• Fleeing the present

    There may be something about the present we don’t like, that we fear. The present may not be all that we wish or want it to be. It may be a painful present. We may try to cover it up, move past it too quickly — and so we don’t learn from it.

  • Cardinal Sarah on new book: I want to help people rediscover God

    At the presentation of his new book Cardinal Robert Sarah said that Western society is rapidly forgetting God, and expressed his desire to help people rediscover him through both prayer and witness.

  • A game plan for getting your adult child back to Church

    Your child has left the Church. Does this sound familiar? Maybe it was “so long” after confirmation. Perhaps it happened in college. Somewhere priorities changed and choices were made. And it’s his mother’s or father’s or parents’ heart’s desire to get him back to Church.

  • Heather King’s memoir ‘Stripped’ explores the intersection of cancer, culture and Christ

    Heather King, Catholic author and blogger, has recently released her latest book, “Stripped.” A former alcoholic and a convert to the faith, King’s new book recounts her experience with breast cancer.

  • Stripped: At the intersection of cancer, culture and Christ

    When I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2000, my first thought was “I’m going to die.”

    My second was “I do not want to ‘battle’ cancer.”

  • ‘There was a hermit who lived in the woods’

    “There was a hermit who lived in the woods,” begins poem 41 of the Robert Lax collection of contemplative words, “In the Beginning was Love,” edited by S.T. Georgiou. The writings collected here are about half poetry and half journal entries, though the latter are as precise as prose poems. Belief, lifestyle and identity as inextricable parts of the person’s whole are emphasized throughout the book.

  • Peruvian-based Catholic movement pledges inquiry after claims of abuse

    Allegations of physical, psychological and sexual abuse by leaders of a Catholic movement founded here in the 1970s have led to a lawsuit against Lima Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani and a promise of an internal investigation from the group's leader.

  • Q-and-A with author Christopher Kaczor

    In my personal quest for greater happiness, I discovered a new field of psychology, called positive psychology. For decades, psychology focused on alleviating depression, anxiety and sadness. Positive psychology by contrast investigates optimism, resilience, signature strengths and engagement with life. I found a remarkable convergence in the insights about happiness offered by the ancient philosophers like Aristotle, medieval theologians like Augustine and positive psychologists like Martin Seligman. Moreover, I discovered that contemporary psychology offers practical ways of reaching forgiveness, strengthening willpower and deepening gratitude.

  • ‘The Gospel of Happiness’

    What is real happiness? How can I experience it? How can I live it? Every thoughtful person asks such questions. Thoughtful Christians add a few more questions, such as: How can I enhance Christian living? Is there any proof that Christian practices enhance happiness? Does Christianity provide happiness in a way that other paths, like psychology, cannot?


  • ‘Compete Inside’: A guide for Catholic athletes

    As someone whose first love was basketball, I can’t tell you how many times throughout my life I’ve compared life’s struggles and triumphs to the game I so enjoy.

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A blaze of praise

Father Ed Benioff

If you say nice things about my preaching — or my writing, or my shoes — I have to admit, I’ll be pleased. I’ll remember what you said. Pay me a compliment, and it may even change the course of my day. That’s the power of praise when it’s directed at another human being. For a moment, it makes us feel like we’re the object of admiration and even love.


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November 26, 2015

  • Thursday, November 26

    Thanksgiving Day Dinner, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., St. Finbar Church, 2010 W Olive Ave., Burbank. All are welcome to join for food, fellowship and the sincere celebration of God’s goodness on Thanksgiving Day. Featuring a buffet-style turkey dinner and dessert. Free. (818) 846-6251. www.stfinbarburbank.org.

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