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December 16, 2018

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

Here we are just about one full week before the Feast of Christmas, yet liturgically we are still very much in the midst of the Advent Season. We still have the prominence of the Advent wreath in the sanctuary, the environment is toned down in amount and color, the ... Read More »

December 9, 2018

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

Every Advent we once more get the chance to reflect on a number of important people from the Old Testament, especially the person of John the Baptist, who plays such an important role in the bridge from the Old to the New Testament. St. Luke’s Gospel tells us that ... Read More »

December 2, 2018

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

Advent is that special time of year when we realize there is so much to do, yet so little time to get it done. We race in Advent toward that which we already possess. As the Collect on the Second Sunday of Advent notes, “in haste” we go to ... Read More »

November 25, 2018

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

Recently I was reading an article in The Tablet (October 6, 2018) that dealt with the issue of loneliness, especially in Great Britain, since The Tablet is the International Catholic Weekly in England. What I read in the article I found both interesting and astounding and, after doing some ... Read More »

November 18, 2018

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

This weekend we celebrate the Second World Day of the Poor. Pope Francis has written a marvelous letter to us for this occasion, so I would like for all of us to spend some time reflecting on his words and the perspective from which he writes.

 

“’This poor ... Read More »

November 11, 2018

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

As we are about to celebrate Veterans Day (Monday this year since the actual date falls on a Sunday), it is important that we all take time to reflect on the meaning of this holiday and to remember all those who have and still do serve in our Armed ... Read More »

November 4, 2018

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

This week we celebrate one of the most important days of our lives: we have the opportunity to exercise our right to vote and thereby do what our democracy is all about. Studies have indicated over and over that the percentage of eligible voters who actually vote in a ... Read More »

October 28, 2018

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

Believe it or not, the Permanent Deacon Program in the United States is now fifty years old! Many Catholics these days cannot remember when there were no permanent deacons. The first program in our country began right here in the Archdiocese of Chicago back in 1968 and has prospered ... Read More »

October 21, 2018

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

The month of October is associated with many things: the baseball season is moving through the playoffs zeroing in on the World Series, the season of fall has arrived with the cooler temperatures, beautiful colors on the trees in the parks and forests, and excitement by children (and many ... Read More »

October 14, 2018

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

At the beginning of this month, Fr. Ed Shea, Fr. Tom Ess, and I joined approximately 2500 people from throughout the Archdiocese of Chicago at the Rosemont Convention Center for a program dealing with the Renew My Church process presently going on in the Archdiocese. As many of you ... Read More »