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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.

August 10, 2004


On this past July 14, the Church in the United States had its annual celebration of the memory of Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha. The celebration of the memory of Blessed Kateri is the occasion to reflect with wonder and gratitude at the work of God...

August 10, 2004


From July 25 to 31, the Catholic Church in the United States has been observing Natural Family Planning Awareness Week, a celebration of great significance for families, for the whole Church and for society, in general.Natural Family Planning Awareness Week is always planned around the anniversary of the publication of Pope Paul VI...

July 16, 2004

The Pallium

On Tuesday, June 29, the Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul, Apostles, His Holiness Pope John Paul II imposed the pallium upon me.The pallium is the official vestment of the metropolitan archbishop. A metropolitan archbishop has the pastoral care of an archdiocese or metropolitan see. In the universal Church, the individual dioceses in a geographical area are gathered into provinces.In each province, one of the dioceses is the...

July 15, 2004

On June 28, the Missouri Catholic Conference published a letter written by the bishops of the Province of St. Louis, which is made up of the state of Missouri. The letter is addressed to all of the faithful of the province regarding an action of the legislature of Missouri.The action in question has profound implications for the future of marriage and family life.

The legislative branch of the state government has decided to place befor...

June 24, 2004


On Friday, June 25, I will depart from St. Louis on pilgrimage to Rome for the reception of the pallium. Several priests and some 115 other faithful of the archdiocese will accompany me on the pilgrimage. Also, a pilgrim group of about 45 priests and faithful from the Diocese of La Crosse, in which I formally served as bishop, will be journeying to Rome. Our pilgrimage will include the celebration of the holy Mass at the fo...

June 11, 2004

A Matter of Deep Concern

Before returning to the discussion of the Enthronement of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, I ask your help on behalf of the poor of Haiti. Last Friday, Bishop Yves-Marie Pan, CSC, of Les Gonaves in Haiti, was in St. Louis to visit friends and seek help for the poor of his diocese. I was happy to meet him for the first time and to visit with him.

He explained to me the extreme poverty in his diocese, with many...

June 3, 2004


Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus is a most effective means of living always in the company of our Lord Jesus whom we receive in Holy Communion. In other words, our devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus is an extended act of love for Him who shows us the greatest possible love by offering His Body and Blood for us in the Eucharistic Sacrifice.In His fourth apparition to St. Margaret Mary, our Lord revealed His Sacred He...

June 2, 2004


One of the important duties of the bishop is to foster the devotional life of the faithful entrusted to his pastoral care.In his post-synodal apostolic exhortation "On the Bishop, Servant of the Gospel of Jesus Christ for the Hope of the World," Pastores Gregis (Oct. 16, 2003), Pope John Paul II reminded all bishops:

"The Synod Fathers reaffirmed the importance of popular piety in the handing on and the growth of fai...

May 20, 2004


On this past Sunday, our Holy Father declared Gianna Beretta Molla a saint of the Church.St. Gianna was a wife and mother, and a physician, who died on Easter Saturday (April 28) of 1962, following the birth of her fourth child. Gianna is a contraction for Giovanna in Italian...

May 7, 2004


On Monday, May 3, I traveled to Kansas City in our state to ordain Msgr. Robert W. Finn, up to now the editor of the St. Louis Review, to the episcopate. Now Bishop Finn is the Coadjutor Bishop of Kansas City-St. Joseph, one of the four dioceses in Missouri. As Coadjutor Bishop, Bishop Finn will share with Bishop Raymond J. Boland, the Diocesan Bishop, in the pastoral care and governance of the Diocese, in preparation for h...

April 29, 2004


From Dec. 9 to 12, 1531, the Mother of God appeared five times in what is present-day Mexico City.Three of the apparitions were to St. Juan Diego, a native American of the Chichimeca tribe of the Aztecs; one was to his elderly and infirm uncle Juan Bernardino, with whom he lived; and the final apparition was to St. Juan Diego, the Bishop and his attendants.In her final apparition, our Blessed Mother left her image permanent...

April 22, 2004


The Easter Season calls to mind the many and wonderful ways in which our risen Lord is alive for us in the Church.We think of the holy Eucharist, most of all, for it contains the entire good of our redemption (cf. Second Vatican Ecumenical Council, Decree on the Ministry and Life of Priests, Presbyterorum Ordinis, n. 5).By the holy Eucharist, Christ makes present for us always His sacrifice on Calvary.We think, too, of the...

April 15, 2004


So great is the mystery of the Redemption that we celebrate the Solemnity of the Resurrection for eight days, what we call in the Church an octave, from Easter Sunday to Divine Mercy Sunday.After the completion of the Octave of Easter, the Easter Season continues through Pentecost Sunday. On Pentecost Sunday, 50 days after Easter, we celebrate the completion of the work of our Redeemer with the sending of the Holy Spirit up...

April 7, 2004


With the celebration of the Mass of the Lord...

April 6, 2004

This is the homily of Archbishop Raymond L. Burke at the Mass of Installation on Jan. 26, the Memorial of Sts. Timothy and Titus, at the St. Louis Cathedral Basilica.

Praised be Jesus Christ, now and forever. Amen.

I. Saint Paul...

April 2, 2004


A week ago, on March 25, the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord, we celebrated the beginning of the work of our Redemption, when God the Son became man in the womb of the Virgin Mary through the overshadowing of the Holy Spirit.That God Himself would come to live with us is a great and wonderful mystery.We call it the mystery of the Incarnation.
God the Son took our human nature for one only purpose, namely, to...

March 29, 2004


One of the principal responsibilities of the bishop is to teach the faith.During the Rite of Ordination of a bishop, the Book of the Gospels is placed on the head of the bishop-elect and then held over his head by two deacons during the Prayer of Ordination. Our Holy Father Pope John Paul II explains the meaning of this part of the Rite of Ordination:

"The Second Vatican Council, advancing along the path indicated by...

March 25, 2004


Essential to our Lenten penance is almsgiving or doing works of mercy.Too often, almsgiving may seem to be a kind of optional Lenten practice, a good work to do, if we can or if it pleases us.The truth is that all of our Lenten observance remains empty if it does not lead us to do works of mercy.Likewise, there can be no true conversion of heart, no sincere interior penance, which is not marked by almsgiving.The "Catechism...