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Cover Story 10 What Does the Church Say About…? It takes stands and informs the faithful to help Catholics avoid moral carelessness, Eddie O’Neill Features 16 Infertility, Miscarriage: Responding to the heartache, Sabine Heisman, PsyD, and Deacon Gerard-Marie Anthony 22 Streamlined Annulments: People have anxious questions about a process that...

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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...

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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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Cover Story 10 Spirituality for Youth, Fr. Eugene Tiongson-Batungbacal, CSsR, and Emily Ferguson Features 15 “To Whom Shall We Go?” Guest Editorial, Fr. Patrick Keyes, CSsR 16 St. Luke: Evangelist, Physician, Historian: His focus on women makes him unique, but that’s not all. Theresa Doyle-Nelson 20 The First American Martyr: Blessed Stanley Rother: priest, farmer, servant. María Ruiz Scaperlanda...

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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...

A Life Wonderfully Lived

Joe Haack As he lays dying, Thomas’ doubts about god face a stranger. I sit alone on a hospital bed with only my thoughts to keep me company—company that leaves much to be desired. I had just received the news I had dreadfully been expecting for the past six months…my...

Don't Sit On the Torpedo

“Don’t Sit on the Torpedo!”

By Richard C. Lukas Recalling a courageous priest and the dogs of war that washed onto an American shore during WWII Mike sat with his wife, Marita, on the balcony of their condominium overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and reminisced about their childhood. Marita reminded him with a touch of envy,...

New Orleans, LA

Remoulade & Ramos: A Love Story to New Orleans

Celebrate a city of culture and diversity with a rich history and deep faith. In 2018, New Orleans celebrates its tricentennial year. Liguorian’s award-winning fiction piece Remoulade and Ramos is a tale told by Louisiana native, Byron Miller, CSsR that skillfully weaves a young man’s rite of passage in with...

Illustrations of the Holy Spirit

“When we pray, or are faced with a difficult decision, how can we know if the words or thoughts that enter our mind are from the Holy Spirit, or just our own thoughts? In other words, how can we recognize when it is the Holy Spirit present, speaking to us,...

A Place of Escape and Encounter

Editor Elizabeth Herzing interviews Fr. Greg Wiest, CSsR, a retreat leader at the Redemptorist Renewal Center in Tucson, AZ on the history of Desert Mothers and Fathers and how the concept of desert spirituality can enhance our spiritual growth.Q Give a brief history of “desert spirituality.” Q Give a brief...

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...

Our Sharpest Tool

Children know thirty to forty offensive words by the time they enter school, suggests data from psychology professors Timothy Jay and Kristin Janschewitz, though no one knows if kids are aware of what the words mean. Likewise, children may not fully understand all the words they use in prayer. I’ve...

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,...

The Comforts of Home

Steve didn’t want to check on Aunt Liz while his wife was away, but a promise was a promise. This one became more than he bargained for. Remember your promise!” Cathy said as Steve handed his wife her carry-on bag and gave her a quick kiss before she headed to...

Human Dignity

In this first of ten articles on the basic principles of Catholic Social Teaching, let me begin by remarking that principles, once internalized, lead to something. They prompt activity, impel motion, direct choices. A principled person always has a place to stand, knows where he or she is coming from...