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Give thanks to the Lord,

proclaim his greatness.

Psalm 105:1


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Throwback Thursday-A Time for Joy
Written by Edward R. Walsh   

 April97_JesusLaughing_CVR.jpgA Time for Joy

 Published April 1987

Liguorian received a lot of letters, (positive and negative) in response to this cover. This article explores the portrayal of Jesus as a joyful person who must have found great joy in the gifts of God. 

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End of Life Decisions: What is Our Moral Responsibility?
Written by Fr. Thomas Nairn, OFM, PhD   

October 2014

The experience of serious illness and dying is often ambiguous, even for Catholics. We know that Christians are called to face the reality of death and dying with the hope and confidence that our faith brings. We hear in the preface of the funeral liturgy that “life is changed, not ended.” Yet our natural feeling toward death often remains as one of loss, separation, and fear. Ambiguity can also surround our experience of medicine and health care. We accept cures that are commonplace today that were unheard of as little as a generation ago, but we also know the story of medicine as one of outcomes that are poorer than promised, of partial cures that create further difficulties, and of continuing decline. The same technology that changed the face of medicine has also made decisions at this stage of life more complicated. What is our moral responsibility as Christians?


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Throwback Thursday-More Than Coffee and Doughnuts
Written by Sister Brenda Hermann, MSVT and Monsignor James Gaston   

09_10 More than Coffee and Doughnuts_Page_1(1).jpgA Parish Hospitality Check List

Published September 2010

For Christians, hospitality is empowered by the Holy Spirit. It is understood to be the desire to welcome others, to share one’s concern, time, love, personal space and resources with another without expecting a return.

True hospitality is not extended to others because of their status, age, attractiveness, influence, or social graces. We are not hospitable because of the gratification we receive or even for appreciation or reciprocity. The virtuous or habitual practice of hospitality challenges us to continually consider the bigger picture.

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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   
Published 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.