Category: Columns

Mary, Our Queen

We live in an environment fraught with tension, which has the potential to take a toll on our faith life. Our Blessed Mother has always walked with the people of God and shed light upon the signs of the times. Is there an image of Mary for our modern times...

An Antidote for Loneliness

In Piano Man, Billy Joel sings about a waitress and a businessman at a bar “sharing a drink they call loneliness, but it’s better than drinking alone.” However, far worse than drinking solo is what the Japanese call kodokushi: dying alone and remaining undiscovered for a lengthy period of time....

Transformative Care

Lately, I feel like I’ve been bombarded with requests to analyze my “former self.” You know, questions that ask: “Based on what you’ve learned, what advice would you give yourself at age twenty, thirty, forty, etc.” I have had many “relevations.” (Please don’t call out our editor; that’s an intentional...

The New, the Familiar

In this first issue of the year, I’m pleased to introduce you to the new content you’ll find between our covers and briefly review some of the Liguorian features that we’re excited to continue offering to you.  Though we’ve dabbled in publishing poetry in the past, in 2020, we plan...

Our Perpetual Companion

Louis de Montfort, the great Marian saint, wrote volumes about the importance of Mary in the mystery of salvation. His teachings and inspirational prayers positioned devotion to Mary as a way to increase our faith in the gospel of Jesus Christ. He was often quoted as saying what later became...

Notes to Self

Next to luggage with rollers, note paper with adhesive may be one of the greatest modern inventions. These repositionable notes come in assorted shapes and sizes, and their stickiness doesn’t leave a residue. The new year is an opportune time to take a “notes-to-self” inventory to reposition certain attitudes and...

Embracing the Chaos

Today’s chaotic society, which seems to draw our attention from big-picture concerns to minutiae, may make us want to run and hide. For example, consider the pressure that builds as we get ready for Christmas and compare it with, say, a family mourning the death of a child lost to...

The Gift of Joy

At this time of year, we get caught up in the scramble of buying gifts, baking cookies, attending parties, and lighting up our homes with festive decorations. It’s all part of the joy of preparing for Christmas. It’s also part of the stress that comes on top of our increasingly...

It’s Beginning to Smell a Lot Like Christmas

Every December, some expectant mothers hope the delivery of their baby occurs on Christmas, while others prefer to avoid the occasion so their child’s special day isn’t overshadowed by it. Regardless, people who share the same birthday as Jesus are born under a lucky star—except when such folks receive gifts...

The Redeemer, Mary, and You

A Sign that Enlightens Us “A great sign appeared in the sky, a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars.” —Revelation 12:1 This Scripture quote that speaks of “sign” and “stars” has been used to proclaim the place...

From the Editor

Behind “I’m fine” Have you ever been next to someone who takes “How are you?” to heart?  As a young adult, I felt humiliated when my stepmother committed the social faux pas of doing just that when a retail-store associate asked how she was doing. After Mom listed her aches...

From the President and Publisher

Divine Love, Forever In the pages of this magazine more than a decade ago, I wrote about the dreaded operations I had as a youngster. They occurred every time I got a splinter in my hand while climbing trees in the yard. When my dad returned from work, he’d ask...

The Importance of Mary’s Rosary

How often have you prayed the rosary, only to feel that you get nothing out of it? The repetition of the prayers can become mechanical and monotonous. Perhaps you have even been tempted to stop praying the rosary. In October, the month dedicated to the rosary (the feast day of...

Supper Invitation

“No man is lonely eating spaghetti,” author Christopher Morley said. “It requires so much attention.” Mamma mia! Those are the words of someone using his noodle!  Such thinking can whet our appetite for gratitude in maneuvering that tricky pasta staple on our plate.  In Jesus’ day, Jewish people basically said,...

Responding to Valuable Advice

I confess! In my downtime I tend to avoid “educational entertainment.” To the chagrin of my husband and my middle daughter, that means history channels and the like aren’t on my “favorites” list. I reason that since I don’t devote a significant amount of time to watching TV, when I...

Holy Pondering

“Mary’s Memories” is a spiritual concept that encompasses more than our Blessed Mother remembering the past. Saint John Paul II used the concept in his apostolic letter On the Most Holy Rosary (Rosarium Virginis Mariae). In the section titled “Mary, Model of Contemplation,” he writes: “The contemplation of Christ has...

What Happened to Manners?

Today, “web to web” readily calls to mind an interlinked system of information accessible through the internet. But it also refers to the point of contact made between two people when they engage in a proper handshake (you know, the web of skin between one’s thumb and index finger). More...

“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...

A Preacher’s Prayer

Jesus, spare us from those who make you unrecognizable when preaching in your name! Amen. Lord, like St. Paul, “I am not ashamed of the gospel” (Romans 1:16); however, we preachers of your gospel are surely an embarrassment to you at times when we contort your word. As a priest,...

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...