• Imagine a world aware of the needs of others

    In these past weeks of Christmas, as we have been preparing for OneLife LA, there have been many opportunities to reflect on our work within a special closeness to the Holy Family. I have found myself thinking quite a bit about St Joseph. He is the patron of builders. In a special way, he should be the patron of those seeking to build a Culture of Life!

  • Respect Life Week

    Enough time has passed since Pope Francis’ spectacular visit to the U.S. that we must ask ourselves, “What difference did the pope’s visit make to me?” Because, that is the question he would most want us to ask. Our Holy Father came to the U.S. specifically to shake each one of us up.

  • Thanks be to God: The gift of every human life

    There was a time, not long ago, when the nine months in utero were largely mysterious. When parents and families waited for the birthday to see whether the baby was a boy or a girl, had ten fingers and toes or showed signs of any special needs.

     

  • This Mother’s Day, celebrate everyday heroes

    I have four older sisters. Let me rephrase that. I am blessed to have four older sisters! The years of unsolicited advice and friendly competition aside, my sisters are for me great sources of inspiration. I think about my sisters often as I go through the world. Theirs are the voices in my head.

  • Telling stories of human dignity

    We are at a pivotal time in the building of a culture of life in our communities. We are seeing the culture shift rapidly toward a commodification of human life. And, with the erosion of the family and redefinition of marriage, traditional structures protecting young people are disappearing.

  • The pope is clear: A decisive and unhesitant ‘yes’ to life

    For Pope Francis, everything is about the person — specifically, about encouraging a personal encounter with the mercy of Christ. The prominence of this theme in his teaching and writing makes it clear that he writes from the experience of a pastor and a penitent.

  • Which comes first? Equality or the egg?

    Under the guise of "gender parity," promoters of California's AB 926 — passed last week by the state legislature and now on the desk of Gov. Jerry Brown — propose paying women for eggs donated for research purposes.

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Voices

Intention deficit and its remedies

Father Ed Benioff

I keep coming back to the theme of intentional discipleship. It’s come up in the last two columns I’ve written — and that’s because it comes up repeatedly in my thoughts.

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April 30, 2016

  • Saturday, April 30

    Los Angeles Foster Care & Adoption Info Meeting, 10 a.m. -12 p.m., Children’s Bureau’s Magnolia Place, 1910 Magnolia Ave., Los Angeles. Discover if you have the willingness, ability and resources to take on the challenge of helping a child in need. To RSVP or for more information, call (213) 342-0168 or toll-free 800-730-3933. An information packet or application may be requested by filling out a request form at www.all-kids.org/program/foster-care/.

     

    Stephen Ministry Introductory Workshop, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., American Martyrs Church (St. Kateri Room), 624 15th St., Manhattan Beach. Session 1: Ministering to Those Experiencing Grief; Session 2: An Introduction to Stephen Ministry; Session 3: How to Care in a Distinctly Christian Way. Cost: $15 per person, or $50 per congregation (four or more). Register at stephenministry.org/workshop or call (314) 428 -2600.

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