• Two churches, two sacred places, two struggles

    God has given us two churches, one is found everywhere and the other is found at select places. Some of us prefer one of these and struggle with the other, but both are sacred places where God can be found and worshipped.

  • Self-sacrifice and the Eucharist

    In 1996, Muslim extremists martyred nearly an entire community of Trappist monks in Atlas, Algeria. Thanks to the movie “Of Gods and Men,” many of us are familiar with their story and are familiar too with the extraordinary faith and courage with which these monks, particularly their Abbott, Christian de Cherge, met their deaths.

  • Spiritual, but not religious? Who to blame for declining church attendance

    It’s no secret that today there’s been a massive drop-off in church attendance. Moreover, that drop-off in church-going is not paralleled by the same widespread growth in atheism and agnosticism. Rather, more and more people are claiming to be spiritual but not religious, faith-filled but not churchgoers. Why this exodus from our churches?

  • 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.

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Jean Beliveau, RIP

REV. RONALD ROLHEISER, OMI

Jean Beliveau was more than an athlete, though certainly he was a one-in-a-million athlete. The record of his achievements almost defies belief. He played in the National Hockey League for 20 seasons and retired with 10 championship rings. 

 

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  • Thursday, December 18

    Christmas Shop at Holy Grounds, 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., St. Monica Catholic Community, 725 California Ave., Santa Monica. (310) 566-1500.

    Our Lady of Grace School Christmas Concert, 7 p.m., Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, 5011 White Oak Avenue, Encino. (818) 342-4686.

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