• Receive Joy: Read the book, don’t see the movie

    The best aspect of the movie “The Giver,” currently in theaters, is its reminder to read Lois Lowry’s Newberry Award winning novel, from which the warped and withered adaptation is inspired.

  • The role of angels: one author's push to shed light on the afterlife

    In an effort to show what Scripture tells us about “the beyond,” often obscured by a society that leans toward darkness, Fr. Mark Haydu has published a new book exploring the depiction of angels in art.
     

  • ‘All Things New’: An enticing history of the CSJs in L.A.

    Religious congregations for women from all ages can attest to their noteworthy service and accomplishments. “All Things New,” by Sister Mary Williams (former provost and English professor at Mount St. Mary’s College), offers another unique profile for the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet in the Los Angeles Province, where they are the largest congregation of women religious.

  • The Rise and the Resurrection

    As a free-lance creative writer, I can hardly read enough about rejection and failure. So here’s a book that recently caught my eye: “The Rise: Creativity, the Gift of Failure and the Search for Mastery” (Simon & Schuster).

  • ‘Arts & Entertainments’: The golden calf of fame

    Eddie Hartley, a reluctant, disaffected, high school prep drama teacher, failed actor and struggling husband, finds himself mounted with over 10K in credit card debt from yet another failure: an unproductive round of in vitro fertilization.

  • ‘Secret Stairs’: A closer look at Los Angeles’ people and places

    Charles Fleming is an L.A.-based journalist and author. Recently he agreed to sit down and tell the story of his best-selling urban trekking guide “Secret Stairs: A Walking Guide to the Historic Staircases of Los Angeles.”

  • “Hiroshima Notes”: The life and work of Kenzaburō Ōe

    In 1994, the Japanese writer Kenzaburō Ōe was awarded the Nobel Laureate for creating an “an imagined world, where life and myth condense to form a disconcerting picture of the human predicament today.”

  • A beautiful chronicle: ‘Jesus: A Pilgrimage’

    I spent the month of July doing the 30-day Ignatian Spiritual Exercises at a Jesuit retreat house in Gloucester, Mass. I couldn’t have chosen a better time to read Jesuit Father James Martin’s new book: “Jesus: A Pilgrimage” (HarperOne).

  • Lives of the saints model Catholic social teaching in new book

    Dignity of the human person, solidarity and care for creation are just a few topics author Brandon Vogt discusses in his new book, “Saints and Social Justice: A Guide to Changing the World.”

  • Catholic cultural renewal advocate Stratford Caldecott mourned

    Stratford Caldecott, a Catholic cultural thinker dedicated to literature, theology, and the “second spring” of Catholicism, passed away Thursday, weeks after Hollywood stars took to Twitter to support him in his struggle with cancer.

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A love that embraces every life

Archbishop José H. Gomez

This Sunday, bishops from around the world will gather in Rome with Pope Francis for an Oct. 5-19 synod that will examine marriage and the family.

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