• The most important thing

    When I was little, I would play “house” all the time. I’d have my dolls and my imagination to set the scene. I would carry my babies from room to room, rocking them, “feeding” them, and taking them for walks in the stroller.

  • Crisis in the news business

    It was a week that began with the management of The New York Times forcing out the paper’s executive editor after just three years.

  • Sharing forgiveness, redemption around a cold metal table

    Working with the incarcerated demonstrates that food is a huge, essential, gigantic factor in their lives because most of the time their taste buds are being treated with either institutional or canteen food. 

  • Our spontaneous pope

    Spontaneity that reflects good-heartedness is a highly attractive trait, but the spontaneity of self-indulgence is reckless and often cruel. Spontaneity of either kind can cause confusion and dismay.

  • Simple strategies for successful learning

    When I speak or write about respecting individual learning needs, I am often met with skeptical remarks about how this could possibly work in a classroom or even in a homeschool setting.

  • Easter — and an illness in the family

    This familiar passage from Psalm 118 (verse 24) aptly expresses the joy we feel Easter Sunday, bringing to mind wonder and gratitude, happiness and delight.

  • 'The Crux': Insane for the Light

    I first met with Tidings editor-in-chief J.D. Long-Garcia over lunch several weeks ago. “We’d like to invite you to write a weekly column on arts and culture,” he said. “Books, theater, music…”

  • Good Shepherd Sunday: Taking on the smell of the sheep

    Each year the Church celebrates Good Shepherd Sunday on the fourth Sunday of Easter. Looking ahead to this year’s observance, I began pondering a rather gritty expression used by Pope Francis in his speeches and writings.

  • Get on the Bus: ‘Keeping the bond alive’

    More than 200,000 children in California alone have a parent in prison. These often overlooked children are the hidden victims of crime and the unintended victims of the criminal justice system.

  • Memoir: A papal visit to ‘Mission Hills International’

    If ever my diary or even parts of it are published, I suspect the most intriguing entry will be that made for September 16, 1987, the day Pope John Paul II dropped by for lunch.

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Suicide: Reclaiming the memory of our loved one

Father Ronald Rolheiser, OMI

Each year I write a column on suicide. Mostly I say the same thing over and over again, simply because it needs to be said. I don’t claim any originality or special insight, I only write about suicide because there is such a desperate need for anyone to address the question.

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  • Monday, July 28

    Healing Mass, Fr. Joe Parathanal presiding, 7:30 p.m., St. Cornelius Church, 5500 Wardlow Rd., Long Beach. (562) 421-8966.

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