• Healing: A theory

    All of us live with some wounds, bad habits, addictions and temperamental flaws that are so deeply ingrained and long-standing that it seems like they are part of our genetic makeup. And so we tend to give into a certain quiet despair in terms of ever being healed of them.

  • The value and power of ritual

    Today we no longer understand the value and power of ritual. This is more than an individual failing. It’s the cultural air we breathe.

     

     

  • The God of our desires

    What lies deepest inside authentic faith is the truth that God is the object of all human desire, no matter how earthy and unholy that desire might seem at times. This implies that everything we desire is contained in God.

     

     

  • The hero complex

    Several years ago, the movie “Argo” won the Academy Award as the best movie of the year. I enjoyed the movie in that it was a good drama, one that held its audience in proper suspense even as it provided some good humor and banter on the side.

  • The best one can do in the circumstances

    Recently I led a weeklong retreat for some 60 people at a renewal center. Overall, it went very well, though ideally it could have gone better.

  • A primal understanding of the Eucharist

    Christian de Cherge, the Trappist Abbott who was martyred in Algeria in 1996, grew up in a Roman Catholic family in France. On the day of his First Communion he said to his mother: “I don’t understand what I’m doing.” She answered simply: “It’s OK, you don’t have to understand it now, later you will understand.”

  • The deepest secret inside wisdom

    Everyone longs to know something that’s secret, to know something that others don’t know and the knowledge of which gives you some insight and advantage over others who are outside the inner circle of that secret.

  • Inordinate attachments: Moral flaw or struggle with divine energy?

    The renowned spiritual writer, Father Henri Nouwen, made no secret about the fact that he was emotionally over-sensitive and that he suffered, sometimes to the point of clinical depression, from emotional obsessions.

  • Contemporary writers in spirituality

    Among those who write in the area of spirituality today, who’s being read? Here’s my list of spiritual writers who are highly influential today in the English-speaking world ...

     

  • Artificial light

    What’s the use of an old-fashioned, hand-held lantern? Well, its light can be quite useful when it’s pitch-dark, but it becomes superfluous and unnoticeable in the noonday sun. Still, this doesn’t mean its light is bad, only that it’s weak.

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Voices

The greatest of all truths in the universe

Archbishop José H. Gomez

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.

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July 31, 2015

  • Friday, July 31

    Healing Mass, 8 p.m., St. Columban Parish, 125 Loma Dr., Los Angeles.

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