• Mercy is the measure of our love

    Mercy is at the heart of the Gospel and at the heart of our identity as Christians. Jesus came to show us God’s mercy and he is calling us to follow him in showing mercy to others.

  • OneLife LA — and a challenge for Advent

    Advent is a season of mercy. The mercy of God is the great theme running through the first stories of Jesus’ coming. In her Magnificat, Mary sings: “His mercy is from age to age.” Zechariah, father of St. John the Baptist, sings: “The tender mercy of our God … will visit us.”

  • Statement on the announcement of presidential executive orders on immigration

    I am happy that some temporary relief is being offered to help parents and children who right now are living in daily fear that their families will be broken up by arrests and deportations. But the President’s actions today are no substitute for the comprehensive immigration reform our nation needs.

  • Archbishop Gomez on immigration and the next America

    Many of us have forgotten our immigrant roots. But our Church has always been a Church of immigrants, as our nation has always been a nation of immigrants. In earlier generations, we welcomed newcomers from every nation in Europe. Today, we are still welcoming newcomers — but now they come from Latin America, Asia, Oceania and Africa.

  • Thoughts on the new Church year and Thanksgiving

    We are in the final days of the Church’s liturgical year. This Sunday we mark the year’s end with the Feast of Christ the King and the following week the new year begins with the first Sunday of Advent. 

  • Time for immigration reform

    I am writing you this week from Baltimore, where I am taking part in the annual meeting of the Catholic bishops of the United States. This is an important gathering every year — a time for all of the Church’s bishops to pray and reflect on the challenges and opportunities we face in our pastoral ministries.

  • In this month of remembrance

    Always as we enter the final month of the liturgical year, the Church calls us to remember our loved ones who have gone before us. The Church also calls us to reflect on the last things in our lives and our own final end.

    These are serious considerations, but they are not meant to make us sad. The Church begins November celebrating All Saints and All Souls to remind us that our lives belong to God, who is a God of the living, not of the dead.

  • The Church is a people of charity

    As we prepare for Election Day next week, the California Catholic Conference has offered reflections and analysis on the important propositions on the ballot this year.

  • The Gospel of the family

    It’s amazing that in our sophisticated, secularized world, global attention has focused on a meeting of Catholic bishops with the Pope in Rome these past two weeks.

  • Heaven is for real and forever

    God’s ways are not our ways, and his will is not always easy for us to understand.

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Two churches, two sacred places, two struggles

Rev. Ronald Rolheiser

God has given us two churches, one is found everywhere and the other is found at select places. Some of us prefer one of these and struggle with the other, but both are sacred places where God can be found and worshipped.

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