• Loyalty and patriotism revisited

    In a recent article in America magazine, Grant Kaplan, commenting on the challenge of the resurrection, makes this comment: “Unlike previous communities in which the bond among members forges itself through those it excludes and scapegoats, the gratuity of the resurrection allows for a community shaped by forgiven-forgivers.”

  • Love: A projection and a reality

    Sorting through what is genuine in love and what is projection is indeed one of the more delicate and difficult tasks of life. 

  • The power of prayer and ritual inside our helplessness

    We’ve all had the feeling at times when, in the face of a dire situation, we need to do something, but there’s nothing we can do, no magic wand we can wave to make things better.

  • The triumph of goodness

    The stone which rolled away from the tomb of Jesus continues to roll away from every sort of grave. Goodness cannot be held, captured, or put to death. It evades its pursuers, escapes capture, slips away, hides out, even leaves the churches sometimes, but forever rises, again and again, all over the world. Such is the meaning of the resurrection.

  • The understanding and compassion of Good Friday

    As Jesus is being crucified he utters these words: “Forgive them, they know not what they do.” It is not easy to say these words and it is perhaps even more difficult to grasp them in their depth. What does it mean, really mean, to understand and forgive a violent action against you?

     

  • How the soul matures

    In a deeply insightful book, “The Grace of Dying,” Kathleen Dowling Singh shares insights she has gleaned as a health professional from being present to hundreds of people while they are dying. Among other things, she suggests that the dying process itself, in her words, “is exquisitely calibrated to automatically produce union with Spirit.”

  • The cries of finitude

    What most moves your heart? I was asked this question recently at a workshop. We were asked to respond to this question: When do you most naturally feel compassion in your heart?

  • Mourning our barrenness

    Several years ago, while teaching a summer course at Seattle University, I had as one of my students a woman who, while happily married, was unable to conceive a child. She had no illusions about what this meant for her. It bothered her a great deal.

  • God’s inexhaustibility

    Many of us, I am sure, have been inspired by the movie “Of Gods and Men,” which tells the story of a group of Trappist monks who, after making a painful decision not to flee from the violence in Algeria in the 1990s, are eventually martyred by Islamic extremists in 1996.

  • On reading difficult passages in Scripture

    A colleague of mine shares this story: Recently, after presiding a Eucharist, a woman from the congregation came up to him and comments, “What a horrible Scripture reading today! If that’s the kind of God we’re worshipping, then I don’t want to go to heaven!”

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Archbishop José H. Gomez

May is Mary’s Month. It is a new moment ... when we reflect on the love that our Blessed Mother showed to us in bringing Jesus into the world. As I was reflecting on this week’s column, I found myself wondering: Did Our Lady ever pray the Our Father?

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May 6, 2016

  • Friday, May 6

    Healing the Family Tree Mass, 7:15 p.m., Incarnation Church, 1001 North Brand Blvd., Glendale. Presider: Father Mike Barry, SS.CC. Please come early to fill out the family tree form. Info: (818) 421-1354.

     

    Holy Hour with Rosary and Benediction for the intention of Vocations to the Priesthood and Religious Life, 7 p.m., Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 18400 Kinzie St., Northridge.  For information call  818-368-0570.

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