Society of the Divine Word Chicago Province • Techny, Illinois
Office of Education, Recruitment & Formation





You can reach heaven from any place on earth.
St. Samthann (Irish saint, died 739)

May 2021


Special Interest


stretching our spirituality with the ascension
Msgr. Eric Barr, STL

May 16 is Ascension Sunday (this year) and for that purpose we offer a reflection on this salvific day along with commentary on one of the most intriguing and vibrant paintings of the Ascension—Salvador Dali's The Ascension: Pieta.


malaysia has turned lion dancing into a gravity-defying extreme sport
Marina Wang
Altas Obscura

The lion dance is performed at the Lunar New Year to bring luck and prosperity. Over the past 30 years the dance has been transformed from an ancient tradition into an extreme sport complete with jumps, stunts and very tall poles with tiny platforms. This descriptive article includes a video of one such performance done in competition.


why religious freedom matters so much
Theresa Civantos Barber

The author highlights a recent OSV Talk presented by Montserrat Alvarado, Vice President and Executive Director of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. Alvarado cites three reasons—the good reason, the better reason, and the best reason—for defending religious freedom for all religion.


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Featured this month ...

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Offered for your review is an assessment of the Biden administration's handling of immigration issues to date at Immigration Resources

Moving ahead ...

May 1, 2021
What does May Day have to do with the international distress call, "Mayday, Mayday, Mayday"? Nothing, as it turns out. The code was invented in 1923 by an airport radio officer in London. Challenged to come up with a word that would be easily understood by pilots and ground staff in case of an emergency, Frederick Mockford coined the word "mayday" because it sounded like "m'aider," a shortened version of the French term for " come and help me." (Courtesy of

May 5, 2021
Cinco de mayo
Celebrate Mexican culture (customs, food, drink) on this day but keep in mind it's not Mexican Independence Day (September 16). Get more facts about Cinco de Mayo here.

May 12, 2021
National Limerick Day
Celebrate the day by creating your own limerick. Edward Lear would be proud. Who's Edward Lear? Read...

May 23, 2021

The seventh Sunday after Easter:
On the evening of that first day of the week,
when the doors were locked, where the disciples were,
for fear of the Jews,
Jesus came and stood in their midst
and said to them, “Peace be with you.”
(John 20:19)

June 1, 2021
Annual Accountability Program
The Annual Accountability Program for fiscal year July 1, 2020 thru June 30, 2021 officially starts. Of course you can always submit your AAS before then--especially if you're going to be out of the country during the next few months. Details, FAQs, form.

June 6, 2021
national cancer survivors day
This day provides an opportunity for all people living with a history of cancer to connect with each other, celebrate milestones, and recognize those who have supported them along the way. Learn more at

June 6, 2021
D-day: the invasion of Normandy

Operation Overload was launched more than 76 years ago (June 6, 1944). D-Day (actually a military term for the first day of a combat operation) was the largest seaborne invasion in history. Here's a brief look at that day and time and suggested observances for the present.

July 23,2021
National Hot Dog Day
What would July be like without National Hot Dog Day (and the 4th of July, of course)? Dull. So, here's some ideas and facts about the all-American favorite picnic food. Read...


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