• 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!”

  • A shirt of flame

    They say that the book you most need to read finds you when you most need to read it. I’ve had that experience many times, most recently with Heather King’s book, “Shirt of Flame: A Year with Saint Therese of Lisieux.”

  • The kiss of God on the soul

    What is the real root of human loneliness? A flaw within our make-up? Inadequacy and sin? Or, does Augustine’s famous line, “You have made us for yourself, Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in you,” say it all?

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How to not be a 'beige Catholic,' according to Bishop Barron

Catholic News Agency

Catholics in America today need to find ways to engage the culture with truth, and avoid “beige Catholicism” that seeks to be dominated by the culture, Bishop Robert Barron said Thursday.

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June 28, 2016

  • Tuesday, June 28

    Weekly Remote Caller Bingo, Free Bonus Jackpot Ticket Night, 5:30 pm (Doors open at 4:30 pm), St. Luke Catholic Community, 5605 Cloverly Ave., Temple City. (626) 291-5900. www.stluketemplecity.org

     

    Healing Mass, 7:30 p.m., St. Didacus Church, 14337 Astoria St., Sylmar. Fr. Celebrant: Father John Struzzo. Immediately following Mass a "laying on of hands" prayer will be offered by Father John Struzzo and Father Bob Garon. 

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