Step Out to Be Church in the World

Following the Camino of Saint Junípero Serra goes well beyond traveling his historical path through the missions of California. It also involves imitating his missionary fervor, demonstrating always a loving understanding and respect for others and their cultures....

We Need God—and One Another

Francis’ giving up of material things was only a sign of that deeper self-emptying. But it is even more than self-emptying. Having an abundance of things gives one the illusion of independence—illusion, because we are all interdependent and dependent on God, who made...

Many Cultures, One Church

From our perspective today, we can see that the early missionaries of California were often too immersed in their own European culture to clearly see the richness of the culture they were entering. Unfortunately, evangelization was at times insufficiently...

Why Do We Spend Time with Jesus?

God is never bound by what we do, even when done out of love for him. We should undertake the things we do for God simply because we must, period. I spend time with Jesus each day not because of how it makes me feel (sometimes I really do not feel like it) or because...

Choose Life

Even though one may not be able to halt the race toward death, one must nevertheless choose life, and the things that favor life. This means respect for every living thing, but especially for every man made in the image of God. Respect for man even in his blindness...

Saying Prayers Doesn’t Make Us Holy

No one should undertake a substantive life of prayer and devotion thinking it will make them holy, eradicate all suffering, or assure a comfortable, successful life. In no way is this what following Christ entails. This is just an attempt at gaming God, and it treats...