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Support Us on Giving Tuesday | November 27, 2018

Giving Tuesday: November 27

After Thanksgiving, there’s Black Friday, then Cyber Monday, and for the seventh year  in a row, there’s Giving Tuesday! November 27, 2018 #GivingTuesday is a grass-roots movement that calls attention to nonprofit organizations needing support. This global day of giving on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving began in 2012 as a...

ACTS Missions

Adoration. Community. Theology. Service. Editor Elizabeth Herzing interviews Deborah Alaniz Estrada, executive director of ACTS Missions in San Antonio, about its mission to spread the gospel message and its vision to “ignite Catholics worldwide with the eternal flame of the Holy Spirit…and bring about the New Evangelization by fostering love...

Easter: A Season of Plentiful Redemption

In his father’s household, the father never stopped seeing him as a beloved child. The son was greeted with a party, a ring on his finger, and the finest clothes on his back. The son’s betrayal did not dilute or change the love of his father. The father welcomed his...

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I enjoy your magazine, especially the Bible Quiz, every month. This February issue had several things I want to comment on: First, the ashes pictures made me laugh. “Awash in the Joy of Conversion” was great in renewing my commitment to go to confession. And I can’t wait to read...

Jesus, the Sacred Meaning of Our Lives

Everything about Jesus, every action flows out of his experience and relationship with God. This is why Jesus repeatedly sought out moments of intimate, silent encounter with his Father. He was motivated, not out of obligation, but by a longing to drink from the well of Divine Presence that nourishes...

A Formula for Happiness

On the day of Pentecost, the giddy disciples of Jesus were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak about the mighty acts of God in various tongues. “They were all astounded and bewildered, and said to one another, ‘What does this mean?’ But others said, scoffing, ‘They have...

Open Your Heart to Clarity

Recently CNN reported that courts in California are debating whether to put cancer warnings on coffee. On the flip side, late last year, I read that drinking three to four cups of coffee a day could have significant benefits, including improved liver and heart health. Of course, java isn’t the...

Table of Contents

Cover Story Lent: Immersed in the Journey: Inspiring insights and Scripture for February 14 through March 28. Gretchen L. Schwenker Features 16  Awash in the Joy of Conversion: The sacramental path to real change begins  long before confession. Michelle Francl-Donnay 20  Symbols That Surround Us at Lent and Beyond: Lent’s sparse décor echoes the...

Lent: Immersed in the Journey

Inspiring insights and Scripture for February 14 through March 28 On winter mornings, I find myself looking for more light and life. Although now hidden, both will soon return with the onset of spring. Lent aligns with this seasonal change of the earth’s renewal, and I’m driven to seek something...

Mail Box

I just finished reading the November [2017] issue….“Pushing Through the Fog” is excellent! It was well-written and the values and thoughts it expressed were well-stated. Thank you. Kathy C., CA Notes from the Editor 1. Recently a reader asked about the meaning of the Liguori Publications logo, which features an archer....

The Golden Splendor of God’s Reign

Jesus’ life and his awareness gave his followers hope for a change of heart that could perceive the Divine Presence that brought them all together. They caught this from Jesus and followed him because they realized they were better people just by being with him. Through his presence, Jesus was...

Signed, Sealed, Delivered

An illustrated Catholic Guide to Ashes by Bill Donaghy comically identifies the different shapes and sizes of the dark smudge we receive on our foreheads at the beginning of Lent. Examples include a neatly formed ashen cross as “First in Line,” an amorphous spot as “The Blob,” and an oversized,...

Compare Not, Judge Not

Recently, while offering what I thought was pragmatic parenting about a video game to one of my young nieces (I still believe that “it takes a village….”), another parent overheard me. The mother looked at her child and said, “Did you hear that?” Referring to my talk with my niece,...

The Mail

Editor’s note: The following was written in response to a letter from David P. that Liguorian published in December. Since I have been struggling for several years with a son who calls himself gay, has a gay relationship, and now has a foster child, I was attracted to the advertisement...

And Another Thing…

Growing up, when I would talk with Grandma and have a temporary lapse of memory while saying something, she’d always respond to my “I forgot what I was going to say” with, “Well…it must have been a lie!” In my youth, I remember desperately trying to defend my integrity by...

Maternal and Miraculous

In the icon of Our Mother of Perpetual Help we encounter a particular understanding of Mary in the mystery of Christ and the Church. The iconography we read and pray opens the door to an avenue of miraculous experiences. In recognition of the 150th anniversary of the restoration of the...

Unpacking a Masterpiece

Visitors to the Museo del Prado in Madrid, Spain, will invariably stop in their tracks when they enter the gallery. Many stand affixed to their original point of entrance, eventually inching closer to the painting that has captured them. In the time they have, they try to scrutinize every minute...

Table of Contents

Cover Story  Unpacking a Masterpiece:  A complex, enigmatic work of art ultimately invites you to ask,  “Where am I in this picture?” Steven J. Rolfes Features 9  An Experiment Became Their Lifelong Ministry. Vocation Story:  Couple devotes three decades as lay missionaries. Deacon Bob Williston and Joan Williston 15  Finding God at the Beach Meditation. Laura...

Church, Meet the Force

Catholic author Walker Percy wrote an acclaimed novel in 1961 about a man who seeks and finds spiritual meaning in an increasingly secularized culture. His book, The Moviegoer, was aptly titled to suggest the cultural shift from churchgoers to moviegoers. Yet even Percy himself may not have imagined a religious...

January 2018 Table of Contents

Cover Story 10  Lighting the Way to Interfaith Peace As people of faith, how can we strengthen peace worldwide?     Carole St. Laurent Features 14  Costly Love: The Way to True Unity for All Followers of Jesus. Book Excerpt   John H. Armstrong 16  Popular Devotions  Return Us to God They help...