• 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.

  • Disciples with many faces

    In a new book entitled “Jesus of Nazareth,” famed German Scripture-scholar Gerhard Lohfink describes how people in the Gospels related to Jesus in different ways.

  • May your Kingdom Come, But not Yet

    A friend of mine likes to humor about his struggles in growing up.

  • Fearing our own maturity

    Our bodies and our souls each have their separate aging process, and they aren't always in harmony. Thus, T.E. Laurence, in “The Seven Pillars of Wisdom,” makes this comment about someone:

  • Ten secrets to happiness

    The past five years have seen a growth in interest in studies on human happiness. Numerous books have been published on the topic, not least Sonja Lyubomirsky's “The Myths of Happiness,” which has become for many a secular bible for happiness and meaning.

  • Walking on water and sinking like a stone

    Faith isn't something you ever simply achieve. It's not something that you ever nail down as a fait accompli.

  • The Law of Karma

    In 1991 Hollywood produced a comedy entitled “City Slickers,” starring Billy Crystal. In a quirky way it was a wonderfully moral film, focusing on three, middle-aged men from New York City who were dealing with midlife crisis.

  • Searching for the right fuel

    Sometimes everything can seem right on the surface while, deep down, nothing is right at all.

  • Suicide: Reclaiming the memory of our loved one

    Each year I write a column on suicide. Mostly I say the same thing over and over again, simply because it needs to be said. I don’t claim any originality or special insight, I only write about suicide because there is such a desperate need for anyone to address the question.

  • Robert Moore on human energy

    Few thinkers have influenced me as profoundly as Robert L. Moore, a scholar who has spent almost 50 years studying human energy from the perspective of psychology, anthropology and spirituality.

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Voices

Growing in our knowledge of Jesus Christ

Archbishop José H. Gomez

It’s back-to-school time, a great time of year.

I know many of you have been getting ready for the new school year with your kids and grandchildren. All of the archdiocese, confirmation and religious education programs are starting up again in our parishes.

The Holy Father visits the Holy Land

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  • Thursday, September 18

    ACCW N. San Fernando District, guest speaker Sr. Rose Marie Tulacz, 11:30 a.m., St. Kateri Tekakwitha Church, 22508 Copper Hill Dr., Santa Clarita; $. (661) 263-0345.

    ACCW Northern District, guest speaker Fr. Enrique Ymson, 11 a.m., St. Kevin Church, 202 N. Alexandria Ave., L.A. (213) 380-0558.

    Franciscan Vision Series, guest speaker Sr. Mary Beth Ingham, 7-8 p.m., Mission San Luis Rey, 4050 Mission Ave., Oceanside. (760) 547-1800.

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