Acts of the Apostles: Week #6

3rd-missionary-journeyChapters 19-20 by Sister Mary Core, OSB

Chapter 19 is dedicated to Paul’s time in Ephesus and recounts his success in proclaiming the Good News, working miracles and even converting many of the Jewish exorcists. He makes plans to leave Ephesus revisit Macedonia, Achaia and return to Jerusalem, before carrying the faith to the heart of the Roman Empire at Rome. Continue Reading

Acts of the Apostles: Week #5

priscilla-for-acts-of-apostlesChapters 16-18 by Sister Mary Core, OSB

Due to the death of our beloved Sister Peggy last week, I canceled our book club meeting. But with this installment, we are now caught up!

In chapter 16 Paul and Silas are joined by Timothy at Lystra and they move quickly through the region to the coastal city of Troas. The indication is that they were prevented by the Holy Spirit from preaching in other provinces of Asia Minor. Why? Continue Reading

Sister Margaret Suerth, OSB: 1932-2014

Sr.-Margaret-Suerth,-OSB2Sister Margaret (John Marie) Suerth, O.S.B., 82, of St. Mary Monastery, Rock Island, died Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014 at the Monastery.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 a.m. Wednesday in the Chapel at St. Mary Monastery, Rock Island.  Burial is at Calvary Cemetery, Rock Island.  Visitation is 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Monastery, where a Christian wake service will be held at 7:00 p.m.  Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, Milan is in charge of arrangements.  Continue Reading

Acts of the Apostles: Week #4

paul-and-barnabasChapters 13-15 by Sister Mary Core, OSB

Paul and Barnabas take their message to the Jews first and then to the Gentiles.

In every town their audience is divided between believers and unbelievers … an emotional hotbed for all.

At Lystra, Paul heals a man lame from birth, causing the people to believe he and Barnabas are the Greek gods Hermes and Zeus. Continue Reading