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December 8, 2019

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

If you feel like Advent is running on overdrive, you are not alone. With only a little more than three weeks this year to try to absorb the spirit and the meaning of Advent—and trying to do it while everywhere we hear Christmas carols and advertisements that constantly want ... Read More »

December 1, 2019

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 24, 2019

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

“God wants to be in relationship with us,” Trappist Father Paul says to Anne, a central figure in The Abbey, Jesuit Father James Martin’s recently published first novel. A conviction that God cares about Anne or might in some way speak to her has not, however, characterized her life. ... Read More »

November 17, 2019

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

As I have done for the previous two celebrations of the World Day of the Poor, I want to publish certain sections of the long message Pope Francis has written for us to reflect upon as we celebrate the Third Day of the Poor this year on Sunday, November ... Read More »

November 10, 2019

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

As we are about to celebrate Veterans Day this Monday, 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 Forces. This year of 2019 holds a special place ... Read More »

November 3, 2019

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

Does being spiritual and being devoted to God mean we have to flee the material world, its wealth, pleasures and our possessions? That’s a question that comes up repeatedly as we read Church documents, listen to our spiritual leaders, or even when we page through the Bible. It may ... Read More »

October 27, 2019

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

Throughout this month of October—beginning October 6 and finishing today, October 27—a very significant event has been happening at the Vatican: the Synod for the Amazon. This gathering of bishops, theologians, religious, professional scientists, lay men and women and many observers was historic not only because of the topic ... Read More »

October 20, 2019

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

On this World Mission Sunday, we hear from the Chief Pastor of the Church, Pope Francis, as he writes to us about how each of us is called to become a missionary disciple. “For the month of October 2019, I have asked the whole Church revive her missionary awareness ... Read More »

October 13, 2019

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

As I begin to write this article for the bulletin, the 2019 General Assembly of the United Nations is in full swing with leaders from many nations of the world in attendance, and it reminded me of the visit of Pope Francis to the United States in 2015 along ... Read More »

October 6, 2019

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

In the heat of the moment, with tempers flaring and family members shouting out every ill-chosen word, the power of forgiveness probably is the farthest thing from anyone’s mind. Forgiveness occupies a position of major importance in Christian life. Jesus wanted his followers to love even their enemies. Typically, ... Read More »