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June 10, 2018

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

6-10-18

 

I have been writing recently about various aspects of Pope Francis’ new Apostolic Exhortation Gaudete et Exsultate, “Rejoice and Be Glad,” which is Francis’ contemporary commentary on the universal call to holiness which the Second Vatican Council emphasized more than fifty years ago. What the Council and ... Read More »

June 3, 2018

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

6-03-18

 

This Sunday here in the United States we celebrate the great Feast of Corpus Christi, and it gives us the opportunity to reflect on the reality of the Real Presence of the Lord in the consecrated Host and the Precious Blood, and it causes us to be ... Read More »

May 27, 2018

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

5-27-18

 

One of the struggles that people have grappled with almost from the beginning of creation is how we can attain unity with diversity. How can men and women get along together and even thrive despite the fact that each might approach a situation differently? How can people ... Read More »

May 20, 2018

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

5-20-18

 

Last week in the bulletin I announced that our Franciscan Province of the Sacred Heart was having an Extraordinary Chapter in Saint Louis from May 29-31, 2018. Having such a chapter in addition to the mandatory Provincial Chapter every three years is really extraordinary and therefore only ... Read More »

May 13, 2018

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

5-13-18

 

This weekend we celebrate Mother’s Day, one of the nicest days in the year since we single out our mothers for special attention and memory. Each one of us has unique stories to tell of our mothers, and we do so with thanksgiving and perhaps with a ... Read More »

May 6, 2018

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

5-06-18

 

Every year on the Fourth Sunday of Easter—Good Shepherd Sunday—we celebrate Vocations Awareness Sunday in the United States. Ordinarily I would write my article about Vocations on that Sunday, but this year the date snuck up on me, and I had already formulated my message for the ... Read More »

April 29, 2018

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

4-29-18

 

Last week I mentioned that Pope Francis had just released another Apostolic Exhortation, and this time the topic was holiness. He wanted to make sure that we were not expecting a long treatise with definitions and distinctions, nor was it meant to primarily talk about different spiritualities ... Read More »

April 22, 2018

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

4-22-18

 

A book that very early in my life made a deep impression on me was one entitled Saints Are Not Sad written by Frank Sheed (New York: Sheed & Ward, 1949). I don’t know whether this was the case or not, but I think the principal of ... Read More »

April 15, 2018

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

4-15-18

 

Last week in the bulletin I began an article about Pope Francis talking about accompaniment and what it means not only for the clergy, religious and those appointed to work as a team for the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults), but for everyone who has ... Read More »

April 8, 2018

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

4-08-18

 

Now that we have completed the week after Easter, a week designed to help us reflect upon and to absorb the reality of the Easter event and to continue welcoming all those who were baptized and made their profession of faith during the Easter Vigil, it seems ... Read More »