• Lalo Garcia: An artist pays homage to a saint

    Lalo Garcia’s voice was reflective: “I first learned of Blessed Junípero Serra through history books about his building the California missions.” Having spent the first 13 years of his life in Mexico, young Lalo was familiar with stories of missionary priests.



  • The rise of millennial Catholic artists – and here's a chat with one of them

    Luke Spehar was an aspiring musician with a girlfriend when he couldn’t shake the feeling that God was calling him to enter the seminary and consider the priesthood.

  • The otherworldly photography of John Chiara

    I first encountered the work of San Francisco-based photographer John Chiara at a current exhibition at the Getty: “Light, Paper, Process: Reinventing Photography.”

  • Behold the newly-discovered painting in Rome's Catacomb of Callixtus

    A recent discovery in the Catacomb of Saint Callixtus, an early Christian series of tombs beneath Rome which once held the bodies of 16 Popes, has been christened the “Orpheus cubicle” after the figure from Greek mythology.

  • Winged portraits at the cathedral

    Politicians, pregnant moms, homeless, youngsters, police officers, artists — the many faces of Los Angeles are on display at a new photographic exhibition at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels that reveals the “angelic” side of Angelenos.

  • Randyland: A luminous folk art shrine to Our Lady of Guadalupe

    I don’t know about you, but I personally love a folk art installation, looming 40 feet above the street, made of glass bottles filled with colored water that form a giant light-refracting image of the Virgin of Guadalupe.

  • Someday is Now: The Art of Corita Kent

    Walking into the expansive space at the current exhibition, “Someday is Now: The Art of Corita Kent” at the Pasadena Museum of California Art feels as if you are entering a fresh new world of a present-day artist whose powerful images speak of big issues and spiritual intimacies.

  • Images as windows into the spiritual world

    “The belief that the ‘eyes are the windows to your soul’ came from the Middle Ages and that by looking at an image of a saint or a biblical person, you would be connected to that soul in heaven or divine figure. Images then became windows into the spiritual world,” says Bryan Keene, assistant curator of manuscripts who co-curated the current exhibition at the J. Paul Getty Center, “Renaissance Splendors of the Northern Italian Courts.”

  • 3D technology takes pilgrims 'back in time' to Medieval Church

    For fans of Church history and architecture, 3D imaging may be the second-best thing to time travel, allowing them to experience a medieval church as it existed hundreds of years ago.

  • Paris' stunning Sainte-Chapelle gets a makeover – with lasers

    Known for its ornate rose window and towering stained glass glory, the thirteenth century Sainte-Chapelle in Paris has finally been pieced back together after a seven year laser-cleaning project.

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Things beyond our imagination

Father Ronald Rolheiser, OMI

Recently, at an academic dinner, I was sitting across the table from a nuclear scientist. At one point, I asked him this question: Do you believe that there’s human life on other planets? His answer surprised me: “As a scientist, no, I don’t believe there’s human life on another planet.


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October 3, 2015

  • Saturday, October 3

    “The Life Beyond the Veil of Death,” 12:30 a.m.-4 p.m., SCRC Center, 9795 Cabrini Dr., Burbank. $15. (818) 771-1361, spirit@scrc.org. 

    Blessing of the Animals, 9 a.m., St. Pancratius Church, 3519 St. Pancratius Pl., Lakewood. Water and treats available. (562) 634-6111.

    Public Square Rosary, 12-1 p.m., Torrance Crossroads, 24427 Crenshaw Blvd., Torrance. Look for the American flag and an “America Needs Fatima” banner. For more information, contact Linda Neal, (310) 539-2211.

    Blessing of the Animals, 2 p.m., St. Francis High School, 200 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada Flintridge. Pet owners throughout the community are invited to bring their pets. All pets should be on a leash or easily contained and will receive a special gift bag. The blessing is held near the Feast of St. Francis, the patron saint of animals, to honor his love of nature and all God’s creatures. For more information, call Joe Kim, (818) 790-0325, ext. 626.

    “Enchanted Evening,” Silent Auction: 5:30 p.m., Dinner: 7 p.m., Palos Verdes Country Club, 3301 Via Campesina, Palos Verdes Estates. Hosted by the Auxiliary of the Little Sisters of the Sick Poor. $175. (310) 548-0625 ext. 211. 

    Movie Screening: "Courage to Love," 6-9 p.m., St. Agatha Hall, 2646 S Mansfield Ave., Los Angeles. "Courage to Love" is the story of Venerable Henriette Delille, SHF. Louisiana food, books and t-shirts will be available for sale, with all proceeds going to the Sisters of the Holy Family in New Orleans, Louisiana. For more information, call Enrique (323) 935-8127.

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