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 11, 2017

It's easy to become discouraged by local and world events. Almost every moment of our lives seems permeated by disappointment, senseless violence and tragic occurrences. Neighborhoods, cities and the world mirror the human brokenness and profound divisions that make it difficult for us to feel safe and hopeful.

Moreover, the challenges and difficulties that face our world and humanity are no longer kept at a distance. Traditional and co...

May 4, 2017

Auxiliary Bishop Mark Rivituso's strong work ethic and down-to-earth humor will make him an extraordinary shepherd for Catholic St. Louis 

Catholic St. Louis' new auxiliary bishop will certainly look to Christ the Good Shepherd for guidance as he begins his new life as a shepherd for the faithful here in the archdiocese.

Bishop Rivituso's May 2 ordination at the Cathedral...

May 4, 2017

Art Cullen may have his gripes about Catholicism, but he can't deny its influence on the work that last month won him a Pulitzer Prize.

The story went viral: Small-town newspaper editor beats out the likes of The Washington Post and the Houston Chronicle to earn journalism's highest honor. Score one for the little guy — in this case, The Storm Lake Times, a family-owned paper in Iowa with a 10-person staff and a circulation of 3,000....

May 4, 2017

Considered a true pioneer in sports medicine in St. Louis, Bill Hopfinger today is president of St. Louis Home Health, a Medicare-certified, orthopedic-only home health agency.

He formerly was head athletic trainer and physical therapist for St. Louis University and numerous professional soccer teams, including the original St. Louis Steamers. Hopfinger received the 2014 Alumni Merit Award from St. Louis University. He received a bachel...

April 27, 2017

The word of God is clear. We're to love our neighbors, including aliens, as we love ourselves. Knowing this simple truth and carrying it out in our personal lives — and as a matter of public policy — is a different matter.

We human beings are naturally suspicious and fearful of strangers. We know our own kind — for better or worse — and we can anticipate what family members, friends and neighbors and members of our own community or nati...

April 27, 2017

In the history of the modern American civil rights movement, three iconic moments are typically cited.

May 17, 1954: The U.S. Supreme Court handed down its decision in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, declaring segregated — "separate but equal" — public schools unconstitutional.

August 28, 1963: Two hundred thousand Americans participated in the March on Washington and heard Martin Luther King Jr., proclaim his dream of a c...

April 27, 2017

Social media platforms encourage young people to create and share content with their peers around the globe, which has amplified their voices and their potential to make a difference.

According to the International Telecommunication Union, an agency of the United Nations, information and communication technology has played a central role in young people's rise to prominence on a global scale.

"It has helped them to mobilize behin...

April 20, 2017

Ticket revenue, parking, concessions, souvenirs and naming rights ... these are terms associated with professional sports franchises.

Such revenue streams fund games that entertain us. Games and entertainment are ancillary aspects of life far beyond universal needs such food, clothing and roofs over our heads. In other words, foreign concepts to the poor and downtrodden, people striving to survive day-by-day.

Similar revenue stre...

April 20, 2017

The Jesuit Volunteer Corps was young — and so was I — when I arrived at a remote Alaskan village to teach school at a Jesuit boarding school for Native Alaskan students as a member of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps.

Cell phones and the Internet did not exist. In the village of St. Mary's, and in other villages on the far-flung Alaskan tundra, there was no television reception. A phone existed for the village — just one — and it was in a man...

April 20, 2017

On a pleasantly warm evening, 8-year-old Colin and I are hanging out in the front yard of his house. And my grandson gives me a spiritual lesson.

"Aw," says Colin, looking at their well-groomed lawn. "Where did all the dandelions go?" Immediately, I think: Dandelions are weeds. Weeds are bad. I wish my lawn didn't have so many of those dastardly weeds. But ... "I wanted to pick some of them," he says.

That's when I realize my per...

April 13, 2017

The celebrations of Easter and Divine Mercy Sunday are opportunities to meditate on the many blessings God has given us. The hope of the Resurrection and the manifestation of God's infinite mercy provide each of us with strength to deal with and overcome difficulties we face.

Jesus' glorious resurrection from the dead at first sparked hope and courage in only a few disciples. But that spark has since been fanned into a vigorous strength...

April 13, 2017

Recently a colleague shared his experiences of the 2017 Los Angeles Religious Education Congress and told us how he was re-energized by the powerful testimonies there. As I listened to him and looked into the event, the theme of the LA Youth Day prior to the congress caught my attention.

Nearly 13,000 teens who attended the youth day were asked, "What are you waiting for?" This theme challenged the teens not to delay living out their fa...

April 13, 2017

In the United States, society places a premium on the ability to get things done in a timely fashion. This pragmatic way of being permeates many aspects of our personal and professional lives. In short, we are individually and collectively accustomed to moving with intent and resolve.

In our personal interactions, we plan family gatherings, events, vacations and even our end-of-life directives. We dread the idea of hosting significant e...

April 6, 2017

On Easter Sunday, we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord, Jesus Christ, in His victory over sin and death — the centerpiece of the Catholic faith.

We also pay tribute, in a special way, to men who trace their priestly lineage to the apostles — the retired priests in the Archdiocese of St. Louis.

The second collection, the Archbishop's Easter Appeal for Retired Priests, benefits priests in their retirements, regardless of where...

April 6, 2017

The Little Poor Friars and Poor Nuns of Jesus and Mary, a new religious community with a long name, dress and live like St. Francis of Assisi: in poverty, entirely dependent on God's providence. They were founded in 1999 by a 25-year-old Sicilian and approved by the Catholic Church in 2014.

It's a throwback order, offering something that feels original to young adults wary of cheap imitations. About 30 Catholics have joined, fulfilling...

April 6, 2017

Sports and charitable causes often go hand-in-hand. Many professional athletes donate their time and funds for programs in their communities.

But in the case of The Steinberg Winter Classic, regular folks who love hockey are doing the good deed. The classic, which took place in late February this year along with the Legends of Hockey dinner series program in late March, was created by Joe Fresta, Jr., a two-time testicular cancer surviv...

March 30, 2017

"The entire material universe speaks of God's love, his boundless affection for us. Soil, water, mountains: everything is, as it were, a caress of God" ("Laudato Si' on Care for Our Common Home.")

Leaving an inhabitable planet to future generations is up to us, Pope Francis stated in his encyclical on the environment published in 2015.

We've made progress in the nearly tw...

Maria-Pia Negro Chin
March 29, 2017

Do you wonder whether Jesus loves you? Think you don't deserve this love? If you want these doubts dispelled, pray the Stations of the Cross.

Based on scriptural accounts from the time when Jesus was condemned, leading to His death and when He was laid in the tomb, these 14 stations remind us of His sacrificial love.

Back in college, the Way of the Cross (another name for the stations) helped me meditate on Jesus' passion and res...