Communion of Saints

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Communion of Saints Franciscan Father Richard Rohr observed that the feasts of All Saints and All Souls were considered “thin times” in Celtic culture.

Catholicism-Barron20131101Communion of Saints Franciscan Father Richard Rohr observed that the feasts of All Saints and All Souls were considered “thin times” in Celtic culture.  In these thin days, the veil between heaven and earth becomes almost transparent and we experience a greater closeness to the holy people who have gone before us. Our “Communion of Saints” is a uniquely Catholic Christian reality. The Catechism of the Catholic Church, quotes Pope Paul VI:  “We believe in the communion of all the faithful of Christ, those who are pilgrims on earth, the dead who are being purified, and the blessed in heaven, all together forming one Church; and we believe that in this communion, the merciful love of God and his saints is always [attentive] to our prayers” (#962.)  Death does not diminish our bonds of love and faith.  We are continually united with all the saints. In honor of these “thin times”, we offer “A Vast Company of Witnesses: The Communion of Saints”, episode 8 from the Catholicism series by Fr. Robert Barron.  This one hour program follows the lives of four women: St. Katharine Drexel, St. Therese of Lisieux, St. Edith Stein, and Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta.  Fr. Barron finds these “friends of God” opened their hearts to God’s grace in their lives and allowed God’s grace to transfigure them. The Church offers these models of faith to show us the ways others have invited Christ to live in them. As Fr. Barron exclaims, “We may not get there, but go for it!” Order the featured DVD at https://www.orlandodiocese.org/mc-media-center-home. Please call Diane Gallagher @ 407-246-4895 for assistance in using audiovisual media in faith formation for all age groups. (Diane Gallagher serves as Media Center Coordinator.)