• Stopping the Christian ‘genocide’

    The story of Christianity is written in the blood of martyrs. ... And nearly every week throughout the year, our liturgy remembers the witness of someone who has shed his blood or her blood for following Jesus.

  • Where God’s desire meets our own

    I was inspired to see so many of you at our Religious Education Congress this weekend. This year marked the Congress’ 60th anniversary, making it one of the oldest and largest Catholic gatherings of its kind in the world.

  • Reflections on Pope Francis in Juárez

    Last week, I had the privilege to cross over the border into Mexico and concelebrate Mass with our Holy Father Pope Francis in Ciudad Juárez. This Mass was a tremendous, joyful celebration of life and hope. 

  • Above all, pray

    As I finish this column, I am in El Paso, Texas. Later today, I will cross the border with my brother bishops from the United States and join the bishops of Mexico in celebrating Mass with Pope Francis in Ciudad Juárez.

  • Seeking the face of God in the Scriptures

    Prayer is seeking the face of God. The Catechism of the Catholic Church recalls the story of how St. John Vianney once found a peasant praying in front of the Blessed Sacrament. The saint asked him what he was doing, and the man replied: “I look at him and he looks at me.”

  • Time to pray

    Lent comes early this year. Ash Wednesday is less than a week away, Feb. 10. As we enter into this season of conversion, we know that our whole Christian life is a journey of conversion, a journey to an ever-deeper faith in Jesus who shows us the face of God.

  • The future is with life!

    In the Church, we are always working to fulfill God’s beautiful plan of love for creation and for every human life. OneLife LA expresses the beautiful Gospel vision of a culture of life and love. 

  • OneLife LA and the works of mercy

    I am reading Pope Francis’ new book, “The Name of God is Mercy.” It is a powerful, personal work. Since the beginning of his pontificate, I have been struck by how much the pope’s vision has been shaped by his experience as a priest in the confessional.

  • Statement on U.S. Supreme Court Decision to Review Texas v. U.S.

    Until lawmakers in Washington can find the humility and courage to set aside differences and seek a common solution, the Supreme Court may be our last best hope to restore humanity to our immigration policy.

  • Still seeking the ‘beloved community’

    The Rev. Martin Luther King dreamed of what he called “the beloved community.” This expression inspires me in my ministry. It is a beautiful image of the kingdom that Jesus proclaimed and called us to establish — a city of love and truth; the family of God made up of all the rich diversity of peoples from every nation. 

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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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  • 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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