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A Defining Moment

I am pretty sure I know the exact moment when I blew my chances at a college scholarship. I was a senior in high school enduring an interview with the scholarship committee, and I fumbled my answer to a question about a defining moment in my life. My answer concerned...

Wistful Longing

Our souls come from beyond, and that fire of yearning desire we experience is that “beyond” trying to draw us back to itself. Saint Augustine taught that our souls are filled institutes of consecrated life. He also said that our souls are filled with restlessness until they rest in God....

September 2015

Praying the Rosary: A Journey Through Scripture and Art  Fr. Denis McBride, CSsR Liguori Publications $19.99 Meditating on the rosary—one of our most sacred devotions—we are invited to look, to listen, and to look again. We are encouraged not simply to recite prescribed prayers but to move beyond our recitation,...

September 2015

I found the cover of the March issue of Liguorian very troubling: A man is sitting on the floor of an Episcopal Church in a labyrinth. Inside the magazine, a short blurb states: “Walking the labyrinth is recognized as a form of meditation. The three common stages are purgation (releasing), illumination (receiving), and union (returning).” The logic of this statement escapes me: “releasing,” “receiving,” and “returning” what? That...

July-August

I congratulate you on a particularly fine issue of Liguorian (February 2015). You present a panorama of areas—from global to personal areas of present-day American life—in which the theme is overcoming the evils of hatred due to differences. You touched on topics that reflect great tension in the lives of...

Rachel’s Vineyard of Colorado

Healing the pain of abortion, one weekend at a time  Editor Elizabeth Herzing interviews representatives from Rachel’s Vineyard of Colorado on their ministry and mission. Q. What is your mission? Rachel’s Vineyard of Colorado is an affiliate of Rachel’s Vineyard Ministries—the world’s largest international post-abortion-healing program. The ministry has grown...

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...

The Grocery Nuisance

The man was irritating, Clara thought as she put canvas bags of groceries into the cart she kept in her trunk. When she was thinking about buying a condo at this location, she had asked if it had a nice-sized pantry. “The pantry is huge, Mrs. Geraghty,” the real estate...

Martyr Urged Veneration of Icon

The Icon  In 1968, while the Soviet Union gripped his part of the world, a courageous Redemptorist Ukrainian bishop named Vasyl Velychkovsky, CSsR, wrote a book titled A History of the Miraculous Icon of Our Mother of Perpetual Help. He wrote this book for the centennial of the presentation of...

Perpetual Novenas Honor Mary

The Icon The celebration of the 150th anniversary of the veneration and restoration of the Icon of Our Mother of Perpetual Help began this spring, and you can be a part of it. This year is a year of preparation for the 2016 event. Redemptorists will reflect on the special...

One World, Two Views

I remember watching an elementary-school principal deal with a child who was sent to the office for bad behavior. She asked the youngster, “Do you know what you did?” Tearfully, without hesitation, the child answered, “Yes, I’m bad.” The principal countered saying, “No, you’re not bad. You just did a bad...

Not Just Another Meeting

In business, having the skill and ability to prepare and execute a good meeting is essential. Meetings can be deadly if great care isn’t taken to look after every detail. And every detail is important, from the participants and the room to the agenda and the coffee. Never forget the...

Infinite Layers of Mystery

We live in a world where science reveals wonders as distant as the far reaches of the universe and as intimate as the center of our own DNA. We prize knowledge and revere those who help us reach greater understanding of the world and ourselves. It is a good thing...

“Be Not Afraid”

A director of religious education once told me that as grade-school children begin to process the world, they come to their parents and teachers with questions. We need to answer those questions, she said, because the window isn’t open all that long. If you don’t answer their questions honestly, somewhere around...

With Every Sunrise

When Pope Francis announced the start of the Year of the Consecrated Life last November, he set forth three aims: To look to the past with gratitude, to live the present with passion, and to embrace the future with hope. While these aims were announced in the context of celebrating...

The Family Circle

If I hear my car making a strange noise, I call my dad to ask his advice. He knows just about everything auto-related, so I trust his diagnosis and his opinion on the repair quotes from mechanics. If I have a question about my taxes, I call my mom. As...

A Great Spiral Staircase

When I was a student at Franciscan University in Steubenville, OH, my faith gradually came to life. Already I had a good sacramental life. I participated in the eucharistic celebration every day, experienced reconciliation weekly, and studied the Catechism. In short, I was a good Catholic. But at the university I had the opportunity to...

Tough, Necessary Assignments

I’ve recently been reading Laudato Si’  (praise be to you, my Lord), Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment. It’s an extraordinary document that gives us, as Catholics, some hard assignments. Encyclicals are detailed, thoughtful letters from the pope that are intended to guide addressees in making decisions. This encyclical is...

Decades of Healing

In an extraordinary reversal of centuries of anti-Semitism and intolerance, the Catholic Church officially repudiated “hatred, persecutions, [and] displays of anti-Semitism directed against Jews at any time and by anyone” in the Second Vatican Council’s 1965 declaration, Nostra Aetate, Latin for “in our time.” In October, Jews and Catholics will...