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.
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.
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.”
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. And every ordination is a sign of his final promise — that he will be with us until the end of the age.
In the Church’s liturgy in these coming months, we continue to follow Jesus in his public ministry until we reach the final days of his teaching about the kingdom to come. We end the year by celebrating the truth he has revealed — that he is the Christ, the King of the Universe.
This Sunday, we end the Easter season with the great feast of Pentecost, celebrating the “birthday” of the Church and the start of the Church’s mission to the world.
It has been my privilege to celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation at many parishes during this season of the resurrection — and I’m happy that I will be visiting more of you in the days and weeks ahead.
When he is declared a saint later this year, Father Serra will be the latest in a line of “missionary saints” from the Americas that Pope Francis has elevated during his pontificate. It is clear that Pope Francis — the first pope from the New World — understands the Christian “roots” of the Americas and the continent’s importance for the Church’s mission in the 21st century.
Mary’s face was the first face that Jesus saw when he came into this world. Her voice was the first voice he heard.
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