Category: Cover Stories

Love is Everything

Love is Everything

Being one global family means we are “us”; there is no “them”. 1 Corinthians 13 reveals the key ingredient that our global family needs now more than ever. I don’t know if there has ever been a year that more people have wished was over than 2020. If you’re like...

The Infancy Narratives

The Infancy Narratives

In the New Testament, only Matthew and Luke tell us about Jesus’ birth and youth. Our Christmas cribs harmonize and intermingle details from those two Gospels, but if you read the accounts without that conditioning, you will find that they diverge on many points, for neither evangelist was simply recording...

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...

Heroes for God and All His Children

America’s first Army chaplains supported soldiers during the American Revolution. They provided religious and pastoral care for the living and the dead, administered rites, and sometimes carried arms to join their congregations into battle. Chaplains have been by the sides of US soldiers and sailors ever since, in peace and...

The Faithful Vote

At a Mass I attended recently, the priest gave an interesting homily on Luke 12. He explained that, depending on our choices in life, God’s spiritual fire could either be cleansing or destructive. While this seemed reasonable, his comments about voting during this election season were debatable. He challenged the...

Cultivating Empathy

There’s an incomprehensible quality to empathy that only the soul can grasp. It carries us to a place where we forget ourselves and take up the cross of another to shoulder their burden of suffering for a while. In that holy realm where we embody another’s grief, those afflictions are...

Immigration

Looking Immigration Right in the Eye

The highest form of charity is that shown to those unable to reciprocate and perhaps even to thank us in return.—Pope Francis Long before immigrants, refugees, and migrants became the subjects of modern-day hot-button political debates, the Catholic Church addressed the question of whether people have the right to emigrate...

When Scandal Strikes

Part 1: The Church in Crisis, Now and Then he Bible is an inexhaustible resource of spiritual insight and challenge. While the clerical sexual-abuse crisis has hung over the Church like a poisonous cloud, every problem poses an opportunity. “What can today’s Church, with its crises, learn from the Church...

Liguorian March 2020

The Glorious Mysteries: A Meditative Guide to Easter

As we live out the mysteries of our faith during the approaching Easter season, the rosary offers a beautiful, meditative guide, inviting us to reconsider specific events and revisit familiar themes of salvation history. Journeying through Lent toward Easter, we have yearned to see Jesus rise triumphantly above a world...

February 2020 Liguorian Magazine: Broken Healers

Broken Healers

There is an indescribable mercy in the gospel that opens the hearts of broken people and draws them into a life devoted to reflecting the relentless grace of the crucified Savior to a lost and weary world. It is a mystery that conquers the most hardened, sinful soul and lifts...

A Booming Need: Serving a Fast-Growing Population

A Booming Need

Ideas Parishes Can Use to Server a Fast-Growing Population By Barbara Lee As a spiritual director with a ministry to the aging, I often hear two complaints from older men and women about parish life: First: “We’re left out. Parish activities focus on families and young people, most parish events...

“The Patron Saint of Our Difficult Century”

Saint Maximilian Maria Kolbe Never again! That’s a refrain heard throughout modern history. Never again should we have to witness atrocities. Never again should we have to overcome another terrorist attack. Never again should a family have to rush to a school because of a mass shooting or a lockdown....

The Hidden Treasures of Advent

Riches CAN BE Discovered through “alert prayer” Msgr. Douglas Fater Advent peeks out each year like a tarnished, forgotten ornament—lost in the anxious activities between Thanksgiving and Christmas. About the only way we might think of Advent in passing is if we see “First, Second, Third, Fourth Sunday of Advent”...

The Meaning of the Mass

As a writer and ministry consultant I have spent some time with Christians of different denominations. I have always been blessed to see the deeply authentic faith of believers in Jesus, their prayerful and unwavering zeal to reach the lost, and the enthusiasm and unbridled joy they express in their...

What Does the Church Say About…

All of us have at least a minimal moral sense of right and wrong, but the complex choices that face us require that we train or form this moral sense. We call this “formation of conscience,” a lifelong task that requires the ability to see the reality before us clearly...

September 2019 Liguorian Magazine

New Archbishop Brings Joy, Hope to the Capital

If an applause meter measured hope, its arrow would have surpassed maximum when Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory was installed in May as the new shepherd of the Archdiocese of Washington (DC). As the new archbishop—known as a joyous priest—entered the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, booming...

Bringing Home the “Nones”

For twenty-one-year-old Georgetown University student Michael Ginsberg, organized religion seemed to be associated with bad news. More often than not, religion became synonymous with scandalous headlines, corruption, and hypocrisy. “It just wasn’t for me. I thought it was bogus, and I had no interest in wasting my time by getting...

godparenting

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...

The Richness of The Way of the Cross

As we recall the suffering and death of our Lord on the cross, the questions that come to mind are: “Why did he suffer and die? What is the meaning of his death on the cross?” The most common understanding is that he died for our sins. We believe that...

Seasons of Glory

A tree gives glory to God…by being a tree. For in being what God means it to be, it is imitating an idea which is in God and which is not distinct from the essence of God, and therefore a tree imitates God by being a tree. The more a...