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June 21, 2018

Some high school sports get more attention than others. Football, basketball and soccer arguably are in the spotlight the most. Some schools may have a certain team that garners attention from a particular community.

Water polo and track and field are among spring sports with the least spotlight, though in both, Catholic high schools excel.

Last month, St. Louis University High School's water polo team scored a 15-4 win over Park...

June 21, 2018

Currently, our culture appears obsessed with division, separation and isolation. It's hard to imagine that the world cares about consensus, unity and community. More than ever, we witness tremendous domestic, social and political polarization; it seems almost impossible to find opportunities to engage in civil discourse and dialogue with one another. Our public and political interactions are saturated with vitriolic and disheartening rhetoric...

June 20, 2018

Led by Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, Catholic bishops in the United States condemned the separation of children from their families at the U.S./Mexico border as the government implements the administration's zero-tolerance policy in immigration.

Cardinal DiNardo called the practice, simply, "immoral." He's the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and the leader of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston.

Archbishop Rob...

June 14, 2018

Christians who are too serious and gloomy have the Holy Spirit missing from their lives, Pope Francis said repeatedly.

That's why it's so good to see the success of Kenrick-Glennon Days, a summer camp for boys held at the seminary in Shrewsbury since 1999. The camp aids boys in vocational discernment and offers a balance of play and prayer, with fun activities ranging from playing Catholic Jeopardy to bursting water balloons.

A l...

June 14, 2018

Time is one of those gifts most of us take for granted. We don't give a second thought that we may not be here tomorrow. This, in turn, leads to many excuses for not starting something today and waiting for "tomorrow" before we begin. Each of us at some point in our lives has said some version of "I'll wait until I have all my ducks in a row before I start."

Matthew Kelly stated:"Time is a precious gift. It is so precious that God dispe...

June 14, 2018

In 1965, a few years after returning from service in the Korean War, Ray Piontek suddenly found himself a widower struggling to raise five small children on his own — the youngest just six weeks old. By the grace of God, however, his family's story doesn't end with the tragic death of Ray's young wife.

A couple of years after his wife's unexpected passing, Ray met Ginny. Ginny was an executive secretary at Union Electric who enjoyed her...

June 11, 2018

In the homily at Mass for the Ordination of Deacons on June 2, Archbishop Robert J. Carlson quoted the Prayer of Consecration, which he would use in ordaining each of 25 men to the permanent diaconate.

"May (these men) excel in every virtue: in love that is sincere, in concern for the sick and the poor, in unassuming authority, in self-discipline and in holiness of life. May they imitate Jesus who came not to be served but to serve."...

June 7, 2018

In a session on life skills last week at Kenrick-Glennon Days, Father Ryan Weber asked a room of sixth- and seventh-graders what they thought it means to be a man.

The first camper called on replied: "My dad chopping wood." Another hit the nail exactly on the head: "Taking care of your family."

Father Weber later came back to the theme of caring for others: "Growing up is the gradual coming to the knowledge that other people exis...

June 7, 2018

Beer. Golf. TV. Mowing. Burping. Fishing.

According to greeting cards in the store aisles, this is all that modern fathers care about.

Father's Day is clogged with lowbrow stereotypes. Dad just wants to hog the remote control, crack a few crass jokes and drink a cold one.

He's not nurturing, caring or involved. He's not devoted to his wife, children or grandchildren.

But think about the fathers you know. Chances are...

June 7, 2018

A certain man carried an unrelenting burden: alcohol addiction on one shoulder, drug addiction on the other. One night, drunk and high, he could bear it no longer. He was, you could say, at his wit's end. Sitting on a couch in his basement, he set down the bottle and the marijuana, picked up a pistol and felt mentally ready to end his suffering.

He didn't consider himself a spiritual man by any means, which is why the next split-second...

May 31, 2018

We hear from time to time about wise judges. Mostly it's about court cases when a judge issues a particularly appropriate sentence.

But a judge wasn't presiding over a case involving Henry Stephan. Instead, the devoutly Catholic federal judge was Stephan's boss during an internship Stephan had with the court.

"I was planning on going into the law or politics instead of becoming a priest," said now-Father Stephan of the Dominican...

May 31, 2018

The Feast of Corpus Christi is June 3, when many parishes process with the Blessed Sacrament.

Church processions are serious business. I learned this right about the time I felt like my kneecaps were going to fall off from kneeling and I was going to collapse into a puddle of perspiration under the pitiless June sun. As a Protestant, I'd been used to worship spaces with cushy chairs with cup holders for my coffee. For Catholics, though,...

May 31, 2018

In our contemporary life, transitioning from one event to another often occurs with ease and little reflection. We enjoy the thrill of the moment without paying attention to every detail. The fervor of a birthday celebration, for example, soon gives way to the excitement over the family graduation or another emerging fiesta. In short, our lives reflect a series of historical, social and political happenings that seem to come and go out of our...

May 24, 2018

Sometimes we need a zap to our faith life. We need to be revived.

As the African-American parishes of the North City Deanery have known for a long time, a revival is just what's needed to refuel souls with the presence of the Holy Spirit. Vibrant praise and worship music, preaching, breaking open the Scripture and prayer are the antidote to the lackluster that sometimes is admittedly present in our church communities.

The parishe...

May 17, 2018

Father Firas Aridah tolled bells at noon May 14 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jifna, West Bank, to mourn people injured and killed in clashes between Palestinian protesters and Israeli soldiers in Gaza. According to a Catholic News Service report, he also marked the commemoration of the day Palestinians call al-Naqba and lamented the opening of the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem.

On May 14, 1948, Israel declared its independence; Palestin...

May 17, 2018

Many of us probably don't need more evidence that God exists, but in case you do, take a trip to Italy. My wife and I just returned from a two-week vacation there. Venice, Florence, Pisa, Pompeii, Sorrento, Positano, Assisi, Rome and Vatican City, the best of both worlds, a little taste of heaven here on earth.

I had no idea what was in store for us. What I thought was going to be a sightseeing trip quickly developed into a religious pi...

May 17, 2018

When you're in your 20s and 30s, you often feel invincible — like there's so much time to make mistakes because you'll fix them tomorrow. It's easy to boast that this is the time to do whatever you want.

But then something happens. Maybe you lose your job or your longtime friend stops returning your texts. Or, maybe you learn at age 35 that you have breast cancer — which is what happened to me.

Like any tragedy, it's impossible t...

May 17, 2018

A helpful distinction needs to be made here. Being a saint isn't reserved exclusively to those whom the Church has declared such. Rather, a saint is anyone who has made it to heaven and now beholds the presence of God. One need not be declared by the Church to receive this honor: only God needs to declare it. So, yes, it's all together likely that there are saints in heaven who weren't Catholic.

But there remains the question of whether...