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.

October 27, 2017

Domestic violence is a serious problem affecting millions of people throughout our country. Domestic violence is a pattern of behavior used by one person to maintain power and control over another within an intimate relationship. It turns a loving relationship into one of violence, fear and control.

The Centers for Disease Control reports one in four women and one in seven men in the U.S. reported suffering severe physical violence. Tra...

October 26, 2017

Centuries ago, a man was stalking a magnificent stag in the woods, skipping out on Good Friday prayer. The stag stopped and looked right at the hunter — the sort of moment that gets our blood pumping and our limbs shaking. Some call it buck fever. For Hubertus, it was a calling.

In the basket of the stag's glorious rack was a glowing crucifix. He heard a voice warning him to turn to God or face eternity in hell.

No doubt, any mod...

October 20, 2017

We can be a people of hope, Archbishop Robert J. Carlson writes in a reflection on Pope Francis exhortation "The Joy of the Gospel" in this issue of the Review.

It's a welcome message today. We hear about killings in the streets, terrorism, politicians shouting at each other, the feverish pursuit of frivolous pleasures and unabashed consumerism. Even sports fails us sometimes when we read about out-of-control and "me-first" players, coa...

October 20, 2017

As a college student, I spend much of my time deliberating the great questions of our day, not least among them: the limp salad or the pizza? Shredded carrots and dressing could spruce up the former; the latter's grease I could dab off.

But increasingly, the minimal effort required to render the inedible appealing is daunting enough that I choose not to eat at all. It's a pathetic defeat. I'm not blind to the privilege of a cafeteria at...

October 20, 2017

At a Steubenville Conference not too long ago, Life Teen's Emily Wilson told hundreds of young people that we are all hungry and thirsty for more than what the world has to offer.

At a certain time in our lives, we realize something is missing, so we start looking, searching, yearning. Wilson talked about how often we go around trying to find solutions for this thirst, trying to fill it with vanity, material possessions, social status,...

October 12, 2017

During Respect Life Month in October, the Church draws attention to the importance of promoting the sacredness of human life. It's an opportunity to remind ourselves that this respect extends to all human beings — from the unborn to the elderly, to those who live in poverty or face injustices because of their race, and those with physical or mental illness, as just a few examples.

Being pro-life is a way of life, and as Catholics, we sh...

October 12, 2017

In June, at an audience with Pope Francis in Vatican City, Italian police officers were thanked for their service. The pope emphasized to them, "your vocation is service," and he highlighted how their mission as police officers "is expressed in service to others" through their "constant availability, patience, a spirit of sacrifice and sense of duty."

Adhering to this understanding of their calling and its expectations, the pope noted,...

October 12, 2017

I suspect that many of us find ourselves asking questions about our world today. We seem to be experiencing incredible turmoil and unrest in our local, regional, national and global communities. Whether dealing with natural catastrophes, human brokenness or sinful actions, we can't seem to find a way out of this current malaise.

Recent natural disasters in Florida and the Caribbean, the tragedy in Las Vegas and our own local pursuits fo...

October 6, 2017

In the past three years, God has given us some pretty big signs.

St. Louis has experienced two major events — the shooting death of Michael Brown by former Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, and the not-guilty verdict of former St. Louis police officer Jason Stockley in the shooting death of Anthony Lamar Smith.

What has followed — the protests, the forming of commissions to identify and address underlying issues related to t...

October 6, 2017

Hurricane Harvey stranded Father David Bergeron in his pickup the night it ripped through Houston. The 38-year-old priest visited his brother and had to pull over on an overpass three miles from his home in the flood-ravaged southeast side of the city.

He couldn't make it any farther or go back, so he curled up in his truck and tried to sleep as thunder and sirens alternated — rain pounding, wind howling, his beloved city churning in de...

October 6, 2017

It should come as no surprise that a couple Catholic guys believe in a resurrection.

In this case, "resurrection" refers to the St. Louis Browns baseball team. The Browns played in St. Louis from 1902 through the 1953 season before moving to Baltimore to become the Baltimore Orioles.

The Catholic guys are Bill Borst of Annunziata Parish in Ladue and Bill Rogers of St. Margaret Mary Alacoque Parish in Oakville. They're organizers...

Hurricane Maria ravaged Puerto Rico, wiping out power and communication infrastructure, damaging homes and farms.
September 29, 2017

The island of Puerto Rico, home to 3.4 million citizens of the United States, remains almost entirely without electricity and telecommunications and is coping with severe shortages of food and drinkable water almost a week after being hit by Hurricane Maria. But that communications blackout is no excuse for the island's virtual absence from news coverage over the past weekend, when mainland newspapers and television were more focused on footba...

September 29, 2017

This month marks a significant anniversary in the history of technology: The 10-year anniversary of the iPhone. Apple celebrated by unveiling yet another iPhone, this one called the iPhone X.

Apple's captivating products are a ready reminder of the significant place that personal technology occupies in our culture. Global media outlets flock to northern California anytime Apple is ready to offer something new.

Millions around the...

September 29, 2017

Of the 65.6 million displaced people in the world, 10.3 million became displaced in 2016, reported the United Nations refugee agency. This equates to one person becoming displaced every three seconds.

Many of these migrants, refugees and internally displaced people are children and teenagers. Yet often their journeys are invisible, and they are voiceless. Or, for some countries, they become just a number.

But these are human bein...

September 21, 2017

God has been making covenants with mankind since Adam and Eve. Remember Abraham, Moses, David, Noah and the New Covenant with Jesus, to name several. Covenants are part of our faith and sacred tradition.

Every year in the fall, many parishes celebrate their annual parish stewardship renewal. It's a time for both parish communities and individual parishioners to reflect on the gifts they have been given and then, in gratitude, return to...

September 21, 2017

Every weekday during my 30-minute commute to work, I drive past 15 Christian churches. They're quite diverse, ranging from St. Monica Catholic Church to a large non-denominational one to churches named Ark of Safety, Matthias' Lot and Destiny Church.

Seeing those non-Roman Catholic churches always makes my heart hurt.

When I see those 14 churches, or any Protestant church, I see places filled with men, women and children with who...

September 21, 2017

God has been making covenants with mankind since Adam and Eve. Remember Abraham, Moses, David, Noah and the New Covenant with Jesus, to name several. Covenants are part of our faith and sacred tradition.

Every year in the fall, many parishes celebrate their annual parish stewardship renewal. It's a time for both parish communities and individual parishioners to reflect on the gifts they have been given and then, in gratitude, return to...

September 15, 2017

Annual Catholic Appeal supporters follow Jesus' command 

Pope Francis, speaking in his recent visit to Colombia, said the only way forward is to follow Jesus, obeying His command to cast out nets, which means taking responsibility for personal conversion and changing the world.

Jesus invites us to take shared risks, to leave behind our selfishness and to follow Him, Pope Francis told the crowd.

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