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....

One Door at a Time

The month of January brings to mind new beginnings, a time of firsts. The root of the Latin word for January (Ianuarius) comes from the Latin word for door (ianua). January, the “door” into the new year, is when we often feel compelled to invoke resolutions on how we will...

Combating the Silliness

I’m always amazed by the bizarre (unique?) “special days” that pop up each month. Take December. There’s National Fritters Day on December 2, Wear Brown Shoes Day (4), International Civil Aviation Day (7), Put On Your Own Shoes Day [who does that the rest of the year?] (6), National Roof...

The Artz Family

The Greatest Gift

An adopted child won’t have her mother’s green eyes or her father’s aquiline nose—but she’ll have their hearts; the gift is a two-way exchange. A baby can be made deliberately, with steady and abiding love and a momentary euphoria, or accidentally, with euphoria as the only excuse. But it is impossible...

A Life of Service and Thanksgiving

Living a Life of Service and Thanksgiving

Understanding the Redemptorist Mission “The Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer, founded by St. Alphonsus, is a clerical missionary religious Institute of pontifical right….Its purpose is to follow the example of Jesus Christ, the Redeemer, by preaching the word of God to the poor, as he declared of himself: “He...

The Brigittine Monks Chocolate Truffles Royale

The Brigittine Monks

The Brigittine monks, originally founded  in 1370 and “reborn” in 1976, are well-known today for their confections. Editor Elizabeth Herzing interviews one of the monks, Br. Steven Vargo, about the history and mission of the Oregon-based order. Q. Please provide a brief history of the Brigittine monks and their mission....

Redirecting Our Energy

For me, November serves up a heaping portion of gratitude along with a side of gloom. In preparing to gather together with loved ones around a table filled with family favorites, I’m acutely aware of all that I have to be thankful for. With that comes an equal sentient of...

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Giving is Always in Season

Christmas greetings to you and your family! We invite you to celebrate the birth of Jesus with the gift of Liguorian. Give your loved one the gift of hope, inspiration, and spiritual guidance that will be cherished all year long. Each subscription now includes both print and FREE access to...

A Changing Landscape

September is a season of change. We anticipate the shifting colors of fall foliage. The September equinox, which occurs this year on September 22, signifies the official onset of fall and shortening days. Autumn is my favorite season—I look forward to the cooling temperatures, the smell of savory spices, and...

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...

Sunburst Over River

Liguorian brings home the gold, silver, and the bronze!

        Liguorian earns accolades in 8 different categories, including first place for “General Excellence: National General Interest Magazine” at the 2016 Catholic Media Conference. Below is a complete list of Liguorian winners • Best Seasonal Issue, First Place, “Savoring the Season: Moving through Advent” (December 2015). The judged...

Franciscan Sisters of Our Lady of Perpetual Help

Editor Elizabeth Herzing interviews Sr. Rosalie Wisniewski and Sr. Cheryl Kemner about the work of the Franciscan Sisters of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, their mission, and how their focus has evolved since their inception in the early 1900s.   The Franciscan Sisters leadership team comprises, from left, Srs. Renita...

Her Eyes

It’s the eyes that get me. With the Mona Lisa, it’s the smile. With The Scream, it’s the open mouth. And what pulls me into the icon of Our Mother of Perpetual Help is the look in Mary’s eyes. They hold you in a steady gaze, sad and hopeful, as...

Year of Mercy: God’s Call to Us All

When Pope Francis announced his intention to call for an Extraordinary Jubilee, he said, “It shall be a Holy Year of Mercy,” a time for animating “a new stage in the journey of the Church on its mission to bring to every person the Gospel of mercy.” He decreed that...

Proposing, Not Imposing, Faith

In our daily work here at Liguori Publications, we often discuss how to best write about our faith. A big part of writing effectively about faith is recognizing how crucial the internal journey is. That spiritual journey within is our theme for this issue. In addition to Liguorian, Liguori also...

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...

The Easter Vigil: Liturgical Nectar

The night-blooming cereus flower is famous for its stunning, ethereal, starlike blossom. It blooms at night, once a year. If you’ve never seen one bloom, you’re missing a rare experience. The Easter Vigil is like that. It blooms once a year, on the evening of Holy Saturday. As liturgy goes,...