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May 24

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar



I can think of no better time than Pentecost Sunday, when we celebrate the great gift of the Holy Spirit given to the Church, to talk a little bit about Pope Francis’ upcoming encyclical dealing with Ecology and the Environment. I certainly do not have any sneaky ... Read More »

May 17

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar



Now that Pope Francis has been exercising his papal ministry for just over two years, it seems most people are excited about the approach he has taken and the example he has given, but there are those who think what he has said has been confusing, that ... Read More »

May 10

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar



Recently I had the opportunity to visit my sister and brother-in-law in Indianapolis for a few days. It was a chance to stay with them and have two full days to catch up with their lives and they with mine. We speak by phone almost every Sunday ... Read More »

May 3

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar



When we are in the midst of change, it is sometimes difficult to realize and appreciate the extent of what is going on all around us. It seems to me that the face of the American Catholic Church is changing significantly at this time. The death of ... Read More »

April 26

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar



Each year on the Fourth Sunday of Easter, the Church celebrates the World Day of Prayer for Vocations. This year’s theme is “Exodus: a Fundamental Experience of Vocation.” On this Fourth Sunday of Easter, April 26, it is an opportunity for each of us—those whose vocation is ... Read More »

April 19

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar



We are in the midst of the year-long celebration of the Year of Consecrated Life proclaimed by Pope Francis for 2015. He instituted this special year to coincide with the fiftieth anniversary of two documents promulgated in conjunction with the Second Vatican Council, namely Lumen Gentium (the ... Read More »

April 12

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar



From a human standpoint, something that is really important, really magnificent in our life, needs to be celebrated and savored over a period of time so that we can truly appreciate the event and all its nuances. How often don’t we love to tell our friends about ... Read More »

April 5

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 »

March 29

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

3-29-15   With Easter coming in the liturgical year relatively early this year (the earliest it could occur would be on March 22), it may have seemed to you that we had hardly finished celebrating Christmas when we gathered for ashes and the beginning of Lent, but we are ... Read More »

March 22

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar



This past week we have experienced once again what has come to be called “March Madness.” After several months of basketball by all kinds of college teams, the best 64 of them were chosen to begin this round of games that take place over a period of ... Read More »