• ‘Telling our beads’ and what our beads tell

    The rosary is a part of the rhythm of my daily life. It has been that way for a long time now. My parents taught me to pray the rosary when I was a child. They always taught my sisters and I that we had a mother in heaven who loves us — just as we had a mother on earth who loves us.

  • The ‘realism’ of the Lord’s Prayer

    We have been reflecting on the words of the Lord’s Prayer during these weeks of Easter. Now, as we prepare for Pentecost and the coming of the Holy Spirit, we remember that the Spirit is given to us so that we can call God, “Abba! Father,” as Jesus taught us.

  • Our daily bread

    May is Mary’s Month. It is a new moment ... when we reflect on the love that our Blessed Mother showed to us in bringing Jesus into the world. As I was reflecting on this week’s column, I found myself wondering: Did Our Lady ever pray the Our Father?

  • Praying for holiness and the kingdom

    The Church’s saints have always recognized that the Lord’s Prayer is a summary of his whole Gospel. And each word and phrase in the prayer is a rich source for us to contemplate and reflect on.

  • Praying as children

    We have so much to pray for in our lives and in our troubled world. As you do, I pray for many things during the course of any day. And often events cause me to pray for special intentions.

  • Reflections on ‘The Joy of Love’

    Amoris Laetitia (“The Joy of Love”) is a deep and important document. Pope Francis has asked us to read his new apostolic exhortation on marriage and the family slowly and patiently. ... The pope is clear that he has no intention of changing Church doctrine or teaching. Instead he wants to change our hearts.

  • Statement on Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation on Love in the Family

    Amoris Laetitia (“The Joy of Love”) is a deep and important document. It comes at a critical time, when the meaning of marriage, family and human love is confused and disputed in our society. So I welcome this document as a gift to the Church but also to everyone who wants to understand what God really intends for our true happiness as men and women.

  • Praying the Our Father

    We are still living in the beautiful and joyful light of Easter! And I want to return in my column to the theme of prayer that I introduced during Lent. ... In these coming columns, I want to talk about the prayer that Jesus gave us, the Lord’s Prayer.

  • In this time of Easter

    I hope that you and your loved ones and families had a blessed Easter. I shared Easter here with my family and it was a beautiful time. ... This was a special Easter here in Los Angeles and in the universal Church. 

  • Holy Week and the Supreme Court

    We are preparing to enter into the most sacred days in the Church’s calendar — Holy Week, the week of our salvation. ... On Wednesday of Holy Week, March 23, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in a critical case concerning religious liberty.

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Why "Last Days in the Desert" is so Boring

Bishop Robert Barron

With his latest film, Last Days in the Desert, Rodrigo Garcia has accomplished something truly remarkable. He has taken a portion of the life of the single most compelling person who has ever lived and turned it into a colossally boring movie. 


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  • Wednesday, May 25

    Learning the Gift of Contemplation from Children, 7 p.m., Our Lady of Grace Church, St. Joseph Room, 5011 White Oak Ave., Encino. The presenter is Fr. Laurence Freeman OSB, spiritual guide and director of the World Community for Christian Meditation, international speaker and author.  Suggested donation - $20. 

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