Author: Liguorian Editor

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Cover Story 10 New Washington Archbishop Brings Joy, Hope to the Capital; Wilton D. Gregory wants the laity to play key roles in helping the Church to heal, Patricia Rice Features 7 Psalm 25:7-10, Illustrated  Photo Reflection: “Remember no more the sins of my youth.” Photo Boon Vong 16 Life in...

“Criss-cross Applesauce,” with God’s Help

As the summer comes to a close, many will relish in the memories they made—hopefully fond ones that involve sun and sand—and quality time with family and friends. The memory that sticks out in my mind elicits feelings of distress, with a smidgen of pride—the good kind. First let me...

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I’m writing in response to “Immigrants’ Status: Limbo” (“Plain Talk,” May-June 2019). Three of my four grandparents were immigrants. They all entered the US legally. None of them crossed deserts or stayed up late worrying about deportation. I have known many immigrants who entered the US legally, maintained the proper...

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Cover Story 10 Bringing Home the “Nones”: There’s work to do to attract young adults who have a do-it-yourself belief system, but there are successes, too. Eddie O’Neill Features 14 Sts. Anne & Joachim: Models for Those Who Love Children; Remembering our spiritual grandparents (special prayer, page 16) Fr. Byron...

Turning Another Page

In a few days I’ll be moving my youngest daughter to Denver. The anticipation of the nearly 1,000-mile trek has essentially paralyzed me, emotionally speaking. I never thought I would be one of those mothers who would become distraught when my baby birds flew the coop. In fact, I envisioned...

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Thank you for the courageous and informative article about Islam published in February 2019. As a counterpoint to the Islamic extremists’ misapplication of the doctrine of jihad, you might have offered a little more detail about the excesses of the Crusades. It would be hard to imagine a more sickening...

A Lesson in Less

It took a mind-shifting experience in Costa Rica to make me realize just how skewed our priorities are in the States—mine included. In March my husband and I vacationed in areas surrounding Tamarindo in the provinces of Guanacaste and Alajuela, the canton of San Carlos, and the district of La...

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Godparenting: A Call to Witness

From the earliest days of Christianity, sponsors were assigned to adults who wanted to become members of the Church. The sponsor was a dedicated Christian who could be relied upon to truthfully testify that a person was indeed worthy of Christian baptism. As history marched on, the word godparent replaced...

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I applaud your February 2019 article on Islam. Similar to Pope Francis’ visit to the Middle East, it presents a caring picture of Catholicism’s relationship with Islam. However, there is also a dark side of Islam that is either unknown or ignored. In the book Christianity, Islam and Atheism, William...

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Cover Story 10 Godparenting: A Call to Witness; A child’s need for godparents goes far beyond the day of baptism. Features 9 Our Creator Illustrates St. Bonaventure’s Words;Photo Reflection: “Apply your heart, honor God.” Photo by, Fr. Vincent Minh Cao, CSsR 14 Yearning to Breathe Free; Monuments honor immigrants,Fr. Byron Miller,...

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Features 7 Psalm 24:1, Illustrated: “The earth is the Lord’s and all it holds, the world and those who dwell in it.”Photo by Boon Vong 16 Graced for Life: Sacraments examined in “Celebration of the Christian Mystery,” part three of Timeless Wisdom for Troubled Times,Sara Beth Meyer 20 Hinduism: Teachings...

The Mail

Fr. Bruce Lewandowski’s column “Why I Miss Mother Teresa” (January 2019) had an error. Mother Teresa left the Loreto convent cloister in 1948, not 1929. She arrived in India on January 6, 1929. I got my information from Mother Teresa: Come Be My Light, edited and commentary by Fr. Brian...

Vive la Différence

Several weeks ago, I attended a coed baby shower. Such couples parties were uncommon when I had my children. Then, it was a women-only event, which (in my experience) most men appreciated. Am I validating gender bias to assume that many men would rather, say, watch sports than check out...

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Cover Story 10 Seasons of Glory: The cycles of God’s “cathedrals of nature” herald the changes we feel during the deepening stages of prayer, Barbara Hughes Features 16 “I Believe…”Catechism’s “Profession of Faith” states our core beliefs in Timeless Wisdom for Troubled Times, part 2 of 5, Sara Beth Meyer...

The Mail

I was disappointed in your magazine after I read the story titled “The Do-Overs” by Kerry Sloan (May-June 2018). I was a little leery when the story started with an elderly gentleman, John, who was disappointed that he hadn’t died on his seventy-fifth birthday after his psychic told him he...

Bring Back Common Sense

Things I never thought I’d see: Reports on the prime-time nightly news cautioning viewers not to drive or perform other daily tasks while blindfolded (search “bird box challenge” online if you’re unfamiliar). A warning on a hair dryer that reads: “Do Not Use While Sleeping.” A public-service announcement by a...

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Features 16 What Catholics Should Know About Islam: Its Five Pillars open the door for dialogue. 22 How to Survive Being Married to a Catholic: Excerpt: Success in marriage is a matter of being the right person. 24 Catholic Daughters of America: Profile: A mission of spirituality and service for...

Building a Culture of Love and Life

We’ve known all our lives that February 14 is Valentine’s Day, a time when we honor those we love. But arguably more significant and lesser-known celebratory dates about love precede the 14th, when roses and candy fly from shops into loved ones’ arms.  February 7-14 marks the annual celebration of...

The Mail

I am sending this in response to Henry K’s letter (November 2018) about dropping the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The history of the decision on where to drop the atomic bombs clearly shows that civilian targets were deliberately chosen—one reason being for the shock value to the Japanese...

Gaining a New Perspective

I’ve never been a proponent of procrastination. In fact, the more I detest a chore or activity, the quicker I’m likely to attack it with gusto. I reason that the relief I’ll feel once it’s completed will far outweigh the displeasure of performing the task at hand. If there are...