• Spiritual warfare

    Spiritual literature has always highlighted the primordial struggle between good and evil, generally conceived of as a war, a spiritual battle. Thus, as Christians, we have been warned that we must be vigilant against the powers of Satan and various other forces of evil.

  • Carrying our cross

    Among Jesus’ many teachings we find this rather harsh-sounding invitation: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow me. Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.”

  • Three kinds of spiritualities

    All of us struggle, and we struggle in three ways. First, sometimes we struggle simply to maintain ourselves, to stay healthy and stable, to stay normal, to not fall apart, to not have our lives unravel into chaos and depression.

  • The goddess of chastity

    Ancient Greece expressed much of its psychological and spiritual wisdom inside their myths. They didn't intend these to be taken literally or as historical, but as metaphor and as an archetypal illustration of why life is as it is and how people engage life both generatively and destructively.

  • The unhappy cost of resentment

    It's not only love that makes the world go round. Resentment, too, is prominent in stirring the drink.

  • Sacred permission to be human

    Sometimes certain texts in the Bible make you wonder: Is this really the word of God? Why is this text in Scripture? What's the lesson here?

  • Five people who helped give me some self-understanding

    Although I grew up in a loving, safe, and nurturing family and community, one of the dominant memories of my childhood and teenage years is that of being restless and somehow discontent.

  • Fatherless at the depth of our being

    Anthropologists tell us that father-hunger, a frustrated desire to be blessed by our own fathers, is one of the deepest hungers in the world today, especially among men. Millions of people sense that they have not received their father's blessing. Robert Bly, Robert Moore, Richard Rohr and James Hillman, among others, offer some rich insights into this.

  • How we react to criticism and opposition

    Have you ever noted how we spontaneously react to a perceived threat? Faced with a threat, our primal instincts tend to take over and we instantly freeze over and begin to shut all the doors opening to warmth, gentleness and empathy inside us.

  • Our timidity in the face of God's abundance

    My youth had both its strengths and its weaknesses. I grew up on a farm in heart of the Canadian prairies, a second-generation immigrant. Our family was a large one and the small farm we lived on gave us enough to live on, though just enough. There were never any extras.

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Statement on the announcement of presidential executive orders on immigration

Archbishop José H. Gomez

I am happy that some temporary relief is being offered to help parents and children who right now are living in daily fear that their families will be broken up by arrests and deportations. But the President’s actions today are no substitute for the comprehensive immigration reform our nation needs.

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