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  • The rosary is the prayer for our times
    May 16, 2017  |  The Latest  |  

    Recently, the Wall Street Journal had an interesting article about brain research.

    Researchers are finding that people who use a “personal mantra” — mentally repeating over and over a positive word or phrase that reinforces their values — tend to be calmer, feel more in control and are less likely to get stressed out.

  • Saints in the heart of the secular city
    May 9, 2017  |  The Latest  |  

    My friends, you are graduating from a great Catholic university in a city that is named for God’s holy angels. That gives you some sense of your identity and mission after you graduate.

  • Mary’s message of peace and hope
    May 2, 2017  |  The Latest  |  

    May is a beautiful time here in Southern California — especially this year, when we have been blessed with an abundance of rain and an end to our long drought.

  • The witness of the ‘new martyrs’
    April 28, 2017  |  The Latest  |  

    The Church is a Church of martyrs — always and everywhere, in every time and in every place.

    As Pope Francis said this past weekend, “the ancient history of martyrdom joins the memory of the new martyrs” being killed today.

  • ‘It is the Lord!’
    April 13, 2017  |  The Latest  |  

    “It is the Lord!”

    This was the cry of St. John when he saw Jesus standing on the shore at the Sea of Tiberius in the days after the Resurrection.

  • Holy Week and the obedience of faith
    April 6, 2017  |  The Latest  |  

    We are entering the holiest week of the Christian year.

    Beginning with Passion Sunday, we will trace the final steps of our Lord’s journey to the cross. It is a road of sorrow that we know leads to his death. But on this road every sorrow is turned to joy because we know we will stand at his empty tomb of Easter Sunday.

  • Some Lenten reflections on our Christian vocation
    March 30, 2017  |  The Latest  |  

    We are halfway down the road in our Lenten journey toward Easter.

  • Back to Lent
    March 23, 2017  |  The Latest  |  

    How is your Lent going?

    These first few weeks have been really busy for me. I can imagine that in your life, too, you feel the “pull” of many responsibilities and demands on your time.

  • On immigration, seeking the balance of love and the law
    March 15, 2017  |  The Latest  |  

    Editor’s note: On March 8, Archbishop Gomez addressed a gathering of Catholics and other leaders in politics and business at a symposium hosted by the Napa Institute in Washington, D.C. The text below is adapted from his address. To read his full talk, “Where Do We Go From Here? Why We Cannot Wait for Immigration Reform,” visit his website:

  • God’s beautiful plan of love
    March 8, 2017  |  The Latest  |  

    We have begun the spiritual journey of Lent.

    And always at the beginning of Lent, the Church in her liturgy calls us back to our “beginnings.”