• Prayers for those who died in Paris

    More than 300 faithful gathered for Mass at St. Sebastian Church, Los Angeles to pray for the 129 people who died in Paris Nov. 13. “We, men and women of good will, are united in the fight for liberty, fraternity and equality in our humanity,” said Father German Sánchez, pastor of St. Sebastian, in his homily. The Mass was celebrated in French.

  • Sisters of the Society Devoted to the Sacred Heart of Jesus celebrate 75th jubilee anniversary

    The Sisters of the Society Devoted to the Sacred Heart of Jesus celebrated their 75th jubilee anniversary on Nov. 7 at St. John Eudes Church in Chatsworth with a Mass of thanksgiving.

  • Community mourns loss of gifted priest

    Msgr. Gabriel Gonzales, a beloved son, brother and pastor and former vicar for clergy for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, died unexpectedly at the St. Anastasia Church rectory Nov. 9. He was 57.

  • LAPD officer: If we only police homelessness, we miss the root problems

    Officer Deon Joseph of the LAPD has worked the city’s notorious Skid Row neighborhood for 17 years, where the concentration of homeless persons is one of the highest in the country. He has a short message from his work in law enforcement there.

  • VIRTUS: Partnering for safety

    Over the last 10 years, the Office of Safeguard the Children has trained more than 300,000 adults to protect children and young people from sexual abuse.

  • ‘Nostra Aetate’ 50 years later

    In an interfaith celebration of the 50th anniversary of Nostra Aetate — the 1965 Vatican II declaration rejecting anti-Semitism — Catholic and Jewish followers from across greater Los Angeles participated in “A Jubilee for Nostra Aetate” two-part conference that kicked off Nov. 9 with an evening of dialogue at Loyola Marymount University.

  • Referendum to challenge assisted suicide

    The bishops of California, in a rare exception to policy, are allowing parishes to collect signatures for a referendum to overturn California’s new physician assisted suicide measure.

  • Champions for life

    The 2015 Christian Service 4Life rally on Nov. 4 began with a special video message from Darryl Sutter, head coach of the Los Angeles Kings, to the thousands of students representing Catholic middle schools and high schools from across the archdiocese who filled the USC Galen Center in Los Angeles.

  • Invitation to auxiliary bishops’ installations as episcopal vicars of pastoral regions

    Archbishop José H. Gomez invites the public to attend the celebration of three auxiliary bishops’ installations as episcopal vicars of their pastoral regions.


  • ACCW connects sisters in the faith

    Connie Perales, 72, has been named executive president for the Los Angeles Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women (ACCW).

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A blaze of praise

Father Ed Benioff

If you say nice things about my preaching — or my writing, or my shoes — I have to admit, I’ll be pleased. I’ll remember what you said. Pay me a compliment, and it may even change the course of my day. That’s the power of praise when it’s directed at another human being. For a moment, it makes us feel like we’re the object of admiration and even love.


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