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.

Mike Eisenbath
March 24, 2016

I can't even begin to estimate how many times I have sung "Amazing Grace." That includes all the solo renditions in my car, sung with heart and soul. Indeed, that first verse is a wonderful prayer:

Amazing grace, how sweet the sound

That saved a wretch like me.

I once was lost, but now I'm found,

Was blind, but now I see.

For many years early in my childhood, I got hung up...

March 24, 2016

Every Friday good

With the season of Lent the Church urges us to pray the Holy Rosy and the Stations of the Cross. Why limit those to Lent?

I have a suggestion for old retirees like myself. At age 93 I have plenty of free time, so I set aside a time each day to pray the Rosary and I make every Friday a "good Friday." To further enjoy the prayers, I imagine being with the gang, following Christ as He trudges throu...

March 17, 2016

It's far removed from life in the middle of America, but the suffering of Christians and others in the Middle East demands our concern and compassion.

The news is barely covered in the U.S. lately, considering the boisterous presidential election campaigns, stock market and oil price fluctuations, weather patterns and other concerns. Even celebrities' comings and goings get more attention.

Refugees, displaced people, the elderly,...

F. Javier Orozco
March 17, 2016

In our contemporary world, it isn't difficult to see how the traditional sense of community is changing significantly. Our sense of belonging to something greater than ourselves, our ability to be part of a cohesive identity and our feeling of safety are challenged.

Today, our sense of belonging appears to give way to fragmentation and division. In families, neighborhoods and society, we encounter attitudes and practices less conducive...

Teak Phillips
March 17, 2016

At my polling place, I rarely wait to cast a ballot. The Missouri primary election was no different: There was no line for the second precinct of the eighth ward in St. Louis, but there was a wait for the first precinct, in the same polling place.

It's odd how that works. Maybe one precinct is substantially more populated. Maybe the folks in the first care more about voting. Either way, I wouldn't mind standing in line with others who a...

Joseph Kenny
March 10, 2016

The St. Louis University High School baseball players lined up on two sides and took turns catching the ball, quickly throwing it back and returning to the end of the line.

Coach Steve Nicollerat later demonstrated the proper fielding position for balls thrown above the belt and those thrown below the belt.

The players and coach didn't have to be in the Danis Field House on the SLUH campus on a Saturday morning, but they were the...

Christina Capecchi
March 10, 2016

Dolores Hart was 19 when she filmed her first movie scene: kissing Elvis Presley.

The aspiring actress was dressed in a polka-dot dress with her honey-brown hair swept in a ponytail. He wore a denim jacket with the collar turned up, his glossy bangs grazing his brow. They were directed to kiss again and again, lip locked until finally they heard "Cut!" After one seemingly endless kiss, Elvis pulled away and called "cut," saying he neede...

March 10, 2016

Courageous leadership

My family has been involved with the Girl Scouts over many decades and across multiple generations, including my aunt who served as a troop leader for 25 years, my mom, my sisters, myself, and my daughter. However, today's Girl Scouts organization has changed. The national and international leadership openly promotes political and secular causes that are in conflict with my Catholic faith. When I...

George Weigel
March 4, 2016

The death of Justice Antonin Scalia on February 13 — unexpected and, for many reasons, tragic — draws a curtain on the life and public service of one of the most important Catholic figures in America over the past half-century. Justice Scalia was regarded, by admirers and detractors alike, as the most consequential jurist of his time. He brought a remarkable intellect, a clear concept of judging, a distinguished literary style, and a biting wi...

Carolyn Woo
March 4, 2016

In my daily work at Catholic Relief Services, I routinely encounter suffering: the crisis of 60 million displaced people around the world, a number larger than those displaced in World War II; at least 50 million children not in school; human trafficking; slave labor; impending food shortage for a large number of Ethiopians; or the dry corridor in Central America with unpredictable bursts of torrential rain that eliminate growing seasons and s...

March 3, 2016

Serving others in need is not a new concept for permanent deacons of the archdiocese, since it goes on every day.

But it's welcome news that the permanent deacons are organizing an archdiocesan-wide drive to collect baby diapers for those in need. Deacons primarily will organize collections in their parishes the weekend of March 12 and 13.

Local pregnancy resource centers, St. Vincent de Paul conferences and neighborhood social s...

Dorothy Dempsey
February 26, 2016

Thousands of people all over the world feel their lives are in shambles. They feel abandoned, with no one to whom to turn and no place to go. The Church has provided a strong point to hold on to for many who have lost their way.

The Church has always stood strong as the foundation God built. If not for the Church, our souls are without anchor and lost at sea.

Yet I ask you, where is the soul of the Church? It sometimes is difficu...

February 26, 2016

With the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and with political fever mounting, Catholics need to be conscious of what the true genius of the American government is and where the true power of our Faith lies.

As much as he wanted to stop abortion, Justice Scalia knew better than most the limitations of government. I actually heard him say that the U.S. Constitution does not protect the life of the unborn.

Archbishop Rob...

February 25, 2016

There are times when the Church tells us things that are uncomfortable to hear.

Pope Francis, for example, has said that today's economy often specializes in the enjoyment of individual well-being, yet widely exploits family relationships. In Philadelphia last fall, he stated that widespread consumerism and desire to follow new fads has rendered youth fearful of commitments, and said that youth must be brave in going against the tide....

February 22, 2016

Pope Francis grabbed our attention when he visited the United States in September, and he's done it again with his visit to Mexico.

On Feb. 15 in Tuxlia Gutierrez, Mexico, Pope Francis said family life is not always easy and often is a struggle, but he pleaded for perseverance, saying family life was one of the solutions to increasing isolation and uncertainty and its unintended consequences.

In just more than five days in the U....

Mike Eisenbath
February 22, 2016

In my job, I supervise financial advisors for a large firm. I primarily focus on the best interest of clients, with special consideration given to the many laws and federal regulations governing the industry. I monitor a variety of actions using the phone, the computer and face-to-face interaction.

Occasionally, I take extra time, use some unique tools and technology to look more closely at how an advisor runs his or her business. I get...

Kurt Nelson
February 22, 2016

For the second year, I spent National Catholic Schools Week (Jan. 31-Feb. 6) on tour. I visited students, teachers, principals and pastors of 13 schools in six counties — Franklin, Jefferson, Ste. Genevieve, St. Charles, Warren, and Washington.

I judged a religion bee, read to kindergartners, helped honor 20 law-enforcement officers, watched a volleyball game, participated in a mission carnival, ice skated, saw fantastic technology and...

F. Javier Orozco
February 11, 2016

Recently, I noted some of the significant ways in which photography has evolved, especially through new technology. For starters, in earlier days, many couldn't afford a decent 35mm film camera or wouldn't know how to operate one. Now smart phones come with a built-in camera — ever ready to snap a selfie or group photo at any given moment, and send it instantaneously to social media platforms.

And, beyond the issue of accessibility, cam...