A close friend remembers Servant of God Cora Evans

Darryl Hickman, 86, was a successful child actor in the 1930s and 40s, working alongside many prominent actors in the Golden Age of Hollywood. He went on to become a successful television executive, producer, writer, and acting coach, and still works in the industry. He is also a practicing Catholic. He briefly quit Hollywood in 1951, and tried his vocation as a Passionist … [Read more...]

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Our Lady of Guadalupe is the key to understanding our times

Remarks by Los Angeles Archbishop José Gomez at the 7th Annual Napa Institute Summer Conference, which was held July 26-30

(Archbishop Gomez delivered these remarks at the 7th Annual Napa Institute Summer Conference) It was December 1531 and the Blessed Virgin appeared to a poor Indian convert named Juan Diego on a hilltop outside Mexico City. The Virgin entrusted Juan Diego with a mission — to go and ask the bishop to build a shrine in her name. To convince the bishop, Our Lady gave him a sign. … [Read more...]

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Saint Junipero Serra’s Camino

New handbook offers guidance to pilgrims traveling to any of California's 21 missions, from Mission San Diego de Alcalá in the south, to Mission San Francisco Solano de Sonora in the north

El Camino Real — variously translated as “The Royal Road” and “The King’s Highway” or “The Way of the King” — are words found on small signs seen along the Hollywood Freeway (101), especially as one heads north. The signs appear on metal shafts on the side of the road, made to resemble shepherds’ staves, with a bell hanging within each crook. These signposts mark a pilgrim’s … [Read more...]

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Born of the Holy Spirit

Catholic Charismatic Renewal marks 50 years

Born of the Holy Spirit and launched from a college retreat in 1967 near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the Catholic Charismatic Renewal has proud roots of its own in the Archdiocese of San Francisco and continues to establish its legacy here. Father Raymund Reyes, archdiocesan vicar for clergy, is Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone’s liaison to Catholic Charismatic Renewal of the … [Read more...]

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To understand Pope Francis, you have to understand the Jesuits

“You’re always looking for what is the spirit of the law: why does the law exist, what it is, what is it trying to do?”

Discernment is one of the words Pope Francis repeats most, especially when speaking to priests and seminarians. He often expresses his desire for greater formation in discernment – a concept that may seem obscure without an understanding its importance to the Pope's Jesuit formation. “When a Jesuit says 'discernment,' they’re employing a term that has a very rich spiritual … [Read more...]

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Oakland bishop: “Everything you need to get to heaven is at your parish church”

In homily during pilgrimage to Lourdes, Bishop Michael Barber reflects on sin, suffering and the promise of eternal life

The following is by the Most Rev. Michael C. Barber, S.J. Bishop Barber took part in a pilgrimage to Lourdes, France, with Order of Malta, to the shrine where Our Lady appeared in 1858. This is part of his May 8 homily from a Mass at Sacred Heart Parish Church in Lourdes. I had heard years ago about the Diocese of Arlington, and how they were ordaining so many young priests — … [Read more...]

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When the Holy Spirit comes knocking

Good and bad things happen every day to people from all walks of life. How do we recognize the workings of the Holy Spirit?

When good and bad things happen to the faithful, is it just by random chance? Or is it the Holy Spirit working in some mysterious way? And if so, how can we recognize the Holy Spirit in our daily lives? “These questions raise the age-old tension between God’s will and our own free will,” said the Rev. Msgr. Arthur A. Holquin, episcopal vicar for Divine Worship for the Diocese … [Read more...]

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