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Understanding Grace More Deeply

The mark of genuine contrition is not a sense of guilt, but a sense of sorrow, of regret for having taken a wrong turn — just as the mark of living in grace is not a sense of our own worth, but a sense of being accepted and loved despite our unworthiness. We are spiritually healthy when our lives...

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To Whom Can We Go?

“To whom else shall we go? You have the message of eternal life.” Peter said these words to Jesus. But they are spoken in a very conflicted context: Jesus had just said something that upset and offended his audience, and the Gospels tell us that everyone walked away grumbling that what Jesus was...

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Being Good-Hearted Is Not Enough

Charity is about being good-hearted, but justice is about something more. Individual sympathy is good and virtuous, but it doesn’t necessarily change the social, economic or political structures that unfairly victimize some people and unduly privilege others. We need to be fair and good of heart,...

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Christianity And Noonday Fatigue

There’s a popular notion that suggests that it can be helpful to compare every century of Christianity’s existence to one year of life. That would make Christianity 21 years old — a young 21, grown-up enough to exhibit a basic maturity, but still far from a finished product. How insightful is...

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The Seamless Garment

John of the Cross teaches that within spirituality and morality there are no exempt areas. Simply put, you cannot be a saint or a highly moral person if you allow yourself a moral exemption or two. Thus, I may not allow myself to split off one moral flaw or sinful habit and see it as unimportant...

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Going On Ahead

“I go on ahead to prepare a place for you!” Jesus speaks those words to his disciples on the eve of his death as he sits at a table with them and senses their sadness as they grapple with his dying, his going away. His words are meant to console them and give them the assurance that they aren’t...


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Since 1895, The Tidings has been telling the story of the Catholic Church — both here in Los Angeles and across the globe. On July 1, 2016, we transformed the Tidings newspaper into a multimedia platform, Angelus News.

Angelus is the weekly print “home” for, John Allen and his colleague, Inés San Martin. Nationally known Catholic journalists and essayists like Ruben Navarrette, Kathryn Lopez, Grazie Pozo Christie, and Mike Aquilina regularly contribute. Best-selling Catholic author, Dr. Scott Hahn, writes a weekly Scripture column for us. These voices complement key contributors like Archbishop Gomez, Bishop Robert Barron, Father Ronald Rolheiser and Heather King.

Angelus News provides national and worldwide reporting, stunning photography and a design that’s attractive to Catholics of every age. Features include: a weekly newsmagazine, a complete daily digital edition, social media channels and Always Forward, our weekday digital newsletter.

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When Does Faith Disappear?

When Friedrich Nietzsche declared that “God is dead” he added a question: What kind of sponge does it take to wipe away a whole horizon? I often ask that question because just in my own lifetime there has been an unprecedented decline in the number of people who go to church regularly and,...

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Coming Full Circle: From Storybooks To Spirituality

My first love was literature: novels and poetry. As a child, I loved storybooks, mysteries and adventures. In grade school, I was made to memorize poetry and loved the exercise. High school introduced me to more serious literature — Shakespeare, Kipling, Keats, Wordsworth, Browning. On the side,...

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Despair As Weakness Rather Than Sin

Classically, both in the world and in our churches, we have seen despair as the ultimate, unforgivable sin. The simple notion was that neither God, nor anyone else, can save you if you simply give up, despair or make yourself impossible to reach. Most often in the popular mind this was applied to...

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An Extraordinary Book

Dorothy Day is alleged to have said: Don’t call me a saint; I don’t want to be dismissed that easily! A new biography by her granddaughter Kate Hennessy, “Dorothy Day – The World Will be Saved by Beauty: An Intimate Portrait of My Grandmother,” will, I believe, go a long way in preventing anyone...

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Becoming A Holy Beggar

With the exception of Scripture and a few Christian mystics, Christian spirituality, up to now, has been weak in presenting us with a vision for our retirement years. It’s not a mystery as to why. Until recently, the majority of people died shortly after retirement and so there was no need for a...

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Five-Hundred Years Of Misunderstanding

The heart has its reasons, says Pascal, and sometimes those reasons have a long history. Recently, I signed a card for a friend, a devout Baptist, who was raised to have a suspicion of Roman Catholics. It’s something he still struggles with, but don’t we all! History eventually infects our...

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Good Friday

Good Friday was bad long before it was good, at least from outward appearances. God was being crucified by all that can go bad in the world: pride, jealousy, distrust, wound, self-interest, sin. It’s no accident the Gospels tell us that, as Jesus was dying, it grew dark in the middle of the day....

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Doing Violence In God’s Name

Blaise Pascal once wrote: “Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from a religious conviction.” How true! This has been going on since the beginning of time and is not showing few signs of disappearing any time soon. We still do violence and evil and justify them in...

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Our Shadow And Our Self-Understanding

What is meant when certain schools of psychology today warn us about our “shadow”? What’s our shadow? In essence, it’s this: We have within us powerful, fiery energies that, for multiple reasons, we cannot consciously face and so we handle them by denial and repression so as to not have to...