Blog Posts for "Saints"

Lumen Gentium and the Communion of Saints

Chapter 7 of Lumen Gentium tackles the final part of the Church: the Communion of Saints.The chapter begins with affirming that the church will not be perfected until the end of time.  We are a pilgrim church, not just pilgrim people.  While we hope for heaven, we have a task on earth that we are each called to do.; our vocation, if you will. It then tells us we should keep watch since we do not know when the end will come.  I think this is particularly difficult for those of us two thousand years after Jesus walked the earth. ...

Famous Pewabic Tiles Illustrate Works of Mercy

I'm sure you are following John Celichowski's series on the Works of Mercy with as much interest as I do. John's experience in justice ministry and on the board of Franciscans International (the Franciscan Presence at the UN) gives him a perspective few others normally imagine.Some have asked about the images we are using to illustrate his posts on the Works of Mercy. They are tiles from the famous Detroit-based Pewabic Pottery Company. When the Solanus Center in Detroit was being built at the turn of the millennium, the planning group commissioned Pewabic Pottery to illustrate the 14 Works of...

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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