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Red Mass Homily: Most Reverend José H. Gomez

October 1, 2017 4 Comments
Red Mass Homily: Most Reverend José H. Gomez

Red Mass Homily Most Reverend José H. Gomez Archbishop of Los Angeles Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle Washington, D.C. October 1, 2017   My dear brothers and sisters, I am so honored to be with you this morning. I bring you greetings from the family of God in Los Angeles, the City of the Angels. The […]

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Georgetown Sacred Lecture Series: Pope Francis, Synodality and Amoris Laetitia

September 13, 2017 0 Comments
Georgetown Sacred Lecture Series: Pope Francis, Synodality and Amoris Laetitia

The Catholic Church has a unique process for confirming Church teaching and setting pastoral guidance. “Synodality” is the process that has been used by Catholic bishops for centuries. But on Tuesday, September 12, Cardinal Donald Wuerl, in Georgetown University’s inaugural 2017-18 Sacred Lecture, explains how Pope Francis has taken this ancient Church ritual and, building […]

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Picture this! A Reminder about Evangelization in a Commercial

June 9, 2017 1 Comment
Picture this! A Reminder about Evangelization in a Commercial

The commercial below reminds us of an important insight for evangelization. It features a barber shop where business is slow. Things pick up quickly, however, when they begin to post photos of recent customers sporting their new haircuts. The pictures showcase the good results of a haircut and bring “getting a haircut” from the world […]

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The Octave of Pentecost: Missing in Action or Still Available?

June 8, 2017
The Octave of Pentecost: Missing in Action or Still Available?

This week I have been celebrating votive Masses of the Holy Spirit. Why? It is my way of recovering the Octave of Pentecost, lost in 1970. There are certain feasts so important that the Church celebrates them with an Octave. Currently we only have two: Christmas and Easter. Strangely, in 1970, the Octave of Pentecost […]

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An Image for the Kingdom and the Beauty of Inner Silence in a Tango

June 6, 2017 1 Comment
An Image for the Kingdom and the Beauty of Inner Silence in a Tango

This past weekend our parish had a luncheon for our senior and older parishioners, hosted by the youth, the young adults, and the Parish Council. Part of the entertainment after the meal was a demonstration of different dance styles. One of our young adults, Lola, is a student of classical and ballroom dance. She, along […]

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Do You Fear the Right Thing? A Meditation on the Story of Chicken Little

May 23, 2017 4 Comments
Do You Fear the Right Thing? A Meditation on the Story of Chicken Little

Fear is a complex passion. On the one hand, there are things that we ought to fear such as grave physical and spiritual dangers. The fear of being near the edge of a cliff might well save our life. The fear of serious sin and the punishment we might experience or the offense to God […]

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Why Did St. Paul Get Arrested at Philippi?

May 22, 2017 1 Comment
Why Did St. Paul Get Arrested at Philippi?

At daily Mass, we are reading the story of St. Paul’s arrest, beating, and imprisonment at Philippi. It serves as a kind of metaphor for the radical nature of true Christianity and why it so perturbs many in this world. The Christian faith, its message, and the transformation it can effect can be very unsettling […]

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The Often-Disappointing Quality of the Prayer of the Faithful

May 21, 2017 7 Comments
The Often-Disappointing Quality of the Prayer of the Faithful

One of the parts of the Ordinary Form of the Mass that was “restored” from antiquity is the Prayer of the Faithful. In my mind, however, there is a certain disappointing quality to the intentions as they are used today. They are either overly particular and ideological or, at the other end of the spectrum, […]

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