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Back To Lent

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. We need to encourage each other to keep moving forward in the spirit of Lent. We start off Lent with...

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On Immigration, Seeking The Balance Of Love And The Law

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...

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God’s Beautiful Plan Of Love

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.” On the first Sunday of Lent, we hear the story of Adam and Eve, our first parents. It is not only the story of how the human race began. It is also...

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At A World Meeting Of Popular Movements

I am writing this week from Modesto, where I am attending a conference sponsored by the Vatican. It is the United States regional meeting of the World Meeting of Popular Movements. This is a project initiated by Pope Francis several years ago. It seeks to bring together Church leaders with...

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The Joy Of Marriage

This past weekend I had the joy to celebrate World Marriage Day and preside over the renewal of wedding vows for 64 couples, including one couple who have been married for 71 years. It was a beautiful, touching moment for me to pray with these couples and to support them as they are trying to...

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Salt And Light

This new year so far has been a whirlwind. I was reading a Washington columnist the other day who described the way things look from the nation’s capitol: “We are living through big history and no one here knows where it’s going or how this period ends. Everyone — left, right and center —...

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On The Executive Orders

Last week was hard. It is sad to see it come to this — that the president of the United States must define, by an executive order, the precise meaning of the word “wall.” “‘Wall’ shall mean a contiguous, physical wall or other similarly secure, contiguous and impassable physical barrier,”...

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Educating For The Truth About Life

OneLife LA was an amazing day. I was so happy to see so many of you come out to be with us at Exposition Park. It really was a moving and memorable day for me, a joyful and inspiring celebration of human life and human dignity. From the start with OneLife LA, we wanted to show the deep...

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OneLife: A Vision For LA And Beyond

As I write, we are getting ready for our third annual OneLife LA family festival in praise of human life and human dignity.  This year we are holding our event on Jan. 21 at Exposition Park at the University of Southern California. I am excited; it is going to be a great day and “catholic”...

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Statement On The Death Of Archbishop Patrick Flores, Emeritus Archbishop Of San Antonio

My good friend and mentor, Archbishop Patrick Flores, passed away today at the age of 87. I received the news with personal sadness but also with a sense of joy that he is now enjoying the presence of our loving God. Archbishop Flores lived a long and good life and through his priesthood...

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Eyes On The Prize

We begin this new year as we do every year, with hopes for a brighter tomorrow.   And as we always do, Catholics in the United States begin this new year with the recognition of National Migration Week. For most of the past 25 years, we have celebrated this week in the hopes that this year,...

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The Feast Of Humanity

St. John Paul II said at the beginning of his first Christmas message as pope: “Christmas is the feast of humanity.” It is a beautiful expression and it brings us to the heart of the joyful mystery we celebrate. Jesus Christ was one of many children born in the world on that first Christmas...

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In The Eyes Of Our Lady Of Guadalupe

As I write, we have just concluded the first of our celebrations for the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. It was a blessing to see so many of you — several thousand — at our festivities and midnight Mass at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels.  This year marks the 485th anniversary of the...

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A Way Forward On Immigration.

This past weekend, we began our celebrations of the Virgin of Guadalupe. It was so good to see so many of you and your families coming to praise Our Lady at the Dec. 4 procession and Mass in East Los Angeles. We continue with our celebration of the “Mañanitas” on the evening of Dec. 11 at the...

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Waking Up To God’s Presence

Advent is the season for renewing our awareness of God’s presence in our lives. The Scripture readings we hear at the beginning of Advent are about “waking up” and “being alert.” There is a reason for that. I think we all have the experience sometimes of feeling like we are “sleepwalking”...