• 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.

  • 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.

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Voices

Respecting life outside our comfort zone

Tony Magliano

True respect for life requires us to get out of our comfort zone.

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October 24, 2014

  • Friday, October 24

    “Sing to the Lord!” concert, 6:30-9 p.m., Mary Star of the Sea Church, 463 W. Pleasant Valley Rd., Oxnard; $. (805) 469-6293.

    St. Paschal Baylon Fall Festival (to Oct. 26, hours vary), 155 E. Janss Rd., Thousand Oaks. (805) 496-0222.

     

    “USC Caruso Center Church: Stained Glass Exhibit,” from conception to installation, presented by Cathedral Fine Arts Committee (to Oct. 26), Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, 555 W. Temple St., L.A. (213) 680-5200.

     

    “Following the Prescribed Path,” exhibit (to Nov. 23), LMU Laband Art Gallery, 1 LMU Dr., L.A. (310) 338-2880.

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