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April 30, 2017

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar



Today I have asked Fr. Ed McKenzie to offer a reflection about the life of the Secular Franciscans or the Lay Franciscan branch of the Franciscan Order. He presently serves as the Provincial Spiritual Assistant to those attached to the Sacred Heart Province. ... Read More »

April 23, 2017

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar



If you attended Mass on Palm Sunday two weeks ago anywhere in the Archdiocese of Chicago, you more than likely heard a brief homily after the reading of Matthew’s Passion. Most probably the homily dealt with the new anti-violence initiative announced by Cardinal Cupich just a few ... Read More »

April 16, 2017

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar



It seems that everyone looks forward to celebrating Easter, although perhaps from varying reasons. For some, Easter really signals the beginning of spring. No matter what specific date Easter falls on in a particular year, we somewhat think of it as a true transition from the doldrums ... Read More »

April 9, 2017

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar



Can you believe it? We are beginning Holy Week and next Sunday is Easter. Even though we have been blessed with a relatively mild winter, we still are wondering when spring will actually arrive for good. I had to chuckle the other day when I read a ... Read More »

April 2, 2017

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar



I compose these thoughts on the day after the horrific terror attack in London, in which four people were killed and at least 29 injured by a lone man driving a car along the sidewalk of the Westminster Bridge and then ending up very near the UK ... Read More »

March 26, 2017

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar



Did you ever wonder what things would be like if the world were more simple and therefore solutions to problems were not so complex? We hear a lot these days about “Put America First” with all kinds of implications following from that slogan or theme. We do ... Read More »

March 19, 2017

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar



From time to time, and especially during the Season of Lent, I have written and encouraged all of us to try to bring some spiritual reading into our daily lives. Some people do that by reading and reflecting on the daily Scripture readings at Mass; others like ... Read More »

March 12, 2017

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar



Not long ago I happened to come across a quote from Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI, which I think is most apropos for us as we enter this second week of Lent. Hopefully our plans for Lent are still relatively fresh in our hearts and minds, and this ... Read More »

March 5, 2017

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar



By the time you are reading this article, you will have received your ashes on Ash Wednesday and hopefully given some time to reflecting upon how you hope to use the Lenten Season in a very profitable way. Of course, we want to accompany the Elect who ... Read More »

February 26, 2017

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 ... Read More »