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The Beatitudes: Offer support, hope and strength to those who mourn...

"Blessed are they who mourn," Jesus tells us in the second beatitude delivered at his Sermon on the Mount, "for they will be comforted"...

We need not wait for Advent to heed Christ’s call to...

Waiting has always been a central theme of Advent. But who is it we wait for? The Messiah? Is Our Lord Jesus not already here? Before...

Peace has to start at home — not just where we...

For my junior high school graduation ceremony, our class of 700-plus was assigned to write on the topic, "Man: Architect of His Future." The...

Parenting: Living our life in the faith gives our children a...

Almost from the time he was born at a Catholic hospital in the San Fernando Valley, our son was destined to practice the Catholic...

Pentecost: A time to breathe, forgive and renew

What could be more essential to life than breathing -- or forgiving? Breathing and forgiving: One follows the other. Forgiveness, as Jesus makes clear throughout...

Fasting from sin is a challenge all of us face daily

In the beginning, fasting was no big deal -- or at least it shouldn't have been. God gave Adam and Eve all they wanted, with...

Catholic social teaching on human dignity: ‘Let us love one another’

In recent centuries, dozens (if not hundreds) of church documents containing millions (if not billions) of words address Catholic social teaching. But the essence...

Advent Week 1: New season and new year remind us how...

How many of you, when asked, "How are you doing?", have replied, "I'm just waiting for this year to end"? We have experienced in 2020...

Autumn: Patience and promise amid the changing seasons

In our backyard is a solitary Liquid Amber tree (liquidambar) that from spring through summer produces a gorgeous bounty of green leaves, providing welcome...

Father’s Day: Faith, fathers and the real power of persuasion

"My son," says the Book of Proverbs, "do not despise the Lord's discipline, and do not resent his rebuke, because the Lord disciplines those...

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