Welcome to the end of an extraordinary year in California. It was certainly mixed.
California was honored by Pope Francis when he canonized St. Junípero Serra during his Apostolic Visit in September. But it was also stunned when the Legislature rammed through and the Governor signed a physician-assisted suicide bill during a special session -- even after the measure was defeated though the normal legislative process! (Have you signed the referendum to overturn this “travesty of compassion”?)
Year of Mercy Begins Tuesday
As the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy commences on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception (Dec. 8), we are surrounded by charitable opportunities and, because we are in Advent, may feel just a bit more inclined to perform works of mercy.
We may volunteer at our local soup kitchen, adopt a needy family or, with the abundance of bell ringers in front of shops, make a quick contribution that may lessen our “guilt” at buying so many gifts.
Dreams that Lead to Action – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is one of the most important African-American leaders in U.S. history and one of the iconic figures of the civil rights movement in the United States during the 1950s and 1960s. King's fight against discrimination and segregation changed American history and gave hope to millions.
Roll-Back Assisted Suicide Before It’s Too Late
On Oct. 5 Gov. Jerry Brown signed ABx2-15 (Eggman) the so-called “End-of-Life Option Act,” authorizing physicians to prescribe life-ending drugs to patients who are determined to have a terminal illness and less than six months to live.
Concern for Poor, Vulnerable Paramount in Response to Assisted-Suicide Law
The Bishops of California have issued the following statement:
“The decision of California’s Legislature and Governor Brown to place Californians at risk by making it legal for a physician to prescribe a lethal dose of drugs makes a travesty of compassion for the sick, care of the poor and protection of our most vulnerable residents.
“This is not Compassion” -
California Places Vulnerable at Risk with Assisted Suicide
(En Español) The Bishops of California, have issued the following statement after Governor Brown signed ABx2-15 (Eggman) the End-of-Life Option Act:
Pope Francis in the United States
Whether you spent the night on the National Mall hoping to catch a glimpse of the motorcade, held a golden ticket for an event or watched the Pope on television, you probably experienced the grace and goodness of the Holy Father.
Padre Junípero Serra – The Path to Canonization
On September 23, 2015, Pope Francis will preside over the canonization ceremony of Father Junipero Serra in Washington D.C. Long considered the “Apostle of California,” Serra will be honored by the Catholic Church as a symbol of heroic sacrifice and evangelization.