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June 23, 2016

My family's celebration of Father's Day was nice. Pizza and wings for dinner with my dad, my daughter Jessica, my son Josh and my two grandsons. One of those grandsons, 8-year-old Colin, treated me in a special way with a triple and home run in his ballgame Sunday evening. I also received a greeting card with Snoopy on the front. What more does a man need?

I don't really need gifts, not for any holiday. The last thing I crave is more st...

June 23, 2016

As we prepare to celebrate the 240th birthday of our beloved United States of America, we also celebrate the Fortnight for Freedom from June 21-July 4, a time for us to promote the importance of religious liberty — our "first freedom."

I'm a history buff. Among of my favorite periods is the Colonial and Revolutionary history of America. I have visited many significant sites — Boston, New York, Mount Vernon, Monticello and Yorktown. Rece...

June 16, 2016

In the aftermath of the horrific mass shooting June 12 at a nightclub in Orlando, Fla., we struggle to make sense of such violence, destruction, hate and suffering.

The events go against everything we uphold as community values. A statement issued by the Vatican on behalf of Pope Francis referred to the Orlando attack as "terrible and absurd violence." It's almost incomprehensible that a country that has had as many mass shootings as th...

June 16, 2016

Baseball is, in my opinion, the most Catholic of the sports on which we lavish such attention and passion.

Because it's played without a clock, baseball is like the liturgy: a foretaste of the time-beyond-time, which is God's time, which is eternity. Baseball is also spatially eschatological or infinite: in theory, a baseball field could extend forever — as center field in New York's old Polo Grounds seemed to do, except when patrolled...

June 16, 2016

This year, the summer brings with it a highly publicized election season. Many of us have been attentive to various media wanting to know the latest polls, voting results, talk-show analysis, political spins and creative speculations. Even political neophytes can't escape the barrage of images, words and symbols that bespeak of the urgency and angst surrounding this year's presidential election.

While — culturally speaking — it may not...

June 16, 2016

Missouri Primaries

I want to point out that in the edition of June 13-19, the section "Around #CATHOLICSTL" is seriously incorrect when it declares: Although the Missouri primaries are over."

August 2 is the primary election for many state offices, including governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, attorney general and treasurer; county offices, such as sheriff and circuit attorney; and every congress...

June 9, 2016

The merits of payday loans — predatory lending as some would call it — has been debated for more than a decade as the storefront instant-lending sites have mushroomed.

The issue touches us because Catholic social teaching calls people of faith to care for the most vulnerable in society.

At the Missouri Catholic Conference Annual Assembly in Jefferson City, Mo., a couple years ago, Molly Fleming-Pierre of the Communities Creating...

Christina Capecchi
June 9, 2016

Staci Perry bakes like she lives. She doesn't measure. She works with what's already in the fridge. And she scrapes every last bit out of the bowl.

"I don't do anything fancy," she says, sitting in the kitchen of her century-old farmhouse two miles north of Verdi, a tiny, windswept town by the Minnesota-South Dakota border. "It's very church potluck-ish — bars, brownies, pies, just your home kind of food. If a recipe calls for a candy t...

Joseph Kenny
June 9, 2016

High school baseball coaches do a lot more than fill out a starting lineup and deal with strategy, especially when it comes to having talented players.

Playing for a coach who had success as a pitcher means a lot to St. John Vianney's Luke Mann.

Mann had an outstanding year in 2016. Among his statistical highlights was posting a school- record 0.43 earned run average.

"He gives me the tools of the trade to be successful,"...

Bishop Edward M. Rice celebrated benediction and adoration at the Catholic Women for Christ Conference earlier this year.
May 26, 2016

When a representative of the Vatican called him last month to tell him about his appointment as the bishop of the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau, Bishop Edward M. Rice was praying Evening Prayer at Holy Redeemer Church, where he lives. Without hesitation, he said "yes" to the appointment.

His example of saying "yes" is one we all should emulate.

The prologue of the Catechism of the Catholic Church states that those who, wi...

May 19, 2016

They just can't wait to share their faith: The men and women in the Lay Formation Program of the Archdiocese of St. Louis have spent three years learning about the treasures of Church teaching and God's love.

Many of them are putting that training to use in various roles in parishes of the archdiocese, working in partnership with parish pastors. People have come from all parts of the archdiocese to take part in the three-year, tuition-f...

Mike Eisenbath
May 19, 2016

For me, the cliché "I can read you like a book," means I understand a person very well, that I can tell what they're thinking without having to ask.

Indeed, we're all living and breathing books.

I have believed that since I began my professional writing career more than 30 years ago. Most of that writing involved sports. I wrote hundreds of feature stories about high school young women and men who played a variety of sports, coll...

Kurt Nelson
May 19, 2016

Last weekend the Church celebrated Pentecost. This feast commemorates the occasion of the Holy Spirit descending on the apostles in the form of tongues of fire — therefore red is the liturgical color for the day. So you can imagine that the seniors participating in Bishop DuBourg High School's Baccalaureate Mass on this year's Feast of Pentecost were an impressive sight at Our Lady of Sorrows Church in their red and white graduation robes.

May 13, 2016

When a child has a fever or a rash that won't seem to go away, it's off to the doctor's office. Broken bones expedite a trip to the emergency room.

But somehow, we don't always treat emotional and mental well-being in the same way. And it's no wonder, the way our culture treats mental illness.

The comments and jokes about those with mental illness happen too often. Most people don't mean to be offensive, but it perpetuates the st...

F. Javier Orozco
May 13, 2016

The summer season seems to either catch us by surprise or be something we've been awaiting for a long time. In either case, summer weather brings with a number of opportunities — ranging from family picnics and BBQ cook-outs to individual strolls and team sports in the park.

Already, see the young and the old are enjoying fresh air and sunlight. Even our normal rhythm of rising and going to bed seems to have shifted with the change in t...

George Weigel
May 13, 2016

The Catholic love affair with the United States of America is heading into rough and uncharted waters — not only in this 2016 election cycle, but for the foreseeable future.

U.S. Catholics have, in a sense, been there and done that, given that the history of the Church in this country includes fending off anti-Catholic platforms like the 18th-century Know Nothing Party and the late-19th century American Protective Association. But there...

May 13, 2016

Bishop Rice

I would like to thank you for the passionate article on Bishop Edward Rice (Without Hesitation, Page 2, May 2-8). He truly lives his call to discern God's will and is an authentic witness and minister of the Gospel.

Sister Mary Joan Meyer, FSM

Franciscan Sisters of Mary

Body of Christ

I was sad after I read the article "Backbone" of Catholic...

Christina Capecchi
May 5, 2016

It had been a long day, and Brooke Paris couldn't wait to take off her heels, peel off her contacts and wipe off her make-up. She changed into her pajamas, climbed into bed and opened her MacBook to the pope's post-synodal apostolic exhortation.

"Amoris Laetitia" was released two weeks after Brooke's high-school sweetheart, Timothy Foley, had dropped to one knee in Mary's Garden, the grounds behind the Basilica of the National Shrine of...