Opinion

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

June 22, 2017

I had a special photo as the screen-saver on my smartphone for a long time. Whenever I needed a smile, I just looked at that picture of one of the most memorable undertakings in my life — the day I went sky-diving. I had glanced at it countless times when out of the blue a certain realization struck me.

I look just like my dad.

The skin tone, the shape of my face, the gray hair and beard — spitting image. And the eyes. I've got m...

June 15, 2017

In 2013, Pope Francis suggested that when homeless people die of cold on the streets, it isn't considered newsworthy. In contrast, a 10-point drop on the stock markets is considered a tragedy.

He's on target with his remarks, aimed not at the news media but society in general. We often throw up our hands in frustration because housing homeless people is such a difficult task. Or we just write it off, blaming the homeless person for his...

June 15, 2017

An advantage of our technological world is the ability to engage almost any subject and quickly learn about it. We've grown accustomed to finding things at will, and become uncomfortable when online searches don't yield the desired information. What used to remain unknown or a mystery, now is met with technological searches satisfying our impulses, curiosity and thirst for knowledge.

It isn't unusual to have a conversation in which an u...

June 15, 2017

For the past 11 years, I have been blessed to walk in pilgrimage with the Archdiocese of St. Louis. As I prepare for my new assignment in Rome, I can only thank the Lord for all the wonderful people I have met during this time.

One of the outstanding features of the Archdiocese of St. Louis is its support to Kenrick-Glennon Seminary in the mission of forming priests for the Church throughout the region.

Kenrick-Glennon is among t...

June 8, 2017

Don't be discouraged.

President Donald J. Trump's announcement June 1 that the United States will not honor the Paris agreement on climate doesn't change on our obligation to take care of the earth.

The United States and China, the two largest carbon emitters, and 195 other nations signed the agreement that was ratified in November 2016. The Paris agreement establishes that nations must reduce their carbon dioxide emissions in or...

June 8, 2017

Don't be discouraged.

President Donald J. Trump's announcement June 1 that the United States will not honor the Paris agreement on climate doesn't change on our obligation to take care of the earth.

The United States and China, the two largest carbon emitters, and 195 other nations signed the agreement that was ratified in November 2016. The Paris agreement establishes that nations must reduce their carbon dioxide emissions in or...

June 8, 2017

Baseball and softball combined to rank as the team sport with the most participation in 2016, according to the annual report by the Sports & Fitness Industry Association.

The popularity is clear from the looks of the recent Homers for Health 2017 Home Run Derby Championships presented by Heartland Coca-Cola. Forty-two schools participated in the fundraising efforts to benefit SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital. Thirty-e...

June 8, 2017

Stripping soaked sheets off a child's bed for the third night in a row. Scrubbing vomit out of a carseat. Listening to a bedroom door slam with an angry "I hate you!"

"This is not what I signed up for."

In the years since I became a mother, the tempting, selfish thought has sneaked into my mind a thousand times, dark and brooding.

But every time a quiet voice responds gently: "Are you sure?"

Before we had children,...

Father Clark Philipp was among four priests ordained by Archbishop Robert J. Carlson at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis on May 27.
June 1, 2017

Eight of every 10 men in the 2017 class of ordinations to the priesthood were encouraged by about four people, including parish priests, friends or other parishioners. According to the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate's (CARA) annual survey, the ordinands also were, on average, 16 years old when they first considered a vocation to the priesthood, and religious ordinands reported they knew the members of their religious institute a...

June 1, 2017

Along the route of the Pilgrimage of Trust's Walk of Trust on May 28, people came out of their homes and churches to greet one another in expressions of trust and solidarity — gestures that feel uncommon today.

Not far to the west, a 32-foot high stone memorial to the Confederacy dedicated in 1914 inside Forest Park has become a flashpoint of disagreement whether it's a historical marker that shouldn't be moved, or a nod to slavery and...

June 1, 2017

Rachel Gardner has a bad habit, shared by many young adults: She says "yes" when she ought to say "no."

A friend might ask to do lunch on Wednesday.

"I say, 'Of course,'" Rachel recounted, "and in my head, I can see my totally squashed schedule."

The friend asks if noon works.

"I say, 'Sounds great,' knowing I have something at 1:30 p.m.," Rachel confessed.

Then comes the moment she knows she should leave the...

June 1, 2017

President Donald Trump is taking time to listen to his advisers on whether the United States should honor the Paris Agreement on climate change. The administration has repeatedly delayed its decision and an announcement is expected after the meeting of G-7 leaders in Sicily. This delay may be a good thing.

On his way to Sicily, President Trump met with Pope Fra...

June 1, 2017

While the Netflix original series "13 Reasons Why" has received praise for addressing issues that teenagers face, such as sexual violence and bullying, some mental health professionals contend that the show glamorizes the idea of suicide and could lead teens to think that suicide is the only option to traumatic and painful experiences. Instead, suicide prevention advocates say, the series should have sent the message that there are other optio...

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson spoke with Frank O'Brien of O'Brien Industrial Holdings, LLC, on the steps of the Thomas F. Eagleton United States Courthouse.
May 25, 2017

History is repeating itself for Frank O'Brien.

Several years ago, the Catholic business owner filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, challenging a mandate that required most employers to purchase health insurance for their employees, including coverage for contraceptives, sterilizations and abortion-inducing drugs.

The suit eventually became the U.S. Supreme Court case in which Hobby Lobby chall...

May 25, 2017

May is traditionally a month when Catholics turn their attention toward Mary more intentionally. Marian processions and crownings in parishes and schools remind us of our childhood. I love processions!

I remember the school processions in May growing up in Colombia, South America, holding candles and singing hymns as we followed an image or a beautifully decorated statue of the Virgin Mary. Parents and neighbors joined along. By the way...

May 25, 2017

In his book "The Four Loves," C.S. Lewis wrote, "The typical expression of opening friendship would be something like, 'What? You too? I thought I was the only one.'"

This seems to be the reason that a good number of my friends are Catholic converts. I have spent the better part of my adult life trying to communicate the Church's teachings in various professions. The Gospel is good and always worth sharing.

Conversion requires a...

May 18, 2017

Bishop Edward K. Braxton of Belleville, Ill., wrote in a World Day of Peace reflection in 2015 about his hope that families, parishioners, neighbors and others will engage in fruitful conversations about encounters between white police officers and young men of color and about related issues.

"It would be particularly valuable if people of different racial backgrounds could partake in the same conversations," Bishop Braxton wrote. "Ther...

May 18, 2017

She was 19 years old. He was 23. She was in college and working in a restaurant. He had a good job with benefits. They were engaged to be married, the wedding scheduled in about 10 months, and had begun marriage preparation with a priest. Exciting times, to be sure.

But they were afraid something was wrong. She hadn't been feeling well for a few weeks and missed quite a few classes. He loved her deeply. Always a worrier, he had serious...