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  • Love alone casts out fear
    May 18, 2020  |  The Latest  |  

    As I write these words, it is the 100th birthday of the great pope, St. John Paul II.
    I feel a close connection to him and have been thinking about him, praying for his intercession, reflecting on how his life has inspired me in my ministry.

  • Mother of the Church and our mother
    May 6, 2020  |  The Latest  |  

    As we enter our seventh week under statewide “stay at home orders,” I continue to be humbled and amazed by the way our parishes and schools are responding to this ongoing pandemic with charity, creativity, and pastoral zeal.

  • See how they love one another
    April 21, 2020  |  The Latest  |  

    We continue in this extraordinary Easter season, and as this time of quarantine and stay-at-home orders stretches on, it is frustrating for all of us.

  • Easter in an epidemic
    April 13, 2020  |  The Latest  |  

    Our Lord’s tomb in Jerusalem is sealed shut. For the first time since the black plague of the 14th century, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, built above Jesus’ tomb, is closed. This time because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

  • Archbishop Gomez: ‘Jesus on the cross is the only answer’
    April 11, 2020  |  The Latest  |  

    On Good Friday, April 10, 2020, Archbishop Gomez, president of the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops, invited US Catholics to join him in praying the Litany of the Sacred Heart. He led this national moment of prayer to seek healing and protection during the time of the coronavirus. The service was livestreamed from the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles. Below is the full text of the archbishop’s homily.

  • ‘Our churches may be closed, but Christ is not quarantined’
    April 4, 2020  |  The Latest  |  

    Future generations will look back on this as the long Lent of 2020, a time when disease and death suddenly darkened the whole earth. As we enter into Holy Week, these most sacred days of the year, Catholics here in Los Angeles and across the United States and the world are living under quarantine, our societies shut down by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

  • Love in a time without hugs
    March 24, 2020  |  The Latest  |  

    Lent is always a desert journey that we make with Jesus, who fasted and was tested in the desert for 40 days and 40 nights.

  • In the time of coronavirus
    March 17, 2020  |  The Latest  |  

    How the world has changed in just a few weeks. It seems hard to remember life before the worldwide outbreak of the coronavirus, and right now it is hard to imagine that life might one day return to normal.

  • The virtue that confronts fear
    March 11, 2020  |  The Latest  |  

    Jesus Christ never promised it would be easy to follow him. In fact, just the opposite. He said the path would be narrow, that he was sending us out like sheep among wolves.

  • The virtue of reality
    February 26, 2020  |  The Latest  |  

    There are many human virtues, but there are four on which all the others depend: prudence, justice, fortitude, and temperance.