• 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.

  • Evolution’s ultimate wisdom

    Evolution, Charles Darwin famously stated, works through the survival of the fittest. Christianity, on the other hand, is committed to the survival of the weakest. But how do we square our Christian ideal of making a preferential option for the weak with evolution?

     

     

  • Who am I to judge?

    Perhaps the single most often-quoted line from Pope Francis is his response to a question he was asked vis-à-vis the morality of a particularly dicey issue. His infamous/famous reply: “Who am I to judge?”

     

     

  • Principles for interfaith dialogue

    We live inside a world and inside religions that are too given to disrespect and violence. Virtually every newscast today documents the prevalence of disrespect and violence done in the name of religion — disrespect done for the sake of God (strange as that expression may seem). Invariably, those acting in this way see their actions as sacral — justified by sacred cause.

     

  • Where to find resurrection

    Everything that’s good eventually gets scapegoated and crucified. How? By that curious, perverse dictate somehow innate within human life that assures that there’s always someone or something that cannot leave well enough alone, but, for reasons of its own, must hunt down and lash out at what’s good.

  • The gift of the dying

    The case for euthanasia generally revolves around these premises: Suffering devalues human life and euthanasia alleviates that suffering and the ravages of the body and mind that come with that suffering so as to provide a terminally ill person “death with dignity.” As well, it is argued, that once an illness has so debilitated a person so as to leave him or her in a virtual vegetative state, what is the logic for keeping such a person alive? Once dignity and usefulness are gone, why continue to live?

  • The Passion of Jesus

    As Christians, we believe that Jesus gave us both his life and his death. Too often, however, we do not distinguish between the two, though we should: Jesus gave his life for us in one way, through his activity; he gave his death for us in another way, through his passivity, his passion.

  • Seeing in a deeper way

    Sometimes you can see a whole lot of things just by looking. That’s one of Yogi Berra’s infamous aphorisms. It’s a clever expression of course, but sadly, perhaps mostly, the opposite is truer.

  • Going to Heaven – by good luck or by God’s grace?

    “Eternity has more kinds of rooms than this world does.”

  • Fear masking itself as piety

    It is easy to mistake piety for the genuine response that God wants of us, that is, to enter into a relationship of intimacy with him and then try to help others have that same experience.

     

     

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Voices

St. Monica students on life in first grade

R.W. Dellinger

Josette White, a blonde, was wearing a navy blue school jacket over a white polo shirt and navy shorts. Next to her, best friend Maria Knierim also had on a school jacket, but with a gray polo and navy pants. Her long pigtails were tied with yellow bands.

The Holy Father visits the Holy Land

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May 23, 2015

  • St. John Eudes Summer Carnival

    St. John Eudes Summer Carnival, 12-10 p.m., St. John Eudes, 9901 Mason Ave., Chatsworth. For more information, contact Mike Hartfield, (323) 259-0587. www.sjecarnival.org.

    Pentecost Vigil, Teachings and Mass, 1:30-5:30 p.m., St. Catherine of Siena Parish Hall, 18115 Sherman Way, Reseda. Featuring Dr. Elizabeth Kim, Dominic Berardino and Father Bill Delaney. Free. (818) 771-1361, spirit@scrc.org.

    Wake Up the World, 6-9:30 p.m., Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, 555 W Temple St., Los Angeles. An archdiocesan young adult evening prayer vigil with all consecrated people featuring musical celebration, Mass and Holy Hour.

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