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Pruning--Not Easy But Necessary

May 25, 2011DetroitSt. Bede the Venerable, Priest, and Doctor of the ChurchSt. Gregory VII, PopeSt. Margaret Mary De’Pazzi, VirginActs 15:1-6; John 15:1-8Today the Church celebrates an 8th century Benedictine monk and historian, an 11th century Benedictine monk and Pope, and a 16th/17th century Carmelite nun and mystic. Besides monasticism, what do they have in common? They were all branches of the same vine.In our gospel reading Jesus describes his relationship with his disciples using the familiar image of the vine and branches. He describes the process of the branches being pruned—having parts cut away—to bear...

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