• The sense of suffering

    I'd love to read the Gospels in Greek. I'd love to read the Prophets in Hebrew. So why don't I? Because I don't like to suffer, and I would need to suffer a bit in order to read these languages with any fluency.

  • Give it a rest

    It can actually be pleasant to drive in the city early on a Sunday morning. The epic traffic that makes us famous is mostly at home in bed.

  • Promises kept

    “They are Israelites, and to them belong … the promises” (Romans 9:4).

  • Wise up

    After Saint Peter’s in Rome, the most famous church in the world is the ancient Hagia Sophia in Istanbul. People often — mistakenly — think that the church is dedicated to a woman named Saint Sophia. It’s not. Hagia Sophia is simply Greek for “Holy Wisdom.”

  • Wizard of wisdom

    I want to be cool like Gandalf in the "Lord of the Rings" movies. I’ve tried to grow a beard, though, and it never turns out as well for me as it did for him.


  • Putting Fears in Their Place

    In our last column we talked about how the early Christians looked fearless to unbelievers. Modern Christians can appear the same way — and the world marvels today at the courage of those men killed as martyrs recently in Libya and Ethiopia.

  • The Habit of Fearlessness

    The martyrs weren’t made in a day. They didn’t learn fearlessness in five easy lessons. They learned it by meditating regularly on the life and teachings of Jesus. They gained it by sharing habitually in the life of Jesus. They got it by grace, but they kept it through practice.

  • Be kind

    Sometimes when Christians talk about love, we make it seem so theoretical. We want to make sure everyone knows it’s not an emotion. (Check.) We want to make sure everyone knows it’s not reducible to romance. (Check.)

  • 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.

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Squaring the circle

Russell Shaw

In years gone by, it was hardly unusual for periodic assemblies of the world Synod of Bishops to pass largely unnoticed by the media and just about everybody else. Not this time.


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October 7, 2015

  • Wednesday, October 7

    College Fair, 6-8 p.m., Don Bosco Technical Institute, 1151 San Gabriel Blvd., Rosemead. The event is sponsored by the Princeton Review and will feature food trucks and break-out sessions on financial aid for college, standardized testing and the Equal Opportunity Program (EOP). Free. Register at www.boscotech.edu/events. For more information, contact Assistant Principal Robert Currie, (626) 940-2013, rcurrie@boscotech.edu.

    The Compassionate Friends of South Bay/LA Meeting, 7 p.m., The Neighborhood Church, 415 Paseo del Mar, Palos Verdes Estates. The Compassionate Friends are a self-help group offering support to families who have lost a child. (310) 530-3214. www.tcfsbla.org.

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