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.

May 4, 2018

May is Mary's month, a time when Catholics devote extra attention to the Blessed Mother. Rosaries, novenas, Masses and May crowning ceremonies are all part of the repertoire of celebrations.

Among her many titles, the Blessed Mother is well known as the Queen of Peace. In her apparitions to the children of Fatima in 1917, she implored them to pray the Rosary every day in her honor, "to obtain the peace of the world and the end of the wa...

May 4, 2018

Like most parents, I've warned my children, in no uncertain terms, not to punch each other during disagreements. Recently, the 3 year-old was in trouble for taking a shot at her brother. She carefully explained, "You never told me not to hit back." She'll be a lawyer when she grows up.

The other children have equally interesting interpretations of life. They're home-schooled and claim their favorite subjects are "Latin" and "walking on...

May 4, 2018

The same weekend Alfie Evans passed from this life to the next, I spent the weekend at my sister's house, babysitting my niece. My weekend was filled to the brim with all things childhood. As a single woman with no children, I found the entire weekend both utterly exhausting and spectacular. While I spent the weekend buying huge milkshakes, glow-in-the-dark punch balloons and jewelry that had strawberry scented lip-gloss hidden somewhere in it...

April 26, 2018

A phrase often repeated in the Archdiocese of St. Louis is "We serve people not because they are Catholic, but because we are Catholic."

It's commonly heard at Catholic Charities of St. Louis, which receives funding from the Annual Catholic Appeal. It's evident in this issue of the Review in a story about a dinner prepared by recent refugees from Syria as a fundraiser for them. Several Catholics who attended the dinner or are part of a...

April 26, 2018

The semiannual edition of my high school alumni magazine showed up in my mailbox recently. I usually look forward to reading about the fascinating exploits of current students and the updates on the lives of my fellow graduates.

Perusing this issue felt different. The more I read, the more I felt sad about our world's view of this life.

The magazine didn't lack interesting stories or tidbits. I read reports about events in which...

April 26, 2018

Jake Cox felt lost when the buzzer sounded ending the St. Louis Jr. Blues hockey team's season in the finals of the NA3HL Fraser Cup March 31 in Romeoville, Ill. The Metro Jets of Waterford, Mich., won 3-2 in overtime and claimed the championship despite a valiant effort by Cox and his teammates.

A forward on the Jr. Blues, Cox was filled with emotion — because of the loss and his junior hockey career ending. He didn't want to be the fi...

April 19, 2018

From a purely human standpoint, the closing of Immaculate Conception Parish in St. Mary brings a sense of sadness and perhaps grief, similar to the passing of a trusted, long-time friend.

Dating to its founding in 1874, the parish had been home as residents of St. Mary celebrated the rhythms of life — baptisms to funerals, with every significant sacramental life event in between. They received the sacraments, attended the parish school,...

April 19, 2018

I saw a lot of fantastic sights on a recent trip to Ireland. But it was only after I came home that I realized there was a seemingly common staple of life that I hadn't seen there.

This year's Earth Day theme is "End Plastic Pollution," and upon doing some research, I discovered that Ireland had passed a plastic bag tax in 2002. It was then I realized I hadn't seen any plastic bags in Ireland.

No bags blew through the air like ki...

April 19, 2018

Erica Tighe was 26 when she made the leap: She would set out on her own to be a calligrapher. Full time. In order to pay her $800 rent and cellphone bill and $1,000 college-loan payment and also hopefully afford some food.

She had a sociology degree and lingering burnout from teaching in Brooklyn, her latest stint. She'd recently moved to Los Angeles, but after a few months of looking for a nonprofit job, she couldn't find one that woul...

April 12, 2018

Sometimes, rights collide. Our rights to freely worship and to self-protection should not.

But bills in the Missouri Assembly would eliminate the need for people to obtain permission before carrying concealed firearms into a church or other religious space. If this bill were to pass, churches wishing to prohibit firearms would have to post signs in their sacred spaces specifically prohibiting guns.

Imagine this: a big sign readin...

April 12, 2018

It isn't uncommon to have an intense experience in our lives, only to discover that the ardor and enthusiasm quickly dissipates into mundane routine. For instance, take birthday fiestas, weddings, family reunions, graduations and other social celebrations. Once the intensity of the moment concludes, it doesn't take long to transition to the next thing.

The same holds true for the rhythm of spiritual and faith life. The liturgical calend...

April 12, 2018

For many people, God and money run "neck and neck" as the top priority. Ashamedly, for part of my adult life, money was a bigger priority for me than God. "No one can serve two masters. He will hate the one and love the other... You cannot serve God and mammon (wealth)" (Matthew 6:24).

In working with many St. Louis parishes over the past several years, a few things have become clear:

• People absolutely crave God, but are unsure...

April 5, 2018

Pope Francis is gravely concerned about the 3 billion people who live in impoverished conditions — places that are very hot but have no air conditioning, where clean water is scarce and where families depend on subsistence farming. They contribute less than 10 percent to the world's greenhouse gas emissions, yet these are among the people most affected by global climate disruptions.

That summary of Pope Francis' encyclical "Laudato Si'"...

April 5, 2018

The very fact that more than 300 young people — joined by another 15,000 virtual participants via social media — produced a document to be read and studied by bishops around the world in preparation for the Vatican's 2018 synod on "Young people, the faith and vocational discernment" is no small feat.

The near-unanimous consensus on a range of issues facing young people in the Church today offers an example to the rest of the Church at a...

April 5, 2018

Niele Ivey, a 1996 graduate of Cor Jesu Academy in St. Louis, played a part in both of the University of Notre Dame women's basketball NCAA championships.

Ivey played on the first championship team, when the finals were played in St. Louis 17 years ago. This year, she served as associate head coach and recruiting coordinator on the team that completed the second-largest comeback in Final Four history to defeat Mississippi Sate 61-58 wit...

March 29, 2018

Alleluia, Christ has risen! Happy Easter!

But wait ... there's more!

Easter is more than just a one-off celebration on Easter Sunday to be put aside until next year. Far from it. Easter is an attitude, and the fun is just beginning.

Easter Sunday starts the Easter Octave, the eight-day span of Easter Sunday through Divine Mercy Sunday. In this issue of the St. Louis Review, there's a list of parishes celebrating the feast...

March 29, 2018

We just left the spiritually rigorous season of Lent. We should be exhausted, tired and hungry. We spent 40 intense days facing our mortality, our depravity and our unworthiness. In a spiritual desert, we united ourselves to Christ, who spent His own 40 days in an actual desert fasting, praying and preparing Himself to go out and preach a new law; to change hearts and minds; to change the world.

Of course, He wasn't alone in the desert....

March 29, 2018

Feeling lonely? Well, you have company. In recent surveys, a full three quarters of the population admits to struggling with loneliness.

Dorothy Day, whom I admire tremendously, titled her autobiography "The Long Loneliness." In it, she wrote about how she frequently struggled with feeling alone. For instance, she described weeping in her bed each night after having moved out of the family house to attend college. She was desolate at no...