Category: From the President and Publisher

A Communion of Memories

Meet Liguori Publications new President, Fr. Byron Miller, CSsR. November, 2015 marks Fr. Miller’s first “From the President” column. I hadn’t heard from Vernon in decades—until an email last summer made a sacred trinity of time—past, present, and future—converge at midlife. As it turns out, his daughter and my sister’s son...

Honoring Their Vows

This is a year to celebrate consecrated life. It’s a year to be thankful that so many women and men have given themselves to the Lord’s service through evangelical councils. By taking the vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience, men and women have deepened their baptismal calling and given their lives...

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...

What Should Family Be?

The World Meeting of Families will occur September 22–27 in Philadelphia. As the preparations continue, it is important to reflect on the importance of family life. We pass on traditions that give our lives special meaning in our families. The signs and symbols that have meaning in our families form...

Unwavering Eyes

Our Blessed Mother has many titles. One of the most honored is Our Mother of Perpetual Help. This title is associated with the icon that was given to the Redemptorists by Pope Pius IX when he requested the Redemptorist Missionaries to make her known. As a Redemptorist, this icon is...

Stability in a World of Change

Christ is risen! Alleluia! Easter is the greatest celebration in our liturgical calendar. The first Easter was the day when the Lord rose triumphantly from the grave. It was the day when hope was restored, faith was renewed, and charity prevailed. The tomb was empty, and death lost her age-old...

Constant Communication

Saint Alphonsus de Liguori, the founder of the Redemptorists, was known to tell people: Pray always, and if you cannot pray, pray that you can pray. He understood that prayer is an essential part of Christian life. This ongoing communication with the Divine gives us the opportunity to express our needs, wants, desires,...

One Family, Under God

I have been blessed to have visited many countries: Canada, Mexico, China, Thailand, Germany, and Italy to name a few. My travels have allowed me to experience wonderful and variant cultures. I’ve found that all of humanity yearns for God. And while each person may express his or her need for God in a different...

Overview

In his column From the President Liguori Publications President, Fr. Donald Willard, CSsR, offers pastoral and theological insight to connect the reader with the spiritual message of each issue. The Rev. Willard was ordained to the priesthood on June 8, 2008. Raised on a farm near Pittsfield, IL, he attended...

Our Special Responsibility

September 2014 Social responsibility and awareness are vital to the Christian moral life. This is because there are no individual Christians. By its very nature, the Catholic Church is a community. A person can’t baptize, anoint, or get married by her- or himself. All the sacraments involve a community. Even...

God’s Kiss of Healing

July-August 2014 We all have moments when we need healing in our lives. Maybe we suffer from an illness or just the wear of years on our bodies. Or maybe we need healing for hurts to our soul or mind. The Church offers us a wonderful sacrament, the anointing of...

Answering the Call

As you read this, Fr. Don Willard and I are approaching our first anniversary as the leadership team at Liguori Publications. It often feels like mere weeks since we started. As did our predecessor, Redemptorist Fr. Mat Kessler, I like to keep you updated on what’s happening at Liguori. Talking with...

An Adequate Response

May/Jun 2014 The Holy Spirit is often described as the bond of love that exists between the Father and the Son. The mutual self-donational and self-communicative intimate bond between the Father and the Son is so perfect that perfect love exists between the two. Therefore, the Holy Spirit is the...

Medicine for the Soul

April 2014 Why should we receive the sacrament of reconciliation? Almost every Catholic has to answer this question at some point. Many people don’t understand why Catholics must confess their sins to a priest, and many people believe we need to acknowledge our sins only to God. So how do...

Spring Cleaning for the Soul

March 2014 The word Lent is a reference to the season of spring. When I was a child, every spring my grandmother would open the windows and doors. Fresh air would fill our home, and cleaning would begin. We did a “deep” cleaning that lasted an entire day. Every inch...

Simple Yet Profound

February 2014 We’re all aware of the need to nourish our bodies. The right nourishment comes from eating the right foods in the right quantities at the right times. For example, a person can eat an entire chocolate cake right before he goes to bed. It may satisfy his hunger,...

Tending to the Tension

January 2014 The world appears to be increasingly polarized, a condition that seems to have entered every aspect of life. For example, the rich and the poor still exist, but the gap between them is greater, and the middle class is disappearing. Polarization is found not only in the financial...

Love Never Dies

November 2013 The passing of a loved one into eternity is always a very difficult process for those who remain in this temporal world. We know everyone must die, but no matter how well prepared we might feel we are, we are bound to experience a sense of loss. Our...

An Important Life Lesson

October 2013 Many years ago, I managed a rental store in Northern Florida. At the end of each day, I would create a “to do list” of the many things I wanted to achieve the following day. Each morning, however, the owner of the company would hand me a list...