• 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.

  • 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.

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Habitat: Living out the Gospel call

Anne Hansen

The discussion over faith and good works has been going on for centuries:  Is faith alone enough for salvation, or is it necessary to engage in good works as well? The Catholic understanding is that faith and good works go hand in hand — an understanding based in Scripture.

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