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Lentil and Rice Loaf

The vegetarian equivalent of meat loaf—perfect for the Lenten season. From A Monastery Kitchen: The Classic Natural Foods Cookbook Brother Victor-Antoine d’Avila-Latourrette Ingredients: 1 cup of lentils 1 cup of rice Olive oil 4 cups of water 1 large onion, sliced 2 tomatoes, chopped 10 mushrooms, sliced 2 garlic cloves,...

Virtues From a Pastor of Souls

Every month, St. Alphonsus gives us practical ways to imitate Christ Saint Alphonsus Maria de Liguori (1696–1787) was a man of many accomplishments. Ordained to the priesthood at the age of thirty, he was a tireless preacher of the word of God, a popular writer on theological and spiritual topics,...

Newark’s New Leader

The Latin root of Cardinal is cardo, meaning “hinge,” or something very important. In the Church, it came to mean “a clergyman of the highest rank, next to the pope.” In early October, Pope Francis named seventeen new cardinals, including American Archbishops Blase J. Cupich of Chicago and Joseph W....

Illustrations of the Holy Spirit

“When we pray, or are faced with a difficult decision, how can we know if the words or thoughts that enter our mind are from the Holy Spirit, or just our own thoughts? In other words, how can we recognize when it is the Holy Spirit present, speaking to us,...

Mercy’s Calling

How one biblical account transcends centuries and enlightens a man in his last days Bernie Ronan, PhD I say that we are wound With mercy round and round As if with air… —Gerard Manley Hopkins, SJ The day Jesus of Nazareth walked into the tax collector’s den and called Matthew...

The Romance of Lent

The Romance of Lent

Prayer: The Deep Breath of Reflection Pope Francis says we must also cultivate time for prayer, “interior space,” amid our daily lives. And he has in mind something more than saying a few occasional prayers, or devotions such as the rosary. He envisions something in addition to the liturgical life...

Tommy’s Buddy

Tommy lay face down on the floor crying his eyes out. Parish School of Religion wasn’t easy for him. He was six years old and recently diagnosed with anxiety disorder, for which he took daily medication. To top things off, I had just been diagnosed with breast cancer. My illness...

The Most Wondrous Gift

Derek Becher Lights of color beautify the church this holy night; Poinsettias ’round the altar with their petals, soft and bright. Everlasting evergreens adorn the sanctuary, Behind the wooden Joseph and the Blessed Mother, Mary. In front of them is resting the divine Nativity; A simple grotto shelters heaven’s Holy...

Liguori Elects New President

Liguori Publications’ board of directors has elected Father Byron Miller, C.Ss.R., as president, effective Sept. 14. The former executive director of the National Seelos Shrine in New Orleans succeeds Father Donald Willard, C.Ss.R., who served as Liguori’s president for two years. “I’m very happy to be here,” said Miller. “As...

Mission to Mars

By: Richard Mark Dixon Underwear, shirts, socks, and school uniforms hung on a wire between two willows. Empty feet and legs opened and kicked with wind as if waiting for flesh and bone to fill them once again. Our church van drove past the waving toes and collars and parked...

Best Short Story: Third Place

The Sunshine Kids By Jim Auer Editors Note: Each year, the Catholic Press Association puts out a call for entries of books, newspapers, magazines, and other publications to its Catholic Press Awards program. “The Sunshine Kids” won third place for Best Short Story! The awards honor the accomplishments of Catholic journalists and publishers...

Life’s Mountains

Written by: Nanci Mascia When life’s mountains come your way There is one thing I can say. Take the hand of the one you love, And climb each threshold, Till you’re high above As you climb, your tears will flow And as you stumble, you’ll feel, you can’t go on...

A Time for Joy

Written by Edward R. Walsh Published April 1987 Liguorian received a lot of letters, (positive and negative) in response to this cover. This article explores the portrayal of Jesus as a joyful person who must have found great joy in the gifts of God. Click here to read the full...

Can Catholics Disagree with Church Teachings?

Written by Richard R. Gaillardetz, Ph.D September 2003 Being Catholic means a lot more than simply subscribing to a set of beliefs. Our identity as Catholic Christains is shaped by many things. The obligation that Catholics have toward a particular teaching of the Church depends on the nature of the...

Christmas: God is For Us and With Us

Written by Kathy Coffey Originally published in December 2000 Surveying the wreckage of our world, the failures and disappointments in our personal life, we may overlook the evidence that God is for us. Seeking such evidence can be a fruitful Advent project. For us, as for the Magi, the search...

Removing the Stigma of Mental Illness

Written by Martha Manning July-August 1999 The biggest culprit contributing to the stigma associated with mental illness isn’t cruelty, but ignorance. The shame is another story. It’s not in my head; it’s in my gut, in my bones. I suffered from depression so severe that I couldn’t eat or sleep. I...

Life and Death The Daily Paradox

Written by Thomas Moore February 2000 As Plato Freud, and many other thinkers have said, death is not only the literal end of life; it is a theme that may give daily experience certain qualities associated with death. For Freud, the death instinct was an emotional attempt to return to...