JD Long-Garcia

Thumbnail the center blessed sacrament A safe space for Hollywood’s homeless

It starts with a cup of coffee. Some quiet time to reflect. A thought of the day. Donated pastries. The Center, which operates in a renovated...

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Thumbnail shutterstock 406521952 Beyond ‘Facebook activism’

Abby Johnson, a former Planned Parenthood employee and a pro-life advocate, said the pro-life movement has to stop being reactive. The time has...

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Thumbnail culture of life sonogram Heartbeats: Slew of abortion rights laws besets culture of life

PASADENA — Lydia Berding does ultrasounds at the Women’s Pregnancy Center. Most of the women who receive the ultrasounds are considering an...

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Thumbnail 20160701t1117 0293 cns advocates immigration next Residents: Quagmire awaits immigrants after Supreme Court decision

LA PUENTE — He wasn’t about to make any mistakes now. Mauricio Orellano went back to his house to make sure he had the right days listed. In order...

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Another papal document has appeared. This one’s on marriage and the family. It’s more than 250 pages — the size of a hefty book — and yet,...

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Thumbnail shutterstock 378834205 An intentional Easter

It’s Easter. It’s the most important feast day in the life of the Church — and, actually, the most important day in the life of a Christian … any...

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Thumbnail shutterstock 255794581 Making the most of the rest of Lent

This Lenten drama will soon arrive at its climax. Holy Week will soon be here. Maybe you’ve been spotty in your follow-through since Ash...

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Thumbnail o Visiting L.A. Congress 2016 Listening in love, basking in mercy

The Religious Education Congress of the Los Angeles Archdiocese was a sunburst of sensation for two Minnesotans freshly arrived from winter....

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Thumbnail shutterstock 301368683 1 The way to freedom

It’s easy to sound glib when talking about temptation. We all suffer it. St. Paul did. Even Jesus did, and it’s clear that temptation was an ordeal...

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Thumbnail father ed The temptations

Oscar Wilde famously said that he could resist everything but temptation. He was a funny guy — and that’s a funny line. But he wasn’t a happy...

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Thumbnail father ed 01 28 Real power

The poet Robert Burns said it is a “power” to “see ourselves as others see us.” Self-knowledge makes us stronger. We gain from the perspective of...

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Thumbnail father ed   ordinary time Ordinary Time: The season of ‘nothing special’?

After the bells and carols of December — and after the spectacle of the ball dropping in Times Square on New Year’s — we now enter the season of...

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Thumbnail 20160101t0847 068 cns pope new year "Behold, I make all things new."

“Behold, I make all things new.” So said God our Lord from his throne in heaven, and so we can believe it is so. He alone has the authority to...

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Thumbnail wisemen Our Fault

I’m sure you occasionally have a day when everything goes right. You speak and people understand you. Somehow, you just miss the worst of the...

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Thumbnail shutterstock 213618658 A blaze of praise

If you say nice things about my preaching — or my writing, or my shoes — I have to admit, I’ll be pleased. I’ll remember what you said. Pay me a...

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Thumbnail shutterstock 204483163 Love and surrender

It’s a happy day when an engaged couple comes to the rectory to plan their church wedding. The conversation is almost always upbeat and full of...

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Thumbnail shutterstock 96113795 Peace comes only with surrender

We are — whether or not we choose to admit it — a fighting people, and we’ve been at war for many of the years we’ve been a nation. War rages on...

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Thumbnail shutterstock 319472663 The sense of suffering

I'd love to read the Gospels in Greek. I'd love to read the Prophets in Hebrew. So why don't I? Because I don't like to suffer, and I would need to...

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