• The value and power of ritual

    Today we no longer understand the value and power of ritual. This is more than an individual failing. It’s the cultural air we breathe.



  • The God of our desires

    What lies deepest inside authentic faith is the truth that God is the object of all human desire, no matter how earthy and unholy that desire might seem at times. This implies that everything we desire is contained in God.



  • The hero complex

    Several years ago, the movie “Argo” won the Academy Award as the best movie of the year. I enjoyed the movie in that it was a good drama, one that held its audience in proper suspense even as it provided some good humor and banter on the side.

  • The best one can do in the circumstances

    Recently I led a weeklong retreat for some 60 people at a renewal center. Overall, it went very well, though ideally it could have gone better.

  • A primal understanding of the Eucharist

    Christian de Cherge, the Trappist Abbott who was martyred in Algeria in 1996, grew up in a Roman Catholic family in France. On the day of his First Communion he said to his mother: “I don’t understand what I’m doing.” She answered simply: “It’s OK, you don’t have to understand it now, later you will understand.”

  • The deepest secret inside wisdom

    Everyone longs to know something that’s secret, to know something that others don’t know and the knowledge of which gives you some insight and advantage over others who are outside the inner circle of that secret.

  • Inordinate attachments: Moral flaw or struggle with divine energy?

    The renowned spiritual writer, Father Henri Nouwen, made no secret about the fact that he was emotionally over-sensitive and that he suffered, sometimes to the point of clinical depression, from emotional obsessions.

  • Contemporary writers in spirituality

    Among those who write in the area of spirituality today, who’s being read? Here’s my list of spiritual writers who are highly influential today in the English-speaking world ...


  • Artificial light

    What’s the use of an old-fashioned, hand-held lantern? Well, its light can be quite useful when it’s pitch-dark, but it becomes superfluous and unnoticeable in the noonday sun. Still, this doesn’t mean its light is bad, only that it’s weak.

  • Evolution’s ultimate wisdom

    Evolution, Charles Darwin famously stated, works through the survival of the fittest. Christianity, on the other hand, is committed to the survival of the weakest. But how do we square our Christian ideal of making a preferential option for the weak with evolution?



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Statement on Governor Edmund G. Brown’s signing of ABx2-15

Archbishop José H. Gomez

Governor Brown’s decision to allow doctors to help their patients kill themselves is deeply disturbing. This is the wrong decision for California.


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October 6, 2015

  • Tuesday, October 6

    Organ Recital, 7:30 p.m., St. Margaret Mary Alacoque Church, 25511 Eshelman Ave., Lomita. Featuring members of the Long Beach Chapter of the American Guild of Organists Free. (310) 326-3364.

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