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Back To Lent

How is your Lent going? These first few weeks have been really busy for me. I can imagine that in your life, too, you feel the “pull” of many responsibilities and demands on your time. We need to encourage each other to keep moving forward in the spirit of Lent. We start off Lent with...

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Beyond Malevolent Sexism

Equal work for equal pay has been the law of the land for many years. In the United States, if a man and woman each perform the same job with the same results and accrue the same advantages to their employer, the law decrees (rightfully) they should receive the same compensation. Yet, women as a...

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The Mars 2020 Oxygen Experiment At JPL

Nohtal Partansky, 26, is my downstairs neighbor. He’s also a mechanical engineer at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena. He grew up in South Pasadena. So did he used to look at the stars as a kid?  “No, but I used to build stuff, K’Nex and Legos. [Remote control] cars,...

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The Holy Spirit Option

On the fourth anniversary of his election, Pope Francis tweeted “May the Holy Spirit lead us on a true journey of conversion, so that we can rediscover the gift of God’s word.” Yes, I’m writing a column on a tweet — and one by someone who has a lot more power than his Twitter account — but...

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Sunday Readings For March 18 & 19

The Israelites’ hearts were hardened by their hardships in the desert. Though they saw God’s mighty deeds, in their thirst they grumble and put God to the test in the first reading — a crisis point recalled also in the psalm. Jesus is thirsty, too, in the Gospel. He thirsts for souls (see...

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Rules Of Thumb For Processing The Latest Papal Bombshell

So many aspects of Pope Francis’ personality either delight or consternate people, depending on their perspective, that it seems almost reductive to single out one element. If you were going to put all those things on a list, however, pride of place almost certainly would have to go to his...

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On Immigration, Seeking The Balance Of Love And The Law

Editor’s note: On March 8, Archbishop Gomez addressed a gathering of Catholics and other leaders in politics and business at a symposium hosted by the Napa Institute in Washington, D.C.  The text below is adapted from his address. To read his full talk, “Where Do We Go From Here? Why We Cannot...

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The Flavor Of God’s Energy

All things considered, I believe that I grew up with a relatively healthy concept of God. The God of my youth, the God that I was catechized into, was not unduly punishing, arbitrary or judgmental. He was omnipresent, so that all of our sins were noticed and noted, but, at the end of the day, he...

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The Journey Toward God, One Step At A Time

We’ve all heard that joke about the man who was forced by floodwaters to climb onto the roof of his house. Professing his faith in the Lord and convinced that he’d be saved, the man turns away rescue attempts from good Samaritans in a rowboat, a speedboat and a helicopter. Eventually, the...

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Montecito’s Center For Spiritual Renewal

The Center for Spiritual Renewal, located on the grounds of the nonprofit retreat center La Casa de Maria in Montecito near Santa Barbara, is a house designated for personal retreats. A ministry of the Immaculate Heart Community, the center is located on El Bosque Road — “el bosque” means...

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I’m Not 'Intrinsically Disordered!

I have met several priests over the years who ended up leaving the active ministry of the priesthood. Two of them have been on my mind and in my prayers recently, having left the priesthood and the Church over issues connected to homosexuality. I ran into one of them some time ago by chance as we...

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Sunday Readings For March 11 & 12

The Gospel portrays Jesus as a new and greater Moses. Moses also took three companions up a mountain and on the seventh day was overshadowed by the shining cloud of God’s presence. He, too, spoke with God and his face and clothing were made radiant in the encounter (see Exodus 24,34). But...

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Of Virtue And Sin

There’s an axiom which says: Nothing feels better than virtue. There’s a deep truth here, but it has an underside. When we do good things we feel good about ourselves. Virtue is indeed its own reward, and that’s good. However, feeling righteous can soon enough turn into feeling self-righteous....

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God’s Beautiful Plan Of Love

We have begun the spiritual journey of Lent. And always at the beginning of Lent, the Church in her liturgy calls us back to our “beginnings.” On the first Sunday of Lent, we hear the story of Adam and Eve, our first parents. It is not only the story of how the human race began. It is also...

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Foreign Nuns, Priests Embody Historic Opportunity For U.S. Church

If American Catholicism has an Achille’s heel, it’s sometimes an attenuated sense of how we fit into the rest of the Catholic world. A bit of basic math will help explain why that’s a problem. As of early 2017, there were just under 1.3 billion Catholics in the world, and around 70 million in...