• What is a dignified death?

    When my 80-year-old grandmother began to forget her eldest child, my mother, it was hard for our family to comprehend. No one ever imagined that a person as beautiful, strong and vibrant as my grandma could look at her little girl and not know who she was.

  • Is the devil real?

    Is the devil real? Here is Msgr. Ronald Knox on that: “It is stupid of modern civilization to have given up believing in the devil, when he is the only explanation of it.”

     

  • Dialogue: an essential ingredient for peaceful relationships

    Respectful dialogue is absolutely necessary to root out the weeds of violence. Respectful dialogue communicates first and foremost from the heart. It speaks from the heart and listens from the heart.

  • Euthanasia

    When religion and secularism butt heads on public policy — a regular occurrence these days — religion typically is obliged to fight with one hand tied behind it. Unfair, you say? Certainly it is, but that’s how the game is played these days.

  • The Church of Christ without Christ?

    With the collapse of the mainline Protestant churches in America, Joseph Bottum argues, what has taken their place is something he calls — borrowing from author Flannery O’Connor — the Church of Christ Without Christ.

     

     

  • Anticipating the Supreme Court’s ruling on marriage

    The likelihood that the Supreme Court next June will announce its discovery of a constitutional right to same-sex marriage raises an obvious question for the Catholic Church: What do we do now?

     

     

  • God is calling each person and every nation to repent

    “The kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the Gospel.”

  • Trying to take politics seriously

    I try to take American politics seriously, I really do. Serious issues are at stake, after all. But sometimes, entirely too often in fact, the realities of American political discourse make taking it seriously awfully hard. Considering the seriousness of what’s at stake, this may be what hearing Beethoven’s Ninth performed on the harmonica would be like.

  • Ideals and norms

    Human beings always fall short of ideals. So, when it’s a question of marriage, why not just welcome back people who’ve married without annulments after their first marriages failed and offer Communion to those who want it?

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Easter and beyond

Anne Hansen

We move quickly from our major religious holidays each year. It’s not intentional. Life hurries along and as soon as the sun sets on one holiday the next is being touted by merchants looking to sell us whatever the next big day brings. To remain in the spirit of the religious holiday — in this case Easter — takes deliberate intention.

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April 27, 2015

  • Monday, April 27

    Holy Silence Contemplative Prayer Group offers a book study and discussion on the Desert Fathers, 7:30-9 p.m., St Andrew Russian Greek Catholic Church, 538 Concord St., El Segundo. (310) 322-1892.

    Healing Mass, 7:30 p.m., St. Cornelius Church, 5500 E Warldow Ave., Long Beach. (562) 421-8966.

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