| Feb 3, 2014
| 1:23 PM
It was one of the most meaningful experiences of my youth.
Between the ages of 10 and 13, I served as an acolyte at my church, and it was a duty I relished.
I turned 8 in 1953, and my family began attending Newport Harbor Lutheran Church on Cliff...
| Feb 9, 2014
Gardeners attack the spring with energy and enthusiasm, adding lots of color, bulbs, perennials, flowering trees and shrubs.
We wilt in the summer heat, and by fall we barely have the spirit for a pot of mums. Winter, we think, is for catalogs by the...
| Nov 25, 2013
| 3:07 PM
How many of you remember the Pope for a Day controversy?
Pennsylvania Gov. Robert Casey once stirred strong negative feelings within the Democratic Party by advocating strongly for his pro-life views, even fighting to express them at the 1992 Democratic...
| Aug 23, 2013
| 1:04 PM
In the church we have liturgical seasons.
We begin our year with the season of Advent. We celebrate Christmas and Epiphany, move into a bit of Ordinary Time, and then it's on to Ash Wednesday and the Lenten season. We celebrate Easter and its season....
| Sep 12, 2013
| 12:00 PM
Like everything Stephen Colbert does on television, it's set up as a joke.
A nun and a television host walk into a studio. They discuss the recent papal censure of American nuns for "perpetrating a feminist agenda." The host takes a hard line.
| Feb 13, 2013
| 8:42 AM
Christians around the world are celebrating Ash Wednesday and relinquishing some luxuries for Lent, but those not giving up their technology can use their mobile devices to follow the religious tradition. Officials at AT&T gathered these apps that Android...
| Feb 6, 2013
King cake rules over New Orleans in the weeks before Mardi Gras, a beloved, edible symbol of the anything-goes vibe of Carnival in the Crescent City.
Ring-shaped, gaudily decorated with golds, greens and purples, and always containing a hidden trinket of...
| Mar 15, 2013
| 2:29 PM
Lent's mortifications are getting a little, um, much right about now, aren't they? We're in 33 days, by the Western church's count, and those meatless Fridays, those extra prayers, and that seemingly fabulous idea at the time (one too many hurricanes on...
| Feb 13, 2013
| 2:59 PM
Leta Dunham got her breakfast order to go at a Roland Avenue Starbucks Wednesday morning: a grande triple skim latte in her cup and, on her forehead, an ashen reminder that we are all destined to become dust.
Dunham was among Ash Wednesday observers who...
| Feb 25, 2013
| 12:34 PM
Cardinal Roger M. Mahony, currently at the Vatican to help select a new pope, has spoken out on Twitter and his blog about forgiving enemies. Critics have slammed Mahony for going to Rome after new revelations that he worked to......
| Feb 13, 2013
| 9:54 AM
Wednesday's Pictures in the News begins in Japan, where vocational students raise their fists during a rally to start off job-hunting in Tokyo. The Japanese government announced 10.3 trillion yen in spending last month, which it predicts will increase...