• What to expect from the Synod of Bishops

    Expectations and anxieties regarding next month’s assembly in Rome of the world Synod of Bishops are running exceptionally high. The subject matter alone — the crisis of marriage and family — would be reason enough for that. But there’s a lot else going on here.

  • A Rosh Hashanah Message to our Catholic friends

    To committed Jews, our High Holiday Season is no more about honey cake than Christmas is about eggnog. The run-up to Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year (which began Sept. 24), is about taking G-d’s Kingship of the world more seriously, and our stewardship of it more responsibly.

  • The truth about climate change

    “Can we remain indifferent before the problems associated with such realities as climate change …  loss of productivity in vast agricultural areas, the pollution of rivers and aquifers, the loss of biodiversity, the increase of natural catastrophes and the deforestation of equatorial and tropical regions?”

  • God’s mercy: A critical element of catechetical ministry

    This year, the church celebrates Catechetical Sunday on Sept 21, and will focus on the theme, “Teaching about God’s Gift of Forgiveness.” This special celebration affords us the gracious opportunity to reflect on the role that the whole community of faith plays, by virtue of their baptism in handing on the beauty of our faith story and being witnesses to the Gospel.

  • Vocational formation and the new evangelization: Creating a ‘Culture of Vocations’

    One of the main goals of the Office of Vocations of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles is to help create anew a “Culture of Vocations” within our local Church. If you go to Poland today, or Kerala, India, or Jalisco, Mexico, you will find a very definite culture of vocations.

  • ‘A sound, firm and visionary formation and education’

    St. John’s Seminary has been a sacred place for some 75 years, inspiring, forming and educating men who are called to serve the Church as priests of Jesus Christ. I am blessed to have spent my formation years there, and am grateful to God for that graced opportunity.

  • Recalling Sister St. George: Engineer of scholars and gentlemen

    When Sister St. George Skurla passed away on Feb. 9, it was the culmination of a life that was lived to the fullest. Sister not only knew and understood Carpe Diem, she was Carpe Diem!

  • The ice bucket challenge’s ethical surprise

    From Conan O’Brien to little kids inspired to help those in need, people across the country have taken up the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge in the past few weeks. The campaign has achieved astronomical success, raising $53.3 million for efforts to find a cure to Lou Gehrig’s disease.

  • Labor Day: Consider (and help) our youth and young adults

    This year Pope Francis canonized Saints John XXIII and John Paul II. Both made immense contributions to the social teaching of the Church on the dignity of labor and its importance to human flourishing.

  • Vocational formation and the new evangelization: Ongoing discernment

    The 35-year old lawyer asks himself, “Do I leave the job that I love, sell my condo, and give up the life that I have been living to enter the Seminary? After all, I have been thinking about the priesthood since grade school.”

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A love that embraces every life

Archbishop José H. Gomez

This Sunday, bishops from around the world will gather in Rome with Pope Francis for an Oct. 5-19 synod that will examine marriage and the family.

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