• Holy Week and the Supreme Court

    We are preparing to enter into the most sacred days in the Church’s calendar — Holy Week, the week of our salvation. ... On Wednesday of Holy Week, March 23, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in a critical case concerning religious liberty.

  • Stopping the Christian ‘genocide’

    The story of Christianity is written in the blood of martyrs. ... And nearly every week throughout the year, our liturgy remembers the witness of someone who has shed his blood or her blood for following Jesus.

  • Where God’s desire meets our own

    I was inspired to see so many of you at our Religious Education Congress this weekend. This year marked the Congress’ 60th anniversary, making it one of the oldest and largest Catholic gatherings of its kind in the world.

  • Reflections on Pope Francis in Juárez

    Last week, I had the privilege to cross over the border into Mexico and concelebrate Mass with our Holy Father Pope Francis in Ciudad Juárez. This Mass was a tremendous, joyful celebration of life and hope. 

  • Above all, pray

    As I finish this column, I am in El Paso, Texas. Later today, I will cross the border with my brother bishops from the United States and join the bishops of Mexico in celebrating Mass with Pope Francis in Ciudad Juárez.

  • Seeking the face of God in the Scriptures

    Prayer is seeking the face of God. The Catechism of the Catholic Church recalls the story of how St. John Vianney once found a peasant praying in front of the Blessed Sacrament. The saint asked him what he was doing, and the man replied: “I look at him and he looks at me.”

  • Time to pray

    Lent comes early this year. Ash Wednesday is less than a week away, Feb. 10. As we enter into this season of conversion, we know that our whole Christian life is a journey of conversion, a journey to an ever-deeper faith in Jesus who shows us the face of God.

  • The future is with life!

    In the Church, we are always working to fulfill God’s beautiful plan of love for creation and for every human life. OneLife LA expresses the beautiful Gospel vision of a culture of life and love. 

  • OneLife LA and the works of mercy

    I am reading Pope Francis’ new book, “The Name of God is Mercy.” It is a powerful, personal work. Since the beginning of his pontificate, I have been struck by how much the pope’s vision has been shaped by his experience as a priest in the confessional.

  • Statement on U.S. Supreme Court Decision to Review Texas v. U.S.

    Until lawmakers in Washington can find the humility and courage to set aside differences and seek a common solution, the Supreme Court may be our last best hope to restore humanity to our immigration policy.

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The world as it should be

Archbishop José H. Gomez

Catholic social teaching gives us a vision of the world as it could be and as it should be. ... The Gospel of Jesus Christ is the most radical doctrine in the history of ideas. If the world believed what Jesus proclaimed ... every society could be transformed overnight.


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May 26, 2016

  • Thursday, May 26

    ACCW Meeting, San Pedro Pastoral Region, Southeastern District, St. Raymond Catholic Church, 12320 Paramount Blvd., Downey. Registration 9:30 am - Speaker Deacon Douglas Johnson. Mass at 11 a.m. Luncheon $12/ person, check payable to Alice Avery, 19126 Pricetown Avenue, Carson, CA 90746, Contact:  Alice Avery (310) 637-1364 or Verna Harmmer (562) 633-2503


    15th Conference on Mental Health and Spirituality- “Looking Over the Horizon”, 7:30 a.m. – 4:45 p.m., Los Angeles Convention Center. Keynote speakers: His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgön Chetsang, Fr. Laurence Freeman OSB, Dr. Martin Southard, Director of Doctoral Social Work Program, University of Southern California. $50 Registration fee covers, breakfast, lunch and snacks. For more info: Destiny Walker (213) 639-6396 or mhasconderence@dmh.lacounty.gov. Presented by: Los Angeles County Dept. of Mental Health

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