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July 15, 2018

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar



Last week in this column I summarized the thoughts of a Protestant pastor in his new book Quit Church, in which he writes that followers of Jesus are called to be “all-in” as they respond to the Lord’s call as a disciple. His point was that all ... Read More »

July 8, 2018

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar



From time to time we read new statistics about fewer and fewer people attending church on a regular basis. This is true not only in the United States but almost everywhere in the world. Here in Chicago Cardinal Cupich established the Renew My Church initiative several years ... Read More »

July 1, 2018

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar



A few weeks ago we remembered the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy on June 5, 1968. He had been campaigning for the office of the President of the United States when he was shot in the kitchen of the Ambassador Hotel in Los ... Read More »

June 24, 2018

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar



Some of you might be wondering why I haven’t written anything before now concerning our chapter event in St. Louis at the end of May. After all, we had prepared you for the fact that most of us would be gone from St. Peter’s attending this chapter ... Read More »

June 17, 2018

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar



It’s time once again to celebrate Father’s Day, something that not always gets sufficient attention in the busyness of summer activities and various jobs that need to get done around the house such as cutting the grass, trimming the shrubs, washing the car, paying the bills, etc. ... Read More »

June 10, 2018

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar



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



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



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



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



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 »