• Heroes

    Let’s face it, 2014 was a rotten year for heroes and hero worship.

  • A Christmas gift for suffering South Sudan

    The world’s newest nation is in big trouble. After more than 20 years of civil war between the southern and northern areas of Sudan, the southern part of that country became the independent nation of the Republic of South Sudan on July 9, 2011.

  • Child’s play

    There is a somewhat defendable historical legend that when Lord Cornwallis ordered the striking of the English colors and the surrender of his army to the rabble of the American Continental Army on Oct. 19, 1781, he ordered the British Army band to play a song called “The World Turned Upside Down.” 

  • A life devoted to service and prayer

    During 2015, the Year of Consecrated Life, the Bishops of California join with Pope Francis and the worldwide Catholic Church in honoring the women and men who fulfill their baptismal vocation by formally consecrating their lives to service, prayer and care for others.

  • 25th anniversary of the martyrs of El Salvador: The current ‘coyuntura’ invites solutions

    I remember visiting the University of Central America (UCA) in El Salvador with Jesuit Fathers Paul Locatelli and Steve Privett in 1988 and speaking with Father Ignacio Ellacuria, the president of the university. Father Ellacuria used the word coyuntura countless times during our lengthy conversation.

  • The responsibility of Catholic voting

    Now that Nov. 4 has come and gone, many of us are feeling relieved that the elections are over. Forget the runoffs — there are no runoffs in California. Those of us who live in the Los Angeles metro area do not have to watch any more political ads during football or “The Big Bang Theory,” so hallelujah.

  • Everyone deserves a home

    Just imagine for a moment that you have no home. What will you do for meals today? Where will you shower? Where will you sleep? If you have children, how will you provide for them? And how will you cope with being homeless tomorrow, next week, next month?

  • The Francis effect and the Chicago appointment

    At the American bishops’ fall general meeting last year reporters pressed hard to find signs of the Francis effect. But when the bishops gather next month in Baltimore, the press corps can relax. All they need do now to observe the pope’s impact on the American hierarchy is take a look at the newly named Archbishop of Chicago, Blase Cupich.

  • Newly beatified pope championed justice and peace

    With numerous armed conflicts raging in various parts of the world, and the Vietnam War worsening, Pope Paul VI on Oct. 4, 1965 proclaimed before the U.N. General Assembly: “No more war, war never again. It is peace, peace which must guide the destinies of peoples and of all mankind.”

  • California Catholic Conference on the Nov. 4 General Election

    California voters will be faced with several key ballot initiatives Nov. 4. California Catholic Conference has prepared this brief summary of the text and the arguments of the proponents and opponents of the propositions which will appear on the ballot for California’s ballot. Much more information and valuable links are available on www.cacatholic.org.

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Voices

History’s restless heart

Father Ed Benioff

“You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless till they rest in you.” So said Saint Augustine, who was a man of many gifts, but more sins. He was at the same time a spiritual seeker and a spiritual slacker.  

 

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January 30, 2015

  • Friday, January 30

    Casino Nights, Dinner: 6-8 p.m., Casino and Dancing: 7 p.m.-2 a.m., Casa Lopez, 325 South A Street, Oxnard. $50, 21 & over only. Call Edith for tickets, (805) 377-0968.

    Mass and Healing Service, Praise & Worship: 7 p.m., Mass: 7:30 p.m., Mary Star of the Sea Church, 877 7th St., San Pedro. Healing service following Mass. (310) 833-3541.

    “Faustina: Messenger of Divine Mercy,” 7 p.m., Holy Name of Mary Church, 724 E Bonita Ave., San Dimas. A live multimedia drama with a modern message of mercy. $20 suggested donation. For tickets and more information, Holy Name of Mary’s church office, (909) 599-1243 or email sacredheartssb@ymail.com.

    St. John Bosco Bicentenary Symphony Concert, 8 p.m., Saint Dominic Savio Church, 13400 Bellflower Blvd., Bellflower. Conducted by Dean Anderson, featuring harpist Lucas Cantor. $10. (562) 920-7796.

     

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