Posts tagged Communion of Saints

The cloud of witnesses

It is the saints — led by Mary — who continue to pray for us that we might be open to see and believe the way to eternal life that is in Christ, revealed by his word, lived by the saints, proclaimed in the magisterium of the Church and celebrated in the sacraments that enable us, by God’s grace, to embody our fullness as children of God.

Two new Saints of the Church

The enrolment of new saints happens at the start of the Canonisation Mass, so that the newly-recognised saints are included in the Canon of the Mass and acknowledged throughout the celebration. At the Mass, the reading from 1 Peter 1:3–9 was read in Polish. The Order of Service has been published by the Vatican, and […]

St Nicholas’ Day.

So this morning, I took my own advice and browsed the Loyola Press Website. They have a section for stories about the lives of the Saints. It being St Nicholas’ Day, I looked for his story. There is a children’s version and one for older people. Disappointingly neither have the tale of St Nicholas knocking […]

Telling the stories: All Saints and All Souls.

Sometimes in a family doing the off-the-cuff thing can be the thing that works. This is true of the spiritual side of family life too. Last night as the Chatfields and Allaways sat round the table for evening meal before Mass for All Saints we lit a candle and, as is our habit so far […]

Unity, diversity and candlelight: Lourdes 3.

One of the things that hit me in Lourdes was the diversity of the Catholic Church. As we walked around the grotto for the first time, we ran our fingers along the rock. It has been worn smooth by millions of fingertips, all doing what we were doing. Our fingers, the fingers of past pilgrims […]

Being the Body of Christ

Part of our discussion at the last adult Lent group focused on the Communion of Saints again. A comment came back to me this week. It was about how the suffering of members of the Body of Christ effects us. This statement came back to me when listening to a report on the situation in […]