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August 24

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar



One of the great changes in the modern papacy has come about because of the availability of international travel, especially with the advent of jet airplanes. Prior to the pontificate of Pope Paul VI, Popes seldom ventured anywhere outside Italy. In fact, most of the time they ... Read More »

August 17

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar


There is so much going on around the world at this time that it can seem overwhelming and beyond comprehension. The horrible Ebola virus in West Africa has the potential of killing thousands of people—at the time of this writing nearly 1000 have already died from this disease—and ... Read More »

August 10

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar


Mount Horeb is another name for Mount Sinai, the Mountain of God. Elijah’s experience of the presence of God on this mountain recalls Moses’ encounter with God in the same place. But they are very different experiences. While Moses’ meetings with ... Read More »

August 3

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar


In Isaiah, the Lord invites the hungry and the thirsty to eat and drink, even “you who have no money.” God is inviting them to a banquet, anticipating the messianic banquet at the end of time. This concern for the people ... Read More »

July 27

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar



The humanitarian crisis that we now find on our southern border requires action, but individuals offer quite varying approaches to a solution. Some of our legislators think we should just change the current law about how children in these circumstances should be treated so that they could ... Read More »

July 20

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar


 Like many of you, I receive many mailings from worthwhile charities serving a variety of clientele both in the United States and around the world. The advertisements on television are the ones that are most heart wrenching: the starving boy or girl, the child that suffers from malnutrition, ... Read More »

July 13

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar



Several weeks ago in this bulletin I wrote about the missionary evening we had at our provincial chapter and how much I appreciated hearing of the good work our missionary brothers were doing in various parts of the world. I also mentioned that I intended to tell ... Read More »

July 6

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar



Like many of you, I suspect, I have been enamored of Pope Francis almost from the first time I met him when he came out on the balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica on the day he was elected. We were all awaiting with bated breath to hear ... Read More »

June 29

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar



Even though this bulletin is marked Sunday, June 29, 2014, we can’t help but think about our next national holiday—Independence Day—the Fourth of July. This year it occurs on a Friday, which means it probably is part of an extended weekend from Friday through Sunday. Many of ... Read More »

June 1

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar



As the weather gets warmer, more people want to be outdoors to enjoy the many good things about Chicago. If you are walking in the Loop these days, especially on the weekends, you notice so many more visitors along Michigan Avenue around Millennium Park (checking out the ... Read More »