What does it mean to be a missionary disciple?

The first step for each of us is to daily deepen our relationship with Christ through prayer and the sacraments, says Orange Auxiliary Bishop Timothy Freyer

Earlier this summer our Diocese was able to send a delegation to the Convocation of Catholic Leaders: The Joy of the Gospel in America. This historic event gathered more than 3,000 delegates from 159 dioceses. As we focused on the Encyclical of Pope Francis, “The Joy of the Gospel,” and how we can apply it to our reality in the United States, one thing became clear: We cannot … [Read more...]

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‘Required reading for those who wish to evangelize the next generation’

The least religious generation in U.S. history, a reflection by Bishop Robert Barron on Jean Twenge's book “iGen”

Jean Twenge’s book iGen is one of the most fascinating—and depressing—texts I’ve read in the past decade. A professor of psychology at San Diego State University, Dr. Twenge has been, for years, studying trends among young Americans, and her most recent book focuses on the generation born between 1995 and 2012. Since this is the first cohort of young people who have never known … [Read more...]

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Halloween is for Catholics

Halloween marks a church-approved opportunity to thumb your nose at the devil and let him know you’re not afraid of a bully

Far from sympathy for the devil, Halloween is a hodge-podge of Catholic devotion, Protestant hostility and a Papal decree. All Hallows Eve is a windup to the bigger celebrations of All Saints day and All Souls day. In fact, Halloween marks a church-approved opportunity to thumb your nose at the devil and let him know you’re not afraid of a bully. Contrary to popular fiction, … [Read more...]

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Annual LA archdiocesan Our Lady of Guadalupe pilgrimage under way

Began at St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Ojai on Oct. 21, full schedule to be released in early November

In celebration of the 486th anniversary of the miraculous apparitions of the Virgin of Guadalupe to St. Juan Diego, this year “La Peregrina,” a pilgrim image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, began its annual archdiocesan pilgrimage at St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Ojai on Oct. 21. The images of La Peregrina and St. Juan Diego will visit 20 churches in all five pastoral regions of … [Read more...]

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On the lowly, yet vital, importance of chastity

A thoughtful and charitable response to Bp. McElroy's recent remarks about the role of chastity in the life of Catholics

The reader likely needs no introduction to the recent uproar in Catholic media regarding the rescinding of various speaking engagements previously granted to Fr. James Martin, SJ. Those particular waters are so contentious that I think little good is done wading into them. Let us pray for unity in the Church and, without currently ascribing any blame to any parties involved, … [Read more...]

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Seven deadly sins still relevant today

“Wherever we see restless hearts, human discontent, bias, disrespect, marginalization, oppression and every form of injustice and hatred, there we may also see the seeds of the seven deadly sins"

The seven deadly sins are pride, covetousness, lust, anger, gluttony, envy, and sloth.   Taken together they contain all of the Bible’s principles, commandments and sins in condensed form, says Father Robert J. Spitzer, S.J., president of the Magis Center and the Spitzer Center.   Fr. Spitzer is president of the Magis Center of Reason and Faith, a nonprofit organization … [Read more...]

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The day the sun danced

Today marks the 100th anniversary of the “Miracle of the Sun”

The day of October 13, one hundred years ago, will always be remembered as the day the sun danced and how that miracle led many to believe in the Marian apparitions at Fatima.   In 1917, Europe and most of the world were still intensely involved in the Great War that had been raging since 1914. The total number of military and civilian causalities amounted to more than 41 … [Read more...]

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Rosary Rallies planned across U.S. on Oct. 14

In 21,570 public places from coast to coast, lay Catholics will pray the rosary in public, many locations in California

Hundreds of thousands of Catholics prepare to pray the Rosary in public and beg God and the Blessed Mother to save America. In 21,570 public places from coast to coast, lay Catholics associated with America Needs Fatima will hold Public Square Rosary Rallies. The rallies refocus people on the urgency of the Blessed Mother's call to conversion given 100 years ago at Fatima, … [Read more...]

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Dominican sisters communicate with visitors through iron gate at Hollywood convent

Every day at 4 p.m., the nuns gather to pray the rosary in the convent’s chapel

A cloistered convent in the city of Hollywood may seem out of place — but even the stars of Tinseltown need to hide away and pray sometimes. Bob Hope, Debbie Reynolds and Norma Foster were old visitors to the white adobe cloistered convent that is situated just off the Hollywood Freeway, and less than one mile from several tawdry shops and strip clubs. “Show me anywhere but … [Read more...]

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Meeting scheduled on sainthood cause for Fr. Aloysius Ellacuria

Officials of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles will meet on November 17 to study the life, writings, and ministry of the Claretian Missionary known for his four decades of priestly work in Los Angeles, Phoenix, and San Antonio

A much-anticipated meeting by officials of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles into the Sainthood Cause of Fr. Aloysius Ellacuria, CMF has been confirmed for November 17th. This milestone begins the study by experts into the life, writings, and ministry of the Claretian Missionary known for his four decades of priestly work in Los Angeles, Phoenix, and San Antonio. The Sainthood … [Read more...]

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