On November 1 we celebrate the feast of All Saints. In honor of that feast, I have a little treat for you: four very short videos (about 2-3 mins. each) on four individuals who are canonized saints or are in the process of being canonized. The videos are based on the book, The Blessed Among Us, by Robert Ellsberg who writes regularly for the monthly publication, Give Us this Day published by Liturgical Press. (Robert Ellsberg was featured on last week’s blog.)
The first blessed among us is Sister Dorothy Stang (1931-2005) a Sister of Notre Dame de Namur originally from Dayton, Ohio who was killed while working with the poor in the Amazon River area. Let us pray to her for the current efforts being made to preserve the rainforest which she so dearly loved.
We go back to World War II for our second blessed person, Franz Jaggerstatter (1907-1943), a simple husband and father in Austria who refused to take the Nazi oath to the Fatherland and to serve in Hitler’s army. He was executed for his decision.
Our third blessed person lived in the 12th Century. She is Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179). This fascinating woman was a Benedictine Abbess, mystic, artist, poet, musician, and even a pharmacist. Pope Benedict XVI named her a Doctor of the Church.
Our final blessed person is Pope John XXIII (1881-1963). Elected pope at age 77, John XXIII was expected to have a short and uneventful papacy. But he surprised the Church and the world by invoking an ecumenical council to let a little “fresh air” into the church.
Did anything stand out for you about any of these individuals? How are they different from one another? What do they have in common?
PS: Please pray for the Collaboration for Ministry Initiative Conference in Myrtle Beach Nov. 1-3. The conference welcomes all the Sisters serving in the state of South Carolina. (The state is one diocese.) I will be giving three presentations. Thank you!
And here’s a little Halloween treat for you, a photo taken by Sister Elona, a Medical Missionary from Philadelphia. This squirrel ate his way into this pumpkin and then posed for this picture!
I invite you to share your thoughts below. We all enjoy hearing from you!