• Was Vatican II needed?

    Why did we need the Second Vatican Council? Did we need it at all? Hearing those questions, most Catholics who’ve thought about Vatican II would probably cite renewing and updating of the Church as solid reasons for the ecumenical council.

  • Unaccompanied migrant children need our help

    Tens of thousands of children fleeing desperate conditions have entered the United States asking for help. And many more are coming. What kind of welcome is being offered to them? The answer to that question is still largely undetermined.

  • Pope’s challenge: Don’t be complacent on clerical sexual abuse

    When Pope Francis met with six victims/survivors of sexual abuse July 7 in Rome, he showed empathy and compassion for victims/survivors both in attendance and in those not as he begged their forgiveness.

  • A visit from the goddess of night

    There are few more insightful studies into the spirituality of aging than the late James Hillman's book, “The Force of Character.”

  • What we do and why we do it

    To glibly speak of morals and ethics without saying exactly what we are suggesting by these terms is how many people, groups, governments and religions get themselves into trouble. Let us, at least, be clear in our usage and in our prejudices. 

  • Lessons in love from La Reina’s Class of 1984

    Barbie Kilbourne Larson is losing her fight with cancer. Standing with her are her high school “sisters” from the La Reina High School Class of 1984.

  • Secularist reactions to Hobby Lobby

    Considered either as an ideology or as a program of action, secularism is deeply coercive. Reactions to the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive mandate make that abundantly clear.

  • Birmingham, Vietnam and Murrieta

    Sometimes a picture says it all.

  • Influx of immigrant children: Reminiscent of ‘orphan trains’

    The humanitarian crisis on our southern border — where more than 60,000 children have crossed into the U.S. since October — has parallels to the plight of largely Catholic children who were shipped across America between 1854 and 1929 on so-called “orphan trains.”

  • Images of God

    Sometimes we don’t appreciate what we’ve learned until well after the fact. A few years ago while studying pastoral theology at Loyola Marymount University, a classroom exercise created a shift in my thinking.

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Voices

Our timidity in the face of God's abundance

Father Ronald Rolheiser, OMI

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.

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  • Monday, September 15

    St. Padre Pio Healing Mass, Fr. Bob Vidal presiding, 1 p.m., St. Anne Church, 340 10th St., Seal Beach. (562) 594-6357.

    “Cool 2b Catholic” Youth Rally, with Sr. Regina Marie Gorman,4-6 p.m. breakfast program Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, 555 W. Temple St., L.A. www.lacatholicpb.org.

    Healing Mass, Fr. John Paul Gonzales presiding, 7:30 p.m., St. Linus Church, 13915 Shoemaker Ave., Norwalk. (562) 921-6649.

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