• One thing Hollywood gets completely wrong

    I enjoy good movies and TV. And I tend to be optimistic about the potential of local believers to make a difference in the media. I’m more than a little proud when I see something good come out of our city’s studios — and prouder still when I can say I know someone who appears in the credits.

  • Faith in action

    So much of my business is words. I speak them. I write them. (I’m typing them now.) I pray them. And I say I am doing it all for God.

  • How big is your faith?

    I say I have faith. I preach the faith. Yet I pass the San Gabriel Mountains, and I do not see them move. In fact, at rush hour, my car barely moves.

  • Remains of Rebellion

    Every generation in its turn is proud of its accomplishments — proud even to the point of arrogance. Usually we’re a lot more impressed than we ought to be. As we get older, if we are wise like King Solomon, we come to realize that “Nothing is new under the sun!”

  • OK, you were right, Dad

    Now that people call me Father, I’m beginning to appreciate the trouble I made for my dad when I was young. I’m not talking about any spectacular rebellion. But, like a lot of young guys, I bristled at the idea that anyone should have authority over me.

  • Repent and Believe

    Repentance and belief: these are not two unrelated ideas. The more we indulge our sinful thoughts and desires, the more difficult it is to sustain a life of faith. We no longer see reality as it is. We become blinded by the motes and beams we’ve allowed to impair us.

  • Leading up to Lent

    Lent is a great gift of our tradition. It’s forty days when we get God’s help to change the things we most need to change. Make the most of it.

  • What are we waiting for?

    One of the symptoms of our fallen nature is an itch — a dissatisfaction with the way things are. It’s a restlessness that makes us want to move on, to do something else or go somewhere different. But our impulsive, random changes don’t fix the problem.

  • History’s restless heart

    “You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless till they rest in you.” So said Saint Augustine, who was a man of many gifts, but more sins. He was at the same time a spiritual seeker and a spiritual slacker.  

     

  • How to Make It in the Movies

    Want to know how to make it to the top in show business?

    I know, I know what you’re thinking: I’m a priest! How should I know?

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Voices

St. Monica students on life in first grade

R.W. Dellinger

Josette White, a blonde, was wearing a navy blue school jacket over a white polo shirt and navy shorts. Next to her, best friend Maria Knierim also had on a school jacket, but with a gray polo and navy pants. Her long pigtails were tied with yellow bands.

The Holy Father visits the Holy Land

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May 24, 2015

  • Sunday, May 24

    Revival, 8 a.m., 10 a.m., and 12:15 p.m. (during Mass), Transfiguration Catholic Church, 4020 Roxton Ave., Los Angeles. Come celebrate the spirit of Pentecost. (323) 292-3011.

    Vive la France, 2 p.m., St. Cyril of Jerusalem Church, 15520 Ventura Blvd., Encino. A marathon of French organ music, co-sponsored and performed by organists of the Los Angeles Chapter, American Guild of Organists. (310) 475-2693.

     

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