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.
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.”
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.
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.
As I write this, I have just come from celebrating the Eucharist for the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time.
This year, we heard the beautiful Gospel story of the wedding feast at Cana. And it is no coincidence that the first public event that Jesus attends after his baptism is a wedding.
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.
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.
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.
Praying and celebrating the liturgies of Christmas, I came to a powerful sense that in this new year, in this special Jubilee of Mercy, we need to rediscover God’s personal love for us — his love as “our Father.”
Merry Christmas! As I write these words, I am gathering my thoughts to prepare for the liturgies of Christmas. I don’t know about you, but for me Christmas is a time when I reflect on the year that is passing away, the new year that lies before me and, in a deeper way, every Christmas brings to mind the many past Christmases of my life. This is part of the beauty and the mystery of Christmas.
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