• The miracle of dying

    “Let me give you an example from my own personal life,” says Diane Vines, dean of nursing at Mount St. Mary’s University. She’s sitting at a conference table with Rochelle Ko, a senior in the BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing) program, and me. We’re on the first floor of one of the restored old mansions on the Doheny campus, off West Adams Boulevard. The subject is palliative and hospice care.

  • History of hospice

    When it comes down to bringing comforting care to the dying, palliative and hospice are very similar. Both have the bedrock belief that people have the right to die with dignity.

  • Proclaim the beauty of God's plan for family, Archbishop Gomez tells synod

    Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles addressed his fellow synod fathers on Saturday, encouraging the Church in sharing the beauty of the Creator's plan for creation, the human person, and the family.

  • Social responsibility in the marketplace

    A woman attending a recent “Respect Life” event found herself wondering about the T-shirts that were for sale. She wondered who produced them, and if they paid a fair wage with decent working conditions.

  • Archbishop Gomez launches new Hispanic Catholic radio station at cathedral

    On Oct. 1, Archbishop José H. Gomez flipped the switch to launch El Sembrador (ESNE) Radio in Los Angeles at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. The celebration included a Mass and blessing of the station at noon, followed by a reception at the Cathedral Plaza Ballrooms.

  • U.S. civil rights milestone marked at Delano’s historic Forty Acres

    DELANO — Robert F. Kennedy Jr. spoke at the 50th anniversary of the Delano Grape Strike Oct. 3, returning to the historic site where his father greeted Cesar Chavez during Chavez’s fast for nonviolence, Delano’s  “Forty Acres” complex, now a national historic landmark.

  • Family Promise: Serving homeless families

    On Oct. 3 at a Family Promise fundraiser, almost 300 people gathered to support homeless families in the South Bay. In the last two years, the area has seen a 39 percent increase in homelessness due to underemployment, lost jobs and rent increases.

  • Vigil supports pope’s message of the dignity of inmates

    An interfaith Prayer Vigil for Dignity and Justice was held outside the Men’s Central Jail in Downtown Los Angeles the evening of Sept. 29, with several hundred men, women and children in attendance — representing diverse races, cultures and religious traditions — to stand together in solidarity with Pope Francis’ message against mass incarceration and racial injustice.



  • Gov. Brown signs End of Life Option Act

    On Oct. 5, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law the End of Life Option Act, allowing terminally ill patients to choose to end their lives via physican-assisted suicide. The bill will go into effect next year, concluding a 23-year battle to legalize a “right-to-die” law in California. 

  • Archdiocese, Red Cross announce landmark partnership

    Parishes should be places where people know they can go during times of emergency, Auxiliary Bishop David G. O’Connell said during an Oct. 5 press conference announcing a partnership between the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and the Red Cross.

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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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