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September 9, 2018

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar



These past several weeks have been extremely difficult for so many of us. Deep down we have to admit that we usually look forward to having peace and quiet surround us as much as possible, although we know that is not always the case. Even though we ... Read More »

September 2, 2018

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar



The Labor Day holiday weekend has always been a favorite of mine since it occurs after the dog days of August which have a way of de-energizing a person due to the heat and the humidity. September is a much more pleasant month from a weather perspective, ... Read More »

August 26, 2018

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar



As I write this article, forest fires are raging in thirteen states throughout the Western section of the United States and in several European countries as well. California is the state with the most destruction and the most media coverage, but it is far from the only ... Read More »

August 19, 2018

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar



By this time you no doubt have heard that Pope Francis earlier this month made a statement indicating that the teaching of the Church concerning the death penalty had been updated. He did so, building on the development of Catholic Church teaching against capital punishment. Now the ... Read More »

August 12, 2018

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar



All three readings have examples of people complaining in different ways. Paul contrasts two ways of life. One way, a complaining and dissatisfied life, results in “bitterness, fury, anger.” In the other path, the life of the Spirit, others are treated with love ... Read More »

August 5, 2018

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar



Several weeks ago and shortly after a boatload of migrants and refugees were refused landing both in Italy and in Malta (they were allowed to land later in Spain), Pope Francis celebrated a special Mass at an altar in the rear of St. Peter’s Basilica to which ... Read More »

July 29, 2018

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar



No doubt many of you reading this article are familiar with an author by the name of Matthew Kelly. He is also a sought-after speaker at conventions and workshops, a youth minister, a catechist, and a family man. One of his latest books is entitled Rediscovering Catholicism: ... Read More »

July 22, 2018

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar



You probably have been hearing a fair amount about the Archdiocesan renewal program Renew My Church either from details at your home parish or from the Chicago Catholic, our Archdiocesan newspaper. This program is drawing people together in clusters to discuss how our parishes can become more ... Read More »

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 »