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Understanding Anger, Practicing Patience
Written by Daniel L. Lowery, CSsR   

Throwback Thursday!Published April 1997

“If we asked a representative group of adults who frequently receives the sacrament of reconciliation which sin they most often confess, which sin would that be? I would guess the sin of anger. But if we were to ask these same people to define or describe anger, we might very well draw a blank. We would almost certainly draw a blank if we asked them to tell us under what circumstances they consider anger to be a sin. It might be helpful, therefore, to look at anger first as an emotion or passion and second as a deadly sin.”

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Let's go back in time...
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More than 100 years in publication yields a lot of content! Join us for Throwback Thursdays to trek back in time and see how Liguorian has always been in line with what's relevant.

What's Wrong with Smoking Pot?
Written by John Farnik, CSsR   

What's Wrong With Smoking Pot?

Published August 1978

Here's the situation. You have been asked to a "party" with a group of friends and you know that means pot. You are confused but curious about marijuana. You are certain your parents would be opposed, but you also know that they know very little about beyond the fact that marijuana is a drug and is illegal.

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Spreading the Joy Within
Written by Stephen J. Fichter, PhD   

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How Can We Reach Out to Catholics on the Outer Edges of Our Own Church?

Throughout his first year of service, Pope Francis has encouraged Catholics to share the joy of the Gospel with every person they meet, especially those on the periphery of society. Since, as the saying goes, charity begins at home, what can we do to reach out to fellow Catholics on the outer edges of our own Church?

My granduncle, Jesuit pioneer sociologist Fr. Joseph Fichter, wrote a landmark book sixty years ago: Social Relations in the Urban Parish (University of Chicago Press, 1954). In it, he presented the first analysis of the variety of people who belong to United States Catholic churches. As a research associate at the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) at Georgetown University, I’m following in his footsteps.


Full of Grace: What We Can Learn From the Annunciation
Written by David Werthmann   

March 2014March 2014

Often when we journey into a new lifestyle or job, if we really knew what we were getting into, we wouldn’t get into it. At the annunciation, Mary had serious questions as her future was announced. The angel’s answers may have sounded a little sketchy—even preposterous—to Mary, who asked, “How can this be, since I have no relations with a man?” (Luke 1:34). Yet Mary accepted the angel’s offer without totally understanding it: “May it be done to me according to your word” (Luke 1:38). And with that sentence, human history changed forever.

What Happened—and Why

The Church describes angels as messengers of God. Imagine Mary at home, carrying out her daily chores, when suddenly a bright light appears just outside the door. It might be similar to the light described by people who have had near-death experiences. It’s a calming light, not at all to be feared, drawing to itself those who see it.

Moments With God
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February 2014

The February 2014 issue of Liguorian focuses on spiritual nourishment. Often we feel as if we simply don’t have the time to nourish ourselves spiritually. But there is a way: In Moments With God, Jacquelyn Graham suggests we turn waiting into praying: “Sometimes waiting is a mere annoyance, and sometimes it can be a source of great stress. But waiting can be a luxury of contemplation and pleasure of prayer, a quiet conversation with God that can lower our blood pressure and heal our souls.” Any time spent with God is quality time, be it through a simple prayer, delving into a book from Mary McDonald’s list of spiritual reading—or even enjoying your latest issue of Liguorian.

Pete Fountain: A Closer Walk With Thee
Written by Byron Miller, CSsR   

February 2014February 2014

Pete Fountain’s face, one of the most recognizable in music, normally glows with a smile, or the corona of one. Not so in the days after Hurricane Katrina. His New Orleans’s home flooded after the levees broke, and his West Indies–style plantation home in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, was swept into the Gulf of Mexico, leaving only the foundation. Pete Fountain was devastated, despondent, and disheartened, and his face showed it. “Like we say here [in New Orleans], ‘Ain’t dere no more,” Pete says. “Everything I’d worked for all my life was gone—my gold records, letters from Frank Sinatra, pictures with presidents—just to name a few of the sentimental things I was most proud of.” But even Katrina couldn’t nudge the foundation of his spiritual life. “I was angry and bitter at first. I just couldn’t believe this had happened to me. But the love and support of my family and my faith in God turned me around.”


The Extravagance of God
Written by Jeannette Cooperman   

Jeannette Cooperman interviews Prof. Lamin Sanneh, author of Summoned From the Margin about his conversion from Muslim to Catholicism.

A little boy grows up Muslim, falls in love with Catholicism, and winds up one of the world’s foremost scholars on both traditions.

Lamin Sanneh grew up in Gambia, where years were measured by the number of rains you’d seen. He carried the blood of the nyanchos, an ancient African royal line. His grandfather was an Islamic scholar. His father had many wives. Lonely, thoughtful, restless in a way he didn’t understand, Sanneh discovered Christianity and asked to convert, to his family’s chagrin, when he was a teenager. The Methodists stalled; the Catholics were initially reluctant. Finally, just before he left Africa to study in the U.S., he persuaded a minister to baptize him. Years later, he was accepted into the Catholic Church.

Today, Sanneh is the D. Willis James Professor of Missions and World Christianity and professor of history at Yale Divinity School. Pope John Paul II appointed him to the Pontifical Commission of the Historical Sciences; Pope Benedict XVI asked him to serve on the Pontifical Commission on Religious Relations with Muslims. He’s written a long list of acclaimed books and articles about Islam and Christianity.

Sanneh writes easily, his prose mixing formal elegance with a dry sense of humor. But only recently, at the urging of his children, did he write a more personal book, a memoir titled Summoned From the Margin. It’s the story of his conversion.—Jeannette Cooperman


Many Faces, One Church
Written by vanThanh Nguyen, SVD   

January 2014 LiguorianJanuary 2014

I recently gave a talk titled “Celebrating Diversity in Unity” at St. Patrick Parish in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The topic was germane because of growing tensions among parishoners over the changing face of the parish. Like many Catholic parishes in the United States, St. Patrick’s is ethnically, culturally, and linguistically diverse.

The community comprises three distinct groups: Anglos, Hispanics, and Vietnamese. Different though they are, they try to work together and respect one another’s cultural differences. However, it hasn’t always been easy. Different customs and practices often lead to conflict and tension. A simple issue such as which statue of Mary should be placed in the church—Our Lady of Fatima, Guadalupe, or La Vang—can prove to be contentious and problematic. Fortunately, the pastoral team—also culturally diverse—helps ease most tensions. The pastor is a Vietnamese American who is fluent in English and Vietnamese. Another priest an Anglo American who speaks perfect Spanish, was brought in to help with the growing demands of the Hispanic population.