Category: Cover Stories

Our Lord and Women

A look at what Jesus said and did as he taught, especially about and in relationship to women. And what do today’s women do to bring Jesus’ teachings into action? At the core of the New Testament we find the kerygma: the proclamation of what Jesus Christ did. The confession that Jesus...

Spreading the Joy Within

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...

Full of Grace: What We Can Learn From the Annunciation

David Werthmann 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...

Moments With God

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...

The Renewal of the Liturgy 50 Years Later

The Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy (Sacrosanctum Concilium), completed by the Second Vatican Council in December 1963, set in motion the most far-reaching liturgical reform in Catholic history. The initiation of this momentous change within the Catholic Church in America came on the heels of the social and political upheaval...

Full Circle: Hispanics and U.S. Catholicism

Timothy Matovina Many parishes and dioceses tend to focus on the challenges presented by the growing Hispanic presence. This is not surprising; a previous influx of Catholic newcomers to the United States was met with a similar attitude. Yet in the 2002 document Encuentro and Mission: A Renewed Pastoral Framework...

Contemplative Places of Prayer

Kathy is a wife, the mother of three boys, and a full-time nurse. She and her husband lead a full life. Much of their time is filled with evening practices and weekend games related to the boys’ sports activities. The couple dreams of taking a family vacation. Like many people,...

Faith of a Soldier

“Dad, I’m going to have to exercise your angel.” “My roommate asked why I believe there’s something out there,” Zinn recalls. “He said, ‘What if there isn’t?’ and I said, ‘Then so be it. But what if there is?’ ” As Smith listened to the snores of thirty men sleeping in...

Hispanos y el catolicismo en Estados Unidos

September 2013 Muchas parroquias y diócesis tienden a centrarse en el desafío que representa la creciente presencia hispana. No es de sorprenderse; previamente una oleada de católicos que llegaban a Estados Unidos fue recibida con igual actitud. Sin embargo, ya en el 2002 el documento Encuentro y misión: un marco...

Liguori Publications Announces New Publisher and New President

The board of directors of Liguori Publications has unanimously elected a multimedia journalist as publisher (CEO) and a businessman and priest as president. Virgil Tipton of Richmond Heights, MO, is the new publisher and the Rev. Donald Willard, CSsR., of Whittier, CA, is the new president. The two succeed the Rev. Mathew Kessler, CSsR., who served as both president and publisher for six years. The change is effective July 1, 2013.
     "Fr. Mat has served with great distinction and has positioned Liguori Publications well to adapt to the future of publishing," said the Rev. Matt Allman, CSsR, chairman of the board of directors. "We have confidence that Virgil and Fr. Don will expand on that legacy."

 

After Benedict: A Look Ahead

When Pope Benedict XVI surprised the world with his resignation in February, a flood of questions followed, starting with “Can a pope resign?” to “What happens now?” His startling move has sent pastors, parishioners, and reporters back to Church history. There we find a handful of papal resignations, to be sure,...

Vatican II Papal Throne

Vatican II at 50

Promises Made, Promises Delivered When we try to reflect on the Second Vatican Council’s (1962–1965) “promises” to the Church, we cannot help but think of the famous definition that one of the most important theologians of the council, French Dominican Yves Congar (1904–1995) gave to the council’s Pastoral Constitution on the Church...

What Words Can’t Convey

Many years ago my family and I visited the beautiful Basilica of Our Lady of Avioth in France, just across the border from Belgium. This medieval church is believed to house a miraculous statue of Mary. The church is unusually large for the small village in which it dwells, but...