Author: Liguorian Editor

The Mail

The May-June issue of Liguorian is, without a doubt, the best issue I have ever read. Each article dealt with the real world and practical daily matters without the ethereal saintly rhetoric. I usually just do a quick perusal looking for something down to earth, then skip to the crossword...

Exercising Responsibility

All of us climb on our soapbox to express a viewpoint we feel passionate about. “Responsibility” in all forms—personal, moral, and social—to name a few—gets me on my soapbox. It’s a trait sorely lacking in society today, in my opinion. Case in point, COVID-19 vaccine incentives. I’m not talking about...

Sr. Joan Ridley, OSB

Remain in me, as I remain in you. Just as a branch cannot bear fruit on its own unless it remains on the vine, so neither can you unless you remain in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever remains in me and I in him will...

Contents

Cover Story 10  Holy Monuments: Basilicas in Rome pay homage to brave Christians whose homes served as our first churches, Rita Mantone Features 16   Understanding the Alcoholic: Part two of five: Misconceptions abound about a disease where recovery can be real, Fr. Ted Lawson, CSsR 22   Portraits of...

The Mail

First, I want to say that I have enjoyed reading Liguorian for many years. I usually read all the stories in every issue. What I read keeps me informed and excited to be a Catholic. After reading Br. Daniel Korn, CSsR, report about Mary, I am hopeful to read what...

Contents

Cover Stories 10  Understanding Alcoholism: Alcohol addiction erodes lives and relationships—but there’s hope, Fr. Ted Lawson, CSSr 31  Wisdom for Our Times, J. R. R. Tolkien Features Features 16  On Shaky Ground: Financial stress may toll last bell for Old St. Mary’s, a 1906 quake survivor, Fr. Byron Miller, CSSR...

Sword Thrusts or Healing?

A popular adage attributed to John Lydgate, a fifteenth-century monk and a prolific English poet, could be a helpful life lesson: “You can please some of the people all of the time, you can please all of the people some of the time, but you can’t please all of the...

Mail

The Catechism calls us to defend those persecuted. I have worked as a mental health counselor at a college counseling center for the past ten years. Thousands of hours spent listening to students have given me ample opportunity to reflect on the meaning and practice of love. When it comes...

Contents

Cover Story 10   Got Happiness? Finding Bliss Is No Trivial Pursuit, Joe Baumgarten Features 7    Self-Love: Simple Things to Do for Others, Liguori Publications Staff 9    My Cup: Poem, Glenda Wiegard 14  Cross-Training: Catholics making time to shape up soul and body, Ray Cavanaugh 24  A Father &...

Grandma’s Chair

My paternal grandmother was very dear to me. Many things contributed to our bond: I was named after her, she was the closest woman I had to a mother as I grew up, and she introduced me to the Catholic faith. She didn’t drive, and my grandfather—who did drive—passed away...

Sr. Bridget Haase, OSU

Do not fear: I am with you; do not be anxious: I am your God. I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my victorious right hand. Isaiah 41:10 Q. Sister, how did you discover your vocation? A. In 1959, in order to graduate from...

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,...

Contents

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...

Mail

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...

Mail

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  ...

Contents

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...

Contents

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...