• Things beyond our imagination

    Recently, at an academic dinner, I was sitting across the table from a nuclear scientist. At one point, I asked him this question: Do you believe that there’s human life on other planets? His answer surprised me: “As a scientist, no, I don’t believe there’s human life on another planet.

  • Our overstimulated grandiosity — and our impoverished symbols

    And no one’s to blame for this, save God perhaps, for making us this way. Each of us is created in the image and likeness of God, meaning that each of us holds within a divine spark, a piece of infinity and an ingrained knowledge of that unique dignity.

  • God’s ineffability

    God, as I understand him, is not very well understood. A colleague of mine, now deceased, was fond of saying that. It’s a wise comment.



  • Human nature — is it somehow all wrong?

    An American humorist was once asked what he loved most in life. This was his reply: “I love women best; whiskey next; my neighbor a little; and God hardly at all!”



  • Political correctness — swallowing hard

    Just because something is politically correct doesn’t mean that it might not also be correct. Sometimes we have to swallow hard to accept truth.

  • A eucharistic prayer over an awakening world

    On the Feast of the Transfiguration in 1923, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin found himself alone at sunrise in the Ordos desert in China, watching the sun spread its orange and red light across the horizon. He was deeply moved, humanly and religiously.



  • An obituary for a suicide

    The more things change, the more they stay the same. That axiom still holds true for our understanding of suicide.



  • Children of both heaven and earth

    “Because, my God, though I lack the soul-zeal and the sublime integrity of your saints, I yet have received from you an overwhelming sympathy for all that stirs within the dark mass of matter; because I know myself to be irremediably less a child of heaven and a son of earth.”

  • The healing place of silence

    A recent book by Robyn Cadwallander, “The Anchoress,” tells the story of a young woman, Sarah, who chooses to shut herself off from the world and lives as an anchoress (like Julian of Norwich).

  • Healing: A theory

    All of us live with some wounds, bad habits, addictions and temperamental flaws that are so deeply ingrained and long-standing that it seems like they are part of our genetic makeup. And so we tend to give into a certain quiet despair in terms of ever being healed of them.

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The family is God’s dream for his creation

Archbishop José H. Gomez

I am writing to you this week from Rome, where we have just begun the second day of the Synod of Bishops on the family, which will run Oct. 4–25. 



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October 8, 2015

  • Thursday, October 8

    Cabrini Literary Guild Meeting, 11 a.m., Oakmont Country Club, 3100 Country Club Dr., Glendale. Guest speaker is Molly Snow of the group Girls on the Run, a transformational physical activity program for girls in third-through-eighth grade. $30 (includes lunch). (818) 244-6272.

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