Inspirational Psalms

Light shines in the darkness…

for those who are merciful, kind, and just.

Psalm 112:4


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Throwback Thursday-How To Be Stunningly Beautiful
Written by Jim Auer   

 

April 1998

By: Jim Auer

 A certain national magazine publishes an issue each year featuring “the fifty most beautiful people” in the country. Did you know that there are at least two hundred thirteen varieties of products to make your face beautiful? And that doesn’t include makeup!

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Dorothy Day and the Little Way
Written by Robert Ellsberg   

September 2014

On June 15, 1955, a siren sounded, signaling a nuclear-attack drill. The entire population of New York City obediently sought shelter in basements and subway stations, or, in the case of schoolchildren, under their desks. According to the authorities, this first in a series of civil-defense drills was a “complete success.” Well, almost. It was marred by a middle-age, whitehaired woman and twenty-six others who refused to play this war game. Dorothy Day, founder of the Catholic Worker movement, and her companions instead sat in City Hall Park, where they were arrested and later sentenced to jail. The judge who imposed bail likened the protesters to “murderers” who had contributed to the “utter destruction of these three million theoretically killed in our city.”


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September 2014-Our Faith Calls Us To Action
Written by Fr. Allan Weinert, CSsR   

 An Alternative Rite of Passage

0914_C1.jpgSeptember 2014
 
A Diocese in Kenya Works to Rid Society of the Mutilation of Girls
 
Although female circumcision is now illegal, the practice is still popular among certain tribes.
 
Jane Kiura loves her village of Kajuki,
located in the Meru Diocese in central Kenya, but she wants to completely get rid of a brutal practice in Kenyan culture so her teenage daughters and other girls don’t have to suffer mutilation like she did. When Jane was a young woman, she went through a ritual called female circumcision, a rite of passage intended to teach young women their adult responsibilities as wives. The ritual signaled a readiness for marriage and motherhood. In traditional Kenyan culture, an uncircumcised girl was thought to lack the wisdom to raise a family. Regardless of her age, she was looked upon as a child who could not be expected to know how to look after a husband, let alone a household.
In recent years, new light has been shed on that cultural practice, offering freedom from its physical and mental violence. The Gender and Human Rights Commission of the Meru Diocese has developed an Alternative Rite of Passage aimed at eliminating the mutilation of young girls. Jane said, “I came to the realization that this cruelty was something I would not want my daughters to undergo. It is violation of human rights and should be condemned. I have three daughters. None are circumcised, and I am very happy for that. Now they can continue their education.”
 
Catholic tradition teaches that every human person is sacred and possesses an innate right to respect and ethical treatment. A key measure of any society or institution is whether it threatens or enhances the life and dignity of the human person. The dignity of the person also extends to the human body, which also is sacred.

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Throwback Thursday-Premarital Sex
Written by Alicia von Stamwitz   
Premarital Sex
By: Alicia von Stamwitz
September 1983

 Why does God give us beautiful bodies and sexual desires in our early teens just to slap our hands and say “Not yet, Junior!”? Let’s take a look at the total picture to find our answers to that question. 

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July-August 2014-Our Lord and Women
Written by Pía Septién   

July-August 2014 LiguorianJuly-August 2014

Bringing His Teachings to Life Today

By giving of their time, talents, and treasures, women today play a major role in enacting the teachings of Jesus Christ.

At the core of the New Testament we find the kerygma: the proclamation of what Jesus Christ did. The confession that Jesus of Nazareth is the Messiah who died, was buried, rose again on the third day, and is seated at the right hand of the Father is not a theory or a philosophy. It is a truth that we, as Christians, hold close to our hearts. Therefore, we can say the kerygma continues to transform people and their environment. 

Jesus, as the Christ, is the cornerstone of this transformative event. Without a doubt, his words and deeds shaped a new culture, where the dignity of humans as sons and daughters of God is the foundation. Our Western civilization—with its ethical value system where women and men are an integral part of society—sprang from this certainty.


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Throwback Thursday-Race Relations: A Major Test for Modern Christians
Written by James J. Gallagher   

021966_Liguorian_Cover.jpg Published February 1966

The question of the rights and privileges of our colored fellow citizens is not just the removal of certain abuses. It is a far deeper question: that of setting at liberty those positive spiritual qualities that the Negro people are called—in God’s divine providence—to contribute to the good of all our citizenship.

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Let's go back in time...
Written by Editor   

More than 100 years in publication yields a lot of content! Join us for Throwback Thursdays to trek back in time and see how Liguorian has always been in line with what's relevant.


 
May-June 2014-Moved by the Holy Spirit
Written by John Gresham   

March 2014

May-June 2014

Through daily prayer to the Holy Spirit, a young Polish boy struggling with his homework was transformed into the holy pope now known as John Paul the Great. 

A twelve-year-old boy was having trouble with his studies. His father opened the family prayer book and pointed to the Holy Spirit. He instructed his son to pray it every day. As the boy prayed to the Holy Spirit every day, he found that this divine teacher did indeed help him learn.

That boy grew to become quite a scholar. More significant, he eventually became a priest and then a bishop, and in 1978 was elected as Pope John Paul II.

He remained obedient to his father, praying to the Holy Spirit every day of his life. Even on his deathbed, when he could no longer speak, another priest helped him.

Through daily prayer to the Holy Spirit, a young Polish boy struggling with his homework was transformed into the holy pope now known as John Paul the Great. 


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Dear Holy Father
Written by Jim Auer   

Published May-June 2005

Pope John Paul II’s Death on April 2, 2005, not surprisingly unleashed a flood of assessments, retrospectives, and biographies; his accomplishments and failings will be discussed for years to come. What might easily be missed in all the current evaluations of his unparalleled life, however, is how God lovingly prepared him at each new turn in his life for the struggles he would experience and the gifts he would bring to our world.

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