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March 29, 2020

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

Surprises should make people happy, right? Some surprises, arriving out of the blue, are reason enough to celebrate wholeheartedly: an unforeseen job offer promising a better future for a family, or purchasing a ticket to a raffle and then hearing that you had won the grand prize, or wanting ... Read More »

March 22, 2020

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

All three of the synoptic Gospels—Matthew, Mark and Luke—clearly state that Jesus, following his baptism, was moved by the Spirit to go off alone to the desert and that there he was tempted by the devil. “At once, the Spirit drove him out into the desert, and he remained ... Read More »

March 15, 2020

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

In his First Letter to the Corinthians, the Apostle Paul encouraged the Church at Corinth to think of their faith as an athlete thinks of a competition: Run to win. “Do you not know that the runners in the stadium all run in the race, but only one wins ... Read More »

March 8, 2020

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

The story of John Newton is generally well known. He was a ship captain in the African slave trade during the 1700s, and eventually he had a conversion to Christianity. He later joined with his friend William Wilberforce to bring about the end of the British slave trade.

 

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March 1, 2020

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

A few days ago I read about a story of Christian missionaries visiting a pagan king. They preached a new religion that he was uncertain about accepting. He consulted his advisors, and one of them told him the story of a bird that quickly flies into a hall during ... Read More »

February 23, 2020

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

Well, my brothers and sisters, we are about to begin one of the most sacred times of the year, namely, Lent. We have been moving along nicely during this month of February, sometimes hesitantly because of the many overcast and dreary days and other times with uplifted spirits because ... Read More »

February 16, 2020

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

I don’t always take the time daily to at least scan the newspapers to update me on the important happenings, especially in the city of Chicago and its suburbs. I suppose one of the reasons for that is the network news that covers world and national affairs and checking ... Read More »

February 9, 2020

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

This coming Tuesday, February 11, we celebrate the annual World Day of Prayer for the Sick. It is always celebrated on the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, a wonderful reminder of the Blessed Mother’s appearance at Lourdes in France many years ago and of the city of Lourdes ... Read More »

February 2, 2020

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

Someone once said, “Statistics are wonderful and beneficial, but the truth is in the interpretation: it is possible that two individuals can use the same statistics and attempt to prove two very different proposals.” And in our day and age, when “fake news” can be found everywhere, this statement ... Read More »

January 26, 2020

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

On September 30, 2019, Pope Francis issued an Apostolic Letter entitled “Aperuit Illis” Instituting the Sunday of the Word of God. He chose this date to commemorate the 1,600th anniversary of the death of St. Jerome, one of the early scholars who translated the Scriptures into several languages and ... Read More »