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All Are Refugees, Going Home

Epiphany, when we remember the Wise Men who knelt before the Son of God to pay him homage, will always be a personal favorite day on our Church calendar. On one momentous January 5—the eve of Epiphany fifty-nine years ago—my parents, my brother, and I left our Cuban hometown of...

Homelessness: Catholics Respond

Homelessness: Catholics Respond

Catholics in two regions exemplify how to answer the call of Christ Jim Graves Today the number of homeless people in the United States is higher than the number of people who have their own home in America’s 32nd-largest city (Albuquerque, New Mexico, population 560,000). US data says the total...

Staying Spiritually Connected

The Covid-19 virus has demonstrated an ability to transcend man-made boundaries and barriers that exist in our fragile global community. It reminds us of humanity’s interconnection; even at the same time we’re practicing “social distancing.” Prayer—especially during this Lenten season—also helps keep us interconnected through challenging times. The Redemptorists and...

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...

Mail

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...

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...

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...

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...

You’re Invited…

Happy New Year! 2018 marks Liguorian’s 105th year in circulation—that’s more than 1,200 issues exclaiming the good news! It’s also quite a feat in the publishing world, especially considering the influx of digital media, and as a direct parallel, the decline in print products. I’m “old school.” I prefer print...