• Books: 'Someone'

    We first meet seven-year-old Marie as she is sitting on her front stoop in Brooklyn, awaiting the arrival of her hero — her father; “my heart pinned to my father’s sleeve in those days,” she explains. Thus opens “Someone,” recently released in paperback, another brilliant piece of literature by Alice McDermott, made all the wiser by its roots in Catholicism.

  • The USSR's Catholic martyrs suffered, but they suffered for God

    Catholic victims of the Soviet Union’s cruel anti-Christian persecutions faced execution, exile and arbitrary imprisonment for their faith – and now a new website tells their stories.

  • 'Mystic in the slums': A glimpse into the prophetic life of Mother Teresa

    “The world today is upside down, and is suffering so much, because there is so very little love in the homes and in family life.”

  • A historical faith – studying history through a Catholic lens

    The study of history is an opportunity to unite faith and reason and to recover a distinctly Catholic perspective that sees God acting in the past, present and future, the authors of a new book say.
     

  • Authors of new almanac hope to save America's Catholic heritage

    “Is the Catholic Church good for America?” That was the question recently posed to Americans on the streets of major cities across the United States by the nonprofit advocacy group CatholicVote.org.

  • 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).

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Two churches, two sacred places, two struggles

Rev. Ronald Rolheiser

God has given us two churches, one is found everywhere and the other is found at select places. Some of us prefer one of these and struggle with the other, but both are sacred places where God can be found and worshipped.

The Holy Father visits the Holy Land

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    Christmas Shop at Holy Grounds, 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., St. Monica Catholic Community, 725 California Ave., Santa Monica. Shop for unique and inspirational gifts, including jewelry, books, music, home decorations, and more! (310) 566-1500.

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