• 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?

  • 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.

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Voices

St. Monica students on life in first grade

R.W. Dellinger

Josette White, a blonde, was wearing a navy blue school jacket over a white polo shirt and navy shorts. Next to her, best friend Maria Knierim also had on a school jacket, but with a gray polo and navy pants. Her long pigtails were tied with yellow bands.

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  • St. John Eudes Summer Carnival

    St. John Eudes Summer Carnival, 12-10 p.m., St. John Eudes, 9901 Mason Ave., Chatsworth. For more information, contact Mike Hartfield, (323) 259-0587. www.sjecarnival.org.

    Pentecost Vigil, Teachings and Mass, 1:30-5:30 p.m., St. Catherine of Siena Parish Hall, 18115 Sherman Way, Reseda. Featuring Dr. Elizabeth Kim, Dominic Berardino and Father Bill Delaney. Free. (818) 771-1361, spirit@scrc.org.

    Wake Up the World, 6-9:30 p.m., Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, 555 W Temple St., Los Angeles. An archdiocesan young adult evening prayer vigil with all consecrated people featuring musical celebration, Mass and Holy Hour.

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