• Nothing has changed

    Another papal document has appeared. This one’s on marriage and the family. ... Within hours of its appearance “experts” were on the news making judgments about its meaning. The headlines called it “revolutionary” and said it was a harbinger of great change. But the truth is: nothing has changed.

  • An intentional Easter

    It’s Easter. It’s the most important feast day in the life of the Church — and, actually, the most important day in the life of a Christian … any Christian. ... Why is Easter important to you? Indeed, why is it the most important day of your life?

  • Making the most of the rest of Lent

    This Lenten drama will soon arrive at its climax. Holy Week will soon be here. Maybe you’ve been spotty in your follow-through since Ash Wednesday. ... Well, now’s a good time to start over. Begin again.

  • The way to freedom

    It’s easy to sound glib when talking about temptation. We all suffer it. St. Paul did. Even Jesus did ... so we should not be surprised when it comes to us. 

  • The temptations

    Oscar Wilde famously said that he could resist everything but temptation. He was a funny guy — and that’s a funny line. But he wasn’t a happy guy. ... Jesus himself faced temptations and overcame them, one by one.

  • Real power

    The poet Robert Burns said it is a “power” to “see ourselves as others see us.” Self-knowledge makes us stronger. ... Real power rests near our hearts in Holy Communion.

  • Ordinary Time: The season of ‘nothing special’?

    After the bells and carols of December — and after the spectacle of the ball dropping in Times Square on New Year’s — we now enter the season of “nothing special.” We now enter what the Church calls “Ordinary Time.”

  • "Behold, I make all things new."

    “Behold, I make all things new.”

    So said God our Lord from his throne in heaven, and so we can believe it is so. He alone has the authority to make the promise and the power to fulfill it.

  • Our Fault

    I’m sure you occasionally have a day when everything goes right. You speak and people understand you. Somehow, you just miss the worst of the traffic on the freeway, and the bosses see that you showed up to work early. They take the occasion to tell you they appreciate the work you do. On your lunch break someone stops you on the street to compliment you on your clothing. 

  • A blaze of praise

    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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Praying for holiness and the kingdom

Archbishop José H. Gomez

The Church’s saints have always recognized that the Lord’s Prayer is a summary of his whole Gospel. And each word and phrase in the prayer is a rich source for us to contemplate and reflect on.


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April 29, 2016

  • Friday, April 29

    Holy Mass with Healing Service, 8 p.m., St. Columban, 125 Loma Drive, Los Angeles. Presiding priest: Father Bill Adams. 

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