• Our Muslim brothers and sisters

    This is not a good time to be a Muslim in the Western world. As the violence perpetrated by radical Islamic groups such as ISIS, Al Qaeda and Boko Haram becomes more and more prevalent, huge numbers of people are becoming paranoid about, and even openly hostile towards, the Islam religion, seeing all Muslims as a threat.

  • ‘Metanoia’ — a better state of mind

    We all have a bias. The late Langdon Gilkey used to put this in a gentle, more palatable way. We don’t have a bias, he says, but rather a “pre-ontology,” a subjective stance from which we look at reality.

  • Displacing ego and narcissism

    The Buddhists have a little axiom that explains more about ourselves than we would like. They say that you can understand most of what’s wrong in the world and inside yourself by looking at a group photo.

  • The stigma of suicide

    Recently I read, in succession, three books on suicide, each written by a mother who lost one of her children to suicide. All three books are powerful, mature, not given to false sentiment, and worth reading: Lois Severson, who wrote “Healing the Wound from my Daughter’s Suicide: Grief Translated into Words,” lost her daughter, Patty, to suicide; Gloria Hutchinson, who wrote “Damage Done: Suicide of an Only Son,” lost her son, David, to suicide; and Marjorie Antus, who wrote “My Daughter, Her Suicide, and God: A Memoir of Hope,” lost her daughter, Mary, to suicide. Patty and David were in their mid-20s. Mary was still a teen.


  • Innocence, complexity and sanctity

    Some years ago, I officiated at a wedding. As the officiating priest, I was invited to the reception and dance that followed upon the church service.

  • Caring for our soul

    What does it profit you if you gain the whole world but suffer the loss of your own soul?



  • Things beyond our imagination

    Recently, at an academic dinner, I was sitting across the table from a nuclear scientist. At one point, I asked him this question: Do you believe that there’s human life on other planets? His answer surprised me: “As a scientist, no, I don’t believe there’s human life on another planet.

  • Our overstimulated grandiosity — and our impoverished symbols

    And no one’s to blame for this, save God perhaps, for making us this way. Each of us is created in the image and likeness of God, meaning that each of us holds within a divine spark, a piece of infinity and an ingrained knowledge of that unique dignity.

  • God’s ineffability

    God, as I understand him, is not very well understood. A colleague of mine, now deceased, was fond of saying that. It’s a wise comment.



  • Human nature — is it somehow all wrong?

    An American humorist was once asked what he loved most in life. This was his reply: “I love women best; whiskey next; my neighbor a little; and God hardly at all!”



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Our daily bread

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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