In California there are several forms of punishment for those among us who have committed crimes. Individuals found guilty of a criminal offense can be placed on probation, fined or incarcerated in a jail or prison. Minors can be punished and sentenced to juvenile facilities and, in some cases, minors who are 14 or older can be treated as adults. Sentences often “do not fit the crime.”
We need to do something!
With the barbaric Islamic State now controlling large portions of Iraq and Syria, and inflicting rape, torture and even beheading on those who do not conform to their fundamentalist interpretation of Islam, it is imperative that they must be stopped.
It began last spring, the Saturday before the Church celebrates Divine Mercy Sunday.
Expectations and anxieties regarding next month’s assembly in Rome of the world Synod of Bishops are running exceptionally high. The subject matter alone — the crisis of marriage and family — would be reason enough for that. But there’s a lot else going on here.
To committed Jews, our High Holiday Season is no more about honey cake than Christmas is about eggnog. The run-up to Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year (which began Sept. 24), is about taking G-d’s Kingship of the world more seriously, and our stewardship of it more responsibly.
“Can we remain indifferent before the problems associated with such realities as climate change … loss of productivity in vast agricultural areas, the pollution of rivers and aquifers, the loss of biodiversity, the increase of natural catastrophes and the deforestation of equatorial and tropical regions?”
This year, the church celebrates Catechetical Sunday on Sept 21, and will focus on the theme, “Teaching about God’s Gift of Forgiveness.” This special celebration affords us the gracious opportunity to reflect on the role that the whole community of faith plays, by virtue of their baptism in handing on the beauty of our faith story and being witnesses to the Gospel.
One of the main goals of the Office of Vocations of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles is to help create anew a “Culture of Vocations” within our local Church. If you go to Poland today, or Kerala, India, or Jalisco, Mexico, you will find a very definite culture of vocations.
St. John’s Seminary has been a sacred place for some 75 years, inspiring, forming and educating men who are called to serve the Church as priests of Jesus Christ. I am blessed to have spent my formation years there, and am grateful to God for that graced opportunity.
When Sister St. George Skurla passed away on Feb. 9, it was the culmination of a life that was lived to the fullest. Sister not only knew and understood Carpe Diem, she was Carpe Diem!
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