have celebrated her 85th birthday on this past St. Valentine...

February 9, 2006

Consecrated life and the new evangelization

In carrying out the work of the new evangelization, Pope John Paul II gave special attention to the various vocations in life: the vocations of the laity to the married life or the dedicated single life; the vocation to the consecrated life in its many forms; and the vocations to the permanent diaconate and to the priesthood.In calling us to follow Christ with new enthusiasm and new energy, he...

February 2, 2006

Pope John Paul II and Vocations Today

Since the death of Pope John Paul II, two young men have met with me to discuss a priestly vocation.Both are a little older...

January 26, 2006

Handing on the Truth

Next week, the Church throughout our nation will celebrate the great gift of Catholic schools.From the first planting of the Catholic Church on American soil, the faithful have been keenly aware of the importance of handing on carefully and completely the truth of the faith to their children.First of all, the native Americans were non-Christians.Then, as the nation grew, Catholics formed neighborhoods with people of...

January 19, 2006

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January 11, 2006

Anniversary and new commitment

On this past Jan. 6, I celebrated the 11th anniversary of my episcopal ordination.The anniversary of ordination evoked deep gratitude as I reflected upon the great gift of my vocation as bishop and the many rich aspects of my exercise of the mission of bishop, first in the Diocese of LaCrosse, Wis., and, now, in the Archdiocese of St. Louis.It also inspired new enthusiasm and new energy in responding to th...

January 5, 2006

God...

December 21, 2005

Introduction

The coming Solemnity of the Birth of Our Lord Jesus Christ inspires anew our wonder at the great mystery of the Incarnation. As we kneel at the Christmas crib and gaze upon the figures, we are filled with the deepest sense of how much God loves us.Looking upon the figure of the infant Jesus lying in the manger, we view, as if for the first time, the reality that God has come in our human flesh to live with us, to share our...

December 14, 2005

Introduction

I write, with heavy heart, about a situation which I, as bishop, had hoped that I would never have to address.I refer to the recent break with the communion of the Roman Catholic Church on the part of the board of directors of the civil corporation of St. Stanislaus Kostka Parish in the City of St. Louis, and on the part of the priest from the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau, whom they have hired to serve them.

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December 9, 2005

Introduction

In these days, we celebrate the wonderful events of the apparitions of the Mother of God on our continent in 1531.On Dec. 9, we celebrate the feast day of St. Juan Diego to whom the Mother of God appeared on the hill of Tepeyac, in what is today Mexico City.She chose Juan Diego, a Native American, to be her messenger.

Dec. 9 is the date of the first of her apparitions to Juan Diego, which would conclude on Dec. 12,...

December 1, 2005

Introduction

In the Oct. 14 issue of the St. Louis Review, I wrote about Kenrick-Glennon Seminary, our archdiocesan seminary. Toward the end of the article, I addressed the concern regarding the admission to the seminary of men who suffer from same-sex attraction, that is, the homosexual condition. The subject has been discussed in the public media in the context of the apostolic visitation to all the seminaries in the United States. Th...

November 23, 2005

Introduction

Chapter 7 of the instruction "Redemptionis Sacramentum" presents the discipline of the Church regarding the lay faithful who undertake extraordinary functions during the celebration of the Holy Mass or other celebrations of the Sacred Liturgy.The qualifier extraordinary reminds us that the functions in question belong properly to an ordained minister and are supplied temporarily by a member of the laity because there is the...

November 23, 2005

Introduction

Living in a culture which has lost its fundamental moral anchor, we should not be surprised at the attacks on human life, at all stages of development, in our nation. On the contrary, we must be vigilant in promoting the respect for human life, safeguarding the life of every brother and sister from the moment of inception to the moment of natural death.

During the coming months, we will face a particular challenge in...

November 23, 2005

Introduction

Thanksgiving Day is a time to reflect upon our life and to be deeply grateful.As we review the past year, with its joys and sorrows, we become ever more deeply conscious of the truth that everything, all that we are and have,is God...

November 17, 2005

Introduction

Chapter 8, the final chapter of the instruction Redemptionis Sacramentum, takes up the question of the remedy of liturgical abuses.It begins by reminding us that a liturgical abuse is, in fact, "a real falsification of Catholic liturgy." Constant vigilance is required against such falsification and, when it occurs, it must be corrected. It makes no sense for the Church to acknowledge serious wounds inflicted upon her sacred...

November 3, 2005

Introduction

Our communion in the Church is most rich. By our baptism, we are called to be saints, to be, in the words of our Lord, "perfect as [our] heavenly Father is perfect" (Matthew 5:48).In other words, through the Sacrament of Baptism, we become part of the great communion of men and women, living and dead, who have come to life in Christ and strive to follow Him faithfully (cf. Catechism of the Catholic Church, nn. 954-959)....

October 27, 2005

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

Introduction

1."In our day," or, in Latin, "Nostra Aetate," are the opening words of one of the shortest and yet most compelling documents of the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council.The full title of the document is: "Declaration on the Relation of the Church to NonChristian Religions."Oct. 28 marks the 40th anniversary of its promulgation.

2.In these last days of October, various celebra...