• The greatest of all truths in the universe

    A huge crowd was gathered to hear him, 5,000 people at least have come to him. And now the day is almost over and they’re far from home with nothing to eat. Jesus knows they are hungry and he wants to feed them. We can feel how much he cares for them, he loves them. His heart is moved and he really wants to take care of them.

  • ‘A world where every life is valued’

    My brothers and sisters, we are part of a great struggle for human dignity, the great struggle to realize God’s plan for creation, for our world.

  • Statement on the California Assembly Health Committee’s decision not to consider 'The End of Life Options Act' (S.B. 128)

    This has been a hard debate and an emotional debate. But I believe the members of the Assembly Health Committee today made the right decision for California, and especially for the poor and most vulnerable members of our society.

  • The Church is here to serve

    For me, it is always powerful to hear our Holy Father speaking and praying in his native Spanish. And during this pastoral journey, he is inspiring me with his strong words about the family, and his passionate call for a society that reaches out to the lonely and the hurting and works to promote human dignity for every person. 

  • Creation and the future of marriage

     

    Obergefell v. Hodges is one more sign that we have entered into a “post-Christian,” even perhaps an “anti-Christian,” moment in American public life. 

     

     

  • Laudato Si’ and the new evangelization

    For me, and I know for many of you, Laudato Si’ (“Praised Be”), Pope Francis’ new encyclical on care of the earth is a welcome and challenging resource.  

  • ‘Praise Be’ and the gift of creation

    Last night as I was thinking about this column, I finally received my copy of Laudato Si’ (“Praised Be”), which takes its title from St. Francis of Assisi’s great hymn to the earth as our common home.

  • Letter to Assemblyman Rob Bonta

    Dear Chairman Bonta,

    On behalf of the Catholic people of Los Angeles, I am writing to ask respectfully that your Committee on Health reject SB 128, “The End of Life Options Act.”

  • Dying with dignity in California

    California is closer to legalizing doctor-assisted suicide. 

    The state Senate last week approved SB 128, “The End of Life Options Act,” which would allow doctors to prescribe drugs that terminally ill patients can take to kill themselves. The bill is now being considered by the state Assembly.

  • ‘Every priest is a living image of Jesus Christ’

    Every priest is a living image of Jesus Christ. And every ordination is a sign of his final promise — that he will be with us until the end of the age.

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Voices

The healing place of silence

Father Ronald Rolheiser, OMI

A recent book by Robyn Cadwallander, “The Anchoress,” tells the story of a young woman, Sarah, who chooses to shut herself off from the world and lives as an anchoress (like Julian of Norwich).

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