• The Sacred Beetle: Jean-Henri Fabré’s ‘Book of Insects’

    Jean-Henri Fabre’s “Book of Insects” is a 1921 classic, with beautiful, tissue-paper-protected color plates by E.J. Detmold.

  • A crash course in Miracles 101

    What do a grilled cheese sandwich and the tilma of Our Lady of Guadalupe have in common?

  • A book report 100 years late

    In the past, I have written ad infinitum, some may say ad naseum about Catholic writers and Catholic filmmakers and still hold firm to the belief that great “Catholic” writing does not necessarily have to deal with overtly religious subject matter or even religiously inclined protagonists and antagonists.

  • The write stuff

    Writers writing about writing can be a dubious endeavor. Catholic writers writing about the “soul” of the Catholic writer is even more dangerous. So it is with a certain amount of trepidation that I sally forth and throw my rosary beads into the fray.

  • ‘The Shepherd Who Didn’t Run’: An interview with the author

    María Ruiz Scaperlanda remembers first hearing about Oklahoma’s missionary martyr priest from her then school-aged children.

  • Taking Religion and Politics Seriously

    Religion comes up a lot in politics, and yet, not at all. Not substantively. That’s the argument author Stephen Mansfield makes in Ask the Question: Why We Must Demand Religious Clarity from Our Presidential Candidates.

  • Farewell, my lovely: Noir novelist Raymond Chandler

    Raymond Chandler (1888-1959) created the character of hard-boiled L.A. private eye Philip Marlowe. His novels — among them “The Big Sleep” (1939), “Farewell, My Lovely” (1940) and “The Lady in the Lake” (1943) — are widely considered masterpieces of noir crime fiction.

  • Pope Francis has a new book for kids

    Already in his brief, three-year pontificate Pope Francis has a track record of papal firsts, but in March he will add yet another to his list: authoring a children's book.

  • What Pope Francis' book could tell us about the upcoming synod doc

    As things are picking up around the Vatican in the new year, anticipation is buzzing over the release of Pope Francis’ document on the conclusions of the 2014 and 2015 synod of bishops on the family.

  • All the faithful can receive God's love in confession – Pope Francis

    God's love is offered to everyone who goes to the sacrament of confession, Pope Francis said in his new book on mercy – even those who are not able to receive absolution from their sins.

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Voices

I Think, Therefore I Am Whatever I Think I Am: From Rene Descartes’ Dictum to Obama’s Bathroom Policy

Christopher West

Anybody remember the old Kinks song “Lola”? I was in my early teens the first time I heard it and this line leaped out at me: “Girls will be boys and boys will be girls / It’s a mixed up muddled up shook up world…” Well, the mixed up and muddled up is now the law of the land.

 

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May 24, 2016

  • Tuesday, May 24

    ACCW Meeting, San Pedro Pastoral Region, Southwestern District, St. Catherine Laboure Catholic Church, 3946 W. Redondo Beach Blvd., Torrance. Registration 9:30 a.m. – Speaker. Mass at 11:30 am - Rev. Alfred Hernandez, Pastor. Luncheon $10/ person, check payable to St, Catherine Laboure Church, Info: contact Monte (310) 323-8900.

     

    Changing the World, Changing Yourself: Contemplation Today, 7 p.m., St. Joseph Catholic Church Parish Hall, 6220 E Willow St., Long Beach, Father Laurence Freeman, OSB, Benedictine monk, Spiritual guide and Director of the World Community for Christian Meditation, international speaker and author. All are welcome! Suggested donation $20 (checks made payable to WCCM-USA) supports the work of the community. Website: wccm-usa.org. 

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