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Sr. Joan Schaefer, SSND

For I know well the plans I have in mind for you—[says] the Lord— plans for your welfare and not for woe, so as to give you a future of hope. When you call me, and come and pray to me, I will listen to you. Jeremiah 29:11–12 Q. Sister,...

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Cover Story 10  A Real Wonder Woman: Mary of Magdala blazes our trail to Easter, Kathleen M. Murphy Features 14  God Is My Co-Parent: Life with kids zooms by, so watch for the Lord’s gifts of great worth, Dawn Allred-Kraemer, PhD 18  Power Equal to the Task: Simon’s journey up...

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I enjoyed the Christmas issue (December 2020). I always find the writers’ columns inspiring. On a side note, let’s hope the next four years cools off the political climate and we can all agree to disagree without the harsh rhetoric. Frank C., Pennsylvania   I keep reading articles from your...

Readers, It’s Your Turn

Typically at this time every year, I am preparing to attend the annual Catholic Media Association Conference. It’s a time to mingle with and learn from colleagues and be inspired by speakers, educational sessions, and the awards program, where I learn if any of the previous year’s Liguorian content has...

Sr. Paula Schmidt, OSSR

For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life. John 3:16 Q. Sister, how did you discover your vocation? A. When I was a small child, after meeting some of my cousins...

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I just received my January edition. Your honest approach to your “Mail” feature has me wanting to go there right away for [comments about] every recent issue. People’s opinions are so interesting, and you shared a full two pages of them this month. I love it! Dawn A., Missouri  ...

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Cover Story 10  God’s Conduit of Care: Caring for the abandoned isn’t someone else’s job. It’s ours. Michael T. Best Features 15  A Vision of America: Guest Editorial, Honorable Thomas Lacross 16  Power to the Mustard Seed: Faith—food from God—energizes us to inspire. Even the “Nones.” Joe Baumgarten 22  Vatican Radio:...

Painful, Necessary Work

This month marks a full year since COVID-19 was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization. Many, myself included, never would have predicted that this virus would still be a topic of international concern today. Yet here we are, more than halfway through a new school year with parents...

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Cover Story 10  Life as a Lenten Journey: Are We There Yet? Adapted from Everyday Catholic Features 14  Reprieves! When disasters are averted, we want to know why, Jim Auer 20  Reputable Men: Deacons travel a long and winding road to serve God, his Church, and us, anonymous 24  A...

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Thank you for the article “The Last Touchdown” by B. G. Kelley (October 2020). It talked about neighborhood football in Philadelphia in the 1940s and featured teams from East Falls, where my brother and I lived, and Frankford, Pennsylvania. I shared it with my Philly friends, and I’m sure they will...

Family Life: Lessons in Work

When my girls were younger, I established rules for when they would be paid for successfully finishing a particular chore. I never favored a “no obligations” allowance, so they understood that money they acquired from me in their youth would have to be earned. I classified some chores as their...

Sr. Rosa Rauth, OP

I rejoiced when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the Lord.” For the sake of my brothers and friends I say, “Peace be with you.” For the sake of the house of the Lord, our God, I pray for your good. Psalm 122:1, 8–9 Name:...

Life As a Lentent Journey

Life as a Lenten Journey: Are We There Yet?

Often during this holy season, we lose direction and focus. Our spiritual GPS just stops working. We took umpteen road trips with our five boys when they were young. The question most often heard on those journeys was: “Are we there yet?” Close in age—all born within a seven-year span—our...

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Regardless of your intent, “The Faithful Vote” (September 2020) was nonetheless an obvious attempt to morally justify voting for the political party accepting abortion; don’t try to color it otherwise. To say [in “From the Editor” in November 2020] that the article’s interpretation is like perceiving the color of a...

Sr. Dianne Bergant, CSA

“You shall be my people and I will be your God.” Ezekiel 36:28 Liguorian continues its tradition, begun in 2020, of publishing profiles of people who have served in ministry most of their lives. In 2021, the subjects will be women religious. A title will spotlight a favorite Bible passage...

Much Ado about Everything

As we limp from the upheaval and uncertainty of 2020 and tip-toe carefully into 2021, do you think we should dub the first full year of COVID-19 as the worst twelve-month span of time in US history? Or is the pandemic going to get worse? In an article published in...

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Cover Story 10 Love Is Everything: 1 Corinthians 13 reveals the key ingredient that our global family needs now more than ever, Carole St. Laurent Features 16 From Anger to Forgiveness: The journey to reconciliation, Joe Baumgarten 24 From “Smells and Bells” to Teaching Theology: Profiles in Service: Sr. Dianne...

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Cover Story 10  The Infancy Narratives: Two Gospels reveal the heart of Christmas with different ways of telling the miraculous story, Raymond E. Brown, SS Features 16  Living the Season All Year Long: Advent and Epiphany teach us what Christmas is all about, Msgr. Douglas Fater 20  The Time to...

Shipshape Communication

Navigating a relationship without effective communication is like trying to steer a sailboat with a torn sail, a damaged rudder, and no wind. The result is little to no progression, frustration, and fear. Poor communication exacerbates relationship problems and lessens the likelihood of success for everyone involved. While we may...

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As a faithful reader of Liguorian for over thirty years, I was appalled by the extremely liberal article “The Faithful Vote.” It is a passive-aggressive assault against the current White House administration. The opening paragraph sets the stage for this charade of an effort to displace Catholics to shirk the...