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Typing hearts out teaches several lessons

The computer age has eliminated the term typewriter from common vernacular, but the keyboarding skills used on the devices are an essential part of ev...

Pain is temporary, love is eternal

I once saw a TV commercial claiming that a certain mattress would provide "a lifetime of temporary relief." I laughed out loud. This mattress would ea...

Farmers ask for the Lord's blessings

Cultivators "need a little help along the way" from the Lord, said Richard Kelch of St. Peter Parish in Clifton as the retired farmer remarked about t...

Parents of 11 convey Catholic truths by example

A child might not be familiar with the theology associated with transubstantiation, the scriptural foundations for the belief in the real presence of ...

From the Bishop

Dear Friends in Christ, In recent years, reports of the sexual abuse of young people by members of the clergy and others have brought great scandal an...

Triduum is a worthwhile three-day pilgrimage

We Catholics often express physically the spiritual sentiments we feel within: we kneel to pray, we stand out of respect for the Gospel, we bow and ge...

Mokena students experience and appreciate the life of a refugee

MOKENA - It is said that in order to understand what another person is going through you need to step into his or her shoes. A group of seventh-grade ...

Prison event encourages participants to take action

JOLIET - Many political leaders claim to be Christian, but fail to allow their faith to guide them, especially when it comes to endorsing humane treat...

Questions to consider during Lent

In recent weeks I have been struck by a theme that often emerges in the Lenten liturgical readings: We are chosen by God. "You are a people sacred to ...

God delivers mail carrier to the priesthood

ROMEOVILLE - For 13 years, Mark Rosenbaum put on the familiar blue uniform and braved erratic Illinois weather conditions, walking house-to-house thro...

Parishioners learn to make time for God, rest and each other

WINFIELD - John Blumberg spent many years as a certified public accountant at Arthur Anderson and then moved to the human resources department where h...

Cathedral channels children into diocesan church

JOLIET - The lights were shining brightly, the doors were held open and ceremonial items were strategically placed on display March 1 at Cathedral of ...

Foundation pumps up young heart health

CAROL STREAM - Since 1963 the U.S. Congress has proclaimed February as American Heart Month. It has become a time when public awareness is increased ...

Lombard pastor plants seeds for a better world

LOMBARD - Father Pete Jarosz, pastor of Christ the King Parish in Lombard, is encouraging his flock and others to do a simple task that shows a greate...

Forgiveness is available in the sacrament of reconciliation

Commenting on the parable of the prodigal son, Father Carroll Stuhlmueller once wrote, "The most difficult of reconciliations is always between relati...

The sounds from silence

At the first in a weekly series of Lenten speakers in a Chicago church, the presenter was every bit informed, articulate and spiritually motivated. Mu...

Franciscans announce closing of tranquil prayer house

KANKAKEE - The leaders of the Joliet-based Sisters of St. Francis of Mary Immaculate have decided to close the order's rustic St. Clare House of Praye...

Legislators push gun control agenda in wake of NIU tragedy

ROMEOVILLE - Dozens of students and faculty members of Northern Illinois University returned to campus in the afternoon Feb. 21 and observed five minu...

Singer composes song to keep kids safe

Throughout her life, Nan Havens has wanted to be a professional singer. Over the decades, the parishioner of St. George Parish in Bourbonnais has perf...

Catholic Charities is cutting back, closing programs

ROMEOVILLE - Catholic Charities remains steadfast in its commitment to provide assistance for close to 60,000 people in need within the seven counties...

Identify with Mary during the passion, Mercy nun urges

DARIEN - During Lent, Catholics are asked to reflect upon the final days of Jesus' life. Gospels and other readings tell the story of his 40-day journ...

Lent is the perfect time to get to know God, speaker says

JOLIET - Have you ever spoken to someone with such a strong faith and love for the Lord that you wondered why you couldn't have a faith that strong? M...

Distractions can derail our relationship with God

Watching cable television news, I am amazed at the amount of information streaming across the screen - weather forecasts, sports scores, stock market ...

Trauma and ministry collide following NIU tragedy

DOWNERS GROVE - There wasn't much Wassif Rahman and his wife could do when they rushed to their 19-year-old daughter's rescue Feb. 14. Rahman said, "I...

Retired judge makes his own black history

JOLIET - Black History Month is celebrated across the nation in February. It is a time that people honor African-Americans that have made great contri...

Elmhurst responds to NIU tragedy with prayers

ELMHURST - It appears that faith is the mainstay for Linda Greer as she struggles to make sense of the tragedy that took the life of her 20-year-old ...

Convert delights in sharing his story

Inside the hospital's chapel, he knelt respectfully before the Blessed Sacrament. Revering the Eucharist is a common practice for Catholics. But, euch...

Priests share blessings with homelands

VILLA PARK - The endeavor to help God's children doesn't have to be contained within national boundaries, agreed two Joliet diocesan priests - Father ...

Rite of Election calls forth followers

JOLIET - The season of Lent is a time of preparation for Easter, but it is also the final days of preparation for catechumens - people set to be bapti...

Ecumenical ministry offers hope for those in need

ROMEOVILLE - Those who are involved in social service and charitable organizations across the nation are facing the daunting task of effectively servi...